Spoiler Alert: The following contains spoilers for season eight, episodes five through eight of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
As we pass the halfway mark of the eighth and final season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” it is such a bittersweet feeling to notice that loose ends are being tied and the cast members are gradually reaching their happy endings.
Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) have their infant Mac to nurture as they continue working in the NYPD. Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) and Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) have their respective families and job duties to look after.
Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) has her job as a private investigator to help those in her community. Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) has the future of his career and his mending marriage to anticipate.
We not only see a breakthrough in the relationship between Captain Holt and his husband, Kevin Cozner (Marc Evan Jackson), in these next few episodes, but we do see the progression of the NYPD police reform program that was introduced in episode three.
In the fifth episode, we see the return of a well-loved and hilarious recurring character named Doug Judy (Craig Robinson), also known as the Pontiac Bandit. Doug is both a criminal who has successfully escaped arrest many times and one of Jake’s best friends. He gets arrested and is supposed to be transferred to another prison when Jake agrees to take Doug to the prison himself for one last fun trip.
I like how many plot twists there are in this episode. The mind games between Jake and Doug are fun to watch, and the episode ties their journey together so nicely. Unfortunately, I do not think Doug will appear again this season, but who knows for sure?
The sixth episode focuses on a bomb case that the FBI takes from the precinct. Jake makes a wrongful arrest, and he is forced to choose between owning up to his mistake and being suspended or getting an easy out by siding with the corrupt. He also needs to determine if he has been set up before Amy’s reform program potentially gets shut down.
This episode feels slightly out of place in the plot, mainly because of the bomb case that came out of nowhere. I think the case could have been something that Jake has spent a lot of time on and cannot seem to figure out, only for the FBI to take it from him before he can get conclusive evidence.
In the seventh episode of this season, Charles gets the spotlight as he, accompanied by Jake and Terry, goes to his cousins’ home for a funeral. In classic “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fashion, the death scene turns into an investigation of possible foul play, and Charles finds out something shocking about his Boyle family history.
In the subplot for episode seven, Holt joins a few dating apps to make Kevin jealous, which leads to a breakthrough in their recovering relationship. Holt shares a dramatic, romantic and out-of-character scene with Kevin where they finally make up. I love seeing the irony of a cliché confession in the rain with Holt’s ordinarily stoic demeanor.
In the eighth episode, the precinct gathers for Holt’s vow renewal ceremony with Kevin. Holt reveals that he plans to retire from the NYPD once the reform program passes to spend more time with Kevin. However, when the team discovers that an opponent of the program sabotaged their data, Holt goes against Kevin’s wishes and secretly carries out a plan for work on the day of the ceremony.
Holt does not want to give up his passion and stop working, so the couple compromises. The reform program passes and will be implemented citywide, with Holt being appointed as deputy commissioner and Amy as chief of the program.
This episode is probably one of my favorites because it shows the importance of communication between romantic partners. Although Holt thinks that his decision to retire is best for his marriage, he could not deny his reluctance. When it is time for the couple to talk about their issues, the solutions seem more evident, and the problems become simpler. The Holt and Kevin ship sails again.
Although the TV show could have easily had several more episodes or even a ninth season, I feel that viewers can get the closure we need with the remaining two episodes. I hope Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) makes a final appearance as well.
If you have not seen the first four episodes of the latest season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” you can read the review here.