Feb 6, 2014

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Party"

Marc Evan Jackson and Andre Braugher
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.

Left to right: Braugher and Andy Samberg
Crime of the Week: Holt (Andre Braugher) invites the precinct over to meet his husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson), who is not fond of police talk.

Left to right: Terry Crews and Samberg
Peralta Problem: Upon trying to fit in, Peralta (Andy Samberg) starts a conversation with Kevin over a New Yorker article that he read while impaired by dental equipment.

Left to right: Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Samberg,
Joel McKinnon Miller and Chelsea Peretti
Subplot of the Week: The precinct try to clash with the intellectuals that Kevin knows by talking about foreign films, opera, and being mistaken for homosexuals.  The only one with any success is Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), who meets food enthusiast Vivian (Marilu Henner). 

Melissa Fumero
Best Joke: As things are starting to wind down and everyone is panicking, Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Jefford (Terry Crews), and Peralta all end up in the couple's bedroom only to wind up cornered in the bathroom as Kevin and Holt have a private conversation. Along with a dog that Santiago is allergic to, things quickly turn haywire.

Culprit: The reason for Kevin's hostility towards police behavior is revealed to have stemmed largely from the past and the harassment that Holt went through being a gay police officer.

Resolution: Upon Peralta's discovery of Kevin's bias against cops, he treats the couple to a wonderful dinner. He has all of the precinct help out and even has Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) sing some opera. Kevin finds a soft spot for them and everything works out.

Left to right: Truglio and Marilu Henner
Verdict: Another excellent episode that plays with the dynamics of the series. We have seen the precinct mostly work within the realm of law enforcement, but to see them stem out into the world of intellectuals is quite interesting. There is a sense of anarchy and discomfort that comes from it, and it only justifies what exactly makes the group so important. Even if nobody else seems to get them, they will always have each other's backs. We also meet Kevin, who is an interesting addition to the cast, if just because the straight man role continues to get stranger. We have long heard about Kevin, but to see him be somewhat stuck-up is something fascinating in ways that makes Holt seem cartoonish. There's only hope that he will be back. Also, will anything happen between Boyle and Vivian? They almost seem too perversely perfect for there not to be.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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