After season four’s sensational finale, Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans have been wondering just what the future holds for Detectives Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) after they were sent to prison for a potential 15-year sentence, framed by dirty cop Lt Melanie Hawkins (Gina Gershon).
The stakes are sky high, so here’s what we know so far.
Co-creator Dan Goor says fans shouldn’t expect some lame bait-and-switch or a revelation that the guilty verdict was just some Dallas-like dream of Jake’s.
“There will not be somebody running down the aisle of the courthouse saying, ‘He was innocent! He was innocent!’ or cutting to him on parole and an appeal happening,” he says.
So the detective duo are definitely in the slammer, the clink, the calaboose, the hoosegow… and it’s safe to say they’re going to be inside for the foreseeable future, especially if photos showing Jake’s bushy jail-beard are anything to go by.
“We want to do the juiciest, funniest end result of the conviction,” says Goor.
Speaking of juicy…
Er, it turns out Jake’s cellmate is a cannibal named Caleb. And a caring one who likes to whittle. He just wants to make friends with Jake, who has no idea his cell buddy likes to throw down like Hannibal Lecter.
“Caleb is a cannibal who doesn’t feel like that defines him,” says Goor. “He would rather be defined by his passion, which is woodworking.”
Tim Meadows (Son of Zorn), who starred with Samberg in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, plays the man of many tastes. Together with Jake, he could face some hairy times when they’re taken out of protective custody.
“He cares about Jake, but they are put into a bind because they are both thrown into general population,” Goor told EW. “So he also has to look out for himself a bit.”
Details on how Rosa is faring are scarce, but we do know that, unsurprisingly, she’s enjoying some downtime in solitary confinement at a women’s prison. And if she does end up mingling with the other inmates, we’re betting she’ll do just fine. As office manager Gina (Chelsea Peretti) says, “If Rosa had a twin, she would have eaten her in the womb.”
Lou Diamond Phillips in the (big) house
While we can still expect a steady flow of Peralta-isms, Goor warns that this season will see Jake “at his most vulnerable and having to live off of his wits”.
A good thing, then, that Jake has some possible prison yard protection in erratic crime king pin Romero, played by Lou Diamond Phillips in what looks to be a brilliant piece of casting. But life in the slammer comes with its quid pro quos.
"Jake has to figure out how to get in his good graces," says Samberg.
Goor adds, "[Jake] finds himself between a rock and a hard place. The rock is Romero and the hard place is the warden."
Meanwhile outside the slammer…
Jake acolyte Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) is tailing Hawkins and doing everything he can to prove his friend’s innocence (and also has fetching new chestnut locks), detective Amy (Melissa Fumero) is doing double duty supporting squeeze Jake and furthering her ambitions, sergeant Terry (Terry Crews) is attempting to become captain, and we’ll get a closer look at Gina’s personal life as she becomes a mum.
The comedy continues to roll out its cavalcade of guest stars with Ryan Phillippe returning as Gina’s baby daddy, Gershon as the dastardly Hawkins and other undisclosed favourites due to make appearances.
Keeping with tradition, the Halloween heist episode will be a season highlight – “the best Halloween we’ve ever had,” promises Goor – and expect more drug-addled 1980s flashbacks featuring veteran detectives Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller).
And this season marks a special milestone, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s 99th episode.
“I want Jake to go with Terry to Japan to shake down some Yakuza,” says Goor of his ultimate 99th celebration. “But I’ve been told that that is unrealistic, budget-wise.”
Still, expect something big. This season, says Samberg, is “the hot pajammies”.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Wednesdays at 8pm on SBS VICELAND. Watch the first episode at SBS On Demand: