Gotham Midseason Finale Recap: The Badass Butler Did It

Gotham‘s fall/winter/midseason finale capped a strong run of episodes, gave rich dimensions to some secondary characters and teed up a provocative launching point for the second half of the season — even if its biggest storyline punch was spoiled by Fox itself.

I’m talking, of course, about the “Gordon is reassigned to Arkham” logline for the episode, which seemed curious but innocuous enough, until you realized that it was the very final payoff of the finale, after Jim’s pursuit of Lovecraft wound up with the fat cat shot dead, by Gordon’s own gun, putting the already prickly mayor in a public and political pickle.

“Live by the logline, die by the logline,” a wise man once said. Moving on….

Gordon’s confrontation of Lovecraft, antemortem, hinted at a new wrinkle in the Wayne murder case, in that someone knew something bad was about to happen and thus started buying up stock in the prestigious company — and Lovecraft seemed sincere in professing his innocence. Otherwise, save for Gordon’s ultimate demotion — to toil as a guard at the newly reopened Arkham Asylum,Gotham Recap Gordon Assigned Arkham about as dreary a gig as a top cop can get — that story thread played second fiddle to the assassins who stormed Wayne Manor at the top of the hour in search of Selina, but instead only found themselves an arse-whooping at the hands of the family valet, er, butler. From there, the episode careered into an exciting two-pronged tale, one with Cat and Bat/Selina and Bruce learning to coexist on the mean streets and secret anterooms of Gotham (Hi, creepy-creepy Ivy!) whilst on the run, the other partnering Alfred with Bullock, as they sought leads on Miss Kyle’s whereabouts.

Sean Pertwee, who plays Alfred, was afforded many opportunities to shine, be it in hand-to-hand combat with multiple goons, quickly leveling Butch or calmly (and effectively) calling upon the teeny-tiny selfless part of Fish Mooney to lend a hand in their search. Seeing the manservant’s determination made the eventual reunion with Master Bruce all the more impactful and emotional, while the subsequent wink-wink moment with regard to Selina’s stealthy visit showed his appreciation for this new if noisy (and kiss-stealing!) person in his ward’s life.

Oh, and props to GothamTV Guide Magazine‘s Damian Holbrook for mentioning this “Bat symbol” Easter egg, on Twitter. I was too busy questioning Bruce’s decision to walk a high bannister in slippery socks to notice.

What did you think of the midseason finale, “Lovecraft”?

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  1. Joey says:

    BAMF Alfred alone gets this an A.

  2. Azerty says:

    Am I the only one who laughed at Bruce when he was trying to throw some stuff at the killer? The guy needs some aiming lessons before using Batarangs! Anyway the episode was not as good as the punguin’s umbrella but way better than any “villain of the week” episode. Hopefully with Gordon in Arkham they will drop this pattern for a more serialized one. Loved badass Alfred!

  3. GNI Staff says:

    Reblogged this on Global News Insider.

  4. GuessWhat says:

    Excellent episode! I gave it an A.

  5. george says:

    Always thought butt-kicking Sean Pertwee was a strange choice for Alfred but that’s because I was raised on Classic Alfred not the Earth One or New52 versions. Never mind – any excuse for Sean Pertwee’s a good one.

  6. JeffDJ says:

    I really liked this episode. We got some great dynamic duos in the episode with Bullock & Alfred teaming up, and Selina & Bruce traversing the ups and downs of Gotham while evading assassins. And no Barbara! Nygma’s awkward goodbye to Jim was amusing as well.

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Great episode. Alfred kicked ass. Good to see Ivy again, she was kind of creepy. Glad Bruce got his first kiss. Glad we’ll see more of Arkham in next episodes when Gordon starts working there.

  8. Did Alfred use Venusian aikido?

  9. Brian says:

    Hope we see more young Bruce and Selina team ups when GOTHAM returns in Jan 2015

  10. Drew says:

    Alfred was awesome this week. The way he understands that different enemies require different methods of handling was great. It’s interesting to see this Alfred and to know how he influences what Bruce becomes. It makes sense, since a lot of future Bruce would have to be at his core, in his upbringing.

  11. rachelle says:

    1) Alfred is such a badass mofo! I looooove him. He made this episode more awesome for sure. 2) Selina Kyle/Catwoman is my all-time favorite Batman character and I am really enjoying her character in this show. Little Bruce and Cat are so adorable! Seriously, they’re too freaking cute for words.

  12. Blah says:

    I haven’t watched an episode since episode 2 or 3 but I might consider watching this one to see if it improved enough to be worth catching up on. Bruce and selina were my favourite parts of those episodes so more of them is a good thing

    • Georgia Madman says:

      I’m getting sucked back in due to Bruce and Selina. They ARE too cute for words. The actress playing Selina is just great. I fast forward through most everything else though. Alfred’s pretty cool, too.

  13. When Alfred got shot, he still came for you. BAMF

  14. Donna MaMa says:

    Doesn’t she remind you of young Michelle Pheiffer or is it me? Anyone know how old the actress is who plays “Cat” – seems a bit older than Bruce, then again girls mature quicker

  15. Donna MaMa says:

    my favorite was the hug between Alfred and Bruce once Alfred found him, cemented their relationship, granted Alfred tried to lighten it up, but he loves Bruce as if his own – was good to see that he is not all alone growing up.

  16. Gerald says:

    Great Episode. I’m glad Alfred got to kick some but. Cat and Bat were great. Curious about who was buying up the Wayne stock.
    Most upsetting was how stupid was Harvey Dent in releasing Jim’s name, but how that got the assassins onto Cat I don’t know.
    And the Zoe Saldana look a like. Do we know who she is in the comic books? or is she just a generic assassin?

  17. Donna MaMa says:

    Does anyone know if Harvey Dent is the DA yet?

  18. Sheldon W. says:

    Although it has, as yet, to be overtly stated, it seems that Sean Pertwee’s Alfred is, indeed, a former Royal Marine. Very nicely done.

  19. Chuck says:

    where can I find info on Alfred’s dagger? The one he holds to Butch’s throat.