TV Club: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Captain Peralta”

In certain cultures, beginning an episode of television with one of its characters suddenly sporting a Pacey Witter goatee is a good omen. (The exception is of course in Dawson’s Creek itself.) That’s the case for the cold open of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s “Captain Peralta,” as Boyle debuts a terrifying bit of facial hair (named Bianca) and sadly thinks it’s the coolest thing in the world. It’s not, and the Nine-Nine nips it in the bud as soon as they possibly can. But because the cold open is not just a fluke, this actually ends up being a pretty interesting episode for Boyle in general—all thanks to his best friend and brother from another mother, Jake.

As one could easily infer from the episode title, “Captain Peralta” is a Jake-centric episode, although it’s not a “Jake Takes Over The Precinct For A Day” episode …

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