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All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Any Television series based on comic-book characters, that respects its audience enough to use the first line from one of the greatest novels ever written, as the title for the their first season finale, deserves high praise. However there’s far more to salute the FOX series “Gotham,” about as they drew the first campaign to a close, Monday night. The show-runners have built a back story for a set of legendary characters, that has shown its viewers why the characters that have entertained millions for over 75-years, act and react the way they do.

We came into this series knowing Batman and the Gotham City that he inhabits, we now are aware of what pointed Bruce Wayne, James Gordon, Oswald Cobblepot, Selina Kyle and Edward Nygma, on the paths that each would follow. The battle-lines got redrawn in the final episode of the first season, as some characters met their demise, while others embraced their destiny. Former friends became enemies and some unlikely bonds were formed, while secrets were also unearthed, that will change the characters dramatically when the show returns.

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We begin the evening along Gotham City’s waterfront, as Selina Kyle and two other teens try to warm themselves over a burning barrel. Kyle hears something and looks into the water, where she sees a rowboat heading to shore, with a figure standing in the front. As the boat gets closer, we realize that Fish Mooney’s made it back to Gotham City, along with the prisoners she helped escape from the facility that used them for spare parts for patients needing organs.

As Fish approaches the barrel to warm her hands, the two other teens back off but Selina greets Fish with a smile. Fish smiles back and says good morning child, Kyle says they’re not children and it’s still nighttime. Mooney smiles and says morning’s coming soon, the start of a wonderful new day.

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A graphic tells us it’s two-weeks later, as we join Bruce Wayne in the family library, looking for a clue he believes his late father left behind. The boy’s guardian and the family butler Alfred Pennyworth, enters the room and tells Bruce that his thoughts that his father had a secret life are foolish. He says that if Thomas Wayne did have a secret life, he’d have known about it, then says that Wayne came straight home from work each evening, then worked in this very room, once he got home.

Bruce says that he remembers and he couldn’t bother his father, while he was in the library. He says the one time he did try to get his attention, he found out the library door was locked. He says to Alfred that his father’s secret’s contained in the library and he’s determined to find it.

Carmine Falcone’s driven to the waterfront and he heads to a group of caged chickens, he takes one hen out of her cage and tells her he likes her style. Suddenly a motorcycle pulls up about 50-yards away with two people on the bike, the person sitting in the rear gets off the bike and sets up a rocket-launcher, firing a missile at Falcone’s Cadillac.

We arrive at Jim Gordon’s precinct, they have two cells filled with criminals, one cell containing Sal Maroni’s soldiers, the other stuffed with Falcone’s men. Harvey finds Gordon and tells him that Don Falcone just got hit, Jim asks if he’s still alive. Bullock responds he’s at the hospital, he just got banged up but he could be dead soon as GCPD Commissioner Loeb’s decided to back Sal Maroni in this war. Gordon says that Maroni’s too much of a loose cannon to run the city, Harvey responds they don’t have any say in the matter.

It looks like Falcone’s time’s about to run out, as he’s handcuffed to a gurney in a grimy looking hospital room. Penguin and Butch Gilzean walk in and Falcone tells Cobblepot to get him loose, but Penguin informs him that he’s the reason Falcone’s about to die. He thanks him for being a wise mentor and good friend, then pulls out a scalpel and puts it next to the old man’s throat. Falcone gets a reprieve as Gordon comes in and handcuffs Oswald and Butch, then frees Falcone.

Gordon heads out into the hallway and Tommy Bones walks in from the street and asks what he’s doing there? Gordon shrugs, Bones goes back outside and returns with Commissioner Loeb, who orders Gordon to leave the premises. Jim smirks at the Commissioner and says he can’t wait to see Loeb behind bars. The Commissioner gives Gordon a dirty look, turns around and leaves and tells Tommy Bones to have fun. Suddenly there are five gunmen looking to take Gordon out.

Gordon’s able to kill all five of his assailants, he’s ready to start shooting again, but it’s Harvey who’s arrived on the scene. They go to the basement, with Falcone, Penguin and Butch, commandeer an ambulance and drive past Maroni and his soldiers.

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Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce and Alfred have removed every book from its shelf in the family library. Alfred tells the boy they’ve looked all over the room, but there’s no hidden secret left by Thomas Wayne. Bruce refuses to give up, he’s certain he’s on the right track and will find what he’s looking for eventually.

Harvey and Jim arrive with their motley-crew to Falcone’s warehouse, as they pull into the building Harvey asks Falcone if he’s positive that nobody knows about this place. Falcone chuckles, then says anybody who did know about this place is dead. Suddenly we hear foot steps and we see that somebody’s walking towards the group holding an automatic weapon. It’s a young woman who at first says hello, then switches to what’s up, turns out the young woman is the newly coiffed Selina Kyle, now working for Fish.

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A door opens to the groups left and out marches Fish and her band of loyalists, each clutching a weapon. Mooney sees the shock on the group’s faces and says that sometimes she even surprises herself, as to just how resilient she can be.

Lee Thompkins treated Barbara Kean’s injuries, after Gordon rescued his former fiancée from serial killer Jason Lennon in the previous episode, but Lee told Kean that she needed psychological counseling, after what she went through. Barbara says the only person she’d talk with is Thompkins, at Barbara’s apartment. Although Thompkins has had minimal counseling training, she agrees to help her.

Kean tells Lee that she feels like she’s dreaming and is about to wake up. Thompkins says that Barbara got imprisoned by Lennon, then watched him murder her parents. She says that part’s real, but she feels like this conversation’s a dream. She says she knows she’s about to wake up and Jason will still be alive and ready to start torturing her again.

