How the Show Ended Its 8-Year Run – The Hollywood Reporter
[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.]
Brooklyn 9-9 ended its eight-season run on Fox and NBC with a becoming nearer: The detectives of the 99th precinct put collectively one final heist.
Thursday’s hour-long finale, “The Final Day,” took one of many present’s most beloved recurring bits and transferred it from Halloween to Jake’s (Andy Samberg) final day on the precinct. With Amy (Melissa Fumero) on the verge of beginning a brand new job heading the police reform effort with Holt, Jake decides to depart the NYPD to be a full-time dad to their son. “[Being a detective] is all I wished,” he tells Amy, “till now.”
Jake’s resolution follows by means of on a theme the present has been exploring all through its abbreviated ultimate season. With a sea change in the best way many individuals understand regulation enforcement for the reason that present’s seventh season concluded in April 2020, Jake has began to doubt whether or not being on the drive was actually one of the simplest ways he might assist others.
Somewhat than ignore the real-world modifications, Brooklyn 9-9 tried to lean into them this season. The present scrapped a number of scripts final summer season within the wake of George Floyd’s killing by the hands of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin and as a substitute performed out a season by which Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) give up the drive to work as a non-public investigator with a concentrate on victims of corrupt cops. Holt (Andre Braugher) and Amy pushed a reform proposal that met with nice resistance from the top of patrolman’s union (John C. McGinley in a recurring function).
For his final day, nevertheless, Jake (after all) devises a ridiculously elaborate plan that can deliver everybody to the Brooklyn Bridge for a “good goodbye.”
It being a 9-9 heist, although, there are double- and triple-crosses galore, with each Amy and Holt planning their very own good goodbyes. The heist introduced again a few acquainted faces in former precinct worker Gina (Chelsea Peretti, who left the present throughout its sixth season), wild-man detective Adrian Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas) and Amy’s wet-blanket ex Teddy (Kyle Bornheimer), in addition to Boyle’s (Joe Lo Truglio) lookalike Invoice (Winston Story), a recurring determine in heist episodes over the present’s run.
With everybody working at cross functions to win the heist, nobody’s goodbye works out based on plan, and — to everybody’s horror — the not likely retired Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) finally ends up as grand champion. “Goodbyes are inherently unhappy,” Jake says close to the tip of the episode. “This one is particularly mentioned as a result of we had one thing so nice. However we’ll at all times have the recollections of our time collectively, despite the fact that Hitchcock gained the heist, which makes me so mad I need to swallow my very own tongue and die.”
Regardless of the anticlimax of Hitchcock successful, the 9-9 detectives every get grace notes as they are saying their goodbyes on the precinct, most notably Holt telling Jake how proud he’s and getting within the ultimate “title of your intercourse tape” joke of the sequence. (It being the very formal Holt, he after all phrases it “title of your intercourse film”).
After Jake flicks the lights off within the squad room — leaving a janitor (performed by co-creator Dan Goor) and will get reprimanded by new captain Terry (Terry Crews) that he can’t do this in a working police precinct — the crew rides down the elevator one final time …
Till a yr later, when Terry is main a briefing and Jake bursts in to announce a brand new heist: “That is taking place yearly,” he pronounces. “We’re in one another’s lives whether or not you prefer it or not.” Holt, Amy, Rosa and Gina additionally reveal themselves, and the sequence ends with a ultimate “9-9!” cheer from the squad.
The present’s forged will talk about the finale on Late Evening With Seth Meyers later Thursday.