Gotham Season 4, Episode 9 Recap: Let Them Eat Pie

This article contains spoilers for the Gotham season four episode 'A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie'.


This may be one of the creepiest episodes in Gotham history. It's the culmination of the Professor Pyg story arc as he decides to up his game and feed the poor to the rich — literally. Jim Gordon is now the Captain of the GCPD and Pyg sends a message about the French Revolution. He kills homeless people and then bakes them into meat pies, which he plans to server at the charity dinner being hosted by Sofia Falcone. Sofia already has some problems going on, as Oswald Cobblepot suspects that she is behind getting the Mayor to promote Gordon. Penguin enlists the aid of his young mute friend, Martin, to spy on Sofia.

Pyg takes over as the chef for the evening, but Gordon figures it out. Trying to stop it, he gets knocked out. Pyg serves the pies and tells the guests that they either eat them or he will kill Martin. Pyg also stabs Sofia in the hand to show he's serious. When one of the rich scoffs at eating people pies to save the life of an orphan, Penguin grabs the knife from Sofia's hand and plunges it into the guy's head. Gordon gets free, takes out the gunmen, and goes head to head in a knife fight with Pyg. Gordon ends up winning and Pyg is captured.

Sofia and Jim meet, and she kisses him. But Martin sees it and tells Penguin. That's not going to be a good thing.

Meanwhile, Bruce is on a bender and Alfred tries to get through to him. He takes Bruce up camping to do the rock thing he used to do with his father. Bruce tricks him, leaving Alfred out in the woods and taking the car back to the mansion, where he has a party. When Alfred returns, he throws everyone out — but Bruce still doesn't listen and tells Alfred to clean up the mess. Bruce is acting out because he murdered Ra's al Ghul and it changed nothing. This is going to get worse before it gets better.

The episode was a good one in that it moved Gordon the final step back to being the hero of the series. And it's moved Penguin back to being the villain. This dynamic worked very well in the beginning, and it's nice to see them getting back to it after going away from it for so long. The show still has so many moving parts that it's hard to see what they're going to do next in the long term, but in the short it looks like Penguin is very upset about being betrayed by Sofia and it turns into a war. This episode airs on November 30th as the series takes the Thanksgiving holiday off. The week after talks about Carmine Falcone coming to town, Nygma trying to control the Riddler persona, and a familiar smile returning to Gotham. Is Jerome coming back?

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.