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Photo Courtesy of NBC

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We’ve been introduced to some pretty creepy characters during the three seasons of the NBC series “The Blacklist,” including “The Stewmaker” in the show’s first year and Matthew the giant bald-headed taxidermist featured in the “Mombasa Cartel,” last year.  We can now add a religious order to the list of folks you’d want to avoid in dark alleys after meeting the disciples of “The Vehm,” a religious vigilante group that originated in the German territories in the 15th Century. Their first time around they tortured people for blasphemy and witchcraft, this generation of zealots have a new target, punishing others that committed the same crimes they served prison-sentences for.

I try to stay away from engaging in generalities, however I have to admit that I perceive any zealot with a mixture of fear and disdain. The only thing that troubles me more than a zealot would be a former sinner that’s now repented and become a zealot. If you’ve found happiness and fulfilment in conquering a bad habit, or you believe you’ve found the answer to secret of life in religion then I’m happy for you. However don’t try to push your agenda down my throat, or I’ll keep my distance from you.

Of course the previous episode ended with the bombshell of Lizzie Keen’s pregnancy coming to light and just like every aspect of the former FBI agent’s life, things are complicated. Will Elizabeth keep her child and if she does, whose she going to choose to help her raise her newborn, her former husband and the baby’s father Tom Keen, or Liz’s self-designated protector/controller Raymond Reddington? If she remains as an adviser for the FBI Task-Force can she be a good/nurturing/loving mother? If she decides to runaway with Tom and raise the child in a new life, can that family be safe?

The action opens in unfamiliar territory with a circus clown leaving a suburban children’s party. The mother throwing the fun-fest runs after the clown to give him a tip and thank him for the entertainment. He drives off in his car listening to Gary Lewis and the Playboys “Everybody Loves A Clown,” as he drives away and removes his greasepaint. Suddenly he realizes he’s gotten barricaded by about four other vehicles and he pulls to a screeching halt. A group of young powerful looking men break his car windows and pull him from his car screaming into their van.

We then watch the men go through what looks like a purification ceremony, they’ve all got shaved head and eyebrows. We see the clown tied up on the floor with some sort of iron torture-mask on his face and we watch as the zealots pour molten metal into an aperture on the front of the mask and the clown screams in agony.

Lizzie’s compiling a pros/cons list as she attempts to decide whether to take off with Tom and raise their child in a new life, or give the child up for adoption and maintain the life she’s living when Tom comes into her new apartment with breakfast for the two of them. Tom informs her he got an offer for a teaching job in Boston and wants Liz to join him, she starts to say she can’t and he asks her to think about it. She’s heading to work so he tells her he’ll tidy up before he takes off. Amongst the get-well cards sent to her from her co-workers for the three broken ribs she suffered when a stranger beat her up in a grocery-store parking lot and left her unconscious, Tom finds Liz’s pro/con list.

At the Post Office Raymond and Aram address the Task-Force about their new target. Red explains that an associate of his Edward Weston was murdered by an unknown assailant and by an unknown method until earlier that morning. That’s when authorities recovered the body of the clown William Dowd under the 14th St. Bridge. Aram says both victims got killed by the same instrument, known as a lead-sprinkler which can either burn a victim to death with external or internal injuries. Dowd was forced to swallow a bunch of molten-lead which lead to a painful end.

Reddington notices Ressler’s not paying attention and asks if he’s dozing off and Donald asks where Liz’s at, Raymond says she’s likely home recuperating. However he’s proven wrong seconds later when to everyone’s surprise she arrives apologizing she’s late and thanking them for their cards. She then asks what’s the agenda and Red says the Holy Vehm, disciples of a 15th Century group of religious vigilantes who punished those they thought guilty of high-crimes against the church. Keen suggests they contact lead distributors to see if they can track down the cult that way.

Liz tells Raymond she’s pregnant and he says he’s realized that for weeks, due to her appearance, eating habits and mood-swings. She says she knew in the back of her mind for a while but couldn’t face it with the Cabal out to get her. She brought home a HPT but threw it away without using it, Raymond says this could be an inconvenient time to have a child. She tells him she hasn’t told Tom yet as he’s trying to get his new life in order.

Time to praise one of my favorite young actors who played a guest role in this episode, as Anthony Carrigan portrayed one of the cult members Harris Holt. Anthony’s a regular on the FOX series Gotham, as he chews the scenery portraying my favorite psychopath assassin Victor Zsasz. Carrigan plays Zsasz completely over the top, as a man who truly enjoys the art of killing. He’s also displayed a ghoulish sense of humor, like when he used a freshly severed head as a ventriloquist’s dummy. (Bottle Of Beer Boss?)

Carrigan showed his range as an actor in this role, playing the cult member as far more restrained than the character he plays regularly but just as menacing. Holt puts on prosthetic eyebrows and a wig to blend into society and then goes to a church for confession. He enters the confessional booth and begs for forgiveness for murdering two men in the week since his last confession. The Priest praises the cult-member saying that the man’s the tip of God’s spear and through his hands God’s judgement’s witnessed. He then slides him a dossier and a photo of Holt’s next target Dr. Campbell Meyer.

Ressler and Navabi go to William Dowd’s home to interview his widow. His grief-stricken wife says that her husband was loved by all who knew him and was a good husband and father. Ressler asks how any children they had and Mrs. Dowd says they had a daughter. When they leave the house, Ressler says something’s hinky as with all the pictures on their refrigerator, there wasn’t one of the daughter. They decide to check things out.

Liz informs the Task-Force that it appears there about a dozen dead by the hand of the Vehm over the last few weeks. All murdered by some form of medieval torture, one man whipped so hard an artery burst, another man had his body crush by an instrument known as the Spanish boot. Navabi and Ressler track down the Dowd’s daughter Amy, she’s working in a restaurant and adopted a new name and Social Security number.

Liz meets her new neighbor a young mother with an infant named Stanley, whom she calls the Devil-Child, as he’s up all night/every night. Lizzie tells her she’s going to be having her own little Devil soon and the woman named Zoe tells Keen if she’s got any questions to just stop by as she’s home all the time.

Tom’s still in Lizzie’s apartment when she returns from work, having rescheduled his interview in Boston until the next day. He then lets her know he found her list and says we’re pregnant. She smiles and says they are but before he gets his hopes too high she may give the child up for adoption. He does his best soft-pressure sale to get her to think things through and puts the pro part of the list on her refrigerator before he leaves the apartment.

Two meetings then take place simultaneously, that start to give us an idea of the Vehm’s agenda. Samar and Donald meet with Lisa Neil, the identity that Amy Dowd’s adopted, at the same time Holt’s meeting with child-psychologist Campbell Meyer about Holt’s “son.” The daughter says she found her father raping a young boy at her family’s home when she came home swimming from a friend’s house when she was 12. Her parents tried to make her think she was crazy and finally the girl ran away from home, broke off contact and changed her name. She says whomever killed her father did the world a favor as he was a monster.

Holt’s asked Meyer how he treats his patients and the doctor responds that the first few meetings are just between him and the child to establish absolute trust. Holt then asks Meyer if he’d touch his “son’ during these sessions and Meyer says of course not, then Holt asks the doctor if he’d be thinking about touching the boy? Meyer’s clearly freaked out and asks him to leave and opens his door to the hallway. However other cult-members enter the office and they soon inform him they’ve arrived to carry out justice for him molesting little boys.

Raymond’s also decided to carry out justice himself and he and Dembe are in the home of the man who beat up Lizzie in the parking lot and he’s bleeding and secured to a chair. Dembe interrupts Red to take a phone call from Lizzie, she says that the Vehm seem to be targeting child-molesters. All the dead men had been tied to rumors that they molested children over the years. Reddington says that he knew Edward Weston well and of all the terrible things he did child-molesting wasn’t in his repertoire. Liz says then perhaps it had to do with something he’s aware Weston did do and Red has the lightbulb click on in his brain. He thanks Lizzie, hangs up the phone then shoots the assailant dead with three slugs to the heart. He tells Dembe to contact Mr. Kaplan when they get to the car about Gerald Sullivan.

They track down the lead distributor and find out the lead’s sold in large quantity to the religious order at the St. James shelter, the order makes religious jewelry. Navabi and Ressler get down there just after they’ve finished torturing Meyer whom Ressler finds with his entire abdomen burnt open. They shoot one of the cult-members and Samar bests one of them in a fight just before Ressler finds her.

The medical-examiner informs Navabi that the dead cult-member’s a eunuch and had castrated himself. They then find out all the cult-members are convicted child-molesters who castrated themselves to shorten their prison terms and now hunt others who commit the same crimes they did. At least that’s what they believe.

Red and Dembe track down Gerald Sullivan and Sullivan’s wife living in the woods out of their Bentley. Reddington accuses Sullivan of turning Weston and the others over to the Vehm, Sullivan says that he and his wife are trying to outrun them himself. Raymond asks whose directing the cult-members and Sullivan says if he gives Red the name he’s a dead man. Reddington soon makes it clear that both Sullivan and his wife will die immediately unless Raymond gets that name.

Cardinal Richards, a man recently working in the Vatican in conjunction with Pope Francis on the Vatican bank accounts, leads the Vehm and though he’s told them all their targets are molesters they were in reality money-launderers. The Church Official was trying to get rid of the competition, unfortunately for him Raymond’s decided to take over his territory. He then sends the Vehm to carry out justice and to give the Cardinal that misled them his just desserts, his body’s found later and he died from lead-exposure as well.

Raymond tells Navabi and Keen how he rectified the situation and Liz asks Reddington if the Cardinal’s death will benefit him. Red says it will as he needs to build up enough of a bankroll to finance a war. Navabi asks him what kind of a war and Raymond responds by saying our war.

