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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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Never have the words “You Can’t Fight City Hall,” carried the amount of weight that’s come down on former “Gotham” City Police Detective Jim Gordon’s head, resulting from the detective failing in his effort to clear out corruption in Gotham. One of Gordon’s main targets, corrupt Gotham City Mayor Aubrey James, punished him with a demotion, as Jim’s now guarding inmates at Arkham Asylum. Although the asylum needs major renovations, before it can run effectively, the city shortsightedly decided to house the criminally insane in the facility, before improvements came about, resulting in barely controlled chaos.

The episode opens on a rainy night in Gotham, as we first head inside the asylum, to see some of the inmates performing one of Shakespeare’s works for their fellow patients, although most of the audience seems lost in their own little universe. A tall man with glasses and a mop for a wig’s apparently the leading character, with another inmate costumed with gloves that have metal talons on them. The man in the glasses gives a cue and the on-duty nurse Dorothy Duncan, (Allyce Beasley, who played the receptionist on the Eighties hit series “Moonlighting“)supervising the play turns on a boom-box and another patient sings to the music.

While he sings, we first watch Gordon listening to him, then we head to an alley where Selena Kyle’s attempting to stay dry, in a caged area. Then we see Harvey Bullock reading the paper at the station and taking a nip out of his flask, then over to Renee Montoya’s where Barbara Keane’s passed out in bed while Montoya broods, an empty prescription bottle on Keane’s nightstand.

When he starts to sing, it agitates one of the patients in the audience Robert “Frogman” Jones, who huffs and puffs then rises from his seat, darts to the stage, picks the singer up over his head, then drops the man to the ground and begins to pummel on him. Gordon subdues Jones, while Duncan sounds the alarm. Gordon, Duncan and two orderlies bring the singer to an exam room on a stretcher, and Jim’s new boss, Arkham Director Robert Lange immediately tries to pin the blame on Gordon. He says it’s the fourth patient outburst in the four weeks he’s been assigned there. Dorothy tries taking the blame, saying the play was too sad and they’ll perform comedies from now on.

Lange says that the play had nothing to do with it, that Gordon seems incapable of handling his job and asks his guard what he has to say about that. Gordon says the patient needs medical attention and Dorothy chimes in to say he needs a doctor. Lange puts on an icy-cold smile and says he’ll send one over then walks away.

We’re introduced to another new character, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, played by Morena Baccarin, whom you may remember as the Alien leader in the Reboot of “V,” a few years back, as well as playing Brody’s wife in the first three seasons of  “Homeland.” Although she’s played rather unsympathetic characters on those series, Thompkins comes across as a genuinely good character and a probable romantic partner for Gordon, as he attempts to rebound from a broken heart.

Gordon enters the exam room and sees this woman in a white lab coat examining the singer Royston and asks if she works there. She quickly tells him she’s not an inmate, then introduces herself, telling him she works in the women’s ward but helps out in the men’s ward when they’re shorthanded.

She knows who Jim is though, without an introduction, calling him the famous Detective Jim Gordon, who got struck down trying to overtake City Hall. He says that he’s not sure famous applies, she then asks infamous and he says that’s near the mark. She says all the girls are talking about him and she admires what he’s doing, in not quitting. She says the patient’s fine, just sleeping off his meds and the two say so long.

Selena comes out of her cage as the rain stops and starts to leave the alley, when she hears what sounds like a child coughing. After scouting around, she finds it’s Ivy, Kyle suggests she needs a doctor but the girl refuses to see any more doctors. Selena says she has a place they can go and takes the girl to Barbara Keane’s apartment, she breaks in from the balcony, notices the dust that’s accumulated and a spoiled smell and realizes that Keane’s not been there for a while. She lets Ivy in the front door and tells her to lie down on the sofa and she’ll find a blanket.

We check in with our old friend The Penguin, who arrives at the docks with one of his henchmen, trying to get two older fisherman to give him a cut of their profits. One of the fishermen says they won’t give Cobblepot a cut and he asks him if they know who they’re dealing with, he’s The Penguin. The old man says he’s already paying Sal Maroni and Oswald says he’s tiring of them. The fisherman says he called the cops, and Cobblepot tells him that won’t do them any good as they control the police covering the waterfront. At that point a cruiser pulls up and two veteran uniforms emerge. Penguin says why the long faces Boys, and the cop punches him in the eye knocking him out cold.

Back at the asylum, Gordon’s checking the cells and sees Jones just sitting in his chair staring straight ahead. Jim tries to get his attention by calling his name, but Jones remains still. Gordon goes into the cell and Frogman’s just sitting there in a catatonic state, with two burn marks at the front of each temple. Jim taps him and Jones falls to the floor.

Leslie examines Jones in the next scene and says that Frogman’s the victim of a crude form of electro-shock therapy and his brain’s fried. Lange comes around the corner just then and once again tries to pin the blame on Gordon, but this time Jim throws it back on him. He says they started too early, they don’t have nearly enough staff to conduct a proper investigation and suggests calling in the GCPD. Lange tells him they’re keeping this in-house, then asks Thompkins if Jones is still breathing, she replies he’s breathing but he’s brain-dead. But Lange says if he’s breathing on his own he’s alive, then tells Gordon to investigate and he wants a copy on his desk Friday.

Gordon realizes if a patient did this they’d need to have keys to the cells and he confronts another guard named Steve and asks if he knows anything about missing keys. After trying to bluff his way out, he admits his keys were stolen during the fight at the end of the play. Gordon tells him to walk away, as he seethes with anger.

We meet up with Fish Mooney, her main henchmen Butch Gilzean and two of Falcone’s gang-leaders. The dominant guy, named Jimmy’s talking about how they need to take out Falcone, before he turns on them. Fish asks if God Forbid something happened to Falcone, who’d take over and Jimmy says he would. Fish expresses surprise at that and Jimmy says he’s next in line due to seniority. Mooney says it’s a new city and that calls for fresh, new, ideas. Jimmy asks who would she have in mind, as if he couldn’t guess, then the other gang-leader asks Jimmy who she means and he’s told she’s talking about herself. He says that’s fine with women’s lib, but Jimmy does have seniority. They then leave, but not before Jimmy and Butch exchange a look.

Back at Arkham Jim and Dorothy start interviewing the inmates in an attempt to find the missing keys. The first man he interview’s Jack Gruber, the star of the play. Gruber’s clearly unbalanced, but he’s extremely bright and very eloquent. Gordon says that Jones’ ruined Gruber’s play and that Gruber hated Frogman, however Gruber denies having any feelings about Jones. He’s named Frogman, because he believed a giant bull-frog lived in his abdomen controlling his thoughts. In Gruber’s mind Frogman had already died. Gruber then denies, taking or possessing the keys and Gordon sends him to his cell.

