‘Jake & Amy’ Isn’t The End Of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ But It Would’ve Been A Good One

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A review of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finale — but, thanks to NBC’s generosity, not series finale — coming up just as soon as my toupee is made of badger fur…

It’s funny: I waited to watch “Jake & Amy” until after the show’s future had been improbably secured by NBC, yet I spent much of the episode thinking repeatedly about what a good series finale it would have made had the miracle not happened.

It’s not just that Fred Armisen returns as Melipnos, the weird immigrant who popped up during a couple of door-to-door canvasses in the series pilot and another season one episode. It’s also, obviously, that Jake and Amy get married — after a variety of wedding-day disasters familiar to sitcom fans in general and Schur/Goor sitcom fans in particular(*) — paying off a romance that’s been hinted at since the show started. And it’s that Gina gets all meta when she describes the structure of most episodes when she tells Holt, “Seems like people are pairing off for adventures, and we have the best rapport.”(**)

(*) Though when I brought up the trope on Twitter on Friday, many people pointed out, not unfairly, that both Andy and April’s wedding, and Ron and Diane’s, went according to “plan,” in that there was no real plan, but also nothing went wrong once they decided to marry that day.

(**) I would argue the show’s most consistently funny pairing is Jake and Holt, but that seems unfair, given that it’s the leading man and the multiple Emmy winner who also has the best-written character. If you limit yourself to using only one of Samberg and Braugher, then Holt and Gina are probably the best, followed by Jake and Charles, then Jake and Amy. (Rosa and Terry work well with everyone, but there’s no one pairing involving either — other than maybe Holt/Diaz — that’s notably stronger than any other combo you put them in.) I’m willing to indulge other votes in the comments.

Mainly, though, it’s for Jake’s wedding vows to Amy at the improvised wedding Boyle arranges for them on the street outside the precinct after Amy’s dreaded ex-boyfriend Teddy and Holt’s dog Cheddar combine to wreck the previously-planned event. Considering how effective he is playing a manchild goofball on this show and others, it’s impressive how consistently excellent Andy Samberg’s been as this show’s romantic lead when called upon. He does it again here, first with the speech about all the disgusting NYC places in which he would gladly marry Amy, then with the vows, where he talks about how crazy their life has been together already. And then Melissa Fumero beautifully delivers a speech that could not be more perfect given that it’s airing only a week after this show was canceled and then resurrected:

“Life is unpredictable. Not everything’s in our control. But as long as you’re with the right people, you can handle anything.”

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