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Reese, Finch and company reunited in the first episode of season four of the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” which means the team’s back to investigating the numbers supplied to them by the Machine. The number that comes up in this episode belongs to what the network’s labeling a brilliant college student involved in a complex scavenger hunt.

Although the team will try to stay focused on the mission at hand, they have their collective guard up, as they realize that John Greer and his Artificial Intelligence system, keep searching diligently for them. They realize that one false move could literally cost them their lives.

Join us after this episode for the recap, as we discuss the short-term and long-term ramifications of the events that take place.

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Searching for eternal youth’s intrigued humanity since our species started to think; who among us wouldn’t want the energy, vitality, strength and speedy recovery time like when we were younger? To have the experiences of a person in their fifties, but the face and body of someone in their mid-twenties sounds like paradise, doesn’t it?

 Henry Morgan, the protagonist of the new ABC series “Forever,” does realize the advantages and pitfalls of eternal youth, as he’s over 200-years-old, but looks like he’s in his mid-thirties. If you’ve followed the series so far, you’re aware that Morgan although killed numerous times over the years, always comes back to life, naked and in a body of water, like a lake, river or an ocean.

The plot of the third episode of the series revolves around a product called Aterna, that promises it reverses the aging process. Naturally older folks are scooping up the product, but the product may have led to a recent rash of deaths. Troubling on a personal note, Morgan’s companion Abe wants to try Aterna himself.

Join us after the episode for the recap, as we summarize the episode and find out the true story behind this so-called miracle elixir.

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The once proud organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D’s now in tatters, infiltrated by HYDRA last season they’re down to a skeleton crew, as most of the operatives got killed, defected to the enemy or took their talents elsewhere. For the organization’s new director Phil Coulson, it’s a mixed blessing. He’s in the position he longed for, however he couldn’t have inherited it at a worse time. Coulson’s down to relying on his crew from the bus, the ever-increasing Koenig family and a handful of agents with their own agendas.

The premiere episode of season two ended badly for “the good guys,’ as an enemy operative known as Creole, stole the advanced weapon of mass destruction, handing it over to a former Nazi officer who looks exactly like he did in 1945. The first order of business for the team’s recovering that weapon before being used for nefarious purposes.

The show dropped a bombshell on the fan-base last week, when they revealed that Leo Fitz suffered brain-damage, due to an extended period without oxygen in last season’s finale. The once brilliant scientist’s hallucinating, thinking he’s carrying on conversations with Jemma Simmons, while she’s not in the facility.

We’ll meet a new character in this episode, a doctor whose got a strong connection with one of the team’s members.

After the show, join Jason Jones for the recap, as he breaks down the episode and offering insight and analysis.

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Why did Raymond “Red” Reddington elude authorities all over the planet until he struck a deal with the FBI last year and why’s he remained one step ahead of all his adversaries on both sides of the law for so many years? Reddington’s intelligence’s a major factor, the man’s virtually a walking Wikipedia of knowledge, but there are plenty of really smart bad guys who get caught. The gift that Raymond possesses, that sets him apart and above all who challenge him, is his ability to take emotion out of the equation, it unnerves his opponents when Reddington starts spinning one of his tales to a man who’ll probably die within minutes.

That wasn’t the case when we first encountered the former government operative who shed his skin and turned into a master criminal in the second episode of the second season of the NBC series “The Blacklist.” His emotions frayed due to his adversary Berlin holding his former wife prisoner, Red’s lashing out and not finding out anything by his actions. However, we jump ahead. Let’s get back to the beginning of the episode.

We find ourselves in Warsaw, Poland, witnessing the robbery of a branch of the Monarch Douglas Bank. A group of men enter the bank in haz-mat suits and carrying automatic weapons. They scream to all the occupants to get down on the ground, then one of the crew gets on a laptop and apparently disabled all the electricity in the facility. One shouts to the others they have six minutes and the crew swarm through the facility emptying safety deposit boxes and most likely cash. As time gets close, the same man tells the others it’s time to go and they escape the bank undetected.

Now’s when we get our first glimpse of Reddington and he’s without his usual charm and good humor as “The Cleaner,” (Think of Harvey Keitel’s character the Wolf in “Pulp Fiction“) the oddly named Mr. Kaplan, (odd because Mr. Kaplan’s a woman whose first name’s Kate and played by Susan Blommaert) shows up to clean up the mess from Raymond’s latest temper-tantrum. She tells him that since his wife got kidnapped he’s been going in directions she’s uncomfortable with and he snaps at her telling her to just do her job.

As Mr. Kaplan goes about erasing evidence of the three men Red just killed, he receives a call telling him about the bank robbery in Poland. The news seems to put things in perspective for him and he apologizes to Mr. Kaplan, telling her that he’s pretty far out on a limb right now. Reddington calls his liaison with the FBI, Agent Liz Keen and tells her about the robbery and says they’ve got to meet and discuss the ramifications of the event.