Things are on the outs between Liz and Raymond again, as he made certain that Tom didn’t get the teaching gig in Boston. He’s bought Liz a new sofa for her new apartment which she doesn’t seem to want, he then says that if she misunderstood him earlier he apologizes. He didn’t mean she should give up her child when he said this was an inconvenient time for a child. He then tells Lizzie when her mother carried her she thought Liz was a curse throughout her pregnancy, but realized Lizzie was a blessing one she was born. Keen asks Raymond to leave and he tells her he arranged for her to receive a pregnancy massage later that evening.

Liz knocks on Zoe’s door, but finds Red’s man Baz inside the apartment. Raymond got Zoe a nicer apartment and set Baz up in there to keep Liz under constant surveillance. She walks back into her apartment and leaves a voicemail for an adoption agency to talk about placing her child up for adoption.

The Story Continues Next Thursday night at 9:oo pm on NBC.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Somehow I get the feeling that given his druthers, Oswald Cobblepot would prefer to go back to fighting Sal Maroni and Fish Mooney right about now. The positive that emerged from episode seven of the second season for the FOX Network series “Gotham,” was the realization by GCPD Detective Jim Gordon that Theo Galavan’s not the knight in shining armor that’s going to save Gotham City. The dominoes finally fell into place for Gordon in this episode as the realization dawned on him that Galavan’s not the city’s savior, instead he’s the most dangerous monster the city faces. The question’s whether Gordon’s revelation came too late as Galavan got elected as the new Mayor of Gotham City in a landslide victory.

The Penguin’s top lieutenant Butch Gilzean arrived bloody and breathless back to Cobblepot’s base of operations last week and told his boss that he found out where Galavan and his sister Tabitha were holding Oswald’s mother’s hostage. He said the pair realized that Penguin sent him to infiltrate their organization as a spy and tortured him but he escaped and if they acted quickly they can save Gertrude.

The two head to a warehouse along with two of Cobblepot’s henchmen and they find Penguin’s mother locked in a cell. Oswald grabs a set of bolt-cutters to free his mother, when the lights come on in the warehouse revealing Theo and Tabitha. Penguin orders Gilzean to shoot the Galavan siblings in the head, however he kills Oswald’s henchmen instead. He then reveals that the mind-control that Victor Zsasz used on him last year no longer functions as Tabitha “fixed” him. Theo tells Cobblepot that the bolt-cutters won’t work on his mother’s cell  and says the only way to free her is with the key in  his hand.

Penguin says to Galavan he can still be very useful to the man who within hours will get voted in as the next mayor of the city. Theo says he doesn’t think that’s true and Cobblepot says kill me if you must but please let my mother go free. He gets on his knees and begs and Galavan says to his sister she’s served her purpose and Tabitha opens the cell.

Gertrude walks out and embraces her son and Penguin says everything’s going to be fine now, when he feels his mother’s body shudder and realizes Tabitha stuck a large knife deep between his mother’s shoulder blades. The shock keeps his mother from realizing she’s dying but soon she breaths her last in her son’s arms. Penguin begins sobbing uncontrollably.

Galavan tells Gilzean to kill him and dump the bodies anywhere and the pair start to leave the warehouse, but Oswald’s words stop Theo in his tracks. He screams out that Galavan lacks the stomach to take him out himself. Then he says it’s no wonder his family got driven out of the city, he comes from a long line of gutless cowards.

Galavan doubles-back and takes the revolver from Butch then stands toe-to-toe with Penguin and asks if he has any last words and Cobblepot says yes, he’s going to kill him. He grabs the blade out of his mother’s back and slashes Galavan across the throat, then slashes Gilzean and runs towards the windows. Tabitha tries shooting him but the little man dodges the bullets and crashes through the window to safety.

Edward Nygma’s sitting by the side of his bed shaking uncontrollably and reliving his accidentally killing his girlfriend Kristin Kringle last week when he’s visited by his alter-ego “Dark-Nygma.” The sharper-dressed version of himself  that appears to Ed tells him he knows how to make a body disappear and when Ed looks on his bed he sees Kringle’s corpse’s gone. “Dark-Nygma” tells Ed that he hijacked his body when Ed fell asleep and disposed of the corpse, he says he’s left clues and we see a purple envelope with a familiar looking question mark on the front. He opens it and reads that the first clue’s hidden at his precinct and he should look for something with Kringle’s initials. “Dark-Nygma” suggests he heads to the precinct before somebody else finds the clue.

At the Galavan estate the TV’s on and a reporter states that Theo Galavan’s expected to win the day’s Mayoral election by a large margin. Tabitha turns off the set and sneers at her brother saying she can’t believe he’s going to be mayor of this “sinkhole.” His ward Silver St. Cloud asks if she can attend that evening’s victory party and Tabitha says her brother promised her fun and asks when they’re going to raise a little Hell? Galavan smiles and says there’s plenty time down the road for fun and parties, right now they have to remain focused.

Theo asks Silver how’s she doing with Bruce Wayne? She holds up her right pinkie and asks Galavan if he sees that finger, then says she’s got little Bruce wrapped around it. Galavan says she’s turned into quite the vixen and he loves it. He says that’s their next move getting Bruce to sign over control of Wayne Enterprises and then meeting his unfortunate destiny. He then says the other issue on the table’s Penguin and his sister  responds she’s on it. Theo waves her off and says he’s going to be mayor soon and will have an army at his disposal and he intends to use it.

We sit down with Bullock and Gordon at the precinct watching the election returns on TV talking about Galavan’s apparent record margin of winning and Harvey says that it looks like Jim backed the right pony. Gordon’s got that sick to his stomach look on his face, the one he always gets when things don’t seem to be on the up and up to him. He starts talking about Cobblepot and says to Bullock he’s still having a problem accepting that Penguin’s behind the fires that the Firefly set to Wayne Enterprises properties.

Suddenly Galavan and Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent walk  into the precinct and head directly into Captain Barnes’ office. Jim and Harvey get up and Gordon asks what the Hell’s going on? Barnes stands in the doorway of his office and tells the two detectives that the Penguin just tried killing the Mayor-Elect.

The five men gather in the office and Theo says that Cobblepot realizing Galavan would become the next mayor just arrived at his house and proposed they form an alliance. When Galavan says he politely refused he says Penguin produced a blade and slit his throat. Gordon doesn’t buy the story and says that reaction seems rash even for Penguin. Dent gives Barnes a warrant for Cobblepot’s arrest and a search and seizure order for the department to confiscate Cobblepot’s property.

Dent then says in light of recent events, Judge Turnbull’s granted the new Mayor special temporary powers. Galavan says as soon as he’s sworn in he’s imposing a curfew and having the GCPD Strike Force conduct a house to house search until the Penguin’s apprehended. Gordon’s face shows concern and he asks Galavan if he’s imposing Martial-Law and Barnes says that they’re conducting a manhunt for a dangerous criminal.

As the men leave Barnes’ office, Theo takes Gordon aside and says he seems hesitant and Jim says he’d describe it as cautious. He says they don’t want to alienate the city, he says people will understand the manhunt for Cobblepot, but they want to maintain their own personal freedom. Galavan says that all of Gotham City will realize that the mayor and police department are working in the public’s best interests. We can see by Gordon’s facial expression he’s not buying it. Just before Theo takes off  he says to Jim, remember Detective you’re the one who approached me. If Gordon felt uneasy before that statement took him to a whole other level.

Selina Kyle sneaks into the Wayne family library and Bruce asks her why she hates using his front door? She says it’s not the door it’s the gorilla that answer’s it and suddenly she sees their not alone as Silver St. Cloud enters the library. Silver introduces herself to Selena and then asks her to stay for lunch.

She tells Bruce to ask Alfred to set another place at the table. As soon as he leaves the room, we get our first taste of  the real Silver as she quickly threatens Kyle and says if she shows up there again, she’ll make things bad for the girl from the streets. Selena asks Silver who she thinks she is and she replies she’s Bruce’s one and only true friend. Wayne comes back and says Alfred will soon call them for lunch.

After Alfred leaves the three teenagers at the dining-table Silver starts asking Cat about herself and Selena’s blown away by her phoniness and calls her a two-faced slut. Bruce asks Kyle what’s going on and St. Cloud says perhaps she best leave. Kyle looks at her  and asks if Silver’s actually crying and then says she’s good. Silver runs out of the estate and Bruce asks Selena what she just did and Selena says she did him a favor, that girl’s no good. Bruce asks Kyle to leave and says he’s a bad judge of character as all this time he truly thought Cat was his friend.

Harvey gets a tip that Gilzean’s holed up  in this dive bar and he’s formed his own gang. The detectives drive to the place and surprise Butch and his three goons by walking in with the pizza delivery guy. Harvey asks Butch where Penguin’s at and he says he doesn’t know, Bullock says that Gilzean’s Oswald’s lap-dog and Butch says those days are over. Gordon asks why did Cobblepot go after Theo and Gilzean laughs and says he’s got nothing to say.

We hear a familiar voice shouting from the street outside the bar, it belongs to our favorite psychopath Victor Zsasz whose standing in the street with what looks like a ten-person gang. Victor says we’re here for Gilzean, anybody that leaves the building before we start firing lives, anybody still  in the building after we start dies. Gilzean’s three goons say bye Butch and beat feet out of their. Gordon handcuffs Gilzean to a pipe and he says either Butch talks or he leaves him for Victor.

Butch says that Galavan  pulled  all the strings, he forced Cobblepot to do his dirty-work by kidnapping Penguin’s mother. He then says he didn’t think he’d actually do it and the conversation’s interrupted by the gunfire entering the bar courtesy of Zsasz’s gang. Harvey says to Jim they’re out numbered but Gordon responds not outgunned and the two detectives pick up a pair of machine guns lying against the wall and let loose. When the two officers end their barrage, Victor says he’ll take that as a no and says he’ll see Gilzean later. Gordon turns around and sees that Butch had escaped during the gunfire. Jim asks Harvey if  he thinks Gilzean just told them the truth and Bullock responds this is Gotham, nobody tells the truth.

