Sunday, August 30, 2020

Emmy Episodes: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

It’s always my policy to watch every Emmy-nominated episode each year, which leads me to sample a handful of shows that I don’t tune in to on a regular basis. For the fifth year in a row, I’m making a special effort to spotlight each of those installments to offer my perspective on shows that I don’t review each week.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 7, Episode 12 “Ransom” (B+)

Every time I watch this show, I think that maybe I shouldn’t have been so quick to give up on it after the first three episodes and I just wasn’t feeling it. There are still some characters I don’t love as much, like Charles and Terry, whose ill-advised bone broth business combusted rather quickly. What I do love, however, is the relationship between Jake and Holt. This, of course, is the Emmy submission for Andre Braugher, who returns to the Emmy lineup for the first time in four years. I don’t think I had the pleasure of meeting his onscreen husband before, played by scene stealer Marc Evan Jackson, who I’ve enjoyed in the past on shows like “Parks and Recreation,” “The Good Place,” and “Dead to Me.” I enjoyed all of Jake’s interactions with Kevin, including the comedic cop trying to learn how to talk like him and also questioning how a dog could love security cameras. Though this wasn’t Braugher’s best work, I did love the way that he connected a man’s watch being slow to him being a psychopath, and there’s no matching his deadpan delivery of his sunshine and umbrella line. Being unable to remember which 80s movie was based on him was the perfect torture for Jake, who immediately came to multiple definitive conclusions. I’m always happy to see Kyle Bornheimer, who I recently watched in the Emmy-nominated installment of “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings,” and he did great as Amy’s insanely boring ex who managed to convince Rosa to try to hold on to a stroller for hours, a ridiculous challenge that I cannot imagine could be real.

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