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Recap / Gotham S 5 E 9 The Trial Of James Gordon

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After Gordon is shot in an attempt to establish a cease-fire, he hallucinates a trial for his life that could have deadly real consequences. Meanwhile, Ivy (guest star Peyton List) returns and puts her spell on Bruce, leaving Selina to defend herself. Lee has a life-changing moment as Barbara and Penguin consider their next move.

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  • Adorkable: Zsasz of all people is this when hypnotized by Ivy.
    Zsasz: "I just love saying her name so much. Ivy. Ivy. Ivy Pepper. Mrs. Ivy Pepper-Zsasz."
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  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: Selina punches Bruce repeatedly in the face. She also kicks Lucius in the head.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Jim and Lee at their wedding. At the same time, Bruce takes the opportunity to have one with Selina.
  • Breather Episode: Like the previous episode, the stakes are relatively low here and the threat is dealt with quite easily and is mostly used as a character study of Gordon as well as to develop Bruce and Selina's relationship. This prepares the audience for the next episode.
  • Call-Back: Bullock wears the bomb suit Nygma used a few episodes ago to get close enough to Zsasz to knock him out.
  • The Cameo: One of Jim's final hallucinations takes place at his wake, where a good number of past villains show up to celebrate. Among them are the Scarecrow, Mother, Kathryn Monroe, and Professor Pyg.
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  • Continuity Nod: Bullock references the time Ivy hypnotized the precinct.
  • Death Seeker: It turns out deep down Gordon has become this, wishing to die so that the people around him can have a better life. He finally realizes that he wants to live when he sees his baby dying and finds protecting her to be his purpose in life.
  • Enemy Within: Jim's main antagonist in the episode is himself. More specifically, his crippling guilt that seems to encourage him to just give up and die.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Jim will survive his injury so he can be part of the group protecting Gotham on Day 391.
  • Guilt Complex: Gordon feels extremely guilty over all the indirect destruction he has caused in the lives of others. Most notably, he feels like Lee and the Haven refugees would be better off if he were dead.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Alfred gets Zsasz's attention, then knocks him out.
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  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Between Bruce and Selina, with Selina trying to snap Bruce out of Ivy's control.
  • Moment Killer: Ivy interrupts Bruce and Selina's date.
  • Not Me This Time: Oswald vehemently denies trying to kill Gordon, saying that he would not have invited him and all the gangs in Gotham to his house if he had really wanted him dead. Harvey punches him anyway when Oswald said it was Gordon's own fault.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: After getting the leaders of the remaining gangs to her bar under the guise of celebrating Jim being shot, Barbara reveals that the drinks they just had were poisoned and that they have 48 hours to hand over all their guns and agree to a truce before she'll give them the antidote. She's not bluffing as shown by one of the leaders dropping dead in front of everyone since he had a few more drinks beforehand.
  • They Do: Jim and Lee finally get married.
  • Time Skip: A month passes between Jim waking up in the morgue to his marriage to Lee.
  • Tsundere: Barbara proves that underneath all her bitterness and vitriol, she still loves Jim Gordon. Penguin points out that while she claims it is for her own benefit, she does exactly what Gordon would want her to when he is injured and prevents the gangs from destroying Gotham. But it doesn't mean she'll give up her baby though.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Zsasz attempts to kill Gordon even though he had saved him from being lynched by Penguin a few episodes earlier. Subverted in that he was being hypnotized by Ivy all long.
  • Wedding Day: It only happens at the end of the episode rather than being the focus, but Jim and Lee finally tie the knot.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ivy just abruptly disappears from the episode after being non-fatally shot by Lee and is never mentioned again. And this is her last appearance in the series, ending her on the note of being a Karma Houdini.
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