Violet provides a recap of the mid-season finale of Gotham, titled Lovecraft, where Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne are on the run from professional killers! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Gotham, Season 1 Episode 10: Lovecraft
The episode begins with a woman killing the gardener at Wayne Manor, having her two associates slice him open, then smearing his blood on her forehead. Meanwhile, Selina teaches Bruce how to balance on the banister of the staircase. She offers to take him to the Midtown Bridge to test himself. She then tells him to get over what happened to his parents, and asks if he wants to kiss her. He says no thanks, because he thinks she has an ulterior motive. She says she’s just trying to be nice, but Bruce says she doesn’t strike him as a nice person. She gets offended, and tells him to climb the bridge on his own.
Just then, the woman who killed the gardener shows up at the front door, claiming to have been in a car accident. Alfred realizes something is wrong, and tells the kids to run, while he fights the woman and her two associates that run in. But then the woman and one of her guys run off to look for the kids, leaving Alfred to fight the remaining guy. Bruce and Selina make it outside, but Bruce hesitates, not wanting to leave Alfred. However, he sees the woman running after him, and he runs after Selina. Alfred is able to shoot one of the guys, while the woman and the other guy get away.
Gordon, Bullock, and the police come investigate at Wayne Manor. Bullock finds a picture of Selina on the dead guy, and Gordon fills him in on Selina being a witness to the Waynes’ murder, and that she’s been staying there. Bullock is angry, but agrees to help him find Selina. Gordon says he’ll find Lovecraft and get him to call off the contract, while Bullock and Alfred go looking for the kids.
As Selina and Bruce head toward Gotham, she convinces him that those people were after him because he was looking into his parents’ murder.
Cobblepot is brought to Falcone with a black bag over his head, and Falcone asks him how Maroni knew where his money was. However, Cobblepot swears that the robbery at the armory wasn’t Maroni, and says that Falcone has a mole. Cobblepot tells Falcone that he’ll find his mole for him, and that the mole will belong to Fish. Later, Cobblepot explains to his driver, Gabriel, that the reason he didn’t tell Falcone that Liza is the mole is because of timing, and that Liza is a timebomb.
Gordon can’t find Lovecraft, so he goes to Harvey Dent for help. However, Gordon wonders how the assassins could have known, because he never told Dent her name, or where she was hiding. Dent assures Gordon that he never mentioned any names out loud, but admits that he leaked Gordon’s name to a couple of sources. Dent gives Gordon the addresses of condos Lovecraft holds in the name of his mistress, and Gordon goes to check them out.
Bullock and Alfred question one of Selina’s friends, who tells them that Selina got a new fence because her old one got killed. He tells them to ask Fish Mooney, that she runs all the fences.
Meanwhile, Falcone holds a nice luncheon, where he kills the guy who was supposed to guard the armory. He announces that they’ll each increase their tariffs by 25% until they build up their reserves again. A couple of the guys speak up, saying it’s a little high. However, when Falcone asks Fish what she thinks, she says they’re family, and they all sink or swim together. Then they continue with their meal.
Selina and Bruce make it to Gotham, and Bruce runs to a payphone to call Alfred. But he hangs up the phone when Selina starts to leave him. She confesses that the bad guys were after her, not him. He gets upset that she was playing with him. She starts to leave again, but he says she needs to come back home with him, because he needs her to testify. But she tells him to grow up, then climbs up a fire escape onto the roof of a building, then jumps to the next building. Bruce follows her, and barely makes the jump across the gap. Selina agrees to let him hang out with her, if he does what she says.
Selina doesn’t allow Bruce to call Alfred or Gordon, saying that they’re disappearing. She then brings him to The Flea, which is like a mall for street kids.
Butch is worried about Falcone, but Fish assures him that there’s 10 other people who could have done this, and tells him to stick to the plan to reach out to the two guys who are upset about their taxes being raised. Just then, Bullock and Alfred stop by to talk to Fish. At first, Butch won’t let them see her, but then Alfred attacks him and holds a knife to his throat. Fish comes down to see what all the fuss is about. She seems to know about Selina being the Lovecraft witness. At first, she’s not interested in helping find Selina, that is, until Alfred talks her into it.
Bruce changes into some new clothes. Then he and Selina run into Ivy Pepper. She seems a little crazy, after her father getting killed and her mother committing suicide. She tells them that Clyde the fence is at the Factory, and Bruce and Selina head there.
Gordon enters Lovecraft’s condo and finds him there. He says he’s not the one who put out the hit on Selina Kyle, and that the same people came after him, that’s why he’s hiding. He claims that he’s not the one running things, and gets out some files to show to Gordon. But just then, the professional killers show up to kill Lovecraft. However, Gordon tries to fight them off. He succeeds in knocking the man out, but the woman gets Gordon in a sleeper hold and knocks him out.
Gordon wakes up to Bullock calling him. Bullock tells him that Fish found out that the kids and Clyde the fence are at the Factory, so they’re heading there. Gordon finds Lovecraft in the bathtub, with a bullet in his head. He sees that his own gun was used as the murder weapon, and calls it in.
Selina and Bruce talk to Clyde and try to negotiate a payment for the stuff she’s brought him. However, she’s not happy with the proposed payment, and starts to go somewhere else. However, Clyde’s guys capture Selina and Bruce, saying he has some friends coming who would love to meet her. Outside, we see that the professional killers have arrived. Selina and Bruce frantically try to find a way out of the room that Clyde has locked them in. Meanwhile, the professional killers pay Clyde off, and he gives them the keys to the room.
