fans have always had the softest of soft spots in their hearts for Captain Raymond Holt, played by the .
Following the shock news of after a brief illness, many are now revisiting Holt’s most iconic – and funniest – moments on which ran for .
He was of a bunch of wise-cracking police officers in Brooklyn’s fictional 99th Precinct, with an incredible intelligence, sharp wit and a deep love for his dog, Cheddar.
, Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz, , Melissa Fumero and Chelsea Peretti, Braugher’s Holt had special relationships with each of his officers, from father figure to Samberg’s Jake Peralta and mentor for Fumero’s Amy Santiago to LGBTQ+ support and ally ship for Beatriz’s Rosa Diaz – and many of the show’s fans.
‘This hurts. You left us too soon. You taught me so much. I will be forever grateful for the experience of knowing you. Thank you for your wisdom, your advice, your kindness and your friendship,’ Crews – who played Lieutenant Terry Jeffords on the sitcom – wrote in tribute on Instagram.
In honour of Braugher, and the entertainment and comfort he brought to millions of fans, here we take a look at Captain Holt’s most iconic quotes and memorable moments on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
When Holt decides to embrace code names during Jake’s high-profile bank robber case with Boyle (Lo Troligo), all of junior officer’s dreams have come true at once.
Episode 22 in season two – named The Chopper, to heighten all of Jake’s Die Hard fantasies – sees Holt join the mission as he is suspicious of nemesis Captain Madeline Wuntch offering her full support.
Bemoaning politics, Holt dives straight into working out theories with Jake as to where to find the money, suggesting they ‘take the chopper’ – which inspires a gasp of glee from Jake.
When he kicks off his own code name suggestions of ‘Death Blade’ and ‘Side Winder’ to Boyle and a supporting officer, Jake responds: ‘Roger that, Wet Blanket.’
But Holt has a better suggestion, replying: ‘No, from now on, call me… Velvet Thunder.’
And honestly, the name, Braugher’s growling delivery and Samberg’s reaction as Jake all make this a perfect Brooklyn Nine-Nine moment.
Cheddar – not just some common b*tch
As we all know, Holt is devoted to his corgi Cheddar, who he shares with husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson), with the pup often getting involved with scrapes at the precinct.
His so-called ‘Fluffy Boi’ is a source of great pride for Holt (remember the time he fully embraces making her a social media star?), so it’s made even funnier when he is almost fooled by a switcheroo.
In season five, episode four – HalloVeen – Cheddar is involved in the fifth annual Halloween Heist, where holt has trained the dog to retrieve the cummerbund from the Tramps hiding spot.
However, Cheddar is then intercepted by Amy, who replaces him with another corgi, leading to Holt’s hilariously outraged reaction when he realises the deception.
‘Wait a minute… this isn’t the championship cummerbund, this is some common cummberbund!’
Glancing at the replacement dog, he adds: ‘And you’re not Cheddar! You’re just some common b*tch!’
This, naturally, led to Cheddar’s forever descriptor being ‘not just some common b*tch’.
Season four, episode six gives us the best GIF-worthy Holt quote of all time – and that is saying something, thanks to Braugher’s exquisite talent at delivering simple lines with real flair.
In Monster in the Closet, the squad are preparing for Rosa’s wedding to Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas), and Holt is in charge of the balloon arch – of which self-designated wedding planner Amy is not a fan.
Holt starts individually bursting balloons in annoyance, before he hides his creation in his office.
When Rosa finds it in his office, and proclaims ‘her’ (yes, the balloon arch has a gender) ‘magnificent’, Holt is delighted, yelling: ‘Vindication!’
Or, more accurately, ‘VinnndiCAAATIONNNNNNN!’
Whenever Holt tries to be heterosexual
Holt is an LGBTQ+ onscreen icon, with a lot of meaningful points made by the show thanks to his sexuality.
However, he is also shown to be hilarious any time he, rather unconvincingly, pretended to be straight when undercover.
In the three-part season four premiere, named Coral Palms, Holt has been living in the witness protection program in Florida with Jake, but they are still keen to find villain Jimmy ‘The Butcher’ Figgis (Eric Roberts).
Describing his dead fake wife, Holt tells his power-walking pals: ‘I’m still getting over the tragic loss of my wife. She was such a strong, female woman, with nice, heavy breasts.’
This is a description he returns to again and again, elsewhere in the series, talking about ‘heavy, feminine breasts with their perfectly placed nipples’ on another occasion.
In season five, episode two – The Big House Part 2 – Holt discusses another fake wife (and mistress too) with a prison guard when Jake is serving time inside, having been framed alongside Rosa by the corrupt Lieutenant Melanie Hawkins (Gina Gershon).