When Reddington sits down with Keen, he explains that Monarch Douglas Bank’s headquartered in New York, which puts them under FBI jurisdiction. He tells Liz that the branch that got robbed is the biggest laundering center on the planet, that underworld kings, dictators and powerful people all over the world use the facility. He also says that the bank will attempt minimizing the event, she asks Reddington how much is the bank reporting being stolen and Red replies nothing. When she asks him how much he believe they lost in the robbery he responds everything.

Task Force Director Harold Cooper, limping but back in command orders Keen and agent Donald Ressler to Warsaw to investigate the robbery. When they arrive they meet an FBI agent stationed in Warsaw, whose been on the scene since the robbery got reported, they also meet a man named Strickland, the Vice President of the bank who flew out from New York, after receiving the news on the robbery. He apologizes for the original report from branch management that nothing got stolen, he says the bank got hit hard by the crew that pulled the job. He walks away with the bank manager and they speak in Polish; Strickland berates him for issuing the report that nothing got stolen. The manager says the only thing their customers only concern is “The Formula.” The executive agrees but tells him “The Formula’s” gone.

Although the crew disabled the banks video cameras Liz and Don discover there are city cameras on the corner directly in front of the bank and they get Amar to send them the video feed. The odd thing they notice, is while five crew members enter the bank, six exit and when they’re able to zoom the camera in on the added member, they realize it’s a woman who appears scared.

Reddington’s heading to Warsaw with Dembe, however before checking out he receives another present from Berlin, this time one of his former wife’s teeth. On the plane he checks in with Keen and Ressler and they tell him their latest discovery, Red replies that he’ll be there in three hours and for the two agents to keep digging.

They realize the woman who joined the crew on the way out’s a bank employee named Padra, as she’s the only one who punched in for work but neglected to punch out. The bank manager quickly says she had left the bank earlier as she got sick, but the local FBI agent shows his disdain with what the manager says. Ressler and Keen investigate the apartment building where Padra lived and spoke to the building manager, he told them she seemed nice but was always accompanied by guards. Donald’s phone rings and he’s informed authorities found the getaway van.

Through one of Raymond’s connections in Warsaw, they’re able to track down the apartment where Padra’s at and bust down the door with a SWAT Team, while she asks the agents why they are there? They tell her they came to rescues her, but she explains that’s what the crew did, they rescued her from being the bank’s prisoner. Padra’s “The Formula.”

Liz and Donald transfer Padra to a safe-house and tell Cooper that the FBI agent stationed in Poland’s going to meet them there. Padra tells the agents that if the police know where she’s hiding, Strickland will as well. The Vice President’s in New York while she’s being shuttled, as he’s meeting with Berlin, whose afraid he’s not going to access his funds for a pending deal. Strickland assures Berlin nothing will interrupt the transaction and the one-armed man responds, that if anything goes awry, he’ll peel Strickland like a grape.

Padra possess a gift, a truly photographic memory, she demonstrates it to the agents by having them pick a random date and she tells them what happened to her and what events took place in the world on the day. The bank uses her brain instead of having a paper or digital trail, she’s able to memorize every transaction and account number for the bank. The only place the information’s stored is in her brain, there’s no backup, so eventually she went from being an employee to a prisoner of the corporation.

Liz monitoring the conversation in a separate room gets joined by the FBI agent stationed in Warsaw and he tells her he’s turning Padra over to the local police. Keen starts arguing with him and the other agent slugs her in the jaw, the two pummel each other, then the other agent pulls out his weapon. Liz bites his hand holding the pistol and he accidentally shoots out the one way mirror between the two rooms, finally alerting Ressler. They stop the agent, who says they don’t understand this involves national security. Mossad agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marnò) who we met in last week’s episode suddenly shows up, tells the agents they’re outgunned but she’ll hold off the attackers while Liz, Donald and Padra flee the house and jump into a taxi, however Padra gets hit with shrapnel in the abdomen and starts bleeding heavily.

They soon realize the cab’s stuck in traffic and will not help them escape. They run out of the cab and Red and Dembe meet them, take Padra with them to get medical assistance on his private jet and tells the agents they have first-class seats back to the States with the airlines. When the agents return to Washington and meet with Cooper, they realize Red engineered everything to get his former wife back from Berlin. At that exact moment, Red calls Berlin from his plane and tells him it’s time they meet.

When Red met the man claiming that he was Berlin in last season’s finale, he told the man although he prides himself on his memory for faces, he couldn’t place the man. He doesn’t make the same statement to the real Berlin, instead he asks him if all the killing and bloodshed was worth it and his adversary responds, yes as it fueled his passion, revenge. Raymond told him that revenge was a disease not a passion, that eventually it would kill him. Berlin then glares at Red and tells him his wife’s coming apart, very well.

