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Recap / Brooklyn Nine-Nine S 6 E 01 "Honeymoon"

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"Honeymoon" is the first episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's sixth season. It is also the first episode to air on NBC following the show's cancellation by FOX.

This episode picks up where the previous one left off. In the cold open, Holt reveals that he did not get the commissioner job. In the following days, Jake and Amy (having purchased wedding insurance) go on their honeymoon to a resort in Mexico, only to find a depressed Holt is there as well. They subsequently spend much of their time trying to cheer him up.

Meanwhile, back at the Nine-Nine, Terry and Rosa are trying to come up with a way to stop Sanitation Police from poaching Rosa's big drug case. Terry tries to find the instruction manual Holt made for his would-be successor, had he been chosen as the next Commissioner, hoping it would have advice on how to deal with the situation.


Lastly, Charles and Gina's parents are getting divorced, and Charles tries to figure out why from Gina, who refuses to help him.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The New York City Department of Sanitation really does have a Police Enforcement Unit.
  • Bathos: Captain Holt's bottomless self-pity and sulking about not getting the commissioner job is delivered in his usual stoic tone, making it hilarious.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Gina loudly mentions during a staff meeting that she has a discount code for the beach resort Jake and Amy are spending their honeymoon at. Later, it turns out Holt chose the same resort for his impromptu vacation because "Gina's been talking about it for years".
    • A two-time brick joke: Jake says during the same meeting that he's excited to get to say "ay caramba" while on vacation without it being offensive (the rest of the squad disagrees). He gets to say it twice; first when they find Holt at the resort, and again in the final seconds (and in unison with Amy) to go along with the closing Wham Shot.
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  • Call-Back: Jake mentions Holt teaching him "the importance of a tie in the workplace", a Call-Back that stretches all the way the very first episode.
  • Casual Kink: Amy dresses as Holly Gennaro to surprise Jake. Later, Jake dresses as Melvil Dewey to surprise Amy. They both appreciate the gesture, but find it too tiring to continue roleplaying for too long.
  • Censored for Comedy: Jake gets the show's first bleeped-out line, made possible by the show's switch to NBCnote .
    Amy: This B needs a C in her A!
    Jake: Oh my God!
    Amy: (confused) This babe needs a coconut in her arms...
    Jake: Oh, I thought you said "This *bleep* needs a *bleep* in her *bleep*.
  • Chained to a Bed: Jake and Amy tie Holt spread-eagle to their bed to keep him from returning to New York and resigning from the NYPD.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Charles sends Jake and Amy a box full of nightmarish sex stuff as a honeymoon present, the contents of which are later used to restrain Holt so that he can't return to New York to quit.
    Amy: Is there anything in Charles's Box of Nightmares that can be used to tie up Holt?
    Jake: (briefly scans the contents) Yes, literally everything in here could be used to tie up a person.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: The aforementioned Censored for Comedy quote, with three bleeps in one sentence.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As it turns out, Amy was savvy enough to get wedding insurance for her and Jake, entitling them to a big wad of cash (and a more expensive honeymoon) since the original venue got shut down by the bomb threat. She also apparently took out renter's insurance for Jake without him even knowing.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: To punish Holt for going over his head, Commissioner Kelly moves the entire precinct to a single floor, overcrowding the bullpen area.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When trying to convince Holt not to quit the NYPD, Jake repeatedly gets distracted by Amy, who is dressed like a character from Die Hard.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Holt came to Mexico without any luggage, forcing him to buy novelty shirts from the gift shop.
    • "What's up, Beaches?"
    • "DTF: Down to Fiesta"
    • "1 [shot of] Tequila / 2 [shots of] Tequila / 3 [shots of] Tequila / FLOOR!!!"
    • A pineapple wearing a thong bikini and having the caption "Slut" underneath it.
      Jake: Your new shirt is very aggressive and confusing. Is the pineapple the slut or is it calling someone else a slut?
      Holt: (completely serious) Clearly the pineapple is the slut.
      (a little later)
      Jake: Just out of curiosity and asking for a friend, where did you get this shirt and how much did it cost?
