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  • In the episode 48 Hours, Jake arrests someone without any evidence and they have 48 hours to find proof. Here's a question; If Jake didn't have any proof, couldn't they just release the guy, find evidence, and re-arrest him? Did they really need to keep him there for 48 hours? Could they have just released him upon finding out Jake didn't have any proof?
    • If they release him then, knowing Peralta is onto him, he has time to hide or destroy the evidence they need. Plus there was an insinuation that Peralta was probably going to be in trouble if they didn't find something to charge the guy with before the timer ran out.
    • Peralta arrested him because of their pre-existing history and knowing his MO, even if they released him such a thing can be construed as police harassment and Holt said early in the episode it opens the door for a lawsuit. Right at the deadline his lawyer was there talking about just that. The 48 hour window exists to sequester suspects (especially flight risks) so they can get the case paperwork squared away before officially charging them with the crime, it's not to arbitrarily badger a civilian into a confession. Arresting him, releasing him and arresting him again, even with proper evidence, doesn't look good on the precinct either (it's not exactly double jeopardy but infringes on similar rights).

  • How has Gina not been fired? She's constantly rude to everyone except Holt, gets next to no work done, assaults other employees, steals workplace supplies, hits on Terry repeatedly even though she knows he's married, throws important case files in the garbage, and generally makes work harder for everyone else. Any real secretary would've been fired within a week.
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    • Holt's predecessor let the squad run riot under him, and that means the squad just got used to her antics; classic broken step syndrome. If nobody is prepared to lodge an official complaint (which it seems they are not) then nothing is going to happen. She seems to do her secretarial work just fine, so Holt seems happy with that.
    • There's also a bit of Bunny-Ears Lawyer going on; she's an annoying jerk, but she does her job sufficiently well to cover it. Some of this can also be put down to Gina being a Troll or just general Rule of Funny.
    • Fired? How is Gina even still alive? Some of her antics would have merited a beating at least by an enraged coworker (spiking everyone's drink with cement when they were all distress at the imminent closing of the Precinct comes to mind) let alone people like Rosa or Pimento who could easily sweep into homicidal rage when pushed at the wrong time.
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    • Well, she's alive/unbeaten because these characters are still cops, and aren't exactly homicidal nutcases (well, maybe Pimento). Note also that Gina tends to save her really mean pranks for the targets she's pretty confident won't retaliate with violent rage — Amy and Boyle are many things, but they're not exactly hot-headed. She tends to treat Rosa quite well, however (by Gina's standards, at least), and unlike the other two Rosa would probably have no problem with kicking the shit out of Gina if she ever went too far. In other words, Gina like most bullies tends to pick on people who are less likely to fight back.

  • How has Wuntch not been fired, either? She's made it clear that she doesn't care about the community, only ruining Holt's career, she constantly abuses her position, is willing to ruin the career's of Holt's employees just to spite him, and once even broke the law by hiring a spy to spy on the Nine-Nine.
    • Same as with Gina. She does the rest of her job fine and unless Holt is going to complain himself (and he's put himself at risk of counter-complaint with his own petty acts against her, so he really can't) then nobody is going to care. Bad behaviour on its own is not enough to get a person fired, somebody also has to lodge a complaint about that behaviour before anything happens.
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    • Wuntch also benefits from being the boss. As many an underling will tell you, a jerkass boss can be very hard to get rid of because (a) they're the ones who are in charge of setting and enforcing the rules, (b) the other bosses are generally going to be more inclined to close ranks and protect their own if anyone complains unless the jerkass boss is really bad, (c) a jerkass boss is usually the kind of person who'll spitefully go after anyone who tries to undermine or complain about them out of petty revenge and (d) is in a position to make a subordinate's life a real misery if they really set their minds to it. So junior subordinates will be discouraged from reporting her and will just likely keep their heads down and not make waves unless Wuntch does something she really can't wriggle out of.
    • It's been made clear that Wuntch and Holt are Not So Different. We see that whenever Wuntch is around, Holt devolves into a petty, childish, obsessive version of his true self. Since we never see Wuntch separate and apart from Holt, it's entirely possible that off-screen she's just as good a person, cop, and boss as Holt is on his own.

  • At the ceremony where Boyle gets his Medal of Valor, a police horse gets the same Medal. How could a horse have also gotten a Medal of Valor? I know that the horse was there to get all the attention because of Boyle's bad luck but are police horses ever given high-honor medals? If so, what for?
    • Rule of Funny, mainly. Although it's worth noting that there actually is a bravery medal for animals (it's run by a British animal welfare charity, however; the NYPD doesn't award them that I'm aware of), usually for ones which do something incredibly brave and/or risk their lives to benefit their human handlers.

