TV Review – Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Four Movements

TL;DR – Today is a goodbye, but then it also was the perfect goodbye to have

Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Four Movements. Image Credit: NBC.


The last-minute renewal of Brooklyn Nine-Nine was both a joy, but it was also tinged with a little bit of sadness. This is that even though B99 got a half and then a full season pick up, it was also announced that Chelsea Peretti would be leaving the show. Well, that time has come, but with all things Gina, it was a joy to watch.

So to set the scene, at the end of The Tattler Jake (Andy Samberg) had a heart to heart with Gina (Chelsea Peretti) about where she saw her future, and was she being held back at the 99? Well at the start of Four Movements we get to hear her answer as she announces to the whole team that she is leaving the 99 and then she hands in her two-week notice with a four-part interpretive dance movement. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Four Movements. Image Credit: NBC.
I am going to miss Chelsea Peretti and her amazing energy in the show. Image Credit: NBC.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Four Movements was how it gave every single person a moment to shine. We got to spend time with everyone, as each person got to say goodbye in their own way that is both true to their character, but also to Gina. For example in the First Movement, we had a deep conversation structured around a chess battle between Gina and Captain Holt (Andre Braugher). Each movement of the chess pieces was layered in subtext as the two strong personalities crash together. But it is also a caring moment because Holt deeply cares for Gina and her future. This episode is structured around four acts, titled after each movement. This gave Four Movements a structure, but also a drive because you knew the end was in sight.

There were a number of highlights from tonight’s episode, like Holt sort of, but not quite mastering trash talk. For me, I think my favourite moment was when Jake and Gina talked their way into an exclusive club to get Mario Lopez to come to Gina’s going away party. It not only plays into Jake’s love of going undercover and Gina’s love to reinvent herself at a moment’s notice. Also, it will be sad to not get to see the odd relationship she has with Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) and the Boyle Cousins, though there was a good call back with the mother dough.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Four Movements. Image Credit: NBC.
I’m glad they got to say goodbye in a was that felt true to all the characters in the show. Image Credit: NBC.

In the end, do we recommend Four Movements? Yes, yes we do. It is sad when characters leave shows, but it is a comfort when they get to say a proper goodbye. Chelsea Peretti is a huge presence on the show, and B99 will change with her not being there, however, I doubt this is the last time we will get to see Gina Linetti and her crazy capers in the show.         

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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Trailer – Click Here to View (all trailers have heavy spoilers)
Credits –
All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by
– Luke Del Tredici
Written by – Phil Augusta Jackson
Created by – Dan Goor & Michael Schur  
Starring in Season Five – Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller & Andre Braugher with Mario Lopez & Eugene Lee Yang  


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