Bruce head’s to the Galavan’s mansion and he has a brief chat with Theo, then tells him he came by to see Silver. Seconds later the teen walks down the stairs and smiles when she sees Bruce. Theo says he needs to get dressed for the party and excuses himself. Silver smiles at Wayne and says, I knew you’d come.

Penguin addresses his soldiers as they prepare to attack Galavan at his victory party and tells them all that Theo Galavan’s his and for everybody else to stay from the Mayor-Elect. Gabe, the first foot soldier that joined Penguin’s gang and his most loyal employee begs his boss to let one of them take the hit on Theo as the cops will never let Cobblepot near him. Penguin says he’s got it handled then tells his men to get dressed for the party.

Ed shows up at the precinct and tries to decipher the message from “Dark-Nygma” that the clue’s hidden in or near something with the initials kk. He suddenly realizes it’s the snack vending machine and sees that selection’s Lady Fingers. Ed keeps shoving money into the machine until he sees Kringle’s hand’s the next one in the slot and he retrieves it without getting caught.

Jim and Harvey are talking at the precinct, when suddenly Jim realizes that Galavan’s orchestrated everything. He arrives in the city a stranger just before Mayor James disappeared then became a hero at the charity ball for the Gotham Children’s Hospital. Then he arranged for Penguin to take out any serious competition for mayor. Bullock says that’s just Machiavellian madness, but Gordon’s convinced he’s right.

Ed goes back to his office and finds a note in Kringle’s hand. Suddenly “Dark-Nygma” arrives and asks Ed isn’t this fun. He tells his alter-ego that he’s not only insane he’s got problems with grammar as he put a period between the letters m and e in the word me. Suddenly he realizes “Dark-Nygma” was referring to the Medical Examiner and he runs to the morgue. He finds Kringle’s corpse in one of the body containers just as Lee Thompkins walks in. Ed’s certain he’ll get caught but suddenly says he and Kringle argued and Lee suggests that she and Ed talk things out over coffee. Ed closes the drawer and the two leave the morgue.

Barnes addresses the precinct about the challenges awaiting them as they try to maintain order at the victory party for Theo Galavan and he tells his officers he knows they’re all up to the task. He then introduces Gordon who goes over duty assignments with the officers.

Harvey Dent introduces Mayor-Elect Galavan at the party as the GCPD try to keep all inside safe. Officer Martinez is on lookout and communicating with Gordon via walkie-talkie. He tells Gordon that Penguin’s gang’s heading  over on foot then looks through his binoculars and says he’s identified Penguin. Gordon tells Martinez to hold his fire when we hear the sound of a bullet and Martinez says target down. He tells Gordon there’s a sniper on the roof and the GCPD send an officer up there.

Tabitha’s on the roof and though she killed the man she aimed at it wasn’t Penguin. Turns out that every one of Cobblepot’s henchmen are disguised as the Penguin and walking with a limp so nobody can figure out which one’s the actual Penguin. An officer goes up to the roof, tells Tabitha to drop her rifle and turn around slowly with her hands raised above her head. She’s able to overcome the cop and kills him by stepping on her throat with her stiletto heels.

Fake Penguins dive into the mansion through the windows, killing officers and guests. Gordon, Bullock and Dent are  with Galavan and Jim says they need to get the Mayor-Elect to his car so he can get to safety. He tells Dent to alert the driver to bring the car around then asks Bullock to cover them. The pair sprint across the room dodging gunfire until they get to the car.

As Gordon’s about to put Galavan in the car, Penguin greets them holding a shotgun aimed at Theo and he says hello Jim. Gordon tells him that he needs to put down the gun, Oswald says perhaps Jim would feel differently if he realized what kind of man he’s really protecting.

Penguin’s looking only at Theo but he’s talking to Gordon. He says he killed my mother Jim and Gordon says he knows. Penguin then says she died in my arms I felt her take her last breath. That changes a person Jim and suddenly Bullock’s behind Cobblepot and he calmly says put down the shotgun Oswald.

Theo orders Gordon to kill Cobblepot and Jim just ignores him. Penguin says he’s more dangerous than you can imagine Jim. His endgame involves somebody you know  and care very deeply for. Suddenly gunfire splatters the area, it’s Tabitha shooting wildly and in the ensuing confusion, Cobblepot steals the limo and drives away.

Galavan shakes his head at Gordon and says he had such high hopes for him. He says I thought you were prepared to  do what ever it takes to rid Gotham City of the monsters that plague it. Gordon sneers at Theo and says he does feel that way, he’s just decided that the first monster he’s taking out is Galavan. Theo responds those are dangerous words, Gordon smiles and says desperate times.

Ed returns to the morgue after having coffee with Lee and opens the drawer that Kringle’s body’s in when “Dark-Nygma” comes back and he’s laughing. Ed tells him that “Dark-Nygma” put him in a very dangerous situation and his alter-ego says I wanted you to experience the feeling. He asks him how it felt staring into the abyss, knowing he might get caught and kill again. “Dark-Nygma” asks Ed how that buzz felt and then enters Ed’s body and seems to take over. Ed now with “Dark-Nygma’s” personality says it felt beautiful then gets ready to carve up Kringle’s corpse.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The two prevailing themes so far in the second season of the FOX Network series “Gotham,” have been turbulence and change and we saw a lot more of both in the season’s fourth episode. Gotham City’s gotten shaken like a snow-globe in the young season and we witnessed a whole lot of shaking going on in the chapter entitled “Strike Force.” The show-runners have quickened the pace in their sophomore campaign, making this a tighter, more exciting and more jam-packed series than the show presented last season.

This episode opens with all of Gotham City’s crime-bosses gathered at a conference table and everybody’s talking at once, until the Penguin picks up a shotgun and fires a round into the ceiling. He then asks all gathered to conduct themselves with more civility, as they discuss the problems they’re facing.

Penguin wastes no time getting to the matter of their collective concern, who masterminded the breakout of five inmates from Arkham Asylum. Cobblepot tells the group he finds it very difficult to believe that not one person in the room has any knowledge about who set-up the escape. He then says the GCPD’s main suspect’s a blind old man, murdered by Jerome Valeska. Oswald says it again this time over-emphasizing the word BLIND.

As Penguin’s voice hangs in the air, there’s silence until one of the guys seated tells Cobblepot they thought he arranged the escape. Penguin laughs derisively at the notion, telling all in attendance that he gave each of them all the freedom they wanted and the money was rolling in and everybody happy. Why would he mess a great situation up by bringing chaos into it. He tells the crime bosses they’ve got to reestablish their brand and rid Gotham City of the turmoil plaguing it, then sends them on their way.

As all the hoods leave, Penguin’s right-hand man Butch Gilzean introduces his boss to Tabitha Galavan who entered the room in the middle of the meeting. She tells him that her brother wants to speak to him about a matter that could benefit both of them. She tells him there’s a car downstairs waiting to take them both to see Theo.

Jim Gordon’s arguing with another detective in their precinct house when a large bald man wearing a dark blue three-piece suit stands in the doorway. After watching the back and forth for a couple of minutes, the man picks up a wooden chair and breaks it apart with his hands, then throws the pieces on the floor. He says my name’s Nathaniel Barnes, Captain Nathaniel Barnes and yes I’m your new boss. He then points to a uniform and tells him to clean up the mess he just made.

Barnes then talks about the building surrounding them, telling his personnel that it’s over 100-years old. He says they don’t make them like this anymore, this old girl’s solid and tough. Then he says that didn’t stop some psychopath from coming in here a few days ago and killing your Commissioner and nine of your fellow officers. He says he’s ashamed of it and he wasn’t even there. He then says that if there’s a person in the room that’s not angry and embarrassed they should resign right then and there, the room remains silent.

Barnes chuckles and says some of you are lying to yourselves, I’ve gone through all your files and read them all. He then calls seven officers over and tells them they’re not police officers they’re lowlife criminals. He then tells each of them what crimes they’ve committed and tells them all to hand in their badges and guns to the desk sergeant as they’ve all been fired.

He then tells his remaining staff that the days of looking the other way have ended. He says if you fail to enforce the law you’ll get terminated and if fear or disdain keeps you from helping a fellow officer you’ll get terminated. He then tells his staff to get back to work and tells Gordon he wants to see him in his office.

Barnes asks Jim his thoughts on what he said and Gordon says he agreed with every word the Captain said. Barnes asks Gordon if he’s a brown-noser and Gordon chuckles and says not at all. The Captain then says he went over the detective’s file, his history in the service, the police-academy and the GCPD. He says you’re a trouble-maker and a fighter, would you agree with that description? Gordon smiles and says yes sir and Barnes tells him he’s going to make him his second in command.

Theo Galavan and Penguin meet and we can see by Cobblepot’s expression that he’s confused about why Galavan summoned him. Then Barbara Kean walks in and Penguin quickly realizes that Galavan engineered the escape from Arkham Asylum and set himself up to be the hero at the Children’s hospital charity event. Galavan laughs and says that’s correct and Penguin’s going to be his destroyer.

Cobblepot smiles and says he’s honored that Galavan thought of him, but that’s not his style. He’s a builder and idea man and Theo says then that Penguin will be greatly interested in a new project he’s planning. He removes a sheet and shows Oswald a scale model of this huge modern office-park. Penguin says that the project would be in what’s currently a residential neighborhood and Galavan would need all sorts of political connections to get the houses knocked down and his project built. Theo says when he becomes Gotham City’s new mayor that will clear all the hurdles.

He then tells Penguin that his only problem’s that two already declared candidates could win the race, so he needs them knocked off and an attempt made on his life as well. Cobblepot then says Galavan needs an assassin and since this is Gotham City he can find one in the phone book under the letter A. As Penguin starts to leave, Tabitha grabs a TV remote and Theo says that Tabitha wants to share her favorite reality show with Oswald. When the monitor comes on Penguin sees they’ve got his mother imprisoned, he agrees to help Galavan.

