This week’s “Brooklyn Nine-NIne” revolves around Jake’s murder case of a wealthy Brooklyn man–he’s been working on it for weeks, and the DA’s office is pressuring the precinct to find the murder weapon. Captain Holt asks Jake if he needs resources, but Jake insists on working alone. Once Santiago and Holt convince him that the Captain wants department cooperation, he chooses Doyle as his second (because he won’t steal his thunder).
Jake and Doyle are re-combing the building for clues by questioning the doorman (Andy Richter) and other neighbors when Diaz calls with an important tip: the murder victim’s wounds resemble those of a murder she solved a while back, where the weapon was a corkscrew.
Things go awry when Detective Pembroke (Dean Winters) AKA The Vulture shows up to take the case on behalf of Major Crimes. Captain Holt forces Jake to turn over the files to the Vulture, who’s known for swooping in and taking credit for cases just as they’re about to be solved (and for swatting Jake’s butt). Captain Holt reminds Jake that he might’ve avoided the Vulture if he had solved the case sooner with his fellow detectives’ help.
Meanwhile, Captain Holt asks Sergeant Jeffords to take him to the gun range for a refresher course since he’s the best marksman in the precinct. Sensitive Jeffords hasn’t fired a weapon since the “mannequin incident” (shown in previous episodes, where he panics and fires his clip at a store dummy). Gina, in her new role as the Captain’s assistant, tags along.
At the gun range, Sergeant Jeffords is bouncing between giving pointers to Captain Holt and making sure Gina’s gangland gun style doesn’t accidentally shoot someone’s eye out. Out of frustration, Jeffords grabs the gun and fires off seven accurate shots, which Captain Holt and Gina are counting closely. Captain Holt reveals his plan to get Jeffords recertified because he wants him back out in the field; Jeffords needs to fire off one more shot to make it official. Under pressure, Jeffords panics (“I’ve forgotten how to breathe!”)