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Episode Recap of Gotham, Season 1 Episode 18: Everyone Has a Cobblepot
On this week’s episode of Gotham, it begins with Bruce in the hospital, attending to Alfred. Gordon shows up, and Alfred seems to be doing better. Gordon tries to figure out who it was, and Alfred seems to cover for his attacker. Bruce follows suit, realizing what Alfred is doing. Alfred lets Gordon take his leave. Bruce asks Alfred why he is lying, and Alfred says he will be the one to “Sort this out.” Alfred decides it is time to figure out what his attacker was up to, and wants to leave the hospital. Bruce and his own physical pain convince him otherwise though.
Meanwhile, at the police station, Flass was freed, due to not having enough evidence. Commissioner Loeb seems to be behind his release, and also has Flass up for President of the Police Union. Gordon is unhappy, and lets the captain know it. Flass then walks in conveniently, and asks for Gordon’s support–sarcastically. Gordon decides to pay a visit to the Commissioner. Loeb then drops a bombshell. Bullock made a video tape saying he provided false evidence on the case against Flass, and Loeb was more than happy to share that with Gordon.
Gordon then confronts Bullock at the station. Bullock says he would have lost his job, and maybe went to prison if he didn’t go along with it. Looks like Bullock is responsible for a man who was killed on the pier. Bullock tries to play it down, saying all other cops have the same kind of dirt on them. Bullock warns him that going after Loeb is “suicide”, but Gordon seems resolved.
Meanwhile, Ed Nygma approaches Ms. Kringle, and warns her to not go back to Flass (I guess they were dating?). Kringle seems set to not get back with him though.
Gordon meets with Harvey Dent, and they discuss the current situation with Loeb. Gordon is looking to turn some of Loeb’s allies against him. Dent has a rumor that Loeb may have killed his wife. Suddenly Dent has an epiphany though. Dent sets up a meeting between Gordon and an ex-partner of Loeb. Gordon says he knows about “the secret files.” Gordon realizes that Loeb has something on this guy. Gordon is able to break him a little, and gets a tip to talk to Xi Lu, a Chinese bookkeeper.
Back in the hospital, Selina Kyle pays Alfred and Bruce a visit. She gives Bruce a supportive hug, which freaks Bruce out a little. Bruce tells Selina that he is suspicious the man who attacked Alfred was actually after him. Selina warns him that he could end up in trouble, but then offers her help. Bruce says it is too dangerous for her though.
Gordon pays a visit to this Chinese bookkeeper. They have quite an operation going on in the basement of a restaurant. Dent is in company too, and threatens to shut down the bookkeeper’s business. The bookkeeper suddenly gets a call, and whoever is on the other line seems to order the two killed. The other Chinese “accountants” attack, and Dent and Gordon flee. Bullock shows up, and provides the two a getaway in his car. Gordon realizes he was set up, but Bullock has a plan. He uses more convincing methods (i.e. threats and torture) to get information. Falcone is the man that Gordon needs to get close to. Gordon has a plan now–use Cobblepot to get the evidence he is after.
Gordon meets with Cobblepot at his club. Cobblepot seems interested, but wants to know what he gets–which is a favor from Gordon to use later, and 5 minutes alone with the files himself. Bullock isn’t too happy about it. Cobblepot takes Bullock and Gordon to where the secrets are held, “The Farm.”
The three are greeted by a man, and they all head inside for some tea. They feign that they are there for Loeb, to perform an inspection. They get ready for the inspection, and they are hearing strange sounds up stairs. But the old people grab some guns and begin firing at Gordon, Bullock and Cobblepot. They’re taken down pretty easily though, and Cobblepot is told to guard the attackers while Gordon and Bullock investigate.
They head upstairs and find a woman dancing. The woman is Miriam Loeb–Commissioner Loeb’s daughter. She seems to be a prisoner, and tells the two cops that she has lived there forever. Gordon asks Miriam about her mother. Bullock and Gordon talk privately, and Gordon tells Bullock that Miriam may know what happened to Loeb’s wife. Miriam seems to be pretty crazy though, catching and killing birds and making necklaces from their bones. Gordon asks her plainly about her mother’s death. It looks like Miriam might be responsible for the mother’s death.
Downstairs, Cobblepot was attacked. The old people made their escape. Miriam comes downstairs, and is introduced to Cobblepot. She seems happy to meet Mr. Cobblepot.
Gordon pays another visit to Loeb. He shows Loeb one of the necklaces of his daughter’s. Gordon hints he will expose Miriam, so Loeb says he will step down. Gordon decides that he wants Loeb in charge, but will be pulling the strings, trying to get fair cases for some cops. Loeb says that he will give Gordon Bullock’s file, and try Flass fairly. Gordon is also promoted to President of the Police Union.
