Mar 4, 2015

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Boyle-Linetti Wedding"

Left to right: Sandra Bernhard and Stephen Root
The Golden Globe-winning comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for a second season of hilarity and crime. After an impressive first season that chronicled one of the best new ensembles solving problems and forming unexpected relationships, the series is back to tackle bigger things. Will it be as great as the first season? Stay tuned every Wednesday for the recap on that week's episode to find out through interesting tidbits including the best jokes and what the crew is up to that week.

Crime of the Week: Lynn (Stephen Root) and Darlene (Sandra Bernhard) are about to get married and Gina (Chelsea Peretti) is in charge of making it go right.

Andy Samberg
Peralta Problem: Peralta (Andy Samberg) gets wrapped up in helping Santiago (Melissa Fumero) catch a criminal in the midst of trying to impress an old high school fling.

Melissa Fumero
Subplot of the Week: Santiago must capture a criminal before the wedding starts.

Left to right: Andre Braugher and Marc Evan Jackson
Best Joke: As Holt (Andre Braugher) is preparing a speech for the wedding, he reveals the time he got married and how he rushed through the vows in fear that gay marriage would stop being legalized.

Culprit: The wedding goes off without a hitch.

Resolution: Lynn and Darlene get married. After getting the ring stuck on his finger, Jeffords (Terry Crews) pulls the ring off of Peralta's finger. The rest of the wedding goes perfectly. However, Peralta doesn't get to dance with his dream girl. He turns to Santiago, who offers him an alternative, which is dancing with an elderly lady who is very grabby.

Verdict: What makes the episode particularly strong is that everything is centered around two characters who have been rather minimal to date. This isn't the beauty of it. While we are familiar with how Lynn and Darlene operate, there's something sweet about Gina trying to make everything work perfectly. It is beautiful and despite the many conflicts, they manage to make everything work. Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) is reliably aloof and Stephen Root brings great charisma to his character. However, it's the sentiments at the center of the episode that manage to make it a lot stronger and more enjoyable. There's payoff and plenty of depth to the Peralta-Santiago relationship, which has garnered an earnest touch to it that manages to have more depth than expected. Overall, a very strong episode that reflects why the show is a strong ensemble and has potential to have longevity.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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