Riding on the show's expected demise, thinking back to Samberg's almost nonchalant foreshadowing on Kimmel felt common: Brooklyn Nine-Nine has ran on fumes more than once. In Season 4's super-meta finale, the precinct was teetering on the edge of closure. Jake and his best pal Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) were going to go down in a "blaze of glory," while Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) would cram a nine-year mentorship with Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) into one day. It turned out that Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) and her huge social-media presence saved the Nine-Nine, highlighting the precinct’s commitment to its community. So it’s fitting the recent swell of support on real-life social media would bond the fan base and propel the show to its new home.
Overall, Season 5 was about upping the ante from last season, which suffered from lackluster patches and a so-so prison arc. Jake and Amy’s wedding plans only came up sporadically, like when the Vulture (the always incredible Dean Winters) swooped in on their wedding venue. In "The Negotiation," Jake lived out his dream of being a hostage negotiator, while "Nutriboom" introduced a sinister pyramid scheme. The second to last episode, "White Whale," tied up other loose ends -- Rosa caught a criminal that’s long eluded her, and Holt’s race for the commissioner’s job finally began to heat up.
The Season 5 finale, of course, was created when the show’s fate was still uncertain. "Jake and Amy," began, fittingly, with everything falling apart before the pair's wedding. Amy’s veil is on life support, the cake is AWOL, the ringbearer is sick, and there’s a bomb at the wedding venue. But Jake stays cool, coming up with solutions for every problem while Amy sucks on nicotine patches. When the bomb squad shows up, they uncover another issue: Amy’s ex, Teddy (Kyle Bornheimer), is back, again declaring his love. Meanwhile, Rosa falls for an Uber driver, played by the down-to-earth Gina Rodriguez. At the precinct, Holt hems and haws over whether to find out if he was chosen as police commissioner, something that’s long been his dream.