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Spirit of the Goat 

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Someone is killing rich children by taking on the name of The Goat, a serial killer that Harvey took down when he was young. Montoya and Allen finally have evidence against Gordon.


T.J. Scott (as TJ Scott)


Bruno Heller (developed by), Ben Edlund





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
Cory Michael Smith ... Edward Nygma
Victoria Cartagena ... Renee Montoya
Andrew Stewart-Jones ... Crispus Allen
John Doman ... Carmine Falcone (credit only)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Fish Mooney (credit only)
Susan Misner ... Dr. Marks
Christopher James Baker ... Raymond Earl / The Goat


Ten years ago, Harvey Bullock's partner Dix was crippled, so he had to resign and remained in a wheelchair, while they arrested the mad serial killer known as the Goat. Now two more murders are committed following his exact MO, targeting firstborn heirs of wealthy families, yet Bruce refuses to hide, claiming he has no family left to be taken from. An element of his weird ritual never revealed to the press convinces Harvey and his partners it is not a mere copycat, rather a mysterious accomplice. James has greater problems, as his lover refuses to return unless he confides in her and IA arrests him for the alleged murder of Oswald Cobblepot, who saves Gordon by proving he's alive and back with his doting, loony mother. Harvey notices a tic and consults the first goat and arrested prime suspect Raymond Earl/'s hypnotizing therapist. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

27 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Right after the girl is abducted, the scene shifts to show a panoramic view of the Gotham buildings, and the distinctive "Q" for Queen Consolidated is seen. Although only a child at this time, Oliver Queen eventually becomes the Green Arrow. See more »


[first lines]
Randall Milkie: [in front of the mirror] I am the Spirit of the Goat. I am the Spirit of the Goat. I am the Spirit of the Goat. I am the Spirit of the Goat.
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Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Johnny Mercer
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Adding Layers
31 October 2014 | by dramafreak42See all my reviews

With this appropriately creepy episode the show manages to add some much needed layers to some characters, while trying to add some unneeded ones to others. Things start with a flashback to 10 years ago when a younger Harvey Bullock helped take down a masked killer who called himself the Goat. Now a decade after that case was closed another victim turns up, matching the Goat's MO to perfection.

Bullock is really given the chance to shine in this episode, whereas before he's just largely been the slovenly foil to Gordon's more straight laced cop. This really is his episode more than anybody else's, and that's nice to see. Granted, having him appear more idealistic in his younger days is a bit of an obvious way to go, but it makes sense and it also lends some concern to what Gordon could become if this city beats him the way it's clearly beaten Bullock. The flashback also gives us the always wonderful Dan Hedaya as Bullock's old partner.

However the episode also spends more time than is warranted on Edward Nigma. Right now Nigma works best as a recurring easter egg: a fun touch in small doses. Trying to show how social inept and awkward he is doesn't tell us anything we couldn't have already guessed and it just makes for some uncomfortable viewing. Selina Kyle also pops up again, for no clear reason other than to remind us that she's around. I'm kind of waiting for her to become legitimately relevant.

The resolution of the case also has a bit of the generic cop show flavor to it. You know how it goes: cop has a moment of revelation, goes to see the REAL criminal that nobody suspected, has a conversation where everything is revealed, things get physical, etc. It works well enough, but it's a bit of a cliché moment.

Despite these slips, this Bullock centric episode is still a strong piece that's well presented. And Bullock isn't the only high point. Penguin continues to be the wild-card in all of this, and it's really exciting seeing how much he throws EVERYBODY off their game plan. It's a great character, because he's very clever but not quite as clever as he thinks he is. It's a delicate balance that's really working for the show so far.

The very end of this episode makes me very excited to see what comes next.

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