Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1×18 ‘The Apartment’: Oh Little Mermaid, what have you done?

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It’s becoming a trend now that when I watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I get most excited about seeing who pairs up each week. I know I mentioned that in my last recap, but it really is one of my favorite parts. This week, we got to see more of Gina and Jake, Rosa and Boyle and Holt and Terry (and Amy). I’m still amazed at how much chemistry this cast can have together.

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I wouldn’t say ‘The Apartment’ was one of my favorites. I didn’t laugh out loud that much and wasn’t as charmed as I have been in the past. Still, we got some great character development this week and the show even called out its one major flaw! Oh show, you make me so happy when you acknowledge and remedy your weaknesses.

We knew Jake was in debilitating debt before, but this time we see just how much debt that really means. Gina and Jake team up because Jake’s grandmother’s apartment is going Co-op and he can barely afford the rent-controlled place as it is. Gina agrees to help him because, as childhood friends, she has great memories of that apartment and of Jake’s grandmother. I was a little surprised to find out that Gina and Jake had been childhood friends. It seemed a little out of left field for me, until I realized that Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti are actually childhood friends in real life! I’m a sucker for when shows go a bit meta, so I loved it. Plus, it was nice to see a softer/more mature side of Gina. Sure she’s wacky and eccentric, but she saves a ton of money and is much more financially responsible that bankrupt Jake. You can tell she genuinely cares for Jake’s wellbeing and tries to explain in the kindest words possible that he’s straight up broke (kiddo). After Jake tries every other avenue possible, he finally agrees to have Gina buy his gran’s place and live there while he sublets her tiny loft apartment from her. Jake realizes that at 33, he should probably start acting like an adult. Hooray for character growth!

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Speaking of character growth, the newly-engaged Charles teams up with Rosa to get back at Rosa’s weekend counterpart who shaves at her desk and leaves his clippings in her keyboard. Everyone quickly realizes that Charles is a whole lot of fun (but still weird) when he’s in love. One of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s biggest flaws was the Charles and Rosa nice-guy scenario. Charles kept trying to wear Rosa down by constantly proclaiming his nice-guy-ness, when really, being a nice guy isn’t reason enough to be attracted to someone and it shouldn’t have to be. I love that Charles just straight up confesses that he hasn’t been very fun to be around due to his constant proclamations of love. More of happy Charles, please!

Meanwhile, Holt and Terry are busy with evaluations, which Holt has turned into a self-evaluation. Of course, Amy takes it way too seriously and Holt enjoys mentally torturing her with one question: what is your biggest fault? Unable to predict what Holt wants her to say, Amy’s brain shorts out, until she admits to herself and them that it really shouldn’t matter so much what Holt says about her. What is that? More character growth? Yes please!

I know I compliment this show a ton, but it really is excelling when it comes to character development. It’s consistently entertaining, funny and endearing. It’s yet to be seen whether this FOX comedy will get a season 2 pick-up, but I certainly hope it does.

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Katie Anaya

lives in Austin, TX and has been obsessed with television since she figured out how to work a VCR back in the 90s. She prides herself on recognizing little-known actors and is currently addicted to British television.

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