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Beach House is the twelfth episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's second season.

The detectives of the Nine Nine are eager to head out to Charles' beach house for a weekend of boozy fun away from all their responsibilities. Putting a damper on things, however, is that Jake invites Captain Holt to join them after hearing that Holt never got to take part in similar get togethers when he was younger because of his ethnicity and sexuality. Now the detectives have to figure out a way to enjoy themselves without getting too out of control in front of their boss.

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Gina spends the weekend trying to get Amy drunk so that she can see what happens to Amy if the detective goes beyond her self-imposed five drink limit and Charles helps a fretting Rosa send text messages to Marcus, Holt's nephew.

Also, Scully and Hitchcock have a harebrained scheme that they want Captain Holt to invest in.


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  • Ambiguously Bi: "Four Drink Amy" is, in the words of Gina, "a bit of a pervert". It's notable, however, that she seems to get particularly lecherous towards Gina and Rosa.
  • Anti-Climax: Amy normally gets wilder with each drink she takes until she stops after her fifth. Gina decides to spend the weekend goading Amy into going beyond that limit because she really wants to see what "Six Drink Amy" is like. As it turns out, "Six Drink Amy" isn't much fun and bemoans her lack of a life outside of work.
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  • Beach Episode: A subversion of the normal trope, the episode does take place in a beach house, but it's set the northern US in the dead of winter (due to Charles' hilariously bad divorce settlement). Their only visit to the actual beach is in the biting cold, wearing heavy coats.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: It doesn't take many drinks for Amy to get tipsy.
  • Covert Pervert: Four alcoholic drinks unlocks Amy's lecherous side.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Vacation Terry wears a fanny pack that contains things like fruit, a pillow, a fondue fork, and a supply of booze.
  • Cringe Comedy: The scenes of Holt trying to "josh around" with the squad are both painfully awkward and painfully funny.
  • Delayed Reaction: One-Drink Amy spaces off while taking to Terry and Rosa.
    Amy: Wait, what?
  • Friendship Moment: After spending the weekend goading Amy to get increasingly drunk — and just in general acting like a pretty snide Jerkass towards her throughout the series — Gina starts taking care of "Six-Drink" Amy when no one's around.
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  • Funny Background Event: The episode ends with everyone - including Holt - bonding over a game which makes fun of his quirks; everyone except Amy, who's passed out on the couch and doesn't move throughout the entire scene.
  • Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: Hitchcock and Scully want to get Holt to invest in a scheme that involves raising a sunken casino off the ocean floor.
  • In Vino Veritas: Amy's personality changes with each drink she takes. To wit:
    • One-Drink Amy gets a little spacey.
    • Two-Drink Amy has No Indoor Voice.
    • Three-Drink Amy gets "Dancepants".
    • Four-Drink Amy is a bit of a pervert.
    • Five-Drink Amy is "weirdly confident".
    • Six-Drink Amy, it turns out, gets depressed very easily.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The detectives blame Jake for ruining their weekend plans because he invited Holt and they now all have to modify their plans to accommodate the Captain's pedantic preferences.
  • No Indoor Voice: Two-Drink Amy gets quite loud when speaking, causing Scully to mess up his shot during a game of pool.
    Amy: YOU WANNA GET A CAB?!
  • Pants-Free: The Cold Open has Jake deduce that Holt is not wearing pants behind his desk because he spilled soup on them, and tries to get him to confess. After Holt does, Jake accidentally spills soup on his pants, and the scene ends with the two of them behind the desk as Amy comes in.
  • Playing Cyrano: Charles spends the day dictating texts for Rosa to send to her boyfriend.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Jake and Holt find themselves having to share one after they both spill soup on their trousers.
    Amy: Captain, I need you to sign off on... (She notices that Jake and Holt are awkwardly seated behind Holt's desk)
    Jake: Look at us! Just three people with pants on having a normal conversation!
    (Camera cuts to a new angle to show how Jake and Holt are both pantsless)
    Holt: Yup! No story here.

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