Season 3, Episode 13: “Smile Like You Mean It”
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Ghosts” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” – click here
Dwight Pollard (David Dastmalchian) and friends are headed up to the facility where all the old Indian Hill corpses are being kept on cryogenic ice. There, they locate the body of Mr. Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan). Looks like there’s going to be a lot more laughter on the streets of Gotham City, real soon.
Of course, Dt. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and acting captain Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) are on the scene. The facility broken into belongs to Wayne Enterprises. They try putting together all the information available. They know the “trial run” recently was just gearing up for the main event, bringing back Jerome. So, what’s next? Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) advises it’ll be the thawing process.
Over at Wayne Manor, Cole Clemens (P.J. Marshall) goes to see Bruce (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) about what Maria Kyle (Ivana Milicevic) owes him: $20,000. Plus, gas money, all that. He’s blackmailing them, threatening to have Maria tossed in jail. What will the young billionaire do? Choices, choices.
At the GCPD, Jim is working hard. They’ve got someone they found at the crime scene, one of the disciples hoping to bring back Jerome. The detective talks to him looking to figure out where they brought the body. No answers, just more cult-ish nonsense. They only know of the creepy, bloody smiley face symbol the group is using. Not much to go on. Meanwhile, down in their makeshift lab, Dwight prepares to bring back his personal Jesus.
Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) wakes up in bed feeling awful after his disastrous interview with Ms. Hearst. He’s mostly worried about Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), but Barbara (Erin Richards) is pushing him, to get back out on the streets, do up his “disco vampire” hair, so people don’t think the “King is dead” in Gotham. More of the devious plan to knock him off his high horse.
Even though Selina (Camren Bicondova) doesn’t want anybody dealing with Cole, Bruce wants to pay the guy, then they’ll try clearing her mother’s name. She tells them he’ll just keep extorting, she knows how criminals do business. And she’s not wrong, either. Except nobody listens.
Jim and Bullock have a location on the makeshift lab. But Dwight and his people have contacts right inside the GCPD, warning them the cops are on the way. Is “the prophet” going to return? Or will it all fall apart? Dwight’s having sort of a hard time, dealing with dissent. Yet he is one determined man. He’ll resurrect Jerome, no matter how he has to get it done.
Dwight cuts Jerome’s face off, wearing it for the faithful disciples awaiting their prophet. It’s not exactly what everyone was waiting for, though. They’re not happy with a cut off face, yelling at Dwight. The guy tries giving a speech: “Each of you is Jerome. I am Jerome. We are all Jerome!” And it works. Terribly unsettling.
At the Sirens, Penguin sits and talks with Barbara, not knowing she is playing him every step of the way. He sees through it, however, and knows she’s vying for his position ruling the underworld. Doesn’t change the fact things are getting twisty. His own people make it look as if they’ve taken Nygma hostage. The perfect way to manipulate his brain.
Jim’s rooted out the GCPD mole, so he and Harvey interrogate the guy. Nothing goes well until Dr. Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) comes in, pumps him full of truth serum. Clearly beating the guy wouldn’t work. Aside from that, Lee and Jim are at odds, divided by so much pain and anguish. For now, Harvey gets another lead on what the Jerome cult are about to do. They have no clue the actual Jerome has slipped out of his cryogenic sleep, holding Dr. Thompkins at gunpoint.
Oh, you didn’t think Cole and Maria were actually enemies, did you? Nah. Selina figured the whole thing out. She knew her mom was using her as a mark, to get to young Wayne, his money. Rotten thing for a parent to do. No surprise.
Across town, Dwight and friends are taking over the local news station. GCPD get there to see the building is closed up tight, rigged with nasty traps all over. Gordon calls in to talk to the leader, who’s busy living his Jerome-faced fantasy. The detective tries talking down the madman, exposing him as a “boring” version of the real thing. Giving the cops time to suss out a way inside.
With Dwight posing as Jerome on TV, the real Jerome puts on a cop uniform, then heads off to the station for a bit of fun. Quite the crazy situation brewing. The whole time, Jim, Harvey, and the Strike Force slip in unnoticed getting into position. Gunfire begins, the TV station lights up. Soon enough, the “Night of the Awakening” is over, and the GCPD has Dwight and the rest of his cult in handcuffs. But the real Jerome has already picked up Dwight, right under the noses of the cops. After that he goes to staple his face back on again. Pretty gruesome. He has his own plan, as well.
On the news, there’s video of – you guessed it – Jerome, in the flesh! He’s calling in to show everybody something interesting. He has Dwight rigged to lots of flammables. He’s got a show ready for Gotham, announcing tonight is lawless in the city, urging everybody to do what they want: “Kill who you want.” Oh, man. This is gonna drive people insane. Added to the massive explosion in the middle of Gotham, there are bad things about to go down.
Loved this chapter, one of my favourites of Mad City. So much left to happen right before the mid-season break. “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” closes off the Mad City storyline, setting up Heroes Rise for the back half of Season 3.