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James Frain to Join ‘Gotham’ Cast for Season 2

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James Frain, the actor you love to spot in your favorite series like a game of “I Spy,” has just joined the upcoming season of Gotham!

Deadline reports that Frain will be among the new villains to make their mark in Gotham as Theo Galavan, whose sister, Tabitha, becomes Tigress down the line, one of my favorite DC villainesses. Theo is a billionaire industrialist do-gooder who is another in a slowly moving line of folks who want to save Gotham. Good deeds aside, Galavan and his sister harbor a deep vendetta and soon he and Tigress set out to turn the whole place upside down. No word yet who will portray Tigress.

Frain’s role is one of two new regular roles recently cast (Nicholas D’Agosto, who previously was recurring as Harvey Dent, was also bumped up to series regular). I can see it; Frain does excel in roles requiring a fair amount of smarm and he’s always memorable.

What do you think about this casting news? Are you looking forward to the new season of Gotham?

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Gotham Season Finale Recap: Ep. 122, “All Happy Families Are Alike”

After a tumultuous first season, the finale of Gotham is here! The episode begins with Selina and a couple of other presumably homeless teens spying a small barge coming ashore as they warm their hands by a trashcan fire. Moving closer, Selina can see that it’s Fish Mooney, dressed in black, with a few companions. Fish greets Selina and tells her, rather ominously, that soon it will be a brand new day.

Bruce listens to news of the violence on the streets while he contemplates his father’s secrets. He smashes a photo of Thomas as Alfred walks in, concerned that Bruce is wasting his time looking for secrets. They recall the evenings when Thomas would lock himself in the study and play classical music for hours and Bruce wasn’t allowed to disturb him. Bruce wonders why Thomas would need to lock the door while he was in the room and becomes convinced that his father’s secret is in there with them.

Falcone heads to the docks to buy a chicken? As he inspects one, two people ride up on a motorcycle and he notices too late that one of them has a rocket launcher that they are not at all shy about using.

Jim spies a couple of officers giving a prisoner a taste of police brutality and, though visibly disgusted, does nothing. (SINCE WHEN?) A green uniform named Griffin Katz salutes Jim fervently and Jim tells him to knock that off because he’s going to be targeted again any time now and Katz shouldn’t hitch himself to a lame horse. He goes to the ME’s office where Lee is giving Barbara a final checkup. (Is Lee the only medical doctor in Gotham who could have checked Barbara’s vitals?) Lee tells Barbara she needs trauma counseling but Barbara just wants to thank Jim for saving her life. Lee insists that Barbara get counseling and Barbara agrees only if Lee will be her counselor and Lee reluctantly agrees. (WHAT?) Then Bullock tells Jim that Falcone just got hit 20 minutes ago and is at the hospital. He adds that the powers that be at City Hall switched their support to Maroni, and Jim thinks this is a terrible idea.

In the hospital, Falcone awakes to find he’s been manacled to a gurney. Penguin and Butch arrive to bring flowers and bullets to Falcone. Falcone’s relief at Penguin’s arrival is short lived as Penguin quickly spills his end-game like a villain who thinks he’s home free. He tells Falcone that he’s been plotting this since they met and, scalpel in hand, says he’s going to be the King of Gotham. Falcone says Penguin’s going to burn in hell and Penguin’s all, “YOU FIRST!” and moves to cut his throat – just as Jim arrives and arrests Penguin and Butch for attempted murder. After cuffing them to the radiator, Jim frees Falcone, who says if he has two days at his safehouse, he can retake Gotham. Penguin insists that Maroni’s guys are about to come kill Falcone right now, and when he steps in the hall and finds it deserted, Jim knows he’s right.

He calls Bullock and tells him what’s up and asks if he’d come back him up. Bullock is reticent (surprise) and tells Jim to think about the fact that this stand really may cost him his life. Just then Tommy Bones walks in and, though surprised to find Jim there, leaves right away – but not for long. Jim goes back in to rally his troops, calling Falcone his least worst option, and Penguin calls in one of his favors: he says since Jim arrested him and Butch he’s responsible for them. Jim agrees and, stepping back out into the hall, finds Commissioner Loeb marching in with some of Maroni’s guys. He calls Loeb a disgrace and says he can’t wait to see him dead or in jail so Loeb chucks up his deuces and leaves, leaving the mobsters free to open fire on Jim.

A firefight ensues wherein everyone wastes bullets and moves down the hall and into a waiting room. Jim takes guys out sporadically as he uses pillars and desks for cover and eventually hits them all when Bullock arrives. He’s ready to get Jim and Falcone out of there but Jim breaks the news that Penguin and Butch have to come, too, resulting in Bullock’s comic disapproval.

Maroni calls Tommy while marching up to the hospital and gets no answer just as an ambulance with Jim at the wheel comes barreling down the alley. He and his guys open fire but cause negligible damage and Jim and the others get away.

Bruce and Alfred are pulling apart the library and Alfred would like to know what exactly they’re looking for. Bruce just says, “When we find it, we’ll know.”

And Jim has driven everyone over to a Falcone warehouse in which they should be safe. That is, until Selina strolls in with a rifle and Fish joins her with the rest of her newly acquired army and a new look, to everyone’s shock.

At Barbara’s apartment, she tells Lee that she feels like her life is a dream that she’ll wake up from soon and Jason will be coming for her.

Fish reunites with Butch to find him damaged. He doubts it’s her and she asks what they did to him, to which he responds, “Nothing good.” She gets a call from Maroni and tells him she has something he wants and they need to talk.

Now handcuffed, Falcone tells Jim he’s still got his knife in his sock, just in case. Selina taunts Jim as he silently asks her to help, and laughs at his predicament. Fish returns and reacquaints herself with her captives, telling them of her deal with Maroni. She need only hand over Falcone’s head to get massive territory and influence. As Butch is overwhelmed by the effects of his brainwashing, Fish promises she’ll make Penguin and Falcone die slow and painful deaths for what’s been done to him. For Jim, they’ll keep his death simple, and she’s cool with Bullock and he can go. Selina asks how she’s planning to kill them, and Fish has found a protegee.

Barbara tells Lee that Jason knew her instantly and could see right through her, but why wouldn’t he when she told him everything about herself immediately? She leads the conversation to Jim and asks Lee if Jim ever hits her out of passion. Flabbergasted, Lee says no, of course not, and confirms that she is dating Jim. She asks if that makes Barbara uncomfortable and with her now-familiar doe-eyed expression says no and hurries off to get them something to eat. (Do not eat anything this woman gives you, Lee!)

At Falcone’s warehouse, Maroni has shown up and offers praise to Fish’s resourcefulness and resilience. Penguin speaks up to Fish, saying that even though he knows he’s to die, she should keep Falcone alive because if he’s gone Maroni will try to kill her.

Penguin: Why would he need another boss in town? Another rival?
Maroni: That’s where you’re wrong, smart guy. A) She’s not a rival, because she’s not a boss. She’s an underboss.
Fish: An underboss takes orders. I don’t take orders.
Maroni: I know. Relax.
Fish: I’m relaxed.
Maroni: I don’t think you are, babes.
Fish: Please don’t call me “babes.”
Maroni: You see? Not relaxed. “Babes?” Really? It’s a term of endearment. It means I like you. I misspoke. You’re not a underboss, and you’re not a babe. You tell me what you are.
Fish: What we are, Sal, are partners.
Maroni: Whatever you want. Partners. I’m Partner #1 and you’re Partner #2, that’s the deal, right? I’m #1 and you’re…?
Fish: Number 2.
Maroni: There you go. Simple math. One, two, babes. Oops, sorry. That’s the last time, I swear. Guys, can you feel the buzz in the air? That’s victory, redemption, power! When this old man dies a new day begins. We will rule Gotham! We are building a dynasty. We will whip this town like a rented mule. Right, babes? Relax, I’m kidding you. Guys, no seriously. Don’t call her “babes.” Or “toots” or what have you. It’s a woman’s lib thing.

And Fish shoots Maroni dead in front of everyone like, “I am relaxed.” (God, I love her!!!) After a moment where everyone is stunned, they scatter and gunfire begins. Butch and Selina scatter, Bullock cuts Jim, Falcone, and Penguin free and head in different directions.

Lee presses Barbara about what actually happened to her when Jason kidnapped her. She changes the subject, asking if Jim has told Lee he loves her yet, but Lee changes it right back, asking, once again, what happened.

Jim, Bullock, and Falcone have made it outside and determine that if they can get to 7th Avenue without being spotted they can find a place to hide out and regroup. But Falcone drops a bombshell: he’s quitting. He doesn’t want to rule Gotham anymore and plans to retire down south. They see some of Fish’s people are onto them and hide in a shipping container, and are quickly found by Selina and some others.

Selina brings them back to the warehouse to Fish’s pleasure. Fish says she killed Maroni because he vexed her, but who knows? They could be looking at the new Queen of Gotham. Falcone takes this opportunity to break the news of his retirement to her and she’s like, “So, what? I’m just supposed to let you live?” Then Penguin comes back and sprays the warehouse with an automatic rifle and takes kills almost everyone there as Fish heads to the roof. When he chases after her, Jim, Bullock, and Falcone hop in the car and bolt.

Barbara describes her brainwashing to Lee and says she didn’t realize they were going to her parents’ house until they were halfway there. She says Jason tied her parents to a chair and made her tell them her childhood issues. Lee presses her on what those issues were, so Barbara’s like, “Oh, just how my mom always called me ‘piggy’ and they never nurtured my self-esteem. Kid stuff.” Lee doesn’t think this is kid stuff, and Barbara says they just never understood who she was. Barbara says when she was killing them they gaped at her like fools, and Lee clarifies that Jason killed them. But Barbara’s like, “No, I killed them. I stabbed them several times, then I slit their throats,” and grabs a kitchen knife. Lee springs out of her seat and Barbara gives chase, and when she wields the knife Lee locks herself in the bathroom.

