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Warning: Spoiler Alert

For the first time in over a month, the FOX series “Gotham,” returned to Television, with a new villain in tow and lots of outstanding issues, seeking resolution. Although Gotham City Crime Bosses, Carmine Falcone and Sal Maroni, sat this episode out, the criminal element, was still well represented, by Oswald Cobblepot, Fish Mooney and Dr. Francis Dulmacher. Their exploits, along with young Bruce Wayne’s search for Alfred’s mate, turned assailant, Reggie Payne and Gordon and Bullock’s search for the GCPD’s dirty little secret, lead to an entertaining episode.

We start the evening, on the island that Fish Mooney and countless others find themselves imprisoned on, serving as an endless supply of parts, for wealthy patrons looking for organ transplants. Dr. Francis Dulmacher’s, the sadistic genius, running the operation, nicknamed “The Doll Maker,” for his bizarre experiments, using random body parts, to create a new hideous being. Mooney’s ingratiated herself with Dulmacher to an extent, but has yet to earn his total trust. His instincts are good, as Mooney’s looking for a way to escape her prison.

In the hospital part of the facility, Fish peers outside a lace-curtained window, seeing the landscape covered with snow, bordering an ocean with a ship not far away from the dock. After making promises to patients, she looks out a pair of French doors, seeing a helicopter, feet from the building. She breaks the padlock on the doors, setting off an alarm, then casually saunters towards the chopper. A bunch of jeeps containing a bunch of guys, with a whole lot of guns, quickly arrive, including the man known as the “Catcher,” head of security for Dulmacher. Fish tells him she thought she could roam outside and apologizes, he responds her next mistake will be her last.

Our next stop, stately Wayne Manor, as young Bruce gets a visit from Detective Jim Gordon, wanting to know if Wayne and Alfred lied, about not knowing Pennyworth’s assailant. Remembering Alfred’s words, that a man doesn’t squeal on a mate, he attempts to squirm out of answering. Gordon tells him, that if Alfred wants to handle this affair, it’s one thing, but Bruce needs to stay out of it for his safety. Wayne, replies he understands what Jim’s saying.

Gordon’s riding high on his victory over GCPD Commissioner Loeb and his recent installation, as President of the GCPD Union, meaning he’s ripe for a fall. Jim’s pride gets the best of him, as a uniform flatters him as a role model, to convince Gordon to take on an abandoned case. He says he was a first responder to find the body of a young woman named Grace Fairchild, down by the river, she called her mother from the South Village District, four months before her body got discovered. Jim’s got no idea of what he just undertook, a case that could change his life forever.

Gordon heads to the forensics examining room, to meet Lee for their date, but she she’s him carrying a case file and asks if it’s new? He says he’s picked up a cold case, Lee says this happened near where she lives and thanks her boyfriend to taking on this case and catch the man she refers to as a monster.

Fish heads down to the prison part of the facility, her friend Kelly’s back in the population, one kidney lighter. He spits at her what do you want, when she tells him they’re escaping. He asks if she’s serious, she responds, or die trying.

Alfred’s back at the manor, but his breathing’s labored as he walks about the library, gathering things. Bruce asks what he’s doing, the butler responds he’s going in search of Reggie, saying he’s gone to all the bars by now, he’s likely at a shooting gallery. Bruce says fine let’s go, Alfred starts to tell the boy’s he’s not going, when he feels a sharp pain in his side, his wound’s reopened.

Our old friend The Penguin’s attempting to become a silent partner, in a dive bar/restaurant, with an older woman named Lydia, but she doesn’t want his money. However she wants her granddaughter to return home, as she’s living with this guitarist, the woman calls Lucifer. Cobblepot promises her home for Sunday Mass.

GCPD Scientist Ed Nygma, arrives with a list of watering holes in the South Village District, including speak-easies, that apparently have become in fashion there. Harvey senses something’s wrong and tells Jim that flying too close to the sun gets you burned, but he agrees to help his partner with the investigation.

Fish meets with five of the most hardened criminals in the facility, to aid her with breaking out. She tells them they’re taking the boat, one of the guys says they should take the chopper, she asks if anyone can fly and gets met by silence. She says the gates are unlocked, she’ll get the keys for the craft from Dulmacher’s office.

Jim and Harvey interview, the woman behind the bar at a speak-easy and she recognizes the picture of Grace Fairchild, though she visited about four-months earlier, because her date was hot. We then see a flashback of the beginning of the relationship between Jason Lennon and Grace. She asks him how he’s still single, as he’s charming, good-looking and has money. He says what he wants scares people, unconditional, intense, undying love, she grabs his hand and says that’s easy.

