Rewatching 21 Jump Street! After all the high drama of the last two episodes, it’s time for the show to get back to what it does best – cops pretending to be teenagers! It’s season two, episode four: “Two For the Road.”
What’s goin’ down: Teen drinking and driving incidents are on the rise, so our hero cops are undercover to find out which bars are looking the other way, and who’s making all the fake IDs.
Here’s Hanson: Hanson befriends a kid whose brother died after being seriously injured in a drunk driving crash. Was the brother’s death an accident, or is something more going on?
Penhall’s prerogatives: Penhall fits right in as a party dude, making him one of the most popular kids in school. He later tells his captain, “A Penhall cover comes with a lifetime guarantee.”
Undercover blues: When one kid takes off driving drunk, Hanson must break cover in order to chase him down and get him to pull over. It’s almost like a real car chase.
Goin’ to the chapel: Captain Fuller goes on a date, where he has one sip of wine too many. A rookie cop pulls him over and busts him for a DUI, much to his embarrassment.
There’s a big sign in the background of the Jump Street chapel that says, “Hot dogs.” Why???
Torn from today’s headlines: Lots of speechifying about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Trivia time: Guest starring a pre-fame and heavily-mulleted Jason Priestly, and omigod, it’s the weasel! Pauly Shore is in this episode, bu-u-u-dy.
Jumpin’ or not? The PSA-ness of this one is laid on real thick, even if the actors are nonetheless giving it their all to wring some fun from it all. Not jumpin’.
Next week: Ultraviolence.
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