Lee tries to make a call but gets no signal as Barbara gives us her best The Shining impersonation by hacking down the locked door. Jim, Bullock, and Falcone arrive at Barbara’s building and board the elevator, just as Barbara breaks through and unlocks the door. Lee breaks a mirror and makes herself a shiv, and when Barbara opens the door they charge at each other. Barbara has several wild slaps for Lee and they crash against furniture and grapple on the floor. Finally Lee gets the upper hand and bangs Barbara’s head into the floor a few times, knocking her out, just as Jim and the rest arrive.

And on the roof of Falcone’s warehouse, Fish lies in wait for Penguin with a pipe. She ambushes him with a few well-placed strikes but he finds his opportunity and gets some hits of his own in. They fight to the edge of the roof and as Fish tries to choke the life out of Penguin, Butch arrives with a gun. Confused by his brainwashing, Butch struggles with what to do with Fish’s and Penguin’s conflicting instructions. He shoots both of them and breaks down at having hurt Fish, who forgives him for it. Penguin hits Butch over the head and, with a final kiss off, throws Fish over the edge of the building into the choppy water below. Pleased beyond measure, Penguin climbs to stand on the edge and proclaims to all the he’s the King of Gotham.

Nygma stands distracted in the records room and Ms. Kringle approaches him with her note from Office Domestic Violence. She’s noticed the clue he left her and he describes it as an amazing coincidence. With slight disbelief, she accepts the lie that he had nothing to do with the letter and she leaves – just in time for Nygma to begin a downward spiral monologue. He laughs hysterically and chides himself about leaving a clue because Kringle will keep digging. He tells himself to let it go, reminding himself that he has no chance with her regardless, and with flashes of memories cut with the many levels of this breakdown, we see Nygma losing his grip on reality and going mad(der).

On Barbara’s balcony, Jim and Falcone have a word. Jim tries to convince Falcone to stay, but Falcone says Gotham needs a strong lawman like Jim to grab it by the neck and shake it hard. Jim doubts his efficacy so Falcone gives him the knife he’s been carrying, saying it belonged to his father. Jim’s father and Falcone once were close and says that he was one of the most honest men he knew, but he still carried a knife.

And after searching the entire library, Alfred wants he and Bruce to throw in the towel. Bruce says his intuition is nearly always correct and Alfred’s like, “There’s none so blind as men to believe their intuitions to always be correct.” This jogs Bruce’s memory of what Lucius Fox said to him about his father being a Stoic and he searches for a book on Marcus Aurelius, a historic Stoic. In the book, he finds a small remote which Alfred discourages him to activate, saying it could be a bomb. Ignoring this, Bruce presses the button which activates classical music – and opens a secret door behind the fireplace. Bruce and Alfred peek into a rocky stairway and in the distance we hear leathery wings and squeaking.

The Questions: How will Bruce feel when he finds out about Selina’s new life of crime? How much longer will Nygma be able to work with the GCPD? Is Fish actually dead? Will Barbara end up in Arkham? What will Penguin do with his newfound power? And what implications are to be found knowing that Thomas Wayne “created” the Batcave?

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Gotham Recap: Ep. 121, “The Anvil or the Hammer”

Barbara emerges from Jason’s, aka the Ogre, apartment. We get a firm parallel of when Grace Fairchild tried to leave all those months ago. Barbara looks less polished than she did last night, Jason offers her breakfast, she says she’s leaving, he asks her to at least stay for coffee, she says she’s leaving… But here’s where things get slightly different. He’s got feelings for her. They’re twisted feelings, sure, but he loves her. He confesses that the night they met, he was going to kill her, but he saw the real her and realized she’s the woman he’s been searching for. She doesn’t want to believe him and now he tells her that she’s going to sit down and have breakfast with him. When he releases her, she runs straight for his apartment’s elevator, only for him to chase after her immediately and slip and black bag over her head.

At the GCPD, Jim is burning himself out searching for Barbara. Lee tries to get him to eat and reminds him that Barbara’s kidnapping is not his fault. He says it is because he pushes Loeb which got the Ogre on his trail, never even considering how it might affect Barbara (why should you?). He keeps saying he “should have known,” and Lee’s like, “How the hell could you have known that, dummy? You weren’t even together anymore.” Undeterred, he says it’s on him anyway. Bullock brings in a perp, Jake, a pimp who’s been on the streets claiming he knows who the Ogre is.

And Nygma shows up for work with two, heavy, Harry Potter style trunks and brings them to the ME’s office. He opens one and it’s what you’d think if you saw last week’s episode: the dismembered body of Officer Domestic Abuse. He says to himself, “Okeydoke, no body, no crime,” and gets to work.

In the interrogation room, Jim shows the sketch of the Ogre to Jake, who stonewalls him. He says he doesn’t know him so Jim tells Jake that the man in the drawing has been murdering women, with Bullock adding that he’s now taken someone important to them. Jake decides to ask for a bribe for information causing Jim to announce to Harvey that he’s about to violate departmental policy regarding interrogation techniques as he rolls up his sleeves. Harvey steps out because donuts and Jake starts to backpedal but it’s too late. When he comes out of the room, Jim has a lead: Jake worked as a barman at the Foxclub and the Ogre was a frequent customer. Bullock knows that finding the Foxclub will be difficult because the location always changes and you need an invitation, and Jim knows where he might be able to obtain both: his good friend Penguin. Bullock warns Jim about getting in too deep with Penguin and encourages Jim to go get some sleep and recharge, but Jim won’t be deterred.

Jason talks to Barbara about his first kill as she’s gagged and tied up in his meticulously clean closet. He says the first one wasn’t “The One,” but he couldn’t just let her go, but it strengthened his resolve to find his soul mate – which he believes Barbara to be.

Alfred brings a small messengered package to Bruce and then heads off to identify Reggie’s body. Bruce offers to accompany him, which he declines, and Alfred notes how weird it is that Reggie would kill himself as he wasn’t the sort. Bruce suggests maybe Reggie just lost his balance but Alfred doesn’t quite buy that, either. He says he wants to ensure Reggie has a proper send off and leaves. Bruce opens his package and its the copied key to Bunderslaw’s safe at Wayne Enterprises. It has a note attached: “Hope you find what you need. Be careful. – Selina”

Butch shows up at Lydia’s under the guise of due diligence and she leaves him to his business. Butch then opens his suitcase and takes out a pistol and machine gun which he hides under the bar and behind a jukebox respectively. Back at Penguin’s, he’s updating Penguin, saying Connor and his guys will be able to easily find the weapons, and Penguin is pleased. Jim stops by and he’s low on patience. He asks about the Foxglove immediately but Penguin reminds Jim that he already owes him a favor and their relationship feels a little one-sided. Jim offers Penguin another favor to bank but Penguin is reluctant to sell out the Foxglove because of his connections. Jim isn’t glad to hear this and snatches Penguin up by the shirt, pointing his gun at Butch for good measure, and Penguin has him now. He tells Jim that he owes him a BIG favor now.

Bruce takes a tour of Wayne Enterprises and excuses himself to use the restroom. As he walks, he slyly pulls a fire alarm.

Jim arrives back at GCPD headquarters to tell Bullock he’s not only discovered the location of the Foxglove (the Klondike Building on Mayflower) but he’s got a ticket. He tells Bullock to go see what he can find out, and Bullock – who has just come up on some stolen Italian suits that found their way into his locker – is pleased to help.

Jason tells Barbara his apartment is soundproofed and encourages her not to scream when he removes her gag. So she spits in his face instead. He releases her hands as he says his are shaking because he always knew the others weren’t the one, but he wants it to work with Barbara. She slaps him and says Jim will find her, and he backhands her, saying the only way she’ll make him angry is to mention his name. He hands her something to drink and says it’s water, so she drinks it down. He beckons her – but not before telling her that if she tries to run he’ll chain her to the ceiling and gut her, in spite of his love. Jason shows her his trophy Polaroids of the women he’s killed and she drops to the floor, glassy-eyed and struggling to breathe. He insists that it’ll work out with her, because she’s “The One.”

And Bruce sneaks around Wayne Enterprises as everyone else is evacuating. He finds Bunderslaw’s office and heads straight to a bookcase behind the desk. He touches a panel on the second shelf and locates the safe, which he opens. As soon as he does the alarms cease, and as he notices the safe is empty, Bunderslaw comes inside. Bunderslaw knew when Selina stole his key and, as he offers him a cookie, says he’s been expecting Bruce to turn up sooner or later. Bruce is upset that he hired Reggie to kill Alfred, but Bunderslaw insists that Reggie was only ever supposed to find out what Bruce knew. Bunderslaw says he told the board that Bruce needed The Talk early, and proceeds to give it to him. He says Wayne Enterprises is a multinational corporation that does its best to subvert any jurisdiction that stands in its way if it means more profit. Bruce is stunned by this admission, and Bunderslaw says Bruce’s father, Thomas, was the same way but eventually came around, as did his father before him. Bruce doesn’t believe him, saying his father was a good man, and Bunderslaw encourages him to reconsider his crusade and live a “blessed life.” Lucius Fox arrives just then to fetch Bruce and Bunderslaw, with one last swipe at him, reminds Bruce to take his cookie.

At the elevators, Lucius has a few words for Bruce and tells him he must keep a straight face as there are cameras everywhere, watching them.

Lucius: What I’m about to say must remain a deep secret between you and me. I knew your father well. He was a good man. He wasn’t the man the company thought he was.
Bruce: I don’t understand.
Lucius: Bruce, your father was a true stoic and he kept his best self hidden. And the North remembers.

Bruce seems to have just taken off another pair of blinders as he boards the elevator and Lucius wishes him good luck.

Nygma prepares to disintegrate Officer Don’t Sass Me, Woman as Ms. Kringle knocks at the door. He panics for a moment but opens the door for her. She asks for the Hendricks case files and as she steps inside, she spots the body parts in the sink. She wonders what happened to him and Nygma lies, saying the man was in an industrial accident. She’s squeamish about his job which he says is made easier with a sense of humor, and before she leaves, she asks if Nygma has seen Officer Knock Her Down a Peg at all, which he denies. Nygma rudely hurries her out of the office and, confused, she goes.

