Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 25 Mistakes Even True Fans Did Not Notice

With any show that has a gag rate as quick as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, there will be some plot holes and inconsistencies that pop up. Here are 25 Mistakes Even True Fans Missed In Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

25- Is “Dirtbag” A Compliment Or An Insult?



Holt refers to the Freestyle Killer as “dirtbag” in season flashback, yet in season episode, he states, “A dirtbag is an integral part of the vacuum cleaner.” It is meant as compliment. One theory is that the younger Holt, who labelled the Freestyle Killer “dirtbag,” was less mature than the current Holt.  Furthermore, Kevin shares Holt’s feelings about the term “dirtbag.” Thus, Holt may have matured much since meeting Kevin.

24- Did Jake Forget About The Pontiac Bandit?



Jake expresses his displeasure in never having an enemy with tremendous ominous guy moniker in one episode. In the next episode, however, he has been seeking someone known as “the Pontiac Bandit” for eight years.

23- Boyle’s Divorce Settles Keeps Changing

Because Charles Boyle’s divorce settlement seems to change as the series progresses, he must have had the worst divorce lawyer in the world. In season one, he discloses that he receives alimony from his ex-wife. In season 3, however, he claims that he must pay his ex-wife 85 per cent of his salary. What do you think of the figure?

22- Does Holt Enjoy Food Or Not?


When Boyle is teaching Holt how to cook, he claims that if he could, he would live on bland protein bars containing all of the nutrients his body requires for the rest of his life because he dislikes the taste, texture, and experience of food.

He is later seen reading Boyle’s culinary blog because he is a mouth-feel reviewer. He reads Boyle’s blog expressly to learn how different dishes will taste in his tongue, demonstrating a keen interest in the pleasures of food. Which is it, then? Is he a foodie or a non-foodie?

21- Amy’s Halloween Heist Plan Was A Little Too Convenient


How did she know he’d go back through the same window he’d entered or somewhere else entirely? Why the break room in particular? Everything is a touch too convenient. The plots of Halloween heist episodes are generally reasonably tight, but this one is a bit lax.

20- Charles Needs To Brush Up On His Zoology


Charles refers to a woman as “Mrs Peacock” in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine before explaining, “Male peacocks are the colourful dressers.” He doesn’t have to say “male peacocks,” either, because all peacocks are male. It’s the peafowls’ males. Peahens are the female peafowl. As a result, Charles will need to brush up on his zoology knowledge.

19- What Is Holt’s Tell?


Holt says at the end of that episode that his storey is based on his usage of contractions like “it’s” and “that’s.” So, what exactly is it? His storey had altered! Is this a plot hole, or did Jake forget and Holt modify his storey?

18- Who Has The Highest Arrest Rate In The Precinct?


We’ve received some contradictory information about this. Jake boasts early on in the series that he has made the most arrests of any investigator in the precinct. Hitchcock, on the other hand, claims to have made the most arrests when the precinct is about to be shut down. However, Hitchcock and Scully indicate in their self-evaluation that they had a total of fourteen arrests between them.

The characters were probably referring to the year’s total rather than the overall total in some of these instances. However, there are a lot of divergent viewpoints about this.

17- Holt Orders His Medals All Wrong


A World Trade Center breast bar can be seen if you look closely at Captain Holt’s decorations on his breast pocket. On September 11, 2001, during the 9/11 attacks, they were given to any officer on duty or who reacted.

He does, however, wear a Commendation breast bar above the WTC bar if he obtains one. The WTC bar should be worn above all other medals, excluding the American flag, according to etiquette. It’s a minor detail, but it’s critical. It’s something that a consultant should’ve seen in the middle of production.

16- Is It Thanksgiving Or Turkey Day, Boyle?

In season 2’s “Lockdown,” Boyle spends an entire episode correcting people who use the term “Thanksgiving,” telling them instead to call it “Turkey Day.” The joke here is that people who are mega enthusiastic about holidays call it Turkey Day, and it’s annoying.

Plus, foodies call it that because they focus on it as a great day for food. We know that both of these terms aptly describe Charles Boyle. However, in later episodes, Boyle calls the holiday Thanksgiving. He was so aggressive about calling it Turkey Day before.

15- What Is Holt’s Stance On Lying?


When Hitchcock tells Holt he missed Scully’s “huge” birthday, Holt lies and claims he was in Ecuador. When he misses Gina’s dance, however, he decides not to lie and tells her the truth about why he was unable to go.

Why would Holt not have a harsher position on lying, one of the most critical moral conflicts of the human condition, for someone who holds his convictions so firmly, even if it makes for a socially unpleasant situation? Perhaps, like Hitchcock, he lies to individuals he doesn’t regard and only communicates the truth to people he respects, such as Gina.

14- No One In The Nine-Nine Can Spell “Sergeant.”


The word “sergeant” is misspelt as “Sargent” on the extensions list seen in this episode. Terry and now Amy have held this position. Plus, with grammar nerds like Holt and Amy in the precinct, how has this error gone unnoticed and corrected?

13- How Many Times Can Jake And Charles Drive Down The Same Street?


The duplicate footage is used on the green screen in three scenes where Jake and Charles drive cars in the episode “The Night Shift.” It’s noticeable in a handful of Charles’ close-ups, where the same cab is seen doing the same thing repeatedly.

