Gotham (2014–…): Season 3, Episode 1 - Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell - full transcript

Gordon works in a monster-ridden Gotham as a bounty hunter and seeks to find answers about the Indian Hill escapees and why their powers appear to be killing them. Bruce's doppelganger ...

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- I set a bomb.
- Thousands of people could die.

But paying that price will be better

than releasing what's down there...

Are you ready to play?

Wayne Enterprises runs Indian Hill,
but who runs Wayne Enterprises?

There's a secret council in Gotham.

It's them that wanted me dead.

We're so close to the ultimate truth.


You did a very bad thing to me.

And now you're going to...

- Impossible.
- Nothing is impossible.

Thank you.

Bruce, I might not see you for a while.

Where are you going?

I have to find Lee.


We're closed.

If you leave now I won't call the cops.


Any chance you wanna come quietly?

At 8:15 this evening,

an individual robbed a pharmacy
and attacked its owner.

While we don't have an ID as yet,

we believe that this individual
is another escapee from Indian Hill.

How much do you know about other escapees?

Are these monsters dangerous?

Captain Barnes! Captain Barnes!

Valerie Vale, Gotham Gazette.

Why can't we see the escapee?

Because crews are still
picking up the pieces.

This isn't the first time that a bounty
hunter has apprehended an escapee.

Is the GCPD incapable
of handling this threat themselves?

Whoa. Only a handful of these escapees
have been brought in by bounty hunters.

The vast majority
were apprehended by GCPD.

Yes. True that.

Excuse me. Excuse me.
I take issue with the word "threat."

These escapees are themselves
victims of Hugo Strange.

Now, if any ordinary, hard-working citizen

wants to help get these poor souls
off the street

so that they may receive proper treatment,

well, these citizens should be lauded.

And rewarded financially.

Mr. James,
before they were taken to Indian Hill,

these "poor souls" were all
criminally insane inmates

at Arkham Asylum, were they not?

Next question.

Hear that? You should be lauded.

I'll settle for the cash.

How many escapees
have you brought in now, hmm? Six?

Five grand a pop, that's not too bad.

What happens when there aren't any more?

I don't think Gotham's running out
of monsters anytime soon.

I really can't get you to come back, huh?

Look, whatever happened
when you went to see Lee,

and you know I don't like to pry...

Sure you do.

That's because you won't tell me anything.

The whole point is,
man's not supposed to be alone.

You have a family here.

Can't do it, Harv.

But you've got no problem
chasing down Stranges freaks.

Yeah. It pays the rent.

You are a cop in everything but name.

Except I don't have to listen to Barnes.

I get to go home when I want.
Get drunk when I want.

And at the end of the day, I sleep,
'cause saving Gotham's not my job anymore.

Jim, I love you like a brother.

But you've got to stop blaming the job

for what happened between you and Lee.

And do you really think
I don't get drunk when I want?

Detective Bullock, I looked into
the drug the escapee was after.

It's a powerful immune suppressant.

See, look at Lucius here,

our new resident expert
on all things scientific.

He said sayonara
to the Wayne Enterprises robots, hmm?

And he loves it here.

Wayne Enterprises revealed itself
as morally corrupt.

Here, despite the primitive facilities,

casual violence,
fascistic meat head culture...


I love it.

Anyway, that drug is only sold
at three pharmacies in the city.

And the other two pharmacies
were both robbed in the last month.

Question is why are Indian Hill escapees
now robbing pharmacies?

"BULLOCK". Good question.

So what do you say,
just like the old days,

you and me run it together, huh, partner?

You get a hard lead on an escapee,
and the price is right, I'll bring him in.

Thanks for the drink. Lucius.

"Fascistic meat head culture"?

I mean, you couldn't try to be
just a little bit more positive?

- I was very positive.
- Uh-huh.

Why is Hugo Strange
the only one that's been arrested?

The situation...

What about the rumors that Indian Hill
is a Wayne Enterprise facility?

And how many more
of these escapees are at large?

Are we talking 20? Thirty? Come on,
just give me a blink if I'm close.

