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Nicholas D’Agosto debuted as Harvey Dent premiered on Gotham Season 1 Episode 9

But the freshman series made the same mistake with this character as it has made in the past, seemingly caring more about teasing his future as Two-Face than establishing him as an actual person in this Gotham universe first.

Consider: the first time we see Dent, he’s using his famous two-headed coin to teach a young criminal a lesson.

Watch Gotham Season 1 Episode 9 Online
Watch Gotham Season 1 Episode 9 Online

Gotham has many strong parts on its own. It doesn’t need to keep reminding us about who these people will become. It ought to focus on who they are right now.

Along those lines, Harvey Dent did at least bring a few smiles to what may be the most dour show on network television.


He also told Jim that a billionaire named Dick Lovecraft may the murderous mastermind behind the Wayne family killings.

We later saw Dent interact with Lovecraft and witnessed the temper than can occasionally flare up in the district attorney.

The Case of the Week, meanwhile, was a relatively pointless bore. It centered on an expert bomb maker who Gordon and Bullock eventually exonerated.

But then Fish Mooney’s henchman, Butch, blew up some stuff and… well… the entire point of this arc was for the Mayor to dub Arkham as a destination for the criminally insane.

Again, more foreshadowing for what’s to come way down the line. Not enough focus on the here and now.

The most entertaining aspect of the hour centered on Bruce and Selina Kyle. Jim chose to store the latter at Wayne Mansion to keep her safe as a witness in the Wayne murders.

And it was cute to see Bruce and Selina get along, tease each other, flirt up a storm. We’d tell anyone to watch Gotham online (via the above video) for this reason alone.

Finally, Jim called Barbara after reading the note that said she needed time away. And viewers saw she was in bed with Montoya. Sigh. The show really has gone there.

But it looks like it will go someplace far more exciting on Gotham Season Episode 10, the fall finale. Check out the official promo here:

Gotham Season 1 Episode 10 Promo