In Review: Gotham, Episode 19 “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”

If you want to enjoy this episode, stop after the first commercial break.

Gotham, Episode 19 “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” Broadcast March 2, 2015

Written by Megan Mostyn-Brown

Directed by Bill Eagles

“Previously on Gotham,” Alfred is stabbed by his mate Reggie, Detective Arnold Flass is arrested, Fish scoops out her eye with a spoon, and the board of Wayne Enterprises decides now might be the time to take out little Bruce. In the present, Bruce sits at Alfred’s side in the hospital. Gordon is there to find out if the butler saw who attacked him, but Alfred says it was too dark–cutting off Bruce before he can give an honest answer. A phone call from the Captain pulls James away. Alfred pulls out his many monitor cords so he can leave and investigate why Reggie stabbed him. Fish, meanwhile, has regained consciousness. Dr. Francis Dulmacher is next to her, amazed at her remarkable constitution. She wants to be his right hand man, “Now you’ve had me as your enemy. Wouldn’t you rather have me as your friend?” He says they’ll talk later and apologizes, as he exits, for being unable to match her remaining eye. Once alone, she goes to a mirror, and pulls off her bandage to reveal a bright blue left eye. Cue opening title sequence.

In the Captain’s office, Gordon is shown that Flass’s charges have been dropped. Harvey Dent is present and states that a witness provided by Commissioner Loeb cleared Flass. Additionally, Loeb is backing Flass for head of the policeman’s union. As Jim leaves, Flass is at the door taunting him. Gordon goes to Lowe’s office, where he proclaims no witness could have disproved the evidence of Flass’s guilt. Loeb shows him a videotape of Harvey Bullock stating he provided false evidence against Flass. Cue first commercial break.

This episode started strong and slowly fell apart. The scenes with Fish and Dulmacher could be written by anyone, because they are completely predictable. What’s done in the basement was boring and the “stunning” reveal at the end of the episode underwhelming. Just ditch the Fish, Gotham. There is one moment of visual terror involving Jeffrey Combs, but after that fleeting appearance I cared nothing for that plotline. The two scenes involving Bruce are night and day, as the opening sequence is strong, but the second existing only to have a random appearance by a supporting character. This was another pointless scene. What was strong was the beginning of Gordon and Bullock’s pursuit of evidence, which involved, naturally the episode’s title character. The scene between Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Robin Lord Taylor was dynamite. I loved the wheeling and dealing. This seemed like it was going to be handled excellently, but it became a terrible cliché, like a parody of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Just awful. This could have been spectacular but was dreck with a budget. Even a fleeting two scenes with Edward Nygma were awful.

The good: Everything before the first commercial break, an occasional fun line, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Nicholas D’Agosto, and Peter Scolari.

Fun lines: “That’s an order,” “I’m like the phoenix. I’ll just rise again…and again…and again…,” “My Cobblepot didn’t come back,” “That is what Loeb does,” “”That’s what fascinates me,” “That person doesn’t exist,” “…Super Secret Blackmail Horde?”, and “Yes, next time.”

The bad: Practically everything after the first commercial break. They have guns yet they run from men with knives? A wooden script with DOA surprises. And since when did Penguin have a pinhead? Someone needs to calm the stylist on this show down.

The final line: If you want to enjoy this episode, stop after the first commercial break. There are moments where it seems events will raise the episode up, but they come crashing down with predictability. Overall grade: D+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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