Penguin and Connor discuss the final details of the Maroni assassination. Penguin wants to know if he’s got his final lines down, and Connor is perplexed as to why anyone would want to tell a person they’re going to kill anything. He’s ready nonetheless but wants to know how Penguin knows Maroni will be at Lydia’s at that particular time, and we find out: Maroni’s buddy Tommy Bones just got out of jail. And at Lydia’s, Tommy, Maroni, and Lydia reunite.

Bullock shows up at the Foxglove looking cleaner than he ever has and it’s a fetish party. Latex, shibari ropes, masks, and cuffs of all kinds abound and Bullock’s slightly uncomfortable. A woman in red comes on stage to introduce the main attraction, Ingrid and Gareth. As the show gets started we hear several noises in quick succession: a moan, a laugh, a chainsaw, a whip, a yell, and a pig squealing. Bullock has topped out his levels of disgust and whips out his badge and tells everyone to freeze, especially the two on the stage.

Jason wakes Barbara who had been sleeping on his couch. She immediately begins to whimper but falls into his arms as he comforts her. She says he’s going to kill her, and he asks if she wants him to, which she denies. He says she needs to tell him who to kill, then, so that he can set free the thing he sees inside her that she’s trying to hide. She’s amused that he believes her making him murder someone will make her like him and says he’s insane, but he says it’s just because she doesn’t know how to live without fear yet. Then he tells her to give him a name or he’ll kill her right now and she begins to whisper in his ear. Uh oh.

The GCPD has raided the Foxglove and Jim questions the woman in red. He shows her the drawing of the Ogre but she stonewalls him, so Jim threatens to involve the press which causes her to tell him to speak with Sally. Sally is the hostess and, as she removes her mask, reveals large scars on her face. She says Jason pulled a hood over her head as soon as she got into his car then took her back to his apartment where he cut her face, but he let her go. She tells Jim and Bullock that she tried going to the police but she was a prostitute and Jason was a rich man with no name and nothing came of it. Bullock asks if she remembers any small details about the apartment, and she recalls that the elevator opened directly into the apartment, it was in Midtown, and there was a large neon sign with the letters “OYAL” on it across the street. Jim and Bullock realize it must be the Gotham Royal Hotel on 10th and Gangsley. Sally asks Jim to promise to kill the Ogre when he catches him, and he does.

Connor and his guy show up at Lydia’s with a bottle of Maroni’s favorite vintage, ostensibly as a gesture from Falcone. Maroni has them pat down and they move to their places. Connor tells Maroni the gift comes with a message: It wasn’t easy for Falcone to decide to kill him, but business is business. He and his guy pull the guns and they both jam, so Maroni’s lieutenants open fire at Connor’s guy. Maroni says Connor’s going to give Falcone the message that he messed up and that Maroni’s coming for Falcone – but Connor doesn’t need to be alive for that, so he’s shot.

Crafty, crafty Penguin revels in his plan’s rousing success as Butch panics. He said he took the firing pins out of the guns before he had Butch hide them but Butch wonders why Penguin wouldn’t just take Maroni out when he had the chance. Penguin knows that he’d still have been under Falcone’s thumb, a place he never wanted to be for very long, and sees inciting a gang war as a much more sensible course of action for him.

Nygma has finished covering up his murder and, as he talks to Officer Dead as a Doornail’s skull, decides to fabricate a goodbye letter to Ms. Kringle so she won’t continue to wonder about him. Then he puts the skull in a bag and pounds it with a hammer. Nygma is going off the rails!

Jim and Bullock locate the Ogre’s apartment but they’re too late: he and Barbara are already gone. Bullock finds the sterile room and Jim smells Barbara’s perfume there. The phone in the room rings and Jim answers. Obviously, it’s the Ogre who was tipped off of a break in from his alarm system. He says Barbara was with him and in the background, thumping tires and a train can be heard. Jim and Bullock determine that it’s the Whitecross upstate train, leading them to Barbara’s parents home. There, glassy-eyed and obedient, Barbara stands by as the Ogre threatens her parents. She pleads half-heartedly with him, but he says that she’s becoming who she’s meant to be and she looks on as he attacks her parents.

Jim and Bullock arrive at the Keen’s and find a body in the foyer. Jim heads to the sitting room and finds the Keens dead on the sofa. Barbara comes into room with blood sprayed all over her and asks what he’s doing there. As he searches the staircases, Bullock is caught by surprise by the Ogre, who hits him over the head, knocking him down the stairs. Barbara tells Jim that he’s not supposed to be there, and just then the Ogre tries to stab Jim. The two tussle violently, breaking furniture as they go and Jim’s hand is cut open as he tries to disarm the Ogre. They come apart and as Jim draws his gun the Ogre puts his knife to Barbara’s throat. Barbara tells Jim to leave them alone just as Bullock arrives behind her and the Ogre, giving Jim just enough time to catch the Ogre by surprise with a bullet in the forehead. As he goes down he cuts Barbara’s throat anyway and Jim rushes to her. The cut isn’t too bad and as he applies pressure to the wound, Jim tells her that everything’s going to be okay.

At Wayne Manor, Bruce asks Alfred how things went with identifying Reggie. Alfred doesn’t really want to talk about it, and Bruce decides to make a confession. He tells Alfred that he and Selina went searching for Reggie, and when they found him Selina ended up killing him. Alfred wants to know why and Bruce explains that Bunderslaw hired Reggie which clues Alfred in on why Bruce and Selina went to the Wayne Enterprises Ball. Bruce tells Alfred that he went to Bunderslaw’s office to get into the safe but Bunderslaw was waiting for him – and told him that Bruce’s father and grandfather knew about Wayne Enterprises’ illegal activities and chose to stay quiet. Bruce says he knows his father was a good man, but even good men have secrets.

And Jim gets a round of applause as he arrives back at GCPD headquarters and Lee congratulates him. He apologizes for not listening to her and she says she was just worried that Barbara would get hurt and he’d blame himself for protecting Lee first, killing their relationship. Jim tells Lee that he loves her and if he had to do it again, he’d still protect her first.

Nygma visits Ms. Kringle as she reads her letter from Officer Jerkoff. It says:

Now and them a man’s got to take a trip out of town. Don’t
you worry your pretty little head about it. I’ll be back in
good time. Don’t wait around for me. Go have some fun and
maybe I’ll give you a call when I get back in Gotham.
And if not, hey, it was fun.
– Dougherty

She’s dismayed that he couldn’t break up with her to her face and she wonders why she always picks creeps. Nygma says sometimes you need to read between the lines and he shows us the calling card he couldn’t help but include: his own name along the left edge of the letter.

At home, Bruce cuts apart a photo of him and his father and adds Thomas Wayne to his investigation board.

Falcone gets a delivery of what looks like Maroni brand tomato paste – but is really Connor’s head in a box.

Maroni and his men shoot up a car, and Essen calls headquarters to attention. She notifies them that three of Falcone’s businesses have just been targeted and word is, it’s Maroni. She tells all officers that their vacations have been cancelled and everyone is now on active duty because they’re in a shooting war.

Maroni and his cronies continue to murder Falcone’s men, Falcone looks at Connor’s head in confusion, and Penguin sips his drink and laughs at the havoc he’s wrought.

The Questions: What will Bruce discover about his father? How will the show handle Lucius Fox’s involvement in Bruce’s development? Who will be the first to notice Nygma’s slipping sanity? What exactly was happening on stage at the Foxglove? Will Loeb try to destroy Jim again, or has Jim finally had it up to HERE with him? And will we get a wrap up of Fish Mooney’s storyline before the season is out? (I haven’t forgotten that helicopter ride!)

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Gotham Recap: Ep. 120, “Under the Knife”

Bruce takes a walk under a bridge after the incident with Reggie and is immediately threatened by some ne’er-do-well teenager. Selina shows up with a pocketknife and tells the teen to scram and she and Bruce talk about the incident. She went back to the scene and, yup, Reggie’s dead. Bruce is upset about what she did and tells her it can’t happen again, but she says that she’d do it again if she had to. Selina wants to blow Bruce’s investigation off, but he still needs her help getting to Bunderslaw. They plan to break into his safe at Wayne Enterprises which means they need to find a way to get Bunderslaw’s key. And for good measure, Selina warns Bruce not to tell anyone about what happened with Reggie, with an implied “or else” at the end.

Nygma is having a little too much fun stabbing watermelons in the ME’s office, but it’s for science. Jim comes in looking for Lee and Nygma, nervous about being yelled at for being in the ME’s office unsupervised again, tells him that she went home already. Meanwhile, the Ogre has been collecting news clippings and photos of Jim. That can’t be good. And at home, Lee hears a glass break as she’s taking a bath. She gets out and grabs a knife to investigate, but it’s just a kitty that found its way into her apartment through her wide open fire escape window. She calls Jim, whose phone rings right behind her, and she backhands Jim who has just arrived with her phone using some impressive reflexes. She gives him a cold compress for his neck as he explains the Ogre’s MO and the danger he currently believes her to be in. Jim wants Lee to leave town but she squashes that idea immediately, saying she’ll be safe as long as he does his job and catches the serial killer running around. Jim tells Lee he loves her and it’s amusing that it took the threat of a serial killer to make him say it. And at a bar, the Ogre orders a drink and sits down to begin his hunt again – but this time the prey is Barbara.

Back at her apartment, Barbara checks for Selina as she entertains the Ogre. He notices that she’s going to the Wayne Charity Ball and asks if she’s scared of his being there because maybe her boyfriend will come home. She’s miffed that he assumed that she’s the kind of person who would cheat on her boyfriend (WHAT A LAUGH) and tells him that if he saw the real her he’d run screaming like everyone else. He’s intrigued because now he doesn’t have to kill her, but she kicks him out.

At his club, Penguin is attempting to hire a group of mercenaries to help him kill Maroni and his lieutenants. Connor, the mouthpiece of this concern, wonders if Falcone has given his blessing for this take down and Penguin’s all, “He will.” But that isn’t enough for Connor so he declines. That’s when Penguin gives him his incentive: first dibs on Falcone’s contracts over Victor Zsasz and a chance to move up in the world. Connor changes his mind and agrees to meet later to talk details.

