"The Balloonman" is the third episode of season one of the crime drama series Gotham and the third episode of the series overall. It was directed by Dermott Downs with a script written by John Stephens. It first aired on the FOX Network on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Synopsis Edit

In this episode, a criminal targets Gotham's corrupt "untouchables" and begins systematically murdering them by tying them to weather balloons that lift them high into the air and then drop them to their deaths. One of the intended victims is a brutal GCPD detective named Lieutenant Bill Cranston. As Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock investigate the "Balloonman" murders, Oswald Cobblepot returns to Gotham. Meanwhile, Sal Maroni - a rival of crime boss Carmine Falcone, plots to destabilize Falcone's operations.

Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is production code number 4X6653. [2]
  • This is the first episode of Gotham written by John Stephens. Stephens is also an executive producer on the series.
  • Actress Christine Pardo is uncredited for her participation in this episode.
  • This is the first appearance of David Zayas as Sal Maroni, who is presented as a rival to Carmine Falcone.

Allusions Edit

  • Although there is in fact a character called the Balloon Man in DC Comics, he is not a foe of Batman. Rather he is a one-time villain of the Metal Men.
  • Sal Maroni is a character taken from the Batman family of comic book titles published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Detective Comics #66 in August, 1942 and is classically portrayed as the man responsible for causing the acid burns on D.A. Harvey Dent's face, which ultimately to him becoming the villain known as Two-Face.

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Quotes Edit

  • Jim Gordon: No body? We calling this a murder?
  • Harvey Bullock: Call it a public service. Danzer was a bum. He got what he deserved. I'm gonna go get a Danish. That's what I deserve.


  • Bill Cranston: Yeah, Bullock tells me you're a real Boy Scout. Don't think we should be roughing up the skels?
  • Jim Gordon: Well, they do have their rights.
  • Bill Cranston: I'm gonna have to remember that. Maybe I'll get that tattooed on my ass.

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References Edit

  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.
  2. TV; Gotham, "The Balloonman"; Episode Info.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2; Gotham, "The Balloonman"; International airdates.

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