  • How in Gods green Earth did C.J. become a captain!? All he did was accidentally help a drug bust as, most likely, a beat cop! He is clearly incompetent and lacks the brains and ability to do even a half-way decent job! He also took nine years to complete a 6 month program!
    • A combination of Rule of Funny and, unfortunately, Truth in Television. Quite often people are promoted because they can't do anything else, removing them from the ground-level work and letting their subordinates get on with the job. Of course, it often ends in disaster, but it's usually just a quick-fix method of removing someone from a job without firing them. Given that the Nine-Nine have a reputation for chaos, the high-ups probably just dumped C.J. there and thought it couldn't get much worse.
    • The guy is likeable and knows the rules, he knows enough to skate by if you are not listening him to closely. He could certainly rise based on that, plus he seems good at taking credit for others work. It happens often enough in real life that people can get promoted based less on competence and more on personality. Exaggerated for comedy, of course, but not that unbelievable.
    • He became publicly known as a result of the publicity around the accidental drug bust help, and there was probably some pressure to give him a visible reward to show the public that 'heroes' get recognized in the NYPD. So they stuck him in the 99's suddenly-vacant Captaincy. The thinking was probably that if he turned out to be great, then excellent. If he royally screwed up, they could shunt him out the way quietly once he was no longer in the spotlight. If he was merely ineffectual, then considering the 99 functioned fine under McGinley, there wouldn't be much trouble there, either.

  • Related to the above, how did the Vulture make Captain, and ostensibly in such a short time frame (just about two years)? Sure, when Amy and Jake see him in "Operation: Broken Feather" he mentions Amy having to report to him at Major Crimes (alluding to him already being Detective 1st Grade), but he wasn't a Sergeant like Terry. So he would've had to sit for the Sergeant's Exam (which draws a lot from patrol standards, something Pembroke would seem loathe to dirty his hands with), be pulled from the Sergeant's Promotion List, then sit for the Lieutenant's Exam (a beast even superhuman Terry is struggling with, let alone a lazy ass like Pembroke), then get put on THAT promotion list, sit for yet a THIRD exam, and finally yes, be assigned to the 99.
    • The answer basically boils down to the more realistic timeline being compressed for reasons of Rule of Funny/Rule of Drama. We can perhaps assume a Hand Wave that Pembroke is a sufficiently good suck-up to have the ladder greased, or that someone pulled some strings somewhere (most likely Wuntch, in order to spite Holt), or introduce a retcon that Pembroke held a higher rank than his earlier appearances had suggested.
    • Or, if we want to go the WMG route, since Pembroke's first name seems to change from Warren to Keith in his later appearances, we can speculate that there are two Pembrokes, they're twins, Warren is just a Detective while Keith is higher ranked, both have had dealings with the Nine-Nine, and both are incredible dickheads.