The situation is firmly in hand.


Oh, no.

My name is Oswald Cobblepot.

We know who you are, Penguin.
What do you want?

COBBLEPOT'. What do I want?

I want you to tell the truth
to the people of Gotham.

They would have us believe
that there is no danger.

But I was there the night those creatures
broke out of Indian Hill.

I saw them.

And I saw who was leading them.

Are you saying the escapees are organized?

Hello. That is what I am saying.

There is absolutely nothing
to support that.

I told the police who to look for.

I begged them. Time and again.

And they have done nothing.

So, I am here to speak directly

to the good people of Gotham.

The enemy's name is Fish Mooney.

Fish Mooney? She hasn't
been spotted for over six months.

She's either long gone, or she's dead.

I wish I shared your simple belief.

She is a criminal. She is a murderer.

And now, God knows what kind of monster
Hugo Strange has turned her into.

I implore every citizen of Gotham.

If you love your family,
if you love your children,

find Fish Mooney.

Until then, no one is safe.

"MAN". Hey, Penguin.

Hello, Jim.


I'm surprised you haven't found Mooney.

I hear you're
quite the bounty hunter these days.

You haven't made it worth my while.

Oh, tough guy now.

But he makes a point.

Ozzie, Butch.

What a nice surprise.

Forgive me for not coming sooner.

- The place looks marvelous.
- Hmm.

Wouldn't you say so, Butch?

Yeah. Place looks great.

I imagine you're here about your offer,
to let us shelter under your umbrella?

I only want what's best for you.

I appreciate the thought.

But we're big girls.

We can handle ourselves.

Can't we?

Sure we can.

Hey, Butch.

Hey. How're you doing?

You taking care of yourself?

Yeah. Yeah. So, how're you doing?

You already asked her that.

Listen, you guys should
take him up on his offer.

Gotham's full of rough characters.

You look great. By the way.

Wait over there. Please.

Poor bunny. Break-ups are hard.

I offered to kill you.

I thought it would raise his spirits,

and would be my pleasure seeing as how
you murdered my mother!

But he is nursing some foolish hope
that you two will get back together.


You can take your offer and stick it...

We'll think about it, Ozzie.


But that's not the only reason I'm here.

Spread the word.

I want Fish Mooney,

and I will give a million dollars
to whoever can bring her to me.

Dead, or alive.

Chopped into pieces.

I want her.

You okay, Butch?

World getting you down?

Uh, lam fine, kid.

And you're too young to be in here. Scram.

Yeesh. Just trying to be nice.

Just seein' her kills me. You know?

Get over it.

And that child just stole your wallet.


Barbara and that whip lady
are gonna get angry,

you stealing from their customers.

Let 'em. I've got other things goin'.

- Like what?
- Top secret.

Let's eat. I'm starving.

Hey, kid. Take it. It's yours.

You keep feeding strays,
and one's gonna follow you home.

Like you? Come on.

Well, that should be the last of it.

I'll put the kettle on.

There is nothing like a sweet cup of tea

to make home feel like home
after a long trip away.

Eh, Master Bruce?

You all right?

Were we right to leave, Alfred?
Stay away all of this time?

Well, considering
the appalling state of the topiary,

I should say absolutely-bloody-not.

Alfred, you know what I mean.

I know you know why we left.

We had to leave.

You're nervous about tomorrow, aren't ya'?


Well, you wouldn't be human
if you weren't.

So, why don't you go through there,
take a pew. Help your feet up.

And I'll see about that lovely cup of tea.
All right?

Saving that for someone special?

Coffee please.

"Search continues
for new Arkham Asylum director."

Right. Good luck finding anyone
to take that job.

I'm Valerie Vale.
Reporter for the Gazette.

I know who you are.

And you're James Gordon.
Son of a respected Gotham DA.

Former war hero. Former white knight cop.
Now bounty hunter.

You know,
someone should do a story on you.

Not interested.

Yeah. Me neither, actually.

You were there that night, at Indian Hill.