Fish contacts Maroni and makes a deal with Sal to get all her territory back in exchange for Falcone. Fish has Gordon, Bullock, Penguin and Falcone hanging from the ceiling by their hands when Maroni enters the building. He goes over and hugs Fish, then he tells Falcone that this is his last stop, Sal’s about to end his life.

Penguin decides to try to stir the pot, he tells Fish that if she hands Falcone over to Maroni, she’s signing her own death certificate. He says that Maroni’s going to make sure he has no rivals left. Sal says Fish won’t be a rival, just another underboss. Mooney blanches at that description, saying underbosses take orders and she doesn’t want to take orders. Maroni then calls her Babe, which really ruffles Fish’s feathers and she asks him not to refer to her that way again.

They finally hammer out an understanding that they’ll be partners, with him being number one and Mooney as number two. He then calls her Babe again and her face turns cold, he tells his soldiers never to call Mooney Babe or Toots. Mooney’s patience runs out and she plants a bullet in Maroni’s head, he hits the floor and dies instantly. Sal’s soldiers start going after Mooney’s people and Gordon and the rest escape, while their captors are preoccupied.

Falcone, Jim and Harvey hide in a holding container and the Crime Lord tells Gordon that if he survives this he’s retiring, he’s got a place down south on the water and that’s where he’ll live out his days. He barely finishes his sentence, when Selina and Mooney’s people take them back to the warehouse.

Tied up once again, Carmine tells Fish that he’s decided to retire, she asks if that means she doesn’t have to kill him now and he replies he hopes that’s her decision. But the conversation ends there, as Penguin surprise them with a machine gun, causing all to scatter. He shouts for Mooney, then sees her taking the stairs so he follows her to the roof.

Barbara starts telling Lee what happened with Jason. She starts talking about the road trip they made to her parents house. She then tells Lee that she was talking to them as she killed them, Thompkins tells her that she didn’t kill her parents, Jason Lennon did. Barbara says she stabbed them both several times and then she slit both their throats. She picks up a carving knife from the table and Lee runs.

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She locks herself in the bathroom, but Barbara starts breaking down the door. Lee wraps her arm, then smashes the mirror, grabbing a large shard of broken glass as a weapon. Kean breaks down the door and goes after Thompkins with a metal rod.

Kean gets the early advantage as the two women roll across the living room floor. Lee gets on top of Barbara, slugs Kean in the jaw then slams her head repeatedly against the wooden floor. Barbara’s comatose, when Gordon, Bullock and Falcone walk in. Lee tells Jim that Barbara went crazy and attacked her.

Back at the precinct Kristin Kringle comes to police scientist Ed Nygma, with the goodbye note supposedly sent to her by her ex-boyfriend GCPD Officer Tom Dougherty. She shows Nygma that the first letter of each sentence of the note spells out Ed’s last name. He laughs and says what a wild coincidence that is, she doesn’t seem sure if he’s telling her the truth but leaves, wishing him a pleasant day.

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Not being able to live with the guilt of killing Dougherty, Ed has a meltdown. He hears voices in his head and then starts arguing with himself, one voice representing good, the other evil. He starts talking about Kringle, the evil half saying she doesn’t care about him and treats him like dirt. He struggles with the two sides, but we can see that the evil side’s victorious.

Penguin slowly searches the roof for Fish, holding a pistol, but she ambushes him with a pipe when he turns a corner. Suddenly Butch shows up and they both tell him to shoot the other one. Butch tries to fight off the hatred for Fish that Falcone’s people planted in his head, but the best he can do is put a bullet into each of them. As soon as he shoots Mooney he apologizes saying he loves her.

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Penguin and Mooney start fighting again and Cobblepot pushes his former boss off of the roof and she falls into the water below. Penguin suddenly realizes what he’s done, he climbs up on the ledge of the roof and starts shouting that he’s the King of Gotham.

Falcone and Gordon have a conversation on Barbara’s balcony, looking at the city below them. Carmine’s sticking to his word, he’ll leave for his Southern retreat within days. He says that Gotham City doesn’t need a criminal running things, it needs a lawman and Falcone tells Gordon that he believes it’s him. He then gives Jim his knife as a going-away gift. He tells the Detective that the knife used to belong to Gordon’s dad, who gave it to Falcone as a present when both were young men. He says Gordon’s father was the most honest man he ever met, yet he still carried a knife.

Bruce’s rather desolate, after he and Alfred tore the library apart, without finding anything of his father’s. Pennyworth tries to cheer the boy up with a quote, but he tells the butler the quote comes from a Roman Emperor, who was also a stoic like Thomas Wayne. Bruce finds the book about the emperor and finds what looks like a remote control unit, hidden in the book. Wayne presses the button and the fireplace recedes from the wall, revealing a passageway. They look into the passageway and see stairs leading to a cave below the house.

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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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The freshman FOX series “Gotham,” keeps expanding the Batman Mythos, as “Deadline.com” reports that the series hired Chris Chalk, to portray a young Lucius Fox, in the final few episodes of this season. Chris just completed his run on the HBO Original Series “The Newsroom,” portraying camera-man and ladies-man Gary Cooper. The Wayne Enterprises employee, made his debut in DC Comics back in the late seventies. According to the report, Chalk will debut in the next-to-last episode of this season. Chalk also appeared in the Academy Award winning film, “12-Years A Slave.”

Fans of the Dark Knight Trilogy, are familiar with the older version of Fox, who became CEO of Wayne Enterprises, in Batman Begins. Legendary actor Morgan Freeman portrayed Fox in the three movies. Fox’s a moral man and spoke out against corruption in the corporation, which cost him his job in the first movie, however Bruce Wayne brought him back as CEO as the film concluded.

