Season 3, Episode 11: “Beware the Green-Eyed Monster”
Directed by Danny Cannon
Written by John Stephens
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Time Bomb” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “Ghosts” – click here
Alice Tetch’s blood is just wreaking havoc eternally on Gotham City. At a bar, Mario Falcone (James Carpinello) sits next to a hematologist from the Gotham Biolab. They talk a bit, very brief. The scientist says he can’t talk about it. So Mario rambles. Later, he crushes a guy’s head, hallucinating seeing the face of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Jesus, he’s powerful.
Meanwhile, Volk’s death at the hands of Mr. Talon (Brandon Alan Smith) is reported to Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee), who are worried th Court of Owls might already know the young billionaire’s “breaking [the] deal.” The kid’s tough, he isn’t willing to let this – or anything – come in the way of his personal mission(s).
The hematologist crime scene is surveyed by Dt. Gordon and acting captain Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), the former can’t help thinking of Barnes, the power of the infected blood. While Harvey thinks it’s nonsense, Jim stumbles onto evidence that the man worked at the lab.
Then there’s Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), talking of having “spies all over” Gotham, when Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) turns up to accuse Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) of having orchestrated the death of Isabella. Certainly the riddling forensics expert calls bullshit. Until she points out that Oswald’s got a thing for him. He won’t believe that, either. Not initially, anyway. We’ll see how long it takes for that to change.
One of Volk’s lads is helping Bruce and Alfred. They have little time left, given that Talon is hunting them down. They’re looking to break into a building owned by the Court of Owls. Well guarded, well armed. In the basement is an important safe; the key they have will unlock it. Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) isn’t overly thrilled with the entire plan, believing someone is watching them from the shadows.
Dt. Gordon goes over to the biolab reporting the death of the hematologist, needing to talk with everyone there. Turns out the man’s ID has been recently used. Yes, none other than Mario is in there poking around. He blindsides Jim, smashing him through a window. He decides on waiting to kill him, he wants Lee (Morena Baccarin) “to hate” Gordon before that happens. Then, he leaves a note reading ARKHAM on the detective’s hand.
So, this sends Jim up to see Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel) looking for answers. The two men talk. He asks the Hatter about anyone else in the city who’s been infected by Alice’s blood. Jervis isn’t especially inclined to talk. It isn’t until Jim plays the rhyming game that the villain unwillingly spits out the answers. Our detective goes running again, knowing that Dr. Thompkins is in big trouble.
Somehow, Mario passes the test for infection when Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) checks him. Clean as a whistle. Yet Jim knows there’s something wrong. He won’t let up.
That evening, Nygma tells Oswald he’s thought of being “more than friends.” After that Penguin admits he is in love with him. Except Ed was talking about a business partnership. All a method of discovering the truth. Now, he knows the little man’s true feelings. Uh oh, this may get intense! Already Ed’s having murderous daydreams, too.
Jim rushes to try finding Lee, only to find Mario alone. The doctor flaunts the truth in front of the detective, so sure he won’t be caught or thwarted. Mario’s jealousy is the dark part the infection has brought out worse. No good for the detective that the doc also has Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan) on the payroll, to distract Gordon a while.
Afterwards, Jim goes to the church. He confronts Lee with the truth, though she already knows, believing him insane. There’s no reasonable explanation, even if we know the truth. What our detective believes is that it’s all a plot, to make her hate him and drive her away. So he admits he still loves her. Following that, Lee slaps his face, and has Falcone thugs take care of him. Right at the same moment, Harvey’s discovering there are inconsistencies with Falcone’s blood tests. Enough for a search warrant. But nobody can find the guy, or Lee.
Continuing with the robbery, Bruce and Alfred are at odds, so Selina offers to do the difficult bit herself. The trio go ahead, but still don’t realise there IS someone watching them. Nevertheless, the butler and the kids get moving. They come to the laser covered floor in front of the safe. Bruce fires a tightrope wire across, holding it as Selina takes a precarious walk. Doesn’t help anybody that Talon is sneaking around, as well. In the safe, Selina finds a crystal owl. The alarm goes off when Talon attacks them. Alfred fires on the guy, making not much difference. A fight unsues, both the butler and Bruce take him on, Selina joins in. It takes the mysterious figure watching them to break it all up. Who is she? Maria Kyle (Ivana Milicevic), Mama Cat. Whoa.
The destruction of Penguin is being plotted, by Ed, Barbara, Tabitha, and Butch. An unlikely group. Seems they’ll work together, if it means taking out Cobblepot. Then they’ll install Ms. Kean as head of the Gotham underworld. That sounds like a truly, delightfully insane situation.
Out at a cottage by the water, Mario and Lee spend their first day as a married couple alone together. Looks like it could end in jealous rage. If it weren’t for Jim turning up to put a bullet in Lee’s new husband, the knife slipping from Mario’s hand and into the water. Oh, I see where this is heading.
Really turning intense here. And there are still a few episodes left before the mid-season break.
“Ghosts” is next. Expect a… familiar face.