Gotham Episode #112: "What the Little Bird Told Him

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Warning: This review and recap may have spoilers for this episode. Huge spoilerific moments will be blacked-out. Go no further if you wish to avoid those sorts of things.

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Recap

On this week's episode of Gotham, Gordon returns to the Gotham Police Department to help the GCPD find the Electrocutioner. Meanwhile, the Electrocutioner heads back to his old hideout to get a few of his old "toys." The commissioner comes down to the GCPD station to take over things with this case. Gordon knows Gruber from his work at Arkham and demands to be reinstated and the commissioner gives him 24 hours to find Gruber.

Edward Nygma finds out that Jack Gruber technically doesn't exist. That's not his real name. He paid money to have those files changed and wanted to be sent Arkham. Edward finds that wooing Ms Kringle is tough, since she doesn't like riddles or cupcakes with bullets in them.

Harvey and James are right on the tail of Gruber and they find the electronic store, Gruber's hideout. They find one of Gruber's accomplices and his brain has been fried, much like the inmates at Arkham. Liza is kidnapped by Mooney's men because Fish wants to make a play for the throne. Fish plans to make a trade and stages the kidnapping over the phone with Falcone.

Dr Thompkins visits Gordon with some info about who Gruber could be going after: Mr M. Gruber is going after Maroni, who is enjoying a mean with Penguin and his men. Falcone calls Penguin to tell him about Liza being kidnapped and Penguin tries to leave but get a nasty shock. An electric bomb comes in and hits them all. Gordon and the GCPD try to get some info from Maroni, but it's useless. Penguin, who is in the ambulance, awakens and lets it slip he's working with Falcone. Gordon takes the men into protective custody.

Barbara heads home to visit her parents. She needs a place to stay and her parents seem fine with it. Back at the station, in a sense, Gordon is using Maroni as bait. Gordon sees it as a safe place. Penguin wakes up and Maroni confronts him about what he said.

Fish calls Falcone and tells him people called her to make a deal. Falcone is smarter than that and he knows Fish is behind it. Fish admits to it and says Falcone needs to leave Gotham and Liza won't be hurt. Fish tells Liza she has to go with him but she can never tell him the truth. Zsasz asks Falcone if he should go out and handle this. Falcone doubts himself and considers retirement a good thing. He says Victor has to keep him and Liza safe.

Back at the police department, Edward continues to try to woo Kringle, but she's creeped out. Another officer walks in and pushes him out. Meanwhile, Gruber is making his way into Gotham. Back inside, Penguin swears his allegiance to Maroni and it's pretty obvious Maroni doesn't trust him. As he leaves, the police department becomes electrified. Cue everyone getting shocked and knocked out. Gruber and his buddy come in and finds Gordon had rubber shoes on. Gordon takes down Gruber's buddy and wants to put Gruber back in Arkham. Gordon throws a cup of water on him and that's that.

Gordon is reinstated by the commissioner. No more Arkham for him! Penguin makes his way to Falcone. Falcone tells Penguin that Fish took Liza and Penguin tells Falcone that it was all a set-up. Penguin gets slapped and Falcone doesn't believe it. Fish calls and wants to meet with Falcone.

Falcone heads to Fish's place and demands to see Liza. Butch brings her in. Falcone asks her how long she's known Fish. Liza denies it, and Falcone starts to show that he knows this is all a ruse. Zsasz and his group come in. Falcone strangles Liza and she dies. He means business. He tells his men, and says he wants Fish and Butch alive but locked up.

Thompkins visits Gordon at the station and it's awkward between them. They share a kiss. And then another kiss. An officer busts in on them to tell them there was a shootout at Fish Mooney's place.

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Thoughts

Solid opening to this week's episode. We get the whole "ticking clock" scenario where Gordon has to solve this case or he heads back to Gotham. Normally, the ticking clock situation means destruction of something. Here it means Gordon getting back on track with life.

What was really cool was to see the Electrocutioner story line wrap up before everything else. That story ends and there's still twenty minutes of the show left, which focuses on the Falcone/Fish story. Believe it or not, it keeps the viewers on their toes a bit and it was nice to see the show focus on the strong story line, even though it doesn't follow the main character.

The Electrocutioner story was pretty good, but it was merely there as a means to move Gordon back into the police station, which was a bummer. I was really hoping we'd get at least another episode in the Asylum so his punishment wasn't a one-and-done thing. However, as far as a "villain of the week" story goes, this one was entertaining and a nice filler for the Fish/Falcone story which was the star of the show.

