‘Gotham’ recap: 5×06 “13 Stitches”

Gotham recap: Season 5, Episode 6, “13 Stitches,” Aired Feb. 14, 2019
Happy Valentine’s Day, Gothamites! Also, I can’t believe we’re halfway finished the final season. Such sadness! ☹

I had high expectations for this episode because it’s directed by the very talented Ben McKenzie, and he, yet again, did not disappoint. Seriously, those camera angles during that Alfred scene near the end of the episode – WOW.

With all the people smacked and stabbed and shot and slashed, I’d say they all need more than “13 Stitches.” Let’s get right into it!

Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches Eduardo Dorrance Bane Shane West

Goth chicken

Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches Magpie

Thanks to Edward the dog, Penguin caught Magpie stealing from him, but she was too clever for him and escaped. Wanting to make an example of her, Penguin sought out Selina for an alliance. Jim was right; “war makes for strange bedfellows.”

Their alliance was great, both wanting more than the other is willing to give. The two do, however, find Magpie (twice), and Penguin was brutal to the thief to show it is not okay to steal from him.

Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches Selina Kyle Catwoman Oswald Cobblepot Penguin

Bane (again)!

Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches The Riddler Cory Michael Smith Ed Nygma

After Jim shorted out the chip in Nygma’s brain, Lucius was able to remove the chip and find evidence linking the government soldiers to the Haven attack. Nygma went to play hero at the GCPD to distract from Bruce, Barbara, and Lucius transmitting the information from Nygma’s chip outside of Gotham. Success? Plus, nice zoology work, Harvey.

Meanwhile, Jim and Eduardo faced off. After a trip down memory lane to their war days, it looked like Jim beat Eduardo for good. In came Walker, the lead government agent (also Jaime Murray), who took the first step in turning Eduardo into Bane (with some future help from Hugo Strange, of course).

Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches Jaime Murray Walker Bane

It’s Lee!

I’m going to start by saying how fitting it is that Lee, played by Morena Baccarin, was brought back in an episode directed by her husband, Ben McKenzie, airing on Valentine’s Day. Cute, right?

Eduardo brought Lee Thompkins in as leverage against Jim. However, it turned out Lee couldn’t remember anything after Jeremiah burned the bridges.

Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches Lee Thompkins returns

Now, if you remember, Lee and Nygma stabbed each other. Of course, when the chip was planted in Nygma, one was also planted in Lee. Right when Jim was going to tell Lee about the chip…

A surprise to no one

Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches Barbara Kean Batgirl Gordon

I had a theory that Barbara was going to have Jim’s baby when the concept of her becoming Batgirl went out the window. That news, which was a shock to Jim and Harvey but literally none of us – yeah, it just didn’t have the shock value it deserved. Sorry, Babs, though I am interested in seeing how this plot plays out.


Gotham 5x06 13 Stitches Jeremiah Valeska The Joker

Will next week bring the full conversion of the Joker? Jeremiah has Alfred now, along with those copies of who I still think are Bruce’s parents. It looks like we get a confrontation between Bruce and Jeremiah, for sure, and a very blatant reference to the Joker in the Ace Chemicals plant. Should be intense. I’m in!


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Gotham airs Thursday nights on FOX at 8/7c.

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Jordan Alperstein

Jordy has a degree in English literature and communication studies. When she isn't attending concerts, she's watching way too much TV for her own good and fangirling over fictional characters. Jordy is a self-proclaimed optimist and bookworm, and she's a sucker for fantasy, superheroes, and good old-fashioned villains.

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