Season 4, Episode 9: “Let Them Eat Pie”
Directed by Nathan Hope
Written by Iturri Sosa
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In disguise, Professor Pyg (Michael Cerveris) has snatched up a bunch of homeless people. He’s knocked them out, and now he’s in his little laboratory preparing the next stage in his bloody madness. Looks gruesome.
At the GCPD, Captain Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is taking his seat in the office, and Dt. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) is blaming him for things, since way back, when he told Jim to “put a bullet” in Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor). This tragic moment in Harvey’s life has truly warped him, not sure where it’ll take him; a dark path, maybe.
Sofia Falcone (Crystal Reed) is organising a fundraiser, to get people to donate to the orphanage and up their status in Gotham City. She gets a visit from Penguin, who’s not happy about the latest Captain at Gotham Central. He doesn’t know that his new pal Ms. Falcone is the one who’s been pulling strings behind his back; he does have suspicions. So, the limping crime boss decides he’ll use silent little Martin (Christopher Convery) to try sussing out the truth.
Now, “Phase Two” of the Pyg’s plans are starting. Right outside the GCPD, where the Professor has left a tent with his homeless in there, setup at a tea party, being eaten by pigs. Oh, that is hideous.
Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is out partying all night with his new friends. When he gets in hungover in the morning, Alfred (Sean Pertwee) sees how lost the boy is lately, after taking the life of Ra’s al Ghul (Alexander Siddig). The butler tries getting through to him, but the young billionaire is wallowing in darkness.
In the lab, Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) is looking at the homeless victims, who’ve had their organs removed. Jim is confused. The psychopath says the high class of Gotham are his target, yet he’s killing the lowest class. What’s to come, then? They manage to track down a location based on a chemical in the system of the victims. Jim discovers the missing organs are being cooked. Ah, that’s disturbing. While he and Harper (Kelcy Griffin) check out the location, Pyg gets a drop on them, interrupting his big plans. So, the Professor takes the detective hostage and rushes off.
The heat is on across the city, media already knows all the details up-to-date about the serial killing Pyg, his cooking of the victims. Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal serves as the latest riff for Professor Pyg, leaving the author’s words for the cops to find. Jim believes this will involve the orphanage. Sure enough, the Prof is up getting ready to cook for the fundraiser. He even brought his own “Gotham meat pies.”
Alfred forces Bruce to remember who he is, taking him out on a yearly retreat that the young man and his father did, hiking to a certain spot where they’d lay a stone. When they go, Bruce is disinterested. Until the ole Cockney butler tells a story about when he’d met Thomas. Alfred was at a bad point of his life, then he and Mr. Wayne met one another, bonded, and his life was saved by the man’s friendship. It’s not enough to get through to Bruce, though.
The fundraiser is near ready to start. Captain Gordon sneaks in behind the scenes, looking for the chef and Ms. Falcone, only to be blindsided by Professor Pyg. He’s dragged off and hidden away with Harper in a locked room. Out with the ruling class, Lee introduces the children singing their song, getting the night started. Before any of that can happen, Professor Pyg begins his own proceedings.
Everybody is sat to the table. Dinner is served to the horrified guests: “You have all fed upon the poor of Gotham for years, now you‘re going to know what they taste like.” The dinner guests are forced to look at pictures of their meal, the homeless Pyg abducted earlier. The Professor urges the guests to eat, or else he’ll kill Martin. Penguin stabs one man who doesn’t care about an orphan being sacrificed. So, Oswald leads everybody in taking a big, heaping bite of the “people pies.”
Soon enough, Jim barges in. Then it’s him against the knife throwing Pyg. The two of them do vicious battle across the fancy dinner table, blade-to-blade. ONE OF THE SINGLE BEST FIGHT SCENES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRETY OF GOTHAM‘S RUN! AMAZING! Just an all around intense scene, from the cannibalism to the fight sequence. Vicious stuff.
Gotham is safe, once more. For the time being, anyway. Captain Gordon’s had quite the beginning to his new job. He’s already making a subtle difference. Meanwhile, Penguin excuses Sofia for paying to put Gordon in his new position, realising that the woman truly cares for the orphans for whom she was willing to put her life on the life. It isn’t long until Penguin finds out that Sofia and Jim have some sort of relationship. Uh oh; that’s all I can say.
At Wayne Manor, Alfred turns up after being left in the woods by Bruce. The kid is just utterly exhausting, rebelling and turning away from the people who care. The butler tries caring for him, but it’s obvious the young billionaire has to work through some things on his own, or else he’s liable to go down an awful road.
Again, this season is doing lots of great things. Love the conflict with Jim and Harvey, as well as the new stuff brewing between Alfred and Bruce. Many good roads to go down during Season 4. We’re nearly at the mid-season break. “Things That Go Boom” is next.