Gotham (2014–2019)
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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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The name 'Gotham' literally translates from Old English as 'Place of the Goat' giving added significance to the villain's title. It also refers to an English town nicknamed the 'place of fools' after its' inhabitants feigned madness to hoodwink King John. 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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Puts Gotham Back on Track
27 October 2014 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I don't know if I have ever watched a show that is this inconsistent. One week it's complete trash and the next week it gives us it's most compelling story of the entire series. I just want it to stick with what works, and Spirit of the Goat definitely worked.

This was the first episode of the season that didn't feel Bruce Wayne heavy, and too focused on giving us Easter eggs. Let's not forget about that blatantly obvious Riddler tease on Nygma's mug but I can forgive that because of how great the back story was with this episode. Now I don't think it needed to be 10 years back that we saw spirit of the goat considering Bullock looks exactly the same, but knowing the history behind this case definitely peaked my interest. Donal Logue gave his best performance of the season so far and the episode even had my guessing as to what was going to happen. Pretty much every episode so far has been predictable and flat in terms of the villain of the week, but this episode proved that Gotham does have a place on TV, at least for now.

Nygma's side story with the case files lady was unnecessary and completely out of place, especially considering we didn't need Nygma for the rest of the episode anyway. And Selina Kyle's brief appearance was strange and underwhelming. The episode was probably better served having Selina, Bruce, and Alfred all sit out like Mooney and other crime families did. But this was also the first episode where Penguin didn't have a large part (until the end) but still significantly impacted the episode. I am actually looking forward to next week's episode, and that's a first for this show.

So while I think the directing of the show can definitely improve with cuts of unnecessary scenes the show once again has my attention. Now keep it.

+Bullock shines

+Interesting villain story

+Fresh way of storytelling for the show

+Not as many teases for the future

-Nygma scenes felt out of place

-Give Bruce and Alfred a few episodes off


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