The Season 7 finale in which Amy Santiago gave birth to her and Jake Peralta's son was different than other TV portrayals, says Jessica Mason. "Births happen on TV all the time," she says. "It’s a well-worn plot device for a reason: a new life coming into the world is inherently dramatic and exciting, and the image of a parent holding a new baby is a perfect way to end an episode or a season. But in reality, birth, like so many things, is both messier and slower than on television. Most shows can’t capture that, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine is special and managed to make birth funny and real in a truly great way."