We then watch a montage of Jim interviewing the other inmates, and each one got crazier than the next. One dude starts making faces and sticking out his tongue and even Nurse Duncan starts to laugh. He then interviews Aaron who also performed in the play and Dorothy says that Aaron’s incapable of lying he doesn’t even grasp the concept. Gordon says but he killed his entire family with a hatchet and Duncan replies he never hurt a fly before or since. Aaron then says I said I was sorry and Gordon sends him back to his cell.

Back at Mooney’s club, Fish and Butch talk about Jimmy, she says she can get the other gang-leaders inline but Jimmy’s a different story. Butch says that he and Jimmy grew up together, he’ll arrange for the two of them to talk. Fish asks Gilzean if he’s turning on her and Butch gets totally flustered, asking how could she even joke about that. She replies every once in a while a girl gets insecure.

As we head back to Arkham, we see that Royston’s scared to death, then we see his heads wired with electrodes and someone in black rubber gloves, turns up the juice and zaps him. Gordon minutes later hears a rattling sound from one of the gates, it’s Royston shaking the gate now sporting the same marks on his head as Jones. He can speak, but only the lines from the play, they recently performed.

Leslie examines Royston and tells Gordon he underwent the same procedure, but got a lower dosage of electric current. She then says, she doesn’t understand why one patient would attempt to scramble another patient’s brains and we can see the wheels turning in Jim’s head. He tells her to stay on the women’s ward for the next few days, he thinks it’s a staff member involved and there’s going to be a lot of drama.

Gordon tells Lange that a member of the staff’s behind the attacks, Lange blows it off saying it’s an inmate and then tells Jim he can’t investigate staff members as a lowly guard. The director then says, you’re trying to force my hand and call the police, Jim says he already called.

Renee walks into her bedroom, Keane’s still in bed with her back to her looking at her cellphone, then hides it under her pillow and feigns sleep when she hears Montoya. Renee wakes her up and gives Barbara a coffee, then she says she made a terrible mistake, they are a toxic couple. When they’re together its pills and booze all the time, she straightened out once and doesn’t want to get back there again.Barbara, of course freaks out and tries to gather her stuff and leave but Montoya says she’ll leave and Barbara can stay there for a few days and leaves.

There are some incredible characters and actors and actresses that portray them on this series, but I have to admit to having a soft-spot for GCPD Detective Harvey Bullock. When we first met Bullock at the start of the series, Harvey was a formerly idealistic cop, turned bitter and corrupt, because that’s all he saw around him. But Gordon inspired him and Bullock morphed back into one of the good guys.

He enters Arkham and first encounters Frogman, then Royston timidly approaches him and Bullock says hey buddy, how you doing? Royston answers back with a line from the play and Harvey replies, Okay, That’s Cool Man, I can dig it!

At that point Lange and Gordon come out to greet Bullock and though Lange speaks first, Harvey yells out Jim, pushes Lange aside then hugs Gordon and kisses him on the cheek. As he’s telling Gordon how good he looks, Lange says the call was a misunderstanding and Bullock says that Officer Gordon did the right thing. He points to Frogman and says that’s at least third-degree assault and this case is now being investigated by the GCPD.

Lange tells Gordon that his career in law enforcement’s through and Bullock starts leaning hard on Lange asking the Director if he did this terrible thing? Lange’s sputters for seconds then says he didn’t, but Harvey says he has all sorts of questions and they should conduct the interview, at the station. He then asks Officer Gordon to investigate the staff files.

We’re back at the water-front, this time at the meeting between Butch and Jimmy.  They talk about growing up and then Jimmy gets down to business. He says Fish will fail and he asks his old friend to join his team, offering a very nice incentive package as a signing bonus. Butch says he wants to think about it, and Jimmy says just don’t take too long.

As Harvey and Lange enter the station, Penguin sees him from his holding cell and calls for him. Bullock walks over and tells him it’s nice to see him. Cobblepot then says this is a mistake and asks Bullock to call Maroni for him, but Harvey replies he likes having Oswald there.

Butch meets with Fish at the club and says Jimmy’s stubborn but give him some time. She nods her head and repeats his words. Then Butch says he feels optimistic and Mooney smiles and says good.

Harvey opens up his investigation of Doctor Lange, by asking Lange to pretend he’s an ignoramus, which shouldn’t be hard for Lange to do. He then asks to explain electro-shock therapy to him and Lange says that highly skilled surgeons can use the procedure to either induce or remove certain behavior in their patients but nobody on their staff has the skills. Bullock says that Lange does, and Lange says he hasn’t been at work on a body since medical school.

Gordon’s poring over the staff records back at Arkham and then starts looking at the hospital’s blueprints. Nurse Duncan stops in with a cup of coffee and says Jim looks pale and asks him if he’s had any luck? He replies that the records are incomplete and asks Dorothy if there could be records in the basement. Duncan responds the basement’s closed off, banned chemicals are down there and nobody’s been down there in ten-years. He asks her if she knows a way down there, she smiles puts down the coffee and starts leading Gordon.

They run into Leslie who greets them both and Dorothy says they’re heading to investigate the basement and asks if Thompkins wants to join them. Leslie says sure, but Gordon says remember what I told you before, you should go home. We quickly realize that Duncan’s up to no good, she pushes Leslie then runs away.

Bullock calls an instant later telling Jim that Duncan’s an inmate not a nurse, Gordon says he knows and tells Harvey to get down there. Dorothy pushes a button which opens all the cells and all the inmates chase after Thompkins. Duncan’s pushed to the ground in the stampede and she’s trampled to death. Gordon gets to the locked-gate, seconds after Thompkins and the inmates arrive, he punches one in the face and gives Leslie the keys. He then starts yelling at the inmates, telling them this wasn’t a game and to head back to their cells immediately. It stunned the inmates long enough for Thompkins to open the lock, the two escaped and then padlocked all the inmates on the other side.

Jim and Harvey head to Captain Essen’s office and she’s glad to see him, Bullock tries lobbying to get him back and the Captain says if she could she’d do it that second. But she congratulates him on the victory and pulls out a bottle, for a celebratory drink. Just then the medical examiner walks in and says that Duncan also had the electrode burns on her head. So whose doing the zapping?

Steve’s sitting in his locked in office, when Aaron comes by and Steve asks him how’d he get out of his cell? Aaron then pulls out the keys opens the door to Steve’s room and breaks his neck. We then hear the voice of Jack Gruber telling Aaron he’s his best work yet and we see the electrode burns on Aaron’s head. Then Lange turns the corner, seeing the two inmates free and his guard dead on the floor, his jaw drops.

