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.