Gotham Has A Surprisingly Happy Ending
And an asylum full of monsters plus an enormous bomb could have been a real problem.
It is the season finale! Over the season, Hugo Strange has not been particularly subtle about being evil, since he's actively creating monsters out of dead people and then sending them out onto the streets where they'll definitely attract attention. Most recently, he's brought Fish Mooney back from the dead, and now she can control people's minds if she touches their skin. Not that Hugo knows about that, since he's really not very rigorous. Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox are currently trapped in Arkham Asylum, and they're being interrogated by Edward Nygma. Jim Gordon is also a prisoner, and he's being duplicated by a goofball with a stretchy face.
An Imperfect Duplicate
Alert Type: Gullible Cop Alert.
Issue: The SWAT team is about to raid Arkham Asylum, but Jim Gordon comes out and tells them everything's fine.
Complicating Factors: Although this guy looks like Jim, he doesn't act much like him. Which is reasonable, as Basil (that's Mr. Stretchy-Face) only got like thirty seconds of time with Jim before he had to go out and tell people that the whole Arkham Asylum thing was a red herring.
Resolution: The cops are surprised, but they also might not mind an episode in which police officers don't get killed.
Spoiler: At first it seems like this impersonation only works because Harvey Bullock isn't there to notice how his old pal Jim is acting strangely. However, Harvey is not nearly as observant as he ought to be.
Eddie Really Likes This Sort Of Thing
What's the game? Life and Death, which should not be confused for the board game with the little plastic babies in the car.
Who's playing? Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne.
What's this game's deal? Edward Nygma asks a couple of questions and then cackles with delight.
Why delight? Because when Lucius and Bruce don't know the answer to the question "Who runs Wayne Enterprises," he gets to flood their chamber with poison gas.
What kind of asylum has chambers that fill with poison gas? An evil asylum. That should be clear by now.
But they're not actually dead, right? Well, duh.
Just Try To Relax
Who called the meeting? Dr. Hugo Strange.
What's it about? He wants to know what Jim knows about Wayne Enterprises, the people who run Arkham Asylum.
How'd it go? It's the same thing Eddie is supposed to be finding out from Bruce and Lucius, except that Hugo is using "honesty serum" instead of poison gas. Jim gives up what he knows pretty quickly, because it doesn't take long. He just assumed Hugo was a loon, not that he was getting his instructions from a mysterious secret council in bird masks. With that taken care of, Hugo does some actual psychotherapy to help Jim with his feelings about Lee. I'll say this for Hugo Strange: he may be insane, but he's friendly.
He's Not A Great Actor
Name: Fake Jim Gordon (but actually Basil). Age: He's been Jim Gordon for a couple of hours now. Occupation: Imitator. Goal: To keep the police from raiding Arkham Asylum while maintaining his impersonation. But the voice is getting farther and farther from how Jim talks. Ben McKenzie appears to be having a ball here. Sample Dialogue: "Sure, I'm Jim Gordon! Who's askin'?"
Gimme Some Sugar, Baby
Situation: Fish Mooney is trying to use her mind control ability to escape, which seems like it ought to be possible.
What makes it awkward? She has to touch people to control them, and she's spending most of her time locked in a cell. So she has to try to touch whatever comes by her food slot. Which, in this case, is Ms. Peabody's butt.
How is order restored? Ms. Peabody keeps her butt just out of reach of the patients. Which is just good policy, really.
That Quote"And you best not talk about my momma."- Ms. Peabody, giving Fish Mooney a bit of her own medicine -
Oswald has taken over his criminal empire again. Probably. All we really know is that he's got the big house, and Butch seems to be putting up with him now. Barbara Kean is there, too, even though Butch threw her out when he was the boss. They don't seem to be doing anything important, since the topic of discussion is where Oswald should but the severed head of his stepmother. Eventually, the television reports that Hugo Strange is in trouble, and then Oswald has something else to occupy him.
That Quote"Wow, that was unpleasant!"- Lucius Fox, waking up from the "poison" gas -
Here's An Idea
This Probably Wasn't The Plan
All of Hugo Strange's actions have been in the service of a secret plan from the Council. In theory. Except that it turns out the only thing he was told to do was to bring back the dead, and all this nonsense about gods of war and vengeance was not actually authorized. So the Council has come up with a brilliant new strategy for Hugo to follow: quit screwing around. Kill the guys you've captured, stop releasing clearly insane people, shut down Arkham Asylum, and generally stop attracting attention. What part of "secret society" don't you get, pal? Hugo's a little sad about the instructions to blow up the entire asylum, but he's willing to do it. Because there's a giant bomb in the asylum. Why not, right?
Love, Hate & Everything In Between
Don't Kid Yourself
Selina's been in the Asylum for thirty minutes, and she's already running the place as Firefly's sidekick. So she's checking in on Jim, Lucius, and Bruce to let them know about the bomb that's going to blow the whole asylum up. But she's in a pretty good mood about the whole thing. Bruce tries to apologize for getting her involved, but she points out that any emotional manipulation between the two of them definitely works in the other direction. She claims that she has him wrapped around her pinky, and she is not wrong.