We can see Red just about to start to lose it and give into his temper, but he masters the moment, allowing just his lips to move slightly, before telling Berlin they’ve got a common enemy, the person who told Berlin that Reddington killed his daughter. He then tells Berlin that he’s going to give Red back his wife and Berlin starts to smile and asks why he believes that. Raymond informs Berlin that he’s got  “The Formula,” and right now Red’s controlling all of Berlin’s assets in an account where he can never access them. So Berlin can release Red’s former wife and the two can keep fighting each other, or Berlin can kill the former Mrs. Reddington and wind up dead broke. Berlin agrees to make the deal.

Red finally contacts Lizzie and she tells she knows his plans, they’re with Padra right now and they’ll freeze all of Berlin’s assets rather than allow him to get them back. She tells him that his former wife’s life’s not worth all the people that will get killed by Berlin’s actions. Red says he’s still going to the meeting, but Keen yells that Berlin’s going to kill him when the money’s not there, however Raymond already hung up.

Red and Dembe meet Berlin and his men, they release Red’s former wife and Dembe gives them the laptop with all the routing information and the transaction completes. Red’s former wife’s blindfolded, so she doesn’t see him, he just stares at her for a few seconds then gives her to Dembe to return her to her husband. Berlin blows Reddington a kiss and gets in his vehicle and off they go.

Liz and Raymond meet in the final scene and he thanks her for transferring the funds. She responds, he’s a Federal asset and her job’s to protect him, but anyone killed by Berlin’s actions will be on Red’s head.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 9:00pm on NBC.

 

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Courtesy of CBS

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This episode begins with a flashback. Just like the last one. Let me impart one of the few little sticking points for me. I love flashbacks, especially if they are done right. However, you cannot be a little bit pregnant with flashbacks. When they are used in the same manner in the same juncture of two episodes in a row, it NEEDS to be a staple of the show. We can’t have 4 episodes start with a flashback and have the fifth episode sans flashback. Just a little nerdy issue I have.

In this flashback we find Walter schooling a teacher four times his age. Which I imagine happened often for a guy like Walter. However, just before getting a little corporal punishment on his hands, his sister comes to the rescue, pulling the fire alarm.

Let’s fast forward back into present time. A number of things happen in a short amount of time. If this is your first exposure to Scorpion, I strongly suggest you brace yourself for the tempo. Very quick. Checks from the government come. Sylvester makes a joke about Mo Money Mo Problems. Then Toby makes a joke about 99 problems but misplacing a check ain’t one. And Walter discovers that Ralph re-calibrated the digital thermometer so that Paige would think he always had a fever. Then we are introduced to the presence of Walter’s sister. Who it seems, according to a letter he received, has MS.

I must say, I thoroughly enjoy anytime Sylvester is placed in a situation he is not comfortable with. Last episode it was the disorder of chalk and referencing the frequency in which he speaks to his parents. This week (so far) its showing up in response to arriving at the Governor’s house and finding a van from the Centers for Disease Control parked outside. Once inside Walter and Paige see a young girl in a bed clinging to life. Which sends Walter into a short flashback (not to be confused with the setup flashback in the cold open) of seeing his sister in a similar predicament.

Walter asks for details and none are given. He then upon meeting the Governor, lays down the law about governmental proprietary information being a hindrance. Shortly after his ‘stand’, Paige interjects with the sentiments of a mother offering her sympathy. Which seems to break the ice nicely. After revealing some details about the Governor’s daughter’s laptop, Walter starts to make some connections. The long and short of it is that there is computer hacking and bio hacking going on here. The child’s laptop is the only device in the house infected and the child is the only person in the house infected. Walter grabs the laptop and outlines that there is no hope until they find the hacker responsible. Then attempts to leave with the laptop.

Governor: Where are you going? You can’t just drop a theory like that and leave.
Walter: Governor, the helplessness that you feel will incline you toward irrational behavior. So please resist the temptation to do anything stupid like getting in my way and let me do my job.

Back at the Scorpion think tank they are coming up empty. They have nothing on the computer virus itself as of yet. Gallo comes in with printed emails for Toby to look over. Toby says to keep digging because what Gallo has isn’t what they’re looking for. Gallo is still confused on the bio hacking concept. Irritated Walter throws out a scenario that seems quite logical. Then Walter goes back to Toby who has nothing. Walter smashes a coffee cup against a desk in frustration. Something tells me that Walter’s frustration is directly related to this girl’s predicament. Walter gets the most frustrated when he feels like he can’t figure something out.

Megan O’Brien did survive a child hood illness. However, the doctors overseeing her in her assisted living situation believe that her multiple sclerosis is progressing faster than they’d like.

The team catches a break when they discover that the emails aren’t bouncing from a few servers around the world, it’s on an endless loop. And like a card counter, Walter sees their tell. He thinks he knows the source.

They enter a hackers den, I really have no other way to describe it. A large room with computers spread out like a college computer lab. Gallo identifies himself and says he wants the person who sent a viral email to the Governor’s daughter. Immediately Toby surveys the room. You don’t need to be a brilliant profiler like Toby to notice the guilty party. The guy slowly gets up and attempts to run. A large body comes out of nowhere and drops the kids like Ray Lewis playing a JV team.

