DISCLAIMER: This Brooklyn Nine-Nine recap of “The Golden Child” contains more spoilers than the number of times Boyle has complimented Jake on any given day. The best bros are always the most supportive bros. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Nine-Niners! Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned this week with a very special guest star: Lin-Manuel Miranda. He was introduced as Amy’s picture perfect brother. Plenty of friction arose between David and Amy, as the latter vied for the affections of her mother. Meanwhile, Boyle enlisted the aid of Holt and Terry in cracking a case. Holt and Terry underwent a rigorous audition process courtesy of Boyle for the coveted role of “undercover perp.” Where was Boyle when I was attending drama school? He has the makings of a great acting teacher, you guys.
Alright, ready to delve into “The Golden Child?” Just be sure to never scare Hitchcock while he’s eating spaghetti. Better yet, just hand him a bib. He likes to wear his food.
We open with Jake (Andy Samberg) discussing shirt options for his dinner with Amy (Melissa Fumero) and her mother that evening. Amy is reticent about going, especially since her brother David will be there. Now, Amy has quite a few brothers, but David is the “Golden Child.” He’s the favorite, the epitome of perfection. As we all know, nobody strives for perfection more than Amy.
Meanwhile, Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) approaches Holt (Andre Braugher) and Terry (Terry Crews) with a case. Boyle’s suspect is currently in holding and unwilling to reveal what he knows. Boyle hopes to send Holt or Terry to holding undercover to elicit the necessary information out of the suspect. He reveals a specific character he has in mind and decides to hold auditions for the pair. Holt and Terry will be auditioning for the role of a lifetime, folks.
Later, Amy and Jake arrive at the restaurant. They believe they arrived early, and are taken aback to see Mrs. Santiago (Bertila Damas) and David (Lin-Manuel Miranda) waiting for them. Jake plans to “hype up” Amy as much as possible in an effort to derail the David love fest. He even feigns choking so Amy can “save him.” However, David swoops in to perform the Heimlich, much to Amy’s chagrin. Jake and Amy are about to leave when David is arrested for possessing cocaine. Uh oh. Someone may be relegated from Golden Child after all.
Next, we see Boyle hosting auditions for the role of Maxwell Blaze, a felon recently brought in to the nine-nine. Terry and Holt put on their best acting faces. Boyle has them improvise in character, really urging the duo to inhabit their personas. I think Boyle may have missed his calling as an acting teacher. Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) also auditions for the part. The following day, Boyle informs the group that Holt snagged the coveted role. I sense an Academy Award on the horizon for Raymond Holt.
Meanwhile, Amy and Jake arrive at the station to take David home. He was in custody all night, and Amy is thoroughly celebrating his arrest. However, David reveals that he’s been framed. He’s a lieutenant at his precinct, and he’s been investigating a Brazilian gang with massive drug ties. David believes that someone planted the cocaine in his desk to thwart his pursuit of said gang. The Golden Child has risen again, drug free!
Later, Boyle sends a disguised Holt into holding to interact with the suspect. So far, Holt merely gushes about his wife’s “very feminine breasts.” Boyle unleashes the big guns and sends in Terry, much to the latter’s surprise. Our Boyle reveals that he needed Terry to get mad enough to really become his character, which is why the former claimed that Holt snagged Maxwell Blaze. Crafty little trickster, that Boyle.
Then, we see Amy and Jake accompany David to a Brazilian night club where the gang does their business. Amy’s competitive streak flares up, as does David’s. A dance-off ensues, and we see that David and Amy are more alike than they realize. Suddenly, Amy attempts a risky dance move and winds up on the floor, smacking her head in the process. Two guards move toward her to help, and they just so happened to be the men guarding the office door. Amy’s move served as an adequate distraction, and the trio are able to sneak into the office undetected so David can clear his name.
Next, Boyle keeps ushering Terry outside of holding to give him acting notes. Terry grows increasingly frustrated as he tries to weasel info out of the suspect. Something tells me Boyle has an ace up his sleeve…
Meanwhile, Amy finds David’s file inside the office. She crowns herself the “Golden Girl,” but unfortunately her loud proclamation draws the Brazilian bodyguards toward them. Amy and David escape, but Jake isn’t so lucky. He’s taken hostage by two of the gang members. Thankfully, David shoots the tires of the getaway car as it zooms past him. Amy and David find Jake inside already in the process of arresting the gang members. Jakey stylez!
Later, Terry explodes with rage and outs himself as an undercover cop to the suspect. Holt outs himself as well. After some time has passed, Boyle reveals that he sent Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) in post-Terry explosion. Rosa was really the star of the show, and the best actress at the nine-nine according to Boyle. Boyle had an intricate plan in motion and it succeeded. Rosa was able to get the suspect to name drop. Diaz for the win!
Next, Jake and Amy resume their dinner with David and Mrs. Santiago. Mama Santiago showers David with praises, but the latter reveals that Amy saved the day. Brother and sister are finally on the same page, and Amy no longer feels threatened or less-than because of David. Amy disappears to the bathroom, and Jake seizes her absence as an opportunity to really let Mrs. Santiago have it. He unleashes his anger regarding her blatant refusal to compliment her daughter. However, after Amy reveals that she’s finally at peace with her relationship with David, Jake immediately regrets his tirade. He was just being a supportive hubby, after all.
Now, I thoroughly enjoyed Miranda’s guest spot on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as well as the friction between David and Amy. However, this episode fell a bit flat for me overall. I found myself more invested in the B-story with Boyle – perhaps because the scenario was so utterly absurd in the best way possible. My hope is that we’ll see more of Miranda in the future, should his schedule permit it. Perhaps it was difficult to root for David because we’ve never met any of Amy’s brothers, nor has she talked about them much in the past. It felt more like the plot served Miranda instead of the other way around, as if the episode was molded around his guest appearance. Regardless, I still love Brooklyn Nine-Nine with all my heart, and even a so-so episode of this series is leagues better than other sitcoms.
Do you think we’ll meet Amy’s other brothers? Will we see Gina again? Where is Commissioner Kelly in all this? Join me next week as I recap Brooklyn Nine-Nine, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 9pm on your NBC affiliate.