He brings her back to his loft and she says the place must be buzzing with women, he replies he hasn’t brought anyone there for a while. He then thanks her for taking a chance on him, she responds she could definitely stay there, for a night.

Penguin and his henchmen Gabe have the guitar player, cuffed around a pole, he says he won’t give up seeing Lydia’s granddaughter, so Oswald tells Gabe to take off his fingers. He agrees after losing at least one digit, due to Gabe’s clippers.

Lee meets with Jim and Harvey about the autopsy of Grace Fairchild, she says that Fairchild was in great shape, other than the wounds that killed her, which are inconsistent with her being imprisoned for four months. Harvey asks if she possibly ran away, then got killed later on, Gordon says her captor kept her healthy until he was ready to kill her.

Another flashback, Grace wakes up the next morning and gets ready to head off to work, she kisses Jason goodbye, but he holds onto her hand. She soon catches on, that Lennon expects unconditional, intense, undying love from her and she’s not going anywhere.

Fish sneaks in Dulmacher’s office to grab the keys for the boat, he discovers her and asks if she was trying to escape as she grabs the letter opener on his desk, behind her back. He heads to his desk as she says she was just there to ask about supplies for the prisoners, he tells her he hates deceit and points a pistol at her. He says he’s about to put a bullet in her stomach, if she doesn’t tell the truth, she repeats she wasn’t trying to escape.

He looks like he’s going to fire the weapon, she puts her hand in front of her, revealing the letter opener. She says she was attempting to kill herself, to avoid becoming one of his creatures. He says if she tries it again, he’ll revive her from the dead and make her the most monstrous of all his beings.

Bruce left Alfred asleep on the sofa, while he went out searching for Reggie, but can’t find him at any gun ranges. He meets Selina Kyle, who explains that shooting-galleries aren’t gun ranges. She leads him to the seamiest sections of the city, where Payne likely is at.

Lydia’s granddaughter returns, after she embraces the girl and welcomes her back, she gives her the back of her hand tells her to clean up. Penguin and Gabe follow, soon after, Cobblepot smiles and asks should we talk terms? Gabe asks his boss, why he wanted to buy, this dump so badly, Oswald tells him this is the place he’s going to kill Sal Maroni.

Nygma comes up with a missing piece of evidence in the Fairchild case, although it’s just a photocopy of the original, but it’s enough to get Bullock terrified. It’s a small painting of a broken heart, which sends shivers up Harvey’s spine, he tells Gordon it’s the return of a serial killer known by GCPD veterans as the Ogre.

Another flashback, further along in the relationship, as Grace’s trapped in this perverse case of playing house with Lennon. She’s got her hands bound to the dining room table by manacles, as she’s concerned she overcooked the lamb. Jason agrees, gets angry, then says I think things aren’t working out, it’s not you it’s me.

She’s hung up by her arms, blindfolded and Jason takes a picture of her with an old Polaroid camera, he then opens a green toolbox and we see twelve other photographs of women in the same pose. He says he really thought it would work out this time. Just before he kills her, he tells her not to worry, he’ll find Ms. Right, someday.

Bruce and Selina find Payne passed out amongst junkies, Kyle kicks him until he wakes up, then she grabs his stash, which he calls his medicine. Bruce asks who hired him, Reggie tells the boy to stay out of it, let Alfred handle it. Selina walks over to an open window, with the bag saying she’ll drop it if he doesn’t talk. He finally reveals the name of two members of the board of Wayne Enterprises. Bruce tells Selina to give Reggie the bag, she drops it out the window instead.

He then says he’s going to tell the board members that he know their identity, he sees his bag’s on a ledge about two feet below. He hangs out the window to grab it, Bruce tries to force his hands to push Payne out, but his conscience won’t allow it, so Kyle steps in and does it. She screams he won’t tell anybody when he hits the ground.

Harvey tells Jim that the Ogre’s the GCPD’s dirty little secret, as he goes after the loved ones of any cops on his case. He asks who gave him the case and they find the uniform, Len Moore, who tells him that Loeb pressured the officer to flatter Gordon and press the case on him. Loeb’s trying to get Gordon and Bullock killed, while keeping his hands clean.

The Commissioner and the Chief of the GCPD are in the precinct house and Gordon tells Loeb his days are numbered. He’s going to take down the Ogre, then Loeb’s next on his list.

