Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 2, Episode 2, “Chocolate Milk”
Written by Gabe Liedman
Directed by Fred Gross
Airs Sundays at 8:30pm ET on FOX
The second episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s sophomore season fires on all cylinders.
“Chocolate Milk” may not be the funniest instalment of the hit TV series, but there are plenty of profane laughs as they set up Terry Crews and Andy Samberg as a hilariously off-kilter comedy duo. Meanwhile the B-plots and C-plots serve as a reminder as to why the series is just so special. Holt is taken by surprise when his longtime nemesis, Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick) arrives to evaluate his work with the precinct. Meanwhile, Jake and Terry test the boundaries of “work friends” vs. “friend friends” as Jake helps Terry, when getting a vasectomy. Terry admits he’s not ready to go through with the operation and that sets off Jake to help in his foolish ways.
“We’re not friend-friends. We’re work friends.”
While the episode spends a good portion on the A-plot focusing on the friendship between Peralta and Terry, it also proves to be another standout episode for Terry Crews. There’s plenty of funny gags for the whole ensemble, but Terry getting high is without a doubt the highlight this week. Much like last week, Peralta must to learn that he can’t control everything or everyone around him, especially somebody like Sergeant Jeffords. Terry Crews talking about how the anesthesia made him a superhero and black, as well as crushing Andy Samberg with all his weight and telling Jake that Captain Holt needs to smoke some weed, squeezes just about all the giggle juice it can get from their small adventure. Jake can be a handful and Lord knows plenty of critics have criticized Samberg’s performance, but Peralta proves each and every week, that he has a heart of gold, and might just be the best friend anyone in the precinct has.
Now that Peralta is no longer driving Holt up the wall, the Captain needs someone new to agitate him, and the introduction of Kyra Sedgwick as Holt’s nemesis is just the fix. Watching Sedgwick face-off against Andre Braugher proves the fine comic actress can easily match his smug deadpan energy. Hopefully her recurring role will provide us with more hilarious flashbacks to Holt in the 80’s working his way up the ranks.
Meanwhile Boyle and Gina continue having their affair, but what’s more interesting is the partnership between Boyle and Rosa this week. Boyle needs a plus one for his ex-fiancé’s Jamaican-themed engagement party and so Rosa decides to tag along as Boyle’s date. Could a love triangle be on the horizon with Boyle in the middle? Diaz hasn’t appeared in enough scenes this season, and it’d be terrible if the writers circle back to season one comfort zones. Having Boyle chase after Diaz would be disappointing, but having Gina and Rosa fight over him, might be exciting.
“Just because we have secret, shameful sex does not mean we are friends.”
- Ricky D
“I forgot you were a Ross-head.” – Jake to Terry.
“He needs to smoke some weed.” – Terry
Someone should tell Boyle that Jamaicans don’t have corn rows. At least his outfit looked right.
I did love Diaz’s matching dress!