Selina manages to open a hatch in the room. When a guy comes in to get them, it turns out they are hiding in the room, and Selina hits him in the face, then she and Bruce run off and hide elsewhere in the building. The other killers hear someone pull up, then go outside and open fire against Bullock and Alfred. Alfred manages to get inside the building. Gordon shows up, then he and Bullock go inside the building. The woman finds Bruce, who tries to throw objects at her. But she catches him, and holds him at gunpoint, asking where Selina is. He tells her she’s gone. Alfred finds Bruce as the woman walks off. They share an emotional hug. Gordon sees that Bruce is okay, as he is arresting the other professional killers.
Mayor James yells at Gordon about Lovecraft, and insists that the story they’re going to use is that Lovecraft overpowered Gordon, and used his gun to commit suicide. Harvey Dent agrees to go along with it. Mayor James goes on to say that Gordon will be used as a scapegoat, because Dent knows how to walk the line, and knows where the edge is, whereas Gordon does not. Gordon tells the mayor to kiss his ass. The mayor makes an announcement about Lovecraft’s suicide, saying that fighting the trumped up charges of an overzealous police officer was too much for Lovecraft, and that the officer is being dealt with.
At the police station, Gordon packs up his desk, and tells Bullock that he’ll now be working as a security guard at Arkham Asylum. Ed Nygma comes by to say goodbye, and awkwardly hugs Gordon.
Selina sneaks into Wayne Manor to see Bruce. She gives him back the objects she was trying to sell to the fence. However, she shows him one item that she is keeping. Then she kisses him and leaves. Alfred comes in almost catches them. He comments that the house seems quiet without Selina, and Bruce agrees.
In the final scene, Gordon arrives for his new job at Arkham Asylum.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 10 of Gotham: Lovecraft
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really a fan of the show bringing in Selina Kyle to be all buddy buddy with Bruce Wayne, especially not to the point where they’re already romantic interests for each other. So, you can guess that I was kind of annoyed with this episode, considering that Bruce and Selina’s storyline was much more prevalent in this episode than it has been in other episodes. I’m not even sure why Bruce even likes her, if he doesn’t think she’s a nice person. Lack of options, I guess? I also don’t like Selina’s attitude, always being a little too sure of herself, so often being like, “Wanna kiss me?” and then the next second always calling Bruce “kid” as if she’s this older woman or something. They seem about the same age to me! And then finally she kisses him at the end. So really it was her that wanted to kiss him all along.
Oh, and not to mention that the show just has to have the kids run into Ivy Pepper, who we’re to assume will eventually become Poison Ivy. Even though she doesn’t even have the correct name. Then somehow Selina already knows her (convenient, for the show’s purposes), and she acts all friendly like she’s glad to see her, then immediately badmouths her to Bruce, about her being crazy. So, are they friends or not…? I don’t know, I guess kids just annoy me in general!
What I did like about this episode was that we not only got to see Alfred kick butt, but also see him in the field being an effective negotiator with Fish Mooney. However, she did tell him to remember this kindness that she gave to him, so I’m afraid that at some point down the road, maybe sooner than we think, she’ll bring up this debt that Alfred owes her.
Just as suspected, Cobblepot is playing the long game with his knowledge about Liza being Fish Mooney’s mole. I can’t wait to see what he has planned.
The kicker of this episode, though, was of course, the ending — when we find out that Gordon has been kicked off the police force and will be going to work at Arkham Asylum! I did not see that one coming. The next half of the season has all sorts of possibilities! This was a great cliffhanger to leave off on, and I for one will definitely continue to watch when the show comes back next year.
Josh’s Thoughts: Gotham, Season 1 Episode 10: Lovecraft
This was an odd episode of Gotham I thought. I am pretty conflicted on if I enjoyed the fall finale or not. On the one hand, it is very reminiscent of The Dark Knight Rises in kills the clout of Lovecraft, changing him from a menacing, mob boss that looks like the “big bad”, but he is just another “peon” working for someone else. So far, we don’t know who this big bad is, but it essentially ruins the character that was first introduced, Lovecraft. Now if the next “Big Bad” is interesting enough, then maybe I will get behind it, but this seems to be a recurring thing in both movies and TV shows lately–some lackey that is a front for the actual threat. It didn’t really work for the last Batman film, nor for Iron Man 3, so we will see how this goes.
I also didn’t really care for the journey that Selina and Bruce go on. I would think that Bruce even as a kid would realize he should go to the cops or eventually back to Wayne Manor. This weird journey he goes on just didn’t make sense, especially when it starts getting him in more trouble than he probably was looking for.
I am curious to see how Gordon’s new job goes though, and how long it lasts. It might be an excuse for the show to show us more of Arkham Asylum, but I have a feeling this will be a short lived portion of the show. I have a feeling someone is going to bail out Gordon, and get him back as a detective. I do have to say that I really liked Gordon standing yup to the mayor, and willing to accept whatever “punishment” that the mayor doled out. I thought Ben Mackenzie did a great job acting those scenes out as well.
Hopefully the second half of this season gets things going. So far, I have felt a little lukewarm about the show, but I think it is gradually getting better. Let’s hope that trend continues!
Scenes from Gotham, Season 1 Episode 11: Rogues’ Gallery
Here are scenes from the next episode of Gotham, which returns January 5, 2015: