Brooklyn Nine-Nine pulled off the surprise of the night when the show won two Golden Globe awards this weekend: Best Comedy, and Best Actor in a Comedy for Andy Samberg. On the plus side, these wins have all but guaranteed the show a second season and a larger audience, but on the downside, "The Bet" needed to be good enough to justify the wins. Luckily for both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and its fans, last night's episode was a great blend of hilarious and heartwarming, and it just may have been the best Peralta episode yet.
Remember way back in the pilot when Peralta and Santiago had a bet going to see who could get more felony arrests? It's okay, neither does Hitchcock. Well, this week, the writers resolve the bet subplot, and after a last minute prostitution ring bust guarantees Peralta the victory, he gets to revel in his prize: the opportunity to take Santiago on the worst date ever. Fortunately for Santiago, the date is interrupted when Holt sends Peralta on a stakeout, and he decides to drag her along. Meanwhile, Holt is throwing a party at the bar for Boyle, who has just won the Medal of Valor for his work catching the Freestyle Killer, but Boyle's painkillers mean that he is articulating every single thought that comes into his head. And Terry has conveniently forgotten to let his wife know that he's back in the field, a fact which Holt accidentally reveals at the party.
Which characters managed to upstage the confetti cannons, children's choir, and surprise stripper to become the MVPs of "The Bet"?
Jake PeraltaSamberg has a lot to live up to after his surprise win this weekend, but luckily for him, his first episode as a Golden Globe winner delivers. He and Melissa Fumero have always had great chemistry, and they did a great job establishing the close friendship the two have developed from working together, as well as subtly hinting at the possibility of a budding romance. Perlata works best as a character when Samberg balances his arrogance and goofiness with the right amount of lovability, and "The Bet" manages to hit that sweet spot between all three. - Peralta: "Your handshake is quite firm." Santiago: "I took a seminar." Peralta: "Where?!"- Attempting to suck up to Captain Holt: "You're looking stoic today, like a wise, old oak."- "Hey Santiago, do you have any dietary restrictions that Medieval Times should know about?"- Peralta celebrates winning the bet by setting off a confetti cannon, and proposing she go on "the worst date ever" with him using a ring he spent $1 on. He then chauffers her around his car, to which he has attached a sign saying "Just Lost a Bet" and several strings of tin cans. - The first part of the date includes getting an official date portrait taken, featuring Peralta and Santiago both playing one saxophone. I think the precinct has found their Christmas card. - Boyle: "How much money have you spent on this date?" Peralta: "Like $1400, but it's all on credit cards so it's like $5 a month for the next 2,000 years."- Peralta is renting a tiger cub by the hour. He doesn't know what for yet, he's just waiting for inspiration to strike. - Santiago: "So glad to be out of that dress. It was weirdly hot." Peralta: "Yeah, that's probably because it's a cotton and plastic blend." - After Peralta and Santiago have a fake fight in order to capture the smugglers, one of them remarks: "I'm sad y'all are arresting me, but I have to say, I'm glad you're back together."
Captain Holt After last week proved that Holt doesn't understand and is uncomfortable around puppies, "The Bet" introduces us to something else he is completely flustered around: marital disputes. Andre Braugher is always a delight, but watching him attempt to dig himself out of a hole with Terry's wife while still remaining completely deadpan took everything to another level. - While the rest of the precinct seems delighted by Sgt. Peanut Butter, Holt mostly seems confused. We imagine it's because he doesn't have a sensible name like Richard or Dan. - After accidentally revealing to Terry's wife that he's back in the field: "Oh. I've caused a problem. I think... I am... getting a text message. Bloop! Ah, There it is." It's hard to say what's funnier about this bit: the fact that he stole the idea from Boyle, or just the idea of Holt making a "bloop" sound to sell the idea of getting a text. - Holt: "Perhaps I should stop talking to your wife." Terry: "That's a good call. Captain."
Boyle and Gina"The Bet" puts the show's two weirdest characters together; after Boyle's painkillers result in him blurting out every random thought he has, Holt puts Gina in charge of taking care of him at the party. Boyle's earnestness is perfectly matched by Gina's sarcasm, and together these two have some of the best moments of the night. One of the best things about Brooklyn Nine-Nine is that characters are often stronger together than apart, and the writers clearly enjoy coming up with odd partnerships just as much as the actors love playing them. - Gina, after Boyle starts insulting people: "Oh, I know. This happened to my dad when he had his vasectomy un-reversed."- Gina: "I would love to see Boyle get punched!" Holt: "Try again." Gina: "I will stop Boyle from getting punched?" Holt: "Correct."- Peralta: "You live in your ex-wife's new boyfriend's basement. I'm not taking advice from you." Boyle, to the room at large: "I'm ashamed of my living situation!"- Boyle: "Have you seen Rosa?" Gina: "Rosa died eight years ago. Let's get you a drink."- After Scully asks Gina to "tag in" to the dance: "Not even if it would cure cancer."- Boyle manages to bail out both Terry and Captain Holt by chastising Terry for lying to Sharon, and then complimenting her on her "incredibly attractive hands." After they make up, Sharon threatens that if Terry ever lies to her again, "I will leave you for this short, earnest man and his ex-wife's new boyfriend's apartment."
