After months of speculation concerning the revelations that would surface during the premiere episode of the fourth season for the NBC hit series “The Blacklist,” most viewers likely ended the hour feeling no more informed than they were last May. Although the episode contained plenty of action and fraught with tension, including two volatile personal relationships, the hour ended after a lot of travel to windup in the same point it started at. Constantin Rostov left Cuba via a seaplane with his daughter Liz, his reluctant travel companion and Rostov’s hitman ended the evening with Agnes in his possession.
Why the show-runners and writers decided to reset a table instead of advancing the story perplexed this viewer, and left me wondering whether this episode’s purpose was to acclimate star Megan Boone back into the action, after missing the latter part of Season Three on maternity leave? While we got to see that Lizzie seems well-toned after her pregnancy, we didn’t acquire any major information that had yet to be revealed or speculated about. After spending much of the episode in a car trunk, Tom regained his freedom near the conclusion of the episode.
The episode did concentrate heavily on exposition in this episode, as Raymond attempted to come to grips with his mercurial feelings concerning Mr. Kaplan. Kate, not content to sit idly by and allow his sense of betrayal from dooming their relationship and perhaps her life, keeps trying to show Reddington she just tried to save Raymond from himself. However with even Dembe, telling Mr. Kaplan he can’t defend her, can she hope to make amends?
Emotions also ran high when the TASK-Force realized that Lizzie faked her death, as Keen’s colleagues realized they’d been lied to and manipulated and they all handled the news differently. Donald Ressler, seemingly had no problem with his former partner’s actions, realizing she was attempting to convince Reddington she died. TASK-Force Director Harold Cooper, exclaimed he didn’t think it was possible to feel so angry and happy simultaneously. Tech-Genius Aram, seemed to have problems processing the information, while Samar Navabi expressed her disdain and anger for Keen’s stunt.
We rejoin Dembe, Raymond and Kate, moments after they arrived at the Keen family escape-haven, not in time from stopping Alexander Kirk/Constantin Rostov’s henchmen kidnapping mom, dad and daughter. Mr. Kaplan looks at the blood on the floor and says it came from one of Rostov’s men and that he’s likely in the area. Seconds later Dembe says he’s got a location.
They arrive where the badly bleeding man’s being treated, to find out he just expired on the table. Raymond spits out that since his “Cleaner” over stepped her bounds, he would do her job and proceeds to hack the man’s head from his neck.
Liz demands that Rostov produce Agnes and Tom, Constantin replies that her daughter will soon join them. She then demands, that Rostov reveal his true identity and he responds that he’s indeed her father. He says Reddington and her mother had an affair, he says at one time he questioned if Raymond was her father, but Rostov confirmed Masha was his daughter. He says Reddington kidnapped her when she turned three and he never knew what happened to her until she and Reddington made headlines while they were on the lam.
Rostov’s got a hitman that might give Matthias Solomon a run for his money, he’s called Bobo, by his female companion, whose got Agnes in her arms and Tom’s tied up in the trunk. Neither father or daughter seem pleased with the situation, however Keen’s able to reach his hand through the tail light socket and the car behind them calls the police.
Reddington finds the house where Rostov’s holding Liz prisoner. He tells Constantin he’ll give him what ever he desires to release Lizzie and Rostov replies he wants the 26-years he missed with his daughter. Raymond responds that Liz was never meant to be raised by Constantin
Raymond contacts Cooper and tells him to send a team to Cuba, however Samar refuses to join Ressler for the mission due to her anger at Keen. Cooper let’s it be known he’s displeased with Navabi’s decision, but he’s basically helpless. He contacts old friend Cynthia Panabaker, to arrange for Ressler to meet with Manuel Esteban, a double-agent who works for Castro and the CIA. Raymond believes the despot can ascertain Lizzie’s location before Rostov can get her off the island.
Raymond tells Esteban, that with political relations improving between Havana and Washington improving, his days running his own prison and playing the two nations off each other are rapidly coming to an end. Any time the Double-Agent could be assassinated, however if he can get Liz’s location before Rostov gets her off the island, Raymond will keep the despot safe.
Tom’s taken out to the desert to dig his own grave, but of course he overpowers his captor and escapes. Mr. Kaplan recovers Agnes, from the hitman’s female accomplice, however they’re not able to stop Rostov from leaving the island via the seaplane. Reddington consoles himself with the fact they were able to get back Agnes, but that dynamic soon changes as the hitman T-Bones Raymond’s vehicle and grabs the infant out of the vehicle and puts his finger on Kate’s lips.
Ressler, who hadn’t made a deal with Esteban, turns the despot over to the Cubans and that causes the Cuban soldiers to release all of Esteban’s prisoners. However the two prisoners that Raymond’s most concerned with, Liz and Agnes, have been spirited away by Rostov and the search begins anew.
The Story Continues Next Thursday Night, on NBC at 10:00pm EDT.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many reasons why the FOX series “Gotham,” may evolve as the best network series ever based on comic-book characters, one of those reasons being the ability to juggle stories covering the present, the near-future and the long-term future of those characters. The latest episode “The Anvil Or The Hammer,” illustrated that point perfectly, as the GCPD attempted to apprehend a serial killer, Bruce Wayne had “The Talk” and the criminal element finally engaged in a long simmering war. Yes, this is the war Oswald Cobblepot predicted early in the season and it looks like his vision of the conflict was spot-on.
We also witnessed Edward Nygma losing his fear and starting to embrace his destiny as the Riddler, as he gets rid of GCPD Officer Tom Dougherty’s body in the GCPD lab. His logic’s that without a body there isn’t a crime and he learns that being dishonest with people, might serve him better than being direct.
Along with that we got our first meeting with another familiar and in this case friendly face, as Bruce Wayne got introduced to a man that will prove to be one of his most trusted allies, one day. Once again young Bruce’s bond with his guardian and family butler Alfred Pennyworth, showed to be unbreakable as the boy confessed to keeping secrets from Alfred. All and all, it made for another entertaining and fast paced hours.
