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DFW is the Seventeenth episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's fifth season.

Jake's half-sister, Kate, comes to New York from Texas to visit him and Amy. However, things get chaotic when they realize she's a mess, and attempt to get her back to Texas when she suddenly decides to move to New York City.

Meanwhile, Gina is trying to set Rosa up with one of her female friends now that she knows Rosa is bisexual, and Terry injures himself attempting to do yoga with Captain Holt and Boyle.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Bi: Jake suggests that Kate date one of Amy's 7 brothers, and when she asks which one has the best body, Amy hesitates to respond. Jake quickly jumps in and says that it's Tony.
    Jake: Oh hey, Amy has 7 brothers, maybe you could date one of them.
    Kate: Oh snap, I'm down to clown. Which one has the best body?
    Amy: Uhhh....
    Jake: Tony, right? It's very clearly Tony, I don't know why she hesitated. Tony got bod!
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Gina sets up Rosa with a woman who's a total bore, so Rosa ditches her and sleeps with the bartender (later revealed to be Gina's friend) at the bar instead... which was Gina's plan all along.
    • Jake and Amy secretly fly Kate's ex-boyfriend, Kurt, out to New York, in order to convince her to go home to Texas. They succeed in getting her to leave, but not they way they wanted; she learns about the plan and leaves angrily.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Jake quickly develops this towards Kate, despite having only just met her, after seeing how much of a dick her ex-boyfriend is to her, and kicks him out of their apartment after telling him off, complete with a "you're not good enough for my sister!" line.
    • Before she leaves, Kate tells Jake that she intends to use this to her advantage.
      Jake: Man, I was worried you were never gonna want to see me again.
      Kate: Are you kidding? The way you stood up for me with Kurt? You're a great big brother.
      Kate: And I have so many other enemies. You're gonna be real busy.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kate, who's had a crappy life before meeting Jake.
  • Catchphrase: Kate appears to have a tendency to use the same catchphrases as Jake, such as "Toit" or "Noice".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Kate, who's got a similar personality to Jake (at least, Season 1 Jake). In addition, she vapes on airplanes, punched a flight attendant, yelled at Port Authority cops, and carries a ziploc baggie full of broken glass to get free stuff (such as putting it in her food, or cutting herself with it).
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Jake says that Tony is obviously the hottest of Amy's brothers and is confused about why Amy hesitated to answer the same, not getting why Amy is so taken aback by being asked which one of her brothers she finds physically attractive.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • To The Favor, when Scully mentions how (in the aforementioned episode) Terry gave their previous nap room to Gina so she could pump breast milk.
    • To Game Night, When Rosa came out as bisexual to the rest of the squad and revealed to all of them that she had a girlfriend. In this episode, she reveals that they broke up, and Gina tries to set her up with one of her lesbian friends.
    • To Two Turkeys, when Jake's dad reveals that he has multiple siblings in the major airline hubs, and in this episode, his new half-sister, Kate Peralta, comes to New York to visit him for the first time. (The episode title, "DFW", refers to "Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport", the area where Kate is from). Also mentioned are sisters from "ATL" (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta) and "EWR" (Newark-Liberty).
    • To Paranoia, in which Diaz states she never had soup. In this episode, Diaz says she broke up with her previous girlfriend for eating soup "too much" (twice).
  • Cosmic Plaything: Kate, who's had rough childhood, and overall crappy life. She barely met her father, had no siblings growing up, and her mother died just a month before. Shortly after that, she lost her job, and her boyfriend, Kurt, broke up with her for being "too sad" about her mother's passing. So when she found out she had a half-brother, Jake, she jumped at the chance to meet him, the only family she had left besides her father.
  • Defiant Captive: Kate is hauled off the plane in handcuffs by the Port Authority police, and demands they let her go when she meets Jake and Amy.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Kate, who barely met her father, and got dumped by her boyfriend for being too sad about losing her mother the month before, and lost her job recently as well.
  • Drink Order: Rosa and Trishelle, the woman who Gina sets Rosa up with, have radically different drink orders, serving as a shorthand for how completely incompatible they are. Trishelle orders a skinny margarita, which disgusts Rosa, who opts for a whiskey.
    Trishelle: I'll have a margarita. But, like, a skinny margarita. So, like, tequila, lime, and a tiny splash of agave.
    Rosa: Mm. I refuse to order that.
    Bartender: You don't have to. I heard her. What do you want?
    Rosa: Just take your cheapest whiskey and pour it into your nearest glass.
  • Evil Counterpart: Downplayed; Kate isn't evil, but she is incredibly reckless and irresponsible, her life is a complete mess, she's Not So Different from Jake personality-wise and it's pretty clear that she is how he could have ended up had he not had even the few elements of stability in his life that he has.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Jake, of all people, is the responsible sibling compared to Kate, who openly admits her life is a mess.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Charles, as usual. Talking about how yoga strengthens the bones unlike Terry's weightlifting regimen, he says that "You're a muscler; I'm a boner."
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: Scully won't tell Holt and Charles the whereabouts of his secret napping place, where an injured Terry is. However, he accidentally lets it slip that it's the supply closet.
    Scully: I could take you there, but you need to wear blindfolds.
    Holt and Boyle: No.
    Scully: Ok, I guess he'll just die in supply closet F, then.
  • Police Lineup: In the Cold Open, Jake is showing one to a witness. After she says she didn't see the suspect, but heard him singing the bar music, "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys. Hilarity Ensues when Jake leads all 5 suspects through a surprisingly good rendition of it, much to their confusion. Jake gets so caught up in their performance, that when Reality Ensues, he COMPLETELY forgets why they were there in the first place.
    Witness: It was Number 5. Number 5 killed my brother.
    Jake: Oh my God, I forgot about that part!
  • Take That!: "Did the Kanye West Cannibalism story finally break?"

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