Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Welcome to Season 5
Peralta is going to the pokey! Rosa is going up the river! It’s slammer time! However you want to say it (and we apologize for that last one), two good cops from Brooklyn Nine-Nine are going to prison at the beginning of season 5. After being framed for a bank robbery, Dets. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) will have to fend for themselves behind bars. Rosa is having a slightly easier time adjusting to her new life than Jake is, but then again, her cellmate isn’t a cannibal. Time to eat up these first-look photos from season 5 of Fox’s underrated cop comedy, which returns Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
“It’s Jake at his most vulnerable and having to live off of his wits,” says executive producer Dan Goor.
Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) visit Jake in jail. Jake’s buddy is “determined to make sure that his friend’s innocence is known to the rest of the world,” Lo Truglio told EW. “So he’s doing everything he can, he’s tailing Hawkins [Gina Gershon] and he’s trying to take advantage of her making a mistake.”
The squad will consider taking an ethical shortcut to help exonerate Jake and Rosa.
Um, what’s up with Charles’ hair, which recently turned white when he was stressed out about Jake’s trial? There’s a “wonderful cold open to show his depression, which rivals and — dare I say — surpasses him breaking up with Vivian in the Matrix leather coat cold open,” Lo Truglio told EW.
Meet Jake’s new cellmate, Caleb, who is played by Tim Meadows. “Caleb is a cannibal who doesn’t feel like that defines him,” says Goor. “He would rather be defined by his passion, which is woodworking.”
We should point out that Caleb is more interested in making friends with Jake than making him into a meal. “They kind of look out for each other,” says Samberg.
Yes, Jake becomes friends with Caleb, partly because he doesn’t know about Caleb’s crime at first. And then… “we see him discover what his cellmate is actually in for,” says Samberg.
Meanwhile, Rosa is doing time in the women’s prison. According to Goor, she “quite enjoys solitary.”
Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) and Terry (Terry Crews), seen here visiting Rosa in prison, are “trying desperately to make her life as good as they can,” says Goor.
Jake will also match wits with a criminal mastermind named Romero (Lou Diamond Phillips). “Jake actually goes looking for protection and Romero is a protector,” says Samberg.
“Jake has to figure out how to get in his good graces,” says Samberg.
Jake “finds himself between a rock and a hard place,” says Goor. “The rock is Romero and the hard place is the warden.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.