The prison guard says that Holt keeps talking about Jamie-Lynn’s ‘thigh gap’, so he probably wants to be with her, to which Holt responds: ‘That’s my favourite part of a woman. There’s nothing more intoxicating than the clear absence of a penis.’
He then claims to be off to ‘plough’ his mistress…
When Jake calls Holt ‘Dad’
Not every moment here has to (purely) be a zinger, and it would be remiss of us not to include the occasion when Jake accidentally calls Holt ‘Dad’.
I mean, knowing their relationship and Jake’s own deadbeat father, we all saw it coming, right?
When it accidentally slips out in front of the whole bullpen after Holt praises his report as ‘nice work’, there is a stunned silence while Jake denies having said it.
As his colleagues jump on it, Jake pretends it was part of a ‘crazy, devious plan’ when a suspect admits to lying about his alibi after having been involved in the ‘dad’ discussion.
‘I believe you – son,’ Holt responds. ‘You want to talk about it later over a game of catch?’
To which Jake responds quietly: ‘I’d like that.’
Yes, it’s supposed to be a funny moment, but it’s also very sweet.
When Holt and his husband Kevin quarrel
Holt is perfectly matched by his husband Kevin (Jackson), a professor and head of the Classics department at Columbia University, who has a dry wit and deadpan delivery.
(Also, let’s not forget the true delight of his full name being Dr Kevin M. Cozner.)
The couple shares many a memorable moment throughout Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s run, the highlights of which are often their petty squabbles which descend into quiet mutual admiration for one another. And sometimes they don’t.
In season four episode eight, Skyfire Cycle, there’s a particularly great example when Holt and Kevin are arguing over the Monty Hall Problem, all about the probability of success when choosing doors to find a prize.
Running over the full episode, the pair are shown squabbling, with Holt arguing: ‘Probability doesn’t kick in. Do I have to teach you college-level statistics?’
‘I don’t know. Do I have to teach you high school statistics?’ retorts Kevin.
‘Do I have to teach you eighth-grade statistics?’ Holt hits back, with Kevin asking: ‘Do I have to teach you seventh-grade statistics?’
Although Amy gently tells Holt that Kevin is right, her boss is still ready to leave his husband ‘a snide voice mail about kindergarten statistics’.
We also get the bonus of Rosa telling him the simple way to fix his issue with Kevin is to ‘bone’, leading to a montage of Holt’s outraged reaction to Rosa’s advice – before he takes it.
Holt insulting his arch nemesis, Madeline Wuntch
No list of Captain Holt’s best bits would be complete without an ode to his intense rivalry with one Madeline Wuntch, his nemesis in the NYPD.
The pair are always trading insults, which have been crafted with great effort and care by Holt.
According to Holt, Wuntch (Captain, then Deputy Chief) is the guardian of Hades, ‘constipated’ and ‘a fork-tongued lizard witch’.
One of his best greeting quips to her is undoubtedly: ‘Care to sit? I’m sure you’d like to take some weight off your cloven hooves.’
‘Calling me the devil? How original, Raymond,’ Wuntch retorts.
Offbeat as ever, Holt claims: ‘Actually, I was calling you a goat. You goat.’
On another occasion, when Wuntch is forced to award him with a medal, Holt tries to decide how to play his burn.
As she tells him to ‘go ahead an gloat, you toad’, Holt takes his squad’s advice to be the bigger person, replying: ‘Thank you for this honour, Deputy Chief.’
But seconds later, he adds: ‘Wuntch Time is over! BOOM, did it. Had it both ways! No regrets.’
When Jake moves Holt’s podium… half an inch
In a season six cold open for episode Sicko, Jake is keen to play a prank on Holt, despite Rosa warning him against it.
When he decides to move the captain’s podium a foot to the left, a panicked Amy negotiates him down to just a half inch, which he calls ‘the worst prank ever’ and insists that Holt won’t even notice.
Which, of course, he does immediately, breaking into uproarious laughter and yelling: ‘You’re crazy! How did you pull this off?’
When Captain Holt wins the Halloween Heist
No Brooklyn Nine-Nine list can finish without a nod to the incomparable Halloween Heist episodes, which became more and more complicated each season as the whole squad became fully invested.
Despite it being Jake’s pride and joy of pranking, everyone is extremely competitive and dead-set on winning.
In season two, it’s Holt who is declared ‘Best Police Captain/Genius’ by Holt (and the winner) after Holt gets ahead of him, by a year, when Jakes tries to steal his watch.
When Jake ponders how Holt got the whole squad to betray him, Holt explains: ‘I asked them if they wanted to embarrass you and they instantly said yes.’
When Jake warns him afterwards that he ‘started planning next year’s heist just this minute’, Holt coolly retorts: ‘Good, then you’re only three months behind…’
All eight seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine are available to stream on Netflix in the UK.