How Did Brooklyn Nine-Nine End? Twisty, Heist-Filled Series Finale Explained (2024)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, co-created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur and streaming now on Peaco*ck, follows the detectives of the Nine-Nine, a fictional NYPD precinct. Our first day in the Nine-Nine is also the first day for the precinct’s new captain, Raymond Holt (Andrew Braugher).

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Right away, detective Jake Peralta’s (SNL alum Andy Samberg) wacky antics are at odds with Holt’s more restrained no nonsense attitude. As the series progresses, each of them rubs off on the other and they’re both the better for it. The series ran for eight seasons, detailing the working and personal lives of Captain Holt, Jake, his partner Charles (Joe Lo Truglio), Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), Hitchco*ck and Scully (Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller), and Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti).

The series’ two-part finale, appropriately titled “The Last Day” effectively closes the book on the Nine-Nine while calling back to some of our favorite bits and running gags.

Setting the Stage, the Beginning of the End of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle Photo: John P. Fleenor/Universal Television

By Season 8 some of the original players had already left the stage. Gina, the precinct’s civilian… receptionist? Secretary? Executive assistant? It’s not totally clear what Gina’s job was, but it doesn’t matter. She was an important part of the Nine-Nine’s vibe and whatever work she was doing, it was important… Gina left the precinct back in Season 6 to pursue her true calling of being a rich and famous internet celebrity.

After decades as a fixture of the Nine-Nine, Hitchco*ck has also left, ostensibly to enjoy his retirement in Brazil. He still calls Scully over FaceTime and offers his unique insights, whether anyone wants them or not. Perhaps most importantly, it is Captain Holt and Amy’s last day. Earlier in the season, the two of them proposed a police reform program which is being enacted and they’re both being promoted to run it.

To mark the occasion, Jake has planned one final heist, a heist to end all heists. Jake announces to the precinct that this heist will nullify every one that came before it and the winner will be crowned The Grand Champion of the Nine-Nine. It’s a celebration of the last eight years, but it’s also a way for Jake to announce that he too is leaving the squad. With Amy leaving for a new, demanding job and their young son Mac at home, Jake plans to retire and be the kind of father he never had.

The Final Heist and the Perfect Goodbye

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Terry Crews as Terry Photo: Eddy Chen/NBC

The first leg of the heist is a scavenger hunt based on memorable moments from the last eight years. The clues lead them first to the vending machine, then to the prison, then to the grave of Holt’s arch-nemesis Madeline Wuntch, where we learn that Holt visits every week to install a fresh balloon arch, in celebration of her death. It isn’t healthy, but it is pretty funny.

Because no one knows how to have an epiphany in secret, the whole squad ends up in the same elevator at the same time, heading for the prize. With no other choice, Holt pulls out the big guns, revealing a lower back tattoo of his husband Kevin’s head on his dog Cheddar’s body. What no one expects is for Gina to show up unannounced (despite Jake’s many calls inviting her to participate in the heist), steals the tube, and throws it into an armored truck. That’s when everything flies off the rails. A chaotic race for the tube breaks out but what no one knows is that Jake and Amy are secretly working in the background to pull off the perfect goodbye. By the end of the night, everyone will think they have the canister but they will actually have duplicates housing personalized gifts.

Heists on Heists on Heists

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Everything is going perfectly until Charles finds Jake’s letter of resignation and storms out. Jake finds him at the place where they both said they were best friends and they reconcile, they head to pick up the fireworks for Jake’s grand finale. Before they can do anything, the fireworks arm themselves, begin a 20 second countdown, and everything goes to black.

Jake wakes up in a hospital room at the tail end of a 7-year coma. Charles survived the explosion but blamed himself for what happened, left New York, and became the sheriff/school principal of a very small town in Arizona. It’s sort of a shame that didn’t actually happen because we would watch the hell out of Arizona Boyle-ing. Amy got back together with her ex-boyfriend Teddy so that Mac would have a father figure. In all of the commotion, Amy asks Jake where he hid the canister anyway, and he tells her. Which is when the walls fall down, literally. Amy chloroformed Jake and Charles, then threw together a makeshift hospital room inside the station just to get information out of Jake so she can pull off the secret perfect goodbye she’s been planning all along. If that isn’t love, we don’t know what is.

While Jake and Amy are fighting over which perfect goodbye is the most perfect, the gang ends up at the place where they worked their first case with Holt all those years ago. See, Holt was also planning his own perfect goodbye. And it might have been perfect too, if only the tube canister hadn’t been stolen one more time and they’re locked inside the storage facility. It’s the perfect opportunity for Terry to finally do something everyone has always wanted to see him do. Terry smashes through a wall like the Kool-Aid man and sets them all free.

Back at the Nine-Nine, they find Hitchco*ck holding the canister at midnight. He never actually retired or moved to Brazil. We don’t really know what he’s been doing, but the guy who stole the canister offered to sell it to him for $40. Thus, Hitchco*ck was grudgingly crowned The Grand Champion of the Nine-Nine.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Perfect Goodbye

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Jake doesn’t get his perfect goodbye and has to settle for saying goodbye the old fashioned way, face on, with earnestness. Holt reminisces about his first day at the Nine-Nine and the conversations he had with Terry before he started. Of Jake, Jeffords said he was a good detective but couldn’t figure out how to grow up.

“I think you finally figured it out,” Holt says. “Over the years, you have sometimes referred to me as something of a father figure. But I want you to know, if I had a son and, uh, he had turned out like you, I would be very proud of him.”