Sgt. Peanut ButterLike Li'l Sebastian before him, Sgt. Peanut Butter proved that there is almost nothing in this world funnier than a celebrity horse with a nonsensical name. Especially one that poops on stage during the Medal of Valor ceremony and then gets fêted by the United Nations. We hope to see much more of you in the future, Sgt. Peanut Butter, for you are truly a hero.
Sharon Osbourne has donated $15,000 (£10,000) to a young father who has been given months to live after he was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. The music manager, who won her battle against colon cancer in 2002, was moved by the story of Ryan Glenny, 23, who married his girlfriend Cola from his hospital bed in Kent, England last week (begs16Dec13) after discovering his treatment had failed.
A friend of Glenny's set up an online fundraising page in a bid to gather money to help Cola and the couple's two kids, Ralph and Pearl, after Glenny - who is known by his middle name Felix - has passed away.
Osbourne handed over the generous sum and left a message of support on the page, writing, "Dear Felix, from a survivor, never give up the fight and hope. God Bless you and your family. Love, Sharon Osbourne."
The fundraising page has since raised more than $69,000 (£46,000).
Cola, 23, says, "It has really put my mind at rest because I know I can look after my children now. I'm so grateful to everyone that's donated.
"To get a donation from Sharon Osbourne herself is incredible. It's a huge amount. I honestly can't believe the level of kindness that both friends and strangers have shown."
Simon Cowell has fuelled speculation British pop star Cheryl Cole is set to return to his hit U.K. TV show The X Factor. Former Girls Aloud star Cole was a mentor on the programme but was famously dropped by Cowell from the first season of the U.S. version of the show in 2011 after filming just two audition rounds.
Cowell tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "She was a really, really good judge. I mean, she took what she did seriously. She used to phone me almost every night - one, two, three o'clock in the morning, talking about songs and what she should be doing.
"That's the kind of judge you want to be working with on these shows, because they really care. I hope we're going to get the chance to work together. We have to find a way because we had a lot of fun."
Cole reportedly received $2.1 million (£1.4 million) in an out of court settlement after she sued executives at Blue Orbit Productions, the team behind the show, for loss of earnings following her exit from the U.S. programme.
Reports of Cole's return to the British contest began to spread after current judges, Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh announced their plans to quit after the 2013 show.
Sharon Osbourne is writing a children's book based on the Disney TV programme she voices. The X Factor judge provides the voice of Captain Hook's mother in Disney show Jake and the Never Land Pirates and she is now penning a book set within the fantasy universe of the TV hit.
It will follow Osbourne's character Mama Hook on adventures with others from the show and is due for release in the U.K. next year (14).
Osbourne says, "I have such a wonderful time playing Mama Hook on Jake and the Never Land Pirates. To be able to take that role to the book world and share Mama Hook's stories with families around the world is an honour. I hope kids enjoy reading Mama Hook's pirate tales and continue to fall in love with her, just as I have.''
Osbourne is partnering with Disney Worldwide Publishing and Parragon Books for the project, titled Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Mama Hook Knows Best.
Sharon Stone and Hilary Swank were among the Hollywood stars who flew to India to raise money for AIDS research at a glittering gala in Mumbai on Sunday night (17Nov13). Basic Instinct star Stone mixed with the Bollywood elite by co-hosting the amfAR India gala at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel with superstar Abhishek Bachchan and his actress wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Speaking before the event, Stone revealed her involvement came about after a meeting with Rai Bachchan in Cannes, France, saying, "It is very kind of Aishwarya and Abhishek to support this cause. It all started in Cannes two years ago when she came up to me. It's wonderful to be here with her. More people should come forward to lend a helping hand."
Rai Bachchan adds, "This is (the) first event of amfAR in India and I am confident we will have several more to come in our country. I hope we all collectively raise funds, spread awareness and strengthen the force."
The event, which raised money for The American Foundation for AIDS Research, also featured a performance from pop star Ke$ha, a charity auction, and a fashion show by some of India's top designers.