Paige: Um…Since when does Walter get physical?
Sylvester: Um… … …Never.

There are actually 4 victims of this. All trace back to four people (the Governor included) that worked for a pharmaceutical company. They developed a drug for clinical trials to work against spinal muscular atrophy. But instead it worked well against Athsma, so they pulled the plug on the clinical trials leaving the spinal patients out in the cold.

Their endgame it appears has to do with revenge, naturally. And to execute that instead of demanding a ransom, they will plan to inform the victims families of a cure, that they can’t have. So they can watch their children waste away as the perpetrators of this crime were forced to do.

The first play is to get the pharmaceutical company to release the records from the clinical trial. Which they are not willing to do for another 12 hours. Sylvester, who has seen the girl, doesn’t believe she’s got 12 hours. When that plan falls by the wayside, Walter is inspired by a takeout restaurant coupon.

Walter: Cabe, call the Governor and ask if Vlaxco keeps hard copies of the clinical trials.
Gallo: Why am I asking?
Walter: We’re going to break in.

The break in is pretty slick. They set up outside Vlaxco for proximity sake. Then Walter hacks the local sub shop and plants a harmless virus in the pdf of the sub shop’s daily specials. Once someone from Vlaxco clicks on it, they can bypass the firewall. Then step 2 is to get Sylvester in. While Sylvester complains about disease (namely the plague) everyone else gets in position. Toby and Happy find the marks car. Then Happy uses a pickup truck to get intimate with the mark’s parked car. While this happens, Sylvester (with Walter in his ear) makes his way to the entrance.

The only real question yet to be answered is if Walter knows what he’s looking for, and Walter needs to guide Sylvester while Sylvester freaks out the entire time, why isn’t Walter the one going inside? Anyway, the plan depends on Sylvester getting in and out before the real Mr. Howser returns. Which depends on Toby and Happy stalling him. Which they were unable to do. The security team has been alerted to Sylvester’s presence. Walter has an alternate route for Sylvester to slip out of. One problem. Previously Walter assured Sylvester that he would go nowhere near any bio hazard rooms. The back door for Sylvester’s getaway clearly has a bio hazard sticker on it.

The short version is the Sylvester has an all time great melt down. His fear of any sort of disease is heightened when he finds himself, literally, in the middle of his worst nightmare. Eventually Paige is able to distract his mind long enough to get him to exit the lab. After Sylvester gets in the truck, Toby jumps out to zip tie the door shut from the outside.

Back at the think tank, they have 50 names. Which puts Toby clearly in his element. They start removing names based on no improvement, placebo, and other such criteria. As Toby starts to zero in on a subject, Gallo jumps in and declares he’s got the guy. Lost a child almost immediately after the trial was scrapped. As it turns out this gentleman is a Micro Biology professor. Ding Ding Ding, and the survey says!

The team scours Richter’s (the suspect) office. Happy discovers that with his equipment and the right intelligence he could be, as she puts it, be a modern Typhoid Mary. With that, Walter focuses on the modern part. He is able to find the genetic sequencing off Richter’s computer and he hands the printout to Gallo. Then explains that the CDC can reverse engineer the virus to easily create an antidote and cure anyone who has been infected.

At the 40 minute mark, the victory celebration is premature. After all, Scorpions (thus far) have not adopted the Legend school of thought on story line closure. There is a fifth victim yet to be infected. Someone who didn’t receive and email. The Governor himself. Nothing like watching your daughter die just to see yourself meet the same fate. The one wrinkle to this is that the strain sent to infect the Governor will not make him suffer, it will make him dead. Instantly. Seems easy enough. Keep the Governor away from Richter. But the Governor just ditched his security detail to meet with Richter secretly. Note to all parents. Never circumvent those charged with helping because you think you can make it all better by essentially accepting the bad guy’s terms. Which is TV 101 stuff.

The team plus reinforcements enter the mall that was set as the meeting point. The Governor and Richter make eye contact just before Gallo yells out “Homeland Security”. In a rash move, Richter sprays an aerosol sprayer in the Governor’s direction. Apparently you can render an airborne pathogen useless by simply making it rain.

Gallo is in what looks like the think tank with the lights down low or some unidentified shady location so that Gallo can exercise his power by way of some Patriot Act loophole. Or so it seems with Richter tied to a chair. Gallo drops his coat onto the conference phone device, which naturally turns it on and calls the think tank. I really did expect some sort of Guantanamo Bay style beat down. But instead, Gallo delivers a very heart-felt story about watching his child slowly die. Then Richter speaks out refusing to accept the finality of his attempt.

Richter: That man deserved to die. They all deserved to feel my pain.
Gallo: No they didn’t. No one deserves it.