The immediate issue that the show had to deal with, was the whereabouts of serial killer Jason Lennon, otherwise known as the Ogre. Detective Jim Gordon’s aware that his former fiancée Barbara Kean’s being held captive by Lennon, but the GCPD doesn’t have any information to help them track the killer, except for a sketch drawn by Lennon’s plastic surgeon.
It’s the morning after the Wayne Enterprises Charity Ball and Kean walks downstairs from Jason’s bedroom to his kitchen, as Lennon puts the finishing touches on the breakfast he prepared. She says she’ll skip breakfast and though he talked a great game at the ball, she knows he was pretending. He tells her he was pretending, but not the way she thinks he was. He tells her he was going to murder her the night he met her, until he discovered the real Barbara Kean. He tells her that she embodies everything he’s dreamed of in a woman. He then says he’s going to let her go, then they’ll have breakfast together. However she bolts for the door, which she can’t get out of. He puts a black bag over her head and carries her away, saying he’ll have to do this the hard-way.
Gordon’s at his desk at the precinct when Lee walks over with some breakfast but he refuses it. She tells him it’s not his fault that Barbara’s with the Ogre, but he responds that the serial-killer warned him. He says that if Barbara dies, her blood’s on his hands.
Ed enters the station dragging two steamer trunks and brings it into his lab. We watch him open one of the trunks, revealing Dougherty’s body cut up into pieces. His plan’s to use the GCPD facility to help him cover-up the murder he committed outside of Kristen Kringle’s home the night before.
Harvey walks in with a teenager whose been bragging on the streets that he knows who the Ogre is. They inform him that he’s got another intended victim in his grasp and she’s a good friend of theirs. The kid asks how much she’s worth, after Gordon scares the punk to death, he reveals that the Ogre was a regular at a traveling brothel, the Fox Club.
Our first visit of the evening to Wayne Manor, as Alfred delivers an envelope to Bruce, that came via a messenger. The boy puts it aside and continues reading the sheath of papers in front of him. Alfred says he’s off to identify the body of Reggie Payne, it just doesn’t make sense to him that his old mate’s dead. He tells Bruce he’s going to take care of the funeral arrangements and he won’t be back until the evening. As soon as Alfred leaves, Bruce opens the envelope containing the key to Sid Bunderslaw’s safe. There’s a note attached: Hope you find what you need. Be careful. Selina.
Butch Gilzean pays a visit to Lydia’s restaurant, the dump that Penguin recently became a silent partner in. This is the day that the hitman Connor, that Penguin hired will knock off Sal Maroni and all his gang-leaders. Gilzean plants a revolver under the bar and a machine-gun behind the jukebox. Their discussion ends as Gordon walks into the Umbrella.
Gordon says he needs the location and an invitation to the Fox Club, Cobblepot’s surprised at the request. Gordon asks if he can help him or not, Oswald says he enjoys their give and take relationship, but he seems to be the only giver in the tandem. Gordon grabs the Penguin by the lapels with one hand, and aims his pistol at Butch with the other. He says to Cobblepot, that he thinks he knows him, but he has no idea what Jim’s capable of. Cobblepot says this is a big day for him, so he’ll accommodate the detective’s request, but now Gordon owes him a huge favor. Jim smiles cruelly as he lets got of the Penguin’s jacket.
Bruce’s being guided around Wayne Enterprises by a public relations employee, when they get to the division that Bunderslaw runs. He excuses himself to use the restroom, but instead pulls the fire alarm. This is the chance for him to enter Bunderslaw’s office undetected and to find out what the executive keeps in his safe.
Jim tells Harvey that the Fox Club’s now in the old Klondike Building, he’s got one invitation and Bullock will pretend to be a John. He’ll bust them and then they’ll squeeze hard until someone gives up the Ogre.
Jason’s got Barbara hanging from the ceiling by her wrists and a gag around her mouth. He enters his playroom, apologizing that he’s left her alone for so long. However he says he wanted to give her time to realize the situation’s she’s in is real. He tells her the walls are sound proof, so don’t waste her lungs, she spits in his face instead. He unbinds her hands and lets her stand on the floor unchained, she slaps him in the face, once she feels her legs are recovering.
He says that she’s scared and that’s why she slapped him, she says Jim will rescue her and he slaps her in the face, her legs give way. He says the only time he’ll get angry is if she says Gordon’s name. He then calls her over to look at something, when she looks down he says you have to kiss a lot of frogs on the road to love. She sees the pictures of his victims, then asks if he killed them all there. He says yes and she crumbles to the ground, but her eyes remain open, he says he won’t kill her he’s going to set her free.
With the complex being evacuated due to the fire alarm, Bruce sneaks into Sid Bunderslaw’s office, finds the safe and opens it, to find the safe’s empty. Suddenly he hears Bunderslaw’s voice, saying he’s been expecting Bruce, since the boy’s friend borrowed Bunderslaw’s key. He then offers Bruce a cookie, saying when he was a boy he never turned down the offer of a cookie.
Wayne finds his voice and accuses the executive of trying to kill Alfred, Bunderslaw counters that he sent Bruce’s guardian’s comrade to the home to determine what Bruce knew. He says he never sanctioned anyone getting hurt. Bruce says that Wayne Enterprises is involved in criminal activity. Bunderslaw sounds somewhat jovial, when he responds Oh my yes. He says they’re a multinational corporation, that would usurp the laws of every nation if it could to make a profit.
He then says he told the board that Bruce was special and needed to have “The Talk” early on. He tells him when members of the Wayne family reach a certain age, they are sat down and informed of all the dealings of Wayne Enterprises. He says his father was just like Bruce at first, coming to Sid with his secret files. But Thomas Wayne as Bruce’s grandfather, eventually came to accept the criminal activities, as part of the price of doing business.