This announcement, comes on the heels of an interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith’s leaving the show at the end of the current campaign, a move that didn’t surprise many regular viewers. Pinkett-Smith’s character Fish Mooney was created specifically for the show, portraying the last of the old-time criminals, that will make way for villains such as the Penguin, Riddler and in the not too distant future, possibly the Joker. The series is on hiatus until April, at which time it will air the season’s final four episodes.

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Alfred sits upright with Bruce at his side when Gordon arrives hospital cafeteria fare for Bruce. Alfred is on a strict ‘doctor’s orders’ diet. When Gordon inquires about the assailant, Alfred is intentionally vague, knowing full well who did it. Bruce follows suit. Gordon tends to some police business. Alfred gives Bruce the line about protecting your mates. Then asserts that he will get to the bottom of ‘why’? Alfred begins to get out of bed and ‘master Bruce’ isn’t having it.

Fish wakes up from her impromptu eye surgery to find Dr. Dulmacher (or “the Dollmaker” played by Colm Feore) watching over her. Now that Fish has actually met “the Doctor”, its time to execute the plan. She pitches him to make her his right hand. Drop Falcone’s name which gets her nowhere. Before the Doctor departs, he informs her that due to their stock of eyes are low, they were unable to match her eye color. And that they will speak more soon. She wanders over to a mirror and removes her bandage to reveal a bright blue eye.

Dent meets with Gordon and the Chief to inform them that Commissioner Loeb provided an eye-witness that exonerated a murderer, drug dealer, and detective Arnold Flass. In addition, Loeb is backing Flass for President of the Gotham City Police Union. Now, since the corruption seems to go to the top, that is where Gordon must strike next. Only this time, Loeb is holding all the cards. The ‘eyewitness’ testimony that exonerated Flass came from Harvey Bullock.

The fallout from Loeb’s office, for the moment, seems marginal. As Harvey put it, “some of us have our own Cobblepot, mine never came back.” Harvey, like Gordon, was given a choice to kill a bad guy or die himself.

Bullock: Half of the cops on GCPD have their own Cobbelpot, and Loeb knows about all of them.
Gordon: Well. It ends now.

Gordon meets with Dent at a diner in part to read Dent to see if he too is in Loeb’s pocket. Dent tries to relate with Gordon on the relationships between partners, then pauses, and left without saying anything. Dent and Gordon escort the man who once called Loeb a partner (back in his homicide department days). He resists, but Gordon leans in and picks up on the older cop’s hesitation.

Griggs: I don’t know what you two are talking about. If I did, I’d say you should ask Xi Lu, Chinese bookkeeper on Huron. Loeb always said, you wanna keep something safe, give it to Xi Lu.

The Doctor and Fish negotiate terms of her purposed deal. He will return Fish to the basement and see just how efficiently she hold up her end of the bargain by supplying the Doctor with a steady flow of new product, or in other words, fresh bodies to harvest parts from. She inquires as to the what if she fails. He responds by showing her what has happened to his former office manager that Fish out played. He is now sporting feminine limbs and augmented feminine breasts. Which was done merely for the Doctor’s amusement.

Selina drops in on Bruce and Alfred. She tries to downplay the severity of the situation, but reads Bruce’s temperament. Then leans in and hugs him. Bruce believes Reggie is the key to everything. Reggie showed up shortly after Bruce informed the board of Wayne Enterprises that he was personally investigating them. And he’s right. Pursuing this is a different story altogether.

Gordon and Dent find the location of the bookkeeper. Whether they were actually talking to the bookkeeper is a different question. They are asked to wait. That gentleman chuckles and leaves. Then everyone else in the room stands up. Gordon and Dent flee. Outside, Bullock pulls up in what becomes the get-away car. Bullock tells them that they didn’t push Griggs hard enough. Or at least not in the right way. Next we find Bullock on top of Griggs with Griggs’ upper half hanging out of a moving car at not a slow speed. Loeb and Falcone are in cahoots. Now they need someone on the inside that might talk. Insert Cobblepot.

Cobblepot understands exactly what is being asked and he is not frightened. Gordon may be slightly clouded by his desire to nail Loeb. Gordon agrees to a favor to be determined later and five minutes with the files when they are found (to not include cop stuff) to help Gordon and Bullock take down Loeb and by some extension Falcone.

Fish returns to the basement to find her ‘family’ divided. Facing opposition from some of them she tells them they will return the Doctor’s guard. Then gives the Doctor one of her more loyal subjects. “Doctor’s Orders”. When one starts to turn, she informs them that ‘their sacrifices ensure your safety”.

Penguin sits in the back seat (preferable to the trunk) when they arrive at “the farm”. Penguin wants no part of entering the premises. Then an old man (Brooks Hatlin old) knocks on the windows and Penguin secures entrance into said farm. It appears that Loeb owns the house this old couple reside in. Surprise surprise, Marge (the Mrs.) worked at Arkham. Quickly we discover that Marge wears the pants in this relationship, or so it seems. Marge goes to fetch the ‘keys’. If by keys they mean guns. The old couple defends the house admirably, but fall to Gordon’s gun.

Upstairs is padlocked door. Inside is a woman in a converted who we must presume is confined there. The assumption to this point is that Commissioner Loeb is hiding his involvement in his wife’s murder. Miriam Loeb (the attic woman) is not his wife. It’s his daughter. She’s clearly not all there. Gordon slowly and delicately inquires about Miriam’s mother’s death. Expecting a revealing detail about Commissioner Loeb doing the deed we discover it was Miriam that did the deed. There is a disturbance, Gordon races downstairs. Penguin is on the floor. A truck races away. Penguin wants to see what’s in the room. He turns around to see Miriam.

Miriam: Who is this? He looks just like a bird. I like birds.

