DISCLAIMER: This Brooklyn Nine-Nine recap of “Gintars” contains more spoilers than the number of compliments Boyle showers upon Jake on any given day. They’re best buds – it’s only natural. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution. 

Welcome back, Nine-Niners! Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned this week with a Boyle-centric episode. I’ll always adore Jake and Boyle’s friendship, and seeing it put on display warms the heart. Boyle has taken a backseat for the majority of Season 6 thus far, so it was nice to give him his time in the sun. Ike Barinholtz portrayed Gintars, Nikolaj’s Latvian birth father, who journeys to Brooklyn on a quest – to meet his son. The result: comedic gold. Meanwhile, Amy and Holt geek out over a famed forensic etymologist. These two had me in stitches. I think it’s high-time for another Amy/Holt adventure. The people crave it. 

Alright, ready to delve into “Gintars?” Just be sure to dole out compliments to Jake every so often. He needs them to survive like a plant needs water. 

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We open with Jake (Andy Samberg) taking a little stroll with best bud Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio). Everything appears to be fine and dandy, until Jake realizes they’re being followed by a man clad entirely in denim. Hey, it’s a Canadian tuxedo. Jake and Boyle temporarily conceal themselves amid a crowd of tourists and pop out when mystery man breezes past them in bewilderment. The man is named Gintars (Ike Barinholtz), he’s from Latvia…and he’s Nikolaj’s birth father. Uh oh. 

Later, at the precinct, Gintars reveals why he traveled across the Atlantic. He wishes to finally meet his son. Now, he’s a successful creator of the Latvian clothing brand Gape (not to be confused with Gap), so he’s got money. Not to mention, he’s finally ready to be a father. He could supply Nikolaj with a surplus of denim jackets, and that’s half the battle. Boyle is immensely reticent, naturally, since he’s worked so hard to bond with Nikolaj himself. Perhaps meeting Gintars would elicit old feelings of abandonment. 

Meanwhile, Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) is having difficulty with cracking a case. The scene appears to be bereft of blood. Holt (Andre Braugher) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) decide in tandem to usher in someone who could be of great help to Rosa. Dr. Yee, famed forensic etymologist, uses flies to detect trace amounts of blood. Holt and Amy are knee deep in geek mode, and I couldn’t be happier. Terry (Terry Crews) discovers that tiny bugs are taking up residence in his eyebrows courtesy of one of Holt’s factoids, and he’s not a fan. Time to kick some freeloaders to the curb, I say!

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Gintars” Episode 611 — Pictured: (l-r) Andre Braugher as Ray Holt, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago — (Photo by: John P. Fleenor/NBC)

Next, Bolye and Jake decide to introduce Gintars as a “friend,” keeping the latter’s real identity a secret. A one-time meeting, just so Gintars can cross this off his bucket list. However, Gintars’ inherent fatherly instincts kick in when he sees Nikolaj, and he ruins the ruse by revealing his identity right off the bat. Well, there goes that plan. Down the toilet. 

Then, we see Dr. Yee (Reggie Lee) arrive at the nine-nine. Amy and Holt are mesmerized, and very close to falling prostrate at his feet. Braugher and Fumero are hysterical in this episode, playing off each other with ease. I was cackling, y’all. Yee plans to take his flies to the scene of the crime for some investigating. 

Later, our gang is watching Dr. Yee’s genius at work at the crime scene. However, there isn’t even a trace amount of blood to be found. He graces his loyal fans with a demonstration including a blood sample he procures from his bag. We see the flies within the container in his hand swarming instantly to said blood sample. So, much to Rosa’s chagrin, it’s back to square one. 


Meanwhile, Boyle hesitantly agrees to allow Gintars some time with Nikolaj. We see father and son are playing basketball as Jake and Boyle watch from the sidelines. Boyle initially believes that Nikolaj may become attached to Gintars. However, Jake convinces his best bud that Nikolaj is loyal to Boyle. Gintars and Nikolaj approach the two after the rousing game, and the latter excitedly reveals that Gintars is giving him a denim jacket from Gape. Boyle’s worst fears are coming to fruition. Jake immediately begins hatching a plan to remedy the situation, Jakey stylez. 