Just then, a younger man enters the room and he introduces Bruce to another Wayne Enterprises employee, Lucius Fox. The character portrayed in the Dark-Knight Trilogy by Morgan Freeman, is played by former cast member of The Newsroom, Chris Chalk. He tells Bunderslaw that the Public Relations employee’s looking frantically for the boy, Sid tells Fox to escort Bruce to her.
As they leave the office and head towards the lobby, Lucius says to Bruce try not to let your face react to what I’m about to tell you, as it will be picked up by all the security cameras I installed here. Fox tells Bruce that he was very close to Thomas and he knew things about his father that others in the company had no knowledge of. He says your father was a good man, a true stoic, that kept lots of important information secretive. They shake hands and go their separate ways.
Barbara’s asleep on Jason’s couch he kisses her on the forehead and rouses her awake, once reality sets in she starts crying uncontrollably. He puts her on his lap and tries to calm her, but she says he’s going to kill her. He asks her if she wants her to kill him and she cries no, he asks her whom he wants her to kill instead. He then says she’s wanted to kill someone forever, but never found the strength. She whispers into his ear who the person is.
Bullock’s busted the brothel, telling everybody to stay where they are. Gordon speaks to the Madam and asks her to identify the sketch. She says you might as well arrest me, because I don’t talk about clients. Jim tells her he’ll call the Gazette and have them send a reporter and photographer, then all her clients will get their pictures in the paper. She tells the detectives to talk to Sally.
Turns out Sally was Jason’s first victim, but he just scarred her face instead of killing her. She says his name’s Jason, he assaulted her nine years ago. She remembers he lived in midtown and there was a neon sign across the street from his loft, but she could only see the last four letters, O-Y-A-L. Bullock recognizes it’s the sign for the Gotham Royal Hotel, they thank Sally for her help. She asks Jim to promise to kill Jason instead of arrest him, he says alright.
Maroni’s holding a getting out of prison party for one of his men Tommy Bones over at Lydia’s, when Connor and his man enter the restaurant. He says that Falcone sent him over as a sign of respect and gives Sal a jug of his favorite wine. Maroni says that he appreciates the gesture, then invites Connor to have a drink with them. Connor says that there’s a message with the present, he says Falcone said it wasn’t easy to decide to kill Maroni, then the pair grab the guns. However neither work, the man with the machine gun goes down in a flurry of bullets. Maroni says now Connor’s going to deliver his message to Falcone, that Connor messed up and now Sal’s going after Falcone. Tommy Bones then shoots him dead.
Harvey and Jim arrive at Lennon’s loft, but both Jason and Barbara are gone. Suddenly the phone rings and Gordon picks it up. Jason’s on the other end as Bullock and Gordon triggered an alarm when they entered. Lennon tells Jim that Barbara’s safe as milk, much safer than she ever was with Gordon. He hangs up, but the two detectives determine that he was driving on a bridge, that had a train nearby. The only bridge that meets the parameters, heads to upstate which is where Barbara’s parents live.
We’re at Barbara’s parents’ house and Jason has his gun pointed at them while they sit side by side on the living room sofa. Mrs. Kean asks her daughter what’s going on? Jason replies that their little girl’s finally woken up. He then pulls out his knife and looks at them coldly.
The Umbrella’s packed to the rafters as Butch gets off the telephone and tells Penguin that Maroni’s alive. Cobblepot laughs and says he set Connor and his man up, by removing the firing pins from their weapons. His plan all along was to draw Maroni and Falcone into a war, hoping the situation works out well for Oswald after the shooting stops.
Harvey and Jim enter Barbara’s parents’ home and encounter the butler’s dead body sprawled across the foyer. Harvey stays at the entrance near the staircases, as Jim enters the living room and sees Barbara’s parents’ bodies sitting upright on the couch with blood covering each body. Bullock thinks he hears someone, but turns the wrong way and Lennon knocks him out, then Harvey tumbles down the stairs.
Barbara walks into the living room disoriented and asks Jim why he’s there, she says he’s not supposed to be there. Lennon charges Gordon with his knife but Gordon side steps him. The two battle on the floor for control of the knife, but then Jason gets up, grabs Barbara and puts the knife to her neck. Gordon aims his gun at Lennon’s head and tells him to put down the knife. Bullock comes up from behind, Jason turns and Gordon shoots him in the forehead. Barbara falls to the ground but she’s unhurt, Jim tells her everything will be okay.
Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce confesses to Alfred that Selina pushed Reggie out the window, when he threatened to tell Bunderslaw about what they were doing. He then tells Alfred about their meeting in Sid’s office, he says that Bunderslaw told him both his father and grandfather kept quiet about the criminal activities that Wayne Enterprises engage in. Alfred says that Bruce’s father was a good man, Bruce responds even good men have their secrets.
Maroni goes on the attack, starting with sending Don Falcone Connors head in a box. Captain Sarah Essen addresses her squad-room, telling them that all leave’s are cancelled for the foreseeable future. Three of Falcone’s businesses were shot up badly, reportedly by Sal Maroni and his men and Falcone should soon respond. She says we’ve got a shooting war people.
The Season Finale For Gotham Airs Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.
The show-runners for the FOX series “Gotham,” have two episodes remaining in their freshman campaign and the show’s wrapping up its initial run strongly, as characters start to reveal their true selves, some setting and others crossing limits. The multiple subplots within the series, took some dramatic turns in the episode entitled “Under The Knife,” a title significant in many of the stories.
We start the evening seeing Bruce Wayne on the wrong side of Gotham City, getting harassed by some punk, who tells Wayne he’s too far from home. Selina Kyle, scares the guy off flashing her knife, she’s just returning from the shooting gallery, they found Reggie Payne in, during the previous episode and where Kyle pushed him out a fifth-floor window to his death on the concrete below.
