Gotham “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” Review Season 1 Episode 18

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On the latest episode of “Gotham,” Gordon got a little bit closer to Commissioner status in “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”- but at what cost? It seems like most everyone had a secret in this episode: Alfred and Bruce kept the identity of his attacker a secret; both Fish and Dr. Dulmacher played it close to the vest in terms of both each other and the captives down below; and, naturally, so did the current Commissioner Loeb- but could Gordon find out what it was?

Also harboring one was detective Bullock, who pointed out that Gordon may not have killed the Penguin like he was supposed to, but that, like the title said, “Everyone Has a Cobblepot,” himself included, which made investigating the likes of Loeb that much more dangerous. But Gordon will be Gordon, so that was hardly enough to stop him, least of all after Flass managed to not only evade the murder charges against him, but line up a gig as the head of the Policeman’s Union. Gordon knew it was Loeb’s doing, so it was time to bring him down or die trying.

Unfortunately, the witness that helped free Flass was none other than Bullock himself, which made for tough going, as Loeb had blackmailed him to do so- not to mention he is, after all, Gordon’s partner. This gave Gordon the idea to track down Loeb’s old partner Charley Griggs (Michael J. Burg, “One Life to Live”), to see if he knew anything. He points them in the direction of Xi Lu (Perry Yung, “The Knick”), but it turns out to be a set-up, which Gordon and Harvey Dent almost end up at the business end of, courtesy of a gang of thugs with various bladed objects.

Thankfully, Bullock has second thoughts about helping them and comes to the rescue just in time. The three return to question Griggs, this time a little more aggressively, and find out that Loeb is in league with Falcone. So, they go to the Penguin, who shows them where he believes the two keep files on the various crooked people in town at, a house occupied by an elderly couple, Jude (Dan Ziskie, “Treme”) and Marge (Becky Ann Baker, a long way from “Girls”).

The two aren’t buying Bullock and Gordon’s cover story, and all hell breaks loose, with Jude ending up shot and Marge getting knocked out, allowing the two cops to explore the premises. All they find, however, is a girl in the attic, Miriam (Nicholle Tom, “The Nanny”), who eventually confesses to having killed Loeb’s late wife. It’s clear the girl is mentally ill, and is being kept there to guard Loeb’s secret, so they abscond with her, and eventually, Marge and Jude as well, who the Penguin has fight it out for a ticket out of town, then kills the survivor, Marge, after she strangles Jude to death. So much for their happy ending.

Gordon, in turn, who promised Penguin a favor for his help, goes to Loeb and does some blackmailing of his own, but Loeb would rather expose his daughter for what she did than give up all he knows, so they end up compromising: Bullock’s files and Gordon takes over as the head of the Policeman’s Union instead of Flass. He allows Loeb to keep his position, correctly assuming it was better to deal with the devil he knows over one he doesn’t. So, Bullock is in the clear, Loeb is backed into a corner, along with Flass- for now, at least- but Gordon now owes the Penguin a favor, which can’t be good. I guess all’s well that ends sort of well?

Ditto that whole situation with Fish. She manages to score a meet with Dr. Dulmacher after all, to talk terms, only her eyeball stunt isn’t quite as persuasive as she thought it would be. When she comes to, not only does she have a new eye- albeit of a different color- but she discovers just how expendable the not-so-good doctor’s help are when she gets a look at what became of the former “office manager”- he’s had his head transplanted onto a woman’s body! (A very alternative “Bride of the Re-Animator”-style end to that series’ vet Jeffrey Combs, to be sure.) Fish ends up making a deal: she gets his guard back from the basement, plus keeps the peace, if she’s allowed certain creature comforts and a level of power within the building.

The doctor agrees, but points out that she shouldn’t get any ideas, pointing out where they are, which turns out to be a completely isolated house that takes up most of an island in the middle of the surrounding ocean, making escape a dubious prospect at best, at least sans transportation of some kind. So, she might be safe for now, but the denizens of the basement are none too happy with her, and she’s certainly treading thin ice with the doctor, so good luck with all that.

That was about it, really, beyond Bruce kinda-sorta asking Selina for help finding Alfred’s old pal, rightly suspecting that it had something to do with the threats he leveled at the board of directors at Wayne Enterprises. Alfred, of course, wanted to take matters into his own hands sooner than later, but was in no position to do so, so it’s pretty much up to Bruce to figure out a way to deal with it. Where’s Batman when you need him? Oh, right. We’re not there yet.

I really liked the noir-ish feel of this episode overall. Not that most episodes don’t essentially have that same vibe, but this particular episode really had that old Film Noir feel to it. There wasn’t a lot of far-out details that took one out of it here, thus making it one of the more straight-forward and realistic episodes, that business with Dr. Dulmacher notwithstanding. Don’t get me wrong, I like all the fantasy-oriented stuff, too- it is a “Batman” prequel, after all, so that’s to be expected- but as more of a fan of the Nolan approach than, say, the Tim Burton or the old-school TV show versions, I appreciated the realism of most of this particular episode. It had a hardboiled detective novel or movie sense to it that really worked for me.

Good thing, too, as it was the last episode until April 13th, for whatever reason, at which point we’ll get the final four episodes of the season. The overall high quality of the last few episodes, and, to a slightly lesser extent, the season as a whole, leads me to think that those final episodes should be something to see. Hopefully, they will end the show as strongly as they began it, with some neat twists on the old stories, with some promising hints of what’s to come in the future. Fingers crossed!

What did you think of the latest “Gotham”? Sad to see it go for a few weeks? Do you think the show will end strongly, or are you worried it will fall apart as it has on occasion in the past? Do you prefer the more realistic episodes or the more fantasy-driven ones? What do you think of what’s going on with Fish’s storyline? (My prediction: her revenge on the Penguin will be to turn him over to Dr. Dulmacher, who will turn him into a hybrid that more resembles the Penguin as we know him from the comics/movies.) How will Gordon fare in his new position? Will Flass go after him? What will the Penguin’s favor for Gordon be? Will Bruce avenge Alfred? Will he find out who the dirty elements in his company are before the end of the season? Make your predictions below and see you in April!