Let Them Eat Pie
|"Let Them Eat Pie"|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||Nathan Hope|
|Written by||Iturri Sosa|
|Featured music||David E. Russo|
|Cinematography by||Scott Kevan|
|Editing by||Sarah C. Reeves|
|Original air date||November 16, 2017|
|Running time||43 minutes|
"Let Them Eat Pie" is the ninth episode of the fourth season and 75th episode overall from the Fox series Gotham. The show is itself based on the characters created by DC Comics set in the Batman mythology. The episode was written by consulting producer Iturri Sosa on his writing debut and directed by Nathan Hope. It was first broadcast on November 16, 2017.
In the episode, the newly appointed GCPD Captain Gordon and the task force continue the manhunt for Professor Pyg, who has now killed homeless people and served them as "meat pies" he plans to use at Sofia Falcone's fundraising event. Cobblepot begins to doubt Sofia's true intentions and is paranoid after finding Gordon as the new Captain. Also, Alfred gets angered at Bruce's new behavior.
The episode received positive reviews from critics, who praised Cerveris' performance, Bruce's character development as well as Gordon and Pyg's fight.
Professor Pyg (Michael Cerveris) serves food to homeless people and takes 6 of them to a dining hall where he serves them poisoned food. He then begins removing parts of their bodies. Meanwhile, Gordon (Ben McKenzie) arrives just as Bullock (Donal Logue) is leaving the Captain's office.
Sofia (Crystal Reed) prepares for a fundraising event when she is visited by Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who is angry at Gordon being promoted as GCPD Captain and sets to find the person who authorized it as the Mayor is currently missing. Gordon continues receiving threats from Pyg, who has now pitched a tent with two corpses being eaten by pigs outside the GCPD. Meanwhile, Bruce (David Mazouz) is confronted by Alfred (Sean Pertwee) for his recent misbehavior and is reminded of their yearly tradition of going to the top of a hill.
Lucius (Chris Chalk) tells Gordon that the corpses were filled with materials that produce paper, so he goes to investigate a closed paper mill. However, he is ambushed and Pyg kidnaps him. Pyg later shows up at Sofia's fundraising event as a chef, preparing meat pies made of homeless people. In the hill, Alfred tells Bruce the story of how he met Thomas Wayne and how he saved his life. Bruce distracts Alfred, takes the keys and flees in the car.
At the fundraising event, Pyg serves Gotham's Elite, including Sofia and Cobblepot the people pies. When Sofia questions him, he stabs her in the hand. Meanwhile, The Sirens arrive at the event, and Barbara (Erin Richards) and Selina (Camren Bicondova) go to meet with Sofia, while Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) decides to explore and investigate the building. Meanwhile, Barbara and Selina show up, and attend to Sofia's wound. Pyg explains that everyone will eat the pies that are made of homeless people or he will kill Martin (Christopher Convery). When one of them dismisses Martin for being an orphan, Cobblepot kills him. He then forces everyone to eat the pies. Meanwhile, Tabitha explores and opens the door to the kitchen. Inside she finds a warming oven, along with a cookbook with pictures of humans inside it. She also finds Captain Gordon in the pantry gagged and tied up. Realizing that Pyg means to burn Gordon to death and then eat his organs, she frees him, and even she is disgusted by what Pyg was planning to do to Gordon, knowing that he would have to face an extremely painful death if she didn't rescue him. Meanwhile, Pyg applauds himself for his success and hands out more of his people pies forcing his guests to eat them. Tabitha shows up with Gordon and explains Pyg is a cannibal and that the pies are made out of human organs. The guests are astonished and disgusted and The Sirens, along with Gordon, fight with Pyg on the table and they take Pyg down and defeat him. Pyg is later sent to Arkham Asylum.
In the aftermath, Cobblepot decides to abandon the licenses but tells Sofia that Gordon can't continue being Captain. In Wayne Manor, Bruce has hosted a party with friends when Alfred shows up. After everyone leaves, Alfred confronts Bruce for his actions. Bruce explains that nothing has changed since Ra's death, despite having avenged his parents' death. He then tells Alfred to just be his butler, not his father. That night, Gordon visits Sofia and after a talk, Sofia kisses him. Martin later shows this information to Cobblepot. Tearful, he states she will pay.
Morena Baccarin, Cory Michael Smith, Drew Powell, and Alexander Siddig don't appear in the episode as their respective characters. In October 2017, it was announced that the guest cast for the episode would include Michael Cerveris as Professor Pyg, Gordon Winarick as Tommy Elliot, and Christopher Convery as Martin.
The episode was watched by 2.62 million viewers with a 0.9/3 share among adults aged 18 to 49. This was a slight decrease in viewership from the previous episode, which was watched by 2.70 million viewers with a 0.9/3 in the 18-49 demographics. With these ratings, Gotham ranked second for Fox, behind The Orville, fourth on its timeslot, and eleventh for the night, behind The Orville, How to Get Away with Murder, S.W.A.T., Scandal, Life in Pieces, Mom, Grey's Anatomy, Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory, and Thursday Night Football.
"A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie" received positive reviews from critics. Matt Fowler of IGN gave the episode a "good" 7.3 out of 10 and wrote in his verdict, "'Let Them Eat Pie' was notable for Pyg's dinner scene and the insanity that ensued (including song & dance, meat pies, and his showdown with Jim), but the character's over-the-top schemes, and psycho butchery, don't match up with his blasé quest to end city corruption."
Kyle Fowle of The A.V. Club wrote "For the most part, this episode is a significant step down from every that came before it. I think the fact that it's the end of the Professor Pyg arc is the problem. Gotham has told its more compelling stories in the build-up to this episode, and 'Let Them Eat Pie,' partly out of necessity, is focused solely on catching Pyg. There's no Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina, nothing else with the fight club. Integral, entertaining pieces are missing."
Nick Hogan of TV Overmind gave the episode a 4 star rating out of 5, writing "Overall, I'm pleased with the way things are going on Gotham. It's still a bit confusing to have things titled 'A Dark Knight' and have Bruce involved in such a weird way, but the storytelling prowess is still there. The characters are strong as ever, and the story is exciting, and that's all that really matters on Gotham." Sydney Bucksbaum of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "As annoying and bratty as Bruce (David Mazouz) has been acting recently, taking his billionaire party boy character mask a little too seriously, it's undeniable that it's giving the young actor some real meat to work with this season."
Vinnie Mancuso of Collider wrote, "What's important is that Gotham only has two chapters left until its mid-season finale. We've already gotten pig-themed murder, Frankenstein's monster competing in underground MMA, and a jaunty showtune about cannibalism. Hold on to your undercrackers, I cannot wait to see how Gotham closes this one out for the winter." Lisa Babick of TV Fanatic gave the series a 4 star rating out of 5, writing "Jim's first day as Captain was a blast on Gotham Season 4 Episode 9. Even though he wasn't invited to Sofia's fundraiser dinner, he still got to be part of the fun when Professor Pyg made an appearance. And that was one bizarro dinner, wasn't it?" Marc Buxton of Den of Geek gave wrote, "Thankfully, Gotham saves the day with a pure gross out, surreal bit of business that features a dude with a pig head singing while feeding homeless people to rich folk, and it's stuff like that that sets Gotham apart from the countless other comic book shows on TV."
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