Bruce asks her why she killed him and she said if she hadn’t Payne would have told his boss Sid Bunderslaw, a Wayne Enterprises executive. Selina says that he’s likely the guy behind the attempt on her life, the attack on Alfred and perhaps the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Bruce says that Bunderslaw’s likely has any confidential information in the safe in his office. Selina will get a chance to steal the key to the safe, as Bruce’s guest at the Wayne Enterprises Charity Ball.
Jim head’s to Lee’s apartment to check on her when she doesn’t answer her cell-phone, she’s in the middle of taking a bath, when she hears the sound of broken glass in her apartment. She wraps a towel around herself, then grabs a carving knife from the kitchen, nearly losing it when a stray cat comes out from under her bed. The cat came in via the fire-escape of her open window, she places the cat back on the fire-escape and starts making a call, when she feels someone behind her and whacks Jim in the head with her land-line receiver.
As he recovers from the knock on the noggin, he tells Lee about the Ogre, a serial killer that’s murdered at least 12 women over the last eight-years. The reason he’s evaded capture, is he killed the wife of the first detective on the case. Ever since then the GCPD have kept his killings the department’s “Dirty Little Secret.” He tells Lee she needs to leave Gotham City, she says you want to protect me, catch him.
Jason Lennon, the Ogre’s in a Gotham City bar and introduces himself, to the woman he believes is Gordon’s girlfriend Barbara Kean. She invites him back to her place and he sees an invitation for the Wayne Charity Ball. She says she’s part of high-society, she goes there every year to have her picture taken and hands Jason a drink. He asks if she’s not scared of him being alone with her in her apartment? She smiles and asks if he’s dangerous, he says what if her boyfriend walks in and she says she never said she had a boyfriend. He says well I assumed because you’re so beautiful, she interrupts him, saying that he thought she had a boyfriend and was the kind of girl who would cheat on that boyfriend. He’s got a knife out, but he puts it away when she says if a bus hit her the next day, nobody would notice.
She asks if that changes things and he says it does, she says he’s spared himself the chance to meet the real her, which would send him running away screaming, like everybody else. She then tells him to let himself out, Lennon’s actually intrigued by her, no longer perceiving her as a target.
We head over to the Umbrella, as Penguin’s trying to keep his mother patient, while he goes to meet a guy named Connor about taking out Sal Maroni and all his gang leaders. Connor asks if Falcone’s approved the move, Cobblepot says he will when it’s done. Connor starts to walk away, when Penguin says he guesses the hitman’s satisfied being in second place. He says Carmine Falcone always goes to Victor Zsasz, for any contract hits, but if Connor brings him Maroni’s body, the equation would change. Connor likes the way Oswald thinks and tells him to meet him the following afternoon at the bar.
Harvey brings in Detective Ben Mueller, who was the first detective on the Ogre’s case and his wife got killed by Lennon. Gordon asks about the notes he scratched out eight-years earlier, Mueller looks at Bullock saying he already lost his wife to this guy, he’s afraid of losing his daughter. But the pair convince him the Ogre needs to be stopped and he reveals the medical clinic, the first victim worked at. It’s a cosmetic surgery clinic located at 80th and Grant, as Jim and Harvey leave the station, Lennon’s sitting outside in his car, taking pictures of Gordon.
Ed Nygma catches Kristen Kringle kissing a uniform in her office. The cop Tom Dougherty, asks if she forgives him, he walks by Ed calling out hey riddle man. Kringle asks if she can help Ed and he says he’s got files Gordon wants looked up. He notices some bruising on her wrist and asks if Dougherty left the marks? She says it was her fault, she got him upset with something she said, but Ed responds he can’t do that to her. She tells Nygma it’s none of his affair and she has to get back to work, but as Ed leaves, we see something’s snapped.
The doctor in charge of the clinic tells the pair the first victim worked their briefly and was recommended by a patient. He refuses to give up the patient’s name, forcing the two detectives to get a warrant. As they leave the clinic, they see Lennon’s car in an alley, Jim says the same car was in front of the station. Lennon heads straight for the two cops as they dive out-of-the-way, they don’t see his face but they know it’s the Ogre.
They return to the station and tell their commander Captain Sarah Essen and a uniform comes over to Gordon telling him he’s got an urgent call. Gordon picks up and it’s Lennon on the other end and they both get into a spitting contest. Gordon tells his Captain they have to show the Ogre they’re not afraid.
After making sure Lee approves, Jim holds a press conference, telling the citizens of Gotham City they’ve got a serial killer in their city. He’s killed with impunity for eight-years, supported by a culture of fear and silence from the GCPD. He says that ends now, we’re releasing the names and pictures of all the victims and are asking for any information. He then says to the killer, I’m coming for you and I’m not going to stop, Jason watches it on the TV in his loft.
Alfred is feeling better and back to duties, surprising Bruce, but young Wayne tells his butler that he’s attending the Wayne Charity Ball that evening and he’s invited Selina as his guest. Alfred says he’ll be there as chauffeur only, staying with the car as the young couple dance. Bruce has the proper clothes sent to Kean’s apartment for Selina to wear to the ball.
Bullock gets a call at the station the client that recommended the first victim’s Constance Van Grut, a member of one of the city’s oldest families. Harvey thinks maybe she’s the mother of the Ogre so they head to the address.
Penguin gets back to the Umbrella, happy as a kid at Christmas as Connor’s agreed to take out Maroni and his men, Penguin’s partner Butch Gilzean, tells him to shutup as Maroni’s in the bar and having drinks with Cobblepot’s mother Gertrude. Maroni tells him to join them.
Bruce meets Barbara as he arrives to pick up Selina, whose not too pleased at getting dressed up and complains the shoes hurt. Barbara tells them to have fun and to look for her at the event.
Harvey and Jim arrive at the Van Grut mansion, just in time to cut the family’s butler from hanging himself to death. He’s Jason’s father and Van Grut’s decomposed body’s still in her bed hidden by the butler Jacob Skolimski. He says his son made just one mistake, the rest are all lies. We see pictures of Skolimski with his son Jason all over the house, but each picture has Jason’s face scratched out.
