Gotham Recap Season 3 Episode 2 – Burn The Witch
Bruce Meets The Council
They kidnapped Bruce and I imagined that the secret council was going to do their worst. It was MEH. Bruce meets the head representative of the council, the woman who has been seen on the sidelines wearing a mask. Her name is Catherine. Bruce recognizes her as a member of Wayne Industries and a past guest at his home.
Catherine wants to know how much Bruce knows. This is more then likely to determine if Bruce knows too much and should be killed. Bruce only knows of the councils existence, and impresses Catherine, when he admits that he was only looking to prove theories. They could have only been proven with the confirmation that the council existed.
Couldn’t he have found some other way to confirm the councils existence? Calling them out for a meeting makes things a lot worse for him. Now they know he knows and thats always going to be a looming problem. Which brings us to the next issue–what to do now? See, getting confirmation and possibly putting a name to face, was all Bruce was looking for. But Catherine has revealed herself to him and has to decide if she will let him go or rather, let him live.
Bruce had already thought about what to do if they threatened his life. And he came to barter. Originally he proposed giving them Wayne Industries in exchange for his life and the lives of those closest to him. But technically, the council already owns Wayne Industries. Bruce is just a figure head. Then he reminds Catherine that if he dies, the government will inherit Wayne Industries, look through the paper work, and figure out their illegal dealings.
Catherine proposes sparing Bruce’s life in exchange for his cease of investigations into his parents murders, Wayne Industries, Indian hill, the secret council, and any of the secret councils associations. Bruce agrees.
Bruce has been consumed with the illegality of his company and the murder of his parents for ever. How is he even going to live?
Life after Indian Hill
Bruce wakes up at home, as if he never left. He tells Alfred that when he was knocked out they took Bruce to meet the council. Bruce explains everything and Alfred can’t believe that Bruce agreed not to touch all of the things that ave consumed Bruce’s existence. Neither can I. But I feel that the negotiation is temporary.
Alfred brings up a very good point in this direction. Bruce may have agreed not to talk about what he knows and not to investigate anything else, but what would really stop the council from sticking to their deal. What if one day the decide that Bruce knows too much and they can’t risk being found? There’s nothing to stop them from really betraying Bruce. So I don’t doubt that he will be forced to find a way to go against the council again.
Alfred suggests that Bruce take up dancing lessons to make up for the time that he would be investigating his parents murder. And as Alfred shows his own skills and pirouettes, the sounds of a new problem can be heard in another room. Someone has broken into the mansion. The duo go to check it out and find Bruce’s clone.
I want to share with you guys my deep heart felt sympathy for Bruce’s clone. I think its his innocence that breaks my heart. And when Bruce comes towards the broken window and asks who’s there, his clone says, “Don’t hurt me.”
I almost wept myself to sleep. That clone is my biggest weakness.
The Search for Fish Mooney
Valerie Vale is still persistently looking for the exclusive on Fish Mooney. She proves she has no shame by visiting Jim Gordon’s apartment.
By the way, the downgrade from where he Jim living in the beginning of the series compared to where he is now, is depressing.
Vale tries to bait Jim with the 1 million that Penguin is offering for Fish Mooney. She suggests he pull his resources to find the Mooney and all she wants is the exclusive live on the scene report. Vale is desperate because her source was Selena and she hasn’t been able to find her. Selena was just using Vale for Mooney’s plans anyway. So she has no need to see Vale.
Jim is not living in the lap of luxury and I imagine it must be hard for him to make ends meet. He accepts the challenge because he knows he can find Mooney, once he discovers that Selena was Vale’s source. His first stop is to visit Barbara who would know more about Selena.
Barbara is super excited Jim came to see her even if he’s not attracted to her overly psychotic personality. But after trying to squeeze out a kiss from Jim and staking her territory by informing Vale she was engaged to him once, Barbara gives them a location. The bank.
Don’t know if it means anything but she tells Jim she had a dream with him. In the dream he had no legs and she pushed him around in a baby carriage. Jim was confused as you must be reading this.
Vale locks Jim out of the car and bolts. She used Jim for his connections and planned to share the info with the GCPD instead.
The New Ivy
Last we saw Ivy she had fell through a hole that led into the sewer trying to escape Fish Mooney’s mutants. She woke up on a rocky shore, far from Gotham. This Ivy is not the same weird Ivy that we are used to seeing–well maybe just the weird part. Ivy is a lot older then she used to be. Mooney’s mutant with the aging powers got to touch Ivy before she fell in the sewer and now she’s not a child anymore.
She finds a guy near the shore that could help her. A decent guy thats recently single and doesn’t take care of his plants. He takes her home with him. Ivy’s saddened by the yellowed leaves of his plants and barely pays attention as he offers his ex’s clothes to her.
Then he dumped a dying plant in the trash and made the biggest mistake of his life. Ivy knocks him out with one of the ceramic pots. Then calmly changes into his ex’s green dress and walks out.
Ivy is a knock out with the brain of an incredibly disturbed child. It’s already looking like she’s going to use her new found assets to cause trouble.
Penguin’s Call to Action
The GCPD show up at the bank for a raid with their trusty snitch, Valerie Vale. Fish Mooney and her goons are inside the bank. This bank theory wasn’t a fib. As soon as the police head in, Mooney makes a break for it and her mutants stay to fight.
