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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Apartment” Review **SPOILERS**

27 Feb
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Apartment” Review **SPOILERS**

*Disclaimer: Every time I start my first review for a different Tv show, I will provide a brief evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses, its context, and/or the little things that grab my attention each week that keeps me watching.

{{There’s no doubting that last fall was typically rough for new sitcom comedies to hit their mark. Many have failed immensely and are still running (have you seen Mom, or Dads?,) and some have been abruptly cancelled (sorry, The Michael J. Fox Show.) But like Dean Winter’s Detective Pembroke once stated, “Out of the tear gas rises a phoenix,” And Brooklyn Nine-Nine has emerged as the standout television comedy of 2013. So much so that it beat out perennial all-star Modern Family for a Golden Globe. What could’ve been a standard cop show overflowing with references to other cop shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine draws up a boatload of gags and one-liners all hilariously played out by a cast oozing with chemistry. Andy Samberg, Andre Baugher, Stephanie Beatriz, and Joe Lo Truglio among others all lend to the craziness that runs within this Brooklyn district with a ton of charisma and charm. If you’re looking for a comedic game-changer, look no further.}}

The Review:
“The Apartment” is so routinely entertaining and insanely coherent, it’d puts all the pressure of writing the same superlatives I’d give for other episodes on me as if I reviewed the whole season up to this point. The growing rapport each member of the Nine-Nine continue to develop amongst themselves is always welcoming, and is in many ways the biggest advantage “The Apartment” has to thank for its success.

Everything worked here, as per usual, but my favorite arc of this week’s story involved Peralta’s real estate jam. Given Captain Holt’s graces, Jake is paired up with Gina to find a new place to stay, as his current living grounds (his grandma’s old place) has left a trail of mortgage payments too expensive for him to keep up with. Maybe someone should sit him down and tell him that the non-existence of bank-loaned cash and a building going co-op aren’t a good mix. Had Gina’s secret weapon–her economical efficiency and money smarts–not been a factor, who knows how this story would end. Apparently it’s why Holt hired her in the first place, but most surprising is that she shares a childhood history with Jake and plenty of “pajama jammy jam” memories. I would’ve never thought of such a connection between the two, but seeing their back and forth this week sort of spells it out for me. With Jake’s undermining inconstancy to natural authority, and Gina’s sarcasm and slight narcissism, they make the perfect odd couple for this sort of scenario. Of course there’d be a magazine clip’s worth of funny zips from both Andy Sandberg and Chelsea Peretti to demonstrate that (the one with the six massage chairs and apartment #7 being a couple of them,) but I think the one thing we’re meant to take away from their adventure was the teamwork aspect involved. Jake may be an adult, but he doesn’t always act like one and he can’t blame the super for not being aware of the co-op move and his eviction (I mean, come on, his tub is literally filled with mail.) Gina’s financial savvy and her ability to relate to Peralta from a childhood standpoint helps him find the light, which ends up in a residency switch. Jake now lives in Gina’s place and vice-versa, but the biggest adjustment from all this was Peralta admitting he was wrong for thinking he could withstand his current life of debt. Peretti’s already grown on me, but this team-up gives her huge bonus points, and probably more fans.

Back at the office, Boyle shows his willingness to help his fellow man by joining in on Diaz’s antics to humiliate one of the weekend squad officers. No doubt, she hates working weekends anyway. But you don’t s#!* where you eat, and you don’t leave your chin hair trimmings all over her desk. Detective Lohank (guest star Matt Walsh) apparently didn’t get the message, but Rosa seems to have a remedy for that. If you wanna call trashing his locker with random people’s loose hair and shaving cream a remedy. Boyle deserves most of the credit for providing it, considering he knows a place that sells loose hair, but his help was not all she acknowledged from this experience. Their chemistry shown throughout this episode, as they both got a hoot and a hollar from the inherent goofiness that followed. Boyle simply can’t not please anyone in the Nine-Nine, and Diaz was openly accepting to that for perhaps the first time. The adverse affect of Boyle’s engagement dodged a huge cliche-sized bullet in that regard because we were supposed to expect jealousy and resentment on Rosa’s part. Instead, she seems to have recognized his genuine appeal. She opens up to him, lets him provide his unabating attention, and shares some crowd-pleasing screentime with him as well. This cast has proven time and time again that any tag-team could effectively feed off each other. But Boyle and Diaz getting along this well? Now, that’s special.

And Kudos to Sergeant Jeffords for getting this far in retaining his leadership. The journey back to office supremacy has been a real sleeper hit in this show, and Captain Holt’s annual psych evaluations just may be the perfect icing on top of this ice cream sundae. Not only did it get village idiots Hitchcock and Sully together for a couple of good laughs, it finally woke Santiago up a bit to her excessive need to please Holt. It is here where the show did its usual song and dance and ran each sub-story into each other with subtlety and purpose. Jake’s apartment fiasco taught him the value of a reality check, which he force feeds to Amy, which empowers her to finally accept her detective flaws and Holt’s personal judgement. On the other side of things, Jeffords mission to prove that his influence has brought positive effects to everyone else gets accomplished through Boyle and Diaz. Their stupidity allows him to think back to all the hard work they’ve put in beforehand, and encourages him to stand up for his squad. The character has gone a long way towards becoming more than a walking doormat, and his stock continues to rise.

The Verdict:
What else is new? Brooklyn Nine-Nine lands another winner in its steadily impressive freshman year. The same old formula of different tag teams all colliding in the end to help each other out has only gotten better and better, while the laughs just keep on coming. If anything more than just another great episode, “The Apartment” finds a comfortable middle ground for both comedy and character development. I can’t stress enough how well this show has progressed going into the home stretch.

Rating: 9

+Jake and Gina go apartment hunting
+Boyle and Diaz actin’ a fool and getting along
+Sergeant Jeffords, the proud momma hen
+Santiago sticking it to Holt

*Don’t go yet. There were so many funny lines from this week’s episode, I decided to jot some of them down.

“I just started the second season of media content. No spoilers.”

“I think I speak for all of us when I say that we can’t wait for you to sit in judgement of us.”

“I feel like a proud momma hen, who’s baby chicks have learned to fly.”

“I have 72 arrests, an 80% clearance rate, but most importantly, I wore a tie sometimes.”

“Pig Bun Gelato for two, anyone?”

“Sexy, like we’re trying too hard, like sure, we’re trying, but it’s almost effortless.”

“You also purchased Olympus Has Fallen on demand twelve times. Was it a difficult film for you to follow?”

“I was reading the sergeant’s lips through the window and he either said ‘bring in Santiago next’ or something about San Diego’s nest.”

“I’m Tom Selleck. Park my chopper on the beach.”

“I’ve been pretty busy with police work, you know, with my police friends, helping out non-police folks such as yourself, keeping you safe, police.”

“Is there a reason you’re interrupting me, mid-soup?”

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