(Credit: FOX’s Gotham)Very “Norse” chic, I like it. She greets Selina with a “Good morning, child” and when Selina corrects her on both counts, she replies, “Oh, it’ll be a new day soon.” Two weeks later, we’re at Bruce’s mansion. Bruce deduces that his father’s secret life is in that very room, because he always locked it when he was working and no one was allowed to disturb him. Falcone is at his chicken farm and is talking to one of the hens, only to almost die because Maroni’s men shoot a bazooka at him. His men are arrested, and Gordon goes to visit Barbara who is being patched up by Lee. Lee insists Barbara talks to a trauma counselor, and she agrees, provided it’s Lee herself and done at Barbara’s place. Penguin visits a tied-down-to-a-gurney Falcone and reveals he did everything and is about to slit his throat when Gordon walks in and holds a gun to Butch’s head and says they’re being arrested for attempted murder. Gordon rescues Falcone and says he’ll restore him to his safe house in order for him to restore order to Gotham, because he’s the “least worst option". Gordon then starts a shootout with Maroni’s men inside the hospital. Somehow, the accuracy is literal garbage and a far cry from the deadly accuracy in the beginning episodes. Ah well, bullet accuracy is only consistent when the plot needs it to be. They escape in a Gotham ambulance, with Bullock showing up before. Maroni’s pissed. Bruce cleans out all the books in the bookshelf in his study den and tells Alfred he’ll know when he finds what he is looking for. Gordon and the gang take refuge in a warehouse. (Literally who even is surprised at this point? The bad guys hold their meetings in abandoned warehouses, the good guys hide out in abandoned warehouses…I’m starting to think everyone is really uncreative, and if they don’t find them within three seconds, then everyone’s an idiot to boot.) Of course, because it’s way too convenient, Falcone claims anyone who knows about this place is dead, so they’ll be safe here. Mhm. Sure. And so pulls up Selina with a new ‘do and a machine gun. Fish shows up then, with a new hairdo (I personally liked the old one better), and says, “I know, I know. It’s astonishing. Sometimes, I astonish myself,” in reference to her reappearance, because everyone thought she was ran out of Gotham and probably left for dead in that body harvesting plant. Barbara and Lee have their therapy session. She says she’s worried that the Ogre is still alive, that everything feels dreamlike, that she’ll wake up and he’ll be there. Fish has them all strung up within seconds and she makes a deal with Maroni that if she delivers him Falcone’s head, she gets all her old territories back. She says Penguin will die a slow, painful death due to what he did with Butch, and the same goes for Falcone. For Gordon, she’ll keep it simple, and she’s cool with Bullock. Selina asks how she’s going to kill them. Fish says she likes her. Barbara pries with Lee about Gordon. It gets awkward. Penguin tries to manipulate Fish by saying to keep Falcone alive because if he dies, Maroni has no use for her and will kill her. Maroni denies this, saying Fish isn’t competition, and that she’s an underboss and takes order and calls her “babes”. She doesn’t like this one bit. He is incredibly condescending, and you can just tell she’s plotting thirty-seven thousand ways to kill him in that instant. Fish is still willing to give him a lot of leeway, but he keeps pushing the point and beating a dead horse and keeps calling her “babes” and telling her to relax, which is an order. Basically, Salvatore Maroni is being a colossal fuckboy. Simple math: Colossal Fuckboys = Cosmic disaster. He tells the other men that she isn’t to be called “babes” or “toots” or anything else because it’s “a woman’s lib” thing. And then Fish Mooney shoots him in the head. “I am relaxed,” she says, calmly. And when everyone is shocked because Maroni is dead, another shootout starts. It’s so odd to see a gang war being intercut and juxtaposed with something as calm as a relaxing and cathartic therapy session. But hey, Gotham. Barbara keeps trying to bring the conversation back to Gordon and avoid talking her truth, but Lee insists. Falcone says he’s done with this business and is leaving as soon as he can get out of town. Bullock appeals to Falcone for a job there, on a nice waterside house, and Falcone acquiesces readily, but Selina and cronies show up with guns and she says, “Hello again. Cat got your tongue?” It’s been so long since future-Catwoman made a cat-related pun, and I suppose it worked best building up to the first season finale. Four for you, writers. Fish has them all in her grasp again, but instead of getting out, Penguin comes back and shoots the place up because why not. He wants Fish, and sees her running away up the stairs. Poor bastard has to climb them all with his leg.
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