Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “Boyle-Linetti Wedding” (2×17)

Tonight found the Nine-Nine looking for a bad guy and looking for love. Gina and Boyle’s parents are finally tying the knot but not without a hiccup or two.

Gina is nothing if not tenacious, though she rarely uses her powers for good. Tonight, though, Gina was committed to her mother’s happiness at all costs. Broken fog machine, missing rings, cooked doves, no-show officiants be damned. The humor of her story came both from her genuine love for her mother and her genuine and earnest disregard for everyone else’s feelings. I do have a bone to pick. Gina, you can’t say you’re too pretty to watch movies with Gollum in them in one scene and then refer to someone as a hobbit in the next. Not cool Gina, not cool.

Jake and Amy, on the way to the wedding, stop to catch a bad guy. They’re running through a warehouse, tux on, guns out. Jake can’t help feeling like James Bond – leading to the best line of the night, picking Amy’s Bond-Girl nickname, “Maxi-Pad… I didn’t want to make it too sexual and I panicked.” Jake’s all excited because his Jr. High School crush will be there and he’s aiming to impress her with his three button jacket and jazz band cummerbund (thanks Amy and her French horn!). But Jake misses his chance. By the time he gets back from finding the ring he lost chasing the bad guy, his crush has started making out with someone. He has to settle for dancing with a handsy old lady. The show continues to play Jake and Amy’s missed relationship well and rarely take it to the expected laugh.

Rosa made some big strides tonight, realizing that keeping her self closed off from Marcus was cowardly. Watching her tell Marcus she loved him was a really nice scene – and was ruined perfectly by Boyle.

Lastly, Terry and Captain Holt are both, at times, assigned to officiate the wedding. When Terry can’t do it without getting too emotional, “You told me to get gorgeous with it and it took me to some very real places,” Captain Holt takes over. Never one to be overly emotional, Holt finds the truth of the ceremony in what he would have wanted to hear from his officiant if he wasn’t so efficient. (Still funny, Holt.)

Solid episode all around with a good balance of bad guys and character-based funny.