'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Season 6 episode 9 review: A dash of sibling rivalry as we see the other side of Amy's obsessiveness
The reason why Amy's dynamic with her nearly perfect brother stands out in the episode is purely because of their relationship's ability to depict them in newer light
This article contains spoilers for 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' season 6 episode 9: 'The Golden Child.'
After the ever so emotional and intense episode that was "He Said, She Said," Brooklyn Nine-Nine decided to tone it down a notch on the heavy topics and bring back straight up silliness with this week's episode, "The Golden Child."
That being said, there was no lack of depth in the theme that the latest and ninth episode of the season focused on, as we came across the "bad" side of our obsessive achiever, Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), which happens to be a hilarious, but realistic sibling rivalry between her, and her brother, David Santiago (Lin Manuel Miranda).
The reason why Amy's dynamic with her nearly perfect brother stands out in the episode is purely because of their relationship's ability to depict them in newer light. The episode kicks off in its signature manner with Amy the slightly obsessive perfectionist, and her husband and partner Detective Jake Peralta being the quintessential goofball that he is, but in the end, it turns out that at certain moments, Jake actually proved to be the voice of reason or simply put, the mature one in the relationship.
This is especially the case when Amy's beyond perfect and role model-worthy brother David is around. Miranda's real-life personality helps the character elevate its legitimacy because he is exactly the same widely adored perfect child that Miranda is known for being in the industry. So, it was pretty much Amy, and her brother Lin Manuel Miranda, who's a cop. No big deal.
It only becomes a big deal because David has also gotten roped into a cocaine mafia ring, and that finally gives Amy the upper hand at becoming the new golden child of their parents. As childish as it might seem, it is through this theme of sibling rivalry that the toxic favoritism of their parents also come out. In her own not so subtle ways, Amy's mother blatantly keeps highlighting how much she prefers her son David over the rest because of his role model-like qualities, even placing his photo on the mantle!
And through that is established the fact that it is more a case of frustration out of blatant favoritism that Amy suffers from, than a personal inferiority complex. This favoritism wasn't made up by her just because she saw her brother as a rival; it was quite the other way around.
And just as always, Jake understands. It is quite interesting how much Jake has evolved over the years, and there has been no dearth in the discussion on that topic. But as an avid fan of the show, if you were to tell me in season five that Jake would be the one rationalizing with Amy, I would have dismissed it with little thought. Yet as surprising as this might seem, it's not all that shocking because of the multifaceted layers to each character of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.
We just found out, in Jake's words, that Amy can be "bad" when it comes to plotting against her brother, or wishing the worst upon him - and as humorous as that was - we are still pretty stunned at her being a flawed human after all! But what we are also extremely stunned by is the effortless depiction of Jake standing up for his wife in front of his in-laws when the situation got a little intense between his wife and her brother.
Sure, Amy never gets to tell her mother off, and poetic justice is delivered in the form of her being the better person and getting over the favoritism, but it was refreshing to see a white man stand up for his Latina wife in front of her own unnecessarily biased parents.
Before we forget, the episode also had a sub-plot of Charles Boyle (Joe Lo-Truglio) turning into a theater director and directing his crew of Sargeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher), and Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) just to pull a sting on a perp right up their alley, and that is all the more reason to watch this episode right away because they look nothing like you have seen them before. They are every bit their own personalities, but here's a big spoiler: Holt pretends to be a rap God. Hot damn!
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' season 6 returns with episode 10 'Gintars' Thursday, March 14, at 9/8c, only on NBC.