Fish tells her new henchmen the escape’s on, she’s heading back to get Kelly. She tells them to go on ahead and secure the boat and they best not leave without her. Soon the five guys realize that Mooney set them up as a diversion, she gets Kelly and some other victims and heads to the chopper, which she can pilot. However the “Catcher,” shoots her in her abdomen as she’s taking off. She suppresses the scream but Kelly sees the blood oozing out from under her hand as she flies them away.

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

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Once again the Fox series “Gotham’s” proved that it’s aptly capable of juggling several stories at once during an episode, some getting resolved by the end of the evening, other’s taking the form long-term story-arcs. We saw both in play in the latest episode “Red Hood,” as the characters depicted in the title, no longer pose a problem to Gotham City. However the episode ended with a beloved character, clinging to life, while Fish Mooney proved even as a captive she still calls the shots.

Our first image’s five men pull up in a van, exit the vehicle and head towards the Gotham Bank which they intend to rob. Four of the criminals hide their mouth and nose with a bandana or a turtleneck collar, but the older leader Destro, notices one of the guys clutching this red cloth and he asks what it is? The gang member says he made it, it’s a hood intended to spice things up a little.  He puts the hood on and they walk into the bank waving their guns, Destro fires a shot at the ceiling and all the customers crouch down.

He starts to address the crowd, but the guy wearing the hood cuts him off and starts playing the showman. He jumps up on the bank tellers counter walking it like a catwalk, telling the customers they’re not interested in their money, just the bank’s money, that’s insured anyway. The elderly bank guard pulls a pistol from his sock and fires six shots at the Red Hood from 20 feet away and misses him with every shot. They knock him out. One of the members is counting down from two-minutes and when they reach zero they leave.  But they see six cruisers headed straight towards them, however Red Hood provides a distraction, throwing hundreds of bucks in the air, causing a small riot and allowing them to escape.

GCPD Detective Jim Gordon goes to the  bank to investigate the crime, even though he and his partner Harvey Bullock, work for Homicide and no deaths occur. Gordon notices the security camera and goes to the manager’s office to watch the surveillance footage. He’s joined by Bullock, who gripes about it being another creep in a mask. Jim says they did their homework, they just rifled the registers, left the vault alone and were in and out in less than two-minutes.

The manager’s secretary says she thought the man in the red hood was nice and Harvey’s incredulous, she explains he only took the bank’s money, left the customers alone and gave money to the people, like Robin Hood. Gordon tells her, Robin Hood robbed the rich and gave to the poor, these guys were just looking for a distraction to make their escape. Jim asks if the alarm went off recently and the secretary says a smoke bomb set it off about a week before. Gordon says they’ll need the surveillance footage from that day.

Yet another rainy night in Gotham City as we visit Wayne Manor, watching Alfred descending the stairs, holding a pistol as  he goes to see whose knocking at the glass doors. He sees a man wrapped in a blanket standing with his head down, he opens the door and asks if he can help him. When the man raises his head Alfred realizes it’s his old mate Reggie, who he hasn’t seen in 20-years.

As he dries out in front of the fire we learn that Reggie Payne served with Alfred in Her Majesty’s Special Air Service and fallen on hard times. He lost his wife Vanessa, eleven years earlier and then he lost the house and then he got lost in a bottle. Bruce comes down and Alfred introduces Reggie as an old friend that had fallen on hard times. Wayne insists that Reggie stay with them for the next few days.

Fish Mooney’s now aware that the facility’s she’s imprisoned in is a facility to house people, who’ll get used for their body-parts, from limbs to hearts. She’s taken to see the Administrator of the facility and asks if he’s the owner, the man responds that he runs the business for Dr. Francis Dulmacher. She turns around to leave and the man asks where she’s going, she replies they have nothing to talk about. When the doctor returns she’ll speak to him, the man says they got off on the wrong foot, has her escorted to his bathroom, to take a shower and get some clean clothes.

The Red Hood Gang’s in the headline’s of the next day’s paper and the guy who wore the hood says whoever wears the hood should be the leader of the gang. The gang’s soon down to four as Destro kills the guy and takes the hood saying he’s right.

Oswald’s nearly empty, has a terrible standup comic on the stage who eventually gets stuff thrown at him by the five or six people in attendance. The bartender then tells the Penguin they’re out of booze, Butch tells Cobblepot that Maroni runs all the liquor and has cut the Penguin off because he despises him.

The Red Hood Gang strike their second bank, this time Destro wearing the hood and tries to pull off the speech by his now deceased associate. One of the customers on the floor asks the leader if he’s going to share some of their bounty with them as they can use the money. Destro finally says here you go and throws some money up in the air, then with giant laugh says Sayonara Gotham.

