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Recaps of the pre-Batman days of James Gordon, GCPD.

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    Season 1 
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"Listen to me, there is a war coming. A-a terrible war. Falcone is losing his grip, and his rivals are hungry. There-there will be chaos. Rivers of blood in the streets. I know it! I-I can see it coming."
Oswald Cobblepot
A new recruit in the Gotham City Police Department named James Gordon is paired with veteran detective Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham City's highest-profile cases: the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. During his investigation, Gordon meets the Waynes' son Bruce who is now in the care of his butler Alfred Pennyworth.

Meeting the younger Wayne further compels Gordon to catch the mysterious killer, forming an unlikely friendship with Bruce, one that will help shape the boy's future in becoming Batman. Gordon also becomes involved with Gotham's crime families and associates in the search for the Waynes killer, getting into a Mob War in the process.


  1. Pilot
  2. Selina Kyle
  3. The Balloonman
  4. Arkham
  5. Viper
  6. Spirit of the Goat
  7. Penguin's Umbrella
  8. The Mask
  9. Harvey Dent
  10. Lovecraft
  11. Rogue's Gallery
  12. What the Little Bird Told Him
  13. Welcome Back, Jim Gordon
  14. The Fearsome Dr. Crane
  15. The Scarecrow
  16. The Blind Fortune Teller
  17. Red Hood
  18. Everyone Has a Cobblepot
  19. Beasts of Prey
  20. Under the Knife
  21. The Anvil or the Hammer
  22. All Happy Families Are Alike
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    Season 2 
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"Monsters are coming, Mr Mayor. Monsters who will cleanse this city in blood and fire."
Theo Galavan

One month later, Gordon deals with a series of events that are being secretly orchestrated by Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha as part of an elaborate plan to take over Gotham as the new Mayor of Gotham City, which involved Mayor Aubrey James' abduction and exacting revenge against the Wayne Family with help from the Order of St. Dumas.

After Galavan is killed by Gordon during his run for mayor of Gotham, the Gotham City Police Department deals with the actions of Victor Fries. At the same time, the enigmatic Hugo Strange and his assistant Ethel Peabody conduct a series of bizarre experiments underneath Arkham Asylum in the underground Indian Hill facility that is secretly owned by Wayne Enterprises and overseen by the Court.


Rise of the Villains

  1. Damned If You Do...
  2. Knock, Knock
  3. The Last Laugh
  4. Strike Force
  5. Scarification
  6. By Fire
  7. Mommy's Little Monster
  8. Tonight's the Night
  9. A Bitter Pill to Swallow
  10. The Son of Gotham
  11. Worse Than a Crime

Wrath of the Villains

  1. Mr. Freeze
  2. A Dead Man Feels No Cold
  3. The Ball of Mud and Meanness
  4. Mad Grey Dawn
  5. Prisoners
  6. Into The Woods
  7. Pinewood
  8. Azrael
  9. Unleashed
  10. A Legion of Horribles
  11. Transference

    Season 3 
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"I want an army. I want an army like me."
Fish Mooney

Six months later, Gordon has become a bounty hunter as he works to track down Indian Hill experiments that escaped six months earlier as well as a revived Fish Mooney who has recruited some of the Indian Hill experiments to form another version of her gang. While planning to get Leslie Thompkins back, he also encounters Carmine Falcone's son Mario Calvi. Gordon also has to tangle with hypnotist Jervis Tetch who arrives in Gotham City to look for his lost sister Alice Tetch. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot runs against Aubrey James for Mayor of Gotham City after some elected Gotham City officials ran it following Theo Galavan's death and wins in a landslide.

While Jim rejoins the GCPD, the city plunges into a state of corruption: Alice Tetch's poisonous blood drives many crazy, including Captain Nathaniel Barnes and Mario Calvi. The deceased Jerome Valeska's followers led by Dwight Pollard revive him back to life and later attempts to continue his previous vendetta against the city and Bruce until he is defeated by Bruce and Gordon. Meanwhile, Edward Nygma, who slowly was the path into becoming the Riddler, puts his plans into effect, setting his dynasty as the Riddler, and Bruce Wayne continues his path into becoming the Batman when he starts to look into the Court of Owls, finding out that one of the Indian Hill experiments was a clone of his.


