Mar 11, 2015

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Captain Peralta"

Left to right: Joe Lo Truglio and Andy Samberg
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.

Andre Braugher
Crime of the Week: Holt (Andre Braugher) seeks help from the precinct to figure out an imaginary case in order to win a prize.

Left to right: Andy Samberg and Bradley Whitford
Peralta Problem: Peralta (Andy Samberg) runs into trouble with his father (Bradley Whitford) after he is accused of smuggling drugs from Canada.

Left to right: Chelsea Peretti, Melissa Fumero and Braugher
Subplot of the Week: Everyone must figure out Holt's brain teaser in order to please him.

Best Joke: As Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) tries to get everyone to recognize his facial hair, he gets mistaken for a criminal and is assaulted due to vague similar appearances.

Culprit: Holt was asking everyone to solve the brain teaser because he was doing so to please his superior.

Terry Crews
Resolution: Peralta ends up accepting that his dad is a failure and doesn't want him in his life. Meanwhile everyone else discovers that Holt's puzzle isn't that easy to solve and are convinced that he's doing it just to please his superiors.

Resolution: The continues to get more interesting as it expands its initial cast to include family members and various relationships. While the Holt story was inventive and clever in its own construct, the main focus of the episode regarding Peralta's dad was especially charming. Considering that Peralta is a stand-up guy, it is easy to root for his father sight unseen. However, it's still a good episode with a few unexpected emotional beats that cap off the episode and make for another strong episode that proves that the show's strengths lie in the dynamics. As usual, the Boyle/Peralta combo is an easy laugh and a big reason why this episode works. This isn't to say that Holt's story was bad, but it was still really good in a way that managed to add more weight in humility to the strong story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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