Well, after the emotional toll Brooklyn Nine-Nine took on us last week, we made it. The Season 5 finale—the episode that could have been B99’s last.
(If you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading here, because, spoilers!)
It’s the day we’ve been leading up to all season: Jake & Amy’s wedding. And what’s a wedding without the chicken pox, a missing veil, and a bomb threat or two?
Because this is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, issues that threaten to ruin Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) big day arise almost immediately. Naturally, the squad divides and conquers to save the day: Terry (Terry Crews) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) pair off to fix the bride’s veil, while Gina (Chelsea Peretti) and Capt. Holt (Andre Braugher) are tasked with finding a new ring-bearer.
But they have a bigger problem when someone calls in a bomb threat to the wedding venue.
Between bomb squads led by ex-boyfriends (why is everyone in love with Amy lately?), a Die Hard themed cake that falls prey to Cheddar the dog, and Amy plastering herself in Nicotine patches just to cope, the episode is fast-paced, equal parts jam-packed and hilarious.
But there are strong moments that stand out amidst the chaos, too; Rosa’s meet-cute with Alicia (played by guest star Gina Rodriguez), the sexy rideshare driver, is everything the promos promised us it would be. Despite the odds, Jake and Amy tie the knot in a thrown-together-but-also-touching ceremony hosted at the precinct. And of course, who could forget the cliffhanger from the episode’s final moments, during which Holt finally opens the email revealing whether or not he’ll be commissioner?
Notable Gina Highlight (Because all good B99 Recaps should have one): Gina having an extra white dress for Amy to wear… because she was going to wear it to the wedding. A totally diabolical thing to do? Yes. A totally Gina thing to do? Also yes.
Call me sentimental, but I’m a sucker for neatly-wrapped finales with a kick.
This episode delivered everything viewers could want: striking a careful balancing act between the comedic and the sentimental, wrapping up big storylines while leaving the door open for new ones. Will we be seeing more of Gina Rodriguez’s character in Season 6? Will Holt get the commissioner job, and what will that shift entail for the rest of the gang?
Thankfully, we’ll get some answers soon enough.
Season 6 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air in Fall 2018 on NBC.