Gotham Season 3 Episode 3 “Mad City: Look into my Eyes”

Gotham Season 3 Episode 3 “Mad City: Look into my Eyes”

Gotham Season 3 Episode 3 “Mad City: Look into my Eyes”

0 comments 📅07 October 2016, 11:34

I was pretty excited to see this week’s episode of Gotham. This is mostly because of the teaser that they played at the end of last episode showing the Mad Hatter in the Gotham universe. I was also wanting to get more details on this apparent Bruce Wayne clone that showed up at Wayne Manor.


This week we start in Barbra Kean’s new bar, where we see a man in a top hat preforming a hypnotist act. He has a mad-hatter-1200x659few people up there acting like animals and, makes them snap out of it. The crowd laughs and then they ask him to do another trick. For this trick he scans the room looking for a volunteer to help him out. He spots a lady wearing a very expensive necklace and asks her husband up on stage. He asks if the man is a lawyer and the man replies that he is a doctor, after this the man asks him to listen to his watch and focus on the sound and to match his heartbeat to the watch. He then asks the man to look into his eyes, as he does this he tells the doctor quietly a rhyme that is now planted into his subconscious. The hypnotist now has the man stand on the back of a chair one footed and claims that he can get anyone to do anything, and that without the mind holding you back people have the ability to do amazing things. He snaps the guy out of it and tells everyone his name, Jervis Tetch AKA The Mad Hatter.

gotham-303-3-600x401We now cut back to where we last left Bruce Wayne, back at the mansion with his doppelganger. Bruce is boxing with Alfred when the kid walks in, Bruce then offers for the kid to take his place and go a few rounds with Alfred. At first the kid seems like he does not know what to do when all of the sudden he starts to show exceptional fighting skills. After the first few hits Alfred goes a little harder and punches the kid square in the face. This causes the kid to start bleeding and they ask if he is ok. The doppelganger says he can’t feel the blood running from his nose and this is when they decide it’s time to take a break and have breakfast. During breakfast Bruce checks in on the kid and apologizes for his nose, after Bruce leaves we see some strange bruises pop up on the kids arms. After he goes to see Bruce in the study, where Bruce is doing some research on who the kid could be. They start to have a conversation when Bruce hears Selina Kyle coming in through his window and asks the kid to hide because Selina “Wouldn’t understand”. Selina has come over to ask for Bruce’s help in finding her friend Ivy. But Bruce has to decline so she won’t find out about the clone. As the conversation is happening the kid starts to imitate the way Bruce talks. This eventually leads to the kid cutting his hair and stealing a car to pose as Bruce to help Selina.

The Mad Hatter follows the doctor he hypnotized at the club back to his house. In the middle of the night he knocks on the door, as the doctor answers Mr. Tetch whispers the same rhyme he said earlier and basically turns the doctor into a blank servant. He states that this is now his house and when the wife wakes up he has the husband kill her and bury her in the back yard then kill himself. After they leave he pulls out a photo and says that he will find Alice soon.


Now to a crappy apartment in Gotham, Jim Gordon is waking up from his night with Ms. Vale, one that he apparently thought was more than she did because she just got her stuff and said it was fun but she had to go. Jim then gets dressed and heads down to the GCPD to collect the money that they owe him from helping bring in the escaped Indian Hill patients. It is here where he runs into his old flame Lee from the previous seasons. She says that she is moving back and that she is engaged to a doctor, also she will be resuming her old job as ME for the Gotham police.

GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie in the “Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell…” season premiere episode of GOTHAM airing airing Monday, Sept. 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.

Jim leaves saying he will get his money later and storms back to his apartment. Once he arrives there is a knock at the door, Jim goes to answer it and sees Mr. Jervis Tetch. He asks Jim to help him find his sister who was put into Indian Hill by Dr. Hugo Strange because she had blood that was a type of poison. Jim accepts the offer and begins his investigation. After a while he is able to track down where Alice works and finds it burnt to the ground, while there he has an altercation with the owner and has to go to the hospital for stitches. At the hospital the doctor that is giving him stitches reveals himself and Lee’s new fiancé and an awkward passive aggressive conversation ensues that ends when Jim says “If you hurt her, I’ll kill you”. After Jim leaves the hospital he finds where Alice has been hiding, she tells him that she is running from her brother and that he can find her. Jim reports back to Tetch to tell him that he found her but he wants to know what is going on. Tetch then goes to slyly hypnotize Gordon and make him stand on the ledge of a roof ready to jump off. But before that could happen Alice steps out and shoots her brother in the shoulder thus snapping the hypnotic control he had over Jim. The Mad Hatter takes off and Alice helps Jim off the ledge. Now Jim has a new person to hunt down and a new person to protect.

gotham_303_006They now show Lee out on her date with her fiancé, and apparently this date is the one where she gets to meet her future husbands father. This seems pretty normal until they reveal that her father in law to be is none other than Carmine Falcone, the former mob boss of Gotham city. Throughout the show we have seen the Penguin arguing with the city mayor when it all comes to a head and Penguin announces that he is going to run for mayor in a special election. After some advice from his underling Butch, Penguin decides that he will need a little more help in his campaign. So the episode ends with our good friend Edward Nygma aka The Riddler being released from Arkham as sane and being picked up by the Penguin.

This episode was one of the better villain introductions, it did not feel forced or unnecessary. Best of all it didn’t interrupt the flow of the show. A thing that they did that I thoroughly enjoyed was the effect that they did on the Mad Hatters eyes. Every time he went to hypnotize someone and asked them to look into his eyes they did some sort of effect where hid pupils turned solid black and they were, in fact, hypnotizing. They left the end very open with the hatter and I hope to see him back soon.

Luke Hunsaker
Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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