Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5.6 Recap: The Vulture Swoops In to Foil Wedding Plans

by Gary Catig

Diaz and Jake have built up a good partnership since their academy days. Brooklyn Nine-Nine begins with them displaying their team chemistry as Jake catches donut holes, or D-holes, in his mouth after Rosa’s thrown them. They have so many tricks up their sleeves, like hook shots, bank shots, and the backwards over the shoulder shot. The fun comes to an end when Jake misses one and the donut hole falls out a window, but their loss is Scully’s gain as he catches it in his mouth while arriving at work. His dreams have finally come true, believing it’s raining donuts.

  [*Spoilers for 5.6 ahead!]

Jake and Amy are busy planning their wedding. They have set the date and found a near impossible venue for a New York spring ceremony. They spend the day meeting with vendors and planning their dream wedding. They have bouquets wrapped in New York Times crossword puzzles from key dates of their lives (sweet), their own cocktail, the Peraltiago (trendy), and a Die Hard themed Nakatomi Plaza wedding cake (awesome). Everything is going without a hitch until they stop by their venue to drop off the deposit. It seems someone swooped in and reserved their date before they had the chance. The Vulture, Keith Pembroke, has struck again.

As hard as it is to believe, Keith has found his soulmate and with his impeccable timing, he’s stolen yet another opportunity away from Jake and Amy. Fearing they could lose their vendor deposits, the couple decide to intimidate Pembroke’s fiancée, Jean Monroe, to give up the venue date. How good of a person can she be if she’s marrying the Vulture? Much to their surprise, Jean is a saint running a charity that provides food for children in war torn areas. They even feel so guilty about trying to bully her, they make a sizable donation.

After doing some detective work, they discover the Vulture hasn’t changed his ways.  Pembroke is using a Tinder-esque app and only wants to marry Jean for her money. After a clever catfish ploy, which resulted in many penis pictures, Jake and Amy catch him in the act of cheating and negotiate a deal for the venue date in exchange for their silence. At an awkward dinner the two couples share, Amy and Jake can’t bear the idea of someone so nice being with scumbag like Keith and reveasl his cheating ways. They lose their dream venue and have to settle for a rec center deep in Staten Island.

Boyle deals with his own arch nemesis as he and Diaz are placed on a high priority case. The duo must track down a missing equine police officer, Sergeant Peanut Butter. The same Sergeant Peanut Butter who upstaged Boyle when he received the Medal of Honor. They track down the horse and Charles risks his life to rescue his familiar foe. Unfortunately, the press believe Peanut Butter did the saving and the horse is rewarded with a guest appearance on The Ellen Show and an optioned movie from Reese Witherspoon. Seeing how down her partner is, Rosa leaks footage to the press showing Boyle’s heroics.

Meanwhile, Terry has a misunderstanding with a female coworker, Terri, which leaves her thinking he’s arrogant. Terry has a pathological need to be liked and wants to throw a party for his similar named colleague. Instead, he decides to throw a party for Charles so he can make someone he cares about happy.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a deep bench of recurring characters that they can turn to and the Vulture is one of my favorites. It’s always a delight to watch Dean Winters play the skeevy guy you know is trouble whether it’s here, as Dennis Duffy in 30 Rock, or Mayhem in the Allstate commercials. Not many people can fluster Peralta, so Pembroke serves as a good occasional villain.

My favorite three lines:

The Vulture:  Yeah but I did it for love.  My fiancée, she means everything to me.  She’s hot like a chick, she’s smart like a guy.  Just talking to her gives me a Harrelson.

Amy: A Harrelson?

Jake: A woody.

Boyle:  The Daily News got it right.  Hero Cop Saves Helpless Buffoon.  Oh no! Am I the buffoon?

Terry: That’s why there’s a taco bar coming.

Scully: Yes!

Terry: Plus, barbecue.

Scully: Yes!

Terry: Plus, a popcorn guy.

Scully: Yes!

Terry: Plus, vegan options.

Scully: Why?!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 pm on Fox.

Gary Catig

Gary Catig is west coast raised, east coast educated, and has a touch of southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies, and music.