Then Holt, allegedly emotionless and humorless, makes not one but two jokes and they are perfect. That final exchange perfectly captures the unique feelings that come with endings and with new beginnings; that ache in your gut at the thought of leaving mixed with hope for the future blooming in your chest. Then they all rise, walk to the elevator, and the doors close for the final time.

Sort of.

We return to the Nine-Nine one more time about a year later. It’s nearly Halloween, we can tell from the decorations scattered around the room. Terry is the captain now and Charles has a new partner. Things have changed and the Nine-Nine that was will never be again. Or will it? Jake suddenly appears, to Terry’s shock and Charles’ utter delight, followed quickly by Holt, Amy, Rosa, and Gina. It’s time for another Halloween heist, the first one of the rest of their lives.

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How Did Brooklyn Nine-Nine End? Twisty, Heist-Filled Series Finale Explained (2024)


What happened in the series finale of Brooklyn 99? ›

With Amy's new position making their parenting schedule more difficult, Jake decides to quit his job to be a full-time father while Terry becomes the new Captain of the precinct. The series ends with all of them deciding to continue their Halloween Heists despite their life changes.

Who wins the final heist in B99? ›

The Squad decides to forget all previous heist winners and only the new winner will count and be crowned as "The Grand Champion of the Nine-Nine", however this sentiment is later revoked by all. Jake and Amy ploy the heist as a perfect goodbye for Jake from the NYPD. The winner was Hitchco*ck.

Why did Brooklyn 99 end so abruptly? ›

With Thursday Night Football, there were two fewer hours to program. We were trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling Brooklyn would prevent us from promoting something new. Ultimately we decided we just didn't have room for it."

Why do they say "not a doctor" at the end of Brooklyn 99? ›

But where did this catchphrase come from? The co-creator of the show, Dan Goor was a biochemistry major in college and was enrolled in Medical school. But 2 weeks before it started, he got a writing gig for the 'Daily Show' and he never looked back. This is also why it's named 'Dr.

Why did Jake quit the 99? ›

In the series finale, he decides to retire from the NYPD and become a stay-at-home dad to his son Mac (born in the season 7 finale, "Lights Out") so that Amy can focus on her career.

Why did Brooklyn 99 get Cancelled after Season 5? ›

Brooklyn 99 was “axed” by Fox after five seasons because while it was funny and original, it was unable to break through to higher ratings plateaus. Unfortunately since network television viewership levels were dropping it became financially unsustainable to continue airing it and Fox dropped it.

What happens to Rosa at the end of Brooklyn 99? ›

Rosalita "Rosa" Diaz (portrayed by Stephanie Beatriz) is a main character in all eight seasons of the show. Previously a detective, she quit the force after the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 (Season 8) and became a private investigator helping victims of police brutality.

Why wasn't Hitchco*ck in the last season? ›

Due to some new findings were discovered about the bust of this case, both Hitchco*ck and Scully were given a year of desk duty. In The Good Ones, it was revealed that Hitchco*ck has retired from the force during the pandemic and travelled to Brazil.

Do Jake and Amy stay together? ›

They are the primary couple on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the only romance between main characters on the show. They start the series as work colleagues, and as of the finale, are married with a 2-year-old son, McClane "Mac" Peralta-Santiago.

Why did Gina leave B99? ›

Narrative-wise, Gina decides that it's time to leave the 99th Precinct, realizing that her talents would be better used elsewhere like being an online celebrity. While the rest of the gang is sad to see her go, they support her choice and send her off happily.

Why did Holt leave the 99? ›

At the end of Season 2, the captain of the 99th precinct was forced to leave his post behind and take a desk job in the NYPD Public Relations Department, which proved temporary. Then in the Season 3 finale, Holt and Jake entered witness protection to avoid the wrath of mob boss Jimmy “The Butcher” Figgis.

Who does Rosa end up with? ›

In season eight, Rosa leaves the NYPD after losing faith in the system following the George Floyd protests, becoming a private investigator. By the series finale, she is not in a serious relationship nor does she have children, but she makes it clear she is happy where she is in life.

Why did Amy leave the 99? ›

Throughout Season 8, Jake and Amy are adapting to parenthood and attempting to both be working parents. In the series finale, Jake decides to retire from the NYPD and become a stay-at-home dad, so Amy can focus on her career without guilt or regret.

Why do they never shoot in B99? ›

There may have been some other instances but B99 being a fun themed show would want no bloodshed or gruesome scenes to diffuse their humourous approach.

How does Brooklyn Nine-Nine end? ›

The Brooklyn 99 team comes to accept one another for who they are and their different directions in life, and the family values are driven home at the very end with one final exclamation of "Nine-Nine!"

How did Brooklyn 99 Season 7 end? ›

Amy manages to successfully lead blackout protocols while Jake and Charles stop a group of bank robbers that caused the city-wide chaos. With help from their colleagues, Jake manages to make it to Amy just as she gives birth to their son, McClane "Mac" Peralta-Santiago.

What happens to Gina in Brooklyn 99? ›

At the end of the season 6 episode, The Tattler, she decided to quit working at the 99 and makes her last appearance as a series regular in the fourth episode Four Movements. She comes back in the fifteenth episode, Return of the King, helping the squad by using her role as a celebrity internet influencer for a case.

Why did Hitchco*ck leave the 99? ›

Due to some new findings were discovered about the bust of this case, both Hitchco*ck and Scully were given a year of desk duty. In The Good Ones, it was revealed that Hitchco*ck has retired from the force during the pandemic and travelled to Brazil.

Who ends up together in Brooklyn 99? ›

They finally get married outside the precinct in the season finale, titled "Jake & Amy." In the Season 6 premiere they go on their honeymoon, and later in the season, in the episode "Casecation," they celebrate their first wedding anniversary.


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