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"The Negotiation" is the 13th episode of Season Five of the FOX television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It aired on March 25, 2018.

Episode Synopsis[]

Jake is called upon to negotiate a hostage situation with a jewel thief, only to discover that the culprit seems to be a familiar face. Amy and Gina help Charles with the high demands of his new food truck, and Holt panics when a member of the Police Commissioner selection committee decides to interview Hitchcock about Holt. [1]


At the precinct, Terry informs Jake that he and Rosa have been ordered to negotiate a hostage situation with a jewel thief, because the hostage-taker had asked for him personally. Having his "life-long wish fulfilled", Jake excitedly approaches the building and prepares to negotiate, when Doug Judy, Jake's former nemesis and then friend, reveals that he is the jewel thief. Jake is infuriated, having believed Judy to have gone straight after their last escapade. Judy is bewildered that Jake isn't more excited to see him and tries to defend himself, revealing that he gave $500 to each of his hostages and that he is only doing this, because he stole a car from infamous drug dealer, Martin Halloway, two whole years before he went straight. As repayment, he now has go through with this diamond heist, or else risk his mother being killed by Halloway.

His plan is to convince Jake to let him go so he can arrange a drop with Halloway, arrest him, save Judy's mother and turn himself in. Since Halloway is the most wanted drug boss in New York City, Jake agrees to the plan and tries to convince Kole, the negotiator, but he is sure that Judy is lying. So, Doug fakes taking Jake hostage, demanding to only speak to Rosa as the new negotiator. They talk Rosa into working with them, so they give the ESU demands to have pizzas delivered to them, while Rosa manages to have Scully deliver them himself. As soon as he is inside, he fakes a heart attack, creating a diversion once the ambulance takes him, since he can lower his pulse down to no recognition. Meanwhile, Jake and Judy escape in police uniforms, which were hidden in the pizza boxes brought in by Scully.

After spending some hours at a private karaoke bar, they meet up with Halloway. Their meeting is interrupted, however, by the negotiator Dennis Kole, who was told by one of the hostages that Jake and Doug seemed like friends, so he GPS-tracked Jake's phone. The drug boss runs off and Jake convinces Kole to pursue him under the condition that Jake gets none of the credit. Once they catch him, Judy had already disappeared, along with the diamonds he stole. Jake calls him and Judy tells him farewell, thanking him for saving his mother, as he drives off into the sunset, leaving Jake having to face the consequences of having freed a hostage-taker, possibly losing his job over this without even the diamonds to show for his efforts.

Back at the station, a member of the Commission selection team, Miss Sumter, is coming to visit to talk to Holt's subordinates to evaluate his management style. She, however, insists on talking with someone not a supervisor, and chooses Hitchcock out of all people. They give her a tour around the entire precinct until she goes to get lunch, giving them an hour to prepare Hitchcock for the interview. They end up succeeding, making him dress and act professionally for the entirety of the interview. As soon as she leaves and Holt and Terry congratulate him, he goes back to his old self again, considering changing into a better employee and person to be simply too much work.

That day is also the opening day of Boyle's food truck, The One Thing, where he only sells one item, "the perfect meatball sandwich" after his grandmother's recipe. Since his two employees called in sick, Amy, his biggest investor, agrees to help out on her day off, as well as Gina. Charles turns out to be insanely persistent and bossy, yelling at them for missing the smallest details to the point of driving Amy and Gina into quitting, "just like Jeff and Jason", his former employees, who weren't sick after all but driven off, as well. Later at the precinct, he apologizes to both of them, opening up about how his grandmother used to yell at him so much that he would faint at times, and how he doesn't wanna die like her, sad and all alone. They forgive him, though vouch never to work for him again.

At the end of the episode Jake receives a coupon for the karaoke club Judy and he went to. There, he is greeted by a pre-recorded video of Judy revealing that the wedding present they talked about, as well the stolen diamonds, are laying on the counter in the private room. Since Judy booked him an entire hour, Jake ends up singing together with a pre-recorded Judy one last time.


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
Chelsea Peretti ... Gina Linetti

Dirk Blocker

... Michael Hitchcock
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Norm Scully

Craig Robinson


Doug Judy

Chris Bauer ... Dennis Kole


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