Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 18
"Everyone Has a Cobblepot"
WRITER: MEGAN MOSTYN-BROWN
DIRECTOR: BILL EAGLES
AIR DATE: March 2 2015
‘Everyone Has a Cobblepot’ brings new complications into the lives of the citizens of Gotham City in the latest episode of Gotham. The title alone suggests Oswald Cobblepot will be hip deep in it all. Detectives Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue) have themselves a problem. Detective Arnold Flass (Dash Mihok), the corrupt Narcotics cop busted earlier in the season, has been released, and Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari) was behind it. Bullock admits Loeb holds files on many corrupt cops, including him, which he uses for blackmail purposes. The story follows the detectives as they work to thwart the Commissioner and shut down the problem that Flass presents. Along the way it includes bringing in the assistance of the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and discovering that even Loeb himself has secrets he wants hidden away from the world. When that secret is revealed to the audience, it’s something of a show stopper... and a rather disturbing one at that.
Speaking of disturbing, one of the other plotlines follows Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), still trapped on that mysterious prison island, still trying to play both sides against the other. Last time out she resorted to a grisly way to thwart her captors, who are after the organs of their prisoners - she gouged out one of her own eyes. This time out, she has a new eye, courtesy of the man who runs the place (Colm Feore), the Doolmaker. The two of them banter and spar, essentially a negotiation of terms. Along the way, we see what’s become of the office manager (Jeffrey Combs) from the previous episode - it’s an appalling kind of fate.
The third storyline playing out concerns Bruce and Alfred (David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee). Alfred is recovering in hospital from the attack by his old army friend (at the behest of the secretive Wayne Enterprises board). Bruce is determined to find answers. That includes a conversation with Selina (Camren Bicondova). I’m still liking the way the two young actors relate to each other, though at the moment it’s not as friendly as it was earlier in the season. I’m also appreciative of the fact that Bruce is torn between his quest and ensuring that Alfred takes care of himself.
Peter Scolari’s return as Loeb is interesting, and he looms large in this episode, though he’s not in that much of it. Scolari has been around as an actor for years, going back to the Newhart series of the 80s, and one thing that strikes me is that time has been relatively good to him. He looks severe and rather like an accountant as Loeb, but not at all like the decrepit old man he’s been portrayed as in the comics. His Loeb, however, shares the comics version’s inherent corruption, deep in the pocket of the Falcone organization. It’s a strong contrast to the cinematic version played by Colin McFarlane in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. That Loeb was authoritative, impatient, and pragmatic, but there was no hint of corruption in him.
Gordon and Cobblepot
Where the episode ends up is interesting. Loeb and Gordon are two very different cops, and the two come to terms in a manner of speaking. Loeb has something Gordon wants. Gordon has something he can use to destroy Loeb. It doesn’t go quite in the direction one might expect, but it fits in with Gordon’s inherent decency, not to mention his sense of loyalty where Bullock is concerned. It’s a nice touch, a nod to the partnership between the two detectives. With this episode, we also have ourselves something of a break - new episodes will be a month away to finish off the season.