Jim and Harvey reach Arkham, just after Gruber and Aaron have escaped and mortally wounded Lange, he spits out Gruber’s name and dies, clutching a goodbye note from Gruber to Gordon. He admits that he’d been experimenting on the patients for a while and he thinks he finally has gotten the results he wants with Aaron, he signs off until we meet again.

Sal Maroni comes to the station and asks if Cobblepot knows why he’s in a cell, then tells him it’s due to hubris. How dare he try to shake down fisherman, who risk their lives on every expedition and to do it without asking Maroni’s permission first. Penguin apologizes and promises he’ll never do it again and Maroni has him and his henchman released. He tells Cobblepot, he’s a smart monkey, but that he’s the zookeeper.

Jimmy and Butch meet once again at the waterfront, Butch’s sitting there listening to Doo-Wop as Jimmy pulls up, he leaves his car and jumps into Jimmy’s. The gang-leader asks Gilzean his decision and Butch says he’s in and Jimmy pumps his hand in the air and asks what Gilzean wants. Butch then brings up a heist they did as kids, they robbed a meat market and split the meat. Gilzean then tells Jimmy, he ripped his old friend off, he kept the choice meat for his family and gave Jimmy the lesser quality meat. Jimmy says that’s ancient history, forget about it, but Butch says he’s always felt bad about that. Jimmy says he forgives Butch, Gilzean thanks him, then blows out Jimmy’s brains, gets back in his car and drives away.

Gotham Will Return Monday January 19, at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Photo: Courtesy Of FOX.

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Although Gotham City’s the most corrupt metropolis on the planet, it’s run quite efficiently due to alliances, the key to keeping the machine running smoothly. The city’s most powerful crime boss, Carmine Falcone, owns Mayor Aubrey James, a man with the spine of a jellyfish. Almost every police officer in the GCPD, have criminal informants, a relationship that involves the officer to look the other way, when their source does something wrong, as the information they provide is too valuable to have the criminal rotting in a cell. New alliances formed, in the latest episode of the FOX series “Gotham,” with characters quite familiar to longtime fans of the Caped Crusader.

The episode picks up shortly after the previous episode’s conclusion, as Selina Kyle’s sprung from jail by Detective Jim Gordon, who plans to leave her under the care of his fiancée Barbara Kean. However Kean, who nearly left Gordon earlier in the season for not sharing his troubles at the GCPD with her, got overwhelmed by her experience as a prisoner of Falcone and left a note telling Jim she’s left. As he finishes the note his cellphone rings, and the police sketch-artist’s downstairs in the lobby, so Selina can describe the man she saw shoot Martha and Thomas Wayne.

Gordon takes Kyle and the sketch to Wayne Manor and shows the sketch to Bruce, asking if the man looks familiar and Bruce shakes his head. Jim then tells Alfred, that Selina’s the only witness to the crime and needs to be kept safe and asks if she can stay there. Pennyworth, gives him a definitive no, however Bruce vetoes his objection and says that Kyle can stay.

Since the Arkham Asylum closed down, all criminally insane convicts are held in the regular prison and take periodic trips to a mental facility. The GCPD, are on their toes as they’re transferring Ian Hargrove, to the facility, Hargrove’s imprisoned for destroying nine munitions plants, the last one with people inside the facility, that died in the bombing. As Hargrove’s brought outside, he takes a package of matches out of his mouth and palms it, while the guards slip gloves with padlocks over his hands. He’s then put into the truck with three guards, two in the cab and one with the prisoner.

As they’re driving a long, the guard notices Ian’s doing something with his left hand and takes off the glove and it appears that Hargrove made an origami swan out of the matchbook. We never find out however, as a truck on the other side of the road veers into the police vehicles path, causing the vehicle to crash. The three guards are quickly overpowered by four men with automatic weapons, when they’ve killed the last guard, a man with a thick Russian accent, calls for Hargrove. They kidnap him to make bombs for their purposes.re

Detectives Allen and Montoya, take Gordon to meet their ally, ADA Harvey Dent, whose talking with a teen boy when they arrive. If you’ve read the comics or seen the movies, you’re aware of Dent’s long-term fate, however this is decades before he goes to the dark-side. Dent tells the juvenile delinquent, that he’s young and deserves a second chance, so Harvey will bet with him, by flipping a coin. If the boy loses, he goes to jail, if he wins, Dent lets him go and the kid can’t wait to spit out the word deal, but Dent tells him there’s a catch. If he goes free, he has to promise there and now to God, that he’ll go back to school and turn his life around and asks the teen if he’s willing to make the promise and he responds yes sir. The boy calls heads and he wins Dent, tells him to remember his promise and keep it.

Gordon and the two detectives approach Dent and Jim tells the ADA, he likes how he handled the situation, but what if the boy lost? Harvey says most teenage boys always pick heads, so he’s got a two-headed coin. (Shades of things to come.) They head back to Dent’s office and he looks at the picture. Dent tells the three detectives, that he’s convinced Gotham City wealthy businessman Dick Lovecraft’s behind the Wayne’s murder and he’s going to use Jim’s source to shake Lovecraft and some other suspects up. Gordon gets hinky and tells Dent that his and Kyle’s name are never mentioned and the ADA guarantees it.

Alfred’s giving Bruce his first boxing lesson and Selina stands and watches, then asks Bruce why he’s doing this and Wayne replies to protect himself. Kyle laughs and says, this is a dangerous neighborhood, Bruce responds he’s getting ready for Gotham City and the girl says they don’t wear gloves when they fight in Gotham. As she leaves, Alfred realizes that Bruce’s got at least the start of a crush on the girl and teases him about it, but says, this one could prove troublesome.

Penguin breaks into Falcone’s house and heads to Fish Mooney’s mole, Liza’s room, he takes her nightgown from her bed and a bottle of lilac scented perfume and leaves, just before Liza returns home so he scampers up the stairs. She walks into the apartment and she can see from the doorway, her nightgown’s gone, she looks out the door but just misses the snitch.

Harvey’s already working on the Hargrove case when Gordon arrives at the station. Bullock asks if it’s woman problems and Jim tells his partner, that Barbara left him. They get back to the case and interview Ian’s older brother John. The brother says that Ian’s not bad, he’s mentally ill, he accidentally killed those people and he felt so guilty he practically turned himself in. His brother tried destroying munitions factories in order to stop wars.

Meanwhile, Hargrove’s completed a bomb for the Russians and the leader puts it in a gift basket filled with straw and puts all sorts of goodies and delicacies in the basket. He takes it to another munitions factory and four security guards chow down, the Russian and Ian sit in a van a block away and watch the building explode.