Gordon walks into Loeb’s office without knocking. Drops a necklace made of bird bones (something Miriam makes as a hobby) on Loeb’s desk. Gordon doesn’t want Loeb’s resignation. He wants to maintain his leverage over Loeb. He demands Bullocks file and the files of all GCPD cops sent to Dent. Loeb counters. All that information would surely put a target on his head. Instead, Gordon gets Bullock’s file, Miriam stays put, and Gordon has Loeb in his pocket. And one other request. Loeb publicly endorses Gordon for President of the Police Union, not Flass.

Gordon enters the locker room where he finds Bullock putting something in the locker. Gordon hands him his file, essentially freeing Bullock of the thing that keeps him in check. I expected more gratitude, but instead Bullock conveys a story that comes down to, ‘no matter how much good you do, you can’t escape that one bad thing”. A cautionary tale about the deal he made with the Penguin.

Back at the club, we find the Penguin set up everything at ‘the farm’ to look a certain way. The elderly couple charged with protecting the farm and its content, were in Penguin’s pocket. At the club they were under the impression Penguin would relocate them to Arizona. Irony alert. He informs them that there is only one ticket to Arizona. So Marge gladly kills her partner of decades to win the tickets. Then she stands up, turns to Penguin, who in no uncertain terms lets her know there were never tickets to Arizona. Not unlike Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight recruiting henchmen and forcing them to fight to the death.

The Doctor is pleased with what Fish was able to do and welcomes her into upper management. He also is pleased to show her exactly why he’s not worried about her escaping or betraying him. They are on an island.

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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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Being able to juggle multiple-storylines in an episode and have them all tied up satisfactorily in the end’s quite a feat, for a TV show, especially one that’s still in its first season. The FOX seriesGotham,” pulled that trick off quite nicely Monday night, in an episode entitled “Scarecrow,” the conclusion to the previous week’s show. Although the main story revolved around GCPD Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock, attempting to capture a serial killer, preying on people with phobias, the hour was jam-packed with the activities of the rest of the cast.

On yet another rainy night in Gotham City, a gray-haired man enters his apartment, flips the light-switch and his main light’s out, so he goes over and lights a table lamp. We see when the lightning flashes, a figure in silhouette in front of the windows, in the back of the room. The man looks out through his front window, then senses a presence and turns around and says hello. A man in a hooded robe starts to approach him and suddenly we hear someone playing with the front doorknob. The man in the apartment reveals himself, sending the gray-haired man into a panic, he tries running out his door, only to be greeted by another man dressed the same way.

In what appears to be a closed off parking garage swarming with people, two gang members are duking it out, the camera then pans to another area and we see Fish Mooney waking up and looking disoriented. A mousy looking guy comes over and says hello and Fish asks if she’s dreaming. She asks where they’re at and the guy responds, some folks think it’s prison, some think it’s Hell, but he just thinks it’s cold.

Two beefy looking guys suddenly walk over and stand about five feet away, smiling. Fish asks what they want and mousy says that the first guy that approaches a new girl usually gets jumped by the second guy. Fish stands up walks over to the pair and says here’s the deal. The first guy that attacks me, will die like that and she snaps her fingers. The second guy will die slow, so who’s first? The pair turn around and walk away.

Jim and his new girlfriend Lee Thompkins are on the street after a date as Gordon attempts to hail a cab. Jim makes overtures into coming over to Lee’s place, but she begs off, saying she starts her new job in the morning, she’s the new Medical Examiner for the GCPD. Although Gordon suggested she apply for the gig, he seems ill-at-ease, finding out she got it. They kiss goodnight and she gets into a taxi.

Bullock’s waiting for his partner at the scene of a homicide, a 62-year-old high-school English teacher, with the same incision on his abdomen as the last victim. Bullock says his adrenal gland’s likely gone as well. The two detectives start checking the apartment for clues.

The word ramshackle, might have been invented to describe the next house we head to, inside’s Gerald Crane, who takes the fresh adrenal gland then crushes it into a powder, mixes it with some other chemicals, then pours it into a syringe. He then steps out into the hallway, right in front of the stairs and injects himself, his pupils dilate and he falls to the ground in agony. Suddenly he sees a vision, a woman’s walking down the stairs, which are on fire and she says why won’t you help me Gerald? Crane cringes in panic.

Next stop’s Stately Wayne Manor, as young Bruce prepares to embark on a hike that he took every year with his father, this is his first time doing it since the murder of his parents. Alfred asks Bruce if he wants him to go along and Bruce says it wouldn’t be right. Alfred tells him his father would approve of his son carrying on the tradition, but Bruce replies that he and his dad stayed all night and watched the sunrise. Alfred says perhaps next year and Bruce tells him he’ll return before night falls.

We’re now at Fish Mooney’s club and Oswald Cobblepot’s relaying his tale of once again escaping death at the hands of Sal Maroni to Carmine Falcone. Falcone interrupts him and asks if he’s going to clean the place up and Penguin responds, if Falcone wants him to. Falcone says look into redesigning the place as well, as it reeks of Fish Mooney.

Penguin’s fear gets the better of him and he says to Falcone, he’s asking for protection from Sal Maroni and Falcone’s talking about redesigning the club. Falcone looks Cobblepot in the eye and says this place makes money, without money we lose influence, without influence we lose control. If we lose control, then Maroni knocking you off goes from hypothetical to real.

He then tells Penguin, the club’s his and to get it renovated and opened as soon as possible. He then tells Cobblepot, that his days of sneaking and spying on Maroni are over, he’s now with Falcone publicly and things will get a lot better. Penguin’s happy as a kid when the ice-cream man arrives.

