Violet provides a recap of Season 1 Episode 14 of Gotham, titled The Fearsome Dr. Crane, where a man kills people based on their phobias, and Maroni discovers that Cobblepot may not be quite as trustworthy as he thought! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Gotham, Season 1 Episode 14: The Fearsome Dr. Crane
This episode begins with a man bringing another man strapped to a chair to the side of a high rise building. He then takes out a stethoscope and listens to the man’s heartbeat, then releases the man off the side of the building, where he ends up hanging mid-air, with a noose around his neck.
Cobblepot and Maroni celebrate with champagne, and Cobblepot confirms that Fish Mooney is either dead or extremely unwell. Cobblepot also tells Maroni that he claimed Fish’s nightclub – in Maroni’s name, of course. Just then, Maroni gets a phone call – from Fish, who tells him that Cobblepot has been Falcone’s man this whole time. Maroni realizes he may have had a couple of doubts about Cobblepot. Maroni tells Cobblepot he has to go upstate to see a guy, and insists that Cobblepot come with him, immediately.
Harvey, the Captain, and Ed investigate the chair murder the next day. The Captain warns Harvey to be careful, because Flass had a lot of friends on the police force.
Gordon returns to Barbara’s apartment, where Selina Kyle is eating cereal. She tries to hide, but Gordon finds her. Gordon had returned to drop off his keys. He tells Selina he’ll bring her some place safe. She informs him that she lied about seeing the face of the Waynes’ murderer. Then she runs away and jumps off the balcony.
Gordon stops by to see Bruce Wayne and discusses what Selina said. Bruce says he believes that she didn’t see the killer. However, Gordon isn’t so sure. Bruce tells Gordon not to concern himself with the case any longer, and that he’ll pursue the matter on his own.
Maroni brings Cobblepot to a secluded cabin, where Maroni brings up some concerns he has: the Indian Hill land, and the fight with Nikolai. Cobblepot tries to cover. Maroni goes outside to get some air and wait for “the guy.”
A woman named Scottie Mullens stops by to see Harvey at the police station. She knew the victim of the chair murder from being his sponsor in a support group for people with phobias. His phobia was heights. Harvey thinks the murderer must be a member of the support group, and considers going to the next meeting, which is that night. Gordon finds out information about the chair used in the victim’s murder, so they go check it out.
Meanwhile, the murderer holds a baby pig and confronts a man on the street. Then his accomplice tasers the man, shoves him into a van, and drives away.
Over at the police station, Ed sneaks into the medical examiner’s office and examines the corpse of chair murder. Just as he finds something, the Captain and the medical examiner walk in and catch Ed. The Captain suspends Ed.
While Harvey and Jim check out the chair warehouse, Jim confirms that he and Barbara are done, but that he’s seeing Dr. Thompkins. They hear a scream, and find a man tied to a chair being attacked by a man wearing a pig mask and with a few pigs around him.
We see that Fish is on a ship, heading away from Gotham. She tells the ship’s captain that she’ll be back soon enough.
Harvey and Jim report back to the captain. The man in the pig’s mask was not in the support group, however, so Jim’s not so sure he’s their man. Harvey and the Captain think they got their man, though. Gordon is suspicious about the post mortem incision on the chair victim’s body, and thinks the killer was after something, so wants to ask Nygma to take a look. However, the Captain informs Jim that Ed’s been suspended, and tells him to let it go.
Ed stops by archives and finds Kris Kringle crying. He informs her about his suspension, and returns a pencil to her.
While Maroni is outside, Cobblepot takes his gun from his bag. Maroni comes back in and confesses there is no guy with a thing. They then begin exchanging secrets. Maroni informs Cobblepot about Fish still being alive, and what she said. Cobblepot reveals that he took Maroni’s gun, and shoots Maroni. However, the gun was loaded with blanks. Maroni beats up Cobblepot.
Jim meets with Dr. Thompkins to ask her about the chair victim’s corpse. She is a little disappointed that he only wants forensic advice. However, Jim admits that it was an excuse to see her. Just then, he gets a call and has to go to the police station. He leaves the file with Dr. Thompkins, and they exchange a kiss. On his way out, Jim calls Harvey to tell him that the second victim woke up, and said he was abducted by two men.
That night, Harvey attends the phobia support group meeting. He talks to Scottie on his way in, and she reveals that her phobia is swimming pools. He unknowingly talks to the murderer at the refreshment table.
Maroni brings Cobblepot to a junkyard, where Cobblepot tries to plead for his life. But Maroni doesn’t fall for it. He locks Cobblepot in a car, which is going to be crushed.
Meanwhile, Ed Nygma is up to something, trying to break into the medical examiner’s locker.
Harvey speaks at the support group meeting about his fear of dying alone in an alley. The murderer, Todd, speaks at the meeting, saying he has a fear of failure, and that he’s afraid he’s passing on that fear to his son. He gets emotional and leaves the meeting. Scottie chases after him.
Cobblepot calls Maroni from inside the car, telling him that he was telling the truth about Indian Hill, and that whoever controls Arkham will control Gotham. Maroni is not swayed, and hangs up on him. Then Cobblepot calls Duffy, the guy operating the crushing machine, and tells him that he works for Falcone, and threatens him. Duffy stops the machine and runs off. While Maroni tries to chase him, Cobblepot escapes from the car and runs off.
Harvey realizes that Todd and Scottie have been gone for awhile, and runs outside just in time to see a van drive off.