Next morning while Bruce reads the paper with the headline being the munitions building explosion, when Kyle walks into the library, acting sullen. She says the house makes noises and the boy explains it’s very old, he then says she’s wearing the only clothes she brought with her, he’ll gladly get Alfred to get her more clothes and she says she’ll pass. He then says he’s heard she lives on the street and she smiles and says yeah, he asks if her parents are still living and she freaks, saying of course they are she’s not an orphan and stomps off.

Jim and Harvey talk to their Captain Sarah Essen about the bombing and they inform her, they stole a compound called HMS, after killed the guards, which Gordon says is ten times more powerful than C-4. At that point Mayor James walks into her office and starts ripping the GCPD, Gordon cuts him off and says, the fault doesn’t lie with them, inferring James’ dropped the ball. When the Mayor asks why he’s at fault, Gordon says because the prison system’s so antiquated they need to conduct these transfers. James says they better catch the guy by that night and storms out.

The two detectives are ready to hit the streets, when Alfred calls Gordon, saying things aren’t working out with Selina. Jim plays on Alfred’s sympathy and sense of right and wrong, says he’s up to his neck in alligators, but he’ll get there as soon as he can. Pennyworth, replies they’ll patiently await his arrival.

Fish Mooney and her number one aide Butch are talking about an upcoming job and Butch asks her if she’s sure about things? Mooney says she hopes Mooney’s not losing his nerve and he assures her all’s fine. Right then the Penguin enters and Fish says she thinks that Oswald enjoys getting hurt, which is the reason he keeps returning. No, he responds he just wanted to say hello in an effort to repair their friendship, he then leans towards her and sniffs and says she smells of lilacs and she smells great. She replies he doesn’t and he says he’s off, it’s a pleasure to see her. Butch says Cobblepot’s creepy and Mooney says he’s a nothing and ignore him.

Back at the station, Gordon and Bullock are digging through Hargrove’s file, trying to find  any evidence he’s worked with others in the past, but he’s always been a loner. Old friend GCPD forensic scientist Ed Nygma, sneaks up on Harvey and nearly gives the detective a coronary, as usual his opening topic’s got nothing to do with the reason he sought them out, this week its video games. However when Ed went through the shrapnel he found a plate of another abandoned munitions plant and the two detectives thank Nygma for his good work then head to the building.

When they arrive Hargrove’s the only one there and says you  found the plate, he then tells him that four Russians, broke him out of jail and kidnapped him. They threatened to kill his brother John and his family, so he did what they asked. Right then the four Russians show up, engage in a firefight and recapture Hargrove, then drive off.

Back at the Wayne mansion, Kyle tries to escape the house by going out one of the library windows, but Bruce walks in and says if she wants to leave they’ll get her a taxi. She sheepishly closes the window and walks over and picks up a picture of Martha and says that’s your mother. The boy responds that Selina watched her get shot and Kyle sadly nods her head, then he says you saw what I did or didn’t do. She asks him what he could have accomplished and he just blurts out he should have done something. She tells him he’s dreaming, a gun’s a gun.

She then makes up an obviously fantasy story about her mother, that she’s in show business, sings and dances and makes millions. However, that’s only a cover as her mother’s in reality a secret agent on a mission for the President, and as soon as she’s done her duty, they’ll be reunited. Bruce smiles, but he realizes it’s a fantasy. She then asks him if he’s ever kissed a girl and he shyly says no and she asks him if he wants to, at that point Alfred walks in and tells Bruce it’s time for his studies.

Dent brings in Dick Lovecraft and the businessman, tells the ADA he’s been trying to bust him on fraud for years and he’s wasting his time, but Harvey says he’s there for a different reason, that a witness identified him as setting up the murders of Martha and Thomas Wayne, and this time Lovecraft won’t escape justice. The businessman stares the ADA in the eyes and says he doesn’t know who or what he’s dealing with. We then see a trace of the monster he eventually becomes, as his face almost erupts and he screams he’ll rip Lovecraft apart, then regains his composure and says it’s always good to see him.

Bullock identifies the leader of the Russians as Gregory Kasyanov, who had worked for Nikolai until the Penguin killed him. Now they work for Fish Mooney and she’s got them stealing Falcone’s money as revenge for Nikolai.

Nygma runs some tests on the explosive material they recovered and he finds that it’s indeed very powerful, but can only blast through iron and everything’s been made from steel for 100-years. But Gordon realizes the old Gotham Armory’s vaults are iron and he believes Falcone owns the property. They get there just after they have burst the door of the vault open and start loading packages of sheets of money into their truck, and the Russians see they’re surrounded, as cruisers are also there. Gordon tells Ian, that his brother and the family are in protective custody and he starts walking towards Jim and Harvey. Kasyanov yells at him to stop, but suddenly they here a cellphone ring  and Gordon realizes a bombs triggered and yells for all to get down. All four Russians died, Fish’s aide Butch triggered the bomb then drove away.

When he gets back to the club, Fish tells him that’s exactly what she wanted to happen, she didn’t want the money, just to hurt Falcone. And she had the Russians killed to tie up any unfinished business. Meanwhile Penguin’s waiting for Liza when she arrives at Falcone’s and he threatens to call the Don and tell him she’s working for Fish and she dares him to do it. He dials the number, but she begs him to hang up. He said her secrets safe with him.

The next morning Selina and Bruce are in the library having breakfast, when she throws a bagel at him and strikes him in the forehead, he asks her why she did it and she says she bets he can’t hit  her. He says he could if he wanted to, she says if he hits her, she’ll let him kiss her and an all-out food fight begins. Bruce’s laughing and having fun and Alfred doesn’t even mind the sound of broken glass. Just then Jim calls and apologizes for not getting there. Alfred says, no hurry, she’s a breath of fresh air.

The last scene’s Gordon leaving a message for Barbara, telling her he loves her and needs her back, they keep cutting to her lying in bed on her side looking sad as Jim leaves the message. When, it’s over, we see an arm from the other side of the bed, it’s Renee Montoya.

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

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

James Gordon became a marked man, in the final scene of the previous episode of the new FOX series “Gotham,” when Oswald Cobblepot, whose now referred to mainly as Penguin, showed up at Detective Gordon’s station-house, announcing the Gotham City, he’s alive and well. We found out in this installment, that there indeed was a method to Cobblepot’s madness and got a chance to glimpse just how, devious, manipulative and back-stabbing he is. If there lay any doubt, whether young Cobblepot could morph into the future Super-Criminal, seeing the Penguin playing one side against the other, with an unexpected twist at the end should put those fears to rest.

