Spoillers ahead for Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6, Episode 3. Although Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) is the human form of the 100 emoji, she's not always the most attentive member of the Nine-Nine. But although she doesn't wear typically her heart on her sleeve, that makes it all the more touching when she reveals her true colors. So when Jake's old nickname, The Tattler, is resurrected at their 20-year high school reunion, Peralta realizes that Linetti had something to do with it. But as audiences learn on this week's episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gina is actually a great friend.
Before the DDC (Dope Denim Crew) leave for their old stomping ground, Boyle brings up "Tattle-gate." Jake explains that when he was a junior in high school, he desperately wanted to befriend a cool kid named Brandon. And although he could barely read and lost his virginity when he was 12, Jake was obsessed with him and his crew. However, the night before Jake was supposed to go steal a car with them and go out drinking, someone narced, and Brandon was suspended. Everyone blamed Jake, and they called him The Tattler until graduation.
So when everyone at the reunion resurrects Peralta's old nickname, he's furious. Putting their detective skills to work, he and Amy discover that Gina was actually the tattler (they dressed the same junior year, so it was easy to get them confused). When Jake confronts his old friend, she explains that she did it out of love. "You were hanging out with those guys and getting close, and they weren't good people," Gina says with surprising insight. What's more, she says that Brandon wasn't at their reunion because he's on parole and can't leave the state of Delaware.
It's sweet that the DDC have each other's backs, and even if Gina pretends not to care, you know she loves her coworkers deep down. Which makes it even more sad that the self-proclaimed "Paris of people" is spreading those glorious, dancer arms and leaving the Nine-Nine nest. But before she leaves the show, let's take a look back at some of her greatest hits that prove — once and for all, whether she likes it or not — that Gina is the best friend anyone could have. After all, the only thing she's not good at is modesty, because she's great at it.