'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 7x12 Review: "Ransom"

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ 7×12 Review: “Ransom”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s “Ransom” gave us the right amount of Cheddar that we’ve been dreaming of. Sure, it’s always nice to see the Nine-Nine around. But Cheddar, oh he’s a star that I don’t mind seeing every episode and twice on Thursdays.

But in all honesty, I’m teasing you, dear reader. I love Cheddar but he isn’t more important than the Nine-Nine. He might just be at the same degree of “oh my god, I will lay down my life for you” that I feel for most of the Nine-Nine. Except Hitchcock and Scully. I said, what I said.

I love episodes with Cheddar because when this fluffy boy is involved, things go crazy in the most delightful ways. First off, Holt. Cheddar is practically his son and when ANYTHING happens to him, Holt goes from 0 to 100 so fast that it blows my mind. It brings out the best in him.

It also brings out the EXTREME in him. Did you see those John Wick moves that Holt pulled when he was fighting the punk that kidnapped Cheddar? They were absolutely brilliant and the right amount of ridiculousness merged with seriousness that I expect from Captain Holt.

And don’t even get me started on Kevin. He’s an absolute delight and I love seeing him interact with Holt and the Nine-Nine. Seriously, when are we going to get more of that ginger fox because I am here for Holt and Kevin flirting and working together like the dream team I’ve always known them to be.

Holt and Kevin combined leaves Jake so damn excited and ready to impress his dads, because these are the only father figure role models that he’s ever had. And I think they know this. That’s why they played along with Jake’s plans. They trust him and are proud of him for who he is and how much he cares for Cheddar.

See, all roads lead back to our fluffy boy Cheddar!

On a non fluffy boy train of thought, it was really nice seeing Amy and Rosa bonding. Would I have loved to see some Peraltiago? Of course, I’m down for that any day. But I understand the importance of showing positive representation when it comes to female friendships on TV and I’m here for it when it comes to these two.

Same thing goes for Boyle and Terry. It isn’t always just Jake and Boyle. There are other friend combinations that are just as worthy as Jake and Boyle and I’m glad that Brooklyn Nine-Nine gave us that with these two. In a weird way, they balance each other out and always lead us down a road of crazy that I appreciate.

Point being, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s core strength is its ability to make us care for every single character, no matter the combination they find themselves in. And that really speaks to the strength of the show when it comes to the cast, the actors, and the writers room behind the scenes.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30 EST on NBC.

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