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For the character, see Frank Dillman.

"Dillman" is the 9th episode of Season Seven of the NBC television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.[1]It aired on March 26, 2020.

Episode Synopsis[]

When a prank goes disastrously awry, things at the Nine-Nine take a distinctly Agatha Christie turn.[1]


The episode begins with Jake approaching Captain Holt to talk to him about a task force he is on the hiring committee for. Jake asks Holt to consider him for the task force, but Holt says he can only consider one person. Jake continues to talk about his qualifications, until all of the glass windows in the precinct suddenly shatter.

Jake and Holt walk out of Holt’s office to find Scully covered in red glitter. Scully explains that there was a box on Jake’s desk, and he opened it, resulting in the explosion. Jake sees this as a prank gone wrong, and he also sees that there was some evidence against a murder destroyed in the explosion. The squad begins to blame each other for the explosion, until Jake stops them all and determines this as a “whodunit” situation. Holt decides to contact his friend Frank Dillman, who he claims is “the best detective he’s ever worked with.”

Jake decides to use this case to his advantage, hoping he can solve it before Dillman does, which will lead Holt to offering him the task force. Holt says that the culprit will face an indefinite suspension. Jake, through some sleuthing of this own, determines that Terry was responsible, as Terry was not wearing suspenders, and Jake finds a pair of suspenders in Terry’s drawer with a stain of red glitter. Dillman immediately finds an inconsistency in this story, and determines that Terry was using the glitter for other purposes, and therefore must be innocent. Dillman then interrogates Rosa, who is also innocent, and did not commit the prank. Jake then realizes that Holt could be responsible, but he isn’t. At the time the glitter bomb was placed, Holt was at lunch with Charles, who he was considering for the task force, much to Jake’s dismay.

Charles finds Jake in the briefing room, and tells him that he was originally planning to turn down the task force, and that Jake still has a chance. They find that Dillman was listening on the conversation, and Dillman later determines that Jake himself was the one behind the prank in an attempt to get on the task force. Dillman finds a receipt that very clearly pins the blame on Jake, and he is subsequently suspended. Jake sets out to prove he did not do it, and later determines that the evidence was falsified by Dillman, who was looking to get on the task force. Dillman admits he faked the evidence, but he is not behind the prank. 

As Jake and Dillman continue to blame each other, Charles says he thinks he knows who did it. He says that through some sleuthing of his own, he determined that it was a uniformed officer, who is the brother-in-law of a defendant in court. The defendant wanted to make sure the murder suspect was found guilty, and through his brother-in-law, managed to do so by rigging the glitter bomb on Jake’s desk. 

After the matter is resolved, Jake approaches Charles and encourages him to not turn down the task force, and instead take it. 


Actor Character
Andy Samberg ... Jake Peralta
Stephanie Beatriz ... Rosa Diaz
Terry Crews ... Terry Jeffords
Melissa Fumero ... Amy Santiago
Joe Lo Truglio ... Charles Boyle
Andre Braugher ... Captain Ray Holt
Dirk Blocker ... Michael Hitchcock
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Norm Scully
J.K. Simmons ... Frank Dillman


Jake: (in German accent) Well, well, well. What do we have here? It appears a crime has been committed and no one will confess.
Amy: Doing a German accent?
Jake: I was going for Belgian, like in "Murder on the Orient Express".
Amy: You sound like a Nazi.
Jake: Okay, not a great note to hear. I'll just use my normal voice.

Charles: (gasps)
Jake: Don't gasp for him, what are you doing?
Charles: I'm sorry, it just slipped out!
Rosa: Title of your sex tape.
Jake: Yeah, obviously... title of sex tape. Everyone's taking my stuff!


Promotional pictures[]



  • The director of this episode, Kyra Sedgwick, played Madeline Wuntch in several episodes of Brooklyn 99.
    • She also starred on the TV series The Closer with this episode's guest-star J.K. Simmons.
  • When Jake impersonates Poirot with a German accent he claims it's a Belgian accent, even though Belgian is not a language. He probably means a Flemish accent, but this is incorrect as Poirot has a Brussels accent. His native language is French.