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Top 10 Best Brooklyn Nine-Nine Moments

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Written by Nick Spake Not every police procedural needs to be gritty and hard-boiled. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Moments. For this list, we’re taking a look at the most memorable moments from this Golden Globe-winning comedy series. Special thanks to our user mitchmitch3 for suggesting this idea, check out the voting page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Brooklyn+Nine+Nine+Moments

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Not every police procedural needs to be gritty and hard-boiled. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Moments.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the most memorable moments from this Golden Globe-winning comedy series.

#10: Amy’s Late to Work

Despite her punctual nature, Detective Amy Santiago finds herself running late to work one day. Each of Amy’s co-workers tries to guess why she’s tardy. Some of their theories are perfectly plausible, like her three alarms didn’t go off. Others are a bit more contrived, involving abduction, alternate dimensions, and mole man sex. Arriving exactly 70 seconds after nine o’clock, Amy is forced to explain herself. It turns out there was a long line at the bank, which Captain Holt accurately predicted. Holt couldn’t be more pleased with himself, cheering victoriously as if he’d just won the lottery. This cold open is a testament to the wonderful chemistry this ensemble shares, deriving great humor from even the most minor situations.

#9: Sharon’s Water Breaks

While Terry is in the middle of an investigation, Jake and Gina look after his very pregnant wife, Sharon. This entails keeping her away from Captain Holt, who isn’t exactly the best conversationalist. Hiding Sharon becomes increasingly difficult, however, when her water breaks. Jake’s response to this unexpected development is beyond priceless. From there, the episode turns into something of a juggling act, as Jake attempts to comfort Sharon, distance Holt, and deal with an angry hoard of perps on Thanksgiving. It’s a classic example of a little problem that keeps escalating out of control, leading to one big laugh after another.

#8: I Do My Job & I Do It Right

They might be complete opposites in many ways, but Detective Jake Peralta and Captain Ray Holt are equally passionate when it comes to serving justice. After learning a notorious graffiti artist is Deputy Commissioner Podolski’s son, Jake is given two options: he can either arrest the bratty hooligan or let him off the hook. Jake ultimately chooses to uphold the law, even if it means putting his career at risk. Podolski vows to make life miserable for Jake and Holt. This isn’t the first time Holt has stood up to corruption, though. In a few straightforward, yet badass, words, Holt lets the commissioner know that it’ll take more than threats to prevent him from doing his job right. Damn, son!

#7: Gina’s Dance

Whether she’s spouting classic one-liners or showing off her outrageous dance moves, Gina Linetti is always a riot. When Amy and Rosa are unable to connect with a group of troubled teens, Gina steps ups as an unlikely counselor. Taking center stage, she speaks to her audience through the language of dance. Gina aims to inspire the at-risk kids, but they mainly just find her behavior weird. Fortunately, she quickly wins them over upon sharing the perks of being a cop. Although Gina’s dance with Terry had plenty of pizzazz, this routine simply made us “floorgasm.”

#6: Upsy-Downsies

Since “Die Hard” is his favorite movie of all-time, it isn’t surprising that Jake often fantasizes about being an action hero. During a paintball simulation, Jake channels his alter ego of Rex Buckingham and prepares to win coolest kill. As Jake and Boyle show off their signature moves, the inept Scully suggests holding your gun upside-down, as opposed to holding it sideways. Although this seems like an unbelievably stupid idea, it actually gets Jake out of a tough spot. Cornered by the opposing team, Jake starts to lower his weapons. Then at the last second, he takes his enemies down by going upsy-downsies. His final move manages to be funny while also being kickass. Maybe Scully could give John McClane a few pointers.

#5: Holt & Wuntch

Ray Holt habitually maintains a professional demeanor. However, Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch knows how to press his buttons. Whenever these two are in the same room, Holt can’t help but unleash all of his animosity towards Wuntch. Of course even then, he still speaks in a hilariously monotone voice. When we first see these bitter rivals together, Holt compares his superior to Hades. And the captain has plenty of other insults lined up for his arch-nemesis. On another occasion, he attempts to take the moral high ground, but can’t resist dishing out his epic pun. Since Holt is usually seen as the precinct’s stern father figure, it’s always fun when he shows off his immature side, especially when Wuntch is involved.

#4: Boyle Gets Shot in the Butt

On the surface, Detective Charles Boyle might seem like a bumbling doofus… and sometimes he admittedly is. Regardless, he tries his best and will always come through for his friends. While pursuing a dangerous criminal, Boyle demonstrates his courage and dedication by taking a bullet for Rosa. It’s definitely one of Boyle’s most heroic moments, although his gallantry is kind of overshadowed by the fact that he got shot in the buttock. Nevertheless, Boyle is still rewarded for his bravery with the Medal of Valor. Since this is Charles we’re talking about, though, it’s only fitting that a horse named Sgt. Peanut Butter steals the show.

#3: Full Boyle

Charles Boyle has the tendency to rush into relationships, planning extravagant declarations of love after only a few days. As Jake puts it, he goes “Full Boyle.” To make sure Boyle doesn’t go overboard with his latest girlfriend, Jake decides to accompany them on their next date. Boyle naturally takes things too far when he decides to buy an engagement ring on the spot. Jake immediately snatches the ring out of Boyle’s hand, leading to a standoff with pepper spray. As Jake disposes of the jewelry, both simultaneous spray each other. In addition to being totally hysterical, this scene exemplifies Jake’s affection for Boyle and how far he’s willing to go to help his best friend.

#2: Holt Wins the Bet

In the show’s first Halloween episode, Jake catches Holt off guard by stealing his Medal of Valor, and winning their bet. The two make a similar bet the following Halloween, as Jake tries to swipe Holt’s wristwatch. This time around, though, Holt thinks several steps ahead. In the end, Holt reveals that he’s been plotting his revenge for the past year. Enlisting help from the rest of the precinct, Holt not only tricked Jake, but sent him on a wild-goose chase as well. It’s a hilarious turn of events that nobody saw coming, delivering a pitch perfect punch line. Holt truly earns the title of, “amazing police captain/genius.”

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

- Hula Hooping Accident
- Screaming Terry
- Vending Machine

#1: Amy Loses the Bet

Throughout the first half of season one, Jake and Amy have an ongoing bet involving who can make the most felony arrests. If Amy wins, she gets Jake’s car. If Jake wins, Amy has to go on a date with him. It’s a close race, but Jake pulls an upset at the last minute. He takes his victory to the extreme with music, dancing, and confetti. Jake even gets down on one knee and asks the defeated Amy to go on the worst date ever, presenting her with a one-dollar ring. He additionally reminds her that she has to say yes. Aside from arguably being the funniest moment on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” this is also the beginning of a beautiful romance.

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