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It's tactical village day on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a departmentally-mandated time for the precinct to test out new weapons, run through practice simulations, and let off steam and bond as a unit. Or, if you're Peralta, it's the perfect opportunity to pretend to be in an action movie. Unfortunately, before the squad can complete their run, they first have to deal with some personal issues: Diaz isn't speaking to Boyle because she's upset that she isn't invited to his wedding now that he's over her, and Peralta is jealous over Santiago's flirty relationship with an old boyfriend (Kyle Bornheimer). The fact that his precinct has just set the course record while the 99 has yet to complete a perfect run isn't helping matters either. Meanwhile, Holt has become addicted to a Candy Crush-like game called Kwazy Cupcakes, and since Gina was the one who introduced him to it, she takes it upon herself to help him break out of the game's sparkly clutches.
But like the tactical village itself, not everyone in this episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine can come out on top. So, who wins the children's karate trophy for delivering the funniest moments of "Tactical Village," and who is better off sticking with the Sarge and doing absolutely nothing?
Jake Peralta Peralta's goofy behavior is an important part of the show, but sometimes his shtick can get a bit old, which is why it was a nice change of pace to watch him become a determined, no-nonsense cop, and Andy Samberg does a great job of allowing some of that silliness to shine through in Peralta's more competent moments. - "I have a sexy voice. Champagne. Mountain range. Hugs." Other words Peralta thinks are sexy? Jesuit, horticulture, and lamb, with an over-enunciated "b." - Samberg's disgusted face when Boyle declares deep ocean trenches to be the sexiest geographical feature was the best reaction shot of the night. - Arriving at the tactical village: "Hey, Ronnie! They upgraded you from bystander to perp! Congrats, man. I'm gonna shoot your head off." - Peralta: "I love guns. I'm gonna make such a great dad." Santiago: "Not gonna touch that." Jake: "The Amy Santiago Story!" - Peralta's no-nonsense cop persona is Vic Kovak, an ex-Navy Seal who was double-crossed and left for dead. Although, he really should have gone for the sister stabbing, because emotionally, that's much richer. - Santiago: "You won coolest kill!" Peralta: "No, it tuns out that anyone can just buy a children's karate trophy online."
Boyle and Diaz Now that Boyle has finally gotten over Diaz, it's been great to watch them become friends, but the best part of this plot was that it gave us some more insight into Diaz, who si still one of the most one-dimensional characters on the show. It's surprising that Diaz, who is usually so aggressive and confrontational, is unable to actually talk to Boyle about why she's upset, but watching her passive-aggressively torture him is hilarious. - Boyle's insinuating voice sounds like Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia. - Things Diaz looks for in a guy? "Real stuff. Like the shape of his ass." - Boyle, writhing on the floor as Diaz tests out a weapon that uses sound-waves to torture people: "Why is this happening?! I can taste my thoughts!" - Diaz's plan is to avoid talking to Boyle until she's on her deathbed, at which point she will get in the last word and then promptly die. "I have 77 arguments I plan to win this way." Terry: "That's a terrible plan." Diaz: " Now it's 78." - After Diaz clues him in to the other meaning of STD (besides 'save the date'), Boyle responds: "That is correct. However, it is very expensive to have those cards reprinted, so we're just leaning into it. Rosa Diaz, will you accept my STD?" Diaz: "I look forward to having it forever." - After Vivian asks why Rosa coming to the wedding would be weird: "it would be weird because... I'm weird. WooooOoooohOoooohOooh. I'm leaving now."
Holt and Gina Let's be honest, here: Holt and Gina's plot this week was about as stupid as Kwazy Cupcakes is. Luckily, both Andre Braugher and Chelsea Peretti manage to make their interactions some of the funniest moments of the night, and Braugher's ability to deliver ridiculous lines in a complete deadpan is always a delight. - Gina: "No, it's Kwazy Cupcakes. With a backwards 'w.'" Holt: "There's no such thing as a backwards 'w.'"- After Gina catches Holt playing Krazy Cupcakes: "Captain, I think we've reached the point where you can start saying the 'w.'" - When looking for Holt, Gina describes him as a "tall, handsome gentleman, dressed like an airline pilot." - After Gina finds Holt playing the game in the bathroom: "This is no longer a men's room. It is now a liar's den." - Holt, yelling at Gina: "I realize 'kwazy' is a difficult word to say in anger, but I believe I have made my point clear." - Holt can't stop playing because "I'm just about... to enter... Sprinkle City." - During a lineup, Holt rearranges the perps by the color of the jackets to make a cupcake match.