Harvey and Jim are studying the new surveillance, when another detective brings an Asian man in who saw the face of Destro, as the gang parked the van near his restaurant and he took out the trash when they came back from the robbery. Destro took the hood off to drive and he says he can identify him.

Reggie sees Bruce getting ready for his boxing lesson with Alfred and tells the boy to let him see his form. They then shadow box for a few minutes but Reggie knocks him down twice. The second time the boy’s upset and tries to attack Payne, but he loses his temper and Reggie pins the boy’s arms behind his head. He says you can’t lose your cool like that or you’re dead, then he tells Bruce to hit him in the face, which the boy does tentatively. Payne says somebody gives you a free shot you give it all you got, hit me again, again, again, again. The fourth time Bruce hits him hard enough to make his nose bleed.

Reggie says now hit me hard enough to make me land on my back and Bruce says he’s twice the boy’s size. Payne says use that to your advantage, go for the knee or the ankle, make yourself a weapon out of anything around, he grabs a cane and throws Wayne a pool cue. Alfred’s who’s watched all along, stops the proceedings and tells Bruce to take a shower. Reggie apologizes for over stepping his boundaries and Alfred asks if Reggie ever raised a child, Payne shakes his head no. Pennyworth says either had he and it’s the toughest thing he’s done in his life.

Penguin’s in a car with two hired hoods, who are going to kill Maroni’s men and steal his booze. However some cruisers show up, say they’re seizing the goods and tells the men to walk away, or get arrested. After the last of Maroni’s men leave, Butch Gilzean shows up and says the cops are his and the booze is now theirs.

The restaurant owner Mr. Chang, picked Destro out of the police files, so Bullock and Gordon form a lineup. Chang immediately picks out Destro as the Red Hood, but Harvey and Jim decide not to arrest him, but let him go and tail him hoping to find the rest of the gang.

Fish returns from her shower and the Administrator has two of his guys grab her. He says he wants her eyes so she has two choices, she and her fellow prisoners can all die immediately, or we can see how long you as a blind girl can survive the basement. Fish says he forgot about the third option, grabs a coffee spoon and gouges her eyeball out, then steps on it.

Destro returns to his apartment followed by Bullock and Gordon, when he enters, he’s nearly scared to death when he finds one of the gang’s inside. The guy wants the hood to impress his girlfriend, who thinks he’s a loser. Destro refuses to give it to him, so the guy shoots him in the gut, grabs the hood and bolts out the fire escape. Jim and Harvey hear the shot, run up to find Destro’s alive, but needs an ambulance, which Gordon calls for. He then sees rejected loan notices from three banks, the two the gang hit and the third the International Bank Of Gotham, the gangs next target.

Alfred and Reggie are talking when Bruce comes in with a bottle of wine from the family’s wine cellar and tells the two men to drink up. We see, them a bit later with two empty bottles on the table and the two men swapping war stories. Reggie explains to Bruce they were part of the Special Air Service, carrying out covert operations, he also reveals Alfred got caught by some enemies but escaped. Alfred says that’s enough and it’s time for bed. Bruce says goodnight and leaves the room, but stays hidden around the corner.

Alfred tells Reggie, his stay ends tomorrow, he’s found some fresh clothes and he’s made a sandwich for him to take with him. Reggie asks why Alfred hides who he is from Bruce, he’s a war-dog, a lethal weapon. Pennyworth ends the discussion saying he’ll see Reggie in the morning.

Later that night Alfred hears some clanking of metal and realizes Reggie’s robbing them. He tells Reggie to put down the bag with the purloined goods and leaves. Reggie says he wishes there was another way and stabs Alfred in the abdomen, then runs out. Bruce hears Alfred scream and comes down to find his guardian bleeding heavily. He calls for an ambulance and tells Alfred to stay with him.

The next morning the three remaining members of the Red Hood gang, arrive at the International Bank Of Gotham, but are soon joined by a score of police officers. They engage in a shootout and the police kill all three men. Gordon’s cell phone rings and we hear him ask, what hospital and then says he’ll be right there. It was of course Bruce who called him, from Alfred’s hospital room as Pennyworth’s on life support. Bruce says to Jim, I can’t lose him, he’s all I got and he hugs Gordon weeping inconsolably.

The final scene takes place in the boardroom of Wayne enterprises, we find out that Reggie worked for the board to try to ascertain if Bruce had any evidence against them. Payne tells them all the boy has are newspaper clippings and some notes he wrote. The he says he’s just a kid, a really good kid. Molly Mathis gives Payne an envelope stuffed with cash and says she doubts they’ll need his services again.

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