Kelly Osbourne has been banned from driving following her seizure earlier this year (13). Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's daughter suffered a health scare while filming U.S. TV series Fashion Police in March (13) and spent several days in a Los Angeles hospital while doctors attempted to discover what caused her seizure.
Osbourne has now revealed she is taking precautionary medication, and has been told she cannot sit behind the wheel of a car in case she suffers a relapse.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I don't know if I'm epileptic or not - it's a waiting game right now. It's scary and confusing. I'm hoping it was just a stress-induced seizure, but I have to be on anti-seizure medication for a year and I can't drive in case I have another episode.
"Not knowing what caused it is the worst thing. There's a chance it won't happen again and I hope it doesn't, though I don't remember it."
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has dismissed reports suggesting Jessica Pare's Megan Draper character will be murdered in the upcoming season finale, insisting fans are reading too much into the T-shirts she wears on the show. Pare, who plays Don Draper's aspiring actress wife in the 1960s-themed drama, sent viewers into a frenzy when she wore a red star T-shirt similar to the one moviemaker Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate wore for an iconic 1967 Esquire magazine shoot during an episode that aired in the U.S. on 26 May (13).
Tate became a victim of the Manson Family, and was murdered during a killing spree in 1969.
But Weiner tells TV Guide magazine the fact that his leading lady wore Tate's shirt is "just a coincidence", adding, "I've wanted Megan in a real T-shirt (from the era) for a couple of seasons.
"There's a lot of death on this show, and sometimes the audience mistakes symbolism. I hope the audience finds our finale intriguing and emotional."
And Pare isn't revealing anything - she says, "I think we're all gonna die one day... I don't know what's gonna happen. You'll have to wait and see."
The season finale will air in America on 23 June (13).
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have been forced to cancel two upcoming festival appearance due to an "urgent family matter". The soul/funk group was slated to perform at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival in California on Sunday (26Apr13) and again at the River's Edge Park in Iowa as a part of Loessfest on America's Memorial Day (27May13), but both shows have been axed.
A post on the band's Facebook.com page written by singer Jones reads, "We are very sorry to say that we're still dealing with an urgent family matter, and the Dap-Kings and I will not be able to perform at our two shows this weekend... We hope to see you all soon, and have a safe and restful holiday weekend."
Southern rockers JJ Grey & Mofro have stepped up to replace the group at its first festival slot, while this year's (13) Loessfest will still feature a concert by The Beach Boys, among others.
Sharon Osbourne and her son Jack have been honoured in Los Angeles for their work to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. The reality TV stars were presented with a joint Medal of Hope award by Jack's sister Kelly Osbourne at the 20th annual Race to Erase MS gala on Friday (03May13).
Jack Osbourne, 27, announced he had been diagnosed with the neurological condition last summer (Jun12), and he and his family have been using their fame to accelerate the campaign to find a cure for the disease ever since.
Speaking before the event, rock matriarch Sharon admitted she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from her friends and relatives after going public with her son's health crisis.
She said, "We feel totally spoilt by our friends and family and everybody has been amazing with us. At times like this you realise how lucky you are to be surrounded by so many friends."
And Jack was full of praise for the strength his mum has shown in the months since his diagnosis.
He added, "If anyone is deserving it's her because she's been more out front about this than anyone. She's been so supportive - it's nice that it's a family affair."
Jack's wife, Lisa Stelly, also attended the bash, while other guests included singers Rod Stewart, Melanie Brown and LaToya Jackson, who were treated to performances by Sir Elton John and R&B star Taio Cruz.
Sharon Osbourne and her daughter Kelly have joined forces to front a new breast cancer campaign in the U.K. The rock matriarch underwent a double mastectomy last year (12) over fears she could develop the deadly disease, and now she is pushing home the importance of raising funds for cancer research in a new campaign for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.
The shopping initiative encourages women to donate to cancer charities by purchasing clothes, and the fashion-savvy Osbournes embrace in a touching photo promoting the drive.
Sharon says, "Every year Fashion Targets Breast Cancer unites people for this vitally important cause, a cause that is particularly close to my heart. I hope that everyone in the U.K. really embraces the campaign this year - it's vital that their scientists can keep making breakthroughs to improve the lives of women affected by the disease."
Former rocker Pearl Lowe and her model daughter Daisy are also involved with the campaign. The ex-Powder frontwoman adds, "Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is a legendary campaign and this year's theme of uniting mothers and daughters really brought it home for me. We must raise money for breast cancer research now to make a difference for our daughters in the future."