  • Why do Holt and Kevin have separate last names? They're married and very much in love, yet they haven't taken each other's last names yet.
    • Could be for professional reasons. They've both built up impressive professional careers in the respective fields, and when professionals do that it is not unheard of for them to keep their unmarried names because it makes it easier to track professional progress and name-brand familiarity. Holt may also feel he's faced enough stigma in his career with the NYPD being a black gay man in an interracial marriage without adding in changing his surname.
    • They've also gotten married fairly late into what appears to have been a very long-term relationship. Could be, they're just both used to / comfortable with keeping their previous names and feel no need to change them. They also simply might not believe in doing so; it's a tradition, certainly, but it is increasingly common for married couples to keep their prior names.
    • It's also possible that they do use each other's last names, but only in their social/family circles and not professionally. If you look closely, when Holt and Kevin are at home, their bathrobes have are monogrammed "RHC" and "KHC", respectively, where the "HC" most probably stands for "Holt-Cozner".
    • My mom kept her name after marrying my dad. It's not uncommon.
  • It's a lovely, heartwarming moment, but... in "HalloVeen", when did Jake find an opportunity to have his message engraved onto the Championship Cummerbund?
    • It's possible that he made a second plate for the Cummberbund beforehand and simply switched them when he got possession of it after stealing Amy's safe.
    • But did he ever have time to do that? It doesn't seem like the Cummerbund was ever back in his possession since Charles betrayed him right at the beginning of the heist.
      • He re-recruited Bill in order to escape and during the whole handmaiden's tale decoy Bill, and therefore Jake, took control of the Cummerbund, if he informed Bill when he re-recruited him then Bill could have switched the plate, either that or he made the proposal belt Cummerbund and hid it, and presumably Bill took the Cummerbund and put it somewhere else. As a side note, while it doesn't matter much, who technically won the bet that year? It's either Jake or Amy. If we think it was the original Cummerbund with a changed plate then it could be either Amy or Jake, as while Amy found the belt, it's clear Jake hid it in a way that would ensure she found it. If it's a duplicate Cummerbund then Jake and Bill were the last ones to have it. (yes I know I'm thinking far too much into it.)
    • its possible he had a second belt with the revised message the entire time, and hid it in the evidence locker, meanwhile the actual belt was in fake Charles's possession the entire time (making either Jake or Fake Charles the secret winner of the Halloween heist)
    • Most likely, Jake had a second belt plate made, hid it in the evidence locker, and when Bill (fake Charles) stole the safe and extracted the belt, he swapped the original name plate with the second, and then re-hid it in the evidence box where Amy would find it, then ran off with the tracker.
  • How could Charles and Genevieve adopt a kid together without being married?
    • You don't have to be married to adopt. The primary criteria is to be able to provide a safe and stable home life for the child.
  • Why the blazes did Scully, when serenading Holt and Kevin, sing the line as "O sola mio"? Isn't it sole (sun)?
    • In a Doylist sense, Joel McKinnon Miller probably just slipped up slightly on the pronunciation (especially as sola and sole can sound rather similar) or might just sing the song in that way, but on the whole the production team judged the take good enough to be included or didn't pick up on the error. If we're looking for an in-universe explanation, then he's still Scully. Hell a voice he's got, but it's not exactly matched with a bounty of intelligence. He probably just doesn't know any better.
  • So here's a question I've been bouncing through my head: does Gina secretly hate Amy? Only asking because a lot of the actions throughout the past five seasons (locking Amy int he supply closet even though she knew Amy was claustrophobic, mocking her wardrobe countless times, telling her to lower her voice for the baby despite she herself speaking pretty loudly, and even wanting to wear white to Amy's wedding (or not even caring about it the day of it) when women are not suppose to other than the bride) seems to suggest this.
    • Considering that Gina frequently does all of the above to Amy's face, it's hard to call it a case of Gina secretly hating Amy. In any case, this is all just part of Gina's character; she's basically a narcissistic Alpha Bitch, Amy's the introverted nerd-girl, and in time-honoured high school trope fashion, the Alpha Bitch must mercilessly torment the nerd-girl. If anything, it seems to be more the case that Gina secretly likes Amy more than she's willing to let on.
  • Jake is Perpetual Poverty and Amy is obsessively careful with money. They both live on cop's salaries in Brooklyn, which is famously (1) expensive and (2) crisscrossed with subways and buses. So why do they both own cars?
    • In Jake's case, his original car was pretty much a trophy of his first success as a police officer, and Jake is characteristically careless with his finances. In Amy's case, she may want to own a personal vehicle for her own preference or convenience (she may enjoy driving, for example, or she may prefer to control her mode of transportation herself rather than relying on the potential vagaries and inconveniences of public transit, or she want to have one she wants to travel somewhere outside of New York's metropolitan transit network). In a meta-sense, it's probably so that any storytelling opportunities for the characters aren't limited by them having to catch public transportation everywhere. Also, the show is filmed in Los Angeles / California, where IIRC personal car ownership is more common.
