Emmy episode analysis: Andre Braugher searches for a mole on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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This year marks the ninth career Emmy nomination for Andre Braugher and the second straight in this category for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” He is a past two-time winner for “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1998) and “Thief” (2006). Braugher plays Captain Ray Holt on the Fox comedy and could win Best Comedy Supporting Actor for the first time thanks to his episode submission “The Mole.”

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Captain Holt and Jake (Andy Samberg) try to find a mole in their precinct before Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick) hears about it. At a bar, Holt gives a passionate speech to his officers where he worries that he’s no longer able to lead his department because of everything that’s gone wrong lately, even going so far as to say that he doesn’t see himself as a man. After being caught with classified files, Jake worries that he looks suspicious so he goes to Holt’s house late at night in order to get to the bottom of the mole investigation.

Holt and Jake spend the night in the study, running through different possible scenarios until they eventually accuse each of being the mole. The next morning, they deduce that Wuntch and the Internal Affairs officer are in league together and set up a sting to catch them in the act. In the episode’s final moments, Holt finally reveals his middle name to Jake: it’s Jacob. Can Braugher add another Emmy to his crowded mantle? Let’s examine the pros and cons:

Braugher is certainly a favorite of the TV academy, with two wins and nine nominations.

He is the veteran in the category which could help as older Emmy voters feel like they already know him.

Voters will be pleasantly surprised at his deft comedy skills after seeing him in so many dramatic roles.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” severely under performed at the Emmys, with Braugher and the show’s stunt coordination being the only nominees.

As the straight man, his performance is largely reactionary with no big money scenes in his episode.

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