‘Gotham’ Recap: Transference

Gotham‘s season finale, “Transference,” opens with the Gotham City Police Department about to bust into Arkham. But before they can, Clayface as Fake Jim appears and insists everything’s “all clear” before asking for a ride back to HQ. In the meantime, Real Jim is still trapped downstairs, screaming to Strange to be let out.

Strange tells Peabody to prep the Indian Hill patients for transport upstairs. Peabody is worried that a patient might get out and be caught by the cops, but Strange insists that’s not a possibility. He says as soon as they’re done with Jim, Bruce, and Lucius, they’ll detonate the bomb.

Bruce and Lucius are still trapped in the poison gas chamber where Nygma makes them play a game he calls “Life or Death.” He gives them 5 minutes to answer the question: who runs Indian Hill? If they get the answer incorrect, they die. The duo talk it over and agree the answer is Wayne Enterprises. It’s easy but Nygma wants to know what they know. The answer is correct. Unfortunately, Nygma has another question: who runs Wayne Enterprises?

Strange is also trying to find out what Jim knows, so he injects him with an honesty serum and seems to hypnotize him. Jim admits he’s feeling vulnerable and reveals all sorts of personal information to Strange – like the fact he loved his mother more than his father, and that he still loves Lee. Strange realizes that Jim feels guilty about lots of things and asks him to imagine that Strange is God. Strange, as God, absolves Jim of all his guilt. Once Jim feels good and relaxed, Strange asks him what he knows about Indian Hill. Jim knows only that they’re creating monsters for military use. He’s never heard of a secret council that runs Gotham behind the scenes. Strange is thrilled to hear this.

Jim admits that he should have gone after Lee, and Strange tells him, “Guilt has compelled you to sacrifice your heart to your conscience but guilt is useless. Love, Jim. Love is our guide.” But then something begins to beep and Strange leaves, telling Jim he only has a few hours to live.

Meanwhile, Fake Jim is walking around GCPD Headquarters. He’s a terrible actor, looking interestedly at the building and not responding immediately when Bullock calls his name. Fake Jim tells Bullock that Strange is clean and connected to people they can’t cross. He tells Bullock it’s too dangerous, and he doesn’t want to know. Bullock thinks Jim is acting weird, but that’s it.

Back at Indian Hill, Peabody is escorting all the prisoners onto the bus. Fish tries to convince Peabody to release her and call her by her name instead of “13,” and when she refuses, she insults her. This has the desired effect of bringing Peabody closer. Fish wants to touch her so she can control her. Unfortunately, she just barely misses.

Lucius and Bruce haven’t figured out the answer Nygma’s riddle with just 30 seconds left on the clock. Out of options, Lucius desperately says the board of directors runs Wayne Enterprises. But that answer is wrong, so Nygma engulfs the room in poison gas. Lucius and Bruce shake hands before sinking to the floor.

But in the next scene, both are alive in a separate room and Jim is sitting in a chair with them. Jim tells them what happened then apologizes to Bruce for swearing to find his parents’ killer. He calls himself “arrogant and naive.” Clearly, the honesty serum hasn’t worn off yet.

Elsewhere, Strange congratulates Nygma on his trickery and refuses to tell him who runs Wayne Enterprises. Nygma is eager to help Strange out on more of his cases – but Strange says he can’t do that since Nygma is insane. He throws a furious Nygma back into his cell. Then Strange goes off to tell the owl lady that Lucius, Bruce, and Jim know only “mundanities.” However, after conversing with somebody else, she tells Strange he still needs to move everybody, kill the trio, and destroy Indian Hill.

“Releasing Galavan was a grave error on your part,” she says. “No more of your patients will see the light of day under any circumstances, at any cost.”

Meanwhile, Butch and Barbara are in Penguin’s new mansion. Penguin has Grace’s head on a stick and wants their advice on where to put it for decoration. Barbara tells him while Butch looks appropriately disgusted. That’s when Penguin hears news reports about the police activity around Arkham.