The holidays have officially come and gone, which means that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back with new episodes (and two shiny Golden Globe nominations). Onscreen, Boyle has also returned after taking a bullet to the butt to protect a fellow officer. Unfortunately for the rest of the precinct, he's still in a cast, which means that he's riding around on a mobility scooter and causing chaos everywhere he rolls. However, Holt is insistent that they all try and make his first day back special, even if that means taking an "adventure in diarrhea" and letting him pick lunch or holding him up to help him use that bathroom.
Meanwhile, Diaz has finally caught the perp she's been chasing on fraud charges, but he claims to be able to help Jake catch the "Pontiac Bandit," a car thief he's been chasing for years. He convinces her to drop the collar to catch his criminal, which turns out to be the wrong course of action when Doug Judy (guest star Craig Robinson) reveals himself to have been the "Pontiac Bandit" all along, and escapes. And in the midst of all of this, Holt has two puppies that he's desperately trying to give away to someone in the precinct before their cuteness starts to undercut his authority.
With the 99th precinct back to it's usual, insane antics, who managed to stand out this week and become the MVPs of "Pontiac Bandit?"
Captain HoltIt's pretty obvious at this point in the season that we love everything that Andre Braugher does on this show, but his trademark deadpan delivery was heightened this week by the absurd addition of two "small dogs." Watching him carry those puppies around and attempt to discipline his officers despite the cute additions was a great twist to the usual Holt storyline. - After Boyle runs over Holt's foot with his new scooter: "I am in... incredible pain."- Holt attempts to explain the presence of the puppies: "My husband's dog Cheddar had relations with the neighbor dog, Karate, and produced these two smaller dogs." Holt could not be less comfortable around puppies if he tried. - Watching Jake struggling to do solve a basic math equation: "Do you need a math tutor? Because the department will provide one for you."- Holt wants to give the puppies to Terry, and introduces them with, "This is Richard, and this is Dan. They are puppies." Then, when Terry turns the offer down, Holt holds them up to his face and lets him know that "All three of us are disappointed in you."- On Gina: "She live-tweets everything. Ruined Downton Abbey for me."
Gina LinettiUsually, when Gina doesn't have a subplot of her own, she tends to disappear into the background with just one or two quips to remind us of her presence, which is a shame, because Chelsea Peretti is one of the show's greatest assets. This week, however, we still got plenty of Gina, even after she escaped to the evidence room to get away from Boyle and his enthusiastic clumsiness. - When Boyle spills hot coffee down his cast, Gina decides to counteract that by pouring an entire container of milk down after it. - Before escaping to the evidence room, she left a note on her desk that simply said "Gone Leaving."- "I've redirected all of Captain Holt's calls to my cell phone, my battery is at full charge, and I have loose diner mints in my purse. This is my home now."- Only Gina would come up with a secret escape plan to avoid Boyle and then live-tweet her afternoon.
Jake Peralta, Rosa Diaz, and Doug JudyPeralta and Diaz haven't had too many scenes together thus far, but Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz have great chemistry, and so it was great to see them get an entire story arc together. The fact that they went to the Academy together was a great way to explain the bond between them — they have always felt like the most natural pairing on the show — and it added some emotion and depth to their chase. Robinson is a perfect guest for this show, adding the right amount of goofiness to the plot. Hopefully, the open ending will give the show an opportunity to bring him back in the future. - Jake, testing out if he should change his name: "Does that sound better? Jack Peralta: Crocodile Hunter!" Diaz: "Yes."- Jake: "The Pontiac Bandit!" Doug: "We called him Bill, but whatever."- After finding out that Doug's mother thinks he's an architect with "all-white employees," Jake quips, "Why don't you just tell her you're an astronaut?" Doug: "Because space is scary! Look what it did to Sandy Bullock!"- Diaz practically bent over backwards trying to avoid letting Doug kiss her, and it was hilarious. - In order to keep Jake from looking like a cop on their sting, Doug puts him in a giant white tuxedo. Diaz's reaction? "You look like a Boyz II Men Easter album."- Jake, on the suit: "Is it triple-breasted somehow?"
At first glance, Brooklyn Nine-Nine seems like a vehicle for a post-SNL Andy Sandberg. At first viewing, it looks like the funniest new sitcom of the season. Upon further inspection, it’s the best representation of minorities on television.
