Gotham: Mad City S3 ep1/ep2 Catch up - "Better to Reign in Hell" and "Burn the Witch"

Gotham returned for season 3 on September 19, 2016. As you can tell, we missed reviewing the first 5 episodes, so let’s catch up before episode 6, shall we?

Gotham: Mad City

Gotham: Mad City

Better to Reign in Hell (S3 ep1, aired 9/19/16)

Note: This covers the various story lines based on the characters involved. Some of these events overlap.

What’s been going on in Gotham?

We get a glimpse of Gotham about 6 months after Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and her crew escaped Indian Hill.

James “Jim” Gordon (Ben McKenzie) left Gotham to find Leslie “Lee” Tompins (Morena Baccarin), only to learn that she’s moved on and found someone new. Returning alone to Gotham, he becomes a bounty hunter and has been making his living tracking down the other escapees and bringing them down to the GCPD.

Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) have come back from Switzerland, where they were looking for evidence of the shadow organization behind Indian Hill that they were told runs Gotham from behind the scenes at Wayne Enterprises.

Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), a survivor at heart and resourceful as ever, is running with Fish’s crew.

Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), is back on top and running most of Gotham with Butch Gilzean (Drew Powell) by his side.

Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is still in Arkham Asylum for the murders for Kristen Kringle (Chelsea Spack) and her ex-boyfriend.

Enter Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung), Gotham Gazette reporter, determined to get to the underlying story and truth behind Indian Hill and its ties to Arkham and Wayne Enterprises.

Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and Tabitha Gallavan (Jessica Lucas) have opened a new Gotham night club, The Sirens.

Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) has left Wayne Enterprises and now works for the GCPD.

Now that we’ve caught up, let’s get a more in depth look at what happens to our favorite characters in episode 1.

Bruce and Alfred

Bruce and Alfred just got back to Gotham, but it doesn’t take long for things to go sideways.

Bruce makes a play to force the hand of the shadow organization pulling the strings behind the scenes of Wayne Enterprises and Indian Hill. He calls the board and hclaims to have proof of their existence. He gives them 24 hours to contact him before he releases all of the evidence he has against them.

The Cabal is alerted and they send someone to apprehend him. Later that night, their man attacks Alfred and knocks him out, then drugs and kidnaps Bruce.


Penguin puts up a $1,000,000 bounty on Fish Mooney, dead or alive. He’s worried that she’ll go after him for revenge since he did overthrow her and try to have her killed in the past.

Fish and the Indian Hill escapees

Fish and her crew of escapees with veritable super powers have noticed a problem when they use their powers. They’re bodies are starting to reject them. But Fish likes her new self just fine and has her posse out looking for cure. They start with immune suppressants to try and counteract the effects, but eventually use Valeria Vale to track down Dr. Hugo Strange’s (BD Wong) assistant, Ethel Peabody.

Once they capture her, Fish uses her power to get Ethel to confess that Dr. Strange is the only one who can help them. Fish then has one of her henchman drain the life from her.

Valerie Vale and Jim Gordon team up

Valerie gets a tip from Selina that Fish is after Dr. Hugo Strange’s assistance, Ethel Peabody. She goes to Jim with a deal that she tells him where to find Peabody, and she gets the story. Jim’s no fool and knows that Fish is behind the tip and expects she’ll have him followed so she can find Peabody. In fact, he’s counting it. And right on cue, Fish’s goons show up for Ethel. Unfortunately for Jim, they get the better of him and get away with Ethel.

Bruce Wayne’s doppelgänger (Bruce 2.0?)

Do you remember Bruce Wayne’s doppelganger that made an appearance in the season 2 finale? Well he’s still around and lurking in the shadows. He seems focused on Selina and Bruce.

Bruce has a double.

Bruce has a double.

He runs into Ivy, who thinking he’s Bruce, tips him off to Bruce’s identity. However, she runs off after Selina when Bruce 2.0 becomes agitated and demands to know who Bruce Wayne is.

Ivy Pepper

Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley) wants to know where Selina keeps disappearing to, and after a run in with Bruce 2.0, follows her to a meet up with Fish but she gets caught by on of Fish’s crew. She makes the mistake of threatening to tell about them if they try to hurt her, and Fish sicks her youth draining henchman on her. She runs, and after a struggle with the youth drainer, falls through a grate into the fast flowing sewer system below.


