Gotham Season 4, Episode 8 Recap: Stop Hitting Yourself

This article contains spoilers for the Gotham Season 4 episode 'A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself'

Gotham Season 4, Episode 8

I've been traveling for the last few days, so I'm just getting a chance to catch up on a couple shows like Gotham. As this season has been so far, this more recent episode was a bit crazy and chaotic. The main story evolves Edward Nygma mocking the Penguin before Solomon Grundy's fights at Cherry's Club in the Narrows. Word of these fights get to Oswald, who sends the Sirens (Barbara, Selina, and Tabitha) in to get Nygma. This goes weird when Tabitha sees Butch Gilzean, AKA Grundy, and Barbara sees Lee Thompkins. It ends with Grundy fighting Tabitha for Nygma and him remembering her just as she knocks him out.

Penguin sends Firefly down to the club to make sure the Sirens got Ed, and confronts them after the fight for not meeting the deadline. She's about to torch them when Lee shoots her tank, taking her out. The crowd turns on Cherry for selling them out to the Penguin, and Barbara shoots Cherry and quits working for Penguin. And everyone in the Narrows now looks to Lee to lead them. It's very strange how it all worked out, and I'm not sure if Firefly is okay or dead.

Sofia Falcone continues her plan to get closer to Penguin and tells him he needs something outside of the work. Oswald takes interest in a young mute boy named Martin who is being bulled, but he has some violent thoughts. He becomes a mentor to the boy and we get some of the best scenes from the character all season. Oswald becomes an evil Big Brother. Sofia also convinces the mayor and police commissioner to make Jim Gordon captain of Gotham Central. Jim is resistant at first since the job is Harvey's, but when Harvey skips on a police tradition for wounded officers, Jim has to step up and decides to take the job.

The episodes seem to be bouncing their focus around a bit more rather than trying to cover everyone each week. I think the scenes between Martin and Oswald are some of the best they've given Robin Lord Taylor in a while. Gordon's road to redemption continues, but he'll have to patch up his relationship with Harvey. I'm fairly sure this was one of the first time they referred to that as Gotham Central, which is a nod to the comic series of the same name that included Gordon, Harvey, and Renee Montoya. I wonder if she or Crispin Allen will ever return to the series from Season 1. They just sort of vanished.

Nothing in this episode about Bruce Wayne or Professor Pyg, but it looks like we'll get back to that next week. Also, they continue to have Alexander Siddig in the credits, an excellent sign that they are far from done with Ra's al Ghul.

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.