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Recap / Gotham S 3 E 13 Smile Like You Mean It

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Dwight and Jerome's cult steal his body and attempt to resurrect him, leading Gordon and Bullock to realize that the cult has followers everywhere, including within GCPD. Bruce pays off the man blackmailing Selina's mother, only for Selina to discover that her mother was part of the con to get money out of Bruce. She confronts Bruce over it, and he acknowledges he knew but did it in an attempt to get her to stay in Gotham and in contact with Selina, which causes her to storm off after Bruce refuses to fight her.


  • Back from the Dead: Jerome is alive once again.
  • Back for the Dead: Tommy Bones, who hasn't been seen since the end of first season and once during the second season, gets killed by Tabitha so she and Barbara could start running Gotham.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first, it looks like Dwight's failed to resurrect Jerome, and he'll just serve as an inspiration for future Jokers. Instead, the resurrection was just delayed, and Jerome is back to take up his own mantle.
  • Big Blackout: Jerome blows up the city's main power plant, blacking out the whole city.
  • Board to Death: Tabitha and Barbara gather together the leaders of Gotham's crime families, who are panicked in light of Penguin's growing instability, and gun them all down so they can take control of their resources.
  • Boring Insult: Said by Gordon to Dwight:
    "Well, you're doing one thing Jerome never did. Boring me."
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Resurrecting from the dead, only to discover a cult leader has cut off your face and is wearing it around? Squicky. Stapling your own face back on again? Bloody hilarious!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once she gets over the initial shock of him being alive, Lee appears utterly fearless in front of Jerome and gives dry commentary to his ranting.
    Jerome: Theo Galavan killed me, that jug-eared Judas. I suppose I should start by killing him.
    Lee: Theo Galavan is dead.
    Jerome: Awww, who beat me to it?
    Lee: Which time?
  • Distinction Without a Difference: When Selina accuses Bruce of lying to her, he says, "I didn't tell you the truth." Selina tells him they're the same thing.
  • Exact Words: Upon being told that the people want to see Jerome's face and hear him speak, Dwight removes Jerome's face and tells the cult members that they are all Jerome.
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  • Facial Horror: When he believes Jerome's resurrection to have failed, Dwight removes Jerome's face with a scalpel and wears it to appeal to his followers. When Jerome does come back from the dead, he retrieves his face and staples it back on.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Gordon and Bullock pull this on the traitor, who mocks them for trying this routine on a cop, and comments that they should at least switch roles. Gordon takes him up on it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dwight wanted to bring Jerome back to life and follow him in unleashing chaos, got exactly what he wanted, and then lived long enough to regret it, all in the same day.
  • I Am Spartacus: To get his followers around Jerome's absence, Dwight tells that they're all Jerome in spirit, leading to them chanting "We are Jerome!"
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Gordon and Bullock resort to violence in order to get the mole to talk.
  • Joker Immunity: Jerome returns from the dead, with even more indicators that he will eventually become the Joker. At one point he says, "Death is... dull," almost word-for-word Death Is Cheap.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Bullock comments on how the "HA HA HA" graffiti has probably been there the whole time and they just haven't noticed, lampshading how it's been a background Easter Egg since last season.
  • The Mole: Gordon very quickly identifies the GCPD traitor by bluffing him into revealing himself.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Both the members of the cult all claiming to be Jerome and Jerome eventually stapling his face back on are references to the current DC status of there being multiple Jokers and one of them having his face stapled on.
    • The episode opens with two security guards playing cards (and one claiming "Joker's Wild" to boot!) before getting into a deadly confrontation with Jerome's cult. After one of the guards is killed (by the other guard, who turns out to be one of Jerome's followers), the camera cuts to a close up of one of their playing cards: sure enough, it's the Joker.
    • Riddler is hiding out at Kane Chemicals. Bob Kane is the co-creator of Batman.
    • David Dastmalchian winds up in a cop uniform, again.
    • Jerome gets the attention of the whole city by hijacking the TV broadcast and appearing on every channel at once. You know who does that all the time, right?
  • The Nothing After Death: This is how Jerome describes what he saw after dying.
  • Parental Betrayal: Poor, poor Selina. It turns out that her mother only came back to Gotham to use Selina, because she saw an easy mark in her daughter dating billionaire Bruce Wayne.
  • Plot Armor: Why Jerome tied up Lee instead of killing her.
  • Resurrection Sickness: Jerome makes choking sounds, occasionally twitches and lists to one side, and generally looks to be in a lot of pain. It could be the combination of being stabbed in the throat (the huge wound there probably didn't exactly heal while he was dead), his body coming back to life after over a year being dead, and his face being removed. Not that any of this deters his gleeful craziness, of course.
  • Shipper on Deck: Weirdly enough, Jerome. He tells Lee that he liked her and Gordon together.
  • The Starscream: Not only are Barbara and Tabitha plotting against Penguin, but they intend to break their deal with Nygma and kill him once he's no longer necessary.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Bruce demonstrates that his training has been paying off when Selina attacks him and he effortlessly dodges and blocks her attacks.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Despite Lee's realization last episode that Mario was a danger to her, she still acts as though Gordon killed Mario on a whim, making cutting comments to that effect. Though this could also be a case of Poor Communication Kills, as we don't know if Gordon ever told her that Mario was literally about to stab her before he intervened.
    • Jerome seems set to subvert this when Dwight asks if he's mad he stole Jerome's face. Jerome praises him for resurrecting him... then plays the trope straight by killing Dwight because he really didn't forgive him for cutting off his face.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lee lets Jerome know that Bruce Wayne is still alive. Judging by the preview for next week, it seems Jerome decides to go finish what he started... Why couldn't you have lied, Lee? He could have found out some other way, but still.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Invoked by Jerome, who causes a blackout in order to give his followers free reign to do whatever they want.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Bruce won't dare harm Selina even when she is attacking him.


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