Gotham (2013) season 1, episode 14
"The Fearsome Dr. Crane"
WRITER: JOHN STEPHENS
DIRECTOR: JOHN BEHRING
AIR DATE: February 2 2015
‘The Fearsome Doctor Crane’ is the first of a two part set of episodes for Gotham, setting an origin story for the character who will one day become the Scarecrow. Other storylines get advanced along the way, but the lead plotline dominates this time out.
A mysterious death, carried out in a particularly terrifying way, leads Detectives Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue) to a fear support group. The killer is taking the adrenal gland of his victims, and the case leads the partners into different directions. We see another, softer side to Harvey- he’s sweet on Scottie Mullen (Maria Thayer), one of the members of the support group. So much so that he acts without hesitation to save her life in a pivotal moment. The case itself leads to Doctor Gerald Crane (Julian Sands) and his son Jonathan (Charlie Tahan). Sands is one of those actors who turns up everywhere, and plays unhinged quite well- his motive seems perfectly clear to him, even if we the audience, along with Gordon and Bullock, can see that he’s lost his marbles.
The Mob is an underlying plotline this time out. As part of her revenge after her fall from grace, Fish (Jada Pinkett Smith) leaves Maroni (David Zayas) with a key bit of information about the Penguin. Sal is not pleased, as you might expect, and is fully prepared to take it out on Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor). One of the most enjoyable things about watching this series unfold is watching Taylor’s take on the Penguin. There’s the occasional glimpse of sociopath. The awkward misfit. The devious schemer. The Penguin finds himself in a very bad place this time out - and how he gets out of it is audacious, bold, and perfectly fitting in terms of how Taylor plays the role. Fish, on the other hand, ends things in a cliffhanger, and we’re not sure what’s to become of her (at least until the next episode).
Cobblepot and Maroni