"Rule #1" is the ninth episode of the second season of , and the twenty-ninth episode overall. It aired on March 28, 2021.
|Batwoman confronts Gotham's biggest foe, while new information forces those closest to Kate to make some difficult decisions. Ryan's feelings for Angelique puts her partnership with Luke Fox and Mary Hamilton at risk, while Alice goes on a warped walk down memory lane.|
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder/Batwoman
- Rachel Skarsten as Beth Kane/Alice
- Meagan Tandy as Agent Sophie Moore
- Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton
- Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox
- Dougray Scott as Commander Jacob Kane
- Peter Outerbridge as Roman Sionis/Black Mask
- Christina Wolfe as Agent Julia Pennyworth
- Laura Mennell as Dr. Evelyn Rhyme/Enigma
- Bevin Bru as Angelique Martin/Baby Doll
- Gracyn Shinyei as Young Kate Kane
- Keeya King as Jordan Moore
- Cameron McDonald as Commissioner Forbes
- Allison Riley as Dana Dewitt
- Matt Reimer as Gas Mask
- Nathaniel Shuker as Guy Fawkes
- Tommy Europe as Hockey Mask
- Sabrina Miniaci as Crows Agent #1
- Chad Bellamy as Plague Doctor
- 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.
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