Gotham Episode 12
After escaping Arkham Asylum Jack Gruber begins attacking other criminals. Jim Gordon challenges Commissioner Gillian Loeb, betting his job on apprehending Gruber within twenty four hours. Fish Mooney makes her move on Don Carmine Falcone, using her trap Liza. Oswald Cobblepot tries to convince Falcone that Liza is working for Fish Mooney and that Falcone shouldn't try and save the girl.
Sex & Nudity – A kiss between two adults
Violence & Gore – Minor melee combat; victims of shock therapy are shown; numerous police are knocked unconscious by electrocution; a woman is choked to death
Profanity – Moderate language for prime time TV
Drinking and drug use – Only discussed between two characters only.
“James, why did you become a police man?” Commissioner Loeb
In “What the Little Bird Told Him” Jack Gruber, or the Electro-cutioner, turns his alligator clips on criminals outside of Arkham Asylum. Gruber and his muscle, Aaron Helzinger, attack an electronic store, seemingly employed by criminals he worked with prior to Arkham.
Jim Gordon returns to GCPD, and stays for the briefing on Gruber and Helzinger’s escape despite the protests of Captain Sarah Essen and his partner, Harvey Bullock. Essen and Bullock fear that when Gotham Police Commissioner Gillian Loeb arrives, the head of the Police department would take out his anger on Gordon. Gordon challenges the Commissioner, saying he and Bullock can catch Arkham’s escapees.
Mafia Don Carmine Falcone has a flashback of when he was a child. After returning to the present, he meets up with Fish Mooney’s secret weapon, Liza. Falcone offers Liza an out from working for him but she refuses.
Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock get help from the creepy, riddle-telling Edward Nygma and find the van used to escape Arkham Asylum in “Rogue’s Gallery.” Bullock wisely makes the leap that Jack Gruber liked electronics and leads Gordon to the electronic store Gruber attacked in the beginning of the episode. The two find Irwin, the criminal Gruber attacked.
“Hush young man. I can hear you sigh.” – Don Carmine Falcone
Fish’s men kill a couple of Falcone’s guards and kidnap Liza. Fish tells Liza that she is ready to make her move. Fish Mooney calls Don Carmine Falcone with a voice changer, and Liza pretends to be tortured over the phone to get his attention.
While Harvey Bullock and Gordon continue to search for clues about Gruber’s location in the police station, Edward Nygma suggests that they wear their rubber boots in case Gruber attacks them with electricity. Harvey Bullock refuses but Jim Gordon takes his pair. Leslie Thompkins visits Gordon and gives him a clue from Arkham: a voodoo doll from one of the inmates that Gruber had named “Mr. M.”
While hosting Mafia Don Sal Maroni and his men, Oswald Cobblepot receives a call from Falcone. He attempts to leave to meet Falcone, lying to Maroni that he is going to see his sick mother. Right as the Penguin gets to the door of the restaurant, Jack Gruber attacks, knocking out Cobblepot. Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent show up to the restaurant and Gordon begs Sal Maroni to come in to the GCPD in order to trap Gruber. Oswald Cobblepot wakes up momentarily, asking to leave to get to Don Falcone much to Maroni’s dismay. At the police station, Sal Maroni jokes with the police officers until Cobblepot wakes up, then the Mafia Don questions t he Penguin about his business with Don Falcone.
Fish Mooney calls Don Carmine Falcone again, as herself and the Mafia Don calls her out on her coup attempt. Mooney admits her scheming and offers Falcone Liza if he steps down and leaves Gotham. Falcone agrees and becomes estatic when she hangs up on Fish Mooney’s right hand man, Butch Gilzean. Victor Zsasz, Don Falcone’s private assassin, offers to go after Fish Mooney and Falcone refuses, realizing that his own mafia family wants him out.
Edward Nygma continues his creepy ways on one of GCPD’s secretaries, Kristen Kringle, until Gotham Police Detective Arnold Flass—portrayed by Dash Mihok or Bunchy from Ray Donovan—scares him off. As he is leaving, Nygma hears the electric sounds of Gruber coming, but Arnold Flass dismisses the forensics nerd.
