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Recap / Brooklyn Nine Nine S 1 E 17 Full Boyle

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"Full Boyle" is the seventeenth episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's first season.

Boyle is head-over-heels in love with Vivian Ludley after having hooked up with the renowned foodie at Captain Holt's birthday party. While the squad is happy to see that Charles is happy and gaining more confidence due to the relationship, Jake is worried that Charles might go "Full Boyle" and scare Vivian off and end up spiraling into depression as a result.


Meanwhile, Captain Holt feels threatened when a young officer challenges him for the presidency of the African American Gay and Lesbian New York City Policeman's Association (aka AAGLNYCPA). He teams up with Gina to take the upstart down.

Also, Terry tells Amy and Rosa to take the statement of "Super Dan", a pudgy young man who likes to think of himself as a neighborhood superhero, an assignment that the two detectives strongly resent.


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  • Accidental Misnaming: Apparently, the barista who serves Boyle his morning coffee has been calling him "Charlize Broyle" for five years. He never had the confidence to correct her until his relationship with Vivian.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Vivian and Charles have pet names for each other: Vivian is Vivi and Charles is Chuckebunny.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Vivian is a professor whom Charles met at Captain Holt's party and they hit if off. She's twenty years older than Charles who is in his forties. Jake and the squad discuss it as somewhat unusual in the Cold Open, but ultimately they're happy for him.
    Jake: Man, Charles has been so happy and confident ever since he hooked up with that professor at the captain's party. She has tenure, and also has ten years, times two... older than him.
    Rosa: That sucked.
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  • Anti Humour: Holt's opening joke for his speech:
    Holt: You know what the toughest part about being a gay black police officer is? The discrimination.
  • Blatant Lies: When Super Dan first comes up to Amy's desk, she claims she had just retired that moment and that her breakfast muffin is actually her retirement cake.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Despite or because of how ridiculous he is, Super Dan is able to observe an incredible amount of illegal activity in his neighborhood and nobody pays him any mind. He has it all thoroughly documented, and it proves to be an invaluable witness to numerous drug cases.
  • Canada, Eh?: According to Charles, the victim from Canada is a super nice guy.
    Jake: How'd the interview with the victim go?
    Charles: It went okay. The guy was from Canada, said it was probably his fault for getting robbed and apologized for wasting my time.
    Jake: [chuckles] Oh, Canada. Truly Odie to America's Garfield.
    Charles: Mm-hmm.
  • Double Date: Vivian and Charles have a dinner date and an anniversary. Charles gets too intense and is afraid he's gonna freak her out. Jake suggests they have a double date so he can keep an eye on him. Bernice, a friend of Vivian's, turns out to be a knock-out who loves Die Hard and the Nets as much as Jake. He has to to blow her off because of his promise to Charles.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Gina is certainly out of her depth when it comes to AAGLNYCPA and helping Holt prepare but she does have a valid point when she says that his opponent, not having to suffer for 25 years is a good thing because that is exactly why Holt created AAGLNYCPA in the first place. So that Brian would not have to face decades of discrimination before he could run for president of a club.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Boyle and Vivian get engaged this episode. Remember, they only met each other last episode.
  • Happy Rain: Discussed. During the double date, Vivian says she loves rainy days. Boyle's mother loves rainy days as well.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the past, Holt's request for funds to start an organisation for African American LG(BTQ+) officers is received with nothing but mocking, uproarious laughter from the other officers. In the present, Holt notes that since none of them ever actually bothered to say "no", he just went ahead and took the funds for it anyway.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Gina keeps calling Brain Jensen "Brain". He tries to correct her every time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Diaz and Santiago rejecting Super Dan. Turns out he had hundreds of photos on illegal drug activity but because they turned him down, Hitchcock and Scully ended up with the case. Subverted because Super Dan is so much of a fanboy that he jumps at the chance of being involved in official police work, even if it's with the two who insulted him.
  • Person as Verb: Not pop-culture related, but one name from their social circle. 'To go full Boyle' means to get way too intense way too fast in a romantic relationship. It always ends in heartbreak. Luckily, Vivian also goes full Boyle ('full Boyle for Boyle') and they are perfect for each other.
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding:
    • Charles tells Vivian he wants to draw her a bubble bath and spoon-feed her caviar in one phone message (Jake hanged it up, though). Given they're both food-obsessed and show love Through His Stomach, she would love it.
    • In one voice mail, Vivian tells Charles they should feed each other falafel in their underwear.


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