‘Gotham’ recap: 4×04 “The Demon’s Head”

Gotham recap: Season 4, Episode 04, “The Demon’s Head,” Aired Oct 12, 2017

This episode was written by Ben McKenzie! That’s right – our very own Jim Gordon wrote tonight’s episode. And he delivered.

There was a dogman named Anubis (who is the stuff of nightmares), and – in a particularly entertaining scene – Nygma sent some riddles in the form of rap-grams to Penguin. Oh, and the library (apparently) makes for a really good setting for a fight scene.

Overall, Ben McKenzie should be proud of himself; tonight’s episode was great. Let’s get into the biggest moments.

Don’t get between Ra’s al Ghul and his knife

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Poor Dr. Winthrop never stood a chance. Ra’s al Ghul snapped Winthrop’s neck right in front of his grandson. Conveniently, he walked in right as Winthrop figured out the importance of the knife (oh, yeah, and that Ra’s al Ghul himself is “the demon’s head”).

Then, Ra’s al Ghul strutted into the police department. His acting is way better than Bruce’s, as he pretended to be a museum official from his tiny nation, Nanda Parbat. It appears that Jim is on top in the interrogation, but Ra’s al Ghul quickly turns the tables. Surely Jim didn’t really think it would be that easy.

In a last desperate attempt to get the knife from Bruce, Ra’s al Ghul kills Bruce’s new BFF Alex (the Winthrop grandson) and just lets Jim arrest him on the spot, but I get the feeling his stay in prison will be short.

Bruce blows his cover

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I can practically see Alfred rolling his eyes. Bruce’s acting lessons from Alfred in last week’s episode proved pointless, as Bruce stormed into Barbara’s new HQ to interrogate her about Ra’s al Ghul and the knife. The clueless billionaire act no longer stands because, as both Barbara and Jim now know, Bruce knows way more than he is letting on. That cover didn’t last long.

Bruce is just getting himself into all kinds of trouble now, and he is not handling the consequences well. This is going to weigh heavily on him, and I am interested to see what he does next.

The battle for Gotham

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As you’ll recall, Sofia Falcone is in Gotham in order to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a gangster herself. However, Gotham is still under Penguin’s control, and he does not like having a Falcone back in the city. Sofia tries her best to act as if she is harmless, but Penguin knows that the Falcone name carries enough power in itself to threaten him and his reign. He played her. Falcone’s loyalists sought her out, only to be killed by Zsasz (at Penguin’s command).

Props to Sofia for staying strong through the whole ordeal, and not letting on about a plan of her own at all. But I think she’s got more than a little something up her sleeve.

The Riddler?

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What do you call the Riddler if he can no longer write good riddles? Downgraded to just Ed Nygma, our ex-Riddler confronts Penguin, who decides that Nygma is pathetic without the cleverness that made him the Riddler. Rather than freeze the Riddler again like Penguin planned, he decides that it would be a far worse punishment to let Nygma live knowing that he would never be the Riddler again. I guess we’ll just have to keep watching to see what Nygma does with this freedom.


Next week, Bruce goes on a mission to kill Ra’s al Ghul while Jim and Alfred chase after him. I can’t think of a single scenario where this goes as planned, so I’m sure we’ll be in for quite the episode. I believe Ra’s al Ghul’s time on Gotham has just begun.

Also, the Riddler meets Solomon Grundy (aka Cyrus Gold), who comic fans will know as the zombie. I am pretty excited to see how they work him into the story. Nygma will be dealing with his loss of his brainpower, so his run-in with Grundy will be something to watch.


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Gotham airs Thursday nights on FOX at 8/7c.

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Jordan Alperstein

Jordy has a degree in English literature and communication studies. When she isn't attending concerts, she's watching way too much TV for her own good and fangirling over Captain Swan. Jordy is a self-proclaimed optimist and bookworm, and she's a sucker for fantasy, superheroes, and good old-fashioned villains.

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