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I'll Be Judge, I'll Be Jury Recap

Assistant district attorney Angus Stanton is going to his car and says that he's confident a jury will make the wrong decision. A man in an executioner's hood cuts down an electrical pole onto the man's car, and then cuts the cap off a fire hydrant. The water spreads to Stanton, who tries to climb a fence, and he's electrocuted when the water touches the fence.

Jacob tells Kate about Cartwright and his disappearance, and insists that they'll find Cartwright and Bet. Kate isn't impressed by his apologies, and Sophie comes in and says he'll want to see a news report. A reporter is talking about Stanton death, and there's footage of the Executioner. The GCPD has already put up the signal for Batwoman, and Jacob says that she's a symbol of false hope that hides behind a mask. Kate leaves and Jacob tells the Crows to get the Executioner, and Sophie sees Kate go. She tells Jacob that she wants his permission to go after Batwoman.

Alice is working on a human face mask as Mouse looks on. He chuckles when she shows off her efforts, and puts the mask on him along with a wig. Alice then has Mouse show off the mask and she says that it's a perfect match for the captive Dean Devereux. Mouse wonders why they don't kill Dean, and Alice says that Batwoman is watching her and trying to bring the old Beth back. Her ally says that Kate has changed Alice, and Alice asks Dean if he trusts her because she needs a new partner. Mouse says that he'll go along with her, and Alice tells him that she needs him to steal Catherine's weapon.

Kate arrives at Wayne Tower and Luke says that the GCPD now trust him. He explains that Stanton was the ADA who put away the man who killed Luke's father Lucius. Lucius went to get out some ice, and the killer murdered outside the grocery store.

Jacob figures that they should find the Executioner by checking escapees and known criminals. Tyler finds Chris Medlock, an ex-boxer and ex-con.

Luke finds a file on Medlock and confirms that he got 30 in Blackgate rather than execution. He finds footage of Medlock, aka The Fist, swearing in court to kill Stanton. Due to overcrowding, Medlock was paroled a few weeks ago. A newscast coming in saying that Medlock has barricaded himself in a building with hostages.

Jacob gets the information on the Medlock and tells his people to get there and show Gotham they can keep the people safe. When Jacob arrives, he's informed Medlock will only speak to Detective Donnelly, who agrees to go in.

As Batwoman enters the building via the basement, Sophie finds her. They hear a woman scream and run up, and discover that the screaming is coming from loudspeakers. Donnelly comes in and sets off automated guns, killing him as Batwoman tackles Sophie to the floor. Sophie is hit, and calls Batwoman "Kate" before passing out.

Batwoman takes Sophie to the clinic and Mary tends to her. The heroine explains that the clinic was closer than a hospital and that Mary can't let Sophie leave.

At Hamilton R&D, the disguised Mouse comes in as Devereux and passes the facial recognition security scan. He enters the lab and spots the weapon, and Catherine and his team notice him. After a moment they applaud and Catherine congratulates Devereux for succeeding at making the coil accelerator. She asks Mouse a technical question, and Mouse says that he can't reveal it because it's proprietary information. Catherine says that it's powerful enough to penetrate the Batsuit and walks away.

At the Batcave, Kate tells Luke that Sophie knows who she is. She says that she'll convince Sophie not to talk after she catches the Executioner. Kate figures that the Executioner is using methods of capital punishment to kill his victims, and Luke determines the third method Gotham has used to kill criminals is a gas chamber. There's only one warehouse in Gotham that stores the hydrogen chloride gas.

At the warehouse, Batwoman approaches a guard and says that she needs information. He tells her that no one has gone past him, and Batwoman fades back into the shadows as the guard offers to buy her a drink. Batwoman calls Luke, who says that they've got a report of Medlock elsewhere.

Medlock runs down the street with the police in pursuit, and the Crows finally tackle him and drag him away.

Luke tells Batwoman that the Crows have captured Medlock, and Batwoman prepares to go check on Sophie. A truck slams through the warehouse door, knocking Batwoman down, and the Executioner gets out and hacks open the chemical storage cage. He takes a canister of the hydrogen chloride gas and gets into his truck, and drives off as Batwoman wakes up and tells Luke that the Crows have the wrong guy.

Back at the Batcave, Luke tells Kate that the truck's license plates had mud on them, making it impossible to identify. He says that the deformation in the suit's fibers is recorded, and he gets a partial ID on the license plate from when it hit Batwoman. The truck belongs to Bertrond Eldon, who worked at Blackgate for 20 years as their executioner.

Sophie wakes up and Mary tells her to stay down. She says that Batwoman brought Sophie in, and Sophie takes in the clinic. Mary explains that she's usually there trying to help serve the people that Gotham hospitals turn away. She insists that Jacob can't find out about the clinic. Sophie discovers that she's handcuffed to the bed, and Mary explains that Batwoman did it. Mary says that she doesn't want to know who Batwoman is, and Sophie says that she does know and that's why Batwoman wont' let her leave.

