Gotham (2014–2019)
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Gordon and Bullock search for the source of a new street drug that causes euphoria then death. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot works his way deeper into Maroni's inner circle and Fish Mooney continues to plot against Falcone.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writers:

Bruno Heller (developed by), Rebecca Perry Cutter
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben McKenzie ... James Gordon
Donal Logue ... Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz ... Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara ... Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee ... Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor ... Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
Erin Richards ... Barbara Kean (credit only)
Camren Bicondova ... Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith ... Edward Nygma
Victoria Cartagena ... Renee Montoya (credit only)
Andrew Stewart-Jones ... Crispus Allen (credit only)
John Doman ... Carmine Falcone
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Fish Mooney
David Zayas ... Sal Maroni
Makenzie Leigh ... Liza
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Storyline

Oswald risks his life by revealing his Fish past to gain Maroni's trust in the war against Falcone, which works after the don has Gordon abducted to check Oswald's story. A potent drug, which shortly renders incredibly strong and fearless, but fatally alters the calcium balance, is handed out blindly on Gotham's streets. Gordon works out is was developed by a Wayne subsidiary, which had the only sufficiently advanced lab, but also fired Stan Potolsky, the brilliant chemist in charge of a military order along those lines. The project was suspended by the Waynes until their murder. Bruce works out irregularities in the Wayne empire and attends a company event to question the board members, but instead has to witness the dramatic sequel of the fatal drug story, while Gordon worked his way there via Stan's mentor, a radically thinking philosophy professor. Meanwhile Falcone's lieutenant Nikolai plots with secret lover Fish. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Maroni's insight into Penguin: Are you just a dishwasher? Because I don't get that vibe. You come off as all humble, but you got a little player in you, huh. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfred Pennyworth: Fancy a stroll? It's a lovely day. Stretch the legs, breath of fresh air.
Bruce Wayne: I'm busy...
Alfred Pennyworth: I got a question for you, Master Bruce. What if all of this was a complete and utter bloody waste of time? What if you never discovered who killed your mom and dad? Hmm? What if you never get to wreak revenge?
Bruce Wayne: I don't want revenge. I wanna understand how it all works. How Gotham works.
Alfred Pennyworth: Well, you'd have more chance digging to China with a teaspoon.
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A Sunday Kind Of Love
(uncredited)
Written by Louis Prima, Anita Leonard, Stan Rhodes, and Barbara Belle
Performed by The Harptones
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Some interesting ideas but a rather by the numbers episode
21 October 2014 | by JohnnyPHreakSee all my reviews

Gotham is getting on their stride. But that stride is going to have to win over fans big. I'm glad that the show has got a full season to play with. From the opening scenes of this episode, Viper, the show wants to revel in a comic book world. I think that's the best way to attract more viewers. Build a world that is straight out of the pages and run with it. I hope that they keep it on the balanced level. Don't go too overboard with the comic book stuff and not too real. I think that it is on the way slowly.

The episode starts off with Bruce, doing the young detective thing with Alfred scolding him that he needs to get out and walk around. Our villain of the week shows up in the next scene. It seems he is a interesting man with an interesting drug. A young man play a guitar is the first victim or guinea pig of his drug. It's a green smoke that is only inhaled. He runs off feeling alive and heads to the nearest convenience store. What ensues is a confrontation with the clerk and video footage, witness by Gordon and Bullock, of the main stealing the entire ATM machine. There's a hilarious scene of the man hopped up on this new drug running down the street with said ATM strapped to his back.

Gordon and Bullock are put on the case of finding what is going on as usual. Oswald has a sit down with his new boss, crime boss Sal Maroni who wants revenge on Falcone for the robbery in the last episode. Oswald starts spilling the beans about who he is and that enrages Falcone who is planning a small heist of Falcone's casino. Fish Mooney is working on her "weapon". Teach the young girl who won the job how to sing opera and talk to someone "like a mother". This all gets wrapped up in a few interesting final scenes. Falcone on the other hand gathers his bosses for a meeting about the state of affairs. Mooney gets into a heated argument with one of the bosses.

During the search for the mysterious drug dealer, Gordon is detained by Maroni's henchmen. He is brought to the Don to explain and get Oswald out of a tight situation. It seems that he now 'works' for both sides and Gordon is not happy with it. The mysterious man, in trying to get his point across, dishes out his new drug to anyone he can find. This leads to a whole ton of chaos and a lot of dead Gotham citizens. It seems the drug was made for soldiers by a company that was working with Wayne Enterprises. This catches Bruce's attention who wants to attend a fund raiser where he can speak to the board at his family's company.

The man on the loose is a former worker in that lab and it seems the company behind the drug is just as corrupt as about everyone and everything in the city. The villain plans to release the drug at this fund raiser where Bruce and Alfred are attending. Gordon and Bullock get there just in time to stop the release of the drug but the villain commits suicide in the process. The following end scenes are reveals of facts we should be shocked about. The company that manufactured the drug are now keeping an eye on Bullock and Gordon. Fish Mooney is in bed with one of other crime bosses (shocker) to overthrow Falcone. With the near death experience Alfred has joined Bruce in research on his parent's company. The finale scene was to show us that Fish Money has released her 'weapon' on Don Falcone.

There is a whole lot going on in this episode. At times too much. But I'm glad much of it was wrapped up, even though pretty obviously in the end. I would say that this episode was the weakest so far for me. I wasn't entertained by the bad guy of the week. But the idea that people can get superhuman people is a nice touch. That means that maybe later that can play with the idea of meta humans, even if Bruce is still a kid. I'm sure we will see a few cameos down the line. This episode was also cameo friendly. Selina Kyle shows up for one scene at the beginning which really didn't need to be. Because of the nature of the drug Edward Nygma has a much longer scene which feeds into this his eventual nature.

I'm still on board with the show. It's entertaining for sure. I like how they've created a comic book world not unlike a tone down Sin City or the Marvel Universe. I just wish the writers and producers could be less heavy handed with the Batman references. Does Bruce really need to be a detective this early? And is there only one room he stays in the whole mansion? There's no need for so many cameos. Keep the story tight and don't throw in a future villain just because it's a cool idea. I hope next week's episode focuses more on the bigger picture of the show and less about what Easter egg can we put in this scene. And more Oswald, he was in three scenes tops.


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