Bruce and Selina dance at the ball looking for Sid Bunderslaw, he says she crossed a line in killing Payne she can never cross again. He says he wanted to kill him as well, but that’s a line he’ll never cross. She says that’s where they differ, because she’d react the same way and feels no guilt at all. Bruce looks across the room and sees Bunderslaw, they start to head towards him.
Skolimski tells him that Van Grut formed a very strong bond with her son as a child and Jason believed she was actually his mother. She was senile and cruel and pretended that she was, but when he got older he wanted her to declare him her son and she told him it was all a prank. He snapped and killed her, that was the last he’d heard from his son, until earlier that day. But he said his son couldn’t seduce any women, he has two photographs of Jason, his face terribly disfigured. Jim thinks perhaps he had plastic surgery done at the clinic his first victim worked at. The doctor who runs the clinic confirms he performed surgery on Jason.
Barbara’s standing and drinking at the ball when someone asks her to dance, it’s Jason. She asks why he didn’t tell her he got invited, he says he wasn’t on the list until earlier that day, when he donated ten thousand dollars to the charity, hoping to see her there. He then tells her he thinks they’re very much alike, very different people inside than people perceive them to be. He says he created the person he is now and can do the same for her. He then whispers in her ear and she smiles.
A little bit further down the dance floor, Bruce introduces himself to Sid Bunderslaw, as Selina picks the executive pocket, getting the key for his safe. As he walks away, Selina sees Barbara starting to leave, escorted by Jason Lennon, Bruce asks her what’s wrong and she says all’s good.
Back at the Umbrella, Sal asks Gertrude if she’s putting on an act, does she realize that her son’s a psychopath, or is she really that stupid? He asks her when she first realized she gave birth to a monster, the old woman nearly faints from the shock. Oswald says Maroni will pay for his actions, Sal that may happen but now she knows the truth.
Nygma follows Kristen Kringle back to her apartment then sits in his car waiting for Tom Dougherty to show up. When he does, Ed gets out of his car and yells for Dougherty to stop, then tells the cop he thinks he better leave Kringle alone and he should leave the city. Dougherty laughs before punching Ed in the gut, he sinks to the ground and Tom picks him up to hit him again, but Ed stabs the cop in the gut with a knife, repeatedly until Dougherty falls to the ground dead. Nygma looks at the knife, covered in blood, and keeps repeating oh no, but then starts hysterically laughing. We’ve seen the birth of the Riddler.
Maroni sends roses to Gertrude, Penguin tells the delivery man to tell Maroni he’s a dead man and throws the vase on the hallway floor, then slams his apartment door. He opens it quickly, tells the deliveryman he’ll deliver the message himself and slices the man’s throat open with the shards of glass.
The final scene’s in Jason’s loft, she sees his S&M room and asks what’s in there, he tells her to check it out. She walks in and sees all the bondage stuff, he enters soon after and he’s met by a smile from Kean.
The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.
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 series “Gotham,” 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.
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.
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.
Unless you’ve cut yourself off from society for the past six months, you’re aware that the new Fox series “Gotham,” revolves around Gotham City, before the days of Batman and the central character of the show’s the future Commissioner of the GCPD James Gordon’s, whose a young detective in this telling. However, although the man who’ll wear the cape and cowl one day, young Bruce Wayne’s gone through some major growth since the series debuted with the boy watching his parents get gunned down in the street, while he stood by their side.
Watching his parents die in front of him, traumatized the boy and if not for the promise from the young Detective Gordon, that he’d bring the killer of Bruce’s parents to justice, the boy could’ve fallen into an extended funk. However, he respected Jim so much, he followed his example and in the last two episodes, Bruce’s coming into his own as a very perceptive, boy detective. With his parents pet project, renovating the Arkham Asylum, now turning into a profit center for two Crime-Bosses, Wayne’s suspicion about the people running Wayne Enterprises grows, with every misfortune that affects the city. Bruce’s determined to speak to the members of the board that run the corporation, as he’s got a laundry list of questions to ask them. Wayne Enterprises, figures heavily in this episode, but there’s many more story-lines intertwined.
One of those plots involves our old friend Oswald Cobblepot, now managing Crime-Boss Sal Maroni’s restaurant. Maroni’s pumped he intimidated city officials to let him be involved in the Arkham project, a deep blow to his rival the more powerful Carmine Falcone, but he still wants to send Falcone a message. He talks with one of his henchmen Frankie, at the restaurant about robbing Carmine’s nightclub, but Frankie says the job will cost Maroni some soldiers. He looks up and sees Cobblepot listening and chews him out, calling him a dishwasher in a suit, but Maroni’s interested in what his restaurant manager’s thinking.
Cobblepot tells Maroni that his friend’s the janitor at the club and he believes his friend could get Maroni’s guys in the club via a tunnel-system that runs beneath the nightclub. Frankie dismisses the idea immediately, but Maroni’s intrigued and tells Oswald to sit at their table. Sal asks Cobblepot his name and he responds that his staff call him Penguin. Maroni realizes Cobblepot’s not pleased with the name, but he tells his employee its a good name and it fits him. He tells Penguin that he sees a bit of a player in him and Cobblepot’s ego gets the best of him. He tells Maroni his real name and that he worked for Fish Mooney, before she attempted to get him killed. Sal smiles and laughs, then takes his manager by the back of the neck and slams his head into the table.
A busker, sits on a doorstep with his guitar case opened and a sign that reads “Why Lie? Need money for drugs.” The musician either doesn’t know how to play the acoustic, or just being lazy as he’s just strumming out of tune chords. A guy puts some coins in his case, but this disheveled man watches him from across the street. He finally walks over to him, and drops a vial filled with green liquid in his case. The guitarist picks up the vial and sees two snakes etched on the vial, plus the words breath me. He tries yelling for the man to come back, but he keeps walking, so the musician opens the vial and breathes from it. He’s immediately effected, his body convulses with either pleasure or pain.