12- Jake Can Grow A Mustache After All


This could indicate his maturity, as he had previously impressed Amy by reading Philip Roth while incarcerated. So, maybe the joke is that once Jake stopped being so goofy and started reading, he developed facial hair.

11- Does Holt Accept Christmas Presents?


In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, however, Raymond Holt’s Christmas customs are left a little haphazard. Holt never takes Christmas gifts, according to one episode. However, it is shown in a later episode that the entire precinct participated in a Secret Santa, and Holt received a gift.

10- Jake Doesn’t Know How To Put On A Bulletproof Vest


In the pilot episode, he inserts his head through the armhole while putting on his bulletproof vest. Please, don’t make me laugh. Jake may be a knucklehead, but he’s a decent cop, and this would’ve been covered in training – like, on the first day.

9- Holt Lied About The TV In His Bedroom


What else has Holt lied about to avoid appearing like an ordinary schlub? Maybe he changed his mind, or Kevin wanted one and had to give in – but he still tells people he doesn’t have one because that’s how he’d have it if he could.

8- Did Kevin’s Parents Have A Sudden Change Of Heart?


Kevin’s parents are outspoken homophobes who refuse to speak to Holt because they oppose their son’s sexual orientation. They’re stated to be coming to Kevin and Holt’s house for Thanksgiving in a later episode. Did they make a quick decision? Is it out of spite that they’re leaving?

7- Jake And Amy Drive Terry’s Van In Park

The episode “Moo Moo” raises many important questions about racial profiling and police brutality. Despite its diverse cast of characters and the liberal bent on most of its humour, Brooklyn Nine-Nine rarely gets political. So it was significant when the show broke its format to discuss a genuinely national issue.

However, there is also one glaring error in the scene where Jake and Amy drive Terry’s kids around in his van. In all of the interior shots, the gear shift is seen in the park. As great as the episode itself is, this mistake is pretty annoying.

6- What Is Jake’s Relationship With Blockbuster?

Does Jake know about the demise of Blockbuster Video or not? In an early episode of the series, Jake mentions to Terry that Blockbuster is gone, thanks to the rise of streaming services like Netflix, and they’ll have just to let it go because it’s not coming back.

However, in a season 3 episode, he inherits a million Blockbuster shares from a late relative. He is dismayed to discover that Blockbuster ended because he still has a Blockbuster card and thought their business was booming. He yells out, “What happened to Blockbuster?!”

5- What Is Holt’s Policy On Sarcasm?

Holt chastises Bob Anderson for using sarcasm: “Betraying the FBI is one thing, but sarcasm, Bob? Wow.” However, in many episodes, Holt has used sarcasm himself. For example, when he’s in an alley with Jake, Jake says, “I think this is where Batman’s parents got killed,” and Holt sarcastically says, “I’ll take your word for it.”

There’s no way a strict police captain who often uses sarcasm would choose to reprimand someone for using sarcasm, overexploiting his federal law enforcement position. How can he say irony is worse than betraying the FBI? In that case, he should hand in his badge and gun now.

4- Jake, Rosa, And Holt Were Given An Air Force Medal

In a recent episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jake, Rosa, and Holt are all awarded a medal for their service to the public. However, the trophy they received is not a police award but rather a U.S. Air Force Good Conduct Medal attached to a long blue ribbon.

This medal is only awarded to people who have exhibited exemplary conduct during three consecutive years of service they’ve been enlisted in the Air Force. It is never granted to police officers. Okay, this sort of thing isn’t that important in a sitcom, but they do have consultants, and it does help create a sense of authenticity.

3- Does Coach Have A Doppelganger In The B99/New Girl Universe?

Damon Wayans, Jr. played both Coaches in New Girl and Jake’s old partner in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was fine until Fox decided to do a crossover episode and establish that both shows occur in the same universe. So, are there two people who look the same in this universe?

He isn’t the only one with an uncanny counterpart in this universe. Nasim Pedrad played Winston’s wife in New Girl and Jake’s half-sister in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And Oscar Nunez (best known as Oscar in The Office) has played roles in both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, too.

2- How Long Was Jake Undercover For?

At the end of season 1, Jake Peralta is fired from the NYPD. But it turns out to all be a ruse to get a mob family to trust him. Jake spends seasons 1 and 2 undercovers with this family and is brought back to his regular life when the cops take down the family in the season 2 premiere.

At the time, it’s mentioned that he was undercover for six months. However, after Adrian Pimento showed up, and he’d been underground for years, there was a running joke made out of Jake only having gone undercover for 63 days, which is about two months. How long was he secret for?

1- Holt ‘Corrected’ Amy’s Already-Correct Grammar Incorrectly

Holt enjoys correcting people’s grammar. It’s one of the few vices he allows himself. In one episode, when Amy tells Holt, “Believe me, no one is more disappointed in me than me,” he corrects her. He says that instead, she should’ve said, “No one is more disappointed in me than I.”

But this is incorrect – Amy was right the first time. This is Raymond Holt, the king of grammar. He becomes irate at even the slightest misuse of the English language. How did he get anything at all grammar-related wrong?

Did you notice any of these mistakes in Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Let us know in the comments!

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