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Tube Talk: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Oolong Slayer

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: (L-R) Capt. Holt (Andre Braugher), Gina (Chelsea Peretti) and Jake (Andy Samberg) in the "The Oolong Slayer" episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airing Sunday, Oct. 18 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: John P Fleenor/FOX.

Serious business brings us back to where we were before.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 3: Episode 4: The Oolong Slayer: GRADE: A-

With a show like Brooklyn Nine-Nine one wondered when first announced about how the show might take on serious crimes and something similar of elk given this is a show about the NYPD and really is mostly dealt with property and theft crimes of the such, with the occasional harder crime involved here and there, but now something really hard comes into the fray as Jake discovers the return of a serial killer while investigating a breaking and entertaining case.

What’s significant is that such a serious case is enough for Jake to defy Captain Vulture’s orders of handling small slice cases so Vulture can send harder and bigger cases to his rival as part of a bet they got going and go right to Holt. This is the episode where Jake and Holt once again get to be the oddball pair of equals they are as policeman within the NYPD. Its also a great reminder as to what an oddball pair Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher are. Jake and Holt’s relationship is a life source for the show given that was the main conflict when the show began is how this smart, but oddball detective would get along with the straight laced, hard nosed captain. Both now are in places where they aren’t too happy and their reliance on each other to finally solve the case of an uncaught serial killer. Along with Gina who overheard them and can’t rat them out, but in her defense the acoustics in the men’s bathroom do sound great. Seeing Jake and Holt on a case together had a familiar feel while still feeling different thanks to the changes that were instilled by the season already. Jake Peralta is a great cop and that is perfectly highlighted in this episode as it shows he’s equally motivated to be a great cop and because catching a serial killer is incredibly appealing to him. Holt is in for the thrill of real police work again.

Holt’s acceptance to leave the case when ordered is understandable, but Jake can’t operate like that. He is the hero cop he believes himself to be and again gets to show what a good cop he is in catching the killer with Holt who plays it up so well as he’s obviously excited and of course Jake uses this to get Holt back to the precinct. I love this is how they got Holt back to being captain as any other way might not have fully worked. Jake reminding Holt of what his old life was like works perfectly and fits within both of the the characters. The excitement among the precinct I’m sure if felt on the other side with viewers as now, the guys finally got a solid win for themselves this season now. Good guys win!

This episode is great for that story because of how well defined they are now and the love between the characters. Also Gina’s selfie stick killer catching selfie maybe just the sole highlight. Too funny.

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Now the B and C plots aren’t so much as good as the main one, but they are pretty good for great laughs. Terry starts feeling incredibly stressed and he should with his third child on the way, wife on bed rest, trying to maintain and police precinct, so stress eating fatsuit Terry seemed logical. I like this for more of the pairing of Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio who are just great together. The real fun does come when the fatsuit is on and once again terry Crews shows how game he is for this show. The love he clearly has for this show and cast is really infectious toe come across the screen and have you love it even more. Its fun to see them be themselves, but stretch their characters too.

Amy and Rosa are assigned by The Vulture to throw him a surprise party and again its mainly good because of the paired character. Of course the Vulture is hilarious because he’s so unfathomly douchy. It works it does and his stalling of it because he won’t share shit about himself feels right and right that since he’s in a band, they book him and said band to play his own birthday. Again far more engaging because of the characters put together since Amy and Rosa are fantastic together and man hopefully we get a more full episode of them working together on a case.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine cleverly lets us get back to where we were before and seems ready for even more antic now that the whole crew is back together. Welcome back, Captain Holt!


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