10. Season 2, Episode 5: The Mole
The Vulture is one of the earlier episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and already we see the great dynamics between the characters. It also features the debut of everyone's favorite douchebag, The Vulture, as he steals Peralta's nearly-finished case to finish and take credit for it. Jake, Boyle, Rosa, Amy, Hitchcock & Scully all get tipsy and invade the crime scene in an attempt to solve it first. It's just another one of those ensemble episodes, like Beach House, and it's just plain fun. Elsewhere, Holt & Gina try to get Terry back in the force after his famous mannequin incident. One of the funniest moments in this one is in the cold opening where Jake, Amy, and Rosa brag about the oldest perp they've bagged and Charles thinks they're talking about the oldest person they've had sex with, classic Boyle.
7. Season 2, Episode 10: The Pontiac Bandit Returns
6. Season 2, Episode 4: Halloween II
5. Season 3, Episode 20: Paranoia
4. Season 3, Episode 10: Yippie Kayak
3. Season 1, Episode 10: Thanksgiving
If Brooklyn Nine-Nine was as recognizable as Seinfeld "My wife was murdered by a man in a yellow sweater" would be as wildly quoted as "Not that there's anything wrong with it". Peralta simply hates Thanksgiving and finds an opportunity to get out of Amy's disaster Thanksgiving dinner to work a case with Holt. Approaching the criminal, Peralta makes up aliases for the two, Barley and Jimes. Jimes, a man who solved every case except one, the murder of his wife. Holt goes into character during their visit to the perp's house and it's just too good. The Amy Thanksgiving dinner results in many relocations, from Shaw's Bar to back to the precinct, and of course Rosa is happy the night was a disaster, on the other hand Terry can't stop being hungry. The final result is an ethnic dinner at the precinct with the whole squad together, what's better than the 9-9 to get you in the turkey day spirit?
2. Season 1, Episode 11: Christmas
1. Season 2, Episode 23: The Chopper
Peralta, Boyle, and Holt flying in a helicopter to find a murderer and a million bucks, how could this not be amazing. This is an episode where you not only get hooked on the gang's hijinks but the case itself as they try to find the members of the Fulton Street Four. There's nothing you can't love in this one from Holt, Jake & Boyle jumping off the helicopter in bad-ass fashion to the rest of the squad hosting a field trip for some middle-schoolers with Santiago proclaming that "Some say latin is a dead language, but I say it's just taking a long nap". It's always a pleasure seeing the fun-side of Captain Holt, even if it has been over-used a bit in season 4, and this episode showcases it perfectly. Also, who could forget that hilarious cold opening bit.
Those are just 10 of 80 Brooklyn must-watches. I didn't exclude episodes from season 4, it just kind of worked out that way, though the most recent episode, The Fugitive Pt.2, was a stronger contender but barely missed the list.
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