At the GCPD, Bullock seems suspicious about how odd Jim is acting. Fake Jim can’t remember what Bullock said to him on a certain occasion. And then Alfred shows up, demanding to know where Lucius and Bruce are. When Alfred doesn’t buy his lies, Fake Jim yells that it’s “complicated police business.” Bullock tells Alfred that Jim has a touch of the flu.

Selina walks into the room where Bruce, Lucius, and Jim are. She can walk freely since she’s convinced Firefly they’re friends. She tells Bruce they’re blowing up the place in an hour. Bruce takes the opportunity to apologize to Selina for getting her into this mess, saying he was “self-righteous and arrogant and manipulative.” Selina’s having none of it. She says she does what she wants to before heading out.

Peabody goes to tranquilize Fish, which lets Fish touch her and take control of her mind. She asks Peabody to get her out of Indian Hill. But on their way, they run into Strange, who immediately realizes that Fish’s abilities are likely caused by a psychotropic chemical agent on her skin. Still, Fish appearing in public would cause an “apocalypse,” so he says he’ll have to kill her before letting her go even though he loves her like a daughter. (Creepy!) Fish ignores him and tries to touch him. Panicked, he runs away and Fish orders Peabody to chase him. The two struggle, but Peabody can’t stop Strange from starting the 30-minute timer on the bomb. All of the doors shut before Fish can get out.

At the GCPD, Barbara shows up and asks for a private conversation with Jim, demanding to know what’s going on at Arkham for a “dear friend.” Fake Jim is clearly attracted to Barbara and hits on her. When she asks what happened to Leslie, Fake Jim insults Leslie and Barbara immediately realizes this isn’t Jim. So she punches him in the face – and his skin sticks to that position in an unnatural way.

So while Bullock rallies the cops to go to Arkham, Barbara calls Penguin and tells him the cops are onto Strange thanks to her. Penguin tells Butch to saddle up because they’ve “got an old friend to catch.”

Back at Arkham, Strange wants Freeze and Firefly to kill the captives before leaving. When Selina protests, Strange admits keeping her alive was a mistake and tells Freeze to kill her too. But Firefly thinks she and Selina are friends now, so she turns on Freeze. As the two blast fire and ice at each other, Selina goes down to rescue Jim, Lucius, and Bruce.

The four run back upstairs, where Strange gets caught in the crossfire and is possibly paralyzed so he can’t even stand. Jim wants to head back down to Indian Hill, but Strange panickedly explains that everything within a quarter-mile radius will be dust in 10 minutes. Not only that, there’s radioactive material in Indian Hill that Strange didn’t have time to remove. Strange thinks the chances of a radioactive cloud are low. But if he’s wrong, thousands could die.

Jim demands to know how to stop the bomb, but Strange would rather die than tell him. So Jim sends Bruce and Selina away, then he and Lucius get Nygma to open the door to Indian Hill. When Nygma does, the security system is deactivated. Fish gets on a bus and drives away.

Lucius and Jim get to the bomb with barely a minute to spare. Neither has much experience defusing bombs, so they decide to take it apart and “see what happens” on the off chance there’s no tamper-proofing program. That’s when Peabody, who’s lying on the floor, says, “No. Water. Need Water.” So Jim pours water into the bomb and shorts it out, stopping it. Afterwards, Peabody says, “Please, I need water.” Well, that could have gone horribly wrong!

By the time the duo get back upstairs, the GCPD have arrived. But it’s not entirely a happy ending since the Indian Hill monsters are on that bus. The fact that Strange would rather destroy half the city than let them out is just a tiny clue as to how dangerous they all are. Bullock is happy since the cops are chasing a bus, but he doesn’t know it’s the one Fish is driving. And she has no qualms about running over civilians in her escape.

But suddenly, bullets begin flying to the bus and the cop car crashes. Butch and Penguin have arrived and they think Strange is on the bus. They’re shocked when Fish walks out. Fish touches Penguin and he passes out, while Butch and his henchmen all race away.