The next scene the busker heads into a convenience store and opens up the dairy case, pulls out a gallon of milk and starts chugging. The store manager yells that the guitarist will have to pay for the milk and he replies “Don’t vex me mortal,” and continues drinking. The manager whose three times the size of the musician, jumps out from behind the counter, with a Louisville Slugger in his hands, which the Busker grabs and then turns it into sawdust with his hands.
Gordon and partner Harvey Bullock, are getting some burgers off a “Roach-Coach,” when an alarm goes off and Jim gives chase, Harvey reluctantly following him. They enter the convenience store and see the floor littered with milk bottles, they shout to find somebody and they find the manager trapped in a hallway, that the musician blocked off. He tells the cops the guy had super strength and literally pulled the ATM off the wall and carried it above his head.
Gordon and Bullock canvass the neighborhood with a picture of the suspect and finally a young woman recognizes him as her friend Benny. When Gordon asks if she knows where he lives, she asks for twenty bucks, Jim gives her a ten and gets the address. They find the alley Benny lives in and the streets filled with empty milk bottles. Benny comes out and asks for help, he felt great, but now feels terrible and asks the detectives to find the guy who gave him the drug. They ask who he is and Benny only remembers that the guy’s ear’s mangled. Bullock approaches Benny and the busker’s instincts take over and he throws Harvey, then Jim like rag dolls. He picks up the ATM over his head and starts to throw it at them, when he collapses the ATM crushing him. Gordon says to Bullock he hopes the drug doesn’t hit the street.
Bruce’s setting up a time-line on the walls of the family library, starting with the death of his folks and including pictures of the Mayor of Gotham City, Falcone and Maroni. Alfred enters the room and tries to distract Bruce by suggesting a walk, but the boy’s too focused to leave his project. He then tells the family’s butler and his surrogate father, that he believes that Wayne Enterprises got involved in Falcone and Maroni becoming part of the Arkham project. Alfred replies that’s the way business’ conducted in this era and Bruce asks Pennyworth, if his parents did business that way? Alfred replies they did not.
Gordon’s worst nightmare comes true as the man with the green liquid hands vials out to people throughout the city, leading to dozens of people feeling god-like and possessing super-strength for a few hours, before collapsing and dying. A riots taking place at the precinct house that Jim and Harvey work out of, with groups of uniforms trying to subdue the victims and get them into cells. As the place gets even more frantic, Maroni’s henchmen Frankie, tells Gordon they’re taking a little ride to discuss Oswald Cobblepot. Gordon’s got to protect his reputation so he goes with Frankie into the back seat of a car, and a black hood’s put over his head.
When the hood comes off he’s at Maroni’s restaurant, Sal and a bloody and beaten Penguin sitting at a table. Sal tells Gordon that Penguin told him a story and that if his story matches, all’s well, if not they both die. After the Penguin’s hauled off to the kitchen, Jim recounts how Falcone set up a patsy to take the fall for the Wayne murders and Gordon called Fish Mooney on it. Cobblepot, told two officers from Major Crimes Unit about the setup and Falcone ordered Jim to kill Oswald and dump his body off the docks, but Gordon didn’t shoot him. Maroni’s all smiles now and tells his guys to bring Penguin back out, then kisses him on the cheek and says he’s their new secret weapon, someone from inside Mooney’s gang.
Gordon goes back to the station and Bullock starts busting his chops, but Jim says he had a personal matter to deal with. Harvey asks if Barbara’s broken up with him and Gordon acknowledges she did, but that happened in the previous episode, not in the last two hours. Precinct scientist Ed Nygma’s analyzed the drug from Benny’s remains and he’s fascinated with the results. The drug gives its users a euphoric feeling and super-strength, by tapping into the body’s calcium supply, which is why all the victims consume so much milk. Eventually the drug drains all the calcium from the victim’s body, their bones collapse and they suffocate. Jim asks Nygma if he’s seen similar substances and the scientist, tells him that the drug’s so complex, that it came from a state of the art lab, the best of them being WellZyn, owned by Wayne Enterprises. Ed says that Wayne Enterprises would never allow that kind of work at their facility, but Gordon says they might as start at the top.
Back at stately Wayne Manor, Alfred walks into the library in the late morning, finding papers scattered everywhere and Bruce passed out on the couch. Pennyworth opens the drapes, waking the boy then asks him what Bruce’s mother would think of the mess. He says he should throw the whole lot in the fire, but Bruce says no fire. He tells the boy, that Wayne Enterprises will hold a charity luncheon the next afternoon and Alfred took the liberty of putting them both on the guest list. The boy’s excited as he plans to talk to the board members at the function.
Carmine Falcone’s called a meeting for all the gang leaders that report to him, about the Arkham project, saying they didn’t lose anything. He then says Maroni’s gang didn’t make gains either, but one of his men, Nikolai whose a Russian immigrant says they have to strike back at Maroni. Falcone tells him they aren’t making any moves and that Maroni’s a fool. Nikolai says in his country they say even a fool can bite a king if he has teeth. Then Mooney rips him a new one for doubting Falcone and the Crime Boss ends the argument and the meeting.
Mooney heads back to her club and starts working with her “secret-weapon,” a young woman named Liza, she recently hired. She wants Liza to memorize an aria and learn to say things in a motherly tone. Mooney sees improvement and tells her employee it’s time to talk about her hair.
WellZyn executive Taylor Reece, comes to the precinct house and meets with Gordon and Bullock about the new drug and she denies any involvement from her lab. Jim then asks if a man with a mangled ear rings a bell and her face turns white. She tells him that’s former employee Stan Potolsky, whom they fired in April, due to mental-illness issues. He and a supervisor argued and Potolsky tried to cut his own ear off. He left without cleaning out his desk or taking any of his belongings and Reece tells the detectives she’ll arrange for a courier to deliver all his property to the station.