Gordon gives Bullock his file. Bullock seems appreciative, but warns Gordon that the one bad thing you do for good will come back to haunt you, and that Cobblepot’s favor will come back to bite him.
Speaking of Cobblepot, he managed to kidnap the two old people. He says that he will send one to Arizona, but the two need to work it out. The wife goes nuts, and kills the husband. The wife, triumphant, asks when she will leave. Turns out that Cobblepot was lying, and kills her too.
Back at the station, Ed tries to ask Ms. Kringle out. Turns out she already has a date with another cop. Ed is pretty heartbroken.
Fish Mooney wakes up at what looks like a hospital. She is being tended to by Dulmacher. The doctor seems impressed, but also concerned about what Fish has accomplished. She makes a proposition–make her his right hand man. She makes her case, and would rather be his friend than enemy. He doesn’t give an answer, but does say that he was able to give her a new eye–not matching the original color of hers though. She takes a gander at her new blue eye in the mirror.
So later, Fish gets a tour around the hospital, and Fish promises a flow of organs from their donors. Dulmacher brings up some philosophical questions, wondering when replacement parts make a person stop being who they are. Dulmacher then shows Fish his former “manager”, who is now a Frankenstein-ish combination of body parts. The good news for Fish–she will get a chance to prove her worth to the Doctor, but she has to procure some “parts” first.
Fish heads back to the basement, to hear a disgruntled prisoner demanding to know where Fish is. Fish says that they need to show “good faith,” which is to return the guard. She also sacrifices a couple of her fellow prisoners, including her right hand man.
Meeting back up with Dulmacher, he is impressed with what Fish has accomplished so far. But he reveals the reason why Fish can be trusted–it is because this “hospital” is actually on an island. Fish isn’t escaping any time soon it would seem.
Josh’s Thoughts: Gotham, Season 1 Episode 18: Everyone Has a Cobblepot
I can’t believe how dark Jim Gordon is going! I have to say, that even though Bullock is a dirty, rotten murderer, he is right. These dark moves that Gordon is making to “clean” out the police station really put a bit black mark on the work he is doing. He is basically saying “the ends justify the means”, as the saying goes. I have a feeling, as Bullock even seems to hint, a lot of people start that way, and they wind up in a darker spot than they ever imagined. It is actually hard for me to watch because on the one end, it is great seeing Gordon take some corruption down, but on the other hand, is is also using corruption to further his own cause.
As for his favor with Cobblepot, that is definitely going to come back and bite him. I have to imagine whatever Cobblepot comes up with will be something that Gordon will probably not want to do…
As for Fish, I am not sure how she plans to pull her little dance between the two factions off. If I were the prisoners, and I saw Fish sell out the one man that Fish looked up to, I would string her up right away. As for the Doctor, he seems to give her no credit, not concerned with what she could do in the least.
I was actually hoping to see Fish in an eye patch. I thought that would have been an interesting addition. The show instead opted to return an eye to her, albeit a very bright, blue one.
So it looks like the last four episodes will be exciting. The preview doesn’t give us a whole lot, but it looks like Gordon could be in some trouble.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 18 of Gotham: Everyone Has a Cobblepot
I don’t like the idea of Gordon working with Cobblepot again. I was really surprised that he went back to him for help, after the way he helped Gordon last time. Gordon disapproved of Cobblepot’s methods once he found out how he helped him, so it’s a little unsettling that he decided to grant Cobblepot a favor, knowing what he’s capable of, even when he’s supposed to be following a certain set of rules. He has to know that whatever “favor” comes up in the future is going to be pretty bad! But I guess he was so desperate that he felt like he had nowhere else to turn, no recourse to get Flass, a confirmed murderer, back behind bars where he belongs, or to take down the corrupt Commissioner Loeb. But now that Gordon is blackmailing Loeb, and that he is the President of the Police Union, it appears that he has the power. Knowing Gordon to be the good guy that he is, we can assume that he will use this newfound power for good. But it doesn’t erase the fact that he used nefarious means to get there, which may tarnish his good name in episodes to come.
As for Fish, I’m not sure what to think of her storyline, or where it’s heading. One would think she has to get back to Gotham eventually, but with only 4 episodes left this season, and [spoiler] the news that Fish Mooney won’t be back next season [end spoiler], things are going to have to happen very quickly.
Once again, no Dr. Thompkins this episode. You really would think she and Gordon would see each other more often, being that they work at the same place now and all. I wonder how often Gordon actually sees her, and how much he tells her about what’s going on with all his cases. What would she think about his deal with Cobblepot? No Barbara either, which I’m glad about.
Anyway, we’ve got a long break until the show comes back with its next episode on April 13. Hopefully they’ll be a great last 4 episodes!
Scenes from Gotham, Season 1 Episode 19
Here are scenes from the next episode of Gotham, which will air on April 13: