Gotham Episode 18: Everyone Has a Cobblepot Review

Knowledge is power. No matter how strong you are, how brave, how loyal, how influential you are, you are always susceptible to someone else’s knowledge. The tiniest morsel could completely ruin you, expose your true nature and go as far as causing the end of your life as you know it. Knowledge is control. Being able to use this knowledge to manipulate others can make you a near untouchable puppetmaster, keeping others on a tight leash through fear. You may think there is nothing that can stop you, forgetting that one important fact: knowledge is a two-way street. Before you know it, everything you had built, everything you had worked for is torn down by the very foundations it is based on. Like a God, knowledge is just as good at destroying as creating. An equilibrium of might. Everything you’ve done will soon come bouncing back, a karmic retribution for your crimes. Knowledge harbours great potential; but also great danger.

There are a number of reasons the GCPD are corrupt but in this episode, we find out the main reason is blackmail. We get a bit of continuity from a few episodes back. Arnold Flass, who I had almost forgotten about and never thought would appear again has returned thanks to the influence of Commissioner Loeb. Hopefully this means the same is true for Scarecrow(seriously, what happened to him?). Obviously, Gordon is furious, even more so when he finds out Loeb got him out thanks to a witness: Harvey. After confronting him, Gordon finds out that, in the GCPD, ‘Everyone has a Cobblepot’, including Harvey. Everyone has a man that they killed to save their own hide and Loeb knows every single one. Harvey’s never really been much of a lawful character, and now we get to see just how dark his past was. Like Gordon, he was once a law-abiding, good cop as we saw in ‘Spirit of the Goat’, but even he caved in to the corruption eventually.

Gordon’s response to this is surprising to say the least, but I loved it! Firstly, he teams up with Harvey, Dent that is, to try and get some information, but after being met with failure and some very angry chef’s with knives, he gives in and works with Bullock again. Then, he goes to see Penguin, and after some negotiating and the promise of a favour, Cobblepot joins and points them to a suspicious farm. I absolutely adored this team up and hope they team up more often because the result is the stuff of legends. After a brief skirmish with a farmer and his wife, they find that Loeb is keeping his daughter, responsible for the murder of his wife in the attic. Jim then turns this around on Loeb is a surprisingly dark twist, threatening to hurt her if Loeb doesn’t do what Jim says from then on and imprisons Flass once again. At the end, Gordon gives Bullock his file, setting him free of Loeb’s tyrannical grasp. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this story arc. We got to see a darker side of Gordon, more development for Harvey and Jim’s relationship as partners and it’s impossible to not want to see more of Cobblepot. Gotham has definitely stepped up its game.

Apart from that, we got a glimpse of the horrifying and ghastly with Fish still held prisoner by the Dollmaker, albeit in a more comfortable way. She wakes up to find that the eye she ripped out in the previous episode has been surgically replaced by someone else’s blue eye. The Dollmaker is impressed by Fish and says he will allow her to work for him provided she return his guard and manages to get some prisoners so he can harvest their parts. To give her some more incentive, he shows her one of his more… gruesome creations. The manager who failed him with his and other people’s body parts mish-mashed together in a macabre amalgamation of organic flesh. After seeing this, Fish easily retrieves the guard and some prisoners, including Kelly, the one who stood by her from the beginning which really made me hate her. She justifies this, saying that she said that not everyone would escape alive so whether she’s just looking out for her own hide or this is part of some bigger plan remains to be seen.

Bruce doesn’t get much attention in this episode but we do see a bit of him dealing with the aftermath of the attack. When Gordon stops by at the start of the episode, Bruce is prepared to tell him about Reggie before Alfred interrupts saying that he couldn’t see who it was that attacked him. Bruce decides to play along and then asks why Alfred doesn’t want to reveal it was Reggie. Apparently, Alfred wants to deal with him himself as Reggie is his friend which is quite a badass reason. Although we saw no more of Reggie this episode, it looks like he isn’t gone for good which I’m happy with. Finally, Selina appeared and apologised to Bruce for smashing the snow globe and telling him that he wasn’t her friend. While I feel that Bruce got over it pretty fast and Selina’s action seemed quite pointless in the end, it was still a touching moment and I’m glad that Bruce and Selina’s friendship isn’t over.

In conclusion, ‘Everyone Has a Cobblepot’ has certainly raised the bar and is several steps above the last two episodes. Gordon, Bullock and Penguin all got significant roles in the main story arc but there was still plenty of time for Fish, Bruce and some more minor characters. Even Harvey Dent made an appearance after his disappearance in ‘Lovecraft’, though Gordon really should of known better than to trust him after that. This episode highlighted the changes and development the characters have had over the course of the series and did a good job of it. Season 1 is rapidly approaching its finale and tensions are rising. I just hope all this character development doesn’t mean some of the characters will be killed off. I simply can’t imagine Gotham without Harvey.

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