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TV Review: “GOTHAM” – Season 1 Episode 13: “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”

By: Darryl Frisbie


Corruption is at center stage in this episode. I foreshadowed in my previous review that Jim Gordon’s crusade to eliminate crime would cost him. He could lose a part of his integrity and the very corruption he has been fighting against would turn him into the thing he despised the most. Gordon and Harvey investigate the murder of a gang member that’s a part of the Uptown Assassins. A new detective is introduced, named Arnold Flass who is a part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Detective Gordon finds on the victim’s person, some drugs which he keeps for evidence. There is a janitor, named Winkler, who witnesses the murder and is taken in for interrogation. But before he is interrogated someone kills him with an ice pick. This weapon was also used on their prior case. Jim Gordon knows there is a mole in the department and he is willing to go to great lengths to expose this corrupt person.

GOTHAM - Crime Scene

Meanwhile, Fish Mooney is being tortured by one of Falcone’s men but is ultimately rescued by Butch. There is not much to this subplot, other than seeing Jada acting overly grandiose like usual. I’ve gotten use to her character merely because I know she’s not leaving the show anytime soon. We see Edward Nygma conjuring up some bravery to give a poem to Miss Kringle, only in return to be mocked by Flass and called a perv for his attempts to impress Kringle. The Penguin relishes in his new throne at Mooney’s Club and his strange mother takes pride in his endeavors. Bruce makes a proposition to Selina to help him find his parent’s murderer and in return make her live with him but she rejects him out of sheer pride and in a sense being jaded.


After Jim goes through an exhausting series of interrogations with members of his department, he is eventually tipped off that Delaware is a suspect in Winkler’s murder. He takes him into custody only to have him be released by his boss Essen who tells him that he’s going beyond his jurisdiction and that this case belongs to Detective Flass. Jim is not satisfied and becomes desperate, like severely desperate, enough to have him turn to The Penguin for help. He knows that he has dealings with Maroni and he knows Penguin can get one his men to squeeze information from Delaware. Gordon insists that no one is harmed but what he doesn’t realize is that he’s stepped into dark territory. Penguin’s hired hand threatens Delaware’s wife by nearly drowning her in a tub and he eventually confesses that Flass murdered Winkler and he’s also secretly carrying the murder weapon. He records the confession and gives the murder weapon to Gordon. Jim threatens Flass in front of the entire department and lets him know he is the filthy culprit. Essen backs him up and they arrest Flass. Good triumphs over evil right? Not quite. The most pivotal part of this episode is when Delaware confronts Gordon and languishes before him. He begs and pleads for mercy that his wife and children will no longer be in harm’s way. Gordon is startled by the repercussions of fighting corruption and knows his hands are no longer clean. These issues are all too familiar. It reminds me of Alfred telling Bruce his ventures to capture a Bandit in Burma. Bruce asks Alfred how he was able to catch the Bandit. Alfred says, “We burned the forest down.” As I’ve quoted before and I’ll quote again; Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” This will not be the last time Jim will compromise and it will only make things apparent the necessity for Batman, Gotham’s Dark Knight.

Overall Grade: 9/10


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