In what I hope becomes another staple of the show, Paige swoops in to try to add clarity to cluttered minds. The result of which is Walter figuring out that Paige knows about Megan. Her response is that it’s ok to not know the answer. To which Walter replies that in his mind every problem has a solution. Now, that would be fine. If the credits rolled there, I would have conveyed yet another successful episode for Scorpion. But that’s not how it ended.

Gallo is about to leave. Had you heard the heartfelt story he told Richter earlier about watching a young girl slowly die before him this next bit would be more telling. Paige invited Walter to come set up a new telescope for Ralph on the roof and that they’d be grilling. After hearing the pain in Gallo’s voice Paige turns to him and makes a similar but much more profound invitation to Gallo.

Paige: Ralph and I are going barbecue some burgers up on the roof.
(Paige tilts her head as if to indicate that she knows something that has prompted her to ask what she’s asking)
Paige: It would really help if you could keep an eye on him while I work the grill.

For reasons too personal to mention on this open forum, that gesture and non verbal response forced me to walk away for a moment. Suffice it to say, that it is a nice warm moment for most. But for me, was much, much more.

Sylvester walks into what must be an orphanage and presents a nun with a cashiers check. He says that all of it is for the kids. But not the biology department. And that it should be spent on something fun. And safe.

Happy, after telling Toby that tools don’t disappoint you only people do, is working on a motorcycle when a flat-head screwdriver breaks. Oh, the irony.

Toby is seen playing cards against some unsavory characters. The voiceover is his ex-fiance claiming that she’s moved on and he should too. Just before he goes all in without even seeing his cards. Because he was able to read the goon across the table.

Walter visits his sister in the assisted living complex. She is not well, but the meeting is a joyous one. Megan asserts that MS is not Walter’s fight. Walter, stubbornly rejects her premise. “I will fix you”.

Back on the roof the team (minus Toby and Sylvester), Gallo speaking to Walter says how a family can make you vulnerable, but it could also be a good thing. Then he looks toward Paige and Ralph. Walter gives a very slight grin and says, I know. Walter walks over and hands Paige a folded piece of paper. On it reads something about the curvature of the moon and what it makes Orion’s belt do. Which gets a great response from Ralph. Which in turn gets a great response for Paige to Walter. Gallo looks on admiring what I think he hopes is a family beginning (in some context). As is expected, Gallo is not the only one hoping for some sort of eventual union creating a family of some sort with Walter, Paige and Ralph.

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Photo Courtesy Of Fox

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The second episode of the new Fox series “Gotham” gave viewers a brief glimpse into the world of homeless teenager Selina Kyle and a far more in-depth view of the corruption that runs throughout the power structure in Gotham City, including the police department and the mayor’s office. After watching the first two episodes of the show, it seems that the only three virtuous people in power in the city are Renee Montoya, Crispus Allen from Gotham Major Crimes Unit and Detective Jim Gordon. Other than those three, perhaps every other public official pursue situations that can add money to their bank accounts, by “looking the other way.”

A middle-aged man and woman start abducting homeless teenagers and the Gotham officials show their true colors in reaction to the situation. Gotham Mayor Aubrey James knows the right things to say in front of the TV cameras, but beneath that thin veneer lurks a man that lacks any compassion for the citizens he serves, and he sets the tone for everyone else playing loose and fast with the law. Richard Kind plays the Mayor; Kind’s far better known for his comedic roles in series like “Mad About You” and “Spin City,” however in this series Kind shows his disdain for his constituents and any opinion that differs from his own.

In the pilot we quickly realized that Gordon’s partner Detective Harvey Bullock was dirty, from his flirtatious banter with mob-boss/femme-fatale Fish Mooney and the orders he relayed from Gotham’s crime kingpin Carmine Falcone to kill Oswald Cobblepot and dump his body in the river (Gordon actually faked shooting Cobblepot, telling him to leave Gotham forever when he threw him in the water.) Early in this episode we realize that the detectives superior Captain Sarah Essen’s just as jaded as Bullock, as we see when Harvey tells the Captain that Gordon gets uptight when he tries to get a confession out of a subject by beating them. Essen tells Gordon, she can’t force him to break the law, but he’s in Gotham where you either bend or break.

The episode once again opens with Selina playing the observer, although she’s far closer than she was last week when she witnessed the murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne. A middle-aged couple identifying themselves as Patti (Lili Taylor, kind of resembling the Church Lady from SNL) and Doug (Frank Whaley, think Barney Fife) greet a group of homeless teens and an older disabled veteran in an alley and identify themselves as being with the Mayors Outreach Program For The Homeless. They offer the kids, sandwiches, soup, cake and chocolate and all join in except for the veteran and Kyle who backs away and says she’s not hungry. As the teens start eating, Patti starts sticking them in the back of the neck with a pin, knocking the teens out cold, they get two, the third teen, a rather hefty male gets stabbed but fights the couple off and runs away. Doug chases him down the street, where they scuffle in front of the picture window of a fancy restaurant and the teen ends up falling through the window into the restaurant. Doug shoots the vet killing him, however Selena escapes.