Mad City

  1. Better to Reign in Hell...
  2. Burn the Witch
  3. Look Into My Eyes
  4. New Day Rising
  5. Anything For You
  6. Follow the White Rabbit
  7. Red Queen
  8. Blood Rush
  9. The Executioner
  10. Time Bomb
  11. Beware the Green-Eyed Monster
  12. Ghosts
  13. Smile Like You Mean It
  14. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

Heroes Rise

  1. How the Riddler Got His Name
  2. These Delicate and Dark Obsessions
  3. The Primal Riddle
  4. Light The Wick
  5. All Will Be Judged
  6. Pretty Hate Machine
  7. Destiny Calling
  8. Heavydirtysoul

    Season 4 (A Dark Knight
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"You still don't understand Gotham. You want to be the hero. Gotham doesn't need heroes. It needs someone who will do whatever it takes."
Det. Harvey Bullock

Bruce Wayne is now a masked vigilante, patrolling Gotham's streets at night, wearing dark clothes and a hooded black balaclava. Cobblepot begins a campaign to dominate the city's underworld by profiting off licensed crime, Nygma finds his mental faculties diminished as a side-effect of having been flash-frozen, Jonathan Crane is seen embracing his role as the Scarecrow, the League of Shadows begin their next plot involving an ancient embalming knife, Ivy Pepper taking drugs from an apothecary which transform her again, and Butch Gilzean becomes Solomon Grundy after his comatose body was dumped into Slaughter Swamp.

A new criminal known as Professor Pyg shows up putting Gotham into chaos until it is revealed he has been working with Falcone’s daughter Sofia to take down Penguin which she succeeds in doing while having Penguin sent to Arkham where he meets Jerome Valeska. Eventually after Sofia is taken down by Gordon, Jerome Valeska, Jervis Tetch, and Jonathan Crane escape from Arkham along with others and team up with Victor Fries, Bridget Pike, Penguin, and Solomon Grundy to create a supervillain team known as the Legion of Horribles to bring madness and destruction to Gotham which leads to Jerome's brother Jeremiah undergoing a chemical transformation.

In addition, the energies that Ra's al Ghul placed in Barbara Kean called the rest of the League of Shadows to her as the female members pledge their loyalty to her. Eventually, Jeremiah Valeska and Ra's al Ghul's plans plunge Gotham City into a no man's land, causing it to be evacuated while the different villains start claiming their territory.


  1. Pax Penguina
  2. The Fear Reaper
  3. They Who Hide Behind Masks
  4. The Demon's Head
  5. The Blade's Path
  6. Hog Day Afternoon
  7. A Day in the Narrows
  8. Stop Hitting Yourself
  9. Let Them Eat Pie
  10. Things That Go Boom
  11. Queen Takes Knight
  12. Pieces of a Broken Mirror
  13. A Beautiful Darkness
  14. Reunion
  15. The Sinking Ship, the Grand Applause
  16. One of My Three Soups
  17. Mandatory Brunch Meeting
  18. That's Entertainment
  19. To Our Deaths and Beyond
  20. That Old Corpse
  21. One Bad Day
  22. No Man's Land

    Season 5 
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"Here he comes, Gotham! Your most hated son! Have at him! Rip him to shreds!"
Barbara Kean

Gotham has become a no man's land. Much of the electricity and clean water supply has been cut off and food is scarce. Crime lords such as Penguin and Barbara Kean have taken to running the city's largest zones virtually unchallenged while the remaining territories are being divided up between psychopaths such as the Scarecrow, Victor Zsasz, the mutants and Jeremiah Valeska.

Jim Gordon's GCPD remains the citizens' only beacon of hope as he keeps the searchlight on every night to remind them that there is still a chance that they will survive this ordeal.

Behind the scenes, Edward Nygma struggles with his split personality as he loses his grip on sanity as time goes on, ultimately discovering a truth more ugly than he could imagine.

Selina Kyle, still paralyzed and suicidal after Jeremiah's attack, find an unlikely cure that will heal and empower her to exact her revenge.

And finally Bruce Wayne, Gotham's future dark knight, sets out on a journey that will change his destiny and the destiny of his beloved city forever.


  1. Year Zero
  2. Trespassers
  3. Penguin, Our Hero
  4. Ruin
  5. Pena Dura
  6. 13 Stitches
  7. Ace Chemicals
  8. Nothing's Shocking
  9. The Trial of James Gordon
  10. I Am Bane
  11. They Did What?
  12. The Beginning...
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