For the first few seconds of Monday night’s episode of Gotham, it seemed for the first time in season 2 that Gordon, Bullock ,and the GCPD had finally caught a break in their fight against the “wrath of the villains” terrorizing the city. But as per usual, they are in way over their heads.
Gordon and Bullock storm the gates of Arkham with a warrant to search Hugo’s office for evidence that Hugo was indeed the creator/proprietor of Pinewood and the as-of-yet undiscovered Indian Hill experimental program. But the villains proved they will always be one step ahead of our heroes at every turn. As Bullock and Gordon burst into Hugo’s office, they come upon a giant bag of shredded documents, a victim of “spring cleaning,” Hugo says. Gordon tells Hugo they won’t be backing down, but the ex-detective has to walk away for the time being.
But Gordon is not Hugo’s biggest concern; Peabody tells her boss that Azrael has still not returned, but Hugo has faith he’s still out trying to complete his mission of killing James Gordon, like a dutiful soldier. Azrael goes to a local church in search of a new weapon because his sword broke during his fight with Barnes, but apparently there’s enough of Theo Galavan still inside him to remember where it could be hidden.
While Barnes remains in critical condition at the hospital, everyone at the GCPD turns to Bullock as their new acting captain. He makes a rousing speech about taking down the weirdo villains in Gotham, and Gordon tells him it’s time to think outside the box to find Theo/Azrael. They head to Tabitha’s house to find out where her brother might be. Thankfully for them, she’s got more information than they can handle.
Tabitha reveals the history behind Azrael to Gordon and Bullock and tells them the sword Theo was wielding the night before is a fake. Turns out the real one was buried with Theo’s grandfather in the Galavan family crypt. Despite attempting to escape the city, Tabitha instead takes Gordon and Bullock to the crypt where they uncover the “real” Azrael’s sword… Just as Theo turns up, grabs the sword from Gordon and attempts to kill his target once more. Before he succeeds, Tabitha gets in the way and shuts the door on Gordon. She tries to use sisterly love to help Theo remember who he is; he responds by remembering only the mission to kill Bruce Wayne, then stabs his sister and says, “Thank you for reminding me…traitor.”
Gordon comes across a blood-soaked Tabitha, who apologizes for making Theo remember that he has two targets to kills from his dual identities, and Gordon once again has to find and save Bruce.
Speaking of Bruce, our future Batman is really taking his soon-to-be alter ego to heart as he attempts to bring Hugo and Theo to justice by planning to break into Arkham. He asks Selina for help, despite their argument a few episodes back. He tells her about the re-animation experiments Hugo has been conducting, and when she doesn’t seem to be on-board, he reveals that Selina’s old friend Bridgit was also taken to Arkham and was likely subjected to experimentation as well. Selina tells Bruce that she’ll break in instead and she’ll do it alone. Besides, Selina has an edge: If she gets caught, it’s likely Arkham employees will just toss her out while if Bruce gets caught, they could shut down the programs or even kill the billionaire teen. Plus, she already knows a way in.
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