Operation: Broken Feather
Operation Broken Feather ID
Season 1, Episode 15
Air date: February 2, 2014
Written by: Dan Goor
Michael Schur
Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson
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 "Operation: Broken Feather" is the 15th episode of Season 1 of the FOX television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It originally aired on 2nd February 2014 to 15.07 million viewers.

Episode SynopsisEdit

Santiago is considering leaving the Nine-Nine in favour of a desk job at Major Crimes. Meanwhile, the Captain and the Sergeant experiment to see just how efficient they can make the precinct when it comes to finishing paperwork.



Actor Character
Andy Samberg ... Jake Peralta
Stephanie Beatriz ... Rosa Diaz
Terry Crews ... Terry Jeffords
Melissa Fumero ... Amy Santiago
Joe Lo Truglio ... Charles Boyle
Chelsea Peretti ... Gina Linetti
Andre Braugher ... Captain Ray Holt
Dirk Blocker ... Michael Hitchcock
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Norm Scully
Adam Sandler ... Adam Sandler
Patton Oswalt ... Fire Marshall Boone
Fred Armisen ... Mlepnos
Joe Theismann ... Joe Theismann
Dean Winters ...

Detective Pembroke aka The Vulture

Danny Belrose ... Gus Wimbledon

Running JokesEdit

Topless HitchcockEdit

  • When Scully sets off tear gas in the bullpen, Hitchcock removes his shirt and offers it to Scully to protect his face.

Inexperienced AmyEdit

  • "Irwin, how would you like to have the honor of being the first man to undress in front of Amy Santiago?" Jake asks the auctioneer at the Hotel.

Mlep(clay)nos Edit

  • The Leirkrakeegovnian shows up again while Jake and Amy are on door duty. Just as before, there seems to be a language barrier and he is very unhelpful in answering the detective's questions. 

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • After scoring a touchdown, with the help of Terry, Jake announces “I’m the king of the world!” This is likely a reference to the popular line from the 1997 film Titanic.
  • Jake says the teargas made Amy’s eyes look like the demon dogs at the end of the 1984 film Ghostbusters. In the film, the Terror Dogs have glowing red eyes.
  • Jake often compares Captain Holt to a robot, but when Holt remembers to say goodbye at the end of their conversation, Jake says "It's learning." This could be a quote from the 1983 film WarGames, about a film about a supercomputer.
  • To illustrate her betrayal of interviewing with Major Crimes, Jake compares Amy to the fictional character Iago. Amy assumes he means the antagonist from Williams Shakespeare’s Othello who betrayed the title character. Jake is actually referring to the cartoon parrot (sidekick to the main antagonist) from Disney’s Aladdin.
  • When Charles grabs a sweater from the lost and found, Gina remarks that it looks like he's staring in an Albanian remake of The Cosby Show. In the show, the main character, Dr. Cliff Huxtable is known for wearing colorful sweaters.
  • Terry compares Holt to the Greek of legend, Icarus. Icarus’ father constructs him wings of wax and feather, but warns him not to fly to high. Icarus ignores the warnings, flies too close to the sun. His wings melt, causing him to fall into the sea. This is often used as a metaphor for the consequences of personal over-ambition.
  • Captain Holt mentions that his favorite movie is the 2011 baseball film, Moneyball, staring Brad Pitt.
  • Jake asks Adam Sandler what role Kevin James will play in his next film. This is because the two actors frequently work together.
  • When Jake tackles the perp, he also knocks over football legend Joe Theismann. Theismann shouts “My leg! My leg! You broke my other leg!” This is referencing Theismann’s 1985 football injury that ended his career.


  • "You're the Best" by Joe Esposito plays during the football scenes.
  • Jake sings an impromptu song while making his morning coffee. “Cream in my coffee, and Rock ’n' Roll.”
  • Jake plays the song “I Got You, Babe” by Sonny and Cher for a perp waiting in the interrogation room.
  • Mlepnos and Jake sing the Leirkrakeegovnian celebration song about a dog losing its virginity with Mleepnos.

Meil on fun

Me teeme asju

mis on poney

Olemme sobrad kasu

  • Jake sings an impromptu song about dumpster diving. “”Come with me, Amy, to the dumpster. Me and Amy going diving in the dumpster."


  • This is the highest rated episode of the show, this is because it premiered after Superbowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014. This episode also contains many footballing references such as the squad playing touch football with the fire department and the guest appearance of Joe Theismann.
  • The opening scene features Terry dominating the fire department in a game of touch football. Actor Terry Crews began his career as a professional football player.
  • The title of the episode is spoken by Jake in reference to their plan to outsmart The Vulture towards the begining of the episode.
  • Adam Sandler and Joe Theismann both guest star as themselves in this episode. Coincidentally they both share the same birthday, September 9.