The medical examiner opens his locker to find it filled with body parts. Just then, a couple of police officers walk in and see the body parts.
Harvey contacts Scottie’s mother, who informs him that Scottie almost drowned in the Mars Park pool, so he and Jim head over there. One of the officers show the Captain what they found in the medical examiner’s locker.
Meanwhile, “Todd” has Scottie tied up by the side of a pool. His teenage son comes in and tells his dad that the parking meter ran out. He reminds his son that this is for the common good, then gives him some coins to feed the meter. The killer pushes Scottie into the pool, where she sinks to the bottom. Harvey and Jim enter the building right then. Jim chases the killer down, while Harvey jumps in the pool and saves Scottie. Jim chases the killer into the boiler room, and they exchange gunfire. But then the killer hides behind a locked door, and Jim loses him. Harvey gives Scottie mouth to mouth, and she survives.
Some women from a church group find Cobblepot covered in leaves by the side of the road. They’re headed toward Gotham, and give him a ride in their church bus.
Dr. Thompkins stops by the police station and reports to Jim that the killer had removed the adrenal glands from the chair victim, and that her only guess is that he wanted the cortisol that is produced due to fear. Jim invites her to dinner to discuss a potential job opening for her to come work as their medical examiner. Then they make out in front of everyone.
Ed stops by to tell Kris the good news that he’s been reinstated, since the medical examiner is leaving. She tells him that he owes her a new pencil.
On Fish’s ship, fighting and gunfire breaks out. The ship’s captain says he can hide her, but he gets shot dead. A guerrilla soldier enters the room, and Fish seems to recognize him. The two rush at each other, ready to fight.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 14 of Gotham: The Fearsome Dr. Crane
I thought for sure Maroni had figured out that Cobblepot worked for Falcone when Cobblepot had woke up in that ambulance and said he had important business to do for Falcone. I thought Maroni was just biding his time for some reason, maybe in hopes that he could use Cobblepot against Falcone, possibly get him to feed false information to Falcone, or something. But apparently Maroni bought Cobblepot’s denials of working for Falcone after all. So I was surprised that it took a phone call from Fish Mooney to convince him of this, but either way, it was inevitable. It was also obvious that Cobblepot would not be killed in the car crusher, because he obviously has to become the infamous Penguin in future years when Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, but the way that Cobblepot got out of the situation was a little cheesy. I don’t think that the machine operator would have believed Cobblepot and caved so easily, but oh well, I’ll just accept it. It was pretty fun leading up to it though, because you just knew Cobblepot was in for it in some way, and it was entertaining to see the whole series of events unfold.
As for the main storyline with Gordon and Bullock, I kind of would have liked to have seen one or two more phobia murders. Just because I’m curious to see what other weird phobias are out there (like the pig phobia), and how that could be exploited. For now, Dr. Crane has gotten away, so we can assume he’ll be back at some point, considering all the discussion about the extraction of the adrenal glands and the fact that those glands produce cortisol when people are afraid. The question is, what is he going to use the cortisol for? He was telling his son that it was for the “greater good,” but what good could the cortisol possibly be used for? Will he continue to collect more cortisol by killing more people with their phobias, or does he have a good enough amount to work with (for now at least)?
I was also glad that they brought Dr. Thompkins back in this episode. Though it was kind of weird how Jim tells Harvey that he’s seeing her, then when he meets up with her, it doesn’t really seem that way. But if there were any doubts, I think they were all put to rest by the end of the episode when they made out in front of the entire police force. Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Dr. Thompkins if she’s going to come work as the GCPD’s medical examiner. But that’ll make things awkward for Jim if they ever get in an argument or break up. Which will inevitably happen, since we know Barbara is going to eventually come back into the picture (ugh!). I also thought it was a little sudden how the show just brought up Harvey being into Fish Mooney last episode, and then all of a sudden he seems to be into this Scottie girl this episode. Will she be in future episodes as well?
Anyway, lots of interesting things going on in Gotham, and I’m happy to keep watching to see what happens next! For example, what’s going on with that ship Fish Mooney’s on??
Josh’s Thoughts: Gotham, Season 1 Episode 14: The Fearsome Dr. Crane
My favorite part of this episode was Maroni taking Penguin down a couple pegs this episode. It was really irksome for me to sit there and watch Maroni not realize he was being played for a fool by Penguin. It seemed like everyone knew it except for him. When the payoff of Maroni playing his little game of truth happens, it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately those scenes lose a little bit of points due Penguin’s miraculous escape from the crushing car. It seems like a lot of people are able to escape their demise at the last second in Gotham.
At the start of the show, I really didn’t care for Enygma, but he is actually beginning to grow on me a little bit. I think I am about on the level of how Ms. Kringle is with Enygma–thinking he is extremely weird, but seems to have good intentions. It was pretty funny how he was able to get his revenge on the medical examiner though.
The villain this episode was interesting, and seems to be turning into a set up for Scarecrow, if I were to take a guess. Scarecrow was all about inducing fear through drugs and such, and so far I think that is what this villain’s son is being set up to portray.
I am curious what is happening with both Mooney and this new character. They obviously know each other, and I am wondering what will happen next. It seems look like a violent encounter, but my intuition says that that was just something for us to anticipate for next episode, and they actually may get along more than it looked from the episode.
Overall, I am still enjoying the show. I thought this episode could have focused on Jim and the main case a bit more, but I wasn’t too disappointed by that. I like Dr. Thompkins a whole lot more than I do Barbara, so I am totally for Gordon moving that direction, for a little while at least.
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