‘Gotham’ Recap ‘Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell’

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‘Better to Reign in Hell’ was one hell of an episode.  There was so much packed into it and definitely has given us a lot to question as the season moves forward.  I have been waiting for this episode for months, and it did not disappoint.  The opening sequence starts out with Jim walking up to a house with flowers in his hands and dressed in a suit.

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A happy bright scene, in which we are not use to seeing.  He walks up to the door and looks inside the window to see Lee with another man.  This causes Jim to turn away and head back to Gotham.


We return to Gotham with a break in at a pharmacy.  One of the Indian Hill monsters has broken in, but for what reason?  The pharmacist picks up a gun, but the monster throws him through the window once he’s been caught.  Jim Gordon appears and asks “any chance you want to come quietly?”  He then proceeds to fight the monster, who shocks Jim, when he throws a punch at this six foot monster.  Once a cop, always a cop. My first thought seeing this monster was that he is Killer Croc.  Then he gets hit by a truck and made me second guess myself.

After the monster breaks into the pharmacy, there is a press conference going on at GCPD.  Captain is speaking to a group of reporters he reassures them that the escapee is another one from Indian Hill.  Valerie Vale asks the question why they are not able to see the escapee.  Captain replies back “Because crews are still picking up the pieces.”  Valerie continues to hammer the questions at Captain and the Mayor trying to find answers.  Meanwhile, Jim and Harvey are chatting above the main floor when Lucius Fox walks in to give Harvey further details on the escapee case.  While Valerie keeps throwing the questions Oswald Cobblepot walks yelling “LIAR.” Penguins walks in to speak to the good people of Gotham about Fish Mooney being the enemy they are after.  Oswald warns everyone that no one is safe until Fish is found.  Jim and Oswald have a run in before Oswald heads off to the club.

Oswald and Butch meet to talk with Barbra and Tabitha about making a deal to find Mooney no matter what way, shape, or form.  Selina happens to pop up and ask Butch how he is doing while seeming so sweet and innocent.  He tells her to scram because she is to young to be in there.  Oswald walks over to him to let him know that Selina has stolen his wallet.  Seems like Selina has been practicing and clearly getting better at stealing.  After taking Butch’s money, Selina walks down an alley way with Ivy to hand money to some kid.  This kid would be Bruce’s look alike.  I’m still dying to find out why Strange made a Bruce look a like.  Quite possibly a way to take over Wayne Enterprises.

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Bruce and Alfred return home after a long trip away.  Bruce questions why they had to go away for so long.  Alfred knows that Bruce knows why and sends him off so he can make a lovely cup of tea for them.  Cut to the bar where Jim is relaxing reading the news paper and having a drink, when Valerie walks in a starts questioning him.  As she continues to question him she gets out of him, that Penguin is a liar and murder. Valerie lets Jim know before she walks out, that Penguin is offering a million dollars to the one who find him.  He looks intrigued by this as “You’re welcome” is heard while she walks out the door.

Old friends back at it again.  Penguin goes to visit Edward Nygma at the asylum.  He gives him a puzzle that is supposed the be the most difficult one.  Edward figures it out in about 30 seconds and surprised Penguin by it.  After the way he treated Penguin, he asks “why are you being so kind?” Their conversation goes on about Penguin wanting to know why Fish didn’t kill him.  Edward tells him “whatever she is planning, remember, Penguins eat Fish.”

Selnia is now with Fish and a crew of her monsters in a pharmacy warehouse.  One of the monsters goes up to the technician that is working and sucks the life out of him by touching him.  They are caught by a security guard who Mooney mind controls into knocking himself out, while Selina stands in shock.  Jim finds the warehouse thanks to Lucius Fox, and encounters Mooney.  Fish tells him to cuff her, but Jim knows better and tells her to cuff herself.  She has one of the monsters fight Jim.  This monster seems to be a type of vampire.