  • Something from Lockdown has been bugging when, and that's when Jake asks Amy to take over as temporary captain as the crisis is getting worse, but she refuses. Why though? I thought Amy likes organization, and being able to control any situation. Plus, considering the two's relationship by that point, she could have easily lord it over Jake as he caused the situation to get worse (said situation was keeping a bunch of people in the precinct due to an unknown powder being spilled, and Jake not being straight with said people). Am I missing something?
    • Amy likes organisation, but that doesn't mean she likes cleaning up other people's messes for them. Jake's the one in charge, he's the one who let the situation get out of hand, he's the one who should fix it. Simple.
    • Okay, but what about the rubbing in part? She did express annoyance in Season 1's Thanksgiving that she hates how Holt is more focused on Jake than on her, and in Tagger, she mockingly told him to arrest a higher ups son at the risk of tanking his career. I'm not trying to discredit Amy, but given that they didn't date until Season 3 kind of makes me wonder why she didn't let Jake get into major trouble in Lockdown, have Holt deem him a lost cause, and she gets the more focus from him.
    • Character Development. The episodes you cite are fairly early in Season 1, when Amy is very insecure and dependent on other people's opinions, and is incredibly desperate for Holt's approval. Then, towards the end of Season 1 (in the episode where they do the self-evaluations), she realizes she's too needy for other people's approval and outright tells Holt that she's going to be less concerned with what he thinks of her from that point on. Early-Season 1 Amy probably would have latched onto this incident to try and suck up to Holt (and may even have tried to sabotage Jake herself), but Season 2 Amy is less desperate for Holt's approval, at least to a point where she doesn't feel the need to step over or pull down Jake in order to acquire it. Besides which, she might not be his girlfriend at that point but Amy, well, is still Jake's friend. She might have a more-or-less friendly rivalry with him, but that doesn't mean she wants to utterly destroy him and his career for her own advantage.
  • Why not use Nikolaj as ring bearer at Jake and Amy's wedding? Or at least consider it?
    • Given the snafu with the bomb threat, Charles, being the Papa Wolf that he is, wouldn't allow anyone to think of it. Better safe than sorry.
  • How does Amy's Shoulder Nova from "Into the Woods" actually work? It implies that there is either a magnet underneath her suit (which is impractical) or that a clip is attached to the flashlight with a magnet (in which case glue or some other adhesive is not only more permanent but also more efficient). Additionally, the latter proves impossible as Amy and Gina are shown simply sticking the flashlight to their shoulders without clipping it at all.
    • Sometimes things like that come with a magnet you put under the suit. Long-term it's impractical, but for a few hours it's great. The only real problem is when you change clothes, because it will probably fall out.
    • In my first job we used a magnet beneath the shirt to hold our name badges. It was fine for us.
  • Why does Amy tell Jake and her dad off for their emphasis on parent approval in a relationship when Amy was so keenly looking for Karen's approval the previous season?
    • I think it's because they framed it as Amy's father having the final say on the matter. Jake acts as though if he doesn't impress Papa Santiago then the relationship is over, and Papa Santiago seems to behave the same way, and Amy is furious that they didn't recognize that it's ultimately her decision. Amy did want to impress Jake's mom, but she didn't phrase it as Karen deciding whether or not they dated at all.
  • Does the show's treatment of Holt and Wuntch's relationship make anyone else uncomfortable? She claims that her enmity towards him has nothing to do with him sexually rejecting her, but she pretty clearly sexually harasses him on screen - twice. Once when she gives him an unnecessarily long pat-down and again when she kisses him on the lips after trumping him. And both of these incidents seem to be played for laughs. This just seems weird considering how the show otherwise deals with things like this quite seriously.
    • It's an abuse of power from Wuntch as she's his superior, and feels that she can do whatever she wants to him (hence why she gave him the Sadistic Choice in the Season 2 finale). Also, there might be some lingering feelings from her, and maybe resentful that Holt's gay.
  • How the fuck is Boyles's ex-wife allowed to blackmail a cop to try and get him to intimidate someone? Yes, Boyle is a spineless doormat and idiot who signed a ludicrously one-sided divorce contract, but the principal conflict of "Hostage Situation" could have been avoided completely if Jake had just said "How about instead of us intimidating this 90-year-old priest, you give us the sperm or we'll run you in for trying to blackmail a police officer?"
    • This one has to be chalked up to "there wouldn't be a plot otherwise, just go with it," I think. Though two cops threatening to arrest a civilian (albeit on justifiable grounds) for personal gain (i.e. "give us the sperm or we'll run you in") is itself perhaps getting into slightly questionable ethical territory, since that could potentially be spun as intimidation, which isn't much better than blackmail.
      • While true that it could have been a conflict of interest, certainly for Charles, but even if Jake felt he couldn't he could report it to Holt, or even another precinct. That way it's not an intimidation, it's reporting a crime to officers with no personal stake in the case, and that is fine.
      • As well, the episode specifies that she received a bunch of zany rights to Boyle's life in the divorce. Even if she could be tripped up on blackmail charges, she has enough over Boyle that she could make his life a living hell if he pursued it (not to mention she could still destroy the frozen sperm even if they brought her in).
  • Before Santiago's promotion to lieutenant, she and Diaz typical worked together as partners. But after the promotion, when Diaz is seen working with someone, it's always Peralta, even though it's implied Boyle is still Peralta's regular partner. Didn't Diaz get a new partner at all?


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