'Gotham' recap, 'Beasts of Prey'

Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) contemplates her fate in the "Beasts of Prey" episode of "Gotham."
Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) contemplates her fate in the "Beasts of Prey" episode of "Gotham." (Fox)

Now that's how you return from a five-week hiatus.

Fish has lived up to her promise in "Beasts of Prey." She's not just a firecracker; she's the Fourth of July. And what a show!


Watching her rally the troops and plot her escape to flee that island of horrors was the most fun I've had watching "Gotham" thus far.

Fish has the perfect amount of charm, ruthlessness and strategic know-how. It's a combination you rarely see from super villains, and she uses them to her advantage flawlessly.


Every move she makes is calculated, and if it isn't, she's always thinking on her toes.

When she sneaks into Dulmacher's office to steal the keys from his desk, he returns and catches her in her office. She then stealthily swipes a letter opener as he's interrogating her.

He points a gun at her, asking if she's trying to escape. She then flashes the letter opener she had hidden behind her back.

If you thought she'd do something rash like chuck the letter opener at Dulmacher because she's all out of options, you don't know Fish.


Instead, she lays on the theatrics, hinting she'd rather take her own life than become one of his human patchwork monstrosities.

He buys it, but warns her she will become one of his creations if she tries to escape. "I will bring you back from the dead if I have to."

Fish brushes it off. She has an escape to orchestrate.

Enlisting six "stone-cold killers," she tells them to head the boat while she gets the other prisoners.

Except the stone-cold killers find the gate she promised would be unlocked is actually locked. She set them up.

They were meant to distract the guards as she and the other prisoners headed to the helicopter.

Does anyone know how to fly? Of course not, but that doesn't stop Fish, who operates the chopper.

The guards shoot at the helicopter, hitting her in her stomach. Like that stops her. She toughs it up and keeps flying.

That's right, she flies a chopper with a bullet in her stomach, and she's never flown before. So badass!

There's no telling where or if Fish and her crew will land. But if the writing has been this strong so far, I can't wait to see her character's explosive grand finale at the end of the season.

The Ogre plotline felt a little like a "Law & Order: SVU" episode. Not that it's a bad thing, but the "Fifty Shades of Gray" gone wrong sexcapades mixed with a flashback seemed out of place for the standard "Gotham" episode.

A young cop pulls the "I want to help improve Gotham" trick on Jim, and asks him for his help on a cold case. "This is a nasty one," he says.

That's when I knew he couldn't be trusted. How many GCPD cops are so bright eyed and bushy tailed and think Gotham can be changed? Answer: no one.

Even Harvey, Jim's right-hand man, knows better than to think Gotham stands a chance to clean up corruption.

But of course, Jim can't resist being a hero and takes on the case.

With a series of flashbacks, we learn the Ogre lures women into his fancy apartment with the hopes of unconditional love.

Instead, the victims are shackled in a hidden dungeon and forced to play the role of the perfect woman: cooking for him and forcing nervous conversation with him.

Sure, unconditional love for him, but not for her. One wrong move, and they're added to his Polaroid collection of victims.

With a dozen bodies racked up, you'd think that the GCPD would be able to close in on the creep. But he's a spiteful and exacting killer.

"The Ogre retaliates against any cop who investigates him," Harvey warns Jim. "He kills the people they love." That's why no officer will touch a murder scene with the Ogre's signature broken heart calling card.

Commissioner Loeb knows this, and that's why he sicked that young police officer onto Jim with the hopes of solving the case.

Not that the commissioner wants the case to be solved; he's putting Jim's loved ones at risk (see: Leigh or Barbara) to get back at Jim for strong-arming his way to president of the police union and threatening to expose the truth about his criminally insane daughter.

At least, that's my theory. Loeb's motive isn't clear yet, but that hasn't stopped Jim from picking a fight with his corrupt boss.

"When I find the Ogre, I'm coming after you," Jim growls to Loeb in front of the entire station.

Putting an elusive serial killer behind bars and threatening to lock up his boss with him? Yup, Jim's ambitious and foolish. Typical.

He'll likely catch the Ogre next week, but will he actually be able to take down the commissioner just a few weeks into his role as president of the police union? Or will he get bumped back to Arkham again?


Best Harvey one-liner: "And I deserve a mute super model who likes pasty Irish guys and loves to cook." Man oh man did I miss you, Harvey.

Worst boss: Bruce. Why didn't he take Alfred to the hospital when his wound started bleeding again? He just let him sleep it off on the couch with a blanket like he has the flu. Does Wayne Manor health care not cover extended hospital stays?

Most ominous line: "Something has to be wrong with you!" Grace Fairchild says to Jason, aka the Ogre. Where to begin with that one.

Most eyebrow-raising line: "Could've smashed your head with a brick, you know." – Cat to Bruce

Cutthroat business: Rather than invest in the failing club he does have, Penguin ruins a man's love life and music career just so that he can buy a "pile of bricks." Not because he wants to make money, oh no. That's where he's going to kill Sal Maroni.

It seems too early in the Batman mythos to kill off Sal, or for Penguin to take over, for that matter. Will he succeed or will this just rile up more bad blood between Penguin/Falcone and Maroni?

From Bruce to Batman: I love watching flashes of the Caped Crusader in Bruce as he faces challenges that no teen should ever face, like who stabbed my butler and should I shove this man out of a window to make me safe in the long run?

I think a better question is why does he have a crush on a femme fatale who pushed Reggie out the window? Yes, he tempted to push Reggie himself, but Cat went ahead and did the deed. I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of tension between Bruce and Cat now.

Farewell to Fish: What a shame Jada Pinkett Smith is leaving "Gotham" at the end of the season. Kudos to the writers for making her final episodes so memorable and theatrical. At least there's Penguin.

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