I've got nothing to say.

What about the fact that besides
Hugo Strange and his assistant,

no one else has been arrested?

Or that despite everything
pointing to Wayne Enterprises,

there seems to be zero investigation.

You're new to Gotham, aren't you?

Okay. This is where you tell me
things work differently here?

I'm not from Gotham.
But my dad's a cop. My brothers are cops.

And things work the same everywhere.

I was going to say, it's hard
to find a quiet bar in this city.

I like coming here.
Please don't make me find another.

Now, do you think Cobblepot's right,

that Fish Mooney's
organizing the escapees?

Penguin is a liar and a murderer.

Hmm. But?

But, based on the escapees,
and knowing Fish, I hope not.

Well, he's offering a million dollars
to whoever brings her in.

You're welcome.

It's a puzzle.

The trick is opening it.

The man at the store said
it's one of the most difficult ever made.

People pass it down unsolved
for generations.

A mathematician once went mad trying...


Well, there you go.

It was a lovely thought.

And did you get the biscuits?

And the sweater?
I know how drafty these rooms are.

- Mr. Penguin...
- Oswald.

- When I think how I treated you...
- Stop.

Why are you being so kind?

Talking to you these past months,

I don't know how
I would've gotten by otherwise.

With Fish out there planning
who knows what.

Me being surrounded
by morons and lunatics.

I know the feeling.

Why didn't she kill me
when she had the chance?

I was powerless.

She must have a larger goal.
I need to know what she is doing.

Do you?

When Alexander encountered
the Gordian knot,

a knot so complex no one had
ever been able to untangle it,

he just removed his sword
and cut it in two.

Details can be distracting.

Sometimes, a simple solution is best.

So no matter what she is planning,

just remember...

Penguins eat fish.

You know why we're here.

What are you doing here? Stop. Stop.

So, what are we after?
It's not like they keep cash around.

For now, survival.

Don't move.



Of course.

Drop the gun.

Now knock yourself out.

That was awesome. How did you...

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Fish.

I'm fine. Watch the door.

Yeah, that's the only company
that makes the drug. Fray Pharma.

They actually have a warehouse
here in Gotham.

You think they could be a target?

Yeah, they're the only pharmacy
that carries the drug.

If somebody wants it,
they'll have to go to the source.

Let me find the address.

That's all right.

James Gordon.

Hands where I can see 'em.

So, what?

You're here to collect the bounty
that Penguin has over my head?

What is it, a million dollars?

And to think I let that punk live.

Well then, I think you'd better cuff me.

Cuff yourself.

How many others you have with you?

They're all with me.

Every wretched soul
that Hugo Strange experimented on.

But tonight, just him.

Did you hear them rats last night,
scurrying around in the attic?

Drove me bloody-bonkers.

Now, may I ask you,
what's the point of having a caretaker

if they can't take care of nothing, eh?

You all right, Master B?

Hungry. I should've eaten.

Excuse me, gentlemen.

I do this, there's no turning back.


You say your piece.

We'll see about getting you
a proper breakfast, all right?

I'd like to thank the board
for giving me this time.

It will come as no surprise
I'd like to talk about Indian Hill.

I know preliminary investigations have
concluded Hugo Strange acted alone.

I reject this conclusion.

While trapped in Indian Hill,
I was led to believe

an unnamed group
had taken control of my company,

and it was they who hired Hugo Strange.

I left Gotham both for my own safety,

and so that I might have the time to
discover hard evidence of their existence.

A conspiracy theory?
That's why we're all here?

Excuse me, Master Bruce.

Pardon me, sir.
Might I have your name please?

- What?
- Your name. Please, sir.


Mr. Crowley, did your parents
never teach you any manners?

I don't have to listen to this.

Oh, but you do, sir.

That is precisely the point
that I am making.

I know how it sounds.

But I now have proof they exist.

And I can tell you that they're here.

In this room.

I want to talk face-to-face.

You have 24 hours to contact me,
or the information that I've gathered

will be sent to every newspaper
and television station in Gotham.