Jim and Harvey are digging into their search back at the station, when Lee stops by as it’s her first day as Medical Examiner. Captain Sarah Essen stops by and says they’re glad they met and she tells Lee, she’ll take her on a tour of the station. Harvey tells Gordon he’s got rotten luck, all office-romances end in tears. Bullock’s going through the yearbook of the school the victim taught at, when he shouts that’s him. He recognizes Gerald Crane who teaches biology at the school, from the swimming-pool, when he tried drowning Scottie Mullen. They head over to the school.

Back at facility Fish’s locked-up in, the mousy guy who’s named Tully tells Fish it’s time for breakfast. Mooney starts to get up when Tully tells her, they have to wait for the boss to go first. A nasty-looking guy, and his two goons grab their food and kick the tray towards the crowd, and they all run to get some food.

Bruce’s on his hike to the spot he and his father went every year, when he stops and picks up a rock, examines it, then puts it in his pocket. He’s ready to keep walking, but grabs another stone, looks at that one and puts that in another pocket. Then Bruce proceeds to the site.

Gordon and Bullock head to the school and the principal tells them that Crane called one day, said he wouldn’t be in and he’s been MIA ever since. Bullock asks if it was about three weeks ago, as that’s when he moved from his house and the principal said it was. She said that Gerald was a nice man, but he could get quiet and moody, she attributed that to the death of his wife about six-years before, she said Mrs. Crane died in a car accident. However she said, he’s very close to his son Jonathan.

Harvey asks if he ever talked about fear or phobias and the principal asked if phobics were getting targeted and killed and Gordon responded they were. She then asked if their adrenal glands had gotten removed and Bullock asked how she knew that. She picks up a bound set of papers and set that Crane wrote an academic paper a few moths ago and asked her to proof it.

Crane’s theory’s that fear’s an evolutionary flaw and it was the reason that we had wars, murders, thefts and rape. Jim asked if Crane killed people to prove a theory, and the principal told him he was attempting to cure himself from suffering from fear. She said it was Crane’s obsession.

Crane injects himself again and this time he appears far less frightened when the vision appears. His son Jonathan walks over to him and asks his father if he’s okay and Crane responds he’s glorious. He says that his theory’s working, soon Jonathan will undergo what Crane refers to as the protocol and asks his son if he’s ready? The young teen looks very worried.

Falcone’s hosting his rival Sal Maroni at his home and asks Falcone if they’re friends and Carmine responds of course. Maroni says good, because I’m telling you right now, I’m going to kill that two-bit weasel Penguin. Falcone smiles and replies, so be it.

Penguin’s yelling at the construction workers to get hustling as the club opens in ten-hours. Penguin’s henchman enters and says these are hot from the printer and there’s a box of invitations to the grand opening of Oswald’s. Cobblepot tells his henchman, this isn’t just an opening, it’s my moment, then he tells his guy to deliver all the invitations, but he’s going to deliver one himself.

Fish and Tully walk over to Mace’s goons and asks for a moment of their boss’ time and she’s not there to cause trouble. Mace nods and she approaches him and says there are lots of tough guys there, why’s he the boss. Mace responds the place has just one knife and he owns it. Fish then says that if he protects her, she’ll be very valuable to him. He asks if she believes she’s worth his protection, she replies he’s got no idea how worthy she is. Mace smiles.

We witness a historic meeting in the next scene as Cobblepot heads to the station to deliver Jim his invite, but sees Gordon’s not at his desk. However GCPD forensic scientist Ed Nygma, sees Cobblepot and the two circle the main station room before ending up standing side-by-side.

Ed smiles at Oswald and the Penguin says can I help you, and Ed responds, I don’t know can you and both men laugh. Penguin asks him what he wants and Ed replies, what do poor people have and nobody wants and Cobblepot asks if that’s a riddle? Ed asks if he likes riddles and Oswald says no, so Ed says well the answer’s nothing. He then introduces himself and tells the Penguin he knows who he is. Cobblepot says well since you know that you must realize you’re standing too close and Nygma takes a step back. The Penguin then says good-bye and good luck, but doesn’t move, Ed picks up that he’s expected to go away.

Jim and Harvey head to their desks and Gordon sees Cobblepot and tells Harvey he’ll be right back. Penguin gives him the invitation and says thanks I’m not going. Oswald asks if he needs help on the case he’s working as they worked together great the last time Jim asked him for help. Gordon says no, then tells Cobblepot to stop coming around. Penguin says that Gordon will need his help one day soon, better to walk in the dark with a friend, than in the light by yourself.

Gerald Crane’s ready to start the protocol on his son Jonathan, he injects him with the mixture and tells Jonathan he’s a good boy. Jonathan starts shaking and feeling the pain and his vision gets hazy. Gerald tells his son to keep looking into his eyes.

Bruce gets to the site and the first thing we notice is two piles of rocks, one with a rock that has the initials B.W. the other reading T.W. Bruce adds the new stones to the pile, then picks up the rock with his father’s initials, first he looks very sad, but it turns into anger and he throws the stone away. He then throws all the rocks away and starts stomping off from the site. But Bruce trips and goes falling down a very steep hill, hitting every log and rock along the journey, until he stops rolling. He’s unconscious.

Falcone and Maroni are in Carmine’s house when Sal asks him why he values Cobblepot so much and Falcone responds he always likes a clever man by his side. He says Oswald’s clever enough to realize that he’ll never be boss. Sal says to Falcone, his beef with Penguin’s personal not a money issue. Carmine then asks Maroni if he knows Chief Judge Stanley Turnbull and Sal says he put away a lot of friends of his. He smiles and says if Falcone delivers Turnbull’s head and gives him 200 thousand, he’ll leave Penguin alone. Falcone says you can have more than his head and reveals he’s holding the judge prisoner.