Jim tells Bruce he has to leave to go find Lee and asks him to say goodbye to Bullock for him. Selina and Alfred say their approving farewells. Afterwards, Alfred tells Bruce that Jim has his priorities straight and thinks Bruce should have learned his lessons about messing with the police. That’s when Bruce reveals there’s a secret council that runs everything in Gotham and wants Bruce dead. They’re so close to the truth, and Alfred is disappointed since he thought it was all over.

Bullock races after Jim. Jim says Bullock can handle Gotham now and tells him to get a haircut before leaving to go find Lee…except he does so in Bullock’s car!

And the end? A homeless woman sees Fish’s bus on the road and hears moans coming from inside. So she opens the door, unwittingly releasing a bunch of horrifying monsters…including Bruce Wayne’s doppelgänger, who thanks her for releasing them.

“Transference” tied up Season 2’s loose ends, but other than that it was a rather disappointing season finale – especially given all the suspense at the end of last week’s episode. Strange didn’t even turn on the bomb until the last 15 minutes! It would have been far more interesting if it had been more urgent. Also, Clayface’s performance at Fake Jim was probably meant to be funny but fell flat. It was awkward and plodding. Besides, if fake Galavan thought he was Azrael, shouldn’t Strange have been able to convince Clayface he was an amazing actor? And wouldn’t Strange have thought to give Clayface some information on Jim before sending him out into the world?

There were also some other confusing moments that I didn’t understand. Jim and Lucius took the time to lock Nygma back up, which seemed a tad unnecessary. Nygma is so curious there’s no way he wouldn’t have gone down to see the bomb with them especially since he didn’t know what it was. Also, what was the deal with Fish’s bus? I had no idea there were Indian Hill prisoners on it, first of all. Why hadn’t it left before Strange turned on the bomb? Did he need to be on it? Do they all fit on one bus? Also, there’s NO WAY the GCPD would just let a bus hang out on the side of the road for hours. So that was odd.

Still, it was nice to see some more hints for Season Two. It’ll be interesting to see how the Court of Owls plays out, and what their plan is with fake Bruce Wayne. Also, I am loving Bullock as captain. Can we keep him, please?

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of FOX

Gotham‘s season finale, “Transference,” opens with the Gotham City Police Department about to bust into Arkham. But before they can, Clayface as Fake Jim appears and insists everything’s “all clear” before asking for a ride back to HQ. In the meantime, Real Jim is still trapped downstairs, screaming to Strange to be let out.

Strange tells Peabody to prep the Indian Hill patients for transport upstairs. Peabody is worried that a patient might get out and be caught by the cops, but Strange insists that’s not a possibility. He says as soon as they’re done with Jim, Bruce, and Lucius, they’ll detonate the bomb.

Bruce and Lucius are still trapped in the poison gas chamber where Nygma makes them play a game he calls “Life or Death.” He gives them 5 minutes to answer the question: who runs Indian Hill? If they get the answer incorrect, they die. The duo talk it over and agree the answer is Wayne Enterprises. It’s easy but Nygma wants to know what they know. The answer is correct. Unfortunately, Nygma has another question: who runs Wayne Enterprises?

Strange is also trying to find out what Jim knows, so he injects him with an honesty serum and seems to hypnotize him. Jim admits he’s feeling vulnerable and reveals all sorts of personal information to Strange – like the fact he loved his mother more than his father, and that he still loves Lee. Strange realizes that Jim feels guilty about lots of things and asks him to imagine that Strange is God. Strange, as God, absolves Jim of all his guilt. Once Jim feels good and relaxed, Strange asks him what he knows about Indian Hill. Jim knows only that they’re creating monsters for military use. He’s never heard of a secret council that runs Gotham behind the scenes. Strange is thrilled to hear this.

Jim admits that he should have gone after Lee, and Strange tells him, “Guilt has compelled you to sacrifice your heart to your conscience but guilt is useless. Love, Jim. Love is our guide.” But then something begins to beep and Strange leaves, telling Jim he only has a few hours to live.

