Season 3, Episode 22: “Heavydirtysoul”
Directed by Rob Bailey
Written by Robert Hull
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Destiny Calling” – click here
* For a recap & review of the Season 4 A Dark Knight premiere, “Pax Penguina” – click here
Gotham is still infected, thousands of people are running wild in the streets. Chaos reigns. Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) receives a call from Dr. Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin), continually being taunted by her as she’s now supposedly leaving Gotham, saying she’d like him to come along. She wants no more “judgement” or “secrets” and believes they can now, infected with the Tetch virus, be together. She sees Jim with the virus as the real Jim; dark and uninhibited.
Meanwhile, Captain Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and Jim are dealing with Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) in lockup, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) and the rest requesting demands, holding onto Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel) as collateral. So many things happening, as Gotham just crumbles.
At the Sirens, Ed gets a call from Dt. Gordon with a proposition. Butch (Drew Powell) and Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) are biding their time, waiting to double-cross Barb and Ed. Tabitha isn’t so keen, she wants the big payoff, whereas the one-handed man is sick of giving loyalty to people who don’t care about them. No matter, because they’ve all been fooled. The Riddler’s disappeared with the Mad Hatter, but what does he get in return for this proposition? A shot at Oswald, I bet.
All of them end up in the same place. Barb wants her hostage back, but the Riddler shakes things up when he unpins a grenade. This starts lots of gunfire, Penguin hobbles away, Ed goes after him, and the rest keep fighting. All the while the Hatter’s pleased to see the virus running through Gordon. The two cops get out of there, and with a jar of Tetch blood to hopefully cook up the antidote.
At the GCPD, soon an antidote is ready. But there’s only one. Instead of taking it, Jim – nearly totally overtaken by the virus – rushes off to try finding Lee. When he tracks Lee down, trying to give her the antidote, she’d rather them both give in, together. Become fully infected, use their powers as one.
At the hospital, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is rushing Alfred (Sean Pertwee), bleeding with a cauterised wound in his upper stomach. There’s hope for the old British lad yet. We also see the young billionaire fully, deeply regrets what has happened, referring to the butler as “family.” A while later, Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) comes, though she and Bruce wind up having a terrible argument, tearing them farther apart.
Penguin’s got himself a cop car. In the back, Nygma. Both men are always too busy savouring the fact they’ve got their enemy in their hands to actually kill the other man. While Oswald gloats, Ed is trying to get out of his binds.
Again, Oswald gets tricked. He ends up at the end of the Riddler’s gun, all over again like before. We’ll see if he survives, or if Ed can finally pull the trigger. Or does the Riddler have something bigger, more outrageous in mind for his old pal’s final moments? I bet he does.
Infected Jim and Lee head for a train out of the city, as Harvey runs through the crowd and pulls a gun on his former partner. “This is who I‘ve always been,” Jim screams, throwing his friend around. Bullock tries to push past the virus, speaking to him emotionally. Gordon gets on the train, then discovers Harvey slipped him the antidote with his badge. After that he confesses his love for her, sticking the antidote right in her neck, giving himself the second dose, too.
Barb figures out her friends are readying to kill her. She puts a bullet right between Butch’s eyes. Later on, Barbara and Tabitha fight brutally; the former gets electrocuted in the middle of their brawl.
Simultaneously, Ed takes Penguin back to the dock again, right to the very same spot where he tried killing him before. He hopes to recreate that moment, only with the full death of Oswald to ensure he can become the Riddler. But he’s not finding it’s working, particularly given the fact Oz is two steps ahead. Behind them emerge Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) and Ivy (Maggie Geha). The whole thing was an orchestration by the little limping man. He knows Ed, to the core. And he’s having him cemented in ice a-la-Han Solo to keep reminder of love’s weakness around permanently. Yowzahs!
In the hospital, Alfred wakes up, much to the happiness of Bruce. The young billionaire apologises, saying he’s lost in life. He asks the butler: “Who am I supposed to be?” All his old friend can tell him is that this is a personal quest, only he can answer that for himself. He advises to find his “True North,” which will guide his life. What is Mr. Pennyworth’s True North? It’s Bruce, of course. All of this is serving to push Bruce closer and closer to finding his true identity, as the caped crusader, Batman. Someday.
Also, LOVE LOVE LOVE that we’re seeing Selina pick up the whip for the first time, after coming to Tabitha, looking for a new place to move up in the world. Yes, the Cat is gradually becoming Catwoman, which we’ll seen soon enough. And there’s more! Penguin is getting ready to build the Iceberg Lounge, another fixture in the fictional world of Gotham many DC fans will know by name. Lots of fun stuff ahead. Like the fact we discover Butch – still barely alive in a coma with a gunshot wound to the head – isn’t actually Butch; his real name’s Cyrus Gold a.k.a a character by the other name of Solomon Grundy. Oh, shit. Oh, shit. The villains are getting wilder.
The GCPD is trying to get back to normal. Jim deals with the heartache of losing Lee, she’s finally leaving the city behind. Harvey is alive, though sore. Tech is back in Arkham Asylum. For a time, the city might relax from “secret cults” and “blood viruses.” Not long, you can bet your ass.
On the street, a similar situation to Thomas and Martha Wayne nearly occurs. If it wasn’t for a masked man who downs the gun-wielding criminal, then flees to the rooftops. This is the earliest version of Batman, a young Bruce Wayne looking out for Gotham City from above.
You can expect big, exciting things coming up. Season 4 A Dark Knight is starting next. “Pax Penguina” is the first episode. Can’t wait to dig in and see what’s in store for us fans.