“Papers? You think papers make a Don?.” – Don Carmine Falcone
Mafia Don Sal Maroni lets Oswald Cobblepot leave right before Jack Gruber attacks the GCPD, knocking everyone in the department unconscious sans Jim Gordon (thanks to his rubber galoshes). Jim fights the brainwashed Helzinger and then stops Jack Gruber, the Electrocutioner, with a glass of water. After apprehending the two for pictures, Police Commissioner Loeb publicly reinstates Jim Gordon as a detective, then Gordon threatens Loeb to never try and take his badge again.
Don Carmine Falcone dismisses Victor Zsasz when Oswald Cobblepot arrives at his mansion. The Penguin tells Falcone that Liza is Fish’s secret weapon, a girl that looks like Falcone’s late mother, in order to get close to him. Falcone attacks Cobblepot in horror, and Victor Zsasz returns. As the phone rings Fish Mooney gives Don Falcone the when-and-where to switch out Liza for Don Falcone’s position.
Don Falcone arrives at Fish Mooney’s club and demands to see Liza. When he does see her he asks how long she’s known Fish and when Liza answers, Carmine Falcone reveals that he knows Fish’s plan, “What the Little Bird Told Him.” As soon as Fish realizes that Falcone is onto her, a group of leather clad women wielding guns—Victor Zsasz’s henchwomen—barge into the club. Butch Gilzean, Fish Mooney’s right hand man, draws his gun but Victor Zsasz comes up behind him. Falcone chokes Liza and reveals his little bird, the Penguin, to Fish Mooney.
Back at the GCPD, Doctor Leslie Thompkins sneaks into the men’s locker room to find Jim Gordon fresh out of the shower. After some googly eyed flirting, the two kiss.
“You think you’ve been careful so far? You think you’ve been careful so far? You think you’ve been careful so far? Now you’re messing with my mind…” – Harvey Bullock
I’ve said before that I wish Fish Mooney was a little wiser in her attempt at a coup d’état. Don Carmine Falcone didn’t stumble into his position as the head of a mafia family, and to successfully overthrow him would never be so easy, even when his would-be usurpers know about his personal history and exploit the mourning of his late mother. The other absolute failure, as detrimental as it would be to the story knowing that he plays such an important part in the future, is to let Oswald Cobblepot go unharmed after he returned to Gotham. Sure Cobblepot was off limits to Fish at the order of Falcone, but she obviously has no qualms ignoring the wishes of the very man she wants to displace from the mafia throne. Why not silence Cobblepot as soon as she learned he was still alive and accept any penalty Falcone gives?
I loved seeing more Victor Zsasz. He is an unappreciated villain as far as live action Batman films go. To date, he has only had a very short appearance in Batman Begins, and seeing him in Gotham is great. The concern he has for Don Carmine Falcone is interesting. I have not seen him show concern like that before, even for his Mafia Boss.
The Jack Gruber story that started out way stronger than it ended is disappointing. To triumph over the Electrocutioner with nothing more than a pair of rubber galoshes and a glass of water belittles Gruber’s villainy and exaggerates Gordon’s goodness.
The slow evolution of Edward Nygma from a social outcast who loves riddles to something hopefully far, far away from Jim Carey has been entertaining. I wonder if Dash Mihok will reprise his role as Arnold Flass, who was featured prominently as Gordon’s underhanded partner in Batman Begins.
At least I did wonder originally; the trailer for next week’s episode seems to confirm my hopes.
I don’t know what to add for the Christian perspective for this episode. Clearly the show is written with Detective Jim Gordon as the hero, and he typically displays the characteristics we should as Christians. In the of the Mafia conspiring and scheming against each other there is not much good to point out from a Christ-like perspective. I’m definitely still enjoying the show, even if the last couple episodes haven’t been the best yet. Hopefully knowing they have a second season the writers will be able to flesh out the characters more, especially with the rumor of characters to come!
“…Fish…” – The Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot)
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+ Jim Gordon is back from his exile to Arkham Asylum
+ The action/character building blend together really well
+ More Victor Zsasz
- Fish Mooney should be written smarter
- More Barbara Kean...