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Pretty Hate Machine could describe Lee, Shaman, Penguin or Riddler this episode.  Hate seemed rule the day in Gotham.  Jim was infected, the bomb went off, and Ed & Oswald’s showdown was stopped by Fish.  This episode ramped up the action!

Pretty Hate Machine:

GU65 - Pretty Hate Machine - Lee

Lee has taken the virus and what has it brought out in her?  Hate for Jim?  No she loves Jim because of the darkness and danger in him.  What she hates is him not being himself.  She wants him to choose to be set free.  She knocks him out and buries him.  Then she goes to the GCPD to watch the show.  Jim can take the virus and fight his way our or die.  Harvey wants to find him but time and air are limited.  Plus the virus bomb thread is looming.  With the bomb about to go off and Harvey still looking for him, Jim has no choice.  He takes the virus and breaks out.  He arrives at the station knocks out the Talon guarding the bomb, but is stopped by Lee.  The bomb is set off and Lee & Jim have are not joined by other infected people.  She says for him to come see her when he is ready.  But will his hate let him do that?

GU65 - Pretty Hate Machine - Shaman Bruce

Shaman and Bruce meet with the ruling council of the Court of Owls. The Shaman commands him to get his revenge but he hesitates.  So at the Shaman’s command the Talons kill the council. Later Bruce considers this failure, but Shaman says he can redeem himself.  Hugo comes in with the bomb and bows to the technique of the Shaman in conquering Bruce.  Bruce will set off the bomb allowing Gotham to be cleansed and be the Dark Hero who rises from the ashes.   Alfred and Bullock break in but can’t stop the bomb from leaving.  Alfred confronts Bruce, but he becomes the Shaman’s human shield.

Later Alfred shares this with Bullock.  Bullock tells Alfred to use that hate and get messy with Hugo to find out about Bruce and the bomb.  After dangling Hugo off the roof, gets answers.  Hugo says it is too late for Bruce, but you can find him at Wayne Enterprises where he will watch the bomb go off.  Alfred relays the info to Bullock and Jim figures out the bomb is at the station.  Alfred goes after Bruce.

Bruce is ready to push the button.  Alfred tries to reason with him.  He says the Shaman’s work can be turned around but if he pushes the button, Bruce can’t come back.  The Shaman pushes the button and Alfred shoots him.  Before he dies, the Shaman tells Bruce to look for the Demon’s Head.  The virus is released, Bruce is enraged and arrested, and Alfred is in shock.

Clashing Hate:

GU65 - Pretty Hate Machine - Fish Ed Oswald

Oswald is filled with Hate for Ed.  But Mister Freeze and Firefly have left him.  Selina is there and Ivy fills her in.  Oswald tasks Selina to find his freaks.  Ed fills Babs, Tabbs, and Butch in about the Penguin being back.  Plus he fills them in on the Owls, but says the real problem is Penguin.  Oswald wants them all dead.  Ed takes them to Oswald’s safe house, but Oswald and Ivy escape.  Selina is captured and gives them the scoop.  She talks with Ivy who spills the beans on their location.  Oswald is furious, but has no time to act.

The Riddler and crew have Oswald.  The hate is brimming over.  Ed wants Oswald to call him The Riddler, but Oswald refuses.  The tourture is about to start when the all get a surprise.  Fish Mooney walks in and takes Penguin away, for reasons yet unknown. The rest of the group is left in stunned silence.

Closing Thoughts:

I enjoyed this episode much more than I did last week’s.  I’m still not thrilled about what they are doing to Lee, but she was EVIL this week! This episode may not originally have been planned as the penultimate one, but it sure ramped up the action and stress.  It leaves me excited for next week and wondering what comes next. That is a very good thing.


Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling/Dirtyheavysoul:  With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul (guest star Alexander Siddig) and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed in the all-new, special two-hour “Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling/ Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul” season finale episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-321/22) (TV-14 L, V)

Harley Quinn news from Coming Soon:  Fan-favorite character Harley Quinn has been confirmed for the Season 3 Gotham finale by star David Mazouz, according to Movie Pilot. He told the site, “She’s going to be in the finale. Stay tuned.” There has been speculation about the appearance of the character, especially after executive producer John Stephens spoke about it back in January. He said, “We might see [her] in Episode 22,” teasing that the character will be the “launching point” for the main plot of the show’s fourth season.

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