The episodes over the last few weeks, have grown more complex, making them more entertaining for the viewers, the first couple of episodes framed the story, the last few have fleshed out the characters and our understanding of how Gotham City works. New alliances formed in this episode, older ones revealed and in the words of the Penguin we saw at the episode’s conclusion “That Love Conquers All.”

As we join the action, Harvey Bullock and Gordon are in the station locker room, when Bullock knocks his partner to the ground with a punch to the jaw, then pulls out his weapon, intending to take his partner out, bring his corpse to Falcone and beg for mercy. Two uniforms enter the locker room, see what’s occurring and Bullock screams at them to just walk away, as he does Gordon kicks the gun out of Harvey’s hand and knocks him to the floor while Jim rises. Bullock tells his partner he better never see him again.

Gordon’s leaves his station-house, attempting to reach his fiancée Barbra Kean on the phone, to inform her she need’s to leave the city immediately. However, Fish Mooney’s aide Butch and an associate brandishing a pistol are keeping Barbara company in her apartment. Realizing that something’s amiss, Jim has his weapon drawn, as he enters the apartment and tells Butch to have his guy drop his gun, or Gordon will start shooting, the hood drops his piece on the rug. Butch informs the detective if he joins him and goes to talk with Fish Mooney, Kean won’t get hurt, if there’s a second trip needed she’ll get tortured, Gordon throws the two thugs out of the apartment. Jim convinces Barbara that she needs to leave the city immediately, he’s got things to wrap up and he’ll join her in a few days if all goes well. If not she’s to stay out of Gotham City. He takes her to the train and they go through their tearful goodbye.

Mooney and Nikolai meet with Falcone about Gordon not killing Cobblepot and Fish wants gallons of blood, Cobblepot, Gordon and Bullock, all dead and if necessary Sal Maroni. Falcone asks her if she’s overreacting, letting a nobody like the Penguin start a war, but Fish answers that it’s a matter of respect. Nikolai tells Falcone that he agrees, but the Crime Boss tells Mooney to talk with Maroni before they consider other options. He also tells Mooney that he’ll get his enforcer Victor Zsasz to bring in Gordon. Nikolai whispers to Fish that it’s time to take Falcone out, but she believes the timing’s wrong.

Gordon arrives at the station-house the next morning and gets met by momentary silence as everyone stares at him, then resume their conversations. Jim walks over to another detective’s desk and asks if he’s got those blank warrants pre-signed by a Judge and the detective gives him some, then Gordon walks into his Captain’s office and Sarah Essen’s shocked to see him there. He tells her he’s going to serve warrants on Mayor Aubrey James and Carmine Falcone and she responds he’s nuts, as nobody in the city will work with him. She says she wants the corruption cleaned up also, but she’s got a family.

The station-house doors open and in walks a guy looking like a young Lex Luthor on acid, accompanied by two Amazonian women in short skirts with bad attitudes. The man introduces himself as Victor Zsasz and he’s there to deal with Jim Gordon and everybody else can go about their business. He then starts calling for the detective until he and the captain enter the squad room, then Zsasz informs him he’s taking him to meet Falcone. Gordon replies he’ll meet with Falcone but not that day, Victor then says he’s sorry to hear Jim say that, as now he must get rough. Jim responds there’s 50 officers in the room and Zsasz asks them to leave, when he adds an anguished please, they scatter, leaving just Gordon and Essen, whom Jim tells to leave.

We then go through the obligatory three-on-one shootout, that the hero somehow survives, though takes a hit, he then makes it out to the garage as he attempts to elude the trio. He’s just about to get caught when Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya of MCU, drive up and rescue Jim, as they finally realize Gordon’s an honest cop.

Mooney comes to Sal Maroni’s restaurant to discuss him handing over Penguin, but Maroni’s not taken with the idea and wants to know why Mooney demands this. Fish replies it’s a matter of respect, so Maroni calls Cobblepot over to the table and has him apologize to Fish for any lack of respect he displayed. Maroni thinks that should settle the score, but Mooney tells him the war’s on, she then slaps Penguin and says she’ll enjoy torturing him. She leaves and while Sal and Cobblepot laugh, Maroni’s top aide Frankie Carbone looks less than pleased.

We see one of Maroni’s trucks hi-jacked by Falcone’s soldiers, a loss to Maroni of about $4.5 million and Sal wants to strike back hard. Penguin tells him he knows the perfect spot and Maroni sets up Carbone and Cobblepot to pull the job off. Turns out to be the headquarters of Nikolai the Russian, one of Falcone’s gang-leaders and possible threat. Carbone and his two soldiers shoot them all dead and Penguin says that he knew things would go smoothly, but Carbone decides to express his dislike of Cobblepot.

He tells Penguin, that he’s got Maroni suckered, but not him, he sees him for the gutless little snitch he is and he could kill him then and now and blame it on the Russian. Cobblepot then tells Frankie about his problem, that Carbone’s a skinflint and Penguin now controls Carbone’s former soldiers, who grab Frankie as Oswald stabs him in the gut. As the life ebbs from Carbone’s body, Penguin bends over him says “That Love Conquers All,” and plants a kiss on top of Frankie’s head, drawing puzzled looks from the guards.

Allen and Montoya drive Gordon to the Wayne mansion and Allen leaves the car to try to find Alfred. The butler accompanies the detective back to the car with a dagger pressed against Allen’s neck, when he realizes it’s Gordon, he apologizes and brings them all into the mansion. Gordon talks with Bruce and says he may not keep his promise of finding the boy’s parents’ killer, but Montoya and Allen will. Before he leaves, Bruce hugs the detective as hard as he can and we see that Gordon’s touched.

Maroni and Falcone meet with Penguin and Mooney and arrange a deal, Maroni gets to keep Penguin and Falcone receives a toxic waste dump on the Arkham Asylum property in return. We can see that Mooney’s very displeased with the deal, but with Nikolai gone, she doesn’t possess the power to argue with Falcone.

Jim’s staying at Barbara’s apartment when there’s a knock at the front door, it’s Bullock, incredibly drunk with a female companion. He insults Gordon then tells him that since they’re both going to die, he’ll join Jim’s side. He tells his companion to go find a bed and wait for him and Gordon tells Harvey they’ll arrest Mayor James and Falcone the next day. Bullock thinks he’s nuts but they’ll go out in a burst of glory.

The next morning as the Mayor sits in his limousine, Gordon climbs in back with him carrying an automatic weapon, telling James he’s under arrest. The Mayor says that’s not funny, but Harvey reveals that he’s the chauffeur and he thinks it’s quite humorous. James gets them past Falcone’s guards and the three enter the house, Bullock capturing Falcone’s two security guys on the way into Falcone’s office. Gordon tells the Crime Boss they’re arresting him and Falcone responds they won’t make it down the street alive, but Jim’s already deduced that.