Batwoman breaks into Bertrond's home and finds no one there. She finds Bertrond's service awards, and locates the hydrogen cyanide capsules on the coffee table. There's no sign of a trap, and Luke warns her not to grab it. She does anyway and nothing happens, and she confirms that there's nothing inside but a flash drive.

Back at the Batcave, Luke plays the flash drive video. He says that he's guilty, but so are all of the poor people that he executed. Bertrond discovered that the same three corrupt law enforcement officials were involved, supplying coerced evidence and planted weapons. He realized that the people he executed was innocent and the officials turned him into a murderer. Luke says that he knows racially profiling is a thing in Gotham, and Stanton spend hours with his family finding justice for Lucius. He warns that his father's killer could use the information to get a new trial, and Kate asks if it's justice.

The Crows take Medlock to the police station, and Batwoman yanks Medlock up to the nearby roof. She throws a Batarang into a police van and Jacob sends his men to search the place, and finds a flash drive attached to the Batarang.

Devereux and Alice play checkers, and Mouse says that she can just win. She angrily tells him to take his turn, and he jumps three of her places. Alice slaps the board away, and Kate calls her. She asks why Alice sent Mouse to get the accelerator, and asks why she took it. Mouse comes in listening to the phone call on another phone, and says that he doesn't like traitors. Alice hangs up and Mouse asks why Alice is still trying to protect Kate. When the villainess insists that Kate is still her sister, Mouse reminds her that he protected her because he was there and Kate wasn't. He angrily accuses her of keeping secrets from him, and kills Devereux with the accelerator. Mouse tells Alice to keep that a secret if she can and walks off.

Jacob watches Brandon's confession video, and Kate comes in. Her father says that Judge Calverick is a fraud, but doesn't believe it. He points out that Batman destroyed their lives. Kate tells Jacob that Beth became Alice because they stopped looking for her, and angrily says that Jacob gave up and blamed Batman. Now an innocent man is going to pay the price for Jacob not listening then or now.

Sophie manages to free herself and tries to sneak out. Mary comes in and Sophie says that she's trying to keep Batwoman from getting killed. When Mary says that Sophie betrayed Kate, and she saw what it did to Kate. She gives Sophie ibuprofen and asks her not to tell Jacob about the clinic, and maybe think about whether she wants to hurt Batwoman.

Calverick is in his office burning papers when Batwoman comes in. She figures that the judge is burning the fake confessions, and says that he'll get free protection at Blackgate. Calverick runs out into his courtroom and the Executioner attacks him. Batwoman grabs the Executioner's axe and tells Calverick to run. Once he does, the Executioner says that he no longer trusts the law. Batwoman tells Luke over the radio to get backup to get Calverick into protective custody.

Batwoman and the Executioner fight, and he finally gets the upper hand. Jacob and one of his men arrive and Jacob shoots the Executioner. He sends the other man to sweep the building, and Jacob tells Batwoman that he doesn't see a difference between her and the Executioner. Jacob insists that he's accountable and asks Batwoman who she's accountable to. Batwoman disarms him and they fight, and a timing device goes off on the Executioner's belt. Jacob realizes it's a dead man's switch linked to the Executioner's heartbeat. Gas pours into the room and the door seals.

Luke confirms that the oxygen levels are dropping, and Jacob warns that the Executioner triggered the lockdown procedure. Batwoman asks Luke for ideas, and he says the hydrogen cyanide is flammable. However, Batwoman has to let the gas fill the room once to get full saturation. Batwoman tells Jacob to stay low to the ground, and he insists that he won't see the Bat symbol as the last thing before he dies. He says that the symbol let his family die, and Batwoman tells him to let his hatred fuel him into staying alive. Jacob explains that he has to blame the symbol because otherwise he'll have to blame himself. Batwoman ignites the gas when it reaches saturation level, and the cyanide burns off. Jacob is unconscious but revives.

Later, Vesper says that Batwoman got things right and Medlock was exonerated. The DA is reopening all cases tainted by the cabal's actions.

Batwoman visits Mary and asks where Sophie is. Mary tells her that Sophie's boss is Mary's stepdad, and she's not going to let him shut her down. Batwoman thanks Mary for saving her life, and Mary tells her that Sophie knows who she is and is probably going to tell Jacob.

Later in Jacob's office, Kate looks over the information Jacob has on Alice. She realizes that she's been blaming Jacob for not saving Beth, but it was her. Jacob comes in and says that they're going to get Beth back and he won't ever give up. They both break into tears and Kate hugs him. Sophie comes in behind Jacob, exchanges looks with Kate, and leaves.

Alice finds Mouse and says that she's never wanted to replace him. He asks why she wants to protect Kate, and Alice says that she's saving Kate a seat at her tea party. Alice explains that she needs Mouse's help to make her and Kate whole. When Mouse says that he doesn't want to share Alice with Kate, Alice assures him that they'll be sharing Kate. Mouse asks what happens if Kate doesn't want to pay, and Alice says that then it's good they have the accelerator. She offers him the stuffed Mr. Pandy doll Mouse gave her in return for the accelerator, and he makes the trade as they both look at Wayne Tower.

Written by Gadfly on Nov 11, 2019

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