Brooklyn Nine-Nine Winter Finale Recap: Jake and Amy Reach a Milestone — Plus: Is [Spoiler] a Goner?

Warning: The following recap contains major Brooklyn Nine-Nine spoilers. Proceed with caution.

That had to hurt.

At the close of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s winter finale, Gina got hit by a bus — Barney Stinson-style — before those three infuriating words — “To Be Continued” — flashed across our screens. Meanwhile, Jake and Amy came to an important decision about their relationship. Let’s recap:

A prison van was overturned, allowing nine convicts to escape by foot. Jake and Amy led the subsequent manhunt, with the couple using their efforts to wage a bet: Already contemplating moving in together, they agreed that whoever apprehended the most escapees would get to keep their apartment, while the loser would have to forfeit their own. Jake eventually let Amy take credit for catching the ninth and final perp, George Jeselnik, and agreed to move in with her.

Moments later, Terry informed Jake and Amy that the man they thought was Jeselnik was actually the driver of the van. The real Jeselnik (played by Breaking Bad‘s Charles Baker, aka Skinny Pete) managed to get away, and as Jake would soon discover, Jeselnik once went by another name…

brooklyn-nine-nine-season-4-craig-robinsonGeorge Judy! As in, brother to Doug Judy, aka the Pontiac Bandit (recurring guest star Craig Robinson). After reading his file, Jake learned that the criminal-at-large grew up in the foster care system, and once lived with Doug’s family — that was, until he stole from his parents, burnt their house down and stole his copy of Phil Collins’ “No Jacket Required.” Now, the only person who wanted George behind bars more than Jake was Doug, so the two partnered up (and created a killer theme song!) to try and track him down, alongside a reluctant Captain Holt.

Their first attempt to catch George at an auction proved to be a bust, and George managed to get away with every car at the valet — including Holt’s beloved Gertie. They eventually caught up to George at an auto-body shop where Gertie was being stripped for parts, but he managed to get away again, only this time with Doug by his side. And while Holt was convinced he and Jake had just been duped by Doug, it was Doug who had duped George, gaining his trust so he could eventually get him in a room with Jake and Holt and knock him out. For his efforts, Doug was cleared of all of his crimes. As a token of his appreciation, Doug gifted Holt with a Gertie replica by the name of “Sexerella.”

Back at the precinct, Charles discovered that he was purposely being excluded from office group texts. After deleting his GIF keyboard, and doling out a crash course on text-messaging etiquette, Gina and Amy reluctantly agreed to let him on the chain.

Later on, Gina, Amy and Charles took a walk, during which Charles asked Gina to double check a message he intended to fire off to the group. After assuring him that he no longer needed her help, Gina went to cross the street, where she inexplicably stopped smack dab in the middle to read Charles’ incoming text. And after previously declaring that she’d rather get hit by a bus than receive one more text from the Property Brothers enthusiast, Gina got exactly what she wished for, and was suddenly hit by a bus going at full speed.

A few other thoughts:

* The first-half of the two-parter made great use of former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch as one of the two eyewitnesses. (He really loves his pico de gallo.)

* Between Terry embracing his “old age,” and November’s Terry-centric “Skyfire Cycle” episode, Terry Crews might just be the MVP of B99 Season 4.

* R.I.P., talking space dog!

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  1. Suso says:

    Very good episode but the cliffhanger felt incredibly mean spirited and not like the show at all.

  2. Amy Wigand says:

    When exactly does this show come back????????????? That ending was evil

  3. YestoKylie says:

    Loved this finale…I love how B99 handles Amy & Jake’s rship….they always leave us wanting more. They are my fav TV couple.
    It’s always fun when Craig Robinson guest stars…Doug Judy and Perralta are hilarous together. Hope to see more of him on the show. If only he could be a regular.

  4. Haz says:

    They are either going to pull a Dallas, or Gina will be going around in a body cast like Penny in season 3 of Happy Endings. I can’t see them killing Gina off, or a prolonged coma, it does not fit the tone of the show. When they dealt with Boyle being shot, or Holts firing they still incorporated humor. I think if they go a dark route with this storyline the show will have officially jumped the shark.

  5. YestoKylie says:

    Also Gina hugged Charles just before crossing the road…Gina would never hug anyone, let alone Charles…I think this is it for Gina. I think that was a farewell in a sense.

  6. Kris Schmidt says:

    They better not kill off Gina! In my opinion, she’s the funniest part of the show…

  7. Christopher says:

    I hope Gina is dead!

  8. SAD says:

    This was very similar to The Last Man on Earth’s winter finale, hinging on a possible (likely) character death. Fox is trying too hard to generate TWD/GOT buzz.

  9. robandco says:

    That finale was great! That cliffhanger though, I hope it serves a purpose other than shock value. IMO, Chelsea Peretti would be wrong to ditch B99. She’s a very important part of a perfect cast. Seriously, there often are characters that are in the shadow of others in TV shows, especially comedies. But B99 has a 100% great cast, and every one works great with any one. And together, oh boy, they’re hilarious.

  10. Keith says:

    That a was a great episode. I laughed out loud many times. The Doug Judy and Peralta scenes were hilarious.

  11. Kayla says:

    Gina isn’t going to die, it’s just not something Dan Goor and Michael Schur would do at all, it’s not their style to kill off main cast members. When Boyle got shot, he was in a body cast for a while. Also, in an interview a while back they said that they wanted to focus more on Gina in season 4, giving her a LATE SEASON arc about money problems (hospital bills probably). I just hope to God she isn’t humbled by this.