“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” always shines when it’s mixing in actual chunks of cop show into its usual workplace-comedy-with-guns approach.
And “The Wednesday Incident” has one very large and very meaningful cop show chunk: a mystery. Specifically, the mystery of why Holt’s all tense and yelly instead of his usual emotionless cool.
It’s not particularly high, as far as the stakes go, but it’s enough to give “The Wednesday Incident” a good kick in the pants and keep the story progressing at a higher tempo.
And, just as importantly, it allows us to dig into Holt’s private life and let “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” play to one of it’s greatest strengths: Holt’s enjoyment of things that are stupefyingly dull.
You can tell “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” writers were pushing themselves this week- Jake, Gina and Kevin’s trek through Holt’s daily routine was a continuous stream of solid laughs.