Harvey tells Jim to get Penguin to help, but Gordon refuses. Instead they dig into the records and find out Karen Falcone died in a house fire. She was upstairs, but Gerald and Jonathan were downstairs and escaped, they’ve discovered Crane’s real fear and decide to check the old house to see if Crane’s there.

Back at the Crane’s house Jonathan attempts to run away but Gerald catches him and talks him into completing the protocol, while they’re standing in front of an old shabby scarecrow. Crane tells his son he’ll never be sacred again, the two of them will be the only two humans without any fears.

Fish and Tully walk over to Mace and his goons and Fish asks Mace what’s up Doc? The boss says his name’s Mace, but Fish says she likes to give her friends nicknames and she chose Doc for him as he such wise eyes for a big man. Mace tells her to come on over and she asks if that means he’ll protect her and he says yeah and grabs her and puts her on his lap.

He calls her Baby and she says she doesn’t like being called that, he tells her to stop talking before he gets angry. Fish then produces the knife and slits Mace’s throat, killing him instantly. She then yells to the rest of the crowd, my name’s Fish Mooney and now I’m in charge.

Bruce wakes up and sees he sprained his ankle too badly to walk on it. He crawls over to a branch, breaks it in half and then ties a belt around it and uses it as a splint for his leg. He still can’t walk well and starts making his attempt at crawling back up the side of the hill.

Gordon and Bullock burst into the Crane’s and Jonathan tells his father they need to leave, but Gerald says they need to finish the protocol. They run outside to the spot in front of the scarecrow and Crane fills the entire syringe with the mixture. Jonathan protests it’s too much but his father says he’ll be fine and injects his son, the dose is too much for the teen to handle and he looks at the scarecrow and watches as its eyes turn glowing red.

Gerald gets into a shootout with the two detectives, yelling he has no fear. He’s soon dead riddled with bullets from both officers. Jonathan’s having a seizure and Jim tells Bullock to call an ambulance and tries to calm the young teen down, but his screams just get louder.

Bruce crawls to the top of the hill and finds Alfred sitting there in front of a fire and drinking tea, he tells his ward he’s been there for about an hour and asks if Bruce stopped for a pint on the way. The boy’s just steamed says he sprained his ankle, he’s cold and tired and just wants to go home. Alfred asks if he wants to go home, or stay and watch the sun rise. They choose to stay.

The opening of Oswald’s is far from a success as there might be six customers in the club. There’s a punk band on stage and one guy with a giant Mohawk dancing in front of them. Penguin’s pouring champagne when Maroni and his two guys come in, Cobblepot starts to book, and Maroni says all’s cool. He and Falcone reached a deal. Then he tells Penguin he’d better pray Falcone lives a long life, because when he dies, so will Oswald.

Bruce falls asleep on Alfred’s shoulder, when Alfred rouses him to watch the sunrise. Bruce looks content and at peace.

Fish starts telling the crowd that she’s going to instill order and structure into this place, when the guards open the fence and throw a woman into the facility. Tully gasps she’s back and the woman starts screaming, my eyes they took my eyes and we see fear register on Fish’s face.

Jim goes to check on Jonathan at the hospital and the doctor says the boy’s in really tough shape. Even though the chemicals have left his body, the results have remained. Jonathan’s in a constant state of fear, every second he thinks his greatest fear’s going to get him. We then see thins from Jonathan’s perspective, the scarecrow with glowing eyes is in his face where ever he turns.

Next week another very well-known enemy of Batman’s introduced and yes it’s the criminal you’ve waited for since the season began.

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

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Since the FOX Network started airing their new series “Gotham,” we’ve watched as alliances form and then crumbled, once powerful figures, running for their lives along with romantic relationships, dashed upon the rocks, while other romances begin to bloom. This week’s episode contained all of those elements, plus another serial killer on the loose and yet another amazing escape from the clutches of death by Oswald Cobblepot.

Our first scene takes place on a rainy-night on a Gotham City rooftop, (does it rain every night in Gotham City?) as a man with spectacles, wearing a suit and tie, trench-coat and fedora, drags a man tied to a wooden chair, with a black hood over his head to the edge of a rooftop. He puts a noose around the man’s neck with the rope attached to a giant pulley, he has the man hanging over the edge of the rooftop, takes off the mask and awakens his prisoner.

The man in the chair’s a younger guy with a gag in his mouth and gets scared out of his mind when he sees his situation. The man with the hat loosens the rope and the victim falls halfway down the building, suspended in front of an apartment, where an Asian maid vacuums the floor, singing to herself with headphones on.

The next morning Gotham City Police Department Detective Harvey Bullock’s met on that rooftop by his Captain Sarah Essen and she’s told the victim dangled and then brought back up to the rooftop, by his killer. GCPD forensic scientist Ed Nygma, says that the murderer removed a part of the victim’s abdomen, post-mortem and he’ll check it thoroughly when he examines the body at the station.

Essen tells Nygma, that he’s just a forensic scientist and not the Medical Examiner and the man who’s in that position keeps complaining about Ed overstepping his bounds. She tells him to stay away from the body, then asks Harvey where his partner’s at and Bullock responds he had personal business to attend to.

His partner, GCPD Detective Jim Gordon, heads to his former fiancée Barbara’s apartment, to drop his keys off, but he discovers Selena Kyle’s homesteading there. He tells her he’s going to get her a safe place to live, when she asks if he’d spoken to Bruce Wayne, he responds he hasn’t. She then tells Gordon she told the boy she lied about seeing his parents killer and escapes out of the apartment.