Not many shows on television have one Latino lead and Brooklyn Nine-Nine has two. Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero play Detective Rosa Diaz and Detective Amy Santiago, respectively. An added bonus...these Latin actors get to actually play Latin characters. Oftentimes, Latin actors are asked to play Caucasians, African-Americans, Europeans or their cultural identity is ignored altogether. It’s great to see that these beautiful women are not hyper-sexualized or lampooned with thick accents, like Sofia Vergara's Gloria on Modern Family. It seems whenever a Latin woman is on television she needs to be wearing a short cocktail dress and running around in heels. These characters are police officers with unique and irreverent characters that just so happen to be Latino.
All the characters have identities that come secondary to their race. Terry Crews and Andre Braugher play African-American men in positions of power. They are given personalities that never once have to pander to stereotypes. Crewes plays Sergeant Terry Jeffords, a once badass cop who is overly sensitive and easily scared ever since his twin daughters were born. Braugher plays stern Captain Ray Holt with an icy, robotic demeanor. Braugher also plays a gay man in autheority. His sexuality does not take priority in his character; he keeps his private life private and the show addresses the level of adversity he’s faced as an openly gay captain.
The highlight of the show is the great writing. Everyone is a complex character and the source of their jokes isn’t their race, gender or sexual orientation. Women are portrayed as equally good or bad at police work as men, and gay men and African Americans are in positions of power. Hopefully, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sign of things to come in television casting.
"The Slump" is a bit of an unfortunate title for the third episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as it was the weakest episode thus far. However, it did give the show the opportunity to explore its supporting characters, and like Parks and Recreation, promises to be building up an ensemble of hilariously weird co-workers. The main plot of the episode focused on the surprising slump that Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) has found himself in. It turns out that the best detective in the precinct hasn't been able to close a single one of his cases lately, and it's starting to get to him.
Peralta gathers everyone together to collect suggestions for how to break his slump, but they are either unhelpful (get married... and then get divorced), impractical (finding a stranger in a hotel bar in Montreal and sleeping with them), or just plain impossible (10,000 situps). Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) suggests that he simply work a case until it's solved, which Peralta of course dismisses off hand. He eventually gives Holt's advice a go, but after a string of particularly miserable failures — including forgetting to check an elderly lady for her ID and busting a reported meth lab only to find out it was the apartment of an old man and his parakeets — Peralta comes to the conclusion that he's cursed. The announcement is accompanied by a beautifully timed spray of water form a malfunctioning urinal, and Samberg plays the moment perfectly, defeat clearly written on his face.
When Peralta comes to Holt with this new development, Holt tells him about a guy from his old precinct, Smitty, who was so cursed that nobody ever wanted to work cases with him, and so he sticks Peralta on desk duty until the slump is over. He even goes so far as to give him a rabbit's foot that Smitty recommended, and pops up at random intervals to remind Peralta to rub it for good luck. Braugher does a wonderful job of including the audience in the joke on Peralta, and proving that beneath his tough exterior, Holt has a great sense of humor. The monotony of desk work helps jog Peralta's memory, and he manages to solve a case and break his slump — which, of course, was Holt's plan all along.
However, the episode's two sub-plots were the real highlights. Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) has been asked by Holt to head up the junior police officer program, and she forcibly recruits Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) to help her. Gina (Chelsea Peretti) offers her own assistance, but is rebuffed, and when she shows up to the meeting anyway to heckle Santiago and Diaz, she manages to steal everyone's attention. Peretti really gets to shine, however, at the very end of the epsiode, when she performs a magnificently weird intrepretive dance to Christina Aiguilera's "Beautiful" ... for some reason.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Jeffords (Terry Crews) spends most of the episode trying and failing to assemble a princess castle for his daughter's birthday. It's a joke that has been done so many times that it's practically a sitcom staple, so it's a testament to Crews' delivery that he manages to make it the funniest part of the epsiode. Jeffords, along with Gina, is quickly becoming one of the funniest and interesting characters on the show, and it would be wonderful to see them develop a bigger presence.
Episode Highlights:- Gina's favorite cop movie is Bad Boys, becuase it has "a hot cup of Tea Leoni"- Jeffords enjoys playing his lineup character, Mean Terry, because he says what regular Terry is thinking: "I'm late for the farmer's market!"- Holt: "What did I tell you about doing voices?" Peralta: "I'm a storyteller, sir. It's my craft." - Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) keeps giving Peralta nicknames throughout the episode, the best of which is "Jake Hammer" and is accompanied by the appropriate sound effects.
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After a solid pilot got Brooklyn Nine-Nine off to a good start, the gang returns to solve some more crimes as comedically as possible in the series' second episode, "The Tagger." While there aren't quite as many laugh-out-loud moments as there were in the pilot, both Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher as Jake Peralta and Captain Holt, respectively, proved that these two are ready to become a perfectly dysfunctional team.
