Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) has evolved from an emotionless robot to a father figure for Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) whose son Holt didnt have. Their childish rivalry culminates in an intimate family bond that can be viewed as stronger than any blood relation.
Jake had a lot of growing to do in terms of his work ethic and personal life. Holt was the biggest influence on Jake's development as a detective and ultimately as a father. In more ways, Holt also stepped into his role as a father figure to Jake.
When Holt Babysits Jake on A Case
Holt, in one of the initial cases involving Jake's Weiner Artist, is adamant about babysitting him as he wants to ensure that the case is taken seriously.
This may be seen as a starting point for their relationship, where the dynamic is established and later built upon.
When Holt Benches Jake
When Jake was benched to digitize old files and pulled him out of fieldwork, a father always looks out for his kid in trouble. Jake was knee-deep in a slump with no new leads and no case on the verge of being solved.
Jake's brain is reset while doing the paperwork as assigned, and he has an epiphany regarding one of his open cases. In the end, Jake sees how Holt only desired the best for him, despite him rubbing a horse's skin for good luck the entire day.
Holt Gives Advice Like A Dad
Holt provided some valuable advice on numerous occasions for Jake. Sometimes, a kid like Jake needs someone like Holt to sift out some wisdom. In situations like police work or relationships, Jake turned to Holt for advice.
Jake makes the correct decision by detained a police chiefs son and takes a significant step in his relationship with Amy, all thanks to Holts amazing advice.
When Holt punishes Jake by high-fiving everyone, Jake is punished.
Holt devises a special punishment that might tempt and torment Jake because he's sick of his repeated tardiness. This demonstrates how well Holt knew Jake and figured out the best strategy for re-starting his alleged son.
Jake receives a special high-five from all of the squad members, except for Jake, in order to punish him for coming late to morning meetings. This is rightfully so, teaching Jake a valuable lesson - don't mess with Dad Holt!
When Holt and Jake Bond Over Mumps
Holt and Jake, who are on the verge of becoming poles-apart, had to be put on quarantine together, but we have to imagine, because fans got to witness the crazy pair solve a case while they were unwell with mumps. In this crazy episode, Simon and Balthazar were introduced, along with a more authentic father-son bond.
During their time together, they took care of one another and nursed each other back to health.
When They Arrest Bob and Go Against The FBI
Holt trusts his work son who will soon get him out of trouble when he discovers a trustworthy friend. Even with Bob pointing a rifle at Holts head, he didnt hesitate because he knew Jake would solve the problem and save him.
Every father should have that type of belief in their children. And when Jake visits him to retrieve the files, he assures him that he believes him and even calls him son.
When Holt and Amy Save Jake From Gio Costa
Jake and Boyle unravel the case against Hitchcock and Scully, and they get caught up with Gio Costa, a mafia boss who has no place to hide. And as they lose all hope, his wife and his captain dad show up in the right moment to rescue them from being killed.
Holt was a master of dad manner as he left everything to rush and rescue his ace detective from the mafia and his thugs as soon as he realized this tactic could be dangerous.
When Holt Opens Up to Jake
Holt, a modern dad, is always open about his worries, his shame, and his feelings, even when in a humorous manner.
Jake was able to spot something wrong, whether it was about Kevin and his family conflicts at home or his reservations about being the police commissioner. Ultimately, this sage duo overcame all obstacles and pushed each other to excel.
When Holt Risked Taking a Risk to Rescue Jake from Prison,
Holt takes it on his head and deals with the hardened criminal on his own to keep his squad safe, even when it puts him in danger.
Holt was adamant about being commissioner with this sword dangling on his neck for this reason.
When Holt Makes Jake See He Has a Family
Fans know what a tense childhood Jake had with his real father abandoning their family and with no siblings to turn to. Holt made Jake realize that he did have a family, the one he chose to be a part of.
Jake realizes what he's been missing, and he goes to celebrate the day with his chosen family.