What he doesn’t know is Barbara came back to Gotham City to beg for Jim’s life and he’s got her imprisoned in another room. Bullock thinks he’s bluffing but Gordon believes him and both detectives drop their weapons. Barbara’s then brought out and Falcone says by all rights he should kill the two cops, Gordon believed him which shows he’s growing, he tells them all to leave before he changes his mind.

The final scene shocked this viewer, a rare occurrence watching television these days. Carmine Falcone’s in his chicken coop, seeing if any of his hens laid eggs, when Penguin arrives in the rain of course with his umbrella. The Don addresses Cobblepot as “My Friend,” and says he had just thought about the first time we met. Penguin set this whole thing up with Falcone before Gordon got set to shoot him, in fact he asked for Gordon to get the assignment, as Jim’s the only guy in the GCPD with a conscience and might spare his life.

Oswald then told the old man if he survives he’ll return to Gotham City and be a snitch for Falcone, earning Maroni’s confidence and reporting everything back to Carmine. Falcone agrees to the terms and then asks the Penguin what secret he’s hiding and he tells him that Nikolai and Mooney are lovers, plotting against him and Mooney, will ultimately grab the power for herself.

We realize that Penguin may have gotten rid of some of Maroni’s rivals, the two real big winners are Falcone and the Penguin.

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

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Now this was fun! The new FOX series “Gotham,” reached a new level in the sixth episode of its freshmen campaign, with one of the most entertaining episodes from any show in this still young television season. The episodes main storyline had viewers guessing, until the final few minutes, and interspersed throughout the show, we got some brief but telling glimpses into some characters relationships. The story concluded with an ending that’s got deep ramifications as the season proceeds, that might change the dynamic of power in Gotham City.

We open with a graphic informing us, that the scene we’re watching took place ten years previously. An unmarked police car, drives up to this dilapidated old building and Detectives Harvey Bullock and his partner Detective Dix, (Dan Hedaya) call in for back-up. The Bullock of ten-years-earlier still maintains his idealism and pride of working for the GCPD and wants to attempt to stop a serial killer from taking his third life. Dix, however tells his partner that the “GCPD Golden Rule: No Heroes,” Bullock nods, then runs into the building, causing his older partner to give chase.

Entering the building, they realize it’s too late for the killer’s latest victim, whom like the others came from one of Gotham City’s wealthiest families and was the first-born child. The man they’re looking for, Randall Milkie’s a maintenance worker whose got keys from his job for all the victims’ houses. He’s also got a history of mental illness, now believing he’s possessed by the “Spirit Of The Goat.”

The two detectives hear stirrings and Dix goes around to check the perimeter, while Harvey maintains his position, seconds later we hear a crash and a scream, Milkie pulled a trap door and Dix fell through, crashing to the ground and lying unconscious. Bullock then confronts wearing a full head mask with horns protruding through the top, who tells him that Milkie’s body might perish but the “Spirit Of The Goat,” carries on. Harvey empties his pistol into the man’s chest, then removes the mask, verifying its Randall Milkie. He calls out for Dix, finds his unconscious body just as back-up arrives, and tells them there’s an officer down.

Back in the present Bullock drives to a crime scene, horrified to see that there’s a copycat killer, emulating the murders of the “Spirit Of The Goat,” down at the waterfront. Harvey’s trying to obtain information from GCPD forensic scientist Ed Nygma and as always, he’s annoyed with the conversation and Nygma’s new riddle, which he ignores. One thing that the scientist tells him, however does interest the veteran detective, that he’s arrived before his by the book partner, Jim Gordon.

Gordon’s involved with his fiancée Barbara Kean, over the future of their relationship, after she left him for not sharing his job concerns. Kean tells Jim that unless he’s willing to trust her and confide in her, they’ve got nothing and should head their separate ways, but she wants to be with him, so she begs the detective to let him in. His phone rings, for the third time in their conversation, he tells her he needs to go, but will share everything with her.

Elsewhere at the waterfront, Detectives Renee Montoya and her partner Crispus Allen, interview a disabled man on the docks, on whether he witnessed the shooting of Oswald Cobblepot, ten weeks earlier. The man replies, he saw it perfectly and pulls out a small telescope, the detectives show him a picture of Gordon and ask if he was the shooter. The man replies that’s the man he saw and says he has ice water in his veins as he showed no mercy. Allen and Montoya will now charge Gordon with murder.

As we’re aware, Cobblepot’s alive and well, now managing Sal Maroni’s restaurant and finally heads back to his mother’s house after staying out of contact for the last ten weeks. His mother accuses him of being with a woman, but her son replies he doesn’t even date. He tells her that he got betrayed and almost killed, but he’s on the way back and will become a big figure in Gotham City one day. His mother responds, she always knew he would be.

Gordon arrives at the crime scene, Harvey busts his chops for being late. The Coroner arrives shortly later and Bullock asks the doctor, to check the base of the skull for an incision stitched up and as Bullock predicted the stitches are there, over a foreign object in the victim’s neck. Harvey then says the objects a penny, before the Coroner removes a stitch and Bullock’s proven correct again, which troubles the detective greatly. Bullock asks if the victim came from a wealthy family and the first-born and he receives positive responses to both questions. Harvey tells Jim they’re heading to interview the victim’s family.

The pair head to the woman’s parents home and find the mother so sedated, she can’t talk and the father’s beside himself with grief and keeps making a gripping motion with his left hand. The woman with them, the man’s psychiatrist, Dr. Marks, tells the detectives her patients too distraught to talk. Bullock and her exchange words and she asks the detective, if he thinks psychiatric treatment’s ineffective. Bullock replies that he’d gladly take some of the tranquilizers she gave to the mother and Gordon breaks up the scrum, as the pair head back to the station.

Barbara Kean heads to police headquarters to try to convince Renee Montoya to give Gordon a chance. Montoya tells her they’ve got a witness and will charge Gordon with murder that evening. She tells her former lover to leave Gotham City, until the arrest and trial are over. Kean tells her she’ll do just the opposite and stay and support her fiancée.

Bullock tells Gordon and Captain Sarah Essen, that the murder’s not a copycat, as nobody knew about the coin in the victim’s neck. Milkie planted an 1813 liberty penny in each of the victim’s necks, but the police kept that fact hidden, to discourage copycat killers. The only two people alive that knew that, Harvey and his former partner Dix, now crippled in a wheelchair and resident of a nursing home due to his fall that night. Essen tells the pair to talk with Dix.

