Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back, and in a kind gesture for our tender hearts, the series continues right where it left off. But, don’t think we don’t notice that new little 80s hair flare, Peralta. We see you stylin.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Episode 1, “Honeymoon,” is both deeply silly and deeply warm, which is such a great relief. Honestly, it is a great relief to be writing “Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6″ at all.
The show’s new network, NBC, has taken the core qualities of this unstoppable comedy and given them a bit of a glow-up. That’s what honeymoons are all about.
Let’s get to the toit deets.
Captain Holt’s Tantrum IS The Nine-Nine Fandom
Captain Holt’s over-the-top pity part when he loses Commissioner to John Kelly is the definition of EXTRA.
It works perfectly because it is in synch with how we as the fandom reacted to the news that Brooklyn Nine-Nine was canceled. It was weeping and wailing and yelling and Drama.
So too, Captain Holt has no chill when it comes to his sorrow.
CAPTAIN HOLT: I was just thinking that the sea bass is cold, but not as cold and cruel as the hand of fate that have thrust my entire life into darkness.
It is easy at first to enjoy the rantings just at face value. He is typically so put together and rigid, it is a joy seeing Captain Holt fall apart.
However, like the fans’ vociferous and emotional reaction to the loss of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Holt’s disappointment comes from a deep place. His entire view of integrity and justice is upended by the mediocre white man winning.
I CAN RELATE.
The Nine-Nine fandom can relate because that is what it feels like when you see something of quality, this show we love, passed over for things of less quality.
Even if the parallel is completely unintentional, Brooklyn Nine-Nine did us fans a solid by letting us hop in that hot tub with Captain Holt and bathe in our despair, never feeling like we or Captain Holt are wrong for being sad.
That is where the references and parallels end. The episode doesn’t include any “wink-wink” call-outs to being canceled or include any perceptible changes in tone or character.
Sure, Boyle gets away with saying, “it eats us out,” but a more relaxed line for risque dialogue is less a change and more a fun new toy for the precinct. Gina’s reaction to that gross line is like a big hug for the audience. WE HAVE MISSED YOU GINA.
Every single TV writer who has characters get into romantic relationships should be required to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s main couple, Peraltigo.
Why should they be forced to enjoy the love story of one Amy Santiago and one Jake Peralta? Peraltigo proves that married couples are interesting and they don’t need cheating, nagging, or near-death to be that way!
“Honeymoon” is one of the top five Peraltiago episodes of all time.
Not only do we revel in their kink quirks, but we also get to see Amy stand up to Captain Holt in defense of Jake in a way that she never would have had the courage or confidence to do on Season 1.
Amy’s confidence is rooted in her relationship with Jake but in a really healthy way.
Typically, we might see that a character finally feels good about herself because a man sees her as beautiful. This is a tired old trope and should be thrown out the window as a way of presenting a good relationship.
Amy doesn’t need Jake to tell her she’s beautiful. He doesn’t need her to compliment her or define her best qualities for her. That’s superficial.
Jake brings depth to the table. Amy has never been known and understood as deeply by anyone as she is known and understood by Jake. They are constantly vibing.
This tethers Amy and allows her to stop fretting quite so much and start leaning into her relationships more. That security in her identity and purpose in her life gives Amy the freedom to confront Captain Holt even while she’s wearing a Die Hard wig.
Amy might be hootless, but she is also a lion heart.
“Honeymoon” showcases the strength of Peraltiago’s marriage, and it also gives us the best alphabet-themed joke of all time.
AMY: This B needs a C in her A.
JAKE: *makes a face*
AMY: What, this Babe needs a Coconut in her Arms.
JAKE: Oh, I thought you meant this BLEEP needs a BLEEP in her BLEEP.
Thank you, NBC. Just, thank you.
At first, I cringe at all the “hoot” uses, but when I realize that this is Amy remaining in character as her Die Hard seductress, I decide owl allow it.
Holt’s Novelty Tees RANKED
I love the through-line bit on the episode with Holt’s grocery store t-shirts. Here are the five shirts ranked:
5. 1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor
The bright green color of this tee is working for Captain Holt. It is screaming for attention and the punny shot glasses are just the right amount of ridiculous. It’s a little too basic to make the top three, but we do love it.
4. Naked Torso
This shirt in and of itself is not super hilarious. But, when placed on Captain Holt while he talks about cold sea bass in a fancy restaurant, the shirt becomes better than fine dining. The directing of the scene where Holt wears this tee also maximizes the hilarity.
3. SLUT Pineapple
This shirt is so curious and bright it makes us laugh without any dialogue. A pineapple in a bright pink thong? OKAY!
As the characters dissect its meaning, and Jake makes sure he gets one for himself, it becomes an even sweeter choice to cover up Holt’s pecs. We sincerely hope this shirt makes another appearance on Season 6.
2. DTF- Down to Fiesta
Captain Holt’s attachment to the literal makes this tee almost painfully funny to watch. We get to see him Down to Fiesta from a full body view and then we follow him down to the floor as he makes sure Amy and Jake can see him during their massage.
The physical comedy and over-all ridiculousness of this shirt give it a top spot.
1. What’s Up, Beaches
First of all, this shirt looks FANTASTIC on Holt! The color is heaven. Seeing Holt in a tank top is what I didn’t know was missing from my life.
But, that’s not all. This shirt takes the number one spot on the list because it gives us one of the best lines of the episode.
Captain Holt: It says “What’s up, beaches,” instead of bitches, for humor reasons.
I would sign up for a honeymoon where it’s just Captain Holt explaining punny jokes to me.
The major thing that was missing from Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 5 was more Gina. The show has announced that Chelsea Peretti will be stepping away from the series during this season.
So, it is fortunate that “Honeymoon” gives us so much good Gina.
Her one-liners land like gold, but we also see a great deal of growth in her character.
She tries to protect Boyle from knowing that her mom was cheating. That’s actually a really big deal. Gina manages to remain so true to herself, as a self-proclaimed narcissist, while also finding space to be a part of the 99 family.
It is beautiful and funny to watch and I hope we have loads more moments with Gina before she makes her move.
The only reason this review is not five stars is Amy’s reaction to the song Tootsie Roll.
This 90s bop includes explicit instructions for how to get down to its rhythm (“when I dip, you dip, we dip”). Amy would have a deep affinity for the jam. It is very fun up her alley, especially three drink Amy!
Other than this slight character miss, “Honeymoon” is a slice of perfect cake at the wedding celebration of love between the 99 and its fans.
Top One Niners
- “It’s easier to care about what you say when you look like me. ” – Gina
- “Yes, the ‘Do-me Decimal System.” – Jake
- “Who will bend the knee?” – Gina
- “I love how it masks my shame.” – Holt
What did you think of this episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.
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