|Left to right: Andy Samberg and Joe Lo Truglio|
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: An ongoing case involving Peralta (Andy Samberg) trying to get a smuggler who is working out of Atlantic City.
Peralta Problem: Peralta suffers some strenuous injuries that puts him on medical leave, but he continues to work on the case anyways.
Subplot of the Week: Holt (Andre Braugher) decides to throw a dinner party that immediately gets out of hand as everyone brings their personal baggage.
Best Joke: In a flashback, Peralta reveals that he is so dedicated to solving his crimes that he once figured out a violent case while playing a clown at a children's birthday party. He frustratingly chokes the balloon and makes it pop in front of children.
Culprit: The man who was smuggling drugs was eventually caught, but as Peralta attempted to do so, he became more injured after colliding with a police car.
Resolution: The culprit is caught by Jeffords (Terry Crews). During this time, Peralta injures himself further and reveals that he has a long history of not wanting to give up on a case. Holt's dinner goes awry because Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) fakes a pregnancy and doesn't want to be around her boyfriend. Gina (Chelsea Peretti) and Santiago (Melissa Fumero) show up late and end up having their own fun night doing something destructive. Peralta accepts the time off and Jeffords feels assured of himself as a result.
Verdict: Another strong episode that works thanks to a strong pairing of cast. While they have done the stakeout scenario before, this was an interesting twist in which Peralta unveils some personal motivations and why he doesn't give up despite his injuries. It is also pretty funny and has a lot of character moments that unveil layers to the characters. Even if it isn't the funniest or most intricate, it is nice to see this show still managing to humanize these characters and make them more than stereotypes by giving them actual back stories and motivations. For that alone, this episode has a lot of great moments that make it one of the better ones this season.
Rating: 4 out of 5