TL;DR – A fun family story but they may have picked the wrong story to focus on
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
When you have a long-running show, changing up the dynamic can keep it fresh or be its downfall. This usually takes the form of the key relationship in the show, but not only did Brooklyn Nine-Nine let Amy (Melissa Fumero) and Jake’s (Andy Samberg) relationship develop naturally they have let it go through all the phases of life.
So to set the scene, at the weekly briefing Amy and Jake have an important announcement to make, they’re having a baby, which everyone already knew about. But with the thoughts of the coming bundle of joy come to the foreground, Jake starts thinking of the past and what his father Rodger (Bradley Whitford) refers to as the ‘Peralta Curse’ that is the terrible relationships that fathers have with their sons. Well there is only one way to fix that and that is to reunite a father with his son and that goes about as well as you expect. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so you better believe that there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
When we look at the core storyline this week, the family reunion and then un-reunion and then reunion again I honestly thought it was fine. There were some good moments in there that were used to show just how far Jake has developed as a character. It was also funny to find out the Rodger was a boat floozy before he was a plane floozy. Also having Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) come in to save the day was a nice touch, the only thing it missed was Katey Sagal who was noticeably absent from the big reveal scene.
While this was a fun, generally light story the B-plot this week revolved around a break-and-enter that Amy thought was low key and she assigned it to Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller), only to find out that the mayor is personally interested in the case. Of the two, this was the one that gave the more interesting story, especially once you find out why there are no witness statements. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a history of pivoting to these important issues and this could have been a good place to do that. Well, at least it was not the C-Plot that felt like the most superfluous plot this season.
In the end, do we recommend Admiral Peralta? Well, look. I don’t think this was their best episode this season by a long shot. However, ever when Brooklyn Nine-Nine does not quite land it is still an enjoyable ride, and this is what it was, I mean it was good just for the ‘Cry Hard with A Vengeance’ gag.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by – Linda Mendoza
Written by – Neil Campbell
Created by – Dan Goor & Michael Schur
Production/Distribution Companies – Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal & SBS.
Starring in Season Seven – Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller & Andre Braugher with Bradley Whitford, Martin Mull, Eva la Dare & Will Hines