Gordon and Bullock search though Potolsky’s belongings and they find nothing of any meaning, until they find a framed picture of Stan with a philosophy professor from Gotham State, Isaac Steiner. They visit the elderly professor at the school and he tells them Potolsky’s his former student and the two are still friends. Jim tells the professor about the drug Stan’s distributing throughout the city and Steiner knows all about it. Potolsky’s job at WellZyn was producing a drug that gave American soldiers super-strength, so they could rip a combatant apart, with his bare hands. The first serum was Viper, the drug Stan’s passing in the city, that had a rotten side-effect, the user dies within hours. Potolsky then created a drug that worked Venom, but he started realizing how immoral the project was and refused to participate so Wayne Enterprises fired him.
The professor defends Stan’s actions as a way of calling attention to the evil people behind Wayne Enterprises, then grabs a vile of Viper from his desk, inhales it and throws Harvey across the office. As he goes to attack Bullock again, Gordon shoots him until he falls then asks where Stan’s heading that afternoon, but Steiner dies before responding. However Gordon quickly realizes that Potolsky’s heading to the charity lunch thrown by Wayne Enterprises.
Alfred and Bruce enter the event and after looking around, Pennyworth points out Molly Mathis, who worked closely with Thomas Wayne and Bruce goes to introduce himself. She tells him she’s happy he’s joined them and all of Wayne Enterprises feels his loss. Bruce then asks if she’s on the Board Of Directors and she laughs, telling the boy she’s middle management and the board doesn’t attend these functions. He tells her his suspicions of the board allowing Falcone and Maroni to get involved in the Arkham project and she dismisses his statement as impossible. He asks her if she could set up a meeting between him and the board and she smiles and says she’ll try her best.
Jim and Harvey arrive at the function, Bullock takes inside the building while Gordon takes the roof, where he finds Stan, connecting a huge tank of Viper to the buildings HVAC unit. (That seems to be popular this season, as “Forever” featured the same plot device last month.) Jim attempts to talk Potolsky out of it, but the scientist’s too far gone to deal with and tells Gordon to shoot him. Instead the detective shoots the tank which causes all the substance to escape from that hole dosing Stan, but Gordon shields his mouth and nose. Harvey arrives up stairs and Gordon tells him not to shoot, then tries to get Stan to give him info on Wayne Enterprises. He screams check warehouse 39, then jumps off the roof and dies amidst the traffic far below.
The two detectives check out Warehouse 39, but it’s empty, so they get in their car and drive away. As they leave we see Molly Mathis on her phone in a car across the street, saying the pair found nothing. She says they don’t pose a threat and ends the call.
Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce gets pleasantly surprised when he realizes Alfred’s now helping him in his search for corruption at Wayne Enterprises.
The Story Continues Next Monday at 8:00 pm on FOX.
The Arkham Asylum’s played a prominent role in the Batman mythos for decades, depicted in the comics and in the movies, so it stands to reason it’s part of the new Fox series “Gotham,” although at this point in the timeline, it’s been shuttered for years. Restoring the asylum and building low-income housing on the same parcel of land, became a mission for Martha and Thomas Wayne, prior to getting shot to death in front of their young, son Bruce. Gotham City Mayor Aubrey James’ champions the cause that the Wayne’s worked so hard for at the start of the fourth episode of the series.
However James’ not the only prominent person interested in the project, as the top Crime-Lord in the city, Carmine Falcone and his less successful rival Maroni, want to get involved in the construction. Falcone favors the Wayne plan, while Marconi prefers a plan involving a waste management and refurbishing the old asylum over building a new structure. Each of the Crime Bosses have City Councilors in their pockets with Falcone holding the advantage.
We’ll come back to the troubles with Arkham in a bit, but first lets start at the beginning of the episode, which picked up right where it ended in the previous episode. Detective Jim Gordon’s at his fiancée’s apartment, when the doorbell rings and he’s shocked and angry to see Oswald Cobblepot on the other side of the door. Cobblepot introduces himself to Barbara as Peter, an old friend of her fiancée, but he can see he’s interrupting something, so he apologizes and says he’ll leave. Gordon tells him he’ll walk him to the building’s lobby.
When the two reach the alley outside of the building, Jim loses it, picks Cobblepot up by the lapels and slams him against a brick wall. He screams that he told him never to return to Gotham, that he should have killed him on the dock and should put a bullet in his head there and now. Oswald agrees with everything Gordon says and tells him, he wouldn’t blame him if he killed him right then. Cobblepot, then says that Jim won’t do it because he’s honest, perhaps the only honest member of the GCPD. He says he’ll be Gordon’s source on the upcoming war in the crime world and anything he tells Jim’s legitimate. He can see the Detective doesn’t trust him, so he picks up a big, jagged shard of glass and tells Gordon to trust him or kill him. Jim slaps the glass from Oswald’s hand and walks away.
That night in a badly lit parking lot, one of the City Councilors controlled by Falcone, and his aide start to get in their car, when a man who tells the elected official he’s one of his constituents, asks the Councilor if he’d look at his invention. The man puts together a metal pipe that strongly resembled a flute and hands it to the aide, telling him to put it up to his eye, when the aide follows the directions, a spike protrudes from the end on his eye, stabbing him through the eyeball and killing him instantly. The man picks up the weapon and stabs the councilor in the chest, he’s injured but mobile and attempts to escape. But the killer traps him and stabs him in the eyeball.
Gordon and partner Harvey Bullock get the case assigned to them the next morning by Captain Sarah Essen, Harvey tries to get some other team to work the case, but Jim’s intrigued, saying with assurance the murder was politically motivated. He tells his partner and the Captain, this revolves around the Arkham project, that the Councilor’s a Falcone guy and Maroni arranged a hit. Bullock believes his partner’s nuts, but Essen thinks it’s a sound theory and they should investigate it.