  • Fun with Acronyms: Jake and Amy's honeymoon Arc Words are ABC: Always Be Coconuting.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Amy dresses as Holly Gennero from Die Hard, driving Jake wild. Jake returns the favor by dressing as Melville Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.
  • It Was with You All Along: After Terry drives himself crazy trying to find Holt's manual and figure out what he would have told his successor to do, in the end it says to ask Terry himself, because he knows the precinct better than anyone. This gives him the confidence to give Rosa the advice she needs to handle her spat with Sanitation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gina only told her mother to divorce Charles's dad and not tell him why because she was cheating on him. She then refused to tell Charles because she didn't want to hurt him or his dad.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: One subplot has Rosa seeking advice from Terry after a drug bust she conducted found the contraband in a dumpster, leading to the Sanitation department trying to claim the case. It leads to him tearing apart Holt's office trying to find the book of advice Holt wrote for his future successor.
  • Kids Play Matchmaker: Subverted; Charles tries to recruit Gina to get their parents back together, but Gina refuses.
  • Mood Whiplash: Jake and Amy are all set to enjoy their honeymoon, but when they see Holt depressed, they drop everything and try to cheer him up.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Jake and Amy are briefly overjoyed to learn that they can ask for any dumb thing they want at the resort (alcoholic drinks in coconut shells, platters of grapes even though they don't want any) and the staff will provide it for them, no questions asked. The celebration quickly derails, though, when they find Holt depressed at the bar.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Amy calls out Captain Holt for calling Jake selfish after he spent their entire honeymoon taking care of Holt, and says she no longer "gives a hoot" about what Captain Holt thinks.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Gina somehow knows Terry's passwords, BaldByChoice, PecMan, and MacklemoreEnthusiast.
  • Repeat After Me: Charles' attempt to have Scully talk to Gina about the divorce fails because Scully keeps repeating the directions Charles feeds him through his earpiece.
  • Running Gag:
    • Jake and Amy insist on having every drink they get while on vacation be in a coconut shell. Jake tries to keep it going even when they're back in New York, which backfires when he tries to do so with his morning coffee (coconut is not a good insulator).
    • Holt's hilarious vacation shirts, which he purchased from a gift shop because he didn't bring any luggage.
    • Gina being a "rascal".
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Terry needs to find the manual Holt prepared for his potential replacement in order to find out what he would do about Rosa's case. After failing to enter both his laptop (which he destroys in frustration) and his cloud account, it turns out Gina had a physical copy, which she didn't give Terry in the first place because she's a "rascal".
  • Shout-Out: Gina says that with Holt absent, the situation at the precinct is a "Westeros free-for-all" and asks who will "bend the knee".
  • Wham Shot: The elevator doors opening on Jake and Amy's first day back at work, revealing the entire precinct will now be forced to share a single floor of office space for the foreseeable future.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Jake tries to encourage Holt not to quit the NYPD by giving him a heartfelt speech about how much Holt being there means to him, Holt snidely dismisses it as selfish. Amy absolutely sees red and verbally tears a strip off Holt for all his selfish moping ruining their honeymoon:
    Amy: How dare you call Jake selfish?! He just wasted his entire honeymoon trying to take care of you while you wallowed in your misery like a little baby!
    Holt: [Whining] Well that seems a little harsh!
    Amy: [Mimicking his whining] Oh does it? [Normal] I don't give a hoot! [...] For the last five years, all I've done is give a hoot about you and what you think. I gave a hoot about you as a boss. I gave a hoot about you as a mentor. I gave a hoot about you as a friend. [...] Not any more! After the way you've acted and after what you just said to Jake, I don't give a hoot what you think! And I really don't give a hoot if you decide to quit the NYPD. So do it! I'm all out of hoots! I'm hootless!
  • Your Cheating Heart: It's revealed at the end of the Charles/Gina subplot that their parents' divorce was driven by Darlene cheating on Lynn, and Gina pushing her mom to divorce him rather than keep up a Happy Marriage Charade and ultimately hurt him worse.