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Gotham: New Alliances, Which Will Succeed And Which Will Fail?

Photo: Courtesy Of FOX.
Photo: Courtesy Of FOX.

Warning: Spoiler Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gotham: A Very Competitive Job Market

Photo Credit: Jessica Miglio/FOX
Photo Credit: Jessica Miglio/FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Last week the new FOX series “Gotham,” aired a landmark episode, revealing layer after layer of intrigue, finishing with an ending that made most viewer’s jaw’s drop. However, in a 22-episode season, as the show-runners look to reveal results slowly, we can’t realistically expect so many layers of the onion, to get peeled back each episode. They need to build the story at a pace, that will produce a new dynamic for its second season (and with the amount of promotion the Network’s giving the series, it seems a safe bet, it’ll get renewed.)

We’re viewing the coming of age of two Iconic characters, Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon and the city’s masked crime-fighter, the Batman, as a boy when his only identity’s Bruce Wayne. What we should expect to witness, is the character’s growth in each episode, taking them one step closer to the fate we realize awaits them. In that aspect, the latest episode entitled “The Mask,” hit the mark, as both Gordon and young Wayne took some big steps in their evolutions. Both characters got hurt, but came back to gain the final victory.

The episode opens in a dilapidated poorly lit large office and we see a man wearing a shirt and tie, suit pants and suspenders, he then pulls a black ski mask over his head, revealing just his eyes and nose. As he looks up, he sees another man identically dressed, getting ready to attack him. They use everything they can lay their hands on in their battle, staplers, paperclips, tape dispensers and they go after each other mercilessly. One of the men takes the blade from a paper-slicer, off its hinges and attempts to use it as a sword, the two men struggle over the blade until one slices the other’s jugular vein, killing him instantly.

The next morning the man’s body’s found outside miles away from the building by some uniforms, and Detectives Gordon, his partner Harvey Bullock and GCPD scientist Ed Nygma, inspect the scene. Nygma tells the pair, that the victim died around midnight but his body’s got moved to this spot, just a couple of hours earlier, then he asks if the detective want all the fingerprints found on the victim and pulls the assailant’s thumb out of the victim’s ear.

The pair head back to the station-house and Harvey heads into Captain Sarah Essen’s office. She asks how Gordon’s doing and Bullock says his partner’s justifiably angry, after being deserted by all his fellow officers when Carmine Falcone’s enforcer Victor Zsasz invaded the station to deliver Jim to Falcone. Essen says she regrets leaving, but Gordon told her to leave since everyone else vanished. Bullock says he wasn’t including her as a deserter.

Jim and Harvey start checking “criminal doctors,” physicians who got disbarred from the Medical Association, now earning what they can, patching up people who can’t go to a licensed physician. They enter one office as the doctor’s attempting to fix up a renowned criminal, Bullock asks him if he replaced a man’s thumb that morning and the doctor replies that he didn’t. That’s when Gordon discovered the same black ink that covered the victim’s body and knew the guy lied. He admits he did the procedure that morning, he didn’t get a name but a business card from Sionis Investments, dropped out of his pocket.

We return to the office complex and see three men dressed in the same clothes the combatants wore, locked in cages and asking when they’ll be released. A man in an African tribal mask says, they know what they need to do to gain their freedom.

The next scene’s set at Barbara Kean’s apartment and Jim walks into the apartment and gets hinky, because it’s dark. With her being imprisoned by Zsasz in the previous episode, Gordon’s jumpy and it turns out Barbara is as well, as she’s standing there when he turns around with his backup pistol pointed right at him. She apologizes and says she just got nervous, he tells her she shouldn’t handle firearms after she’s been drinking.

The trauma she went through has her very shaken up, she says each time she’s outside she feels that monster’s presence. Jim tells her Zsasz’s just a man not a monster, and she falls apart. She asks Jim to tell her she’ll be alright, she won’t get kidnapped again and there’s no monsters, even if he needs to lie. He says there’s no monsters, but she gets little comfort from his words.

The next morning, Jim’s packing up the gun to leave it at the station, when his fiancée stops him and apologizes for her behavior, but now she’s over it. She then says that she asked Jim to let her into his life on the force and now she’s definitely in it. But once again she sounds displeased that she got what she asked for.

Harvey and Gordon arrive at Sionis Investments, and they’re shocked to see every male financial analyst, sports some heavy-duty bruises, quite unusual in a white-collar office. They’re brought into meet the owner of the Investment firm, Richard Sionis, whose office’s crammed with tribal masks and swords of all eras. (It’s possible, that he’s the father of Roman Sionis, The Black Mask, whose a longtime adversary of the Caped Crusader in the DC Comics.) Bullock asks about all the warrior gear and Sionis responds, it inspires him seeking investors trying to steal them from other firms and to conquer. Gordon inquiries why his staff’s so banged up and the investor responds they play hard-core touch-football.

Gordon angrily accuses him of lying and Sionis, gets impressed, calling Jim a warrior and asking how many he’s killed? Gordon grabs the investor by the knot of his tie and tells him he knows Sionis killed the victim and the other man responds prove it. Gordon and Bullock walk out , but Jim follows a trail of blood to the men’s room and finds a guy whose a nose-bleeder, his nostrils stuffed with tissues. But seconds later a man walks in with an injured hand and Gordon knows it’s the guy, who promptly knocks Gordon to the floor, then he gets knocked down by the door as Harvey slams in the melon with the door.