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We return from commercial to see Alfred and Bruce sitting in Wayne Enterprises with suits on.  Bruce has called a board meeting to discuss Strange and Indian Hill.  One of the board members laughs and doesn’t care to sit and listen to Bruce’s theory.  After Alfred tells him off they all take Bruce a little more seriously.  When walking out Alfred asks Bruce “Pancakes?” Bruce responds “Pancakes!” The Court of Owls goes after Bruce because of how the board has responded.

Back to the closed club where Barbra sits and a mob boss walks in.  He wants to take over the club, and Barbra thinks its nothing but a joke.  In comes Tabitha to save the day by cutting his men’s throats.  Barbra beats the mob boss and she laughs to inform that she is enjoying beating him.

Selina runs into Valerie and asks if she is still paying money for information on the Indian Hill freaks.  Valerie says “If it’s good”  Selina replies “Is Fish Mooney good?”  Valerie takes this information and heads right to the bar to Jim.  They make a deal to exchange information.

On the rooftop where Selina hangs out, Bruce appears to talk with her.  All he gets out of Selina is short one word answers.  When she leaves the rooftop, Bruce is standing there while his look alike notices him.

Jim goes to give Valerie the information about Peabody, but before heading off, he handcuffs her to her car. Sneaky Jim radios the officers guarding her and sends them off.  He heads on in to speak with her.  Jim warns her that Fish would come after her to get what she wants.  Peabody doesn’t think that this would be possible because she is guarded by the cops.  Jim is using Peabody as bait to get to Fish.  The monsters come to take her away while the vampire monster is there to take care of Jim.  The vampire goes to jump out the window but Jim grabs him and brings him back in Peabody’s place.  Valerie takes this as a perfect opportunity to take a picture.

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Captain is not happy about Jim and Harvey working together and scolds them both.   Jim tells Harvey that he is sorry but Harvey tells him it might be better if he stays away.  Valerie comes into the station and throws the cuffs at Jim.  Realizing now that she was too used as bait.

Ivy keeps asking Selina who the people are that she keeps sneaking off with.  To protect her, Selina tells Ivy to stay here and heads off.  While Ivy is standing on the rooftop, Bruce look alike appears wanting to talk to Selina.  Ivy doesn’t realize that the look alike is not Bruce.  When she says Bruce Wayne he replies “who is he?”

At the club, Penguin is trying to make things work between Barbra and the mob boss. She is smart enough to know that Butch has sent the boss to take over the club.  After he admits that he was the one behind it all, Penguin kills the boss and tells them to run their club.  Penguin makes it clear to them that they are only alive because of Butch.  “The moment he gives me the word, you’re mine,” he says before leaving.

Cut to Mooney and her group of monsters with Peabody in front of them.  Peabody knows that she was brought there because Mooney’s body is beginning to reject the changes they have made to her DNA.  Fish wants to know how to fix it.  A simple answer from Peabody “Stop using the power.”  She lets her know she can not fix her and that Strange is the only one who can.  “I want an army.  I want an army like me.  And he is going to give it to me.”  Fish sends Marv on Peabody to take her life from her.  He is a fountain of youth but in reverse.  He kills her while Selina stands there in shock.

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One of the monsters brings Ivy in because they believe her to be a spy.  Selina begs them to leave her alone because she is her friend.  Ivy escapes after Fish tells Marv to go after her.  She runs into a dead end where Selina can’t protect her.  Marv grabs her and she falls into running water that takes her away.  Thinking about it, this must be how Ivy becomes older.

Back at the Wayne manor Alfred makes sure Bruce understands that the new alarm system is completely necessary.  The Court of Owls appears and Alfred takes him on in a fight.  Doesn’t end too well for Alfred since he gets knocked out.  When Bruce comes down he sees Alfred unconscious on the floor.  Bruce is then grabbed and taken away.


There are so many questions I have for next week.  The preview looks amazing and I can not wait to see the next episode.  Though I am wondering when Ivy will appear again.  I thought about it for awhile and after seeing Marv grab on to Ivy, but not succeeding in finishing the job, I have a feelings that is how she will become older.  Though I love the young Ivy.  She was perfect!  What do you think? Any thoughts as to what will happen in the up coming episodes?


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