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Recap / Brooklyn Nine Nine S 1 E 13 The Bet

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Peralta: (gets down on one knee) Amy Santiago, you have made me the happiest man on earth. I spent one whole dollar on this ring, will you go on the worst date ever with me? You have to say yes.
Santiago: Yes.
Peralta: She said YES!

Peralta and Santiago's bet over who can get more felony arrests over the course of a year comes to a head, which means Peralta gets to take her out on what he deems the worst date ever. Meanwhile, Boyle wins a Medal of Valor but is upstaged by a horse, and starts dropping "truth bombs" on everybody else after a particularly strong dose of pain medication thanks to last episode's incident. Holt tries to help Jeffords and his wife come to terms with Jeffords' startling return to the field.


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Adults Dressed as Children: Peralta admits that the dress he made Santiago wear reminds him of every girl at every Bat Mitzvah he ever had a crush on. He doesn't appear to notice the potential Freudian implications of this.
  • Bad Date:
    • Actively invoked and taken Up to Eleven; Jake is pulling out all the stops to make this a terrible date for Amy. Although it's also eventually subverted, as despite his best efforts the two end up having fun anyway. Case in point: Jake and Amy are told to go on a stakeout during their date night, but when Holt calls Jake to let them go early, he refuses and lies to Amy to extend their time together.
    • During the stakeout, Jake and Amy discuss their worst dates. Amy's was a date with her aunt's dentist where he started inspecting her teeth while they were eating and then told her "dessert is out of the question". Jake claims he has about a 50-way tie for worst date.
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  • The Bet: Santiago and Peralta's bet ends this episode, with Peralta pulling a last-minute win.
  • Brutal Honesty: Boyle's truth-bombs.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Boyle: Jake, do you know why little boys pull little girls's pigtails?
    Jake: Because they're so easy to grab. They're just begging to be pulled.
  • Companion Cube: Jake reveals why he likes his car so much even though it's a piece of crap. On his very first arrest fresh out of police academy, he threw the perp against the car and discovered it was for sale. When Amy suggests she would have used the car to learn how to drive stick, she mimics the noise of a clutch grinding and Jake is visibly uncomfortable at the idea.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Every time he tries to apologize for Jeffords to his wife, Holt only seems to get Jeffords in more trouble.
    Holt: Oh, I've caused a problem. I think I am getting a text message. Bloop. Ah, there it is.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Apparently Hitchcock was clueless to Peralta and Santiago's bet, despite the fact that, according to Terry, it comes up all the time and there is a visible score written on a prominent whiteboard.
  • Fake Texting:
    • Boyle gets super strong pain meds, gets super relaxed and super honest. So he admits he does fake texting.
      Boyle: [to his boss] I'm worried you don't find me interesting. I'm gonna pretend someone texted me. [stares to his phone]
    • Holt pretends he got a text when he wants to back out from an uncomfortable conversation with Jeffords and his wife.
      Holt: I think I am... Getting a text message. Bloop. Ah, there it is.
  • First Name Ultimatum:
    Jeffords: She called me "Terrence". I'm doomed. (downs drink)
  • Foreshadowing: Jake warns Amy not to fall in love with him. However, in "Chasing Amy", he admits that this episode is exactly when he fell in love with her.
  • Internal Reveal: Near the end of the episode, Amy finds out from Holt what the audience already knows: that Jake lied about why Holt called and extended their time on the rooftop intentionally.
  • Manipulative Editing: Jake does it in the middle of an intense showdown with Amy:
    Jake: Santiago, the bet ends today. Are you ready?
    Amy: I was born ready.
    Jake: lose. The whole question was "are you ready to lose" and you said you were born that way.
  • Oh, Crap!: Santiago's reaction when she realizes Peralta's last-minute win.
    Santiago: That's right, "oh no"! [dawning horror] Oh no. You don't seem worried. Why don't you seem worried?!
  • Retcon: A minor one. In the pilot, Jake is a lot more obviously interested in Amy and it's implied that he's using the bet as an opportunity to seduce her. In this episode, in his mind Jake is using the bet purely as an opportunity to prank her, and the suggestion that he might be doing it because he has feelings for Amy comes as a genuine shock to him.
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: Subverted. Amy shares a memory from her worst date. The guys is a dentist who pretends to offer her a piece of his food on a spoon. As she leans in and opens her mouth to eat it, he starts checking her teeth with two spoons. And says that desert is out of the question.
  • Shipper on Deck: The crooks that Jake and Amy go undercover to arrest get very involved in the romantic tribulations of "Susan" and her boyfriend, to the point where...
    Crook: I'm sad y'all arresting me, but I gotta say: I'm glad you're back together.


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