Feb 6, 2014

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Operation: Broken Feather"

Terry Crews
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.

Crime of the Week: With piles of police reports coming in, Holt (Andre Braugher) and Jeffords (Terry Crews) work out a strategy to make the office more productive in filing cases.

Melissa Fumero
Peralta Problem: With the news that Santiago (Melissa Fumero) is interviewing for a job at a different precinct, Peralta (Andy Samberg) does his best to convince her to stay.

Left to right: Crews and Andre Braugher
Subplot of the Week: In the process of Jefford's efficiency plan working, Holt keeps trying to find ways to make the team more productive beyond reasonable control.

Adam Sandler
Best Joke: During an auction ceremony, Peralta finds his culprit sitting out in the audience and decides to tackle him to the ground. In the process, he injures Joe Theismann, who claims that he "Broke my other leg." This is a callback to a real life incident also involving Theismann at a Super Bowl, which this episode was a lead-in to. Not to be outdone, guest star Adam Sandler makes the statement that he recorded the whole thing on his phone.

Chelsea Peretti
Culprit: Holt's selfishness results in the experiment turning into an elaborate disaster. He becomes in a sense an Icarus that flies too close to the sun and causes everything to fall apart. It is only when Gina (Chelsea Peretti) gives him an intervention that things change.

Joe Lo Truglio
Resolution: Holt's plan fails and he admits defeat humbly. Santiago goes for the interview, but eventually decides against it. The file work does get done, but there is no way that what has procured during this episode is likely to stick, especially since Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) ended up on fire and Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) continued to have a raging fit no matter what.

Left to right: Fumero and Andy Samberg
Verdict: Another really strong episode, if solely because it is an episode that literally takes a look at the dynamics of the office in minute detail. We see Jeffords move people around and make them work in ways that are at points impressive. We have come to expect stereotypical behavior from some of these actors and to see them slightly altered is excellent. Even the plot with Santiago and Peralta was great, if just because it showed how endearing their partnership has become and overall the impact of this show. Even when it isn't always the funniest, it does manage to make the characters care, and that is the biggest success. Of course, while it could just be that its lead in was the Super Bowl, it is interesting to see so many guest stars of high caliber on the show, whether intended for filler of actual interesting moments.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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