Gordon and Bullock go investigate the murder of the vet in the alley and get there before the squad car arrives. When the car and the uniformed officer arrive, Gordon asks why he wasn’t the first responder and the uniform replied that he just finished with the situation dealing with the teen who fell through the window at the restaurant. Gordon told the cop that he should have investigated the homicide first and the uniform responded he gets 50 a month from the restaurant, so that was his priority. He then asked if that made him a bad guy and Gordon replied, no just a bad cop, Bullock separated the pair to avoid a fight.

Bullock and Gordon interview the teen who tells them about Patti and Doug and his two friends getting kidnapped, but Bullock doesn’t believe him and tries to pin the vets murder on the kid. They head to Essen’s office and shortly after police scientist and the station’s “Mr. Creepy,” Ed Nygma shows up with the results of the blood test on the teen they’re questioning. The young man has “ATP” in his bloodstream, a drug specifically used to knock people out and used at the Arkham Asylum before it shut down 15-years earlier. Now that Essen realizes that someone’s kidnapping the city’s homeless teens, she wants to keep the case under wraps and tells Gordon and Bullock  not to leak the story to the press, which of course Gordon disagrees with.

Oswald Cobblepot, beaten, broken and tattered, tries to hitch a ride with bad results, finally however two teenagers pick him up. The guys tell him that he looks and smells like he just crawled out of a graveyard and ask what happened to him. Cobblepot rambles on how he got too greedy too soon, but he’ll be back bigger and stronger than ever. After the guys give him a bottle of beer, the guy in the passenger seat asks if anyone ever told him he walked like a penguin. Cobblepot manages a smile and tells him no one has, then breaks the bottle and slices the kids jugular vein.

Allen and Montoya visit Cobblepot’s mother (Carol Kane) to find out if she’s seen her son. Kane known for a variety of offbeat characters over the years, adds a new standout character, an older woman with powder white skin and a thick Eastern-European accent. She shows the officers pictures of her “handsome son.” She then forgets who they are and Montoya says they’re with the Gotham Major Crimes Unit and adds the honest ones as an aside. They believe Cobblepot got killed, but they don’t share that info with his mother.

We next take a trip to Stately Wayne Manor, where young Bruce’s trying to push his limits to the maximum. He lights a candle and holds his right hand over the flame, going lower and lower, until it leaves a scorch mark on his palm the size of a silver dollar. Alfred walks into the room just after Bruce stops, but realizes something’s wrong. When the boy shows him what he did to himself, the butler grabs him by the shoulders and shakes him, but then quickly apologizes and says everything’s fine.

Gordon heads to his fiancée Barbara’s apartment and as they eat takeout Chinese food, he tells her about the case and that Essen wants to keep it from the press. Of course she goes to her landline, calls the Gotham Gazette and reports it anonymously. Jim starts to get upset, but she tells him she did the right thing and he can’t argue with that. But the other shoe dropped the next morning.

Bullock and Gordon get summoned to Essen’s office once they arrive at the station and she greets them with the Gotham Gazette’s front cover story on the case. She asks both if they tipped off the press, Bullock denied it immediately and Gordon told her he didn’t contact the press, which technically was true. They then leave to investigate the three manufacturers of “ATP.”

Patti and Doug are at the manufacturer they’ve dealt with and that’s where they’ve hidden the teens they previously abducted. The manufacturer’s screaming at the couple, telling them they promised they wouldn’t arouse suspicion and now they’re on the front page of the paper. He tells them he wants more money, but Patti says the Toymaker wouldn’t allow that (The Toymaker’s a longtime foe of Batman.) She stabs the manufacturer’s aide with the pin knocking him out, but Gordon and Bullock knock at the door identifying themselves and saying they’re going to search the facilities. Patti and Doug get into a shootout with the two cops, but escape. As they search the basement they find the missing teens and rescue them.

Mayor James holds a press-conference at the police station the following morning, expressing outrage at the kidnappings, but saying the true problem’s the homeless teens. So he’s enacting a “tough-love” program, that will get the teens off the streets and into loving homes where they’ll receive the structure they desperately need.

James, Essen and the two detectives head to the captain’s office where the Mayor has a celebratory shot. Gordon asks what’ll happen to the teens and James responds the cute ones will go to foster homes, while the rest will get sent upstate. Jim asks if that means he’s sending them to a prison and Essen tries to smooth the waters, but the Mayor stays calm and tells Gordon that he appreciates his viewpoint.

School buses lined up, to transport the teens upstate and each bus has a line of teen entering it, including Selina Kyle. She tells the bus attendant, there’s been a mistake and she’s not supposed to head upstate and asks to speak with Detective James Gordon. The attendant refuses and forces Kyle to get on the bus. Once it’s loaded the bus driver and attendant come aboard, none other than Patti and Doug, Selina tries to escape through the bus emergency back door, but Patti pulls her pistol and orders the girl back to her seat.

