Gotham A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself Recap Season 4 Episode 8 – “A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself” begins with the mayor of Gotham offering Jim Gordon the position of captain of the Gotham City Police Department now occupied by his old partner, Harvey Bullock. Gordon is at first reluctant to take the job, believing that he should give his old friend one last chance to redeem himself. The fact that the mayor is acting under the influence of Sofia Falcone does not help matters. However, by the end of the episode, Gordon concludes that Bullock is not going to pull himself out of the morass of corruption and guilt he finds himself in, so he accepts the job.
Gotham A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself Recap Season 4 Episode 8
In the meantime, at the fight club, Ed Nygma has started a pre-bout act in which he mocks the Penguin. Then his protégé, Solomon Grundy, defeats a local tough by ripping off his arm and beating him to death with it as he bleeds out.
Penguin, hearing of the mockery, hires Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina to kidnap Nygma. The three arrive, but Tabitha has to fight Solomon in order to win the right to take Nygma back to the Penguin and hence his painful doom. Tabitha, who was Butch’s lover before he turned into Solomon Grundy, thinks she can make him see reason. For a few moments, the Butch persona comes back when he recognizes Tabitha. But things go sideways when Firefly, who the Penguin also sent as a backup plan, shows up with her flamethrower.
In the ensuing fracas, Tabitha is obliged to beat Solomon into unconsciousness with a nail-studded bat. Cherry, the proprietor of the fight club, is killed, and Barbara shoots Firefly, disabling her. As a result, Lee is now head of the fight club and the team of Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina have failed in their mission to grab Nygma as Solomon wakes up.
Penguin is put out that his latest plan to take out his rival Nygma has come to naught. However, he finds that he has a new protégé at the orphanage that Sofia has founded, a mute boy named Martin who is being bullied by the other students. Penguin decides to teach the boy the fine art of revenge and intrigue, lessons that he takes to with an appalling alacrity. Sofia comes upon Penguin teaching Martin how to stab someone and is so impressed that she invites him to dinner.
At the end of the episode Sofia finds Gordon sitting on her steps, morose at what he had to do to become a police captain. Sofia reminds the police officer that she is a gangster and this is what a gangster’s help looks like. She wants Gordon to be her partner in restoring order to the city while she rebuilds the Falcone name. Gordon does not go inside with her, which causes her to frown.
Other episodes of Gotham reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
s4e7 – A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows
s4e6 – A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon
s4e5 – A Dark Knight: The Blade’s Path
s4e4 – A Dark Knight: The Demon’s Head
s4e3 – A Dark Knight: They Who Hide Behind Masks
s4e2 – A Dark Knight: The Fear Reaper
s4e1 – A Dark Knight: Pax Penguina
Gotham A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself Recap Season 4 Episode 8 characters and cast include:
James Gordon – Ben McKenzie (The O.C., 88 Minutes, Southland)
Harvey Bullock – Donal Logue (Grounded for Life, The Patriot, Blade, Vikings, Sons of Anarchy, Reindeer Games, ER)
Bruce Wayne – David Mazouz (Touch, The Games Maker, The Darkness)
Alfred Moneypenny – Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers, Equilibrium, Elementary, Event Horizon, Alan Partridge)
Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin – Robin Lord Taylor (Accepted, Another Earth, The Walking Dead)
Selina Kyle – Camren Bicondova (Girl House, Gotham Stories)
Tabitha Galavan – Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, Pompeii, That Awkward Moment, Gracepoint, Evil Dead)
Sofia Falcone – Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf, Crazy Stupid Love, Skyline, Crush)
Ra’s al Ghul – Alexander Siddig (Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, Da Vinci’s Demons, Syriana, Kingdom of Heaven, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Barbara Kean – Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones, Open Grave, Merlin, Breaking In, Being Human)
Leslie Thompkins – Morena Baccarin (The Flash, Deadpool, Homeland, V, Firefly, Serenity)
Solomon Grundy – Drew Powell (Straw Dogs, Ray Donovan, The Mentalist, Southland, Malcolm in the Middle, Wanderland)
Edward Nygma – Cory Michael Smith (Wonderstruck, Carol, Olive Kitteridge)
Lucius – Chris Chalk (The Newsroom, 12 Years a Slave, Homeland, Complications, Detroit)
Cherry – Marina Benedict (Prison Break, Flesh and Bone, Torchwood, Burn Notice)
Firefly – Camila Perez (The Path, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Who We Are Now)
Mayor Burke – Larry Pine (The Grand Budapest Hotel, House of Cards, Moonrise Kingdom, The Clearing)