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"The Set Up" is the 6th episode of Season Eight of the NBC television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It aired on August 26, 2021.

Episode Synopsis[]

When the FBI takes over a high-profile case, Jake keeps digging. Amy and Rosa negotiate with O’Sullivan and the police union.[1]


The squad is called to Downtown Brooklyn for a bomb threat on a The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tour bus. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has already been called and is taking over the case. Holt quickly hands them the case, which frustrates Jake.

Jake confides in Rosa that he feels like the FBI is not taking the case seriously. That night, he decides to investigate on his own and finds a suspicious man arriving to the bomb location, which is close to an IRS building. The man tries to flee but Jake catches him and arrests him. However, Holt tells him that the FBI already solved the case and caught the criminal, who confessed. As the man Jake arrested was in custody, he was unable to attend work, resulting in him being fired from is job, and plans to sue the precinct for the wrongful arrest, which makes Holt consider suspending Jake. However, O'Sullivan shows up and offers to drop the suspension charges against Jake.

Jake tells Holt and Amy that he suspects that O'Sullivan set him up so he could take down Amy's NYPD reform program. In order to prove if he hired the man, Amy and Rosa take O'Sullivan to a bar to get him drunk but both end up drunk and O'Sullivan has not reached his limit due to his high alcohol tolerance. After some rounds, Amy confronts him about blackmailing Jake but O'Sullivan says he isn't involved in that, he was only messing with the precinct's vending machine as well as Charles & Terry's candy. Amy tries to warn Jake, who may have found a lead on the man giving a fake address, but he left his phone at the precinct.

Amy and Rosa reach Jake to warn him about the man's innocence but Rosa accidentally crashes her bike on a stand, exposing Jake's cover to the man. While Jake talks to Holt about the case, O'Sullivan enters, offering another deal in which the police will not admit any wrongdoing and use it to their advantage. This makes Holt "huffy," and he reprimands O'Sullivan for letting his officers go without any punishment as it will build more trust issues with the community. Jake then decides to confess having committed a mistake at following a case beyond his jurisdiction and committing police intimidation. Jake is suspended for five months but he feels good for having done the right thing.

Meanwhile, Terry wants to continue a yearly tradition where Scully buys candy from his kids. However, Scully reveals that he started buying candy from Boyle as Nikolaj also entered into selling candies. They both start competing with each other and accuse each other of sabotaging their candies, unaware that O'Sullivan hired his men to sabotage them. Their arguments lead to a fight with apples, which ends when Boyle hits Terry in the mouth. They apologize for their behavior, although Terry still intends to continue selling candies.


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
John C McGinley ... Frank O’Sullivan
LaMonica Garrett ... Agent Feingold
Jacob Berger ... Officer Marzipan
Dane Michael Oliver ... James Caton
Alex Skinner ... Pizza Delivery Guy
AJ Tannen ... Mel Jenkins


To be added


  • Officer Marzipan's full name is revealed to be David Duke Marzipan, a reference to David Duke, a well known Neo-Nazi and former grand wizard of the KKK.