Gordon heads to the Wayne Estate and finds a very subdued Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne, Wayne’s reading the paper in the library, when Alfred announces the detective. Jim’s unaware anything’s troubling Bruce, but it quickly becomes apparent as the boy hesitates to shake his hand. Bruce says that Selena’s telling the truth, she just lied she saw the killer to escape juvenile detention. He then tells Gordon, the detective he no longer concern himself with the case.

Jim tells him this isn’t the time to give up and the boy tells him he’s intensifying his efforts. He then tells Gordon that it’s months after the murder of his parents and the only thing Gordon’s turned up’s an unreliable witness. He then looks Jim in the eyes and said he didn’t want the detective bound, by an oath he failed to fulfill. He then says that he lets Gordon out of his promise and he’ll find the killer with his own resources and walks away. Alfred tells Gordon that once Bruce makes up his mind, there’s no going back. Jim says he can’t do it on his own and Alfred responds he’ll have to look after his ward.

We’re at Sal Maroni’s restaurant, as he uncorks a bottle of champagne, as Oswald Cobblepot sits with him at a table and the Penguin and he celebrate the death of Fish Mooney, whom Oswald’s certain got gunned down by Falcone’s hit-man Victor Zsasz in the previous episode. Maroni says they’ve got to jump on her territory quickly and Cobblepot says he’s already taken her nightclub over in Maroni’s name. Right then Sal’s cellphone rings and Penguin’s world begins to fall apart.

On the other end of the phone’s Fish Mooney, standing in a phone-booth with a rotary-phone (one of the cool, little oddities about this series, is we’re never quite sure about the time period. Or perhaps Gotham City exists in an alternate universe, where cellphones and phone-booths do coexist?) She tells Maroni’s she’s still alive, despite what his weasely errand-boy told him, she’s fallen from the top but she’ll get back there. She then tells Maroni that Penguin told her he’d been working for Falcone the entire time and double-crossed them both. When Sal questions her, she asks him if everything adds up, or has Maroni overlooked situations?

He replies that rings true and she responds for him to get his house in order and hangs up the phone. Cobblepot, asks if the call brought bad news, Maroni says he needs to go upstate, to see a guy about a thing and he thinks that Penguin should join him so they can discuss business.

Bullock’s at the station when a woman approaches his desk and asks if he’s Detective Bullock, then identifies herself as Scottie Mullen, the woman they contacted about Adam Jadowski, then asks if he’s dead. Bullock asks why she’d ask that question and she says this is a police station and you’re a homicide detective, Harvey tells her that he is and her number was in his pocket. She says she was his sort-of sponsor in a support-group, Bullock asks, if it was alcohol or drugs and Mullen responds, that it’s for fear and Jadowski had a fear of heights.

Harvey starts to poke fun at the concept, when Mullen’s asks him why he wants to be an ass? He’s totally flustered and says excuse me and she tells him he started making fun of her and the others with phobias. Bullock falls all over himself in apologizing and asks when the group meets next and she tells him that night at 6:30 pm. He asks her if she’s Irish, then says she looks Irish, then asks if the meeting takes an hour and if conceivably, if she could have dinner after the meeting. She’s now flustered and says yes and he assures her he’ll find the murderer.

Harvey’s smitten. he watches her as she leaves the station and while Jim comes over with a slim lead, the chair that Jadowski got tied to is a wooden banker’s chair made by a manufacturer, that closed down a few years before, but still own their warehouse. Bullock, puts on his coat and says we’re on our way.

An elderly well-dressed man, leaves his apartment building and we see the killer clutching a pot-bellied pig, which the man’s clearly afraid of. He turns to head the other way and the killer’s henchmen, Tasers the man and they put his unconscious body into a van.

As they’re searching the warehouse, Harvey asks Jim about him and Dr. Thompkins and Gordon admits to feelings, Bullock asks about Barbara and Jim says he dropped the keys off that morning. Gordon asks why they always talk about his love-life, what about Bullocks and his partner responds, that his love-life’s a sad short-story. However he says if they catch this killer he’s got his sights set on Scottie Mullen, then we hear a man scream in terror. They run to find the elderly man tied to a pole, with pigs at his feet, while a man with a pig mask’s about to stab him, they shoot him first.

Maroni and Penguin arrive in the country ay Maroni’s cabin and Maroni slaps him awake, then says let’s go inside and get some chow. Penguin’s barely touching his coffee and oatmeal and Maroni asks why and Oswald starts eating and drinking asking about the guy. Maroni says don’t worry about him, I’m going outside to get some wood for the fireplace and Penguin knows he’s in jeopardy.

Ed decides to go against the Captain’s wishes and start’s examining the hole in Jadowski’s abdomen and finds something when the Medical Examiner and Essen walk into the morgue and the Examiner goes crazy, demanding she do something or he’d go over her head. Captain Essen says she’s sorry but she’s placing Ed on indefinite suspension.

We see a boat out on the ocean and in the captain’s sleeping quarters lies Fish Mooney, visited by the Captain to make sure she’s comfortable, then tells her if she looks out of her window she can see the Gotham City skyline. She thanks him but says she’ll see it again soon.

Harvey and Jim arrive at the station and the Captain asks how the victim’s doing and Bullock tells her he’s in Gotham General half-scared out of his mind. Essen asks if they’re certain they got the murderer and Gordon says he’s not, but Bullock says these nut-jobs work alone and he’s heading to the meeting to let them know their fears are over. Gordon tells Harvey, he can’t say that assuredly and Bullock tells him to be optimistic.

Captain Essen repeats Harvey’s words and Jim says that the victim had a weird wound to his abdomen and he wants Ed to look at it and Essen tells him he’s suspended and the Medical Examiner’s reports in. Gordon reminds her that the Medical Examiner ruled the last victim a suicide, after dying from icepick wounds to the back. She says that by taking down Flass, in the previous episode they’re now being watched and there’s only so much she can do.

