Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 6, episode 7 recap: Honeypot


Brooklyn Nine-Nine gets sticky with political espionage. It’s like three days of “The Honeypot.” Also, Captain Holt and Jake discover the allure of barrels.

Remember when Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) lost out on being promoted to Commissioner of the NYPD to John Kelly (Phil Reeves) in “Honeymoon?” Holt went straight to the mayor to argue that Kelly’s broad use of stop and frisk was bad for law enforcement and the public, alike. That caused Commissioner Kelly to retaliate against Captain Holt. Brooklyn Nine-Nine partially closed that arc in tonight’s episode, “The Honeypot.”

Commissioner Kelly’s biggest sanction against Captain Holt was to close the first floor of the Nine-Nine. That forced all of the uniformed officers and regular street traffic into the bullpen. Since that seems to be a permanent situation, the Nine-Nine starts to deal with the clutter on their own.

“The Honeypot” was written by Carol Kolb (Community) and directed by Phil Augusta Jackson (Survivor’s Remorse). Captain Holt and Jake (Andy Samberg) stay on character hardcore and play off each other perfectly. They both completely understand each other, but can’t figure each other out. It was fun to watch.

Monkey Smut

With the clutter growing to claustrophobic levels in the Nine-Nine bullpen, Amy (Melissa Fumero) decides to cheer everyone up. She wants to boost morale by de-cluttering with that Sophie’s Choice inspired, totalitarian inducing Marie Kondo racket.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “The Honeypot” Episode 607 — Pictured: Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

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The idea is to throw away one item from your desk that doesn’t give you joy. But, this is an office. If you’ve ever worked in one, you know the stuff on your desk is there for a reason. It makes you happy.

This purging business is rough for the Nine-Nine. Terry (Terry Crews) throws away a fancy pair of suspenders that he’s never worn but holds near and dear. Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) throws away his grandpa’s sort-of-bronzed gym shoes, which includes a bitty shoe because of his grandpa’s one baby foot (a common abnormality). Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) throws out a cold case because that’s how Flat Top rolls.

The next step is to pile all of the joyless possessions together and shoot them with a flaming arrow. This process is called something official by Amy. The word is Germanic in nature and sounds like ‘monkey smut.’

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “The Honeypot” Episode 607 — Pictured: (l-r) Andre Braugher as Ray Holt, Karan Soni as Gordon Lundnt — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

But, where do you get a flaming arrow? Luckily, this is the Nine-Nine. Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) asserts that she has at least six crossbows in her car. I love Rosa. And she looks like a mighty warrior. In slow motion, Rosa shoots a flaming arrow and ignites the joyless junk. Still, in slow motion, Amy and Rosa look at each other. They nod as warriors do after a kill. They say, ‘monkey smut.’

This de-cluttering scam does pay off. It turns out that Terry has those suspenders because he bought them the night before he first took the Lieutenant’s test. He failed and believes that he will never pass. Amy feels bad and re-clutters Terry’s desk with study guides for the test. It’s an emotional payoff and segue into a possible back-of-the-season arc.

Erotic Barrels

The main story was about Captain Holt vs. Commissioner Kelly. Still searching for a replacement for Gina (Chelsea Peretti), Holt accepts help from Jake. His task is someone who doesn’t list Microsoft Office as a special skill. Jake brings in the perfect candidate: Gordon Lundt (Karan Soni from Deadpool 2).

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “The Honeypot” Episode 607 — Pictured: (l-r) Andre Braugher as Ray Holt, Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Karan Soni as Gordon Lundnt — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

Holt and Lundt and fully realized and passionate human beings. They are also two of the most buttoned-down people on Earth. Jake is a surrogate for the audience. We don’t see the sexual tension between Holt and Lundt in their mundane interactions, but Holt clearly senses Lundt making a pass at him.

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Poor Lundt is just a pawn. A sex spy lost in the heat. Holt and Kelly are trying to entrap each other. I really don’t want to give any of it away because that was the best part of the episode. But, Captain Holt does succeed in at least getting the first floor of the Nine-Nine reopened. The best de-cluttering tool out there is spy games. It’s the oldest adage.

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