Like a zombie Theo Galavan, the Gotham recap has risen from the dead. Tonight we have RPGs, magic swords, Strange being a woke bae (no fucking clue what that means) and Penguin teaming up with Butch which means nothing but good things. Into the asylum of spoilers!
I missed last week episode since I was tired from an exciting OKC Thunder playoff game. That said, I got the jist of what was going on pretty well. Let’s dig into this week’s action.
Harvey, Jim and cops storm Arkham with a warrant to search Strange’s office. Harvey is naturally pissed off by Theo Galavan, a supposed dead man who was sent to Arkham to be cremated, running a sword through Captain Barnes. This is in addition to another supposed dead man, Victor Fries, appearing again dressed like a spaceman. Strange feigns shock at these charges but Harvey isn’t buying it.
They go into Strange’s office but surprise surprise, find a garbage sack of shredded documents. “Spring cleaning” as Strange puts it in a lovely snarky tone. He offers to let them look around but says there isn’t much left to find. Gordon tries to play bad cop, tell Strange shredding documents won’t save him and reminds him what he knows about Pinewood. Strange reminds him that since he doesn’t work for the GCPD, he’s under no obligation to tell Jim anything.
Harvey says they’re going to tear the place apart but Strange reminds everyone that B.D Wong used to be on Law And Order and tells Strange that the warrant only covers his office, and he will need a different warrant if he wants to search the rest. He tells Harvey that if he goes for a different warrant, than Strange will tell the judge how much stress having GCPD - and others - stomping around causes his patients. Harvey vows that they aren’t done but is forced to retreat. Strange asks if Azreal has returned and Peabody tells him that he hasn’t. “Troubling”.
As they leave we see Nymga coming back up from the underground facility he discovered last week, the Indian Hills facility. He gets caught by an orderly and says he got lost and asks for an escort back to his cell. Once back in he looks up at the vent and begins plotting a plan of escape.
Meanwhile at a church, the father rushes into the sanctuary to investigate a noise, assuming it’s kids breaking the lock. Instead it’s Azreal, who will henceforth be known as Azy so I don’t keep fucking up with the spelling. He tells the priest he needs a weapon for his holy quest and when the priest tells him he has no weapons, Azy snaps his neck. Maybe he should have tried that black market Sams Club from earlier in the season first than a random church.
After the opening, we’re in the hospital room of Captain Barnes as an exposition news cast plays. It tells us he is still in critical condition and the hunt for his assailant continues. No arrests have been made but reports from GCPD confirm the assailant was former Mayor Theo Galavan. The scene changes to a room where a man is getting dressed in draper clothing watching the same news broadcast. He turns off the tv with a cane. Who might this character be?
Yup, it’s Oswald looking for vengeance for the murder of Mama Penguin. Watch your back Theo!
Back at GCPD HQ, Harvey is barking out orders for choppers, more men, what have you. He tells a guy to get Judge Bam Bam (real name, not making this shit up), for a new warrant to search all of Arkham. As he does this the red shirts and detectives lok up at him like robots waiting for programming. Jim says that since they don’t have a captain at the moment, Harvey is it and should say something. This is not Harvey’s strength and asks Jim to do it but that is hard since Jim really dosen’t work there. Harvey gives a decent speech.
Harvey gets meta and talks about how the bad guys in Gotham keep getting weirder and weirder but that under the mask he’s still a man and can still bleed, so get out there and do what the Cap would tell you to do if he were here, find this guy and KICK HIS ASS! Harvey’s must have several levels of bard Inspire Courage attempt is a success and the officers are energrized, ready to find the masked freak that killed a bunch of them in their own office for what, the third or fourth time this month?
After the speech Jim and Harvey discuss where to find Theo. Jim says they need to think outside the box and asks where he the first place he would go. The answer is to his sister.
Meanwhile Alfred and Bruce are driving home, i presume, when Bruce jumps out of the car into an alleyway. They have a similar argument they’ve had for the entire season. It goes something like this.
A: Don’t do that!
B: I’m doing that!
Ok, maybe a bit more than that. Alfred wants to get Bruce home but Bruce can’t stand the idea of sitting at home and doing nothing while Galavan runs loose. and wants to get Selina. He knows that Strange lied to the police. He also isn’t in a mood to trust Gordon.,
Alfred tells him that it’s his job to keep him safe but eventually relents and lets him go.
We then see Tabitha trying to get out of Dodge. Butch thinks she’s made at him, perhaps for kicking out Barbara in last week’s episode.
Harvey and Jim show up as she’s trying to leave which makes Butch question their security. Jim tells her that he knows she’s leaving because she’s afraid of Theo, or as Bullock calls him, a “ninja from Medieval Times.” She eventually helps with a helpful expostion dump that I will just copy from a transcript to save time.
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