Mar 20, 2014

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Unsolvable"

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.

Crime of the Week: A case that has remained unsolved for eight years involving the death of Sophia Bunsen's (Heather Olt) dead husband.

Peralta Problem: Peralta (Andy Samberg) wants to solve an unsolvable case when he becomes dissatisfied with his recent success record.

Left to right: Melissa Fumero and Andre Braugher
Subplot of the Week: In order for Santiago (Melissa Fumero) to get out of commitments with Holt (Andre Braugher) to hang out with Teddy (Kyle Bornheimer), she lies about a dental appointment that goes horribly wrong.

Best Joke: Upon pulling an all nighter on the case, Peralta finds his partner Jeffords (Terry Crews) the next morning eager to find out what evidence Peralta has come up with. When Peralta asks him to come with him, he doesn't move on the grounds that he is very tired and unable to function properly.

Culprit: It turns out that Nate Dexter wasn't dead but that he had killed Sophia's husband when he found out that she was cheating on him.

Left to right: Braugher, Dan Donohue, and Fumero
Resolution: Peralta solves the case, but reveals that he is mostly repressing his depression that has risen from Santiago dating Teddy. Santiago admits to her faults, but not without discovering that she has brushed her gums too much and now has cavities. Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) borrows a washroom from Gina (Chelsea Peretti( and Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), but betrays them when he tells other people about it, thus ruining the secret washroom.

Let to right: Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz
Verdict: It isn't so much about the crime this week as it is the amount of gags that are thrown into it. From the vast amount of gags involving inmates to the sleep deprived Peralta, this was a particularly strong episode in which it served to show not only Peralta's obsession with fighting crime, but also revealing his secret reasoning behind it. He has been seen as a goofy character for most of the season, but this episode cuts to a deeper problem with him in ways that are comical but also sort of profound. Comparatively, everyone else's problems aren't as major. At most, Santiago must learn to talk honestly with Holt, which isn't a particularly exciting topic to dissect at length. However, the secret washroom was particularly interesting, but seemed to go nowhere beyond the typical beginning-middle-end structure. As a whole, this is a very strong episode for those that like what Peralta is about, and with Jeffords tagging along, it makes for some great moments of physical humor. It isn't quite as strong of a group piece this week, but with Boyle getting a lot of the attention lately, it is easy to overlook this.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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