Thank you for your time.

- Pancakes?
- Pancakes.

And how did the board react?

Then he leaves us no choice.

Bruce Wayne.

Do it quietly.

- You Barbara Kean?
- We're closed.


You built this club on our territory.

We let you 'cause we heard
Penguin had your back.

And now we hear that ain't so.


Bad for you. Good for us.

Get the hell out.

This place is ours now. Do you understand?

You can't just come in here...

Don't hit me, okay? Please.

- Hey.
- Hey.

You still paying for stuff
about the Indian Hill freaks?

Depends. If it's good.

Is Fish Mooney good?

Guess I'm finding a new bar.

I heard you ran into
Fish Mooney yesterday.


So, are you still interested
in finding her?

Every cop in the city
is looking for her now.

But I know where she's gonna be next.

And why are you telling me?

You see, I need something from the cops.

They're not gonna tell me.
But Bullock still trusts you.

And you want me to lie to him.

A million dollars covers a lot of sins.

And obviously, I get to come along.

Aw, don't tell me you have a conscience?

Yeah, all right.

Jimmy. HEY-

So, after your run-in with Fish,

Barnes had us up all night,
rousting her old hideouts.

Yeah. Did you find anything?

Nada. But I did get what you asked for.

You wanna tell me what this is about?

It's a hunch. Probably nothing.

Look, if you've got a hot lead
you don't wanna share

so you can collect Penguin's million,
I got no problem with that.

Just don't get yourself killed
or me fired, okay?

I'll do my best. Hey. Get some rest, huh?


When did you get back?

A couple days ago.

I tried to find you before I left.

No worries.

You remember what I discovered
that night at Indian Hill,

that there was a secret group
that had infiltrated my company.

I wasn't paying attention.

I needed time to research them.
I couldn't do it here.


I have a plan,
but these people are powerful.

We need to assume
they know you and I are friends.

- You need to be careful.
- Got it.

- I'm serious.
- I can see that.

I'm sorry I was gone for so long.

Don't apologize.

Shoot, if I could fly to Italy
and eat pizza all day I would, too.

- Switzerland.
- Italy's better.

- Selina...
- Bruce, seriously.

Don't sweat it.

I gotta go. I'll see you around.

Good to see you, Selina.

- Hey, did you get her?
- Yeah.

She was under guard
in a building on Douglas and 80th.

There's one thing though.

Hey. Hey! What the hell are you doing?

You're a hundred yards
from a police station.

I'll be back in an hour or two.

We had a deal.

If there's a story,
I'll make sure you get it.

Oh, you're a son of a bitch.

Also, you could scream, but then
you'd have to tell the cops everything,

and you'd lose the story entirely.

Gordon. Gordon!

You son of a bitch.

Forty-Seven, this is dispatch.

This is Forty-Seven.

Report to Captain Barnes immediately.

Relief team will take your place.
Over and out.

You got it. We're out of here.

I knocked.

I didn't answer.

You alone?

All day, every day.

I wasn't expecting Jim Gordon to stop by.

You aren't supposed to be here, are you?

How come you're not in jail?

I agreed to testify
against Professor Strange.

In case you're about to ask,
I don't know who really ran Indian Hill.

I don't care who ran Indian Hill.

Then why are you here?

Fish Mooney.

And why would I know
how to find Fish Mooney?

No reason you would.

But it's clear whatever you and Strange
did to her is making her sick.

Her people are stealing drugs,
but I don't think they're working.

She's gonna come after you.

Or her goons will,
and they'll lead me to her.

And how will they find me?
Only the police are supposed to know.

My guess, she'll have someone
get the information for her.

Someone who wouldn't suspect
being used. Maybe a reporter.

She will follow that person,
or whoever she goes to for help.

In this case,
a bounty hunter, right to you.

You led them to me on purpose.
You're using me as bait.

I don't like being played.
Plus, she's worth a million dollars.

No! Gordon, help! Somebody, help!

I don't know which one of you I wanna
bat over the head with this cane more.

I get it.

