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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Is Back And Better Than Ever, Don't Let This Be The Season You Miss

Always be coconutting.

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Last year saw "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" cancellation by Fox followed by NBC picking it up the next day. In the thirty-odd hours between, the Internet descended into mass panic. Everyone and their favorite followers posted, tweeted, and wrote articles protesting the move and pleading for the show's renewal. None of us were in the least ready to let go of a show that had come to be synonymous with self-awareness, sensitivity, and side-splitting humor.

But we don't have to, at least for a while. The first episode of the new season aired on January 10th and it was certainly a return to form. The episode opens with Jake and Amy on their upgraded honeymoon (thanks to Amy's penchant for planning, the two got an insurance bailout on their wedding expenses after last season's fiasco). Almost immediately upon landing, the two descend into full-on tourist mode, trying to see how many odd requests they can get the hotel staff to comply with. They barely get to enjoy the fruits of their mischief (pun intended) before realizing that Captain Holt is staying at the same resort.

Meanwhile, back in Brooklyn, the sanitation department is trying to poach Rosa's drug case, Terry is trying to adjust to his new responsibilities in the Captain's absence, and the Boyle-Linettis are splitting up, much to Charles' chagrin.

At the resort, the Captain reveals that he had a small crisis after being passed up for commissioner, resulting in him flying to Mexico and purchasing a bunch of novelty shirts with puns on them. He assures the couple that he will steer clear of them, but it becomes increasingly and humorously apparent that this is not exactly feasible in the small resort. It reaches the point where Holt is straight up breaking into their room. Amy attempts to make the best of the situation by inviting Holt to accompany them on their activities, resulting in a hilarious third-wheeling montage that culminates in a heartfelt conversation in a petal-strewn hot tub.

Unfortunately, the conversation leads to Holt deciding to quit working for the NYPD, which prompts Amy and Jack to stage an emergency intervention — which involves physically preventing the Captain from leaving by tying him to the bed using ribbons from Boyle's "Box of Love/Nightmares."

What's interesting here is how they flipped the script from earlier seasons. We see Jake getting all sentimental about the Captains' mentorship and trying to placate him with kind words, while Amy ends up losing her cool, denouncing her need to seek his validation and angrily storming out after giving Holt a piece of her mind. It is a testament to the show that this ends up being a moment where we see how much both characters have grown since the first season.

Holt eventually ceases wallowing and decides to take a more proactive approach to being rejected for commissioner. The Captain tells Amy and Jake that he will go to the mayor and state that if the new commissioner follows through with his stop-and-frisk policy, Holt will go to the press.

The episode ends with the revelation that Holt's plan was successful, but that the new commissioner now has it out for the nine-nine. The conflict will likely be the main arc for this season and become more fleshed out in future episodes.

In other news, the costume department outdid themselves with Melissa Fumero's wardrobe this episode. Having rarely seen Amy in anything other than pantsuits and formal dresses, the floral pieces from this episode were a delight. Also, the "Die Hard" roleplay had me rolling!

A running gag for this episode was the honeymooners' motto "Always be coconutting." From margaritas in coconuts to Merlot in coconuts, it left me with intense curiosity as to what, exactly, coconut-flavored coffee would taste like.

More recaps to come!

Here are some episode highlights:

1. "We can't afford to lose any more bees."

2. The Gina mask.

3. Hoot.

4. Holt in novelty tank tops.

5. "Coconut is not a good insulator."

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36 Rules Of Life From 'NCIS's' Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sometimes we all need a smack on the back of the head.
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I have been watching "NCIS" since the show began back in 2003, and season 15 will be airing this September. It is one of the longest running series and for a good reason, even though a lot of your favorite characters die off in the show they somehow still keep it alive. Anyone who has watched an episode or more knows about the infamous Gibbs's rules. Here's the list that we can gather from the many episodes:

Rule 1: "Never let suspects stay together." - revealed in the Season 1 premiere episode, Yankee White (episode).

Rule 2: "Never screw over your partner." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode). McGee also stated this rule to Ned Dorneget in Need to Know (episode). McGee also mentioned to Abigail Borin in Ships in the Night (episode) that rule number one has been taken twice, showing that he knows that there are two number one rules.

Rule 3: "Always wear gloves at a crime scene." - revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 4: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check." - again revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 5: "Never be unreachable." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Deception (episode) although Gibbs has been known to be intentionally unreachable. The rule was shown in Rule Fifty-One (episode) in the background when Gibbs opens the box.

Rule 6: "The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode)

Rule 7: "You don't waste good." - revealed in the Season 8 episode, Baltimore (episode).

Rule 8: "Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness." - This rule has been mentioned throughout the series, but it wasn't given a specific number until Flesh and Blood (episode). The rule is also a direct reference to John Wayne's catch phrase in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (John Ford, Director). Wayne said: "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness." to subordinates in a military situation. DiNozzo notes the connection in Hiatus Part 1 (episode). Mark Harmon's career has paralleled John Wayne's. They both were quarterback of their southern California college football team, both went into acting. (Harmon's father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy-winner and actor & announcer as well.) Note: This is continuously told to Tony, Ziva and Tim through a smack to the back of their heads.

Rule 9: "Always be specific when you lie." - revealed in the Season 1 finale episode, Reveille (episode).

Rule 10: "Never take anything for granted." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Probie (episode) although Gibbs also quotes it as being "Never assume" during the Season 9 episode, Rekindled (episode).

Rule 11: "Never go anywhere without a knife." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, One Shot, One Kill (episode)although it's sometimes quoted as "Never leave home without a knife" or "Always carry a knife."

