Gotham (2014– )
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Falcone and Maroni fight over the Arkham section of Gotham. Cobblepot becomes the manager of Maroni's favorite restaurant.


T.J. Scott (as TJ Scott)


Bruno Heller (developed by), Ken Woodruff

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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
Camren Bicondova ... Selina Kyle (credit only)
Cory Michael Smith ... Edward Nygma
Victoria Cartagena ... Renee Montoya (credit only)
Andrew Stewart-Jones ... Crispus Allen (credit only)
John Doman ... Carmine Falcone (credit only)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Fish Mooney
David Zayas ... Sal Maroni
Richard Kind ... Aubrey James


One by one, city council members are murdered by a 'pro'. A jailed mob hit-man identifies him by the common element, use of a sharp tube, as Richard Gladwell, or actually that city employee's murderer who stole his identity years ago. Oswald Cobblepot reveals his return in Gotham to highly unamused James Gordon and tips him off it's the precursor to a bloody gang war over 'Arkham', while sneakily working his way up from dishwasher to manager of mob lord Sal Maroni's HQ restaurant. After consulting Bruce Wayne and his butler-guardian-confident Alfred Pennyworth, Gordon realizes it's a fight between Falcone and Maroni, who both employ the same killer, over two alternatives for late tycoon Wayne's philanthropic project to renovate Arkham, Gotham's last derelict quarter, renovating both cheep housing and the mental asylum. James's spoiled fiancée Barbara Kean refuses to stay with him when he denies her confidential police information. Working out the mayor is the next target, Gordon steps... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

13 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The spring-loaded monocular that fatally penetrates the eye of an unsuspecting viewer when focused, was similar to the lethal binoculars used in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) that featured Michael Gough. Gough went on to play the British butler Alfred Pennyworth in Tim Burton's Batman movie series and his character is portrayed here by British actor Sean Pertwee. See more »


When Gladwell is entering mayor's house, there is rain everywhere but on him. In contrast to the rain that fell on Gordon couple of minutes ago. See more »


[first lines]
Barbara Kean: [answering a knock at their door] Jim...
Oswald Cobblepot: Hello, James, old friend... You must be Barbara.
Barbara Kean: Yes, please come in...
Oswald Cobblepot: James, hi. I'm Peter. Peter Humboldt. Heh. Lovely to meet you at last. You're even more beautiful than I imagined.
Barbara Kean: Shush. Nice to meet you, Peter. I never meet Jim's friends. He never tells me anything.
Oswald Cobblepot: Men...
Barbara Kean: Don't I know it.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.40 (2016) See more »


Written by Siouxsie Sioux (uncredited) John McGeoch (uncredited) and Steven Severin (uncredited)
Performed by Makenzie Leigh
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The Episode Gotham NEEDED
13 October 2014 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I have been skeptical of this show from the beginning because of what I call the 'Shield problem'. That is that a superhero show without a superhero will struggle and lose fans interest overtime. Well I'm here to tell you that this new Gotham episode is a major leap forward from the last few weeks and on par with the pilot.

The first few episodes had their fair share of great moments but ultimately lacked focus and relied heavily on easter eggs and teases. Arkham has some teases but it's also the shows best episode so far.

Gordon and Bullock are chasing down another serial killer, this time a man who's out to get both the Falcone and Maroni family. I really enjoyed that this episode didn't try to give it's villain too many scenes. It also cut down on the Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle scenes, which in my opinion have been great but disappointing. I say disappointing because as hardcore fans we know that Bruce and Selina are far off from their alter egos so getting too many scenes of them talking about saving the city is frustrating.

Fish Mooney was actually a bright spot this week. She showed her calm and terrifying combination while picking out an apprentice. Forcing the two women to fight was gory for a cable T.V show but proved to be one of the highlights this week. Cobblepot as usual was deceptive and cruel. And Robin Lorde Taylor is for cure the most perfectly cast out of everyone. Tonight also saw the end to a short lived romance between Barbara and Jim but it's very likely that it wont be the last time we see the two of them together.

Overall it was the best acted, written, and directed episode. Gotham just needs to stay on this track for the remainder of the season. As long as they stay away from relying on using references to Batman's future and villain easter eggs the show will be just fine.

+Fish Mooney

+Cobblepot being Cobblepot

+Mob Boss' fight for Arkham

+Kept the teases to a minimum

+Well paced

-Bruce saying "do you really think this city can be saved?"


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