Let’s briefly look at  the other two subplots of the evening. The first concerns Fish Mooney and her mole in the Falcone camp, Liza. Mooney gives the young woman a vial of liquid that’ll knock out Falcone for two-hours during that time she can copy some files for the gang leader. Later in the show, Liza’s performed the deed but tells Fish, she wants out, but Mooney informs her it’s not an option.

The other subplot’s more interesting and more long-term, as Alfred’s decided it’s time for Master Bruce to return to his school. We’ve watched Bruce mature quickly, over the course of the season, but now it’s time for peer interaction. The boy argues that studies show home schooling’s more effective, but Alfred tells him he needs to interact with kids his age. When Bruce asks why, he receives every child’s most hated response; Because. Young Bruce won’t accept that answer, so Alfred simply tells him to march up the stairs.

He gets some welcome attention from some pretty girls, but then two slimeballs, greet him and sit down. One kid’s just sits there, while his buddy starts asking inappropriate questions about Bruce’s parents murder. Bruce walks away. He sees the pair again as the break to change classes occurs, the talkative one calls out hey Brucey and Wayne responds his name’s Bruce and doesn’t contain the letter y. The kid asks what’s Wayne’s problem and he replies they got out of line with their comments. The kid calls Wayne a snob and starts saying something about Bruce’s mother, when Wayne slaps his cheek, telling him to never mention his mother. But the slap’s like how a mother would slap her child and we know Bruce will suffer a beating.

Back at the station, Jim and Harvey question the murderer and he says he acted in self-defense. He then told them, Sionis puts all his potential employees through a battle against each other and the victor gets the gig. He says they got taken to an old office park, but they blindfolded him, so he doesn’t know where it is. He says he’ll sign a confession, but Sionis’ attorney arrives before he can.

Now to implicate Sionis, they need to find the facility, Gordon takes some names of empty office parks, owned by Sionis and of course finds the right facility on his own and doesn’t call for backup. He enters, finds the three guys in cages and asks if they’re the only ones there. A second later he finds out Richard Sionis, is with them, as he knocks the detective with a Taser.

Gordon’s woken by Sionis’ voice and he tells him via a speaker system that he’s about to fight for his life.  A TV monitor comes on and there’s a group of pretty-people, jaded thrill-seekers, who’ve found a temporary buzz betting on human combatants in these fights Sionis stages. We realize they’re watching the event via closed circuit TV, at a remote location. The three men from the cages, now freed, and wearing the ski masks, Sionis announces that the usual battles are between prospective employees, but this time it’s three against one and the man who kills Gordon gets the gig. The detective says this is their last chance to back out and Sionis says the killer also receives a million-dollar bonus. Gordon, realizes this fight’s going down.

Bullock attempts to reach Gordon, who of course can’t get to the phone, so he attempts to get some other cops to help find him, but gets no takers. Harvey then seems to prove he’s become one of the good guys, as he shouts to get everybody’s attention, then rips them apart for not helping one of their own. He says they’ve got a chance to redeem themselves for running out on Jim the first time, but they’re blowing it. Captain Essen speaks up and says she’ll help and that unleashes the flood gates as all get involved.

Now, even though it’s a three-on-one fight, we’re talking three finance-majors, taking on a man with a military background and he’s a GCPD Detective, my money’s on Gordon. And it doesn’t take him long to take all three out, disappointing the audience, who all bet on one of the three opponents. But they begin to cheer when Sionis appears, wearing his mask and wielding a sword. Gordon, subdues him, then straddles Sionis with Jim holding the sword above his head, ready to plunge it into his opponent’s heart, but refuses to give into the desire. He gets off of Sionis, just as Essen and a uniform arrive, the investor tries blind siding Gordon, but Jim knocks him down.

Alfred picks Bruce up at school and he sees the boy’s bruised and asks what happened. Bruce hems and haws, then finally tells Alfred the kid insulted his mother. The butler says that’s great and he hopes Wayne knocked his teeth out, but Bruce says the other kid’s bigger and he doesn’t know how to fight. They get into the car and stop on a street, Bruce doesn’t recognize, but both get out of the car. Alfred then hands the boy a watch, telling him it’s Bruce’s father’s and take good care of it. He then points to a house where the kid lives and says Bruce might have something to say to him. The boy smiles and walks to the house and rings the bell, seconds later the slimeball opens the door, asking why he’s there. Wayne says they’ve got unfinished business then punches the kid once in the mouth and once in the nose, as the kid’s face turns bloody.

Alfred says he thinks that’s fair play, then asks the little bully what he thinks? The kid’s shocked and says he tried to kill me, Alfred smiles then advises the kid to remember that and that Alfred would let him do it. When they get home, Bruce tells Alfred he’s angry all the time and asks if that will fade, the butler replies he doesn’t know. Wayne then asks if Alfred can teach him to fight and Alfred smiles and says  ”Yes…. Master Bruce, I can do that.”

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

Gotham: Wayne Enterprises Keeping Secrets

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

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.