Harvey’s talking to Scottie Mullen at the support-group and he says she seems like such a strong woman, what’s her fear and she responds she’s a strong woman who fears swimming-pools after almost drowning in one at age seven. She asks Bullock if he’s afraid of anything and after attempting to blow-off the question he tells her he’s scared all the time and offers to speak to the group. She says that’s great and excuses herself as Harvey finds himself next to the killer at the snacks table. The killer asks Harvey if it’s his first time, Bullock responds it is and the killer states he’s a regular.

Just before Maroni heads back in the Cabin, Cobblepot goes into Sal’s bag and pulls out a pistol. When Maroni returns he says it’s time to lay all their cards on the table, total honesty, total trust, then starts playing a game with Penguin, revealing that Fish’s alive and told him that Oswald’s worked for Falcone the whole time. After trying to deny it, he pulls out the gun and Maroni laughs and says it’s filled with blanks, then he knocks out the Penguin.

Jim and Lee Thompkins meet at a restaurant for what looks like a date, but Gordon gives her the file of Adam Jadowski. She looks hurt and he asks what’s wrong, she says the last time they were together he got passionate, she believed this was a date and put on lipstick. Gordon blushes, says the case was pretext and he really wanted to see her. She smiles and says she’s glad because she dislikes putting lipstick on for nothing. His cell phone rings and he apologizes and says he’s got to leave, she understands and says she’ll look into the case and he kisses her goodbye. He calls Bullock, telling him that the second victim just said he got taken by two men.

Ed sneaks into the police locker-room and goes to a locker and picks a lock on it. We’re back at the meeting as Harvey addresses the fear-support group, he tells them he’s scared every moment of his life. His biggest fear’s getting shot in an alley as he bleeds out while some thug goes through his pockets. He doesn’t want to go out that way, he wants to pass in a loving home in the arms of a beautiful woman and looks at Scottie. The group applauds and then the killer speaks, saying his name’s Todd and this is his first time speaking. He says he’s got an uncontrollable fear of failure, he inherited it from his father and fears he’s passed it down to his son, then starts to cry and leaves the room, Scottie soon following him.

We’re in a garage as Maroni stands in front of Penguin whose on his knees begging Maroni for his life, saying he can be more valuable alive than dead, but Sal says he’s heard enough of his lies. He tells him he’s going to put him in a car that’s going to be compacted by the crusher and he’ll send it to Falcone to use as a coffee table. He then throws Cobblepot in the car locking the doors as the crusher starts to work. Maroni’s cellphone rings and it’s Penguin making one last-ditch effort, Sal says take it like a man and hangs up.

Oswald then calls the crusher operator, a man named Duffy and tells him he just called Falcone and unless he stops this instant, Falcone’s men will slaughter him and his entire family. Duffy falls for it and starts running away, Maroni thinking all’s under control wasn’t close enough, starts chasing Duffy but the operator splits. Sal heads back to the car to see that Penguin escaped as well.

The Medical Examiner walks into the locker-room whistling as he ends his shift and opens his locker then screams in fright as body parts tumble out of his locker. As he starts to pick them up, two uniforms walk into the locker room and the Medical Examiner says it’s not what it looks like.

Sitting at the meeting, Harvey asks the group if it seems they should have returned, when he’s met by silence he says so long, getting to the parking lot just as the killer’s taken Mullen. Jim and Bullock head to the station and Essen asks if the guy they shot was just an accomplice and Gordon confirms, and tells her that Scottie’s fear’s swimming-pools. Just then Harvey gets off the phone with Scottie’s mother and she told him it’s the Mars Park Pool, uptown. They head out and a uniform tries to get Essen’s attention by calling Boss. She starts to say not now, but instead she asks if he’s holding what she thinks he’s holding.

The killer’s real name’s Dr. Jonathan Crane and he’s got Scottie bound and gagged at the edge of the pool, she nearly drowned in as a child, he tells her she’s strong as she’s only registering an eight on his scale, a twelve causes a major coronary and instant death. Suddenly a teen walks in and tells his father he needs money to feed the meter, the son Gerald sees what his father’s doing and Crane tells his son that they’ve talked about his reasons, to help society. The teen heads back to the van.

Seeing her only hope of escape leave Mullen’s gets more scared registering a ten on Crane’s scale and he pushes her into the pool. Right then Jim and Harvey enter, Gordon says he’ll chase Crane and for Bullock to rescue Scottie, Harvey dives in, cuts the bonds on her hands and feet, brings her to the tile and performs CPR, saving her. Crane unfortunately escapes.

The next morning a school-bus filled with church-women come upon the Penguin lying in the weeds, one touches him with her hand-bag and he awakens, the other woman saying she knew he was alive. He asks if they’re heading into Gotham City and they offer him a ride, he enters the bus as the women sing hymns.

Jim’s at his desk at the station when Lee Thompkins shows up and tells him that she examined the body and the killer extracted the victim’s adrenal-gland, which has no value on the black market. He tells her she’s very good at this and that the GCPD need a new Medical Examiner as the old one got fired for stealing body parts. How about they talk about the job over dinner that evening?

He then stands up and tells her he’s got an overwhelming desire to kiss her right then and she asks why he doesn’t. He says he’s on duty, there’s like fifty-people watching and she tells him she’s going to lean in at the count of three and if he fails to kiss her on the cheek the date’s off. He takes her in his arms instead and the station personnel, including the reinstated Ed Nygma smile.

Fish lies in her cabin and suddenly hears gunfire, the Captain bursts in and says he can hide her, when a giant man resembling a pirate enters. Fish and the man rush head-on towards each other and the scene fades to black.

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