One of the best single-camera comedy shows currently on TV, Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues to roll on into Season 3 with last weekend's Episode 5: Halloween III.
I must admit, the beginning of this episode threw me a little. Episodic comedies like Brooklyn Nine-Nine don't necessary need to bridge an overarching narrative from episode to episode but it feels like we missed out on Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) having a settling (or re-settling) in period when he returned to the 99. That whole dynamic was glossed over in favour of another wacky Halloween heist but it was a great episode, one of the best of the new season so far, so I can't complain too much.
"Halloween Heist 3: The Heistening!"
Finally, Captain Holt is back!
This isn't just great because we get to see the fantastic Braugher back where he belongs, but also cause it means Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) gets his straight man back. Peralta's character works far better when he has Holt to bounce off of and their relationship is the centerpiece of this week's episode, Halloween III.
The Halloween episodes have always been a lot of fun, and splitting the team into two and pitting them against each other was a nice change from everyone vs Holt, and illustrates how his initially abrasive character has been accepted into the community fold. Unfortunately, it also meant less pigeons this time around.
Of course, in the end neither Jake nor Holt could win. The final heist had to remain a tie so that their friendly power-struggle/rivalry could continue, and so the true victor came in the form of Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero).
"Get back over to the loser's side, loser!"
Despite the fact that you could tell right from the get-go that Amy was going to intervene and best the two of them, it was still a lot of fun to watch (especially Jake vomiting everywhere - which I never thought I'd say).
Amy is consistently referred to as one of, if not the best detective in the precinct so it's quite nice to see her getting some comeuppance over the rest of the team who constantly poke fun at her.
Amy: "I believe there's something else you both need to say."
Holt/Jake:"Amy Santiago is an amazing detective slash genius."
Everyone shouting at Amy's boobs was kinda hilarious too. One of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's best qualities is the way it handles juvenile humour through the unique and well-developed characters and watching the normally uptight stoic Holt yelling at Amy's chest before apologising: "Sorry I said cleavage!" was a little bit brilliant.
On another note, whilst I am glad that Jake and Amy's relationship hasn't become the absolute centrepiece of the show, it would be nice to see a little more of how that's developing now.
We've seen quite a bit of the two of them trying to navigate the work-place environment with regards to their new-found romance, accidentally causing Captain Dozerman (Bill Hader)'s heart attack and trying to outwit the Vulture, Detective Pembroke (Dean Winters). But we've not actually seen very much of the intricacies of the relationship itself, and there's plenty of comedy material there stemming from their conflicting personalities.
Next week's sixth episode, Into The Woods features Jake and Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) taking Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) on a camping trip in the run up to the birth of his third child, but in true Brooklyn Nine-Nine style things don't quite go as planned. Back at the precinct Holt gives Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) advice on her relationship with Holt's nephew Marcus (Nick Cannon) and Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) helps Amy prepare for an important presentation...
There's no Brooklyn Nine-Nine this weekend, so Season 3 Episode 6 will air next week on Sunday November 8th.