Mar 13, 2014

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Fancy Brudgom"

Andy Samberg
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: Samberg and Joe Lo Truglio
Crime of the Week: As Boyle's (Joe Lo Truglio) Best Man, Peralta (Andy Samberg) must help him plan the perfect wedding.

Peralta Problem: As the wedding planning continues, Boyle reveals Vivian's (Marilu Henner) plan to move to Canada and must stop his friend from making a bad decision.

Subplot of the Week: In order to get in better shape, Jeffords (Terry Crews) leads Santiago (Melissa Fumero) and Gina (Chelsea Peretti) on a special diet.

Best Joke: While trying on suits, Boyle has a wide array of flamboyant outfits that Peralta doesn't like, as they make him look a little gay. When they finally settle on one he likes, it turns out that the outfit's material isn't that thick, leaving some undergarments to be seen.

Left to right: Trulgio, Marilu Henner, and Samberg
Culprit: Due to Boyle's nervousness, he is unable to solve his problem with Vivian, thus leaving Peralta to force him to come to terms with his guilt.

Left to right: Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, and Chelsea Peretti
Resolution: Peralta forces Boyle to talk to Vivian and they agree not to move to Canada. After Santiago and Gina turn on Jeffords, he reveals that he did the diet mostly to have connection with his wife. Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) apologizes to a police officer that she made fun of over something in the past.

Verdict: Another solid episode with both of the bigger plots dealing with some sort of addiction in order to please other people. In the case of Peralta and Boyle, we get a lot of delightful gags that reflect Boyle's eccentricities and Peralta serving as the voice of reason. This helps to add a sense of humanity to their relationship and makes this show effective in how it cares about the characters. The subplot with the diet was equally interesting, if just because it suggests the complexity of Jeffords and the one-two punch of him being endearing for sacrificing masculine tropes to please his wife. Overall, this captures the brilliant desperation that diets can have while also choosing to apply a sense of cult behavior in those that stick with it. Personally, I didn't care for the Diaz story, as it was rather straightforward. Otherwise, another solid episode of helping these characters bond in strange ways. The only question really is how Boyle's marriage is going to impact the show and if Vivian is going to become a main character next season. We're at episode 20, so we are presumably towards the end of season one. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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