In this exclusive clip from Thursday’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) and his detectives show off an array of high-five moves.
LOS ANGELES – There’s a constant push-pull between New York Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his boss, Capt. Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher), on NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
The opening scene in Thursday’s episode of the NBC comedy (9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT), offers a wonderfully sadistic take on that complex relationship, at least from Holt’s perspective, and some quick-stepping more common to Broadway than a sitcom set.
The upright, by-the-book Holt, frustrated by Peralta’s casual approach to punctuality, devises a torture for the detective when he shows up late for roll call (and a tutorial on using the new copier).
Holt’s “special punishment” for Peralta, a high-five aficionado, is that each member of the squad except him gets a custom-designed high five.
Peralta reminds Holt that the captain hates high fives. “Yes, every minute of it was hell, but it will be worse for you,” he says. Each colleague gets a special high-five goodbye, from “salute into a fanny waggle” for Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) to a “double fist bump reverse explosion into a Pete Townshend strum” for Santiago (Melissa Fumero).
And just when he thought it was over, Holt drives the dagger in deeper. “Goodbye, Leonard from Xerox,” Holt says, administering the final high five, which destroys an incredulous Peralta: “The copy guy?!”
As with most “Brooklyn” cold opens, the high-five scene is separate from the main plot of the episode, which has Peralta and Holt investigating a case at the university where Holt’s husband, Kevin, teaches.
But the opening sequence “enriches the Jake-Holt relationship,” a complex mix of mutual affection and annoyance, says Joe Lo Truglio, who plays Detective Boyle and directed the episode of the sixth-year comedy, which NBC renewed through the 2019-2020 season in February.
Before the scene, inspired by a viral video of a teacher offering unique handshakes to students, actors briefly rehearsed their high-five moves with a choreographer in the precinct bullpen. As Fumero moved through her sequence with Braugher, Lo Truglio and Beatriz watched.
“Kudos to Andre,” Fumero said when the scene was completed after several takes. “I only had to remember my high five. He had to remember all of them and he got it (snaps fingers) really quickly.”
Later, Braugher downplayed the praise, acknowledging he’s “a quick learner” but that he was a bit winded after the long, involved sequence. “I’m not a kid anymore.”
Samberg, however, was having none of that. “Andre is quite fleet of foot. He can do it all.”
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