Word soon gets back to James that one bus of teens got kidnapped by the pair and Bullock and Gordon work over the manufacturer trying to extract more information. The guy remembers the logo on the truck that they drove had a logo of a blue plate and a fork on it. After coming up without a match, Gordon realizes it’s a Trident, as in Trident International Shipping company. They recover the teens and all’s well and that’s where most shows of this genre would end, with that scene as the climax. That’s not the way Gotham ended though.

The teens are getting ready to get transported upstate, when Selina tells a male attendant that she needs to speak to Gordon and if he doesn’t get him, she’ll scream “he touched her.” Gordon quickly shows up and she asks if she had big enough information, could that keep her from being sent upstate and Gordon asks what she has. She grabs his attention by telling the detective she’s been observing him and he’s not like the other crooks, as she motions to his fellow officers. He sits down, and she says that she knows he gets along with “the boy,” and Jim asks her if she’s referring to Bruce Wayne and she confirms he’s correct. She then tells Gordon that she witnessed the murders and she saw the shooter plain as day and the camera goes black.

The Story Continues next Monday at 8:00pm on Fox.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

A great deal happened last week in the Sleepy Hollow season premiere. Needless to say, not all is well in Sleepy Hollow. Katrina is still in the possession of the Headless Horseman. Frank Irving has yet to be seen in season two. Finally, Henry was given essentially the Horseman of War avatar to control.

Ichabod Crane awakens from a nightmare that had Katrina shackled to two posts and Abraham (the Headless Horseman) attempting to remove her head. Upon waking, Ichabod and Abbey jump into what is next. The conclusion is that with this ‘ritual’ looming, they need to find Abraham as soon as possible. Abbey has narrowed the search to a small area. And with Ichabod’s familiarity with Abraham, the hope is that he will be able to find a place befitting a man of Abraham’s former social status.

Ten seconds in and I already NEED Frank Irving to come back. Sheriff Reyes plans to bring ‘order and sanity’ back to this town. Good luck with that. I put the over/under on Reyes’ delusion at 2.

An awkward conversation begins in Abbey’s car. Ichabod inquires as to something that was weighing on her mind earlier. Her trepidation seems to be rooted in whether or not to pursue the Katrina rescue. Concerned it might distract from bigger plan. Of course everyone (maybe even including Ichabod) would speculate that the bigger plan may have nothing to do with it. It could be the smaller plan Abbey is worried about. Abbey looks like half a heart beat from losing it at the mere mention from Ichabod of “my wife”. But I could be reading too much into it.

Despite seeing not only the Headless Horseman and his horse, but also Katrina, Abbey and Ichabod leave to devise a plan. Abbey, Jenny and Ichabod work independently until Jenny sees a drawing in a book. The Kindred. A creature of whose makeup is that of an amalgamation of many dead soldiers. Thought to be the match to the Horseman of Death. Also believed to be the creation of Benjamin Franklin.

We also find out that George Washington’s network also reaches as far as to include The Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, the same coven that Katrina belongs to. They apparently have the spell to conjure the Kindred. While the limbs of fallen soldiers were assembled, The Kindred was never conjured. They lacked an important ingredient. A body part from the Horseman. A problem Abbey, Ichabod and Jenny don’t have. They still possess the skull of the Horseman.

It is abundantly clear that Abbey and Jenny are opposed to raising this monster that very well could tip the scales in their favor. They why is pretty obvious. Just because it can rival the Horseman and is a monster in his own right, there are no promises that they will be able to control it.

Abraham, alone with Katrina, works his ‘deceptions’ to potentially create a rift between Katrina’s real feelings for Ichabod and Katrina’s insecurities. Abraham claims that Moloch has a plan for them all. And that even if Katrina doesn’t come willingly, it won’t matter.

We have a Frank Irving sighting. Abbey goes to pay the former Sheriff a visit where he is being detained complete with an orange jumpsuit and the bruises consistent with what happens to former police in prison. Frank easily gives up the location of the Horseman’s head but wants to know what really going on. Now I’ve watched a portion of the prison visitation scene and I’m still not quite sure of what I heard. I think Abbey just casually suggested Frank attempt a guilty by insanity plea on the appeal. Because visitation at the psych ward is a lot easier than visitation in the prison.

What follows in the next scene is easily my favorite bit of writing by way of dialogue in this short season. The beauty of some of Ichabod’s great lines come when he is appalled at the evolution of things in present day America. Like cell phones, the abundance of coffee shop locations, skinny jeans, etc.

