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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' building toward big Jake and Amy moment

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Now that Jake (Andy Samberg) and Sophia (Eva Longoria) have broken up, the time appears to be ripe for Brooklyn Nine-Nine to pave the way for a potential hookup between Jake and Amy (Melissa Fumero). Will there be progression for the dynamic duo this season?

“I’ll give you a definitive yes on that,” Samberg tells EW. “It’s still complicated. They’ve settled into a nice recovered friendship. The question is always a little bit there beneath the surface of: Are they great friends or is there something more?”

The answer to that, of course, is yes, though executive producer Dan Goor insists it’ll be a slow burn. “We’re trying to build towards something between the two of them maybe happening,” he says. “When two people who are attracted together are working together, things happen, so yes, something could happen.”

Fellow executive producer Mike Schur concurs, noting that the romantic tension between Jake and Amy has never been the central focus of the series, though they’re not afraid to lean into it. “There’s no one playbook for how to play long-term romances,” he says. “It’s just about what works best for those particular characters. The plan with them was always that their version of whatever kind of romantic attraction they had for each other was going to be a really slowly developing thing that was punctuated by different moments. The only danger is if suddenly this nice ensemble cast show about people who work in this police precinct, if it ever feels like it’s becoming about that thing, then I think we’re screwing up. By the end of the year, there will be other development, but it’s not the focus of the show.”

It may hit a boiling point sooner than the finale, however, as Jake and Amy will team up to work on a case together soon. “We get to see them do some fun cop work together, which we haven’t seen in a while,” Fumero says. “It’s great Jake-and-Amy time. I don’t think it’s going to be what people expect it to be. There are so many colors and dynamics to that relationship, and the writers are really having fun with exploring that. The will-they-won’t-they is one small aspect of their relationship and people are going to really enjoy the progression of them as work partners, as friends and as people who like to push each other’s buttons. There’s a new tone to how they tease each other as opposed to when we first started.”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.