The scene with Barbara going to her parent's house? Wasn't needed. Nothing worthwhile comes out of the scene and it feels like oh so much filler. Next time we see her she could have just said "I've been staying at my parents" and that would have sufficed.

There's not a lot of comedy here, but when there is, it's usually provided by Harvey Bullock, whom is played by Donal Logue. He gets these quick "1-2" punches in here and there and while they're quick, they really do liven up the show. Also, Logue is just doing an awesome job as Bullock. It may be a different universe that the comic book version, but he's nailing it.

There's a few people who aren't Edward Nygma fans on Gotham, but he's really grown on me. He's a nice, happy-go-lucky guy who just wants to help. He's incredibly smart but a bit socially awkward, so he comes off a bit creepy, especially when trying to impress Kringle. Everyone is pretty awful to him, and you can see a build up to him losing it and become the Riddler, eventually. There's just something really cool about his little moments and I'm totally digging on him.

The moment after Liza dies, Falcone turns and it's a brilliant moment for actor John Doman and not just in the dialogue, but in his facial expressions and in his eyes. It's not a quick turn by any means. It's a smooth transition between the man in love to the man who Falcone used to be: a powerful man capable of anything. Also, it's just nice to see Falcone get a bit of justice, especially against Fish, who has spent this entire season just plotting against other people and it all shatters, right in front of her face.

After twists and turns which felt non-stop, "What the Little Bird Told Him" turned out to be one of the stronger episodes of a pretty great first season. We get two separate stories which both work pretty well and the battle for supremacy in the crime syndicate was utterly wonderful. John Doman and Robin Lord Taylor were both huge stand-outs in this episode and they really help make this episode be a lot more powerful. Not only does this show resonate with comic book fans, but it has a ton of mass appeal, which is the reason this show got picked up for a second season.

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#1 Edited by buttersdaman000 (22775 posts) - - Show Bio

Welp, the hot girl is dead...Gotham truly only serves as background noise now lol

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#2 Posted by batarangbamz (167 posts) - - Show Bio

And The Penguin is one step closer to the throne. There's no way Maroni believed him tho, his moms good as dead.

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#3 Posted by SynCig (1105 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't agree with this review. This episode was just not good. I'd give it a 2 out of 5 and in my opinion, this was the worst episode of the season. My first big complaint was how Maroni found out about Penguin working for Falcone. That was soooo lame. Then, at every turn I was questioning the internal logic of the show. So much of this episode relied on conveniences for the sake of the plot. A plot thread (Fish Mooney's take over) that has been building since episode one was (more or less) wrapped up here and it felt so anticlimactic. How are these characters supposed to be believable when their logic is so absurd? On top of that, this episode really struggled with identity. The Electrocutioner was over the top campy and yet the series is still trying to maintain a gritty cop drama feel. It wound up feeling completely disjointed (which is a constant problem, even for good episodes). I have been on the fence about this show for a while but this one really let me down. I hope next week's drastically improves or I may have a hard time continuing to tune in, even for the parts I actually enjoy.

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#4 Posted by Gotham331 (516 posts) - - Show Bio

Gotham is so much better when they leave Bruce and Selina out. Might be sacrilege to say, but it's far more compelling without them. I hope the rest of the season minimizes their appearances. great episode tonight

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#5 Posted by Transformers1024 (7600 posts) - - Show Bio

I completely forgot this was on tonight.

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#6 Posted by the_stegman (40195 posts) - - Show Bio

This episode was great. No stupid kids, just Gordon doing his thing, and the mob doing theirs, like it should be.

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#7 Posted by tensor (8442 posts) - - Show Bio

Love the acting and love this show.

The Villains and Gordon is the selling point of this series.

It makes you want to love a villain.

Right now I am in Penguin corner the underdog.

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#8 Posted by TrueMarvel (578 posts) - - Show Bio

When Penguin walked in at the end. That was awesome. His smug as hell face.

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#9 Posted by strangetales (1737 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't really care that much for this show but dude that was great!

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#10 Posted by batmite1995 (423 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to see Gotham is strong again!

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#12 Posted by NightFang3 (12362 posts) - - Show Bio

I had to miss this episode because of work.

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#13 Posted by OrangeBat (960 posts) - - Show Bio

Robin Lord Taylor's Penguin is starting to get on my nerves, as odd as that sounds.

