Holt bids farewell to his arch-nemesis in “Ding Dong”, while Terry and Charles battle for their children.
This recap of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, Episode 7, “Ding Dong”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Ding dong, the witch is dead in Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, Episode 7 – the witch being Holt’s (Andre Braugher) long-time arch-nemesis Madeline Wuntch, who hasn’t appeared yet in this season after being the architect of his demotion. Kyra Sedgwick does appear here once or twice, mostly in the form of pre-recorded video messages tormenting Holt and daring him to be sincere at her memorial – an effort that takes up virtually the entire half-hour, to surprising and hysterical results.
Wuntch has always been an odd presence in this show since she’s mentioned often but has only ever appeared in person a handful of times; Holt’s demotion has been an integral part of his arc over the last few weeks, and since we know it was Wuntch’s doing, we rightly expected her being mentioned at the beginning of “Ding Dong” to be the signal of coming faceoff. The fact she’s dead is a surprise to both the audience and Holt himself, who at first doesn’t believe it and then has to deal with the fact that, even in her death, he can’t help but resort to childish one-upmanship.
It’s always funny to watch Holt go out-of-character whenever Wuntch comes up, and it’s especially funny here since the responsibility of eulogizing her falls to him. If he mocks her at her own memorial it’ll only damage his career further, but he can’t help himself and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) is too amused to talk him out of it. His only hope is Amy (Melissa Fumero), who has her own problems in Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, Episode 7 since the fertility hormones she’s taking have put a mood swing in her garden and are causing her to uncontrollably sweat, which leads to several tactical outfit changes throughout the episode.
Just when he thinks he has everything under control, Holt has to reckon with Adam (Michael McDonald), who claims to be Wuntch’s real nemesis and has evidence to prove it. This helps Holt to realize the impact Wuntch had on his life and career, and even after he reveals that he knew Adam was a plant and staged the entire funeral with improv actors just to foil his and Wuntch’s scheme, he’s able to give a legitimately sincere and actually kind of touching eulogy at Wuntch’s real memorial.
The B-plot of “Ding Dong” is funny but thin in how it pits Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) against Terry (Terry Crews) for tickets to the premiere of Kwazy Kupcakes: The Movie. We get some standout moments, including a boxing match that Charles is able to win by using his grandmother’s underhanded secret recipe, and brief cameos from Nikolaj (Antonio Raul Corbo), Cagney (Dani Lockett) and Lacey (Dannah Lockett), all of whom have been told by their respective parents that they’re going to the premiere. Because of this, it’s obvious that Jake (Andy Samberg) is going to take them all in lieu of their parents, so the resolution feels a bit tepid.
Luckily, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, Episode 7 has a final revelation in-store that lands with much more significance – Amy is finally pregnant. Coming on the back of the excellent “Trying”, which was set across six months, and paying off the subplot of Amy’s hormone treatments in “Ding Dong”, the timing is just about right for this development, and it’ll doubtlessly result in some funny stuff going forwards.
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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.