Mar 6, 2014

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Tactical Village"

Left to right: Andy Samberg, Kyle Borneheimer, and Melissa Fumero
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: Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz
Crime of the Week: The precinct attends their annual tactical simulator to see how they operate in times of crisis.

Peralta Problem: Peralta (Andy Samberg) becomes jealous of Santiago's (Melissa Fumero) friend Teddy (Kyle Bornheimer) and does what he can to impress her).

Left to right: Andre Braugher and Chelsea Peretti
Subplot of the Week: After finding Gina (Chelsea Peretti) on the phone playing a game called Kwazy Cupcakes, Holt (Andre Braugher) becomes addicted and seeks Gina's help trying to quit.

Best Joke: With Boyle's (Joe Lo Truglio) wedding to Vivian (Marilu Henner) approaching, he gives out "Save the Date" cards, which he abbreviates as S.T.D.'s, unaware of the other  meaning. Throughout the episode, everyone talks about receiving S.T.D.'s from Boyle in comical manners.

Culprit: Peralta is his own worse enemy as he takes his friendship with Santiago and mistakes it for love.

Resolution: Peralta discovers that Santiago's fascination with Teddy stems from the fact that he asked her out first. Holt eventually decides to quit the game when he discovers that Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) is playing the exact same game at the exact same point. After seeking revenge against Boyle, Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) realizes that she is mad for not getting a wedding invite. She eventually gets it at the celebration party. She is also a little jealous that Boyle is marrying Vivian.

Verdict: Another really solid episode made even better when mentioning that all of the plots dealt in some ways around addiction. With Holt's being the most explicit, it was great to see Andre Braugher struggle with a ridiculous premise and turn in a delightfully deadpan performance covered in denial. It was also great to see Gina be the voice of wisdom in a way that didn't feel forced or out of place. I also enjoyed that half of this episode was essentially an excuse to do a mock-up of an action film, with the opening segment being a direct riff on the various ways that people shoot their guns. Most of all, it continues to help us see the complications of these characters' relationships, specifically between Boyle and Diaz with the implicit jealousy that Diaz is developing; and Peralta and Santiago, who have been great friends, but somehow feels threatened when Teddy comes into the picture. With everything being resolved in time, save for Diaz's conflicted emotions, this may be one of the few episodes that feels fully fleshed out as having a singular theme with three individual story lines.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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