Maybe it's because he was so refreshingly goofy at first, but I didn't notice how hammy his acting is. The sequence with him walking up to Fish Mooney and going "Hellooo, Fiiish." was downright cringe-worthy.

I guess it's kind of like Heath Ledger's Joker - he's great at first, but gets progressively more irritating as you go along.

John Dorman was great though. Fish Mooney, I'm just counting the seconds until she kicks the bucket.

Why is Barbara still in this show? Did her going to her parents serve any plot-related function AT ALL?

I'm still waiting for Hugo Strange to show up.

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#14 Posted by KingAres109 (1624 posts) - - Show Bio

Miss Kringle is a smoking hot woman.Man they need to show her more..Especially her body

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#15 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice Jurassic Park reference by Bullock

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#16 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (3818 posts) - - Show Bio

Episode was about a 3 of 5 IMHO. Gordon's time in Arkham was too short, there was a lot of potential for things to happen there, villains to get introduced to a way for the character to go through some changes, etc... I hardly see the point was of having him there at all now.

Rest of the show was fine, but that part bothered me.

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#17 Posted by mak13131313 (1601 posts) - - Show Bio

Great episode! Oh, and great review Mat.

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#18 Posted by Claymore1998 (16541 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome review as always ^_^

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#19 Posted by Claymore1998 (16541 posts) - - Show Bio

Must watch it when I can =)

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#20 Posted by JewishDork (498 posts) - - Show Bio

Hilarious that the villain was defeated by a cup of water. Loved the scene of Falcone killing her with his bare hands. Still to did not feel her character's relationship with Falcone was developed enough to the point where the viewer would believe that Falcone would give up everything for her.

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#23 Edited by the_stegman (40195 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_stegman said:

This episode was great. No stupid kids, just Gordon doing his thing, and the mob doing theirs, like it should be.

Is Barbra dead yet?

Sadly, no :(

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#24 Posted by Black_Arrow (10258 posts) - - Show Bio

This episode was awesome. It was really strong.

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#26 Posted by greeneagle (280 posts) - - Show Bio

4 out of 5 stars is about right. This was a delightful episode and David Zayas's Maroni is freaking awesome.

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#27 Posted by Harryvine (80 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't believe nobody noticed the All-State guy who bothers Aaron Rodgers! He was the zombified Bart Simpson in the beginning of the episode.

Peace out Fish! Get dead already.

No kids = Great Show.

I guess I'm supposed to feel bad for Barbara because she's the daughter of two ultra stuffy snobs? Nah.

I immediately thought of the Arkham game when Gordon basically "one-punched" the electrocutioner.

I HATE miss Kringle. I hope Nygma makes an example sooner rather than later.

"YOU have been careful? YOU have been careful!?!" - Dear Donal Logue, your name is hilariously lame but I am enjoying your performance as Harvey. So much so, I'll even reconsider liking you in Blade. Nah.

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#28 Posted by Smedley (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Really love stories following the penguin on the show. He's a villain so you kind of like seeing him get beat up, but sometimes you just can't help but root for him

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#29 Edited by godzilla44 (7373 posts) - - Show Bio

Gotham is so much better when they leave Bruce and Selina out. Might be sacrilege to say, but it's far more compelling without them. I hope the rest of the season minimizes their appearances. great episode tonight

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#30 Edited by D9000 (1637 posts) - - Show Bio

@syncig:

Totally disagree. I'd give it the same 4/5.

I thought the end with Falcone was great and terrifying. I've liked the way they teased throughout the show that he's capable of real brutality and then it all came out here. Plus you could tell he was serious when he said he wanted to leave it all and live with Liza. It made the outcome even more emotional.

I liked a lot of this episode but that was my favorite part. There were some dumb parts though. Barbara's parents, penguin talking in his sleep, the electrocutioner cutting a hole in the side of the police department and no one notices. But the good parts more than made up for it, at least for me.

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#31 Posted by SynCig (1105 posts) - - Show Bio

@d9000: Unfortunately, I found very little of the episode enjoyable. Even the scene with Falcone choking Liza to death was ruined with poor acting from Liza. Plus, I never bought that Falcone would give up his empire for this one chick that he barely actually knew and demonstrated very little affection to on screen until this episode. I'm glad others were able to enjoy the episode more than me because I REALLY want to like this show. Batman is my favorite character and I love his supporting cast as well. I'm not giving up yet but this episode left a really bad taste in my mouth.

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#33 Edited by amazing_webhead (9820 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay, so he wasn't Hugo Strange. Electrocutioner was my second guess, honest.

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