Brooklyn Nine-Nine – s05 ep 14 – “The Box” – Review

ATTENTION! This post contains spoilers for the entire 5 seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine including the latest aired episode!

Another week, another Brooklyn Nine Nine episode!! I was particularly excited to see this one because…. STERLING K BROWN IS IN THE HOUSE, Y’ALL!!!!

I love Sterling. I immediately had a crush on him after watching “The People v.s. O.J. Simpson”. He is so talented and so wonderful. And now he is in my favourite show!

I’m freaking out. Not joking.

Now, a bit of house keeping! I’ve decided to review all new B99 episodes from 5B onwards, so please check out my review of ep 12 and 13. Also, here is my Brooklyn99 Week! Day 1 , Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 , Day 7 .






The episode was written, acted, edited and shot perfectly. I loved it so much. It takes place almost entirely in an interrogation room where Capt. Holt and Jake try to break a suspect (Sterling K. Brown) and make him confess to murdering his work partner.

3 Emmy winners giving a mindblowing performance.

I was especially excited to see Sterling K Brown in a comedy setting. We all know he is a wonderful dramatic actor (“American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson” and “This Is Us“) but comedy is not for everybody. But he killed it.

There were so many homages to Brooklyn99’s past episodes and to Andre Braugher’s career. (Sterling K Brown mentioned him as a role model, inspiration in his own Emmy acceptance speech)

This might be one, if not THE, best episode of all Brooklyn Nine-Nine history.

  • H-O-L-T

The show is famous for its spectacular cold opens and this one didn’t disappoint: Holt calls his husband and then spells his name to him. Who does that?!

  • The Guitar is BACK!

Jake tries to get a confession from Philip by annoying him into talking: playing his guitar and screaming into his face. CLASSIC JAKE! A nice and effective throwback to season 1 “48 Hours”. It didn’t work but it sure was funny!

  • Holt going on a tangent on the whole “doctor/doctorate/PhD”

The captain tries to get under Philip’s skins by telling him that a dentist isn’t actually a doctor. Unfortunately, this blows back in his face: Philip starts questioning the validity of professors with doctorates, diminishing the Captain’s husband’s title. This sets him off and it’s scary and at the same time so hilarious.

  • This glorious moment

  • Jake only wants the captain to be proud of him


  • Jake solves the case, Andy gives a wonderful performance

  • Sterling K Brown

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: Guest star Sterling K. Brown in the "The Box" episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airing Sunday, April 1 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX

There is nothing left to say. He is probably a better villain than a hero. Astonishing performance. I love him.

A brilliant episode. I would have to quote the entire episode but these were the best of best. At least for me.


(only because HalloVeen deserves 10/10)



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