In the cold open, which is arguably the funniest part of the episode, Peralta arrives three minutes late, ready to be berated by Holt. Braugher's comedic timing in this scene is perfect, and the frustrated disbelief with which he delivers Peralta's list of infringements is a perfect touch. However, the show definitely needs to provide more evidence for the claim that Peralta is the best detective in the precinct — between his sloppy case files and the mouse in his desk, it's starting to get a bit unbelievable.
The episode centers around two crimes: Holt and Peralta will take on the titular tagger, who is spray painting wieners on squad cars, and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) are on the hunt for missing drugs. The drug-related B-plot gets its proper dose of wackiness courtesy of Gina (Chelsea Peretti), who brings in her "psychic"/shoe saleswoman friend to offer some assistance. Much of the humor comes from Boyle's manic quest to prove the psychic wrong, but not even Lo Truglio, who was a standout in the pilot, can't keep our attention from straying back to Peralta and Holt.
Meanwhile, everyone's new favorite Odd Couple is staking out the vandal in Sargent Jeffords' (Terry Crews) minivan. Peralta shows up late, of course, undercover as "Harvey Norgenbloom, recently divorced father of two with a dark sexual secret," in a outfit complete with khaki shorts and "man sandals". Although Samberg and Braugher have excellent chemistry, the constant lectures about Peralta taking his job seriously start to weigh down the episode. However, Holt lays out a clear challenge for Peralta: if every single part of his job is done perfectly, he will once again be unsupervised in the field.
Things really get going once the two manage to apprehend the vandal, who turns out to be the son of the Deputy Police Commissioner, leaving Peralta to decide between putting his career in danger and letting a criminal go. The decision is made for him when the Commissioner arrives to pick up his son and declare that everything is out of his hands, but Peralta's not ready to let it go so easily. After all, he spent all that time on writing up the perfect report — an hour on fonts alone! And so, after talking it over with Holt, the two decide to arrest the kid, which results in the Commissioner declaring that he is prepared to make their lives very difficult, and setting up a conflict that is sure to rear its head later in the season. Personally, we're hoping he gets a catchphrase as awesome as "You've just been Jammed."
Episode Highlights:- Holt shows Peralta two pictures, one of his locker and one of a dumpster in the Philippines, and Peralta is unable to tell which is which. (Spoiler: they're both his locker.)- The mouse in Peralta's desk is named "Algernon."- Jeffords' repeated declaration that SUVs are dangerous because "They roll! They roll!"- Peralta loses a man sandal while chasing after the vandal, causing him to hop along after Holt. - After the commissioner's kid claims he is several hundred years old because he's "a Highlander", Perlata replies, "I'm going to put that in, and then they're going to try you as an adult Highlander."- "Gina, could you look up the humidity and also what moon cycle we're in?" "No." "Thanks, Gina." - In the episode's best visual gag, Peralta's report has an "About the Author" section, featuring a picture of Samberg in a black turtleneck.
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Pound the alarm: Nicki Minaj is on the cover of August's issue of Marie Claire and she's eager to discuss her new acting career.
After leaving her hosting gig on American Idol because it was "time to focus on the music", Minaj, who studied acting at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, is finally getting her chance to put her education to use in way that has nothing to do with one of her fifteen alter egos (Roman Zolanski, Harajuku Barbie, Tyrone, Rosa, etc). The rapper, who is currently filming her role as the larger-than-life assistant to Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman, says that when director Nick Cassavetes offered her the role, "I was like, 'Why does this guy believe in me?' He goes, 'I've been watching you on Idol, and you're great.'" She says that Idol "made me seem more relatable to the everyday person. It's cracked that shell for my image. I've become something bigger than Nicki Minaj."
Starships were meant to fly, and so was Minaj. Her first album, Pink Friday, went platinum and her second, last year's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, sold more than a million copies worldwide. Now, the former Idol judge will drop her third album, tentatively titled The Pink Print, next year. But even with a successful music career and fifteen personalities to back her up, Minaj is still human: about acting alongside big-named actresses Diaz and Leslie Mann, she admits "I would be lying if I said I was not nervous. I can't blow this."
And although the talented rapper "at least want(s) to do three more albums," she also says that "one day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know. I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects." She just wants to live in this moment 4 life, okay? The August issue of Marie Claire will hit newsstands on July 16 but her interview has already been released. So in the words of Minaj and will.i.am: check it out.
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