Meanwhile, Penguin is having another press confessional with the media. Everyone is scared of the mutants and their powers, so Penguin is saying what Gotham wants to hear. He has their full support. This time he takes the liberty of encouraging the people to kill the monsters.
If the GCPD doesn’t get her, Jim will. And if Jim doesn’t succeed, a random civilian will be ready.
Hugo Strange’s New Office
Jim has a meeting with Lucius Fox at GCPD on some uncovered evidence. Vale is there hoping to be the first to get news of Mooney. She’s not privy to this meeting because she already burned all of her bridges with Jim and he makes sure to let her know she did.
Fox is in position of Ethel Peabody’s aged body. He tells Jim that since Mooney killed her, that could only mean that she was of no further use. And since their visit was so short, that could only mean that Peabody was unable to help Mooney’s medical problems. So obviously the next target would be Mooney’s creator, Hugo Strange.
Mooney’s patent leather and blond villain pick up Harvey shortly afterward. Leaving his badge lying in the street, Harvey is forced into the back of van to have a private meeting with Mooney. She wants Harvey to tell her where Strange is. Harvey can’t say anything but Mooney’s powers allow her to make him compliant.
And while Harvey is leading Mooney to Strange, Jim is trying to get the commissioner to understand that Harvey’s gone missing. But the commish refusing to listen to Jim, who is constantly involved in police business even though he doesn’t work there anymore. Jim ends up having to show him the badge he found in the street to convince him that Mooney must have taken Harvey in order to find Strange.
The Commissioner agrees to go to Strange’s location, a high tech facility disguised as a mansion. Strange was never sent to an actual jail. The government was more interested in obtaining information from Strange on what he learned from his experiments.
Fish Mooney Meets her Maker
Hugo Strange is inside of the mansion in a glass cell that has a chemistry lab. Strange is taking notes when Mooney comes in and he’s so excited to see his creation. But when Mooney explains that she is dying, Strange also admits that he can’t fix her. Well, that’s too bad for him because Mooney has nothing to lose and will have him try.
The plan is to take Strange with them so he can run whatever tests he needs to and discover a cure. The problem is that they can’t make a clean get away because the commissioner did not show up at the mansion alone.
The commissioner brought a squad of policemen and snipers to get Fish Mooney. They surround the mansion, making it impossible for Fish to escape. She’s lost a few of her mutant squad and the few that remain are not enough to take down the commissioners army. The press is there to, so Valerie Vale’s nosey self is patiently still looking for the exclusive.
Penguin’s at home watching the action on TV, when he decides he should make an appearance. He’s been buttering up the people of Gotham for this exact moment. Penguin has created a mob and lures them to the mansion to encourage them to kill Mooney.
Jim takes advantage of the mess in front of the mansion, to sneak in through the side of the building. Vale sees the whole thing but stays with the press covering the angry mob. As soon as Jim gets in, Mooney’s blond and patent leather clad gal try to stop him from reaching their boss. But Mooney invites Jim in. She needs a way out and if he can assist in any form possible, that would be great for her.
Jim makes a deal in exchange for Harvey. He will help Mooney escape out the back of the mansion, with Strange, if Harvey is let go. Strange doesn’t want to go because he fears Mooney will kill him when she has no more use for him, much like Peabody. However, Strange has no choice.
Jim leads Mooney out the back, but betrays her at the same time. He calls Penguin and tells him to come to the back to get her. Penguin directs his mob of civilians through the front door of the mansion. While the cops, civilians, and whats left of Mooney’s people are fighting in the ground floor of the mansion, Penguin goes around on the outside to the back.
Mooney is speed walking her way through the yard with Strange and her aging mutant, when Penguin catches up to them. But before Penguin can cause her any harm, he asks the question thats been burning a hole in his head: Why did she let him live? In true coniving Mooney fashion, she tells Penguin that she couldn’t kill her own creation. She also says she feels like Strange because she made Cobblepot into the king of Gotham. And though we’ve seen Mooney weave stories for others before, teary eyed Penguin falls for it. He let’s them go.
Penguin steps out of the mansion with two body bags. The mob grabs the bodies and throws them into a makeshift bon fire in the middle of the street. Harvey and Jim both give each other the side eye and I joined in with them. Who’s bodies are these? The more likely answer would be the blond and patent leather girls that were a part of Mooneys troop. But had Penguin really killed Mooney, he would have been flashing around her head like we were back in medieval times.
The Persistent Journalist
We can assume that Gotham and the media are content with the conclusion. Two bodies bags and a happy mob means that everything is over and done with. Vale isn’t as easily satisfied as the rest though. She shows up to Jim’s apartment and tells him what she thinks really happened. Which is true. Penguin let Mooney go or she escaped, but Mooney was not one of the bodies. She feels that Penguin would have dragged Mooney’s corpse into the street for all to see, had he done the deed.
Then in a moment of passion, Vale and Jim begin to kiss. There’s something about this case that turns them both on.
And then right when I was happy that Jim was about to have some type of love in his life, the screen cuts to Gotham’s train station. And who would be on the tracks grabbing her luggage happily? Lee. So Jim finds another love interest and the old one comes back.
There’s no evidence yet that she’s single, but Jim’s ex will be causing a lot of tension for the two. I imagine she won’t believe that he recently went out to find her either.
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