Gotham (2013) season 1, episode 10
WRITER: REBECCA DAMERON
DIRECTOR: GUY FERLAND
AIR DATE: November 24 2014
‘Lovecraft’ moves storylines for Gotham in different ways, all the while putting Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, who are living together (get your heads out of the gutter, they’re kids!) in danger. All the while Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is looking into Dick Lovecraft (Al Sapienza), the tycoon introduced previously who might be behind the Wayne murders.
Wayne Manor finds itself the target of highly skilled invaders, and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) fends them off (the butler can really fight!), while Bruce (David Mazouz) and Selina (Camren Bicondova) flee for their lives.
Much of the episode concerns itself with Bruce out of his element in the streets of Gotham, far from the manor life he’s used to. He has to rely on the expertise of Selina, who knows the back alleys and the streets like the back of her hand. The dynamic between the two actors and the two characters plays out just right throughout- it plays to the soft spot Bruce seems to have where Selina is concerned when they’re adults. And it also gives us a fresh look at a character we haven’t seen in awhile, Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley), the once and future Poison Ivy. Selina knows her, but this is the first Bruce has seen of her. Selina notes that she’s creepy, which fits perfectly with the unhinged woman she’ll become.
Gordon and Bullock (Donal Logue) are looking for the kids with the company of Alfred. I don’t know off hand if Alfred has ever met Bullock in the comics (it’s possible, even in passing), but Alfred and Gordon have history both in the comics and in this series. Alfred interacting with more characters for the first time is a good touch, and it shows his determination to recover his lost charge. It’s interesting to see how he reacts to a character like Fish Mooney, and how he can take care of himself in a tough situation.
Harvey and Alfred
By episode’s end, things have come full circle for more than one character. Gordon’s at a professional crossroads, doomed to what might be an assignment that rates as professional punishment for his insubordination. There is a hint of conspiracy surrounding Lovecraft and the Wayne case - perhaps the Court of Owls? The episode has a climactic feel to it, even without a cliffhanger ending. It has the protagonist moving into a troubled stage of his professional life, and fits what’s become known as mid-season finales. Once upon a time television series just took a few weeks off for Christmas, as opposed to, oh, calling it mid-season finales or winter finales. Clearly the idea of some nitwit in a marketing division.
Oh, and by the way… Edward Nygma is an awkward hugger.