At GCPD headquarters, Jim and Bullock sit down with Detective Ben Mueller. After reviewing case files from past Ogre murders, they discovered something scratched out on a page of Mueller’s report, indicating that he got too close to finding out who the Ogre was and then silenced. Mueller confirms that the Ogre killed his wife and says he doesn’t want anything else to do with this to protect his daughter. Jim shows him the photos of the Ogre’s victims, stating that they were all someone’s daughter and this information could help protect other daughters in the future. So Ben leads Jim and Bullock to a private plastic surgery clinic uptown where one of the victims was a nurse. As they leave, we see the Ogre sitting in his car across the street, photographing Jim and Bullock as they get into the car.

Toting a decoratively carved watermelon, Nygma walks in on Miss Kringle and her boyfriend, Office Dougherty, canoodling. He’s hugging her and asking if she forgives him and she nervously agrees. As Nygma approaches her, he notices bruises on her arms which she says were an “accident” due to her having said some things “she shouldn’t have.” Nygma is upset and tries to tell her that Dougherty doesn’t have a right to hurt her, but she just tells him to mind his business and he leaves.

Alfred is finally up and mobile and walks in on Bruce as he’s doing some background research on Bunderslaw. Bruce says he’ll be attending the Wayne Charity Ball, but he really wants to talk to Alfred about his feelings on taking a human life. Alfred says that yes, when he was in the military, he had to kill people but it was always necessary. He tells Bruce that he’ll accompany him to the Ball, but Bruce says he’s already invited Selina so he won’t be alone. They have a cute conversation about Bruce’s budding interest in girls – this girl in particular – and Bruce says it’s “not like that.” (Except it is, partially, but okay.) Alfred says that he will attend anyway but give them wide berth to enjoy their date and Bruce asks him to send some outfit choices over to where Selina’s staying.

At the plastic surgery clinic, Jim and Bullock meet Dr. Cushman and ask him about Det. Mueller’s victim, Nurse Julie Kemble. Cushman says that she had only recently started at his facility before she was murdered, having been referred by a patient. Of course Jim and Bullock want the patient’s name but the doctor won’t give it out without a warrant. On the way back to the car, they see someone sitting in a car in an alley, watching them, and Jim knows immediately that it’s the Ogre. The Ogre puts the pedal to the metal, nearly running Jim and Bullock over, and escapes, but now they know he’s watching them. At the precinct, they report straight to Essen who is flabbergasted at the close call, and Jim gets a call from the Ogre. He says he’s sorry they didn’t to meet properly in the alley and Jim threatens to put him down. The Ogre teases Jim about his press, saying he must be drinking the Kool-Aid if he really thinks he’s the rising star hero cop who’s going to clean up the GCPD. He warns Jim that if he keeps investigating he’ll kill someone Jim loves and hangs up. Jim, Essen, and Bullock know that the Ogre is used to intimidating police so they have to make a big play to prove they won’t be deterred this time. Like holding a press conference telling all of Gotham about the serial killer in their midst and calling him out in the process.

Selina has returned to Barbara’s apartment and Barbara is looking through a small pile of dresses for the Ball that evening. She tells Barbara that she might see her there just as a large quantity of shopping bags with dresses, shoes, bags, and more inside are delivered for Selina from Bruce. Impresses, Barbara checks some of the stuff out and gets ready to play dress up with Selina.

And at the precinct, Bullock fills Jim in on what he’s learned after their search warrant was approved. He says that the patient who referred Julie Kemble is Constance van Groot. Jim recognizes the name as part of one of the wealthiest shipping families in Gotham, which could be how the Ogre funds his lifestyle. They head off to the family address immediately.

Butch is a little panicked: Maroni has shown up and is having drinks with Penguin’s mother. Penguin tries to get his mother to leave but, in a passive aggressive power play, Maroni says that Gertrude will stay and tells Penguin to have a seat.

Bruce arrives at Barbara’s apartment to pick up Selina and he and Barbara have a slightly awkward meeting: Bruce mentions how Jim had mentioned her to him. Selina comes out in a cute little princess dress, Bruce is wowed at her makeover, and the two leave.

When they get to the van Groot estate, Jim and Bullock immediately catch a man trying to kill himself. They get to him in enough time to cut his rope down and handcuff him to an end table and Bullock investigates the upper level. He walks into a bedroom where Constance van Groot is in bed, and downstairs Jim notices several family photos in which the face of a young boy is scratched out. Bullock yells for Jim to come upstairs and we see what he’s discovered: the decaying body of Constance van Groot.

Bruce and Selina are the center of attention at the Wayne Charity Ball. Selina wants to know what’s so interesting about them and Bruce is like, “Well, I’m kind of a big deal.” He says they should keep dancing and smiling, and that Bunderslaw will show up because he’s on the guest list.

Bullock calls Essen to fill her in on their latest findings: the man who tried to kill himself was Jacob Skolimski, likely the woman’s butler and very probably the father of the Ogre. Bullock thinks that the Ogre killed Constance van Groot but his father covered it up so that they could continue to live off her money. They think the Ogre must have tipped Jacob off, causing his suicide attempt. She advises Bullock to keep an eye on Jim who is worried that Lee will be the next victim.

They question Skolimski about his son who refuses to give them any information. Skolimski’s under the impression that his son has only ever made one “mistake” and anything else is lies, so Jim and Bullock prod him to tell what he knows.

At the Ball, Bruce tells Selina that she can’t ever off-handedly kill someone again. She says she didn’t have a choice which he doesn’t accept, saying there is a line that he’ll never cross. Selina says that must be where they’re different, because she’d do it again if she could. And then Bruce spots Bunderslaw and they put their key swiping plan into motion.

Nygma approaches Office Dougherty and some cronies and asks for a word. He poses this riddle: “I can start a war or end one. I can give you the strength of heroes or leave you powerless. I might be snared with a glance but no force can compel me to stay. What am I?” The answer is love and Nygma thinks Dougherty is abusing the fact that Miss Kringle has given hers to him. Nygma begins to threaten what he’ll do if Dougherty hurts Kringle again, but Dougherty cuts him off with a steaming pile of mansplaining. He tells Nygma that since he’s never been with a woman, he doesn’t know this, but women need a firm hand – especially ones as mouthy as Miss Kringle. Nygma promises that he won’t let Dougherty keep hurting her, so Dougherty gets in his face with a tough guy, “What are you gonna do?” and Nygma’s jaw is set. Uh oh.

Barbara’s date resurfaces as the Ogre finds her at the Ball. And with intercut scenes of Jim and Bullock’s interrogation of Skolimski and Bullock reporting to Essen, we discover the Ogre’s origin. Skolimski says that the estate wasn’t a good place for a boy to grow up as van Groot kept herself isolated, but she doted on his son as if he were her own. Soon, the Ogre began to believe that he was van Groot’s secret son and became obsessed with the idea, finally confronting her about it. She laughed and denied him so he killed her and his father helped him cover it up. Skolimski says that he hasn’t seen his son since the day he killed van Groot and except for the phone call tipping him off that police would be coming he hadn’t had any contact with him. He’s convinced that his son hasn’t done anything wrong and Jim says he’s been seducing and killing women for a decade. Skolimski is highly amused at this because as he remembers him, his son had a face that not even his mother would love. He shows Jim and Bullock pictures of his son, and Jim thinks that he had some excellent plastic surgery before beginning his killing spree: the whole right side of his face is deformed and sure enough, it’s the Ogre.

Maroni, Penguin, and Penguin’s mother continue to have very tense drinks. Penguin wants to part ways but Maroni has some questions for Gertrude first. He wonders if she knows her son is a psychopath or if she’s just stupid. He tells her that Penguin stabbed one of his friends to death and wants to know when exactly she knew she gave birth to a monster. This is all very overwhelming for her and Penguin vows revenge.

As they dance, Barbara finds out how the Ogre was able to come to the Ball: he donated $10,000 to the charity so that he could see her. And as Miss Kringle lets herself in at home, we see Nygma sitting across the street, keeping an eye on her place. The Ogre tells Barbara that he needed to see her because they have scaring people in common. He says that the woman he thought was his mother said that to him and he knows what it’s like to be one person on the inside and another outside. He tells her that he brought the person that he is now into being, and he an do the same for her so she can stop hiding, and she’s on board with the idea.

Bruce shakes hands with Sid Bunderslaw, allowing Selina to slip her hand into his pocket and grab his safe key. As Bruce and Bunderslaw exchange pleasantries, Selina embeds the key in some putty and when when Bruce and Bunderslaw shake in parting, she slips the key back into Bunderslaw’s pocket. Across the way, Selina notices Barbara nuzzling and then leaving with the Ogre.

And as Dougherty shows up at Kringle’s place, Nygma stops him in the street saying that he needs to leave her alone. He says Dougherty should leave Gotham tonight and it finally dawns on Dougherty that Nygma likes her. Dougherty punches Nygma in the stomach, who then stabs him in the abdomen. Nygma likes that feeling and stabs Dougherty again and again and again and again, finally letting his body drop and laughing hysterically.

Penguin serves his mother tea at her apartment and tries to explain away the things Maroni told her. She tells him that she’s not stupid and that if he lies to her now he would break her heart. She asks if he’s done things he should not, and he lies again, saying he’s simply a nightclub owner, so, crying, she says that she’s tired and retires to her room. Penguin is anguished just as there is a flower delivery to Gertrude from Sal. He’s pissed and destroys the delivery, telling the delivery man to tell Sal that he’s a dead man. And further incensed, he reconsiders, picks up a piece of the broken flower vase and stabs the delivery man to death right there in the hallway. Gertrude asks what’s happened, so Penguin lies again, saying that he is helping a neighbor with his garbage as he drags the poor killed messenger down the hall.

And the GCPD finally know who they’re after: Jason van Groot, nee Jason Skolimski. He adopted van Groot name when he went to the plastic surgery clinic where he met his first victim. The only picture they have is a sketch from Dr. Cushman and Essen shakes loose one more important thing the Ogre said to Jim when he called: he referred to Jim as “the rising star of the GCPD.” Jim remembers that Barbara was with him in the photo that accompanied that article and rushes over to her apartment. Selina answers the door and tells him that she left the ball with some guy, confirming that it could be the same guy in Jim’s sketch.

