Nov 14, 2013

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Old School"

Left to right: Andre Braugher and Stacy Keach
Welcome to a weekly recap of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is one of the funniest and freshest new comedies currently airing on TV. Follow us every Thursday as we break down the episode into all of the important beats from the plot to character moments that are worth giving another shout-out. With an all-star comedy cast, this recap series will hopefully give you the information you need as well as reason to watch Fox on Tuesdays.

Andy Samberg
Crime of the Week: Peralta (Andy Samberg) must keep reporter Jimmy Brogan (Stacy Keach) from publishing quotes he made while intoxicated.

Left to right: Samberg and Keach
Peralta Problem: After a drunken night out, Peralta needs to find a way to take down the man he idolized in a professional manner and come to terms with his admiration for the crooked, backwards thinking reporter.

Stephanie Beatriz
Subplot of the Week: Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) is forced to testify in a court case and seeks advice from Jeffords (Terry Crews) and Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) on how to be convincing and nice.

Left to right: Melissa Fumero, Dirk Blocker, Samberg,
Beatriz, and Joe Lo Truglio
Best Joke: Opening strong, the crew decides to steal Scully's (Joel McKinnon Miller) shoes with a robot and blow them up in a fashion that parodies the Hurt Locker. It raises discussion of the movie and there is a sudden realization that blowing up his smelly shoes only made the stench worse.


Culprit: Jimmy Brogan gets his quotes and after being punched in the face by Peralta, gets away with things by printing an assault of character against him.

Left to right: Truglio and Terry Crews
Resolution: Holt (Andre Braugher) isn't upset with Peralta on the grounds that he stuck up for him when Brogan insulted the commanding officer. Diaz manages to get through the court case with some luck and some awkward advice from Boyle and Jeffords. 

Braugher
Verdict: Another really solid episode that decides to focus on the mechanics of operating the force than an actual crime. While the story may have been light on plot, this felt more like it was a gag-heavy episode with numerous flashbacks and its attempt to go very slapstick. From Peralta dancing on a bar table to the flashback of the openly gay black Holt coming into the police station, this episode wasn't short on humor one bit and thankfully was able to use it to compensate for a lack of story. However, the episode really should belong to the subplot with Stephanie Beatriz, whose deadpan menace has become increasingly more endearing, especially when places alongside Boyle's secret attraction towards her. With this episode, the show manages to feel like the police procedural version of Parks and Recreation without any sense of insult. The cast continues to be strong and all of the small moments make the show continually great. The court scene where Boyle and Jeffords are offering Diaz directions is priceless and a reflection of how strong the cast is.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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