Season 3, Episode 5: “Anything for You”
Directed by T. J. Scott
Written by Denise Thé
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New Mayor of Gotham Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), advised by his Chief of Staff Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), is taking the city by storm, doing everything he can to show the citizens he’ll take care of them wherever help is needed. And certainly Butch (Drew Powell) is not happy with his demotion. Behind the scenes, Penguin laments the death of his mother, hoping “she would be proud” of who he has become. Nygma is right there to support him, reinforcing his friend and boss’s power.
But the Mayor’s got problems. A gang of Red Hood-wearing men with guns attack his press conference, even knocking the head off a statue of Penguin’s mother. Quite the scene. All the while he campaigned on Make Gotham Safe Again. Looks like business is going to get real dirty soon.
Elsewhere, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is still sleeping with Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung), though they’re not particularly in a real relationship. She asks him about Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel), who escaped after his sister Alice died.
The one who ought to be worried about Alice, her infected blood, is Captain Barnes (Michael Chiklis). He’s too busy dealing with Nygma, sent from the Mayor’s office to help with the investigation into the Red Hood Gang, or at least the criminals using the Red Hook shtick.
Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) goes to Jim, he wants to help Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) track down Ivy Pepper (Maggie Geha), neither of them at all prepared to find out that she’s been transformed radically. Through Dt. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) we at least find out that Ivy didn’t kill the guy who brought her home, just knocked him out. A small lead to go on.
At the GCPD, Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) has to be in the same room with the man he thought was going to poison him and the young billionaire to death, Nygma’s taking a look at the Red Hood evidence from the Narrows. Later, Ed gets a punch in the face from Dr. Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) for Ms. Kringle. We also see that she’s not above using her fiancee Mario Falcone’s (James Carpinello) family name to try putting a scare into an enemy.
On the streets of Gotham the Red Hood Gang are causing more trouble. Oh, and the gang? They’re being manipulated by none other than Butch, trying to purposefully smear Penguin’s name across the city. Butch has other issues, too. Like Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and (Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) turning up for a slightly violent chat. They’re all trying to agree on what to do about Penguin.
“There‘s more to life than having a mission”
At a diner, Jim and Bruce finish up talking about Ivy. We see the former detective try giving the kid a bit of advice on women, given his experience currently with Lee, Valerie, as well. We also see the keen eye of the young man, who’ll someday go on to become the World’s Greatest Detective.
Instead of letting himself get caught Butch murders his crew, the so-called Red Hood Gang. Just in time to show the boss himself. Penguin now has “peace and order” restored for the city, which makes Butch the big hero for the cameras, someone of whom Oswald can be proud. Looks like Nygma doesn’t enjoy anyone else in the spotlight, though. So, he’s using his access to the GCPD to start finding out the truth.
That night, Barnes talks to Dr. Thompkins about Alice’s blood. All involves some experiments on rats, one of whom destroyed the others. Certainly the cap is interested because he’s wondering exactly how long until he starts feeling the madness himself.
A big party at the Sirens. Alfred (Sean Pertwee) takes Bruce out, to make sure he’s seen being young Mr. Wayne. Over at the bar, Selina has a run-in with Ivy, not realising to whom she’s actually talking. In back, Nygma gives Butch a “surprise” – it’s a pocket square, from the Red Hood crime scene, same as the ones Butch wears linking back to a tailor Ed found. So, the former Arkham inmate offers the two of them take Penguin out, then run Gotham together. The big guy refuses, then Nygma reveals he and Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan) got to Tabitha, forcing his one remaining hand. Wow, I didn’t expect that.
Will Butch put a bullet in the new Mayor? Yeah, he tries to, anyway. Seems it was a plot to get him to put on the Red Hood, step out in front of everyone and try killing Cobblepot, exposing him for all to see. Jesus, so much deviousness.
Bruce admits to Selina he likes her, though that class divide is always very evident, especially to her. Although she does kiss him, after making clear: “Don‘t ever tell me what to do.” She also likes holding a bit of power over him, as she should!
At dinner, Valerie is talking to the technician who analysed Alice Tetch’s blood, hoping to find out something intriguing. In the middle of it all Jim arrives, interrupting their little date and making his feelings for Ms. Vale all too clear.
The connection between Butch and Tabitha lingers, as the latter breaks the former out of his prison transport. Before Barnes can get going at the PD, he starts seeing changes in himself from the infection in his blood.
What about Jervis? He’s still going mad as a hatter, abducting women he makes into his sister Alice, terrorising in the shadows, and leaving notes for Jim Gordon.
Really excited now, it’s obvious something is happening to Barnes, and then there’s still the Mad Hatter out running around wreaking havoc on unsuspecting victims. Such a dark, noir series.
“Follow the White Rabbit” is up next, plenty of Adventures of Alice in Wonderland goodness to come.