The Ogre has gotten Barbara back to his apartment, and as he makes drinks, she asks him what’s through a couple of doors. He tells her to see for herself and it’s the closet we got a peek into last week: it’s full of chains, masks, weapons, and harnesses and is meticulously clean. The two stand in the room facing each other and Barbara gives him a small smile.

The Questions: How is Penguin going to come at Maroni? How long will Bruce and Selina’s friendship last if she’s willing to keep killing? Now that Nygma’s snapped, what will finally push him to villainy? And will Barbara be the one to give the Ogre unconditional love?

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Gotham Recap: Ep. 119, “Beasts of Prey”

As she takes a look out one of the facility’s windows, Fish Mooney notices something: a helicopter. Not only that, this helicopter might be able to transport her to a nearby piece of civilization. She makes her rounds as manager, greeting transplant patients and addressing their needs, and then heads outside to take a better look at the helicopter. An alarm blares as she exits the facility and as soon as she approaches the bird, a Jeep full of armed guards pulls up. The guard wearing Indiana Jones’ hat emerges as the leader. He tells Fish that she’s not supposed to be outside, even if she is the doctor’s new assistant, and he’s the guy who catches the poor souls who try to escape (and who aren’t killed by the churning waves surrounding the island). Fish tells The Catcher she’s heard a lot about him and apologizes for being outside and he’s like, “Just don’t do it again or I’m going to be forced to kill you.”

Bruce is having a lunch date with Jim, but it’s not just a social call. Jim asks him if he is helping covering up the identity of the person who stabbed Alfred, but Bruce denies it. He seems to be compartmentalizing the woes he would normally bring to Jim or the GCPD after they failed to nab his parent’s killers, so he’s fixated on bread thickness and sandwich quality. Jim tries to convince Bruce to stay out of “whatever Alfred’s planning” to do to the person who stabbed him, but it’s clear Bruce isn’t going to be swayed but just Jim’s opinion.

Over at the GCPD headquarters, Officer Len Moore lays the flattery and charm on thick as he fills Jim in on a cold case. Grace Fairchild was stabbed to death and the detectives on the case dumped the case when they couldn’t get anywhere. Jim says he’s got a full plate but Len insists, saying that Grace’s family deserves justice. But it isn’t until Len tells Jim that when he and some of his younger cop buddies grow up they want to be just like Jim Gordon and help clean up Gotham that Jim agrees to take the case.

Jim visits Lee to pick her up for a dinner date and she asks about his new case. Jim gives her the highlights of the case: Grace had been reported missing four months before her dead body was found, the last person to hear from her was Grace’s mother, and she was supposed to be going to a bar in the South Village but there are no leads as to which one. Lee, always full of helpful information, lives in the South Village and tips Jim off to the reemergence of speakeasies in her neighborhood and implores him to catch the “monster” who killed Grace – who could have been her friend, they were so close in age! – so gruesomely.

Fish visits her old pal Kelly in the lower level of the facility, who is probably suffering an infection from the unauthorized organ harvesting he suffered. He’s (justifiably) wary of Fish, but she tells him, very confidentially, that she has a plan to escape and he’s all ears.

Back at Wayne Manor, Alfred is prepping to go look for Reggie in all of Gotham’s shooting galleries, because that’s practical. He’s looking very unsteady, using Bruce’s desk for support, and Bruce tells Alfred that he is in no condition to conduct such a search by himself. Bruce says that he will accompany Alfred and just as he begins to protest, Alfred begins to bleed again in earnest from his stab wound.

Our dear Penguin wants to buy a bar. So he’s speaking with Lydia to try to convince her to take his offer to come on as a silent partner, but Lydia’s like, “EFF OFF!” Penguin insists that his interest in her bar is totally above board (ha!) and that if she doesn’t want money, surely there’s something he can do for/offer her instead?

Lydia: My granddaughter, Antonia, is beautiful, virtuous. An angel. And she’s been seduced by a silver-tongued guitar player. Lucifer himself.
Penguin: A tragedy.
Lydia: You make her come home and I’ll consider your offer.
Penguin: Madame, she will be home for Sunday mass. You have my word.

Gabe, Penguin’s protection, thinks the bar is worthless, but Penguin knows a diamond in the rough when he sees one.

Meanwhile, Jim is trying to convince Bullock to help him investigate Grace Fairchild’s murder and Bullock is balking at the idea of working more. Bullock thinks Jim only wants to take this case to further prove that he’s a super cop, but Nygma actually has new information about the case. He’s found four speakeasies with liquor licenses in the South Village that the original detectives missed, giving Jim his only solid leads. Jim asks Nygma to try to locate a missing piece of evidence from the case, item 3A, and Nygma enthusiastically enlists to find it. After one last (weak) statement of protest, Bullock agrees to help Jim.

Fish has included five of the big guys imprisoned at the facility in her escape plan. She tells them that she’s going to need stone-cold killers, not whipped-ass victims, to help her get off the island, and plans to use a boat on the shore to take the six of them to the mainland. One of them isn’t impressed, though.

Big Guy #1: A boat? Pfft.
Fish: Do you have a better idea?
Big Guy #1: I heard a chopper land the other day. Why don’t we fly outta here?
Fish: Do any of you know how to fly a helicopter? … … I didn’t think so.

Bullock complains about all the legwork he’s having to do as he and Jim enter the last of the four uncanvassed speakeasies. This time, the bartender recognizes Grace and remembers having a conversation with her. She says Grace’s date was hot and classy, and we flash back to the evening in question. Grace and her date have drinks and she asks why the hell he’s still single. He says what he’s looking for frightens people.

Guy: It’s nothing weird.
Grace: Well, what then?
Guy: What I’m looking for is unconditional love. Unconditional, real, intense love.

Grace buys the line and goes home with him. As he hangs up their coats, we get a peek into a closet, filled with large metal handcuffs, chains, and a literal ball and chain. Grace continues to flirt, completely oblivious to the danger she’s in, and the guy is pleased she’s so willing to stay. Back at the bar, Bullock gives the bartender his card in case the guy comes back in and Jim is even more determined to solve the case.

Bruce writes down the addresses of three gun ranges as Alfred sleeps on the couch and ventures out into the city alone. He visits Polk Gun Range first – just as Penguin happens by. Bruce is buzzed in and Penguin enters another building for an interrogation. Gabe has trapped the silver-tongued guitar player with a bike lock to a large pillar, but the guitar player refuses to leave Antonia. Shooting him is a dumb idea, so Penguin, knowing that guitar players live or die by their fingers, gives Gabe some pliers and orders him to “lose” the guitar players fingers (we even get to see one of them fall off!). That’s one way to ruin someone’s livelihood!

And in the ME’s office, Lee gets a visit from Jim and Bullock just after she finished Grace Fairchild’s autopsy. She says the results were a little strange.

Lee: She was missing for over four months. Usually with this kind of abduction, there’s a lot of trauma and abuse to the body, but not this time. Other than the stab wounds to her heart and her throat, her body is mostly pristine.
Bullock: That doesn’t add up, unless… You ever consider she ran off on her own? That her going missing has nothing to do with her murder?
Lee: The findings would certainly support that.
Jim: Maybe. No. No, Fairchild had a good job. a mortgage. Hell, she called her mother the night she went missing. No, she didn’t run away, she was taken. And whoever took her kept her locked away till he was good and ready, and then he killed her. I know it.

We flash back to the morning after Grace met the guy in the speakeasy and the guy has prepared a lovely breakfast. Grace emerges from the bedroom and he offers some plans for the day, but Grace says she’s already running late for work meetings. He tells her to reschedule, which she says she can’t do, but she’d like to see him again. He at least wants her to have some breakfast, but she insists that she has to go, but he won’t let her hand go. Jason grabs her wrist and tells her that, no, she doesn’t have to go.

On Captivity Island, Fish slips into Dulmacher’s office after he leaves and her manicure is still impeccable. She looks in his desk, finds two keys labelled 024 and 050, respectively, and pockets them. Just as she’s about to leave, Dulmacher returns to find her standing in his office. She picks up a letter opener off his desk and tells him that she was looking for supplies. He rightfully predicts that she was trying to escape and pulls a gun on her. He says he’ll shoot her in the stomach if she doesn’t tell the truth, so she comes clean (so to speak).

Fish: Every night when I close my eyes I pray to God that nightmare doesn’t come. That living, breathing man, stitched together with arms and legs that weren’t his. That nightmare you created. I’ve face dangerous men, but none like you, Dollmaker.
Dulmacher: So you’d rather take your own life than end up as one of my creations?
Fish: Yes.
Dulmacher: Well, Miss Mooney, try something like this again and your nightmare will come true. I will bring you back from the dead if I have to, and make you into something the world has never seen. Was there something else?

Back in the rougher parts of Gotham, Bruce is being eyeballed by every sketchy person on the street and runs into Cat. He tells her that he’s looking for Reggie, but he couldn’t find him at any gun ranges. Cat lets him know that when Alfred said Reggie would be at a “shooting gallery” it wasn’t the literal kind and the two head off in the right direction.

Lydia has Antonia back, and she’s bawling her eyes out. She has only so much sympathy and backhands Antonia, telling her to go clean herself up. And Penguin arrives wanting to discuss terms.

And Nygma has found a photocopy of item 3A: a painting of a broken heart. Bullock is shaken up by this because he’s seen it before; this guy is a serial killer. And we flash back to Jason and Grace having dinner. She sits in handcuffs and they make strained conversation. She apologizes for the undercooked lamb, and after a taste he agrees. Grace begins to whimper as she apologizes again, which ticks Jason off. He doesn’t think he and Grace are going to work out. It’s not Grace, it’s him (NO SHIT). He blindfolds her and chains her with her arms above her head, taking a Polaroid to add to his collection (there are already a dozen photos), and he chooses a weapon to get started.