When they enter the facility, Gordon tries to talk to Bullock about the emotions churning inside him as he prepares to see his former partner, but Harvey shuts him down saying nobody invades the “black-box,” otherwise known as the detective’s brain. When they enter the room, Dix gives his former partner a hard time, calling him the boy detective, whose honoring the poor broken down man with a bad liver. Bullock responds that, he just ruined his partner’s legs, he ruined his liver with his rotgut booze.

He then tells Dix that the killer who copied Milkie, put the penny in the victim’s neck and the older man says he never told a soul. He then says it’s a conspiracy, that there’s a ring of the “Spirit Of The Goat,” killers and they’ve been dormant for ten years. Bullock tells him that’s crazy and Dix says to Gordon that Harvey always believes he’s the smartest man in the room, which Jim agrees with. Bullock says that’s because he’s constantly surrounded by idiots and leaves the room. As Gordon starts to leave, Dix tells him to watch out for his partner, that Bullock pictures himself the White Knight and tries to save the day. Gordon’s flabbergasted and looks at Dix and asks Bullock and the retired detective says it like Jim’s dumb, yeah Bullock, Gordon then says Harvey Bullock, and this time Dix just mouths the words back. We find out in the hallway, that Harvey’s paying for his former partner’s care and supplying him with what the administrator calls the most horrible magazines. We see the shock on Jim’s face, but he knows better than to go there and remains silent.

We get our first view of Ed Nygma, interacting with someone other than Gordon or Bullock and it doesn’t go well. Nygma enters the quarters of the woman who keeps the case files for the department, Kristen Kringle, whose got a bit of the hot, repressed woman, hiding behind a lab coat and glasses. At first it seems she’s just a bit shy, but we soon realize, that Kringle finds Ed rather creepy. He berates her filing system and she suddenly grows a spine, telling Nygma that she knows where everything is and for him to leave it alone, then leaves her office. Nygma, thinks he’ll impress her and redo the system.

When she returns her files cover the floor and she freaks out, but Ed tells her his way’s far more effective. She then asks why he hates her, why he wants her to quit and he blurts out that he wants her, which makes her look more freaked out. He tries to cover saying he wants her to keep her job and stay right in her office. She looks at him and tells him he’s odd, and we see his face sag. He says he’ll leave but gives her a strange look as he passes her.

A second young woman’s been kidnapped, who fits the victims descriptions, first-born child of a wealthy family. Gordon starts cross-referencing suspects that have access to both homes and Bullock tells him to get Nygma involved as he’s amazing at puzzles.

It really had nothing to do with the rest of the episode, but we see the curtains billowing in the library of the Wayne mansion, and Selina Kyle sneaks in through a window, but gets startled by a noise. She regains her composure as she realizes, it’s the snoring of Bruce Wayne, asleep as normally in the room. She looks at his evidence board, smiles then just looks at Bruce and smiles brighter. She grabs a jewel encrusted box off the desk, then sneaks back out of the room, unheard.

Nygma and Gordon have narrowed it down to four suspects, but two have alibis. When Ed mentions the third guy, Raymond Earle’s address, Harvey says that’s the man and he and Jim head out trying to avert a murder. They wind up at the same building that Bullock killed Milkie in ten-years earlier and run inside. They find the woman’s tied up but she’s unhurt, Gordon rescues her while Harvey goes in search of Earle. He finds the maintenance worker, wearing the same mask that Milkie wore ten-years earlier and Earle says the Goat will never die and he and Bullock grapple, falling down a flight of stairs. Harvey gets tangled up in plastic, but Earle’s standing over him, the two grapple again and Bullock goes down, but Gordon knocks Earle out with a right to the jaw.

Watching Earle in lockdown once they have him in custody, Bullock compares the similarities between Earle and Milkie, same profession, both having mental problems, but all nonviolent, before the “Spirit Of The Goat,” crimes. He says it’s almost like it came looking for them. Essen tells him to enjoy the victory and leaves the room. Gordon talks about investigations they can do, but Harvey says tomorrow and tells his partner to head home. As Bullock watches Earle, he notices the killer’s also gripping and releasing his left hand, just as Dr. Marks patient, Robert Hastings did. Bullock’s solved the crime.

He heads back to the Hastings home to speak with the psychiatrist and tells her he found out she’s a hypnotist, she corrects him and tells Bullock, she’s a hypnotherapist. Bullock also says he realizes she does Pro Bono work and that she treated Raymond Earle and Randall Milkie and accuses her of hypnotizing both men to carry out the murders. She admits to it, then says you can’t hypnotize a victim to commit an act their against deep down, but deep down, everybody hates the rich. She then uses a code phrase and tells Hastings to kill Bullock.

Hastings’ attempts to kill Harvey, but the detective quickly subdues the old man, then shoots Dr. Marks’ attempting to escape in the leg. He takes her down to the station and attempts to explain to Essen, what the doctor did, but the Captain’s confused. Confusion increases as Montoya and Allen bring Gordon handcuffed into the precinct telling his Captain, he murdered Cobblepot, then start to put Bullock in cuffs as an accomplice, while Gordon keeps yelling he didn’t kill the Penguin. The station doors open, and guess who arrives but Cobblepot, and Bullock attempts to go after Gordon for the double-cross.

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

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

This was the show I expected coming out of the gates, someone removed the training wheels off of the new Fox series “Gotham,” in its third episode and the result was a fun and exciting ride. The pace quickened, the writing seemed shaper, we met some new interesting characters and the main storyline could have emanated from a comic book. Hopefully, this episode’s where the series finds its footing and fulfills the hopes of Fanboys, Fangirls, and comic book readers as well.

The episode began at the station house as a youth services employee was giving custody of Selina Kyle to Detective Jim Gordon, as she told the young officer she had information on the murders of Martha and Thomas Wayne. She took Gordon to the alley they got shot in and schooled him not to trust juvenile delinquents, even if they’re as cute as young Miss Kyle. Selina tells the detective that she can prove she witnessed the murder as she threw the man’s wallet she stole that night down the sewer drain. Gordon handcuffs the girl to the railing of the fire escape while he raises the man-hole cover and goes into the sewer in search of the wallet.

What he didn’t bother to do was search the girl for any implements that could help her pick the lock on the cuffs. As soon as Gordon goes underground, she produces a pen and quickly picks the lock. Gordon’s naturally disgusted standing in sewage, but he quickly sees a wallet and it’s owned by the man who reported the robbery that evening. Just then Selina peers over the edge of the sewer hole, and throws the cuffs to Gordon, saying he’ll likely need them.

Gotham’s buzzing over the charges filed against a Bernie Madoff type of investment councilor named Arnold Danzer who fleeced people throughout the city. Our first view of him takes place while he’s on the phone with his lawyer, telling him to pay off who ever needs to get paid off to ensure Danzer never spends a minute in jail. He then tells his attorney, that he’s the lawyer and it’s his job to figure out how. He leaves the building and heads out into the street where a throng of reporters try to question him and he blows him off.