Gordon drives to the Wayne Estate and asks Alfred and Bruce, what they know about the Wayne’s involvement in the Arkham project and young Bruce reads him a letter written by his mother a couple of years earlier. Martha’s letter passionately proclaimed its society’s responsibility to care of the mentally handicapped and the mentally ill. After Bruce finishes reading, he tells Gordon he doesn’t want his parents dream to die with them.
Excitement arrives at the restaurant that Cobblepot washes dishes at, as Maroni and his henchmen arrive with three huge duffel-bags filled with money that he’s going to store there. He tells the manager of the restaurant, that the best investment’s always land. A bit later, the manager sees Cobblepot whose known as Paulo at the place, watching the henchmen counting the money. He grabs him, calls him a sniveling mouse and tells him he doesn’t see or hear anything on the premises and Oswald apologizes.
We see the assassin again, this time driving a car that he pulls over in the middle of nowhere, gets out of the vehicle and opens the trunk, then pulls an industrial-sized barrel out of it. He opens the lid and we see that he’s got another City Council member inside the drum, then tells the councilor he believe simplicity is the most effective way to do things, but his client wants to put fear in others. He then pours gasoline all over the man and a trail that goes about ten feet from the barrel. The councilor pleads for his life, promising he’ll change his vote on Arkham, but the words fall on death ears as the assassin lights a matchbook on fire and throws it on the trail of the petrol.
Gordon, Harvey and Captain Essen arrive at the crime scene, and the Captain says this proves Jim’s theory about the hits being politically motivated. She leaves, but GCPD forensic scientist Ed Nygma, arrives shortly thereafter, saying he’s got a paradox. Turns out that although Maroni controlled this councilor, he got killed by the same assassin in the first murder. Harvey tells Jim they’re off to see a friend of his.
Bullock’s “friend’s” in the penitentiary and Harvey brought him two cartons of cigarettes as incentive to cooperate. The convict known as Minks, more than earns the two cartons as he finishes Bullock’s description of the assassins M.O. He tells the detectives that the perp’s named Gladwell and is excellent at his profession.
Gordon arrives at Barbara’s apartment and she asks him who Oswald Cobblepot is and Jim asks her how she knows that name. She stares at him silently and it suddenly occurs to him that MCU Detective Renee Montoya told her. He asks how they know each other so well and Keen admits they’d been a couple for a year before she met Gordon. Jim gets angry, because she hid the relationship and she lied. Needless to say the conversation concerning Cobblepot ended, although I don’t know why Gordon didn’t tell his fiancée, that Cobblepot’s the man she met earlier in the week who called himself Peter.
Cobblepot at that moment’s washing dishes in the restaurant, when three gunmen walk into the restaurant saying they’re robbing the place, so everybody should stay still. They quickly kill the manager then head to the back of the place and grab two of the duffel bags containing Maroni’s money. The Crime Boss and some henchmen arrive later and they search the place for clues, although Maroni’s positive that Falcone arranged the robbery and the hits. One of the thugs opens a cupboard and finds Oswald with one of the duffel bags, saying he wished he could’ve saved all three. Maroni rewards him by promoting him to the manager’s position.
Jim and Harvey track down where Gladwell works and decide to pay him a visit, however he hears them identify themselves and ask about him so he leaves his desk and hides. Gordon goes looking for him while Bullock remains at the desk, Jim’s five feet away from Gladwell, but doesn’t see him. Harvey calls to him and he heads back to the desk and away from the assassin, Bullock shows him stuff about both murdered council members, tying him to the murders.
Cobblepot arrives at an apartment and walks in the door, startling the three gunmen who stole Maroni’s money and killed his men, they’re also all working with Oswald on the caper, which helped the robbery go smoothly. As the men count the money, they ask what Cobblepot’s got in the box on his lap, and he tells them he got them each a cannoli, for a job well done. All three gunmen love the pastries and Oswald smiles. The next scene he leaves the apartment, cash in hand and we see all three men got poisoned by the cannoli.
Barbara and Jim have another standoff and she apologizes about not telling him about her and Montoya, but tells Gordon she can’t live with all his secrets. He says they’re all work-related and Keen says he used to share that stuff with her and he replies that’s a mistake he regrets and won’t repeat. She tells him that he can keep his secrets or her, but not both, his silence causes her to leave.
Cobblepot calls Gordon and tells him that another hit’s happening that night, but he doesn’t know who the intended victim is. Gordon looks at the duty roster of uniforms guarding the elected officials and realizes that Mayor James’ the guy they’re going for. He leaves a message for Harvey and drives to the Mayor’s home. He finds him and tells him his life’s in danger and he’s getting him out of the house, but the mayor says he’s got policemen guarding him and he’s fine but Jim tells him he saw the squad car empty. James says he has to gather some things and pulls out tons of cash from his wall safe, just as they hear Gladwell entering the house.
The pair attempt to escape but Gladwell quickly finds him and gets into a brawl with Gordon, which he’s winning until Bullock arrives pointing his weapon at the assassin. Gladwell releases Gordon then says the reason folks hire pros’, because they finish the job and tries to kill James, but Gordon and Bullock shoot him down.
The vote of the council members gets announced and both sides get something out of the deal. Falcone gets the contract to build the low-income housing, while Maroni gets the Waste Treatment Plant, refurbishing the asylum and gains a bunch of notches on Falcone, although he remains a distant second, he’s suddenly an actual force to contend with.
The final scene’s set at Wayne Manor, as Gordon arrives to explain to Bruce the way the project worked out, he tells him even though the bad-guys profit in this plan, it will stop much bloodshed and help the less fortunate members of Gotham City. Bruce wishes that somebody could’ve seen his parents realized without compromise and Jim tells him that Bruce can rectify it when he gets older. A glimmer of hope come into the boy’s eyes, as he asks the detective if he believe Gotham can be saved and Jim responds he does.
The Story Continues Next Monday at 8:00 pm on Fox.
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.