Daily Brooklyn 99 Thoughts: Queer Culture at Yet Another Opposite-Sex Wedding

*** Contains spoilers for s5e9, s5e22 ***

It’s so important that these gems show up on the episode centered around yet another heterosexual wedding aired on this show (is this the 3rd? 4th? Unclear.) Interesting that Charles and Genevieve are not married, even though they’ve been together for three seasons now and are co parents. Is this another subtle spit in the face of society’s hetero-normative ideas?

boyle ill take it

First gem: Captain Holt officiating.

“You’re married. You may kiss the bride.”

He does not say “husband and wife.” And I’m sure that’s important to Amy, and probably Jake as well. But mostly, I’m sure it comes from Captain himself who would never have agreed to hear “I pronounce you husband and husband.”

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Second gem: Actual bi-visibility

“You never know when you’re gonna find your dream person.”

“Anyone on the street could be them.”

“All right, it feels like you googled how to talk to your bisexual friends.”

“Yeah.”

123Go Serge! Doing research after someone comes out to you is nothing to be ashamed of, and you should all do it! Although I feel like watching this show might be enough.

Notice how Gina Rodriguez approaches in the car, and there’s some hinting on Terry’s part, and Rosa seems into it, but can we all stop to appreciate the fact that a complete stranger walked on screen and we didn’t all immediately assume she’s straight? And then once you think about it, is she a lesbian? Who knows? BI-FIVE EVERYBODY! WE GOT SOME REAL VISIBILITY! Yes, I wrote that in all caps so you would yell in your head, that’s how exciting this is.

Third gem: return of the Chosen Family theme

“And I love you both very much.”

“Permission to say it back?”

“Permission granted.”

“I love you too!”

“Love you, captain!”

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#captainholt #queerculture #bisexuality #bivisibility #terryjeffords #rosadiaz #wedding #lgbt

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Daily Brooklyn 99 Thoughts – S3E10: Heroes

***Contains spoilers for this episode***

There are four heroes in this episode: Jake, Terry, Charles, and Amy (not necessarily in that order.)

Terry states at Christmas dinner that his family is his number one priority. But when he hears that the detectives are in danger, he rushes to their aid, leaving his biological family behind. He goes head to head with The Vulture, who is motivated only by his own ego and hell-bent on making a dangerous move which could put Jake, Charles and Gina in more danger. To protect his squad, Terry makes a decision that might cost him his job. He heroically overpowers The Vulture, and to hell with the consequences – because the Nine-Nine are also his family. His number one priority, even higher than his career. This is another instance if the chosen family theme which is one of my favorites and which I will discuss at length another time.

The Vulture: Stand down. Sgt. Terry Jeffords: NO.
The Vulture: Stand down. Sgt. Terry Jeffords: NO. 

#terryjeffords #chosenfamily

Jake’s hero move comes when he lets himself get taken hostage to allow Charles to escape. Of course this also allows Charles to rescue the hostages later – Charles’s epic hero moment – but Jake didn’t know that would be the outcome, and was even held at gunpoint before Charles showed up. Jake risked his life to protect his best friend. Season-one-Boyle did this, but would season-one-Jake have done the same thing? I don’t know. In any case, good job, grown-up Jake.

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Image shows Charles holding a walkie-talkie and looking sassy and fabulous

Jake forgets to buy Charles a Christmas present, but Charles recognizes his sacrifice as “The best Christmas present ever.” Sometimes I wonder why Charles likes Jake at all, but if there are enough exchanges like this between them, then I guess their friendship is doing okay.

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Jake and Charles outside the store with lit-up Christmas trees in the background

#charlesboyle #jakeperalta #friendship

And it wouldn’t be fair to do this without mentioning Amy running into the freezing cold water to alert the captain and Rosa to their emergency situation. Good job, grown-up Amy!

#amysantiago

“The only puzzle he hasn’t solved yet is how to grow up,” is the Serge’s assessment of Jake in the pilot episode. Jake in seasons 1 and 2 is different than Jake in seasons 3 and on. Jake grows up. He becomes kind, good, and loyal. He still acts like a goofball but he takes responsibility. I think this episode is the turning point in Jake’s maturity.

Terry tells off Jake for not taking responsibility for his actions, and Charles confronts him in a gentle and loving way, demonstrating how deeply he understands Jake and knows exactly how to get through to him.

Boyle: I think you're only 99% right.
Boyle: I think you’re only 99% right.

 

And on the topic of masculinity and fragile heterosexuality, how awesome was this moment?

triple-spoon like grown-ups

Triple-spoon like grown-ups. Terry still wakes up heterosexual and ripped in the morning so I guess men can spoon to keep warm and it doesn’t hurt their gender identity.
Also being a grown up is being able to spoon to keep warm, even though you’re mad at someone.

#jakeperalta #charlesboyle #terryjeffords #gendernorms #brooklyn99 #b99 #masculinity #sexuality