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The Party
The Party ID
Season 1, Episode 16
Air date: 4th February 2014
Written by: Gabe Liedman and Gil Ozeri
Directed by: Michael Engler
Episode Guide
Previous: Operation: Broken Feather
Next: Full Boyle

"The Party" is the 16th episode of Season 1 of the FOX television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It originally aired 4th February 2014 to 3.22 million viewers

Episode SynopsisEdit

The entire squad is invited to Captain Holt's birthday party, where Terry struggles to make everyone behave properly. Boyle meets an older woman named Vivian.

PlotEdit

CastEdit

Actor Character
Andy Samberg ... Jake Peralta
Stephanie Beatriz ... Rosa Diaz
Terry Crews ... Terry Jeffords
Melissa Fumero ... Amy Santiago
Joe Lo Truglio ... Charles Boyle
Chelsea Peretti ... Gina Linetti
Andre Braugher ... Captain Ray Holt
Dirk Blocker ... Michael Hitchcock
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Norm Scully
Marilu Henner ... Vivian Ludley
Mark Evan Jackson ... Kevin Cozner

Running JokesEdit

No Look Five

  • Jake and Charles high five each other in the morning briefing.

Topless Hitchcock

  • When Boyle spills sauce on his shirt, Hitchcock immediately offers him his own, which he was about to remove anyway.

Blaming Amy

  • When Terry walks in on Amy and Jake snooping in Holt's bedroom, Jake pushes the blame on Amy, saying "this is low, even for you."

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Holt's husband's name, Kevin Cozner, sounds very similar to actor Kevin Costner. Costner is most known for his role in Dances with Wolves. This is why, when the character's name is first introduced, Jake asks if he is the star of "Danzez with Wolvez".
  • Jake uses the phrase "tough Tetris." Tetris is a popular 1980s video game.
  • Jake plan to duet Adele's hit song, "Rolling in the Deep" with Kevin at the party.
    Dressshorts

    Dress shorts

  • Gina mentions wanting to wear dress shorts to the party, like those that Jennifer Aniston might wear. Aniston known for her 10 years on the hit series, Friends.
  • Kevin mentions the story of Beowulf. Beowulf is thought to be the longest surviving Old English epic poem.
  • Kevin says he met Holt while writing an article for The New Yorker. The New Yorker is a magazine that focuses on cultural life in New York, as well as global social issues and politics. It's average audience is middle age with a $100K income.
  • Kevin works at Columbia University, an Ivy League school and the oldest institute for higher education in New York.
  • Jake jokes that he is interested in the classics: [Led] Zeppelin, [Jimi] Hendrix and Die Hard. Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix are music artists in the classic rock genre. Die Hard is Jake's favorite film.
  • The Odyssey is referenced as one of the stories Kevin teaches at Columbia. The Odyssey is an ancient Greek epic poem.
  • After being introduced to the psychologist, Gina says 'Ashanti.' It's likely she meant to say 'Enchanté,' which means "Nice to meet you" in French. Ashanti is an R&B singer-songwriter.
    Tssp

    Tom Selleck & Sidney Poitier

  • Jake says a photo of Holt and Kevin looks like "black Tom Selleck and white Sidney Poitier." Tom Selleck is a white actor known for sporting a thick mustache. Sidney Poitier was the first African-American to win an Academy Award.
  • When Jake lists a series of his 'interests,' Holt's notes that those are actually the topics from the previous night's Jeopardy. Jeopardy is a television quiz show.
  • Gina says at any given moment she' thinking about "Richard Dreyfuss, hunkered over, eating dog food." This could be a reference to the film Down and Out in Beverly Hills in which, Dreyfuss's costar Nick Nolte eats dog food.
  • Terry and other party guest are arguing about whether Francois Truffaut or Jean-Luc Godard should be attributed with the creation of the 1960s French crime film Breathless (À bout de shuffle; "Out of Breath"). On IMDB, Truffaut is credited with coming up with the story, and Godard is created with writing the screenplay and directing the film. In an earlier episode, Terry mentions his favorite cop movie is "Truffaut's Breathless."
  • Shows on Holt's DVR include: Masterpiece Mystery, Bones, Sherlock, and How It's Made: Contact Lenses.

SoundtrackEdit

  • At the party, Scully sings "Una Furtiva Lagrima."
  • At Holt and Kevin's private dinner, Scully sings "'O Sole Mio."

QuotesEdit

Santiago: Everyone check your e-mail. The greatest thing that could ever happen has just happened!
Peralta: The girl who beat you for high school valedictorian died?

Boyle: Why wouldn't Holt want us there?
Peralta: Because he thinks we're going to embarrass him in front of his husband, which frankly is insulting! (knocks over a bowl) Oh, man! All the orange soda spilled out of my cereal.

Jeffords: Boyle! What happened to your shirt!?
Boyle: I spilled a wonderful winter salsa.
Hitchcock: Here, wear my shirt. I was gonna take it off anyway.

Jeffords: Party huddle! Stat! (everyone crowds into a corner) Okay, gang, we need a new strategy.
Peralta: Totally! What is going on out there? We can't tell cop stories, Kevin doesn't find me charming, and a native English-speaker referred to Captain Holt as hilarious! I am flummoxed! That's a word I learned for this party, and I am it!
Santiago: Well I'm doing fine.
Peralta: Really? "Raymond, those slacks are a knock-out!"
Santiago: Do you think he heard that?
Peralta: Only cuz you yelled it.
Jeffords: Shut up. From now on, we play to our strengths. Charles, you know everything about food. That's all you talk about.
Boyle: I mean, I don't think anyone well ever know everything about food. It's an evolving discipline...
Jeffords: That's great stuff. It's so boring. Don't waste it. Amy, you studied art history. That's interesting. Scully, opera. Hitchcock, nothing. Talk about nothing. Rosa, stick with Gina. Make sure she doesn't say anything insane or steal anything.
Gina: (holds up a bag) Too late! (giggles) Don't worry, it's just like hats and scarves and stuff.
Diaz: She will put those back. I will handle the chit-chat.
Santiago: (sweetly) Well that just leaves you, Peralta. What's your cultural specialty?
Peralta: Easy. Kevin mentioned the New Yorker, and I've totally read that. (flashback to Peralta in a dentist chair holding a magazine and laughing)
Jeffords: Keep a low profile, chuckle at anecdotes, and try not to start any conversations.
Peralta: Got it. (beat) Wait a minute! You're Hitchcocking me!?
(Jeffords shrugs)
Hitchcock: Well not surprising. We're practically twins.

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