Meanwhile, Fake Jim is walking around GCPD Headquarters. He’s a terrible actor, looking interestedly at the building and not responding immediately when Bullock calls his name. Fake Jim tells Bullock that Strange is clean and connected to people they can’t cross. He tells Bullock it’s too dangerous, and he doesn’t want to know. Bullock thinks Jim is acting weird, but that’s it.

Back at Indian Hill, Peabody is escorting all the prisoners onto the bus. Fish tries to convince Peabody to release her and call her by her name instead of “13,” and when she refuses, she insults her. This has the desired effect of bringing Peabody closer. Fish wants to touch her so she can control her. Unfortunately, she just barely misses.

Lucius and Bruce haven’t figured out the answer Nygma’s riddle with just 30 seconds left on the clock. Out of options, Lucius desperately says the board of directors runs Wayne Enterprises. But that answer is wrong, so Nygma engulfs the room in poison gas. Lucius and Bruce shake hands before sinking to the floor.

But in the next scene, both are alive in a separate room and Jim is sitting in a chair with them. Jim tells them what happened then apologizes to Bruce for swearing to find his parents’ killer. He calls himself “arrogant and naive.” Clearly, the honesty serum hasn’t worn off yet.

Elsewhere, Strange congratulates Nygma on his trickery and refuses to tell him who runs Wayne Enterprises. Nygma is eager to help Strange out on more of his cases – but Strange says he can’t do that since Nygma is insane. He throws a furious Nygma back into his cell. Then Strange goes off to tell the owl lady that Lucius, Bruce, and Jim know only “mundanities.” However, after conversing with somebody else, she tells Strange he still needs to move everybody, kill the trio, and destroy Indian Hill.

“Releasing Galavan was a grave error on your part,” she says. “No more of your patients will see the light of day under any circumstances, at any cost.”

Meanwhile, Butch and Barbara are in Penguin’s new mansion. Penguin has Grace’s head on a stick and wants their advice on where to put it for decoration. Barbara tells him while Butch looks appropriately disgusted. That’s when Penguin hears news reports about the police activity around Arkham.

At the GCPD, Bullock seems suspicious about how odd Jim is acting. Fake Jim can’t remember what Bullock said to him on a certain occasion. And then Alfred shows up, demanding to know where Lucius and Bruce are. When Alfred doesn’t buy his lies, Fake Jim yells that it’s “complicated police business.” Bullock tells Alfred that Jim has a touch of the flu.

Selina walks into the room where Bruce, Lucius, and Jim are. She can walk freely since she’s convinced Firefly they’re friends. She tells Bruce they’re blowing up the place in an hour. Bruce takes the opportunity to apologize to Selina for getting her into this mess, saying he was “self-righteous and arrogant and manipulative.” Selina’s having none of it. She says she does what she wants to before heading out.

Peabody goes to tranquilize Fish, which lets Fish touch her and take control of her mind. She asks Peabody to get her out of Indian Hill. But on their way, they run into Strange, who immediately realizes that Fish’s abilities are likely caused by a psychotropic chemical agent on her skin. Still, Fish appearing in public would cause an “apocalypse,” so he says he’ll have to kill her before letting her go even though he loves her like a daughter. (Creepy!) Fish ignores him and tries to touch him. Panicked, he runs away and Fish orders Peabody to chase him. The two struggle, but Peabody can’t stop Strange from starting the 30-minute timer on the bomb. All of the doors shut before Fish can get out.

At the GCPD, Barbara shows up and asks for a private conversation with Jim, demanding to know what’s going on at Arkham for a “dear friend.” Fake Jim is clearly attracted to Barbara and hits on her. When she asks what happened to Leslie, Fake Jim insults Leslie and Barbara immediately realizes this isn’t Jim. So she punches him in the face – and his skin sticks to that position in an unnatural way.

So while Bullock rallies the cops to go to Arkham, Barbara calls Penguin and tells him the cops are onto Strange thanks to her. Penguin tells Butch to saddle up because they’ve “got an old friend to catch.”

Back at Arkham, Strange wants Freeze and Firefly to kill the captives before leaving. When Selina protests, Strange admits keeping her alive was a mistake and tells Freeze to kill her too. But Firefly thinks she and Selina are friends now, so she turns on Freeze. As the two blast fire and ice at each other, Selina goes down to rescue Jim, Lucius, and Bruce.

