Season 3, Episode 4: “New Day Rising”
Directed by Eagle Eglisson
Written by Robert Hull
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* For a recap & review of the next episode, “Anything for You” – click here
After their rooftop encounter, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has brought Alice Tetch (Naian González Norvind) to the GCPD, where Dt. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) interrogates her, about Indian Hill, Hugo Strange (BD Wong), and her brother Jervis (Benedict Samuel). She warns of the “monster” in her brother, not simply the monster she was left with in herself after the experiments to which she was subjected.
Speaking of Jervis, he’s playing his sick little carnival games at an old amusement park, hypnotising people and biding his time until he’s reunited with Alice once more.
It’s Election Day. Cobblepot HQ is buzzing. Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is looking tanned, clean, impressive. Then there’s Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), freed from the walls of Arkham Asylum by his old pal, and they’re ready to take Gotham City by storm.
At the GCPD, Captain Barnes (Michael Chiklis) is less than thrilled to get another case involving Jim. Still, they’re digging into things, looking for Jervis, and of course always curious about where Strange was taken. All in a day’s work as Gotham’s finest. Then there’s Dr. Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin), readjusting to the scene in that cesspool of a city, taking Alice’s infected blood and hearing her brother, how he “preys on fear” and other sadness.
There’s other troubles. Jim is still under hypnosis. At a street crossing, he hears the familiar click of the watch after pressing the walk button. He goes into a hypnotic state, stepping into the road while a truck barrels towards him. If it weren’t for a bystander hauling him out of the way, he’d be splattered.
Bruce (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) are trying to figure out where 514A has gotten to, what he could be doing posing as the billionaire. The car was abandoned in the Narrows. So, where did the experiment and Selina (Camren Bicondova) go? They’re strolling the streets together. The Cat isn’t catching on yet, though she’s definitely suspicious as to why her billionaire friend is so forgetful. When she goes in to rob a mobster poker game, she winds up getting caught in a tricky situation.
Oswald Cobblepot is giving a speech to the people, his trusty friend Nygma watching on. And we see Ed is growing suspicious about Butch (Drew Powell), believing he’s up to no good. This is starting to put the two of them at odds, as Butch sees the recently freed Arkham inmate snooping.
“It‘s Gotham, baby. We‘ve all got flare.”
Tetch is putting together a brand new show for the people of Gotham, something special. He goes to see the Tweeds – Deever (Happy Anderson) and Dumfree (Adam Petchel). It’s not so much a show, as it is a spectacle. He wants to break his flesh and blood out of the GCPD with the help of the Tweed brothers. Therefore, a new hypnotism commences.
Stuck in that bar, Selina is tied to a chair. The mobsters want to take a couple of her fingers. They don’t get to do anything, because 514A shows up to kick the shit out of them, helping the Cat escape her bonds. Later on, the experiment says goodbye to Bruce and Alfred, intending on leaving Gotham to live his own life.
Nygma makes sure that Penguin knows he can win an election without bribery. Whereas Butch is a sycophant, only doing what he’s told and not truly believing in Cobblepot, Ed is a true friend, knowing the Penguin can achieve excellent, devious things. Nevertheless, it drives a wedge between them, because Oz can’t see the light. Yet.
In an interrogation room, Jim talks to Alice. She tells him that usually the hypnotism would wear off. Seems that her brother “tapped into” whatever it is with which Gordon is struggling. The same sort of thing he did to his dear sister, controlling her with hypnotism so he wouldn’t be alone; he also implanted hideous thoughts in her head, something we see he enjoys doing far too much.
Out of nowhere, the GCPD finds a carnival in their own house. “The Terrible Tweeds” show up, the carnival music plays, and a brutal wrestling match starts to go down in the middle of the precinct. Jervis is there, too. Unfortunately, Jim can’t put a bullet in him until he gets clear of that watch’s influence. This is getting real tricky for the former detective-cum-bounty hunter. Barnes knocks Jim out before the hypnotism causes him to shoot himself in the head. Christ, so tense.
Worse, Jim is put on a suicide watch for a day or two, leaving him inactive while everything is going on out there, Jervis is running around doing all the insane shit he can manage. That’d be the case, if Bullock didn’t spring his old partner free to help take care of the madman magician.
Seems Jervis is enacting all the rest of his plans. He has his sister in his grasp again, back at their private carnival. He’s a sick, twisted man. He believes they have a connection, yet it’s one he’s forced upon his “dear Alice.” Eventually Jim and Harvey get there, guns drawn. That hypnotic influence on the bounty hunter still lingers, which could easily turn things scary. And while the gunfire erupts he’s turned near to stone, unable to move. Jervis advises him to let go, to use the gun in his hand.
Jim does use it, breaking the spell with the metronome Jervis is using on him. Tragedy strikes when Alice tires getting away from her brother and impales herself on a steel rod. Oh, this tragedy’s going to drive this hatter mad!
Downtown, we find Nygma negated all the bribes across Gotham. Because he believes in Penguin. Turned out this was the best way for Cobblepot to see his own worth. He’s made Mayor. Not just that, he sees Butch doesn’t support him in the way his buddy Ed does – his new Chief of Staff. Things are changing in the Gotham underworld, that’s for sure.
Kathryn and the Court of Owls find 514A in the night, picking him up. There’s no telling what sort of madness they’ll get up to using him to pose as Bruce. There’ll be terrible things in store, no doubt. And over at the carnival crime scene, some strange shit is starting to occur, once Cpt. Barnes accidentally gets some infected blood in his eye. Uh oh.
A twisty, weird, and again fun episode. Love the Mad Hatter, it’s only turning into a creepier storyline and character than I originally expected. So much exciting stuff poised to go down, too. On all fronts.
“Anything for You” is the following chapter in Mad City.