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"Rule #1" is the ninth episode of the second season of Batwoman, and the twenty-ninth episode overall. It aired on March 28, 2021.



Angelique Martin

As Ryan Wilder writes a farewell letter and plants a Desert Rose in the Batcave, the funeral of Kate Kane occurs; however, Kate is truly in a basement, after being severely hurt fighting minions of Black Mask.

Two weeks have passed and Alice has finally returned to the US. She finds shelter in the basement of the Cartwright house.

Two more weeks have now passed. Ryan and Mary Hamilton have breakfast together in their apartment when Angelique Martin arrives, telling Ryan that she misses her and would like to rekindle their relationship; Ryan tells Angelique that she will not tolerate a drug dealer, causing Angelique to reveal that she is leaving the False Face Society after she does one last job. Ryan weighs the option.

Meanwhile, Jordan Moore confronts Commissioner Forbes about police corruption, but he is busy because he has a budget meeting to attend. Later, that night, Jordan is tagging graffiti on the building when Forbes exits and is killed by two members of the False Face Society who jump into a van to escape.

Sophie Moore has the Crows research the crime scene but the security tapes of the shooting were erased. Simultaneously, the Bat Team is doing research and learns that Jordan was a witness. Jordan hides in her sister's car until Sophie arrives and learns that Jordan is being pursued by gang members. Batwoman arrives and helps the women against the attackers; Batwoman allows one gang member to escape to tell Black Mask that Jordan is protected.

Jordan Moore

Ryan goes to Angelique to confront her on why she participated in the assassination of the GCPD commissioner; Angelique becomes scared because, if Ryan was able to figure out that Angelique was the van driver, so can the authorities. Ryan tells Angelique that she "knows" Batwoman and Angelique can be protected until she testifies; Angelique wants to ponder her options.

The Bat Team highly disapproves of Ryan's decision to allow Angelique alone time, but they follow their leader.

At the graveyard, Julia Pennyworth meets with Jacob Kane who wants Julia to dig deeper into whether Kate is truly dead.

Angelique decides that she wants Batwoman's protection, but, before the hero arrives, Angelique is captured and presented to Black Mask who shows her the body of a person who also wanted to leave the gang.

Batwoman finds where Angelique is imprisoned, but she is also captured by gang members. Black Mask saws in half the gang member whom Batwoman allowed to escape, because he did not do his job. When Black Mask begins the circular saw again for Batwoman, Sophie arrives and chases the villain away; Sophie was called by Luke Fox as back-up.

Angelique confesses to the crime of murder, because Black Mask told her that he would kill Ryan if she was disloyal to the gang. Ryan is highly upset and emotional when she learns of Angelique's sacrifice. Though Sophie knows that Angelique was not the killer, Sophie, legally, is helpless and sends Angelique to jail to await trial.

Black Mask

Returning to the Batcave, Ryan establishes three rules for the Bat Team to follow, with rule #1 being to leave a place better than they found it; Ryan wants them to help Jordan with her desire to make a community center in the attempt to lower crime in Gotham City.

After two weeks of being in the basement of the house where she was imprisoned, Alice has a psychological break where she talks to a figment of young Kate.

Julia researches and learns that some of her memories are missing.

Returning to the basement where Kate is held, Black Mask asks Enigma for assistance; she asks to be alone with Kate to begin her work.



Guest starring





  • The title is a reference to one of the Bat Rules set by Ryan, where Rule #1 is about Legacy.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Black Mask and Jordan Moore.
  • Ryan mentions Bruce Wayne, revealing she knows Bruce being Batman just like how she found out on Kate being Batwoman.