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Gintars” Episode 611 — Pictured: (l-r) Andre Braugher as Ray Holt, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Reggie Lee as Dr. Ronald Yee — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Next, we see Jake talking to Terry at the precinct. Terry has thrown the first punch as far as his eyebrow bugs are concerned by…shaving off his eyebrows. He’s crudely scrawled fake eyebrows across his face with what looks like a marker. Terry is going through a phase, folks, eyebrow bugs be damned. Jake hatches out his Gintars plan with Terry. He’s going to ask Gintars to meet him at a bath house under the guise of wanting to get in on the Gape business. Then, he’ll get Gintars to reveal that Gape is a knock-off of Gap. Jake will utilize this confession as a means of ensuring Gintar’s arrest and deportation back to Latvia. Sneaky sneaky indeed. 

Later, Jake and Gintars are talking shop in a bath house. Gintars strips down to his birthday suit, urging Jake to do the same. Apparently, he doesn’t trust a man unless he can see his parts…all of his parts. However, Jake keeps his towel firmly in place. He successfully encourages Gintars to admit that he stole from Gap for Gape. Bingpot! 

Then, Rosa and Terry barge in on Holt and Amy with a revelation. Terry has now bleached his goatee, and he looks like he’s in the early stages of crafting a Hulk Hogan cosplay. Take that, goatee bugs! Paranoia at its finest, folks. Anyway, Rosa tried the fly demonstration for herself with a bloody gash on Hitchcock’s (Dirk Blocker) arm. However, none of the flies reacted to said gash. Thus, Dr. Yee is a fraud. Holt and Amy instantly flit to the side of their hero, denying the allegations for him. But Dr. Yee forlornly admits that Rosa is right. He worked so hard on his project, sussing out his hypothesis that flies are able to detect blood. Spent loads of money on it. But, it failed. 

Next, Gintars is arrested for his sham of a clothing line right in front of Jake, Boyle and Nikolaj. Boyle discovers that Jake was behind the scheme, despite the latter gleefully informing him that Gintars was deported. Our Jake worshiper has never been angry before, at least not on this level. Boyle urges Jake to never interfere with his life on this scale again. Now, Nikolaj may grow to resent Boyle for the deportation of Gintars. Listening, especially in a scenario of this nature, is best. 

Later, Rosa informs Amy and Holt that she was able to solve her case without outside help after all. She used Dr. Yee’s fly theory to elicit a confession out of the suspect. Amy and Holt decide to tell Dr. Yee, hoping this will cheer him up. 

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Gintars” Episode 611 — Pictured: Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz — (Photo by: John P. Fleenor/NBC)

Then, Jake apologizes to Boyle for meddling. He presents Boyle with a hat with “Best Buds” emblazoned across it. Jake has one of his own. Boyle ultimately forgives his best bud and the two don their matching hats together, despite the fact that they’re more fit for a child than an adult. All is right with the world. 

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Now, we’re over the halfway point in Season 6 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This episode had me laughing out loud, Braugher and Fumero’s scenes in particular. Seeing Holt and Amy fawn all over someone they admire in a manner so out of character was refreshing. Not to mention, bringing Lo Truglio to the forefront again was a nice change of pace. My only gripe with this season is the lack of an overall arc. Initially, I was under the impression that Commissioner Kelly’s rivalry would be said arc, but it would appear that story was put to bed episodes ago. It feels a little disorganized as a result. But Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still, without a doubt, one of the funniest and most poignant shows on TV. However, even the best series need room for growth. 

Do you think we’ll see the rivalry between Kelly and Holt resurface? Will there be a fallout between Nikolaj and Boyle? Will Terry continue his revolt again his face bugs? Join me next week as I recap Brooklyn Nine-Nine here at Geek Girl Authority. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 9pm on your NBC affiliate. 




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