Burn the Witch (S3 ep2, aired 9/26/16)

Note: This covers the various story lines based on the characters involved. Some of these events overlap.

Bruce meets a member of the Shadow Organization

Bruce awakens to find Kathryn—no last name (Leslie Hendrix)--of the shadow organization.

He’s come to make a deal. He threatens that if anything happens to him, the federal government gets all of his files on Wayne Enterprises and their organization. More than that, he offers to use the Wayne name to distract the public from the organization. However, that’s not enough for Kathryn. She demands he cease all investigations into his parents’ murder, Wayne Enterprises, and Indian Hill, in exchange for the lives of those he cares about.

Bruce accepts. Back at his mansion, he confesses about the deal to Alfred. While Alfred is assured that Bruce will keep his part of the bargain, he’s not so sure about the shadow organization keeping theirs.

Finding Fish

Valerie still wants the story on Fish and Indian Hill, and she approaches Jim Gordon again to enlist his help in tracking down her source, Selina, so they can get to Fish. Harvey Bolluck (Donal Logue) and the GCPD raid a warehouse where they find Fish and the gang, but Fish gets away. Outraged as Fish’s escape, Penguin rallies the people of Gotham to his cause of catching the “monsters” that escaped Indian Hill.

Later on, Fish’s crew abducts Harvey, and she uses her power to force him to help her find Strange.

Jim goes to Lucius Fox and the two figure out that Fish is after Strange. Captain Nathaniel Barnes takes Jim and a squad of GCPD to where Strange is being held, but Harvey and Fish beat them there.

The Triple Showdown – GCPD vs. Fish, the Penguin vs. GCPD, and the Penguin vs. Fish

GCPD arrives in force, but are instructed by Fish to stay out or Harvey “eats a bullet.” Barnes orders everyone to set up a perimeter and tells Jim not to get in the way.

Penguin finds out about the showdown with Fish. Not willing to leave things to chance, he rallies a pitchfork-style angry mob and heads out to confront the GCPD and make sure Fish meets her end.

Jim sneaks in during the mayhem and strikes a deal with Fish. He helps her escape with Strange, and he gets Harvey. However, he double crosses her and tips off Penguin as to the escape route, giving Penguin the chance to kill Fish.

Penguin confronts Fish, intending to kill her. But first, he needs to know why she spared his life before. She claims that it’s because he was hers. He was her “umbrella boy.” He was a loyal servant. And she considered it her biggest accomplishment to turn Oswald Cobblepot, a nothing, into the Penguin. She is his creator and she can’t destroy her creation.

Overcome, Penguin lets her escape, but not before telling her not to come back.

Will this be the last we see of Fish Mooney? I doubt it. But more importantly, I hope not.

What about Ivy?

While not a part of the major story line in the episode, we can’t forget the reappearance of Ivy.

Earlier in the episode, Ivy (Maggie Geha) washed up on shore and discovered she wasn’t a kid anymore. She is a full grown woman in her prime.

Ivy finds she's changed after she washes up on shore.

Ivy finds she's changed after she washes up on shore.

A man helps Ivy and takes her to his house for some new clothes. She takes offense after he moves to throw away a plan in need to care. She kills him, changes, and leaves. Ivy is certainly as different as she said—“inside and out.”

Wrapping up – the doppelganger, Valerie and Jim, and Lee returns

In the last minutes of the episode, while Bruce and Alfred are discussing what he will do with his newfound free time, they hear a window break and an alarm sound. They rush to the source of the intrusion and find the doppelganger, or as I like to call him, Bruce 2.0. 

Valerie confronts Jim about his role in the riot and Fish’s escape. She’s guessed that he let Fish escape in exchange for Harvey, and then tipped off Penguin. But she also believes Fish isn’t dead, or Penguin would have paraded her in front of everyone. More than the story she’s been after, she finds herself wanting to know the truth behind Jim Gordon and who he is. Jim, deflecting, kisses her.

And just to complicate things a little more, we end with Dr. Lee Tompkins arriving back in Gotham.