Abbey: Just stay in line and go with the flow.
Ichabod: Two statements that mean the opposite.
Abbey: You founded a country, figure it out.
(Abbey departs. Ichabod notices a pen attached to a fixture with a small chain. He repeatedly yanks on it, perplexed at why a pen would be attached to anything)
Banker: Hello sir, welcome to Sleepy Hollow Savings and Loan.
Ichabod: These people entrust you with their fortune and you cannot entrust them with an inkwell?
(Ichabod gestures to the attached pen)
Banker: Can I interest you in our All-Terra Credit Card?
Ichabod: Credit? Without collateral?
Banker: So that you can get that special someone in your life everything her heart desires…Maybe an engagement ring?
(Ichabod perks up-in a bad way. Recalling a previous conversation about the wedding industry)
Ichabod (looking with disapproval): Are you part of the Wedding Industry?
Banker: No sir, I’m just here to offer you the lowest rates of the year. You could get a $5,000 credit line with no fees.
Ichabod: It is this kind of gross invitation to indulgence that mocks the power of the invisible hand to foster the true wealth of nations. A boom to your industry, I’ll grant. Its cementing your…pains me now to say it, OUR LOT as an insolvent flock of debtors destined…
Abbey (approaches and interupts): Alright, come on…
(Ichabod tosses the restrained pen and credit card in front of the Banker)

Yep, loathe this new Sheriff already. Jenny attempts to meet Abbey and Ichabod in the archives as suggested earlier. As soon as she arrives, she is met by Reyes, who does her best to be a thorn in everyone’s side. And she promptly arrests Jenny Mills for illegal possession of a firearm. Or many firearms depending on how you choose to see it.

Please hurry Frank. There is nothing worse than a tough, play by the rules and establish order type of law enforcement agent who has literally no concept of the evils at work around him or her. Reyes is going to get herself killed or worse if she keeps up these Gestapo tactics.

I have found that on a personal level, the success or failure of an actor/actress trying to effectively play a less than likable character is directly related to how often I say profane things to my television. Sakina Jaffrey is doing a phenomenal job. My profanity meter is in the red each time she’s on camera.

Nice to know even a man from the 18th century has a problem asking for directions-Abbey Mills

I will spare you the transcript of what transpires when Ichabod and Abbey are underground searching for Franklin’s monster. The important part is that there is a moment when Crane asks Abbey to share her experience in purgatory. It follows very accurately the scene we saw the last week with Abbey almost drinking from demon Crane’s flask. The critical part is that at some point the conversation transitioned from her being happier to see him than any person ever (which teeters on going in a direction the IchAbbey shippers want to see) and landing firmly in the Katrina might be your weakness region.

Once the refocused, they were able to deduce the Kindred’s location. Or ‘Kind Redding’. Meanwhile back at the carriage house where Katrina is being held, Henry describes the urgency of the situation to Abraham. He then manifests himself behind Katrina who was eavesdropping. They (Henry and Abraham) are wise to Ichabod and Abbey’s plan to rescue Katrina.

Ichabod with the skull of the Horseman in place on the body of the Kindred begins the incantation. Inside the carriage house, Henry tinkers with a fountain pen. When he finishes, he closes his eyes for a moment. Then opens them to reveal the solid black eyes, signifying the channeling of his inner demon. Or in this case, controlling the Horseman of War.

Back inside, Katrina changes the direction of the narrative between herself and Abraham. We’ve seen this trick before if it is indeed the same trick. She puts the blame of their situation on Abraham being too hasty. Thus attempting to buy Ichabod some time.

Ichabod attempts the incantation again. And right about the time The Kindred begins to awake, the Horseman comes flailing his ax on horseback. Right about the time I begin to feel good about this Horseman v Kindred fight, the Horseman of War appears with his sword of fire. 2 on 1 and The Kindred is holding his own. Then there are gunshots. Abbey is trying to even the odds. The Horseman of War turns his attention to Abbey. Once The Kindred gains the upper hand on Abraham, he senses that Abbey is in danger. And like a good little Frankenstein’s monster, comes to her aid.

In the house Katrina hastily lays out the reasons why she cannot leave. How Abraham will surely scorch the earth. And more importantly that she has heard talk from Henry and Abraham of a bigger plan. Her idea is to stay back and gain a strategic advantage. And to attempt to save her son. The bigger problem I fear is around the corner. The Royal Rumble battle of the unholy’s is going on outside and Ichabod and Katrina find time for a lovers embrace.

Back in the safety of Ichabod’s residence, they accept the victory. Which is a nice way of saying they risked life and limb to engage the Horseman in order to steal Katrina back. And now that it’s over, they don’t have Katrina (as she is now a mole on the inside), they don’t have The Kindred, Jenny is still in jail, Frank is being transferred to a psych ward, but hey, alls well that ends well.

At Irving’s bedside, Reyes attempts to strong-arm him again. He begins to give her the vague story of being just like her. Thinking he had it all figured out. Then Henry enters, masquerading around like he’s Irving’s lawyer. {NOT GOOD} It seems as if Irving is buying it. Henry pulls out a form for Irving to sign accepting his services. Then he pulls out the same pen he was tinkering with earlier. Irving pricks his finger on the pen and eventually signs the document….IN BLOOD!