The four run back upstairs, where Strange gets caught in the crossfire and is possibly paralyzed so he can’t even stand. Jim wants to head back down to Indian Hill, but Strange panickedly explains that everything within a quarter-mile radius will be dust in 10 minutes. Not only that, there’s radioactive material in Indian Hill that Strange didn’t have time to remove. Strange thinks the chances of a radioactive cloud are low. But if he’s wrong, thousands could die.

Jim demands to know how to stop the bomb, but Strange would rather die than tell him. So Jim sends Bruce and Selina away, then he and Lucius get Nygma to open the door to Indian Hill. When Nygma does, the security system is deactivated. Fish gets on a bus and drives away.

Lucius and Jim get to the bomb with barely a minute to spare. Neither has much experience defusing bombs, so they decide to take it apart and “see what happens” on the off chance there’s no tamper-proofing program. That’s when Peabody, who’s lying on the floor, says, “No. Water. Need Water.” So Jim pours water into the bomb and shorts it out, stopping it. Afterwards, Peabody says, “Please, I need water.” Well, that could have gone horribly wrong!

By the time the duo get back upstairs, the GCPD have arrived. But it’s not entirely a happy ending since the Indian Hill monsters are on that bus. The fact that Strange would rather destroy half the city than let them out is just a tiny clue as to how dangerous they all are. Bullock is happy since the cops are chasing a bus, but he doesn’t know it’s the one Fish is driving. And she has no qualms about running over civilians in her escape.

But suddenly, bullets begin flying to the bus and the cop car crashes. Butch and Penguin have arrived and they think Strange is on the bus. They’re shocked when Fish walks out. Fish touches Penguin and he passes out, while Butch and his henchmen all race away.

Jim tells Bruce he has to leave to go find Lee and asks him to say goodbye to Bullock for him. Selina and Alfred say their approving farewells. Afterwards, Alfred tells Bruce that Jim has his priorities straight and thinks Bruce should have learned his lessons about messing with the police. That’s when Bruce reveals there’s a secret council that runs everything in Gotham and wants Bruce dead. They’re so close to the truth, and Alfred is disappointed since he thought it was all over.

Bullock races after Jim. Jim says Bullock can handle Gotham now and tells him to get a haircut before leaving to go find Lee…except he does so in Bullock’s car!

And the end? A homeless woman sees Fish’s bus on the road and hears moans coming from inside. So she opens the door, unwittingly releasing a bunch of horrifying monsters…including Bruce Wayne’s doppelgänger, who thanks her for releasing them.

“Transference” tied up Season 2’s loose ends, but other than that it was a rather disappointing season finale – especially given all the suspense at the end of last week’s episode. Strange didn’t even turn on the bomb until the last 15 minutes! It would have been far more interesting if it had been more urgent. Also, Clayface’s performance at Fake Jim was probably meant to be funny but fell flat. It was awkward and plodding. Besides, if fake Galavan thought he was Azrael, shouldn’t Strange have been able to convince Clayface he was an amazing actor? And wouldn’t Strange have thought to give Clayface some information on Jim before sending him out into the world?

There were also some other confusing moments that I didn’t understand. Jim and Lucius took the time to lock Nygma back up, which seemed a tad unnecessary. Nygma is so curious there’s no way he wouldn’t have gone down to see the bomb with them especially since he didn’t know what it was. Also, what was the deal with Fish’s bus? I had no idea there were Indian Hill prisoners on it, first of all. Why hadn’t it left before Strange turned on the bomb? Did he need to be on it? Do they all fit on one bus? Also, there’s NO WAY the GCPD would just let a bus hang out on the side of the road for hours. So that was odd.

Still, it was nice to see some more hints for Season Two. It’ll be interesting to see how the Court of Owls plays out, and what their plan is with fake Bruce Wayne. Also, I am loving Bullock as captain. Can we keep him, please?

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of FOX

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