Rule 12: "Never get personally involved in a case." - revealed in the Season 7 episode, Obsession (episode) and again referenced by the new SECNAV Clayton Jarvis in the Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) as the number one rule in Washington politics.

Rule 13: "When the job is done, walk away." - revealed in the Season 6 episode, Semper Fidelis (episode).

Rule 14: "Never date a co-worker." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, Enigma (episode).

Rule 15: "Never, ever involve lawyers." - revealed in "Collateral Damage." Rule 51 is written on the back of the card containing Rule 13 in "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 16: "Bend the line, don't break it." - revealed in Anonymous was a Woman (episode).

Rule 17: "Always work as a team." - revealed in Leap of Faith (episode).

Rule 18: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it." - revealed in the Season 8 finale episode, Pyramid (episode).

Rule 19: "Never, ever interrupt Gibbs during an interrogation." - revealed in the Season 14 episode, Privileged Information (episode).

Rule 20: "It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." - revealed in Silver War (episode).

Rule 21: "Always look under." - revealed in The Artful Dodger (episode)

Rule 22: "Never ever bother Gibbs in interrogation." - revealed in Smoked (episode).

Rule 23: "Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live."- revealed during "Forced Entry."

Rule 24: "There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you." - Jack Knife (episode) and "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 25: "When you need help, ask." - revealed during Blood Brothers (episode).

Rule 26: "Always watch the watchers." - revealed in "Baltimore."

Rule 27: "If you feel like you are being played, you probably are." - revealed in Nature of the Beast (episode).

Rule 28: "Your case, your lead." - revealed in Bounce (episode) placing Tony as temporarily in charge of the team, and also in Phoenix (episode) with Ducky as leader.

Rule 29: "There is no such thing as coincidence." - revealed in Obsession (episode) although DiNozzo states that Rule 39A is "There is no such thing as a small world" during Canary (episode).

Rule 30: "If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are." - revealed in Borderland (episode).

Rule 31: "Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you." - revealed in Psych Out (episode).

Rule 32: "First things first, hide the women and children." - This rule number was mentioned in Patriot Down (episode) but was not stated until Rule Fifty-One (episode).

Rule 33: "Clean up the mess that you make." - revealed in "Rule Fifty-One" although it's also stated as "Never leave behind loose ends" in Hiatus Part 2 (episode).

Rule 34: "Sometimes you're wrong." - Created by Gibbs in Rule Fifty-One" by writing it on the back of the card containing Rule 13. It is unknown if his coworkers are aware of this rule.

Rule 35: "Always give people space when they get off an elevator." - revealed in Double Back (episode)

Rule 36: "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man." - revealed in Devil's Triangle (episode).



While some seem to deal with Gibbs only there are some very great life lessons present. If you haven's started watching "NCIS" I suggest you start soon, it is all on Netflix.

"A slap to the face is an insult - a slap to the back of the head is a wake-up call." Leroy Jethro Gibbs
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5 Reasons You Need To Forking Listen To Me And Watch 'The Good Place' Or You'll End Up In The Bad Place

It has everything you want in a show: great plot, hilarious dialogue and existential philosophy. What more do you need?

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"Friends" and "How I Met Your Mother" are held up as comedy gold by our generation. They have a great setting, plots that get the main characters into just the right amount of trouble and a good lesson that ties the episode in a nice little bow. But "The Good Place," produced by NBC, is something completely different from the 90s sitcom formula. Main characters Eleanor and Chidi face incredibly unique conflicts and with the fantastic characterization of each of the main characters, it's hard to stop binging the entire series. But why "The Good Place"? Here are five reasons you should start binging it on Netflix right now.

1. The Concept

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Very rarely does America see a comedic show about death, but this show is the outlier. We find out in the first minutes of the pilot that Eleanor Shellstrop, played by Kristen Bell, is dead. She wakes up and is briefed by the architect of her new neighborhood named Michael, played by Ted Danson. Eleanor lives her first few hours in her new heaven and soon realizes that she is in fact not supposed to be in a Good Place. Chaos ensues during the remainder of the season as she meets her fellow neighbors and finds out the hard way that her actions in this heaven-like reality have some major consequences.

2. The Jokes

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There's no laugh track to this show, which allows jokes to be more nuanced and witty. One of the running jokes throughout the series is members of Michael's neighborhood can't swear, so profanity is replaced with words like "fork," "ash hole" and "shirt-balls." Not only is it funny, but it's also a clever way to get around the no-profanity rule of public broadcasting.

3. The Philosophical Theories

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You may be asking: How is this a reason to watch the show? But I promise it's one of the best parts of the entire series. Chidi, who was a moral philosophy professor when he was alive, attempts to teach Eleanor how to be a better person. Eleanor's lack of interest for the subject is obvious, but Chidi's rants about what's right and what's wrong, makes you really think about how you make decisions.

4. Two Words: Jameela Jamil

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Jamil, who plays Tahani on the show, has been in headlines recently for her outspoken posts on social media. She talks about everything concerning women's issues. Her most recent run-in with celebrity drama was when she fought back against a post talking about the weights of the Kardashian sisters. She posted on her Instagram story, saying she weighed in friendship, her great job and more. She's a big fighter for equality and women's rights, and she's hilarious on and off the set.

5. And lastly, the episodes are only half an hour!

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It's super easy to binge this show. With storylines that will hook you in and 20-25 minute episodes, you could finish the series in one day if you tried hard enough.

Grab a friend or two, make some delicious food and get watching! You won't regret picking this amazing show and cast to spend a few hours with.

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