TV Review – Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Cinco De Mayo

TL;DR –  After six years, will the annual heist be a dull affair, no of course not.

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Cinco De Mayo. Image Credit: NBC.


Throughout Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s history, there have been a number of running jokes and the most recurrent of these is the Halloween heist. For me, the original heist episode all the way back in Season One was one of the episodes that elevated the show from being just fun to something more. However, after six times around is there anything new you can do with this idea, indeed Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) calls out this very sentiment, but I think the show still has a few surprises left.

So to set the scene, it is Cinco de Mayo and Terry (Terry Crews) is stress eating because it is the day he is taking his lieutenants exam. As a way to help take his mind off it Jake (Andy Samberg) and Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) both suggest that they run their annual heist today as they could not run it on Halloween because of a gas pipe explosion. Soon it is decided that the teams will be Terry and Jake vs Holt and Amy (Melissa Fumero), because Rosa and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) are over it. All they have to do is get Scully’s (Joel McKinnon Miller) medical alert bracelet by the end of the night, which can’t be too hard … right. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.

Andy Samberg & Andre Braugher in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Cinco De Mayo. Image Credit: NBC.
These Heist episode is always about shifting the status quo. Image Credit: NBC.

Where B99 excels is in its character interactions and over the years the heist episode has been used to show those interactions off in a more dysfunctional way. Indeed, that’s why last season’s wedding proposal at the end was such a curveball because it was a moment of wholesomeness in amongst it all. However, each year the heists get more crazier and the outcomes become more absurd that surely at some point they will hit a ceiling. I had concerns that this episode would be it as everyone backstabs and betrays everyone else.

However, when it comes to a good heist story you need three things, the setup, the confusion, and then the reveal. The setup is the heist is there to help distract Terry on his big day. The confusion is everyone turning on everyone, like Scully having a secret twin brother, Bill (Winston Story) being still alive, and Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson) getting into the action. Now, of course, this leaves the reveal, that for the last 6 months Terry has been playing everyone. Historically Terry has been seen as almost a joke character in these heists, so to see him manipulate everyone was a lot of fun. Made even better by the final reveal.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Cinco De Mayo. Image Credit: NBC.
It was good to see Terry have more of a focus this week. Image Credit: NBC.

In the end, do we recommend Cinco de Mayo? Yes. I had a fear that this joke might have worn itself out by now, but I was happy to be wrong. The interesting thing will be, that with a seventh season, can they outdo themselves again?                   

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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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by
– Rebecca Asher
Written by – David Phillips
Created by – Dan Goor & Michael Schur  
Production/Distribution Companies – Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal & SBS Viceland.
Starring in Season Six – Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller & Andre Braugher with Marc Evan Jackson, Winston Story, Jake Green, and Tony Nunes.  

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