The next morning Lee Thompkins and Jim are sleeping when her phone rings. She picks it up and she’s surprised to find herself speaking with Captain Barnes. Barnes tells her he’s heard great things about her and can’t wait to meet her, then asks to speak to Gordon. She gives Jim the phone and Barnes tells him to meet him in an hour at the Gotham Police Academy. He then tells Gordon that everybody knows he’s sleeping with the Medical Examiner.

Gordon arrives at the academy first and he’s looking through the trophy cases when he hears the Captain’s voice behind him. Barnes says that Gordon was oldest in his class, wasn’t the most athletically or academically gifted, yet he finished at the top of his class. The Captain says that’s because Gordon’s a warrior, but he can’t win the battle to clean up Gotham City on his own. Barnes says that graduation for the academy’s the following week and they’re going to recruit some of these folks for their precinct.

Barnes settles on four recruits, three men and one woman. He tells them they are now the Alpha Unit of the GCPD Strike-Force. They’ll report directly to Gordon and Jim will report directly to him. All seem pleased with the new arrangement, Gordon telling his Captain they’re a great group of kids.

Later that morning Galavan receives a medal for honor and valor for saving Bruce Wayne’s life and killing Jerome at the charity function. A TV news-reporter asks Galavan why he hasn’t declared himself as a candidate for mayor yet? Just then a sedan passes by and a guy leans out the window firing an automatic weapon at Theo but missing him by a mile. When everybody returns to their feet Galavan tells the reporter since the bad guys don’t want him to run he now feels obligated to throw his hat in the ring.

Bruce’s back at school and starts heading to where Alfred’s got the limo parked. As Pennyworth gets out of the car he sees Selina Kyle sitting on the stone wall behind him and asks her if she’s waiting for somebody. She jumps from the wall like a gymnast then tells Pennyworth no that’s his job. Alfred then slaps Kyle across the face and says that’s for Reggie, I know you killed him.

He then says he doesn’t know what she wants with Bruce but from his vantage point his ward’s better off without her. He says so do yourself a favor treacle and jog off. Selina appears to be holding back tears, but she smiles and says all’s good and climbs back up the wall and takes off just before Wayne arrives. Alfred gives his ward a change of clothes and a pair of sneakers. He says your preparation begins today, it’s likely a 90 minute trek home possibly two-hours  depending on how many stops Bruce makes. Wayne looks at Alfred and asks you expect me to walk home? Pennyworth corrects him, telling his ward he expects him to run home.

Penguin and Butch show-up at the campaign headquarters of City Council member Caulfield, as she’s one of the other two-declared candidates for mayor. Gilzean has a ski-mask over his head, while Penguin’s sporting a derby and has a bandana tied around his nose and mouth. He walks into Caulfield’s office and she asks if he’s there to kill her, Penguin says that’s correct. She pleads with him not to, saying she’s a mother. Cobblepot suddenly gets agitated and says he’s got a mother too. After Penguin finishes Butch tells the two witnesses to keep their mouths shut as they have their names and addresses.

Ed Nygma’s trying to summon up the courage to ask Kristin Kringle out and he’s getting more awkward every time he practices. His alter ego steps out of the shadows and tells him he saved Kringle’s life and she owes him, so take what he deserves. Ed writes something on a piece of paper and interrupts Kristin’s conversation with three uniforms. Nygma excuses himself and then says Miss Kringle dinner tonight at eight and gives her the address, she smiles and says I like that, he smiles back and says yes you will. She’s suddenly interested in Ed.

Barnes, Bullock and Gordon talk to the four new officers and Barnes stresses they can never look the other way, because the situation will only escalate. If they see a kid breaking a window and let him go, he’ll only go on to do commit worse crimes and eventually end up with a gun. Just then the meeting’s interrupted as they’re told that City Councilor Caulfield’s been murdered.

Harvey and Jim go down to the headquarters and Jim asks if anybody saw anything and swears they won’t have to testify in court. The woman who was there tells the pair they have their names and addresses and Gordon says that Caulfield got stabbed multiple times and likely drowned on her own blood. Harvey says they’re wasting their time, but the woman says the guy with the knife was short, well-dressed and walked funny. Jim immediately realizes it’s Penguin.

Bruce meets with Theo Galavan for lunch, Alfred tells Wayne he’ll wait for him in the lobby. Theo asks him to join them, but Alfred says Bruce wants to thank Galavan for saving his life and he’d only be in the way. Wayne then says he can never repay him for saving his life and Galavan says he’s unsure what came over him that suddenly made him that brave. Theo then starts talking about the murder of Bruce’s parents and that he’s shocked the GCPD have no leads. Bruce says he’s very disappointed and then Theo says even the board of Wayne Industries are sitting on their hands.

Suddenly Bruce looks out the window and he’s smitten by this very pretty blonde girl about his age playing with the fountain on the grounds. Theo sees where he’s gazing and he tells Wayne the young lady’s Silver St. Cloud, Galavan’s brother was her stepfather until he died. Now she’s Theo’s ward and asks Bruce if he’d like to meet her and Bruce immediately nods yes.

When they reach the fountain Silver greets her Uncle and he introduces her to Bruce. He tells her Silver’s spent the last two-years studying in Geneva but now that she’s back in Gotham City, she’ll attend the same school Bruce does. She asks Wayne what it’s like and he says he just started as he’s been home-schooled for the past year. She smiles brightly and says we’ll take it on together then.

Nygma’s actually invited Kringle to his apartment for dinner, that’s why the note read Chez Moi. He tells her he’s an incredible cook and soon the two of them are having a great time. She apologizes for being so mean to him over the years and he says he deserved it for being so annoying. She says that he was just trying to be nice, then says she can’t believe she accused him of writing the goodbye letter from her former boyfriend. She then says he’s a jerk and Ed says he’s glad he’s dead. She looks at him strangely and says he just left town he’s not dead. Nygma says he meant that he’s dead to her and she excuses herself to use the bathroom. As soon as she leaves, Ed’s alter-ego appears and says Nygma blew it, Ed screams leave me alone and Kristin thinks he’s talking to her.

For some reason Kristin thinks it’s quite normal when Ed says he talks to himself and that the more forceful part of him informed him that he ruined the mood. Kristin says she enjoyed the mood also and the two of them kiss, tentatively at first. But then they both take off their glasses and start kissing passionately.

Butch and Penguin sit in a car in front of the other declared candidate’s campaign headquarters. Gilzean says he never questions Penguin’s orders but asks him why they’re involved in this. Oswald’s voice breaks and says because they have his mother, Butch asks who has her and Penguin says Galavan. Gilzean says we’ve got to find her.

This time Penguin sends our favorite psychopath Victor Zsasz to do the hit. The candidate’s standing there with four other guys and they’re all packing heat. Victor says the odds aren’t quite fair and quickly shoots two of the guys dead. The other two grab the candidate and head to the street with Zsasz in close pursuit.  Victor quickly kills one of the candidates aide’s and takes out the second one just as Gordon and Bullock arrive, with the four recruits right behind them. Gordon feels sick when he sees it’s Victor, meaning Penguin’s involved in this hit as well.

One of the recruits rescues the candidate then they all take on Victor. Zsasz hits two of the kids in their bullet-proof vests knocking them to the ground and Victor escapes. After they make sure all the officers are fine, Gordon tells him they just met Victor Zsasz and he works for Penguin.

Jim arrives at the Penguin’s and sees him sitting at the conference table taking an Alka-Seltzer. Gordon tells him they’ve got witnesses stating that Cobblepot stabbed Caulfield and Zsasz just tried taking out the other candidate and he thinks Penguin’s behind the attempted hit on Galavan. Penguin tells him he’s in no mood for a lecture and Gordon tells him they’ve got a new captain and things are changing on the GCPD.

Penguin looks at Gordon and laughs derisively at him. He says Gordon arrived alone and unarmed, is he afraid that his Captain will find out he killed a man over a debt owed to Cobblepot and that he arranged for Penguin to force Commissioner Loeb to resign? Jim says he killed the man in self-defense and Penguin asks where are the witnesses. Jim says he’s willing to face any consequences of his actions and Oswald smiles and says he’s ready too. Gordon leaves Penguin’s house.

Galavan’s excitedly telling his sister Tabitha, that while the cops hunt for Penguin he’ll steal the Mayoral election. Bruce sees Silver at their school but starts to walk past her, she calls to him and gives him a look like she’s surprised he didn’t stop. Selina’s sitting on the curb as Alfred’s words echo in her ears. Finally we see Penguin sitting in front of his fireplace with a drink in his hand. Butch enters and Oswald asks if he found Penguin’s mother, Gilzean’s face tightens and he squeezes his boss’ shoulder sympathetically. Penguin lets out a cry and throws the glass into the fireplace, making the flames more intense.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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The FOX Network series “Gotham,” opened its second season with an episode that should eliminate any doubts the series is going to suffer from the sophomore blues. The show-runners made every moment count in this fast-paced and gripping chapter. The powers that be have labeled season two as “The Rise Of The Villains,” but it could be subtitled “Doing The Right Thing Isn’t Always Pretty.” Alliances were formed that blurred the line between good and bad, in order to achieve the desired endgame. This results in show that no longer pits the white hats against the black hats, now all the characters are varying shades of gray.

Season two opens seconds after the first season finale on another rainy day at Wayne Manor as Bruce and Alfred head down the staircase they discovered hidden behind the fireplace. When they reach the bottom of the staircase, there’s a door in front of them with the carving of a creature that appears to be a cross between a man and a lion. The door’s locked and the only way to enter it is through a keypad. Bruce furiously punches in a number of codes, but the digital display reads access denied with every entry.

We watch a montage of the rest of the characters set to a the Lou Reed classic “Perfect Day,” a perfect counter-balance to what we watch unfold on the screen. Lee helps Jim with his tie as he prepares to direct traffic, now that he’s been demoted to patrolman. His former partner Harvey Bullock quit the department rather than accept the demotion, he’s now a bartender and picks a drunk’s head off the counter to clean it. Penguin now the King Of Crime in Gotham City, kisses a bald man on top of his head before he has Victor Zsasz shoot him to death. We see Barbara Kean arrive at Arkham Asylum and we see a familiar face among the inmates, Jerome Valeska who many fans believe will evolve into the Joker.

