DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode “Game of Boyles” is riddled with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, Nine-Niners! We’ve reached the final four episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I’m not crying; you are! I can’t believe we’re rounding the corner, and the end is in sight. “Game of Boyles” brings the Boyle clan back for one last hurrah. There are lots of beige, loads of “I love yous” and Grandmother Dough. In addition, we finally learn who the One True Boyle is (hint: it’s Charles Boyle).
This outing is quintessential Brooklyn Nine-Nine, chock full of delightful quips and awe-inducing moments like Holt and Kevin’s Nancy Meyers smooch.
Ready to delve into “Game of Boyles”? Let’s get to it.
We open with the Boyle family home. It’s Pappy’s birthday! Suddenly, Pappy keels over.
At the precinct, Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) is heartbroken over the death of his great-uncle. Jake (Andy Samberg) and Terry (Terry Crews) accompany their grieving buddy to the funeral. Boyle’s bringing the coffin. Hey, he’s not called “Coffin Cousin” for nothing!
Meanwhile, Holt (Andre Braugher) is still staying at Rosa’s (Stephanie Beatriz) apartment. He tells her and Amy (Melissa Fumero) about how he interprets his therapy sessions with Kevin as a “competition.” “Therapy is a chess match, and I will prevail!”
Now, Rosa believes that Holt should start dating. Obviously, Kevin will succumb to jealousy.
Next, our trio is at the Boyle family farm. There are Nutria everywhere!
Boyle’s cousin, Sam, reveals that Pappy’s will is missing. If they can’t find it, then Pappy’s estate will go to his son, Lyndon. Lyndon is the familial black sheep.
Jakes senses something’s amiss, a.k.a. he’s been suspended for 87 days, and he desperately wants to work a case.
Later, we see Rosa is helping Holt pick a dating site. Amy is wholeheartedly against this. However, Rosa pulls her aside and unveils her true plan: Get Holt to realize Kevin is the one for him.
Meanwhile, Jake finds something on Pappy’s corpse, and it reeks of duplicity and deceit! Well, it’s more like tell-tale signs of poisoning. Pappy was murdered!
So, Jake interrogates Lyndon. Lyndon regales him with the events of the night before Pappy’s death. But Jake’s not buying it.
Then, Jake proceeds to question a handful of other Boyle cousins. One let slip that Lyndon seemed angry. Another disclosed that Lyndon said, “Goodnight” to Pappy, and that was it.
Eureka! Jake solves the case!
Next, we see Rosa is taking photos of Holt for his dating profile. They’re sexually charged, but once he removes his collar stays, things really start to sizzle.
Jake believes Pappy removed Lyndon from his will, which led to the latter murdering his father. But Lyndon asserts that his dad was upset with him for missing that seven-hour family Zoom.
Then, Boyle leads everyone to the barn, wherein the legendary Grandmother Dough resides. Only the One True Boyle can open it. Jake procures a box of rat poison, under the impression that Lyndon killed Pappy with it. He even finds brown hair on the box.
So, Jake urges Terry to run the hair strand to the closest lab for testing. This culminates with every Boyle handing over a strand of their hair.
Later, the DNA results are ready. Everyone’s related to each other except for one person … Boyle.
Boyle isn’t a Boyle! But Boyle is the Boyle-est of them all. He’s a through-and-through Boyle, from snout to anus!
Jake calls Lynn, Boyle’s father. After a lengthy six-hour conversation, he learns that Boyle’s mom had an affair with a rival florist. That adulterer could very well be Boyle’s real dad.
Meanwhile, Holt is meeting Todd for a date. Todd is a few minutes late, but Holt likes tardiness when it comes to romance. He loves a good, bad boy.
Amy and Rosa judge Todd from afar. Holt actually sits down with him, and it appears he’s deviating from their plan.
Then, we see Holt and Todd leave together … or do they? Holt calls Amy and Rosa out for manipulating his personal life. He would never go home with Todd!
Later, Terry, Jake and Boyle find the dead body of Muffin, one of the Nutria. Jake is struck with a revelation — Muffin inadvertently killed Pappy. Muffin consumed the rat poison, and Pappy drank her milk.
Sam asks Jake whether the DNA results came in. Boyle demands to see them. That’s when he learns the cold, harsh truth.
After being on the phone with Lynn for 14 hours, Boyle refrains from giving the eulogy at Pappy’s funeral. Instead, Sam will do the honor.
But the investigation isn’t over yet!
Jake puts Sam on blast by revealing the latter’s nefarious doings. Sam hid the will. Sam always suspected that Boyle wasn’t one of them.
Meanwhile, Holt apologizes to Rosa and Amy for the previous night. Throughout this ordeal, Holt learns he shouldn’t have treated therapy like a chess match. Rosa urges Holt to tell Kevin how he feels.
Suddenly, we hear Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson) outside in the rain. Holt runs to him. Kevin is upset because he saw Holt’s dating profile. But Holt doesn’t want to date other men — he wants Kevin.
They kiss in the rain, and my heart melts. It’s like a rom-com, y’all!
Back at the Boyle farm, Jake encourages Boyle to open the Grandmother Dough. He discreetly asked Terry to loosen the lid the night before, but it was too tight for Terry’s muscles.
But guess what?
Boyle opens it! He’s the One True Boyle!
Holt and Kevin 4eva! This episode made me believe in love again. It’s so heartwarming and filled to the brim with ooey-gooey goodness.
We also learned a valuable lesson — “Boyle” isn’t your DNA. “Boyle” is a feeling.
And I feel like I’m going to cry for the next three episodes (in a good/sad way).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for its final two episodes on September 16 at 8 pm on your NBC affiliate.