Gabe wants to know why Penguin wants Lydia’s bar so badly and, with a photo of Maroni in the background, Penguin explains that his motivation is simple, really: this is where he’s going to kill Don Maroni.

Fish absconds to the basement prison to gather the troops for the escape. She takes them to the side door she used earlier and lays out the plan.

Fish: As soon as this door opens, an alarm will go off and we will not have much time.
Clint: What about the gate?
Fish: Unlocked last night. Take these keys and get the boat started as soon as you get there. I’m coming but I need to go get Kelly. Call me sentimental, but I cannot leave him here. And you better not leave me.

The five guys run toward the boat and Fish goes back to the basement. Dulmacher cuts her off and tells her he warned her about trying to escape. The rest of the prisoners exit the cell and beat the pulp out of Dulmacher and prepare to leave with her, holding hands like kindergarteners. The group of five reach the gate and find it locked: Fish set them up as a distraction and has led the other prisoners to the chopper. Surprise of all surprises, she can fly it! Just as she lifts off The Catcher puts a well-trained bullet in her side and she fights through the pain and blood loss to keep the helicopter in the air.

Bullock fills Jim in on Jason’s serial killing MO.

Bullock: He abducts young, single, attractive women and he keeps them, sometimes for weeks, sometimes for months. Then he dumps their bodies around Gotham.
Jim: How many has he killed?
Bullock: A dozen, maybe more. Every time he kills he leaves a broken heart at the crime scene. It’s his calling card.
Jim: So who is he?
Bullock: No one knows. Thinking is, he’s educated, decent looking, rich. But that’s just a profile. Some of the guys call him the Don Juan Killer. Most call him The Ogre.
Jim: Why haven’t I heard about this guy before?
Bullock: It’s the GCPD’s dirty little secret. Only a handful of senior detectives know anything about this guy and they aren’t leaking it to the press because The Ogre retaliates against any cop who investigates him. He kills the people they love. He hasn’t been caught yet because no one’s been stupid enough to investigate.
Jim: Until I came along.
Bullock: How did you catch this again?
Jim: A fellow officer asked me to look into it.
Bullock: Who? Which one?

Good questions! In some dilapidated warehouse, Bruce and Cat find Reggie and Bruce learns about heroin “shooting galleries.” Bruce wants to know who sent Reggie to his house and, to make him talk, Cat holds his stash out the window, threatening to dump it. So Reggie spills: he says he never meant to stab Alfred, but he caught him stealing Bruce’s documents. Bruce strong arms Reggie some more, and Reggie warns Bruce that he shouldn’t deal with these people, that he should leave it to Alfred. He tells him a woman named Mathis and a man named Bunderslaw are the ones who hired him, and he dealt with Bunderslaw directly. Bunderslaw wanted to know what Bruce knew, and he was scared enough to hire Reggie to infiltrate Wayne Manor and steal evidence. Bruce tells Cat to give Reggie back his drugs, but Cat drops them out the window anyway. So Reggie claps back.

Reggie: Don’t patronize me! I may have vices, yeah, but I’m a professional. You want me to tell Bunderslaw that you’re onto him? Because he’ll come after you. And there’s nothing that you can do to stop him. You’re just silly little children. I’m gonna tell on you.

Reggie spots the drugs dropped just on the sill outside and reaches out the window for them, and Bruce spots an opportunity to commit his first murder. He decides not to, but Cat’s like, “You’re not telling on us!” and pushes Reggie out the window. Bruce takes a look outside and sees Reggie’s body on the ground below, blood pooling rapidly around his head.

And back in the locker room/cop interrogation hot spot, Bullock and Jim are hemming up Len Moore, who spills easily, tells them that he was ordered by Commissioner Loeb to convince Jim to take Grace Fairchild’s case. He said Loeb told him all the sweet things that Jim would want to hear to make him want to take the case, and he didn’t have a choice because Loeb has all of the dirt. Jim is upset that he’s been hoodwinked into this and is worried about Lee. Bullock tries to convince Jim to simply drop the investigation if he wants to protect her, but Jim can’t let a serial killer keep killing. He calls Lee and leaves an urgent message, then spots Loeb across the room and boy is he pissed.

Jim: You! You son of a bitch! You set me up!
Loeb: Detective, I don’t know what you think –
Jim: Don’t talk, listen. I tried to work with you. But now you crossed a line. You come after the one I love. From here on, we’re playing my way. No more games, no more deals. I’m going to find The Ogre and I’m going to put him behind bars. And when I’ve done that, I’m coming after you, Commissioner. You’re done.

The Questions: Will Bruce be pissed that Cat’s a killer? How exactly is Penguin planning to kill Maroni? Did Fish and her merry band of escapees make it to safety? And…will she survive? (I don’t want an answer to that last one.)

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Jada Pinkett Smith Is Leaving Gotham

It looks like Fish Mooney is in worse danger than we thought!

Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays the down and out tortured former crime boss on Gotham, all but confirmed that her character is doomed and she will be leaving the show when her year contract is up. The actress appeared on Live with Kelly and Michael today, discussing her portrayal of the evil villainess.

I guess we will have to see what the Dollmaker has in store for her, and whether or not her character will survive and be recurring. Gotham is on short hiatus right now with new episodes to return in April!

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Gotham Recap: Ep. 18, “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”

Bruce has been sitting by Alfred’s bedside making sure he doesn’t lose another beloved adult figure. Jim arrives with a timely bagel for Bruce and begins to ask about Alfred’s attack. Alfred lies and while Bruce follows his lead, Bruce wonders why they lied when Jim is called away.

Alfred: Reggie’s a mate and you don’t set coppers on your mates, do ya?
Bruce: But he almost killed you.
Alfred: I’ll sort him out.

Pretty sure you don’t stab your mates in the chest as a rule, either. Alfred tries to leave his room but Bruce puts some bass into his voice and tells Alfred to get back in bed.

Meanwhile, Fish Mooney wakes to find Dr. Dulmacher at her bedside. He’s really pleased with her control over the “facility.” She thinks that Dulmacher should make her his right hand because *cue Trina’s “The Baddest Bitch”*

Fish: I woke up hungry and alone and in less than a week I brought this place to a standstill. You’ve had me as your enemy. Wouldn’t you rather have me as your friend?
Dulmacher: Hmm. Eat something, you’ll need strength. Oh, and we gave you a new eye, but it doesn’t match the gorgeous original.

Fish New Eye
Non-hereditary heterochromia.

Fish removes the gauze covering her left eye to find an eye so blue as to be at home on a White Walker. Isn’t she doing some damage to that fresh transplant by exposing it so soon?

Arnold Flass has been exonerated and Harvey Dent and Jim are pissed. Jim is especially upset because it appears that Commissioner Loeb greased the wheels on this deal and is supporting Flass for president of the police union. Jim visits Loeb to get to the bottom of things but gets pushback instead: Loeb doesn’t feel the need to explain himself to Jim, but does show him a video of Harvey Bullock confessing to doctoring the evidence against Flass (which we know he didn’t do). I wonder what Loeb’s dirt against Bullock looks like?

Confronted by Jim, Bullock says he was just protecting his job and his freedom. “Do you honestly think you’re the only one who had orders to take a punk down to the end of the pier and put a bullet in his head? The difference is, my Cobblepot didn’t come back.” I mean, yeah, we know that. If Jim didn’t put that together after Bullock was initially so adamant that he kill Oswald, I may have been giving him too much credit. Bullock tells Jim that almost every GCPD cop has an “Oswald Cobblepot” and Commissioner Loeb is blackmailing all of them to stay in line. And so Jim’s mission becomes clear: stave off Loeb’s power source.

Edward Nygma is still in love with Ms. Kringle and uses the most roundabout way to tell her that while Flass was just released, he thinks she could do, like, so much better.

Nygma: That guy’s a gorilla, you can’t have had much in common. He’s a bad guy.
Kringle: I appreciate your concern, but I’ve realized there are far better men in the world than Arnold Flass.

That’s $1.45 for your coffee, buddy.

Jim and Dent meet at a diner to talk about stealing Commissioner Loeb’s cache of dirt on GCPD officers. In trying to find out where the cache could be hidden, Dent mentions that Loeb had a wife who died suspiciously by falling down the stairs. Dent is disappointed in Bullock’s confession but is careful not to bad mouth his too much in front of Jim. Then, knowing how tight cop partners become, it dawns on him where to start looking for the cache: Loeb’s first GCPD partner, Charley Griggs. Jim and Dent take Griggs to the GCPD locker room and put the screws to him. It doesn’t take long before he’s singing like a canary. After all, Loeb has something on him, too.

Griggs: I told you, I don’t know anything. If I did, I’d say talk to Xi Lu on Huron Street.

Dent wonders if they should bring Bullock to Xi Lu’s but Jim is against it. Harvey is suspicious.

Fish continues to work her magic on Dr. Dulmacher, convincing him of her worth. “If you wanted to kill me, you’d have done it already and you certainly wouldn’t have wasted this beautiful eye on me.” Dulmacher takes her to his office and begins to explain why he has this facility: he’s interested in the line of demarcation between oneself and another when mixing and matching body parts. When does one stop being themselves? Fish isn’t impressed and wants a management deal already, so Dulmacher shows her his latest creation: it’s the Office Manager from last week’s episode, kind of. His head has been crudely attached to several female body parts and he is horrified. And so is Fish for once. Dr. Dulmacher, AKA the Dollmaker.

Selina visits Bruce in the hospital during one of Ivy’s hospital sweeps: a few times a week Ivy sneaks in and steals food from the sickies. She hugs Bruce and he is beside himself, so naturally he spills his guts to her.

Bruce: Alfred was stabbed by an old army buddy and I think it was my fault.
Selina: What are you talking about?
Bruce: I had a meeting with the board of Wayne Enterprises to tell them I was investigating them so they sent someone to infiltrate. If I find him, I can find out who hired him.
Selina: You’re nuts. Look at Alfred right now. Do you want to end up like him?
Bruce: I don’t expect you to understand. I’ll give a shout if I need anything.

We’re law enforcement tough guys so tell us what you know!