We then get our first glimpse of the character that appears destined to become the “Big Bad” of season two, as Theo Galavan gives a hefty man wearing what looks like a superhero costume including a helmet a liquid and tells him to drink it. The man responds yes master and consumes it all.

Gordon’s directing traffic in Gotham City when the dude in the suit comes down the stairs of the elevated-train system and announces that he’s Zaardon Slayer Of Souls. He then pulls out two pistols and fires overhead into the metal bridge, then throws the pistols down and unsheathes a sword and grabs a young woman. Gordon tells Zaardon he doesn’t want to shoot him as there’s too much paperwork involved. Zaardon pushes the woman away and Gordon’s able to deflect the sword, overpower the dude and cuff him.

Just then the uniform that’s supposed to relieve Gordon arrives, another hefty guy munching on a burger as he arrives. Gordon barks at him that he’s late and the uniform smirks and asks Jim what’s his problem and Gordon just pushes him away due to his frustration. He whips around and pulls his weapon, pointing it at some would-be looters and growls bad idea. The guys put down the stuff and take off.

Gordon brings Zaardon back to the station and tells him he’s heading for Arkham Asylum. Zaardon responds that Gordon won the battle but his master will win the war. He tells the patrolman dark days are coming and Jim thanks him for the heads up.

Gordon goes into the men’s room and sees Ed Nygma standing in front of a sink staring into the mirror, without his glasses on. Jim asks him if he’s okay and Ed responds he’s fine and Gordon leaves. We then realize that Jim interrupted a conversation between Nygma and his reflection. His reflection starts talking about pursuing Kristin Kringle in a romantic relationship, but Ed says they have to leave Miss Kringle alone.

We’re now in Captain Sarah Essen’s office along with Essen, Gordon, Commissioner Loeb and the uniform that Jim pushed Officer Frank. Loeb asks Gordon if he put his hands on Frank and he replies that he did and Frank leaves the office. Loeb tells Gordon that the infraction calls for him to be dismissed from the force and tells Essen to take Jim’s gun and badge. The Captain starts to protest but Jim tells her to stop. He then shakes hands with Loeb and says that he told the Commissioner he’d break him and he intends to fulfill that promise.

Jim tells Lee and she tells him that she’s glad he got fired, as he was far too good to be directing traffic. She says she knew he’d never quit so she’s thankful that the decision was taken out of his hands. We can see by Gordon’s expression he doesn’t share her opinion.

Barbara’s reading a magazine in the communal cell at Arkham Asylum when Jerome comes over and introduces himself. He tells her that one of their fellow inmates Richard Sionis wants to be her friend, Kean responds that she’s not interested. Jerome tells her that a girl needs a friend at Arkham as the guards refuse to intercede. She then gets the attention of Aaron Helzinger, a gigantic bald man that looks like a wall with a face. She asks Aaron if he’d become her friend and protect her if someone tried to hurt her. He said of course and Barbara cooed and called him a cutie and thanked him. Jerome says she got a gorilla but Sionis runs Arkham and can get her what ever she wants, Barbara replies she wants a phone.

Gordon goes to see Penguin and says they need to talk, Cobblepot kicks out all his staff except for Selina Kyle, who apparently joined up with Penguin after Fish Mooney’s apparent demise. Jim says Penguin owes him a favor for saving him from Sal Maroni’s guys. Oswald says he thinks they’re even but he tells Gordon he’ll grant his favor. When Jim says Penguin doesn’t know what he wants, he responds that Gordon wants to be reinstated as a detective and Loeb to resign as Police Commissioner. Gordon tells him that’s indeed his wish and Penguin responds that he wants Jim to do him a favor in return and collect a debt. Jim refuses and wishes Penguin luck as he says goodbye.

Jim heads down to Harvey’s bar and soon he’s stinking drunk. He says screw the Penguin, Loeb and the GCPD and asks his former partner if he’s going to join him in a drink? Bullock says he’s been sober for 32-days, without the stress of the department he doesn’t need the booze. He tells Jim that he’s got a woman that doesn’t dislike him, a home and he sleeps well every night. Jim hugs him and tells him that’s great.

Gordon decides he needs to sober up and he decides to walk to Wayne Manor to accomplish that. By the time he reaches Bruce’s home he’s sober as a judge and asks Bruce and Alfred why they’re so dirty? He then tells Bruce that he got fired from the GCPD and so he can’t fulfill his promise to find the killer of Bruce’s parents. Alfred asks if there’s any way he can get reinstated and Jim says he could but it would mean becoming a collector for Penguin, an act he believes is morally wrong.

Bruce says that Gordon can fulfill his promise to Wayne and bring reform to the GCPD, but he refuses to take it as he’d be working for Penguin and that’s demeaning. Then he asks if Jim’s sure it’s not his pride standing in the way of the greater good? Alfred tries to stop Bruce, but Wayne says Gordon wouldn’t have walked there if he wanted Bruce to keep his thoughts to himself. Wayne says doing the right thing isn’t always pretty, but it’s necessary. The two shake hands and Alfred shows Gordon out.

Gordon heads to a night club that’s also the headquarters for the guy that owes Penguin money, Ogden Barker. Gordon enters Barker’s office and says he’s there to collect the debt owed to Penguin and Barker laughs in his face. Gordon says he’s not leaving without the money and Barker pulls out a gun and sticks it in Jim’s face, Gordon says he’s going to count to three and Barker and his henchmen start laughing. Jim grabs the gun then knocks out Barker and two of his goons telling the third guy to fill the bag he gives him with money. He runs out just as Barker recovers and he growls get him.

Gordon starts running on the street with the two goons in pursuit when they see some uniforms ahead of them and one of the guys yells stop thief, so the patrolman start chasing Gordon. However he gives them all the slip as he ducks into a parking garage. His troubles aren’t over as Barker steps out of the shadows and starts shooting at Jim, he misses but Gordon kills Barker with return fire. We see the anguish on his face but Gordon runs off.

Bruce’s frustration not getting the right password on the keypad, causes him to destroy it with a hammer. He then enters the library with a bag of fertilizer and some other objects. He tells Alfred he’s taking his own advice that doing the right thing isn’t always pretty and he’s going to build a bomb to blow the door off his father’s room. He says he’s building it with or without Alfred’s help, his guardian and butler tells Bruce that he’ll need another ten bags of fertilizer to do the job.

Gordon delivers the money to Penguin, who apologizes that things got messy and pledges that Gordon’s name will never be connected with Barker. Jim asks if Penguin knew Barker would react that way and Cobblepot responds that he had no idea things would go down the way they did. He then tells Gordon that his favor will soon get granted.

Jim heads back to his apartment with Lee and she sees something’s bothering him and asks if he’s alright and he responds he’s fine. His cellphone rings and he picks it up and Barbara’s on the other end. He asks her how she got use of a phone and she says the only thing that matters is they’re talking. She then tells Gordon there’s been a terrible mistake, she didn’t attack Lee, Lee attacked her and she’s insane. Jim growls don’t ever call me again and hangs up. Lee asks who it was and he says a salesman, which of course Lee realizes is a lie.

Then her landline rings and Jim tells her not to answer it because it’s Barbara, it goes to her answering machine and we hear Kean say hey girlfriend, sorry I missed you. I just want to wish you a painful death with you going out screaming. Jim says that she’s locked up in Arkham where she can’t cause them harm. Lee suggests they move away and start fresh in a new city and Jim replies he can’t, because he did a bad thing.

Loeb’s in bed asleep that night when he’s woken by noises downstairs. He enters his kitchen and he sees Victor Zsasz standing there, then suddenly we hear Penguin asks Loeb if he’s got any peanut-butter. Loeb asks what Cobblepot said and Penguin puts on the kitchen lights and again requests peanut-butter. The Commissioner shouts for his guards and Zsasz produces a disembodied head that he proceeds to use like a ventriloquist’s dummy. Zsasz moves the heads lips and says in a high squeaky voice Hi Boss, how about a bottle of beer. Penguin and Victor laugh as Zsasz throws the head into the kitchen sink.

Penguin tells the Commissioner as he makes him a peanut-butter sandwich, that usually he threatens his victims with unearthing scandals about them, but Loeb lacks any dirty-laundry. Penguin says that he knows that any threats of force would get ignored by Loeb so he’s just going to have Victor kill him. He says he needs some requests granted, but it will be far easier dealing with Loeb’s successor as Commissioner. Loeb asks Penguin what he wants and Penguin says he wants Gordon reinstated as a detective and Loeb says he’ll do it.

However Penguin says even if Loeb does reinstate Gordon, his hatred of the former detective would cause him to eventually fire him, so he’ll still have to kill him. Zsasz pulls out his gun and Penguin says, unless you’d resign as Commissioner.

Zaardon arrives at Arkham Asylum and he’s put into the same communal cell as Barbara, Jerome and company. He proclaims that he’s Zaardon Slayer Of Souls, but Sionis tells him to shut-up he’s telling a story. After a couple of minutes Zaardon interrupts the story and threatens the other inmates. He then collapses but as he hits the floor, a blue gas comes out of his mouth and knocks out the other inmates. Seconds later an explosion takes place at the other end of the hall and a young woman and a bunch of mercenaries, knock out the guards and grab the inmates.

They come to in another facility and they’re all strapped to large cement poles. One of the inmates asks where they are and Jerome says they’re out of Arkham so things are improving. Theo Galavan and the woman who broke them out of Arkham enter the room, he introduces himself and the woman as his sister Tabitha. He says he broke them out to form a super-band of criminal geniuses. Kean says she just has issues and Galavan says she has ferocity, beauty and desire, that’s all she needs.