Suddenly a man wearing a children’s Halloween mask of a pig rolls a push-cart down the street shouting to all “Balloons, Balloons.” He rolls the cart over to Danzer and asks him if he’d like a balloon, but the investment banker ignores him. The masked man asks “Arnold Danzer?” and when he stops the masked man attached a handcuff to his hand, the other part of the cuff’s attached to a weather balloon and Danzer’s pulled into the sky by the helium balloon until he vanishes from site.

Back at the station Gordon’s appalled at the act by the vigilante, while Bullock’s amused. He tells his partner that Danzer’s a scumbag that got what he deserved, but Jim counters that citizens can’t take the law into their own hands. Harvey tells Gordon it’s a present and he should enjoy it, however Gordon does just the opposite.

Officers Allen and Montoya from the Major Crimes Unit pay Fish Mooney a visit to inquire on the whereabouts of Oswald Cobblepot and when they ask Mooney if he’s dead she admits he is, but tells them she’s not to blame. She then tells the cops that she’s heard that one of their own, Detective Jim Gordon sprayed Cobblepot’s brains all over the Gotham River. Allen asks why Gordon would do that, but Mooney tells him he’s asking the wrong question. She says what he should ask is whose powerful enough to get a young detective to kill someone for him and Montoya replies Carmine Falcone. Mooney tells the officer her deductive powers are amazing.

Of course Cobblepot’s not dead and we find out he’s back in Gotham. Unfortunately for him, so does one of Mooney’s thugs, whose ready to turn him over to her. But Oswald strikes first stabbing his assailant in the calf with his knife, then slashes him until he dies. He steals money from the corpse and asks the local food truck vendor for a tuna fish sandwich. He then heads to an Italian restaurant with a reputation for serving those who are “Connected.” He applies for a job in the kitchen, but the manager says Oswald doesn’t even have the right shoes. He then looks over at one of the kitchen staff and looks at his shoes. When the guy from the kitchen starts to head home Cobblepot approaches him at the bus stop and asks what size shoes does the man wear. The guy looks at him funny and tells him he wears size nine and Oswald smiles and says what a coincidence.

We head to Wayne Manor and witness a very peculiar site, the Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth’s trying to engage young Bruce in a sword fight using a pair of canes. Bruce tells him he doesn’t want to play, but Alfred starts parrying and thrusting and Wayne reactively blocks his shots with his cane. This goes on for a bit, then Bruce yells he doesn’t want to play and his anger puts him on the offensive and backs Alfred into a corner. They both smile when they realize what happened.

That’s a twist of the legacy as Alfred never encouraged young Bruce to learn to defend himself or send him down the path that lead to him becoming Batman. Was this an isolated incident, or will this Alfred play a different role in Wayne’s upbringing in this new telling of the tale? Although his past hasn’t been revealed, he’s portrayed as someone who looks like they can defend themselves and though he gets cross with Bruce, we know he loves him dearly.

Although nobody cared when “The Balloon Man,” sent Arnold Danzer into space, the reactions far different after he disposes of his second victim. This time it’s a dirty cop Lieutenant Cranston who’s stopped by the man with the cart. Cranston perceives him as a threat and disables him, emptying the contents of “The Balloon Man’s,” pockets, but he’s able to slip the handcuff on Cranston’s ankle and he sails off into space kicking and screaming.

Allen and Montoya, confront Gordon on what Mooney told them and asks if he killed Cobblepot for money or as deference to Falcone. Gordon just tells them they’re wrong and says if they find any evidence, come find him. Montoya won’t let it lie there however, as she heads over to Jim’s fiancée, Barbara Kean’s apartment.

When Renee and Barbara talked in the first episode, the body language between the two of them suggested they had a past together and we confirm that in this conversation. Montoya and Kean were a couple, apparently a dysfunctional one as there were lies and possibly both of them were abusing alcohol and or drugs. But Montoya says that she’s telling her former lover the truth, Gordon’s a dirty cop, just ask him where he was the night Oswald Cobblepot got killed.

The distributor of the weather balloons calls the police and then comes in and meets with Harvey and Jim. the guy’s named Gerrick and he says a former employee stole four of them from him, that means two more remain. They track the former employee down and bring him into custody, he admits he stole the balloons, but says he sold them to a man who concealed his identity. Bullock then says to the kid, it’s the perfect crime, no body no evidence. The kid laughs and says that Harvey doesn’t know anything about weather balloons, they reach a certain height then the air gets cold enough to make the balloon brittle and it pops, the bodies will return.

In a nice piece of black humor, we’re outside in downtown Gotham watching an elderly woman walking her little dog, when she suddenly looks up and all she says is “Oy!” The next scene has a tarp covering both bodies, we can see the woman’s feet sticking out and Cranston’s arm. Uniforms searched Cranston’s body and he had a form on him with Gordon’s name on it. Jim knows whose responsible, it’s the child services employee Davis Lamond, that handed over Selina Kyle at the beginning of the episode.

He’s not at work and officers search his home and find no trace of him or the remaining balloon. (The third balloon got cuffed to a Catholic Church official who molested children.) The two cops try to figure out where Lamond’s storing the balloons, when Gordon figures it out, since there’s a new child services center the old one’s no longer used.

They head to the building and find the last weather balloon and start searching for Lamond, Bullock instead gets found by him and holds a gun to Harvey’s head as he goes to talk to Gordon. Davis says that Jim should work with him not against him, they’re both trying to shut down corruption in Gotham. Gordon explains that’s why we have the criminal justice system and he pledges to Lamond to make it work, but  “The Balloon Man,” says the police’s time’s past and then attempts to shoot Gordon but misses badly. Bullock subdues Lamond then hooks his arm to the weather balloon and the vigilante starts to rise. Gordon jumps up and grabs his feet, but the balloon keeps rising, he tells Bullock to shoot the balloon and he does, they both drop from the sky and land on the roof of a panel truck.

Jim heads to Barbara’s apartment and he’s physically and mentally spent. He tells his fiancée, that more vigilantes will follow, that corruptions leaked into every corner of Gotham’s infrastructure and branch of government. He says there are dirty cops out there, that will gladly shoot a suspect to death rather than try them. Keane looks him in the eyes and asks him, if he’s like that and he asks her if she thinks he’s capable of that mentality. She smiles kisses him, responds he’s not and that’s why she loves him. Just then the doorbell rings and Barbara answers it, she then turns to her fiancée with a confused look on her face and calls his name. Standing in the doorway, Oswald Cobblepot who greets Gordon by saying “Hello  James, old friend.”

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

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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