Jim and Dent turn up in the basement of Xi Lu’s and find about a dozen men counting a large amount of money. Xi Lu plays it really cool and denies knowing Loeb at all so Dent skips directly to the threat of police and ADA interference in their obviously shady business dealings. Just then Xi Lu gets a phone call. Apparently the caller doesn’t think Jim and Dent should live, and Xi Lu gives the order to the dozen to brandish their kitchen knives and attack! Jim and Dent run out the way they came but end up trapped in the alley out back until Bullock barrels through the gates for a timely rescue.

A safe distance away, the group discovers Griggs set them up. Bullock is all, “Why didn’t you tell me? You know I love to ask hard.” Next thing you know, Jim and Bullock have picked up Griggs and Bullock has his head out the rear passenger door thiiis close to the asphalt and is asking the hard questions. Once again, Griggs folds like a paper airplane. “It was Falcone! And you two are dead men!” The detectives know they need someone with information on Falcone, which leads them to our dear Penguin. Natch.

Penguin is only too happy to assist his dear friend Jim, but is of course cognizant of his own predicament being a lieutenant of Falcone’s. Jim tells Penguin that he’ll give him a favor to bank, no questions asked, as well as five minutes with Loeb’s dirty files in exchange for his help. A really dicey agreement.

In the facility’s basement, dissent is growing because Fish hasn’t returned. Until now. One mouthy prisoner wants to know when their conditions will improve like she promised, and she orders the one guard that was left behind released. Then she snaps her fingers and the guards grab her basement right hand and another woman because they were on the “show of faith” list from above.

Mouthy Prisoner: I told you, didn’t I? She working for them now!
Fish: I warned you not everyone would live. Their sacrifice means your survival! And my promise remains the same!

Jim, Bullock, and Penguin arrive at the place where Loeb keeps 20 years of dirty secrets, but Bullock is suspicious of the location.

Penguin: What would you prefer, Detective Bullock? A sign that says “super secret blackmail horde”?

Flippers up, Penguin.

Penguin wants to wait in the car until it’s all clear, but Bullock and Jim are immediately against that friendly suggestion. Just then a man gives a knock on the car window and invites them all in for tea. Marge and Jude are very sweet and friendly, but Marge begins to ask questions about their unannounced visitors. Why weren’t they notified that the police would be coming by for an inspection? Marge steps away to grab some keys as loud thudding is heard upstairs, then comes back with a shotgun she is not afraid in the slightest to use. She and her husband unload at Jim and Bullock and they subdue the couple, leaving Penguin to stand guard. Upstairs, Jim and Bullock find a haggard looking woman who is clearly unstable. She’s Miriam Loeb, the Commissioner’s daughter.

Back at the GCPD, Nygma has finally gathered the courage to ask Ms. Kringle out for dinner, but she already has plans with her new boyfriend, Tom. Tom has the simplest of riddles and Edward tries to hide his seething hatred.

Miriam has always lived in the farmhouse. She says her father comes by every Sunday to visit and they play checkers. She knows nothing of a cache of files, but Jim isn’t so sure that she doesn’t possess some useful info. Jim asks her about her mother, but she would rather talk about her new hobby: making jewelry from the bones of starlings. She captures them when they land on her windowsill and smashes their heads with her thumb. She’s in love with the popping sounds breaking bones make. Animal cruelty alert! Jim asks Miriam if that’s how her mother died, and she explains that no, it’s not like with the birds.

Miriam: I had to use a candlestick on her. She wouldn’t stop singing, either. She knew that it was my night. I was supposed to perform at dinner, not her.
Jim: So you hit her and she stopped.

Downstairs Penguin is overcome by Marge and Jude who drive away. Penguin wants to see the files as agreed, but Miriam comes downstairs instead.


Miriam: Who is he? He looks like a bird. I love birds!

(Girl. No, you don’t.)

Jim arrives back at Commisioner Loeb’s office and presents Loeb with one of his daughter’s jewelry creations, sure to be all the rage in Spring. Loeb says Miriam is sick and didn’t mean to hurt her mother, and goes on to say that Jim can expose his family scandal and he’ll simply weather the storm. But Jim knows that Loeb has been covering this up to keep Miriam out of Arkham, and that he’ll do what it takes to keep her out. Loeb offers to resign but Jim wants nothing to do with that.

Jim: No, you’re not resigning. You step down and I’ll have someone else to deal with. Odds are, he’ll be Falcone’s lapdog, same as you. With you, I have leverage.
Loeb: What do you want?
Jim: Flass is tried fairly and you’ll send all your dirt on GCPD officers to Harvey Dent.
Loeb: No, if I do that I’m dead. I love Miriam, but I love living, too. You can have Bullock but not the rest.
Jim: One more thing…

Now, instead of backing Flass, who is probably in handcuffs and en route to prison, Loeb publicly backs Jim for the union presidency. Bullock is a little salty until Jim gives him his Loeb file.

Bullock: You know, you tell yourself, “I’ll just do this one bad thing. All the good things I do later will make up for it.” But they don’t. Penguin’s gonna come asking for that favor. Be careful.

And back at the Penguin’s club, we find out that Penguin released Marge and Jude, but is backing out of his deal to send them to Arizona. Now there’s only one ticket available and they have to figure out who gets it. Jude isn’t into being separated from Marge after 20 years, but Margie is ruthless. She begins savagely attacking Jude, finally strangling him with his scarf as Penguin approaches with a shotgun.

Margie: What time’s the train?
Penguin: Oh, there’s no train. I just needed your help. I was down to one shell.

And he kills her.

Dullmacher asks Fish if the prisoners would like a salsa night. She doens’t think so, but he likes it so Salsa Tuesday is coming up nevertheless. Dulmacher is proud that she was able to deliver on their deal and shows her why he trusts her so much: they’re on a frozen island, miles and miles away from civilization with no way for her to escape.

The Question: There’s only one. Where are they going from here? The show isn’t airing a new episode until April 13!

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Gotham Recap: Ep. 17, “Red Hood”

A shifty looking crew is walks into a bank…I think you know how this goes. Except one of them decides he should wear a red hood and perform his unfinished standup routine. A guard grabs a gun and unloads at Red Hood, missing him like the broad side of a barn. Once outside the gang realizes they cut their escape a little close because the cops are en route, so Red Hood lets loose a few stacks of the gang’s stolen money for the public, effectively barring the GCPD’S path.

Wait, we’re not going skiing?

As Jim and Harvey review security footage after the robbery it’s obvious they’ve fallen into a really nice groove as partners. They check a bank clerk on the difference between Robin Hood and Robber with a Red Hood and notice that one of the crew had been keeping time during the robbery, meaning they knew how long the police would take to show up. “Hmm, when was the last time you guys needed the GCPD?” Jim asks the bank employees. “Well, remember that time with the smoke bomb last week?” Ding ding ding, we have a winner! Pull those surveillance tapes, stat!

Over at Wayne Manor, an old war buddy of Alfred’s shows up in the pouring rain. Reggie, now blanketed and comfortably seated in front of the fire, begins to tell Alfred how he came to be the embodiment of an all too familiar story: the homeless veteran. Reggie is a little surprised Alfred has been shacked up in a place like Wayne Manor and Alfred is clearly haunted by the experiences these two share. “It’s good for me here,” Alfred says by way of explanation. “Now what are you doing here?” Reggie says his wife died 11 years ago and he lost his house soon after, then moved back to Gotham and couldn’t get himself together because of the booze. Bruce walks in and offers to let him stay for a few days on account of his recent run of bad luck. Alfred clearly wishes Bruce had consulted him privately before extending that offer.

Go get me someone with power.

And Fish. Well, she’s being taken upstairs to meet the people in charge. As she walks down a creepy hallway, she gets glimpses of even creepier bandaged people in cells for lack of a better term. They’re obviously healing from having some part of them harvested, and one poor fool is sitting in a bathtub full of ice. Fish is understandably concerned: “What in the hell is going on here?! Who are these people?!” This scene is giving you some Girl, Interrupted and The Shining and tingles down your spine. Then she is brought into a room with peeling walls and furniture grabbed from an insane asylum estate sale where a man in glasses tells her to sit.

Back at headquarters, Jim is reviewing the bank footage from the incendiary incident and fingers Red Hood. Even better, with Harvey’s glasses Jim sees that this bank robbing Mensa member wore his work shirt to case his own robbery, leading Jim and Harvey to Kleg’s Auto. In the garage, Red Hood is loving his celebrity. Maybe a little too much because his crewmates aren’t feeling him right now. His adrenaline is clearly informing his behavior but he makes a good point: “Whoever wears the hood should lead.” So the actual leader shoots him and becomes the second Red Hood.

Fish: Are you the person in charge?

Office Manager: No, that would be the doctor.

Fish: You don’t hold any power. Get me the doctor.

Office Manager: He’s not here.

Fish: What’s his name?

Office Manager: Dulmacher.

Fish: Tell him that basement is MY territory and he can’t take anyone until he looks me in the eye.

Office Manager: You know, I bet you want a shower. Go take a shower and get some linens and then we’ll talk.

Penguin still hasn’t gotten the hang of talent scouting. He’s got a terrible comedian on stage and the bar has run dry so people are leaving. Enter Butch Puppet! “Hey man, the reason you don’t have any booze is because Maroni hates your guts. You can’t get anything on this side of town without his say so, and he is not going to say so.” Penguin thinks Butch is reveling in his failure but Butch actually doesn’t want to see the club sink. “I took this place with Fish nine years ago and put my blood, sweat, and tears into it. No, I don’t want to see you drive it into the ground, dumb dumb.” Since none of that helps him, Penguin heads off to plot.

Jim and Harvey arrive at Kleg’s Auto and instead of the Red Hood Gang they find a Dead Red Hood in the refrigerator. Harvey thinks since he’s the leader we’ve seen the last of the Gang, but just then the remaining four crew members rob another bank. New Red Hood bungles the act a little but the effect is the same: people love the Red Hood Gang because they share their spoils with the little guy.

It dawns on Jim that as long as someone is willing to put the hood on, the Red Hood Gang could go on indefinitely. A witness comes forward saying he saw the leader of the gang so Jim and Harvey decide to hold a lineup to identify him.

