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Recap / Gotham S 4 E 15 The Sinking Ship The Grand Applause

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Gordon and Bullock search for someone who's key to stopping Sofia. The Riddler breaks Penguin out of Arkham. Bruce helps Selina deal with the guilt from her part in Ivy's murder spree.


  • Battle Couple: Bruce and Selina easily dismantle the guys they fight in the pawn shop.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Lots in this episode. Penguin dispatches both of the goons sent to execute Riddler with bullets in the back of the head. On the other hand, Lee shoots Ms. Falcone in the forehead, and 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain — when he visits Jim in hospital, Harvey tells him Sofia's "in a coma."
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  • The Bus Came Back: Martin, Headhunter, Freeze, and the Dentist all return.
  • Call-Back: Sofia's men drag Riddler to the same dock where he himself twice before tried to kill Penguin (and where he ended up frozen). Both agree afterwards that they never want to see it again.
  • Celebrity Paradox: One of the goons guarding Martin reads a copy of Detective Comics, although it doesn't seem to feature its most famous spinoff character.
  • Cruel Mercy: Harvey refuses to let Jim confess to his part in Sofia's rise, instead letting him live with the guilt.
  • Defiant to the End: Bleeding out on the floor from multiple gunshot wounds and told to beg for mercy, Gordon instead tells Sofia to go to hell.
  • Disappointed in You: Sofia was disappointed in both Gordon and her father Carmine.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Headhunter is happy to hunt down Penguin for Sofia, as payback for being stabbed by him.
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    • Lee shoots Sofia in the head, and breaks Samson's hand with a hammer, as payback for what they did to her in the previous episode.
    • Grundy's got his Butch Gilzean mind back, and turns on the Riddler.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Penguin figures out Riddler's riddle:
    Penguin: A knuckle sandwich! Oh... ::gets punched::
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sofia doesn't believe Jim's refusal of her terms was about protecting the GCPD, believing it to be about him. Partially Justified by, as she points out, her terms matching her father's terms for control of Gotham for decades, though fighting that state of affairs was Jim's first story arc.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Sofia's downfall is ultimately because of her pissing off just about everyone in Gotham.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Subverted. Bruce is shown having to ice his hand after punching out a guy in the pawn shop fight.
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  • The Masochism Tango: Selina calls out Bruce for being a "douchebag" last time they met, and tells him not to bother to apologize since he'll probably just do it again. He responds by saying he missed her too.
  • The Mole: Penguin's accountant, Mr. Penn, is revealed to have been spying on him for Sofia Falcone, and on Sofia for Carmine Falcone. When Sofia found out, he forced him to spy on Carmine for her.
  • Mugging the Monster: The pawnbroker's attempt to beat up Bruce and Selina, take their money, and keep the jewelry backfires on him. That said, Bruce still pays him after knocking him unconscious.
  • Noodle Incident: How Riddler tracked down where Martin had been hidden. It apparently involved him dressing as an old Polish woman, and taking advantage of Zsasz's love for disco.
  • Oh, Crap!: Riddler's reaction when he realizes that Grundy's got his memory back.
  • Resurrection Sickness: Something is wrong with Barbara, and it is hinted to be from her dip in the Lazarus Pit. She's experiencing migraines, sees a hallucination of Ra's, and her palm starts glowing white.
  • Secret Identity Vocal Shift: After he and Selina beat up the pawn shop owner's thugs, Bruce chides them in as deep and growly a voice as a teenage kid can muster, Foreshadowing this trope.
  • Villainous Friendship: Penguin ultimately chooses saving Riddler over killing Sofia. Riddler doesn't directly rat out Oswald's location even under torture, he just taunts Sofia with a riddle.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Sofia, upon seeing that Lee is the one who shot her.

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