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James Gordon and Harvey Bullock are assigned to track down the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne.



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Adolescent Bruce Wayne sees his doting parents shot by a mugger. Sleezy murder squad lieutenant Harvey Bullock fails to dump the case on organized crime because of eager 'rookie' James Gordon but changes his mind when they offer to take it on anyhow. The stole pearl string is found is petty robber Mario Pepper's home, but they soon suspect the mugging to be staged and the trail leads to local mob head Fish Mooney, from Carmine Falcone's 'family'. The whole affair is clouded by the devious power struggle within the mob, which proves dangerous for the detectives too. Written by KGF Vissers

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22 September 2014 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Toward the end of the episode Don Falcone says to Gordon: "In bocca al lupo". This is an Italian idiom ( it literally translate in "In to the mouth of a wolf" ) meaning you are wishing good luck to the person you are speaking to. See more »


Selina Kyle lands in the alleyway by a fire escape ladder to feed the stray cat. She was exposed to anyone who was waiting in the alleyway to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne and yet she was able to escape (quite audibly) without the killer noticing her. See more »


Edward Nygma: What's nowhere but everywhere, except where something is?
Detective James Gordon: Nothing.
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References Commando (1985) See more »


Performed by Freddie Munoz
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Has the potential to be great
23 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pilot episodes are akin to test flights, and thus must be held to a different standard. It takes a period of trial and error before a series can work out all the bugs. What you're looking for in the pilot is to see if it has the makings of a good or even great show. I'm happy to say that despite its flaws, Fox's 'Gotham' does have what it takes to be something special.

The production values are first rate, and appropriately enough, Gotham City itself is a character. As for the human characters, a very solid cast all fall comfortably into place and gel rather impressively. It's a good sign. Particularly strong are Donal Logue as the world weary Det. Harvey Bullock and Jada Pinckett-Smith as the crime boss Fish Mooney. I had an issue with a few characterizations. In particular Alfred, Bruce Wayne's trusted butler, who has gone from being the wise and avuncular mentor we know from the films to being a rude, tough love jerk.

Unlike the Smallville of the series with the same name, Gotham City is a much larger dramatic sandbox in which to play and it won't require the same types of contrivances. Keeping all of he various elements in balance and keeping us guessing even as its building toward what we know is an inevitable conclusion will be the true test.

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