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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 Episode 16 Review


***Spoilers Ahead***

Moo Moo

FOX

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is, above all else, a fun show. It'll pack in as many jokes as possible in its 22-minute time span and include some over-the-top action scenes and heartfelt moments along the way. One of the reasons I became a fan of this show is because of how detached it is from the real world. Aside from season 3's "Boyle's Hunch", which featured a subplot that somewhat tackled the relationship between the cops and citizens, the show has never incorporated any real-life issues. Instead, they've stuck to comedy and character relationships. Despite the silly title, "Moo Moo" takes Brooklyn Nine-Nine a step out of its comfort zone to tackle a topic that the writers feel the need to address. It's an episode unlike any other, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.

The episode's cold opening betrays the mood of the episode as Boyle ends up wearing the same outfit as Terry and urges the squad to say who wore it best. It's a lot better than the cold openings we have gotten in the past few episodes, solely because it has nothing to do with the episode and acts as a small standalone segment. Despite that, I would have liked to see this cold opening in a much lighter episode, but it doesn't detract from the fact that it's really well-done. Moving on the actual episode, it's the Holt & Terry stuff, as opposed to Jake and Amy plot, that helps give this episode a voice. It's great to see Holt looking out for Terry and eventually backing him up in his decision to report the officer. Out of the entire squad, Holt seems to have the most respect for Terry and only these two could take on a topic as serious as racial profiling without making it feel goofy. There isn't much comedy to be found in this plot. For what it's worth, there is a great cutaway to Jake pulling a prank on Boyle, but a dark episode like this is expected to be light on the laughs. Ultimately, Jeffords produces a monologue about why he needs to report the officer who profiled him and it's definitely powerful. Also, it's great how Holt's urge not to issue the complaint stems from his own tragic past of being discriminated against. This gives the episode some heart to add to the serious nature of the subject matter. Everything here is phenomenal and the subject is handled without being preachy.

The B-plot with Jake & Amy attempts to provide comedic relief, but it doesn't really work out and nothing in it is very interesting. The two babysit Terry's kids and ultimately learn how parenting is like. It attempts to tackle the same issues as the A-plot in a goofy way, but nothing hits the mark. But, Boyle's obsession over their relationship somewhat redeems it from being a total loss.

"Moo Moo" is an episode with a mission and a message. The main story is powerful, even if the B-plot is lacking. But, I didn't like how most of the characters were neglected to the side and the fact that there was no real comedy or action. Still, I have to give "Moo Moo" credit for effortlessly tackling a subject such as racial profiling. It's a unique installment that definitely deserves a watch.


Grade: A-


Thanks for reading my review of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Catch new two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine next Tuesday, 8/7c, on FOX.