Sionis tells Galavan that he wants no part of his plan and wants to be released, he says he’ll get Galavan a million dollars as soon as he hits the street. Galavan says he’s disappointed and the money means nothing to him. Galavan demands that he and Barbara get released and Galavan says oh you’re trouble we need to get rid of you. Tabitha releases the binds then produces a whip and strangles Sionis with it, then when she has him on the ground she slices him to pieces. Galavan asks if anyone else wants to leave.

The next scene’s at the retirement ceremony for Loeb and a men’s choir sing a song from The Sound Of Music. The spokesman takes the podium and says the Mayor couldn’t attend the ceremony but sent a friend in his place. He introduces businessman, scientist Theo Galavan. Galavan says that he’s an adopted son of the city, having recently moved there but he already feels Gotham City’s magic. He thanks the outgoing Commissioner and his replacement Commissioner Sarah Essen.

Essen goes up to Gordon and congratulates him for whatever he did to pull off his amazing feat. Lee congratulates them both then tells Essen that Gordon’s a determined man. Essen excuses herself to take a call and Lee says to Jim I hope this was worth it, Jim replies he does as well. Essen returns with some distressing news six inmates escaped from Arkham including Barbara Kean.

Alfred runs the fuse to the bomb out to the library, then fastens it to an ignition switch and asks Bruce if he’s certain this is what he wants. Bruce says he is and pushes the switch, the bomb knocks the door off it’s hinges and the two enter the room. We see a couple of computer monitors and keyboards covered in cobwebs, on one of the keyboards is a letter for Bruce from his father, that Thomas wrote shortly before he and his wife were shot to death.

He tells Bruce that if he’s reading this message that Thomas has died and Bruce figured out the code for the keypad was Bruce. He then says that his son’s responsible for the room, as Thomas became a better man after he became a father, Then he started to ask the tough questions.

He says he’ll dispense with fatherly advice, except to tell his son he can’t have happiness and the truth. That he’ll have to choose what path to take and he begs his son to choose happiness, unless Bruce feels a deep calling to pursue the truth. We then see Jim Gordon straightening his tie in the men’s room of the GCPD, ready to resume that calling within him.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

The FOX Television Network, took a calculated risk last fall when they introduced their new series “Gotham,” a prequel to the Gotham City protected by Batman whose adventures first appeared in comic-books in 1938. The producers of this series take us back to Gotham City, when Bruce Wayne’s just a boy dealing with the recent murders of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne his legal guardian the family’s butler Alfred Pennyworth. The show’s focus however is not on the future Caped Crusader, instead Gotham City’s future Police Commissioner Jim Gordon’s the protagonist a young detective determined to get rid of corruption in the city.

Gotham’s not just an origin story for young Bruce and Gordon through the series first 16 episodes, we’ve gotten introduced to characters we know play a significant part in Batman’s future. Our first future foe of the Dark Knight that we meet’s Selena Kyle a young-teen who lives off the streets and fends for herself quite well. She of course will adopt the name Catwoman and get involved in the infamous love/hate relationship she has with Batman.

Her tag-along-pal’s Ivy Pepper, perhaps the creepiest little girl shown on a regular basis on the small screen. It’s truly tough to visualize she’ll one day be the temptress criminal Poison Ivy, a woman with a hypnotic hold on men. Earlier this season Bruce and Alfred ran into her walking in downtown Gotham City, when Bruce stopped to talk to her. Alfred’s revulsion was as plain as the nose on his face as he told his charge “Watch out for this one Master Bruce, I believe she might have the mange.”

There’s a young man employed by the GCPD as a forensic scientist named Ed Nygma, who’ll one day transform from public servant to public menace. Extremely intelligent and equally nerdy, Nygma’s instincts are excellent for his job. Unfortunately he’s got a terrible habit of attempting to share his latest riddles with all his associates, causing many of them to avoid him. We’ve already seen what the future Riddler’s capable of getting the former Medical Examiner dismissed, as he stuffed the doctor’s locker with various body parts. after the ME demanded he get suspended.

Of course the breakout star of the series is Oswald Cobblepot whose known as the Penguin due to the way he walks. Cobblepot’s advanced from being Fish Mooney’s umbrella boy, to the right hand man of Don Carmine Falcone. He’ll double-cross anyone, except for two people, to achieve his goals, a quality that’s almost gotten him killed quite often so far. For those new to the world of Gotham City Fish Mooney’s a character invented for this series, a deadly part of the old guard criminals that will eventually give way to the criminals whose exploits we’ve followed for many years.

The latest episode of Gotham entitled “The Blind Fortune Teller,” expanded the series’ universe greatly as a name that resonates loudly for fans of The World’s Greatest Detective, as well as the Caped Crusader’s chief nemesis get introduced to the series. Both situations could be considered fill in the blanks type of moves and advance the long-term story rather strongly. The revelations in this episode pretty much eclipsed the story line, as Gordon figured things out on his own rather easily.

I’m going to break format this go-round and just give a rather brief description of the storyline of the episode. Jim and his girlfriend Lee Thompkins are in the audience enjoying the circus, we join them as trapeze artists fill the space between them and the big-top. When their act ends and they bow to the crowd, the clowns come on, joking at first then start beating on the acrobats. Gordon approaches the center ring, flashing his shield, yelling GCPD, everybody freeze.

It turns out the clowns are the Lloyd family and the acrobats are the Flying Graysons, whose family’s started feuding before World War I and it’s gotten passed down through the generations. However John Grayson and his seemingly former girlfriend Mary Lloyd believe this fight came about as part of a rivalry between John’s older brother Alfonse and Mary’s uncle Owen, both vying for the affections of the same woman. Lila, the snake-dancer who works in the sideshow.

Gordon and Thompkins’ head to Lila’s trailer however she’s not there. Her son Jerome answers the door and he says he’s concerned, his mother was due back hours before. The Ringmaster says to Jerome his mother’s probably out on one of her binges, then he tells Jim and Lee that Lila takes off on little adventures with men all the time. Gordon asks Jerome to release Lila’s snake and it leads them to Lila’s dead body. The Ringmaster and some other circus folk found the body out in a field and planned to bury her when they hit the road.

Lloyd blames Grayson and Grayson blames Lloyd down at the station, each saying the other killed Lila because she chose them. The rest of the circus staff’s allowed to leave the station while Alfonse and Owen get incarcerated. A short while later an elderly blind man accompanied by a young boy wearing a coonskin cap, (Once again what era does Gotham take place in, or is it an alternate Earth?) The man asks Gordon if he’s Detective James Gordon then asks Lee if she’s Doctor Thompkins the Medical Examiner. He introduces himself as Paul Cicero a psychic from the sideshow and a longtime friend of Lila’s. He said she sent him a message from the beyond and although Gordon’s ready to tell Cicero to beat it, Lee wants to hear the message. He says that the servant of the Devil lives in the garden of the Iron Sisters. Then he leaves.

That night Jim comes over to Lee’s for dinner and she’s certain she’s figured out the message. The Iron Sisters are the two towers that support the Arkham bridge and there’s a park next to them that could be construed as a garden. Jim says they’ll check it out in the morning, but Lee wants to go right then. Despite Jim’s protests they go to the park.

As they’re searching the grounds with a flashlight Jim finds a hatchet the weapon that Ed said killed Lila. There’s an inscription on the handle, saying THC, Gordon says it stands for The Hellfire Club a cult of Satan worshiping killers that disbanded a decade before. Lee says perhaps they reformed but Jim says no, but he now knows what happens. He calls the station saying he wants two people to be brought in, but they’re not to know of each other’s presence.

They get to the interrogation room and Paul Cicero walks in. Gordon says that Cicero knew the Hatchet was there as he told the killer to plant it there, he’s also an accessory to murder. Cicero protests claiming he’s innocent then they bring in Lila’s son Jerome, Gordon accuses him of killing his mother and says Cicero helped him after the fact. He also says that Cicero’s Jerome’s father.

Paul realizes the jig’s up and tells Jerome he actually is his father and Jerome says that’s insane. His father was a sea-captain and he died at sea. Gordon asked the teen what was the name of his ship and Jerome responds he commanded lots of ships. Jim asks him what was the name of the ship he went down on and the teen responds his mother never told him.

Realizing there was no sea-captain Jerome starts to break down and cry for a second, only to look up at Gordon and flash that unmistakable grin. Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and the Joker from the comic-books, all wrapped up in one magnificently evil smile a truly chilling moment as we realize who Jerome will become.

Jerome looks over at Cicero and tells him his mother was a cold-hearted whore, who never loved anyone and would stay away from a pathetic creep like him. Paul tells Jerome to think things through why would Cicero help him after what he did only a father would protect a son that way.

Gordon asks Jerome why he did it and the future Joker replied, you know mothers she just pushed too much. You can be a whore, you can even be a drunken whore. But what you can’t be is a nagging drunken whore complaining the kitchen’s a mess when you’re having sex in the next room.

With Owen and Alfonse cleared they’re freed, ending the century old feud, which allowed John Grayson and Mary Lloyd to get engaged. Years later, they’ll have a son named Dick and John and Mary will get shot during a performance, leaving Dick an orphan until Bruce Wayne became his legal guardian. Due to his acrobatic ability Grayson became the first Robin, now guarding the streets as Nightwing.

There was no talk about introducing perhaps Batman’s greatest foe, the Joker in any of the preseason talk about the series, the show-runners kept it under wraps until the preview they showed at the previous episode’s conclusion. The fact that we got to meet Dick Grayson’s parents, was an unexpected bonus.

There’s a reason that the Caped Crusader’s still one of the most popular characters in comic-books, now 77-years after Bob Kane introduced him to the planet in Detective Comics. Gotham won’t last 77-years, but if this season’s an accurate indication for what’s up ahead, it will enjoy a  long and popular run, on the FOX Network.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

While watching last week’s episode of the new FOX series “Gotham,” a small alarm went off in my brain, when we briefly saw a new character, GCPD Detective Arnold Flass, portrayed by “Ray Donovan,” series regular, Dash Mihok. Adding a well-known actor as a detective, twelve episodes into the series, caused me to think that Flass, would become a central figure of an episode in the near future. The show-runners decided that moment occurred in the following episode, to turn the spotlight on Flass, during a very busy episode of the show.

