“Manhunter” keeps the cast together on a case with a newly demoted Captain Holt, while Jake and Amy make a major decision that might drastically alter the course of the season.
This recap of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, Episode 1, “Manhunter”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous season by clicking these words.
Continuing both the narrative and the high quality of the show’s sixth season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, Episode 1 gets off to a strong start as the first half of a double-header. Holt (Andre Braugher) is now, you’ll recall, a newly-demoted beat cop, paired up in “Manhunt” with a guest-starring Vanessa Bayer as the buttoned-up Officer Fogle, who would very much appreciate it if he didn’t meddle in the assassination attempt of an NYC councilman.
That case forms the bulk of the episode and, smartly for a premiere, keeps the whole cast mostly together in the same place. The focus is on Jake (Andy Samberg) finding it increasingly difficult to give Holt orders, and Holt finding it increasingly difficult to not get himself involved in the case, but virtually all of the main cast float in and out of the case at one point or another, and a B-plot involving Amy (Melissa Fumero) having a pregnancy scare keeps Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) on her toes with various de-stressing techniques including but not limited to just kicking things.
Most of the pleasure of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, Episode 1 is in how each character factors into the central plot, more so than the central plot itself, which is mostly Holt and Jake just trying to outdo each other and figure things out first. Terry’s (Terry Crews) insistence that Amy and Rosa’s private chats are about him is a gag that “Manhunt” returns to a few times; Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) make a great late-game appearance when local hotdog experts are needed; Fogle does her best to continually avoid danger and responsibility while also doling out snippets of her hilarious idiosyncratic backstory; and Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) brilliantly remixes Hall and Oates.
But perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the episode is how it ends, with Amy and Jake in bed discussing her pregnancy scare. As it turns out she isn’t pregnant, but part of her wanted to be. They both decide they’d like to try for a baby, which, given Melissa Fumero’s real-life pregnancy, seems like it’ll be a direction for the show to head in throughout this season.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.