By Shirley Li
Updated October 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Some of our favorite TV characters are often unlucky in love. They just can’t seem to find The One — but what if The One is on another show altogether?

As the saying goes, opposites attract. As another saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. And as one last saying goes, couples who solve crimes together, die together.

Er, never mind. I think I just botched a Bad Boys II quote.

Regardless, Elementary‘s ultimate partner-in-crime(solving) Joan Watson has been looking for a man — she signed up for a dating service in the last episode — and Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) is in need of a lady, what with his recent botched hook-up. And what better lady than Lucy Liu’s Joan? Granted, Joan is a tad older and a lot wiser than Jake, but it’d be a coupling that would benefit both. She’s serious and he’s silly, yet they are both more than competent at their similar jobs. Just hear me out: I’m not saying they have to commit — I simply think the two would make a great crime-fighting, New York-dwelling power couple.

Unlike last week’s PopWatch Matchmaker, I don’t have a video to check on Samberg and Liu’s chemistry, but what I do have are five reasons why Jake and Joan (alliteration!) would make the perfect partners.

1. She’d bring him down a notch.

Let’s face it: Jake is crazy — crazy immature and crazy driven, with his competitive streak and unrelenting need to be the primary. Clearly, Jake needs to learn to understand what it’s like to not be the hotshot in the room all the time, and Joan, given her talents with pruning Sherlock’s ego, would be the perfect teacher.

2. He’d help her get out more.

Sorry, Steve Kazee. You’ve made a wonderful appearance so far on Elementary as Joan’s potential love interest, but Jake’s been established as a guy with some tricks up his sleeve, whether it’s in or out of the office. Joan needs more time outside the pad she shares with Sherlock and Clyde, and she and Jake can explore Manhattan and Brooklyn together. Wouldn’t that be nice?

3. They can solve crimes together.

I’m all for separating work from play, but that’s not the case when it comes to these two. Joan’s still learning from Sherlock, but she’s proven how quickly she grasps the art of breaking down a crime scene. Over in Brooklyn, Jake absolutely loves his job, even if he gets into the occasional slump. Two great minds, thinking alike? New York will have its murders solved faster than you can say, “Elementary, my dear Ms. Watson.”

4. The actors can mix genres.

Okay, this one doesn’t have anything to do with the characters, but Lucy Liu and Andy Samberg are polar opposites when it comes to their careers. Putting their shows together would allow Liu to flex her comedic muscles beyond her quips at Sherlock (and that time she was on Joey), while Samberg’s tackled the dramatic with Celeste and Jesse Forever, so both have potential to explore the other side. All we need is a crossover.

5. Capt. Ray Holt and Sherlock Holmes would make hilarious wingmen.

Who doesn’t love a deadpanning Andre Braugher or a sarcastic Jonny Lee Miller? Pairing Jake and Joan would mean some great commentary and comedy from the sidelines with a Holt and Holmes team-up. Alliterative names again! Clearly this match is meant to be.

Your turn, PopWatchers: What other crossover loves would you like to see? No love between consenting adult TV characters is too outlandish! Let it be known in the comments below.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A group of ragtag cops — led by Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) — run the 99th precinct of the NYPD.

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