We watch a man and women in scrubs wheeling a gurney containing a covered body, as they remove the sheet, we realize that the person strapped to the gurney’s gang leader Fish Mooney. As she looked at the faces, of the couple, the realization occurred to her, that this man and woman were strangers to her. She asked if they comprised the “B-Team,” and told that she’d get interrogated by Bob, one of their best.

GCPD Detective Jim Gordon arrives late to a crime scene, his partner Harvey Bullock waiting for him, Jim tells Bullock he’s sorry that things are looking bleak for Fish and he knows his partner has “a thing,” for her, Harvey snaps back the only one he’s got “a thing” for is himself.

Bullock takes Gordon to see the body, saying that the man was the victim, of a “public-service homicide,” as the victim was a lifelong criminal. The body’s suspended from some sort of conveyor-system and Bullock introduces Jim to Narcotics Detective Arnold Flass. He tells Harvey and Gordon that he received a tip from an informant, that the drug-dealer died, the victim of foul play then says he needs to leave as he’s involved in another case, Bullock walks him out of the warehouse.

Jim starts looking at the body and noticed one of his shoe-heels was sideways, he looked in the heel and found some packages of illegal substances. Harvey returns with the crime’s only witness, an elderly night-janitor who agrees to sit down with a sketch artist at the station.

The witness Leon Winkler’s alone in an interrogation room talking to his wife on his cellphone, telling her he’s still at the station. A man wearing a fedora that we see only in silhouette, asks Winkler if the sketch artist arrived yet, Winkler responds they hadn’t and says goodbye to his wife on the phone. The man asks if he could identify the murderer and the man responds yes, at which point the man in silhouette stabs Mr. Winkler with an ice pick, thrusting it twice into his back and Winkler died instantly.

As Bob begins to torture Fish, we watch an SUV drive up with Mooney’s guy Butch Gilzean, bound and gagged in the back. One of the two men in the vehicle, opens the back to find Gilzean’s vanished, he goes to tell the driver, finds him dead at the steering wheel and Gilzean sneaks up behind him, starts strangling the guy and asks where’s Fish.

At the station Captain Sarah Essen screams how can the citizens trust them to keep citizens safe, when they can’t even control their own house. Gordon and Bullock are looking at Leon, while police scientist Ed Nygma, tells the detectives that the witness got killed with an icepick, the same weapon that killed the drug-dealer. Harvey tells them the surveillance cameras got turned off before the killer entered the room, Gordon believes, one of the officers was the murderer. Essen and Bullock tell Gordon not to mention that to others, or he could find himself back at Arkham Asylum. Essen says to Gordon not to make any big moves without clearing it with her first.

After not appearing in the previous two episodes, young Bruce Wayne’s in the back of one of the family’s cars with Alfred Pennyworth at the wheel. Alfred asks why they keep circling the same block and Bruce responds that’s where Selena Kyle hangs out. Alfred stops the car and the boy jumps out, Pennyworth shouting for him to come back, which Wayne does. He asks Alfred if they can take one walk around the block, then head home and Alfred agrees.

As they walk Bruce sees Ivy and calls out to her and the creepy little girl responds, Millionaire Bruce Wayne. Alfred looks at her disgustedly and tells Bruce to stay away from her as she looks like she has the mange. Wayne asks her if she’s seen Cat and the girl responds, she does and when Bruce asks her to deliver a message she sticks out her hand and says twenty-bucks, which Alfred gives the girl.

At “Bob’s House Of Pain,” as he threatens to shatter her knee, Gilzean bursts in and beats the torturer to a pulp, then picks up Fish and gets her out of there.

We return to the station where Jim’s discovered that a page’s missing from the log of which officer guards the interrogation room. Gordon asks a bunch of officers who was at the door when Winkler got murdered, but they all have temporary amnesia. Finally Jim tries some psychology, tells one of the uniforms that another cop named him as the guard on duty and the officer says vehemently it wasn’t him.

When he finds out who allegedly named him, he tells Gordon that he had a thing with the other cop’s wife years before. Gordon comes out and asks where Derek Delaware’s at and one of the cops said he just left. Jim gets to the parking garage just as Delaware starts getting in his car, he tries to drive away, but he’d run over Gordon if he moved another foot. He gets out of his car, gets quickly bettered in the fight with Jim, Gordon puts him in cuffs, then searches the car, finding the same packets in Delaware’s trunk that he found on the dealer.

Jim brings Delaware into the station in cuffs and throws him in a holding cell, staring the officer cops down with a look of righteous indignation on his face. Essen calls Gordon into her office and sitting with her, Arnold Flass, who tells Gordon the drugs he found in Delaware’s trunk are part of a narcotics-sting. Essen says that the narcotics division’s under deep-cover in a lot of major drug-dealers organizations. She chastises him, for moving without checking with her first and says the detective will get released immediately.

Fish wakes-up in a motel room bed as Butch sits in a chair next to her, smiling to see she’s okay. She says she’s starving and Butch breaks up laughing, then tells her they need to leave Gotham City immediately. She tells Butch she’s not leaving until she slices the Penguin’s throat.

Harvey tells Jim that the narcotics division’s corrupt from top to bottom, with many GCPD officers running drug-houses, he says that he kept the info from his partner as they had yet to deal with the division, but the road leads right to the top as even the Commissioner gets a cut. He then calls a buddy on the force and gets some information. The two soon arrive at a drug-house, as Delaware’s packing up all the drugs with two other cops, a brawl breaks out until Delaware shows the pair a warrant to search the facility signed by a judge.

Earlier in the episode Ed Nygma gave his crush Kristen Kringle a greeting card and Flass grabbed it off her desk and reads it to some cops and Kristen and all but Kristen laugh as Nygma walks into the stairwell, they’re gathered in. Flass calls him a perv and tells him to stick to his day-job, Ed replies Rodger-Dodger and Flass calls him a weirdo, while Kringle tells him to stop it. Ed walks away and we can start to see a hint of what he’ll eventually become.

Oswald Cobblepot’s brought his mother to Fish’s club telling her it will soon become his, he’s hired a four piece band and his mother and his bodyguard dance. She gets drunk pretty rapidly and Gordon enters the club asking the Penguin if he’s celebrating early. Cobblepot truly likes and respects Jim, you can see it in his facial expressions, just how happy he is to see him. Penguin and Gordon sit down and Jim says the reason he contacted Oswald was for a favor. There’s some dirty-cops he wants to nail and since Maroni runs the drug-trafficking, he’s hoping Penguin can help resolve things. Cobblepot says done and Jim asks what he’s going to owe him for the favor, Penguin says nothing friends do favors for friends, because it’s fun.

Penguin has his henchman take his mother home, then opens a bottle of champagne and gets rip-roaring drunk, he plays with everything in the club, ending up on the stage with a microphone and greeting his soon to come clientele. Suddenly we hear clapping and Cobblepot turns around to see Butch and Fish, with her carrying a metal baseball bat. Across town at the same moment Falcone’s assassin Victor Zsasz, kills Bob for allowing Mooney to escape.

Bruce’s playing chess by himself in the library, when Cat walks in asks what kind of weirdo plays chess against themselves. He tells her he’s glad to see her, tells her he went to Switzerland for a few weeks then gives her a present, a snow-globe containing a village similar to the one he stayed at. She smiles, then he asks her why doesn’t she move into the mansion. Kyle’s afraid of feelings or attachment so she insults the boy, then says she lied and never saw his parents murder. She then leaves through the window.

Penguin’s henchman has Delaware at gunpoint in the detectives own bathroom. The henchman says he believes him and then we see Delaware’s wife come up for air as the mobster had her under the water in their tub. He then pushes the wife under the water and says he needs something more concrete.

Back at Mooney’s club, Fish has Cobblepot kissing her shoes. He says they can work together and she laughs saying he’s an umbrella boy and she took him in and taught him about the crime-racket, she then tells him he’s a nothing. Penguin responds that this “nothing,” outsmarted her at every move and she wasn’t smart enough to realize he worked for Falcone. Right then Victor Zsasz, with his female assassin team enter the club and starts shooting at Gilzean and Fish, they all leave the club, leaving Penguin alone laughing loudly, that he avoided an extremely bad fate.

Butch and Fish run down a hallway, reach a window with a grate on it that Gilzean pulls off then opens the window, telling Mooney to leave and he’ll hold them off. Seconds after she escapes, Zsasz finds Butch shoots him once, then asks his team if they should kill him or take him home and play with him?

Ed’s angrily picking stuff out of some other substance, when Kringle walks in and asks if he’s busy, he coldly responds he is, he’s dissecting onions from his food. She tells Nygma that Flass took the card off her desk and was teasing her by reading it to the guys. She says she thought the gesture was very thoughtful, then walks away, Ed’s ecstatic, saying out loud there’s still hope.

Gordon’s sitting at his desk when Penguin’s henchman puts a brown paper bag with the murder weapon and Delaware on cassette implicating Flass. Gordon then goes up to Flass and tells him he’s under arrest and Arnold responds keep walking mutt, you’ve got nothing. Jim dumps the bags contents on a desk, the bloody icepick and the cassette, says this ought to get you 20-30 upstate.

Arnold asks if he really thinks his boys will allow Gordon to arrest him? This is his house and Gordon quickly corrects him, he’s a drug-dealer and murderer, this is NOT his house.  Gordon then tells the entire squad-room about all the crimes Arnold’s committed and the cops start supporting Gordon. Flass starts to respond when Essen says shut-up Flass and tells him he’s under arrest.

