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'Gotham': 'Everyone Has a Cobblepot'

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Jessica Miglio/FOX


TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith
Crime, ActionAdventure

Everyone loves team-ups. When Batman and Superman put their heads together to solve some unsolvable puzzle or defeat some undefeatable villain, it makes you realize that even heroes sometimes need help.

“Everyone Has a Cobblepot” is a team-up episode, setting Gotham’s strongest characters on a suicide path to take down the corrupt Commissioner Loeb. Alone, they would never succeed, but together they might just have a chance.

Gotham does at least one thing very right in this episode, and that’s doing away with excess. Yes, we still have annoyingly brief snippets with Edward Nygma, and the Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle reconciliation scene was kind of cute, but for the most part Gotham is able to mainly focus its attention on James Gordon’s plot thread, with some considerable amount of lip service (perhaps too much) paid to Fish Mooney.

Let’s start with the bad and finish up with the good. Last episode Mooney gouged out her own eye, so Dr. Dulmacher (a.k.a. Dollmaker) wouldn’t take the pair. It was a little drastic and over the top, and it never really felt like Mooney possessed that level of resolve to pull something like that off, but oh well. So she wakes up in a hospital bed, and for whatever reason, Dr. Dulmacher has decided to save her life. The doctor does seem sophisticated but obviously crazy, so maybe we shouldn’t read too much into his ability to make rational decisions.

Almost immediately, Fish sets to work begging the doctor to let her people double cross all the people in the dungeon, essentially keeping them all pacified and alive so the doctor can pick them off one by one for his sickening experiments. It seems that Mooney doing a double cross would be too obvious, she most likely has some some kind of long con planned, but right now she’s not showing her cards.

Oh, also Mooney now has a Siberian Husky-like blue eye, insanely light blue, and speaking of body amputations and transplants, Dulmacher’s old managerial type—the guy Mooney dealt with last episode—has been completely transplanted on the body of a woman.

NEXT: Biology 101[pagebreak]​

Gotham seems horribly versed in how human biology works. Yes, Gotham is based on a comic world, so it would make sense if it followed comic book logic. But the show doesn’t really keep up that sense of suspended disbelief. In fact, Gotham strives to feel as gritty and realistic as possible. So when it does take these huge logical leaps, it feels out of place and forced and yes, unbelievable, which ultimately takes you out of what’s happening on the screen.

Long story short, Dr. Dulmacher and Fish Mooney team up so that she can somehow reach a “managerial” spot all her own. Of course, there is a reason for Dulmacher’s quick trust of Mooney, most recently his annoying opposition—there’s no where she can escape. She is completely stuck on an island. So like the last couple episodes, Mooney still finds herself squarely stuck up shit creek.

Now, on to the good news. The only thing that is really keeping Gotham alive at this point are its characters. Now, the show has already messed up a bunch of them, and you don’t have enough digits on your body to count all the wasted moments and failed potential. But! James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, and Oswald Cobblepot, are essentially the lifeblood of this show—with the only other exception possibly being the Wayne/Pennyworth relationship. That’s why seeing Bullock, Harvey, and Penguin team up during “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” was pretty much as awesome as you would think it would be.

This epic team-up starts with humble beginnings. The corrupt Commissioner Loeb pulls some powerful strings and lets Arnold Flass, the also corrupt (go figure) NARC cop, off the hook for those collection of murders a few episodes back. Gordon. Is. Pissed. He immediately marches to Loeb’s office and demands to know why he’d let Flass go. It’s your typical blah blah blah “we’re all corrupt” story. It turns out that Flass’ verdict was overturned because Loeb forced Bullock to confess that he presented false evidence during the trial, all because Loeb had dirt on Bullock. Apparently, a right of initiation in the GCPD is killing someone. (It’s more like a gang than a police force.) For Bullock, while threatened with his own life, he killed a random gangster, and Loeb has the goods on him. In fact, he has the goods on everyone, except for Gordon. Because as we all know, Penguin is still very much alive.

Determined to put Flass behind bars, Gordon initially teams up with Harvey Dent, who originally brought Gordon the news of Flass’ release. Together they question Loeb’s original partner to figure out where the commissioner keeps all the blackmail on the GCPD cops. The thinking is that if he has no leverage, they’ll be able to circumvent the verdict of a false trial, put Flass behind bars, and actually function as an actual police department.

Loeb’s partner sends them on a wild goose chase to a Chinese bookie who almost kills them by sending a legion of goons after them with knives. If one of them had a gun, this episode would have gotten reeeeaaalll awkward, but this must be some kind of Chinese knife-fighting gang.

Anyway, Bullock shows up just in time (naturally) and the trio make a quick escape. Bullock adds the perfect amount of bad cop, the ingredient that was missing in their last failed venture to uncover Loeb’s files. This time, they drag Loeb’s partner, Bullock holding his face close to the pavement, to uncover more information. Then it clicks—Loeb and Carmine Falcone are working together.

NEXT: Favors and Secrets[pagebreak]​

Enter Penguin. Ever since Gordon saved Cobblepot’s life, he’s had an obsession with Gordon. Going out of his way to invite him to his club opening and often greeting him as a dear friend. Gordon makes a dangerous gambit. For Penguin’s help in locating the files, Gordon offers one favor to Penguin, no questions asked. Even Bullock shifts uneasy at the idea, but Gordon reluctantly accepts, taking another step into the grimy underworld of Gotham.

Penguin eventually takes Bullock and Gordon (I guess Dent was tired and went home) to a remote house in the woods. Penguin says he had heard Loeb tell Falcone on the phone that the location was safe. Little do they know they’re about to enter a house of horrors.

The trio is greeted by an old couple, very homely, who talk about pleasant things and even offer pie. Then suspicions start piling up. First, the old man mentions that they’ve lived in the house 20 years, back when Commissioner Loeb bought the place. This is quite a coincidental number as it lines up with when Loeb’s wife was killed, under the suspicion that he committed the crime. Then, as Penguin, Gordon, and Bullock speak with the seemingly genteel couple, loud noises can be heard in the attic, like someone continually falling or tripping. The caretakers pass it off as a raccoon, but our heroes know better. Soon, the wife begins questioning Bullock and Gordon on their credentials and then shuffles off to go grab some “pie.” Of course, a pie in this case is actually 12-gauge shotgun and the trio are flung into a fight for their life.

The old couple is quickly subdued and Gordon begins investigating the premises… and finds something even weirder—Loeb’s daughter. For 20 years, she’s been locked in the attic, now a fully grown woman, because she had actually killed her mother all those years ago. Loeb tucked her away in this home in order to keep her from being locked up in Arkham Asylum.

Now, Gordon essentially has the leverage he needs. He returns to Loeb with a list of demands: A Flass retrial, the blackmail files, and to become president of the policeman’s union. He gets all of them—except one. Loeb is unwilling to part with all the files but will give him Harvey’s. Gordon accepts.

In the grand scheme of things, “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” doesn’t really achieve too much plot-wise. It’s really an aside, an epilogue to events we already thought resolved. But we do learn a great deal about the real inner workings of the GCPD and just how far Gordon is willing to go to help cleanse the corruption out the Gotham Central’s soul.

But more importantly, this episode was just fun. The most popular and well-developed characters on the show, working together to achieve something. It wasn’t the most amazing drama and action to ever grace television, not even close, but it was 45 minutes well spent.