Wayne Manor Fight Club

Reggie decides to give Bruce a combat lesson and it’s amusing to watch Bruce punch the crap out of him. But as Alfred observes, Reggie is clearly getting a little too into it and Bruce is horrified at drawing blood, so Alfred breaks them up. Bruce isn’t happy about not being allowed to learn dirty fighting, though. Reggie apologizes and Alfred’s all, “Look, keep our past in the past. I’m happy now.”

Penguin has decided to rob a Maroni crew to obtain liquor, but just as his team is about to move in the cops show up and confiscate everything. And then Butch shows up! “Oh those cops are my cops. That’s your booze now. You’re welcome.” It’s clear Penguin realizes what an excellent asset Butch is, and what a good team they make.

You’ve got a little dirt just there.

Over at Chez Babs, Ivy is comfortable, Selena is guarded, and Barbara is day drinking. Drunk Barbara is like, “Hey Selena, you’d be pretty cute if you took a shower and got rid of those nasty clothes. *gasp* I have an idea: MAKEOVERS!!!” She brings out tons of her clothes and tells the girls they can have whatever they want. Ivy grabs a green blouse, of course. Barbara pulls Selena aside and tells her, “Girl, you have to learn how gorgeous you are and how to use that to get what you want. It’s gonna get you ahead in life.” And Selena’s like, “Oh yeah? What do YOU have to show for it, hmm?” Burn!

Are we still getting pastries later?

After the robbery witness, Mr. Chaing, IDs the second Red Hood, Jim and Harvey decide to let him go. There’s clearly already some dissent among their group, so they’re going to let him lead them back to the rest of the group to stop them before they can commit another robbery.

Fish is fresh, clean, and covered in white but has lost none of her resolve.

Fish: Look, what the hell are you trying to pull here. I don’t want what you’re selling.

Guy: You have pretty eyes. I think we’ll take them.

Fish: You’re not taking my eyes, jackass! There’s always another option!

Fish Eye Gouge
I control my eyes!

And she grabs his teaspoon, gouges her left eye out, and stomps on it. SHE GRABS HIS TEASPOON, GOUGES HER LEFT EYE OUT, AND STOMPS ON IT! She’s like, “I know you’d need two of my eyes, jerk! Now I’m going to pass out.” Maybe she could have just said she had astigmatism or something?

Bruce brings Alfred and Reggie a really nice bottle of burgundy and Reggie being a true fan of the booze drinks his first glass in one gulp. Two bottles in, the group is jolly and telling old stories. Then Bruce began to ask probing questions about his combat days and Alfred is getting uncomfortable. But Bruce needs to know more and Reggie goes on. When they served together, Alfred had been captured during a sandstorm and had to kill 12 guys. Alfred’s gone off this conversation and wants to tidy up which Reggie finds HILARIOUS and Bruce goes to bed. Reggie wants to know why Alfred isn’t being a murderous monster while he’s trying to raise a traumatized child, so Alfred’s all, “Yeah, look. You’re leaving in the morning. I folded up your crap and packed you a lunch for tomorrow because I’m a butler, but you’ve got to go.”

The second Red Hood arrives back at his apartment under the watchful eyes of Jim and Harvey and he has a visitor. A third member of the Red Hood Gang wants to borrow the hood to impress his girlfriend and boy is he desperate. So desperate that he shoots the leader twice and absconds with the hood, becoming the third Red Hood. Jim and Harvey hurry in and find evidence that the banks that the gangs are targeting had all denied loans to the second Hood. So they know who’s next.


Butch is done playing the sidekick and Penguin likes the cut of his jib. They have another drink and Penguin asks Butch about Fish. “Do you miss her? I do. Perhaps it’s not our friends but our enemies that define us.” And Butch is like, “She got what she deserved.” Brainwashing hard at work.

Alfred comes downstairs to find Reggie stealing from Bruce’s office. Alfred’s like, “Really, Reggie? We fed you and sheltered you, dude. You couldn’t have just asked for some money?”

Reggie: I’m in trouble with some bad people Alfred.

Alfred: Put the bag down and tell me what’s going on.

Reggie: I’m sorry.

And he stabs Alfred in the chest. HE STABS ALFRED IN THE CHEST. Poor Bruce runs downstairs to find Alfred losing blood and calls an ambulance immediately.

Red Hood v. 3 is about to enter a bank with the remaining two crew members and are stopped by the cops. A firefight ensues and the last two members are killed. Jim tells Red Hood to put his gun down, but he pulls another gun instead and gets positively lit up by police bullets. Harvey needs a danish and I think I do, too. Jim drops the hood when he gets a call that Alfred is in the hospital and takes off.

Bruce is distraught and cannot lose Alfred. This poor kid is so alone and activates all of my Batman feels. Then we hear Reggie’s voice, talking about what Bruce knows. He’s with the board of Wayne Enterprises and it’s clear that he was approached by them as an old acquaintance of Alfred’s to infiltrate Wayne Manor and steal Bruce’s investigatory evidence. Reggie tries to assure them that Bruce hasn’t gotten any counsel and really doesn’t have anything concrete, but mainly that he’s just a kid. The board is like, “Yeah, whatever. We won’t be seeing you again.”

Back at the site of the shootout, a kid is somehow able to come into a crime scene and steal the Red Hood.

The Questions: Could this be a hint as to the Red Hood’s future incarnation? What is going to happen to Fish when she goes back to the basement? Do we need to start shipping Butch and Penguin? Putch? Benguin?

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Gotham Recap: Ep. 16, “The Blind Fortune Teller”

This is positively spoiler laden, so if you haven’t watched the episode or don’t want potential future plot points ruined, STOP RIGHT NOW. Seriously. Stop reading now because below, SPOILERS ABOUND.

As ruthless as our dear Penguin can be, he is no judge of talent. He proves that to us this episode by hiring his mother as chanteuse for his recently acquired club. Ever the mama’s boy, he unleashes that ruthless side and a bottle of liquor when someone (rightly) begins to heckle her vocal stylings. That vociferous clubgoer will find it hard to smile in future, methinks. Mr. Zsasz, on orders from Falcone, brings back Butch, Fish Mooney’s former right hand, to help Penguin turn his struggling club around and simultaneously make his bladder drop. Only when Mr. Zsasz reveals he’s been torturing poor Butch into docility does Penguin relax and realize that he now has a meek hand puppet who will help him be the success he knows he is on the inside.

Barbara is the worst. The literal worst. Why exactly does she think Jim will be just waiting for her after she basically skipped town on him and went back to her ex? Don’t be mad that he upgraded in your absence! Girl, get your life together. And ask a couple of questions about these two random girls who have obviously been eating up all your food and using your apartment as a squat. But instead of throwing some cold water in her face and asking the important questions, she makes friends. So that’s something, I guess.

We meet the Flying Graysons and their practically life-long rivals, the Lloyds, while Jim and Lee are on a date at the circus. And boy do they love to throw bows. I mean, these families HATE each other (they yell as much during the brawl!), but we get a glimpse of the future when we meet the parents Robin, Gotham City’s favorite sidekick who we all know from comics canon. Good thing they get past the blood feud and get married or we couldn’t have a Boy Wonder!

And of course we have the strong-minded Dr. Lee Thompkins who is dating Jim and really giving him a run for his money! I love it so much. She challenges every little patriarchal quirk Jim displays and never takes his guff. She is no pushover (unlike certain blondes we could mention) and she has no problem flexing her knowledge or calling BS when she needs to. I admit I don’t fully trust her but she is a breath of meadow-fresh air for Jim.

Arguably the biggest draw to this episode is the appearance of Jerome, the young man who will become the Joker. He is the son of a snake dancer at the Grayson/Lloyd circus who has just been found dead. Oh, and he killed her. Surprise! After masterfully pretending to be distraught at his mother’s disappearance and shutting down Gordon’s implications about sex and sexuality, he finally breaks character and devolves into a psychotic laughter-laden tirade about his trifling mother. He just really couldn’t take her nagging about him doing the dishes when she’s getting laid in the next room. (Did anyone notice that the actor who played his father – the eponymous Blind Fortune Teller – also played Felix Faust on Constantine recently?)

I feel like every scene including Fish Mooney should be soundtracked by Trina’s “The Baddest Bitch.” She has zero patience for anyone telling her what to do or how to be. With her newly acquired scarf and sweater, she is running the nameless prison she’s been relegated to – and it took her like three days? All of the prisoners ride for Fish.

She’s all, “Hey, captors. I’m the new ‘shot caller’ here. We need food, water, blankets, and the latest Vogue and you’re going to bring them to us.” And they’re like, “I’m not doing that. Hand over that prisoner. Someone needs a kidney transplant.” And Fish is all, “Bitch, please. You’re not in charge here. Watch me tell these guys to savagely beat that prisoner to death with a hand motion.” *commence beating* “Now go get someone with authority.” Fish is everything.

Then we have young Bruce who is throwing these corrupt Wayne Enterprises board members so much shade I thought a solar eclipse had happened. After continually blowing his meeting requests off, they thought he was going to come in with some fluff like, “Do you guys have a tablet to spare so I can play Angry Birds?” And their faces were absolutely priceless when Bruce pulls out his composition notebook and starts laying into them about how a few of those dirty buggers were definitely working with the criminal underworld to control the Arkham project and some subsidiary is into chemical weapon manufacturing and he wasn’t having that. “If I were a man I would be chairing this board.” BOOM.

All in all, it was a great episode. I get sick of Jim’s antiquated ideas about relationships, but with each episode we see how he becomes more and more of the iconic, hard-nosed, “what’s right is right” Gordon that comics fans know and respect. There was offensively little Nygma, a slight blow because I enjoy him so much, but this show is really ramping up to become something so awesome. The characters continue to be compelling and I can’t (always) predict the storyline, two hallmarks of great programming if you ask me.

Can’t wait for next week! Who’s holding Fish? Who is Red Hood (for those of us who don’t already know)? And who’s breaking into Wayne Manor trying to take out a kid this time?!

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