Gordon’s about to head home when Delaware asks if he got the package and please leave his wife and kids out of this. Jim asks him what he’s talking about and Delaware, gets on his knees, begging Gordon to leave his wife and kids alone and it suddenly sinks in, that’s how the henchman got the info. He looks like he’s about to get sick as the episode concludes.

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

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

 After returning from their “Fall Hiatus,” only to broadcast one episode and then take another week off, the new FOX Network series “Gotham,” returned to the airwaves this week and by the episode’s conclusion, some characters were ecstatic, while others realized their time left on this planet, might run out quickly. The series showed equal importance in both the short and long-term story-arcs and while they concluded the short-term story, the tale that drives the series, went in a direction that perhaps few saw coming.

In case you missed the previous couple of episodes, former Gotham City Detective James Gordon, finally pushed the city’s corrupt Mayor Aubrey James too far, which resulted in his demotion to a guard’s position at the Arkham Asylum. In the previous episode, a patient known as Jack Gruber, conducted his own version of electro-shock therapy, on many of his fellow patients, killed one of the guards and the facility’s director, then escaped with another patient Aaron Helzinger, whose completely under Gruber’s control.

This episode opens with the fire and brimstone of Johnny Cash’s rendition of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” on the soundtrack and Helzinger and Gruber wheeling a rack loaded with car batteries and each carrying electrical equipment, their destination’s Irwin’s Electronics, right across the street. Gruber attaches a live wire to the building’s door then rings the doorbell, the employee answering it gets jolted to death. Irwin recognizes Gruber and shows the fear on his face of seeing him.

We head to the police station as Captain Sarah Essen addresses her officers about the pair that escaped from the Asylum, Helzinger’s tall and strong, but has the mind of a child (even before Gruber messed with it.) Gruber’s identity only goes back as far as his time at Arkham Asylum and they’re checking for possible other identities. Suddenly Gordon shows up wearing a suit and the Captain says he’s out of his jurisdiction, but Jim says it’s his case.

Gordon’s partner Harvey Bullock tries to get him out of the station as Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari, adding some humor to the part.) However as Harvey attempts to steer the pair toward the door, Loeb walks in through it, Bullock attempts to keep Gordon hidden behind a corner, it fails to succeed. The Commissioner greets Essen, then addresses Gordon and ask why he’s at the station.

Jim knowing he’s got nothing to lose, points the query back at Loeb, saying the better question is, what’s Loeb doing there, this is the first time Gordon’s seen the Commissioner address the rank and file. Is he that desperate? Loeb tells Gordon to follow him and Harvey wishes him luck, but a split-second later the Commissioner says bring your friend Bullock with you as well and Harvey starts chanting to Jim that he hates him.

Back at Irwin’s Electronics. Irwin tells Gruber that it was Jack’s friend who moved Gruber’s equipment to the store. Irwin says he just kept everything safe as he knew the projects were special to Jack. Gruber then tells Irwin his mind became clearer during his time at the Arkham Asylum. He has a factory of broken machines, some can be repaired, but most must get scrapped, he has Aaron hold Irwin, while he puts his shock-therapy machine on the owner’s head.

Loeb, Gordon and Bullock enter an office and close the door. The Commissioner tells Jim he’s acting like he’s above sin, when the escapes of the two men happened under his watch. Gordon tells him to blame it all on him, his name’s trashed already. But the Commissioner needs him, to catch Gruber, he knows Jack and realizes how he thinks and knows what he’s planning next. Loeb tells him to take the case, but Gordon refuses unless he’s restored to Detective status. The Commissioner gives him 24-hours, or Harvey and he will get stuck at Arkham until they retire. Gordon tells Bullock he’s got no idea what Gruber’s doing next.

Carmine Falcone has a flashback, of his father’s wake when he was a boy, his beloved mother holding him, he returns to the present and we see a gangster begging the Don for his life, Falcone as always shows no mercy. He then goes to meet Liza, the woman who uncannily reminds him of his departed mother. What he’s unaware of, is Fish Mooney trained her and then implanted Liza in Falcone’s life.

He tells Liza that he’s kept her cooped up taking care of him for too long and he wants to set her up in business, perhaps a small bake-shop. Liza tells the Don she’d rather stay with him, she feels safe and protected, suddenly two of Falcone’s henchmen arrive. He leaves with one, while the other escorts Liza.

Back at the station Police scientist Ed Nygma, informs Bullock and Gordon, that he went through a bunch of data bases and found out that Gruber’s actually Jack Buchinsky, a career criminal that paid the right person off to get his identity changed and to get transferred to Arkham. Suddenly Ed’s lifetime crush walks over to the three men, Nygma gives Kristen Kringle who works in the records department some files back and she gives him back what she refers to as his latest sick joke. Nygma says it’s a riddle, Kristen hands it to him and says it’s a cupcake with a bullet in it, then walks off, while he quietly repeats it’s a riddle.

In another part of town, some thugs kidnap Liza and kill Falcone’s henchman, they slip a black bag over her head and she’s scared stiff. When the hood’s removed, she says there must be some mistake, then she sees Fish Mooney. Fish tells Liza they had to pull her out of there, as Falcone’s going down. Mooney then calls Falcone and using a voice scrambler tells the Don they’ve got her girl and she’s got an awfully low pain-threshold. They hold the phone in front of her and she yells, please, don’t. Mooney tells Falcone that he can get her back if he agrees to leave Gotham and give up all his power and Falcone agrees.

As Ed leaves Arkham Asylum Doctor Thompkins, arrives at Jim’s desk clutching some sort of doll, he greets her as Dr. Thompkins, but she said her friends call her Lee. After Harvey clears his throat, Jim introduces her partner and he asks her about her friend. She explains that one of her female patients is a sorceress, and other patients make dolls that look like people they hate and she puts curses on them in return for soda-pop and candy. The sorceress says the doll she’s carrying came from Gruber and the doll’s named Mr. M. Jim holds out the doll to Harvey and ask who does the doll’s face resemble.

We catch up with “Mr. M.” aka Sal Maroni in a restaurant holding court and spinning tales. Suddenly Oswald Cobblepot’s cell phone rings and the Penguin steps away from the table to answer it. Falcone’s on the other end and tells Penguin he needs to see him, they’ve got Liza. Cobblepot says he’ll be right there, then tells Maroni his mother’s sick and asks for permission to leave and Sal nods okay. What they don’t realize is Buchinsky’s already taken out one of Maroni’s men and electrified the restaurant. When Cobblepot grabs the doorknob the shock he’s hit with throws him to the back of the restaurant. Then Buchinsky throws in some weapon that causes a small explosion in the restaurant.

Penguin’s unconscious in the back of an ambulance while Sal’s sitting up, though he’s got burn marks on his face. Gordon comes up to Sal and says he knows he and Buchinsky pulled a job together and Maroni let him take all the blame and now that he’s free he’s going after Maroni. He wants to use Maroni as bait to catch Jack and offers him police custody at the station. Maroni reluctantly agrees, then suddenly Oswald sits up opens his eyes, says he must leave he’s got urgent information for Don Falcone then passes back out. Maroni doesn’t look happy.

Falcone’s phone rings and it’s Fish saying she’s the intermediary in the deal, but Carmine realizes right away Mooney set this up. She tells Falcone she’s trying to offer him an out as he practically raised her. She then says he’s to come to her club and he’ll get Liza back then.

Buchinsky’s chosen the moniker “The Electrocutioner,” and he and Aaron wire the entire police station. Ed runs into Kristen in the back room and says that the cupcake was a riddle, it’s like a beautiful woman, beautiful but dangerous. Kringle actually shyly smiles at the compliment, when we get our first look at another Detective, Arnold Flass (Dash Mihok from the Showtime series Ray Donovan,) tells Ed to stop harassing Kristen. She then thanks Flass saying Nygma’s creepy which he hears.

Penguin regains consciousness and swears on his mother’s soul he’s got no business or information for Falcone and Maroni believes him. Suddenly everybody hears a noise and all occupants of the station pass out at once. Buchinsky and Aaron enter in the next scene and Jack finds Maroni, but he’s disappointed all his weapon did was knock all the occupants out. Suddenly Gordon shows up and tells the pair they’re staying put. Jim subdues the powerful Aaron, then pulls out his pistol and points it at Jack. Buchinsky starts powering up all his electrical weapons and Gordon short-circuits the criminal by throwing a cup of water at Buchinsky’s chest.

Cobblepot finally makes it to Falcone’s and Carmine says that Penguin was right about Fish all along. Oswald then says he has news the Don won’t like but he needs to hear it, Liza got planted into Falcone’s life by Mooney, she taught her all about Carmine’s mother and that’s why he feels the bond he does. Falcone slaps Penguin across the face and says he’s wrong, Cobblepot looks him in the eye and says he’s always right.

Carmine shows up at Mooney’s club and he asks how this works, Fish tells him he needs to sign some documents and then he’ll get Liza and the two can take off to anywhere but Gotham. The Don says he won’t sign a thing until he gets to talk to Liza. Fish summons Butch to bring her out and Falcone asks her how she is and she says she’s okay, then he asks how long she’s known Fish and Liza stammers and says she just met her hours ago. However Falcone said a little bird told him they’re old friends.

Fish says that little bird’s being mischievous, but Falcone says he thought so to at first, but then realized he talked to Fish about his mother to her all the time in the old days. Falcone then strangles Liza to death and his main enforcer Victor Zsasz and his female crew tie up Butch and Fish. He tells Mooney they’ll live for now but she’ll suffer during her death.

Lee Thompkins enters the police locker room and Gordon comes out wearing pants and a t-shirt and asks what she’s doing there. She said the Desk Sergeant said he was in here and it was okay to come back, she says she came back for the doll. Jim asks her if that’s the only reason she came and she tentatively kisses him. She pulls away and he kisses her passionately. They pull apart and you can see in their eyes, this is the real-deal and start kissing again, when the Sergeant interrupts them, saying there’s been a shootout at Mooney’s.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.