Life disappointed you.

So what? Does that make you special?

I'm done with you.

You cross me again,

I will have you skinned alive
and your head put on a pike.

And you.

When I came back, I saw the way
you handled things while I was away.

I swear, I had this feeling right here.

I thought I was having a heart attack.

But it was pride, Bullock. In you.

The next time I have that feeling,
I'll know it was just gas.

You both better pray that we find her.

Get out of my sight.

I'd say that went well.

He was right though.
About me being Captain.

I did a good job. I even liked it.

Yeah. Hey, look, I'm sorry, Harvey.
I'll do my best to find Peabody.

Honestly, Jim, for the time being,

it might be better
if you just stayed away.

Hey. Hey!


- Just tell me. Did you know?
- Did I know what?

That Mooney was using us to find Peabody.

You mean using you?
Yeah, it's her kind of play.

- You should've told me.
- Sure.

Why didn't you tell me
who your source was?

That's it? You're not gonna
try and find Mooney?

Barnes is on it. I've had a long day.
I'm gonna get a drink.



- Come on.
- I said no.

- Who are they?
- Just people.

They need me to do things for them.

Well, I can do stuff.

These are scary people, okay?
It's for your own good.

You just don't wanna share.

Just stay here, all right?


What do you want?

I want to talk to her.

I was following her.

She was kind to me.

But then, she met him, that boy.

What happened to you?

You know me?

Uh, yeah. I know Bruce Wayne.

Who is he? Who is he?

What's wrong with you? Let go of me.

Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne. Who is he?

I really do not have time for this.

- He started it.
- It's a lie.

The cwub is on our territory.

"Cwub"? What's a "cwub"?


What's a "cwub"?
I mean, can anyone understand him?

- Do you know what a "cwub" is?
- Cwub.


We will work something out.

Now, this is his territory.
What are you willing to give him?


That is not helpful.

Are you telling me you don't see
what's going on here?

He is behind this.

What're you talking about?

He sent this ding dong to squeeze us,

hoping it would send us back to you,

so that he could lord it over Tabby.
Ain't that right?

That's just... That's crazy.

She's crazy. She was in Arkham, hello?

Hello? So was I.

Is that true, Butch?


Fine. Run your club.

Just so we're clear,

the only reason you are alive is Butch.

The moment he gives me the word,
you're mine.

Hello again.

I know why you brought me here.

Your body is beginning to reject
the changes we made to your DNA.

You feel it every time
you use your ability.

HOW do I fix it?

Stop using the power.

Every time you use it,
new cells are activated,

and your body rejects them.
Stop, and you will recover.

It's that simple.

It's just...

I like the new me.

I can't fix you.
I can't re-order your DNA.

There's always a way.

Strange. He can.

He's the only one.

Where is Strange?

I don't know.

They've hidden him somewhere secret.

Him fixing me is just the beginning.

I want an army.

I want an army like me!

And he is going to give it to me.

- He can't.
- Oh, he will.

Or he will die.

You remember Marv. He's one of yours.

Sort of a fountain of youth in reverse.

Good night, Ethel.

We caught a spy.

- Ivy?
- Selina.

Tell this creep to let go of me.

She's my friend.

- I don't like spies.
- She's not a spy.

Ivy, what're you doing here?

I followed you the other day,
so I knew where you went.

Bruce Wayne came looking for you,
but he was acting all weird.

Who else have you told about us?

- No one.
- I asked her.

- Selina...
- Lvy, shut up.

They're those monsters
everyone's talking about, aren't they?

You better tell your friend
to be careful who she calls a monster.

You better stay away from me.
All of you. I'll tell.



Leave her alone.

Stay away from me!

Ivy. Ivy!


Watch out!



Right. Once this alarm is set,
Master Bruce,

no coming downstairs
till the morning. ls that clear?

Yes. But was a new alarm system
really necessary?

I don't know. Was it really necessary
offering a challenge to a shadowy cabal?

Yes, it was necessary, Master Bruce.



Alfred, wake up. Alfred!