Season 2, Episode 22: “Transference”
Directed by Eagle Eglisson
Written by Bruno Heller
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “A Legion of Horribles” – click here
* For a recap & review of the Season 3 Mad City premiere, “Better to Reign in Hell” – click here
Bullock (Donal Logue) has the GCPD ready to burst into Arkham Asylum, where so many weird, wild things are happening currently. Then suddenly Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) appears, though walking a little funny, his voice somewhat different. Because the real Jim is stuck below in Indian Hill, Clayface is up top acting the part, and Hugo Strange (BD Wong) is preparing to blow the facility entirely with a massive bomb.
In the meantime, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is playing “life or death” with Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk). They’ve got to play his guessing game. Else get gassed to death. They get the 1st answer correct, thankfully. The 2nd is tougher.
Before doing anything else, Strange pumps Jim full of drugs to get the truth from him. The Director gets what info he can, taunting his prey. Back at the GCPD, Clayface Jim is adjusting to his new surroundings, trying to bullshit Harvey that he’s got the “flu.”
At Indian Hill, Ethel Peabody (Tonya Pinkins) readies the patients for the move upstate. Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is trying to get herself out of that cage, after all she has those new, impressive powers. All she needs to do is reach out and touch somebody, if she can get herself close enough.
Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is getting back to his old psychotic self. He’s made sure that Grace’s head has a place around the house as part of the “interior design,” plus he still has Butch (Drew Powell) and now Barbara (Erin Richards) around to help him with any of the necessary deviousness.
Hugo continues prodding at the mind of Gordon. He finds out more about what Jim and in turn the GCPD know about Indian Hill, Wayne Enterprises, and who controls Gotham “behind the scenes.” Of course, the detective, Bruce, none of them know of any “secret council” running the city; this pleases the madman Director of Arkham.
In the other chamber, Bruce and Lucius have little time left to answer the 2nd question Nygma poses. However, they give the wrong answer. Thus it means they’re getting the poison gas. Bruce and Lucius shake hands, assuming the worst, soon falling near breathless to the floor. How will they escape? Well, it’s not poison gas, that’s one good thing. They’re just knocked out and brought to where Jim is being held, too. All together for the big blast is what it looks like to me. And Ed, he’s thrown back in his little cell.
When Strange reports to the Court of Owls, they request everyone be killed. After that he can get back to his experiments, so long as they don’t wander outside the walls of the new facility upstate. Poor Hugo won’t get to play with his toys much anymore.