Plot Lightning Round
The Great Escape
After that scene where Ms. Peabody inadvertently stayed out of Fish's reach, she's back to administer an injection. So Fish quickly takes control and finds out that Ms. Peabody's first name is Ethel. It doesn't sound like much, but Ms. Peabody has been very careful about not telling it to anybody. It might be that she's ashamed of it. It's not something sensible, like "Fish."
Fish and Ms. Peabody immediately run into Dr. Strange. (Not the Marvel character who's going to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Now you see why I call him "Hugo" all the time.) He immediately figures out what's going on, but he doesn't really have time to investigate this interesting development, because he's supposed to be blowing up the building. Also he suspects that Fish might want to use her powers on him, so he runs.
Ms. Peabody gives chase (because Fish doesn't chase people herself now that she has minions) and very nearly stops Hugo from starting the bomb's countdown. But "very nearly" doesn't count, because he clonks her over the head, pushes some buttons, and runs.
So now that's happening.
Love, Hate & Everything In Between
Jim's Acting Weird
Fake Jim Gordon has been kicking back in the police station, eyeing the ladies and generally having a great time. Harvey and Alfred are a little suspicious, but they know better than to interrupt during a fun scene. Eventually, Barbara Kean stops by to ask if there's anything she should know about the doctor who was given unfettered access to her brain, and she's the one who finally notices that Jim isn't acting the way he's supposed to. Even Barbara knows that when she's hitting on Jim, it's more for show than because he's supposed to be into her. And when she asks about Lee, he definitely shouldn't say, "Screw that ho. Water under the bridge." So she socks him, and it turns out that Basil's stretchy face really is pretty much Silly Putty.
That Quote"Why do you have to kill them? Why are you so mean?"- Selina Kyle, raising a perfectly sensible objection to Hugo's plan -
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fire vs. Ice
Hugo has told Mr. Freeze to go kill all the remaining inmates. That includes Nygma, who got locked back up after being so helpful with the interrogating earlier. But since Selina objects, Firefly is on the case. This naturally turns into one person with a flamethrower shooting at someone else with an ice-blaster. Hugo's distracted by how cool it all is.
Winner: Everyone but Hugo, because he wanders into the middle and goes down, thus calling off the fight.
That Quote"Ah, Gordon. I surmise my plan must have gone awry."- Hugo Strange, upon being slapped back into consciousness -
Plot Lightning Round
The Ticking Clock
Jim and Lucius have a minute and a half to defuse the bomb, but neither of them has any idea how to do that. The reason they don't just flee the building is that there's some plutonium on-site, and there's a chance of a nuclear explosion. I'm relieved, because I also cover Arrow and Agents of SHIELD, and I didn't want this show to be the only one that didn't at least threaten a nuke.
Their initial plan is to just start cutting wires on the theory that surely not every bomb is booby-trapped. But then Ms. Peabody wakes up and mumbles something like "need water." So they pour water into the bomb's mechanisms.
It works! With, of course, 00:01 left on the clock. And then it turns out that Peabody was saying that SHE needed water. It was all a hilarious misunderstanding. But it's fine. Everything's fine. Hugo gets arrested and the good guys all live.
Plot Lightning Round
And Then There's Fish
But! There's more! Fish Mooney has stolen the asylum's van and is escaping through the city. And what she doesn't know is that the van is full of monsters. Boy, this is a lot of plot, huh? We must be running out of time in the season. Fish is eventually found by one policeman. It's not that she's being particularly subtle; it's just that all the cops are at the asylum.
Fish's faceoff with the cop is anticlimactic, because Butch has a giant minigun and he busts up both vehicles pretty good. Between this and last week's rocket launcher, Butch is carving out a niche as the last-second heavy-weapons expert. Which is fine, as long as he gets to still say some funny things.
Butch, of course, is there because Penguin assumed that Hugo was trying to escape on the bus. When he discovers that it's Fish Mooney, who he killed a year ago, he goes catatonic. What's a guy got to do to stay on top of the criminal underworld around here, right? Fish takes her time scaring everyone, and it looks like we might have her back next season. If so, good! She's fun.
Wrap It Up
Jim is leaving town to go find Lee. I think he's doing this as a result of Hugo's casual psychotherapy earlier in the episode, which means that Hugo accidentally did some good after all. On his way out, Jim steals Harvey's car, which seems a little inappropriate.
Alfred briefly thought Bruce might settle down, but now there's this Secret Council to deal with, and it generally looks like Bruce will never shut up about his dead parents. Selina looks pretty entertained by the whole thing. There's a general vibe of "Here we go again!"
Oh, and there are all those monsters in the back of the bus. A nice homeless-looking lady opens the door and lets them all out to run around Gotham and cause trouble. One of them stops and politely says, "Thank you." That's nice! In my opinion, this guy looks kind of like Bruce Wayne. But I'm sure it'll be fine. He's friendly. And it might not even be David Mazouz. I'll be honest with you; I'm not great at faces. So the season ends with me saying "Wait...should I recognize this guy?" Enjoy the off-season!