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For the character, see Victor Santiago.

"Mr. Santiago" is the 7th episode in Season Four of the FOX television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It originally aired on November 22, 2016 to 2.19 million viewers. It is also the 2016 Thanksgiving-themed episode.

Episode Synopsis[]

At Amy's intricately planned Thanksgiving dinner, Jake goes "full Santiago" (binder and all) in order to impress her father, a former cop. With Jake and Amy's focus elsewhere, Charles is left on turkey duty and Ray helps Pimento cope after learning he can no longer work for the NYPD.


It's Thanksgiving and it's Amy's turn in hosting the dinner at her house, for which she invited her father Victor, a retired cop. Intending to impress him, Jake reveals to Terry that he orchestrated a binder that has his interests.

Jake picks Victor up from the airport and begins bonding with him. However, Victor finds the binder but states that he likes Jake, to whom he reveals he has an unsolved 20-year old case that Jake could solve. They decide to find the culprit of a bank robbery and confront members of a family. However, the members prove they weren't in the bank at the time and they both leave. Victor then tells Jake that he also has a binder with Jake's data and states that he doesn't like him for his attitude, deeming him not right for Amy. After getting in a discussion with Amy on the phone, they manage to solve the case by proving the daughter of the family committed it. This gets Victor's respect for Jake.

While they solve the case, the rest of the squad work on the dinner. Due to a lack of turkeys in the market, they're forced to get a real turkey, which Boyle will behead. After Rosa and Gina fight to keep it alive, the turkey turns aggressive and locks them in the bathroom. Boyle manages to calm him with food, although he ends up injured. Meanwhile, Holt gives Adrian a $2000 loan to get a private investigator license. However, Adrian decides to spend it to bet on a televised dog show, infuriating Holt, who threatens to sue him. Despite Holt's worries, Adrian's dog wins, earning him $70,000.


Actor Character
Andy Samberg ... Jake Peralta
Stephanie Beatriz ... Rosa Diaz
Terry Crews ... Terry Jeffords
Melissa Fumero ... Amy Santiago
Joe Lo Truglio ... Charles Boyle
Chelsea Peretti ... Gina Linetti
Andre Braugher ... Captain Ray Holt
Dirk Blocker ... Michael Hitchcock
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Norm Scully
Jason Mantzoukas ... Adrian Pimento
Jimmy Smits ... Victor Santiago
Don Creech ... Bill Russo
Gina Torrecilla ... Cindy Russo

Cultural References[]

  • Charles mentions a show "Dexter" in which Jimmy Smits (Victor Santiago) played Miguel in the third season.
  • Adrian mentioned that he doesn't trust computers since he died of dysentery on the Oregon trail a reference to the classic video game the "Oregon trail."
  • After briefing the squad, Raymond Holt was about to discuss a few thoughts about pop star, Beyoncé's album "Lemonade" before he was interrupted by Jake Peralta. Lemonade has been considered her most critically acclaimed studio album to date.


  • From S4 E4, The Night Shift, to S4 E9 The Overmining, the name tags on the squad's tables are not theirs but the night shift staff's. They are mostly named from the staff of Brooklyn 99 and they are the following
    • Sgt. Colleen Larson (Sgt. Terry Jeffords) - Assitant Art Director
    • Det. Beth Rosenbaum (Det. Amy Santiago) - On-set Dresser
    • Det. Kory Goetzman (Det. Jake Peralta) - Assistant Property Master
    • Det. Amy Barnett (Det. Rosa Diaz) - Set Designer
    • Det. Alexis Jacks (empty seat in front of Rosa) - Costume Supervisor
    • Crystal Chavarria (Gina Linetti) - Art Department Coordinator
    • Det. Chris Merlin (Det. Michael Hitchcock)
    • Det. Otto Lundgren (Det. Norman Scully)