- "Lies don't make anyone comfortable, especially the one telling them, but no one said anything about this job being comfortable. If I'm going to embrace the Bat, then I'm going to have to embrace hiding a part of myself from the outside world. Living this double life is a sacrifice, but our city is worth it."
- —Kate Kane on her sacrifices.
|A new villain with an eye for all things that sparkle drops in on the city. Kate attempts to find a balance between her personal life and her new role as Gotham's guardian. Catherine has an uncomfortable encounter with Alice who always seems to be one step ahead of the Kane family. Batwoman pays fangirl Mary a visit to ask for a favor. Meanwhile, Jacob and Sophie try to piece together who was after their prisoner. Luke continues to fine tune Batwoman's arsenal of weapons as the pair track their unwelcome visitor and discover she has more sinister plans than snatching shiny objects.|
Magpie breaks into a gallery and steals a ring on display. The alarm goes off and a guard comes in, and Magpie throws two grenades at him and flees during the explosion that follows.
The next day, Vesper says on her radio show that a guard was almost killed during the third jewel theft in a week. Sophie listens as Vesper wonders where Batwoman was. Meanwhile, Kate is in bed with Reagan and turns off the radio. Reagan says that she kind of likes Batwoman and believes that Gotham could use a woman's touch. The two share a passionate kiss, before Kate's phone rings, and she checks it to learn that Luke texted her saying that it's urgent. She tells Reagan that Luke is a co-worker and she has to go because there's a problem with the plumbing and lies that a water main broke at Wayne Tower. Reagan notes how Kate comes by her place late at night and leaves before breakfast. As a result, she doesn't see much of her except in small increments of time. Thus Kate tells her that she'll make it up to her before leaving.
Kate goes to Bruce's office and meets with the museum curator, Roxanna. Roxanna thanks Kate for letting her have Martha Wayne's necklace up for display, and tells the photographer, Margot, to get a few more shots of it. Luke asks where Kate was, and Kate tells him that she's been seeing someone. He explains that Magpie struck again and almost killed a security guard, and Batwoman was nowhere to be seen. Luke and Kate go to the Batcave and Luke wonders what they're going to do with the imprisoned Dodgson. She says that he's not going anywhere until Dodgson tells her more about Alice's plan. However, his fever continues to spike, and the Dodgson's heart seizes up and Kate agrees that he needs an ER.
At a cemetery somewhere in Gotham City Catherine watches as a backhoe digs up two graves. She goes to her car and Alice and her gang show up. Alice asks Catherine if Jacob knows what is actually buried there. The villainess says that she'll keep what Catherine is doing to herself if Catherine gives her a top-secret weapon from her defense company. Alice knows that the project was Catherine's idea, and tells her to give it to her by 10 pm the next night or Jacob will know all about how Catherine convinced him that Beth was dead all those years ago.
Meanwhile, Mary returns to her clinic and finds Batwoman waiting for her. Using a voice modulator, Batwoman tells Mary that she needs her help and shows her Dodgson cuffed to a bed. Mary notes that Dodgson tried to kill her, but checks his infected leg. She says that she might be able to save him, and Batwoman promises to come back for Dodgson later. Mary jokingly asks her if she doesn't have neosporin in her utility belt. She also goes onto chastise Batwoman because she actually subscribes to a code of 'Do no Harm', unlike the vigilante.
Batwoman deduces that she needs to establish the citizens' faith in Batman by capturing Magpie. Luke calls her and suggests that they use Eagle cams.
Magpie breaks into another gallery to steal jewelry, and Batwoman cuts through her line. The two women fight and Batwoman grabs some trinkets off of Magpie's belt, as Magpie jumps out a window. Batwoman tries to stop her and misses when her thrown Batarang returns and instead smashes a precious gilded vase that once belonged to Marie Antoinette.
The next day, Vesper is on the radio joking about how the gallery footage showed that Batwoman missed the batarang. Kate meets with Luke and suggests that the Batarang is broken. He says that the trinkets were grenades and figures he can trace the contents to locate Magpie. Kate leaves to have lunch with Reagan.
At the Crows HQ, Jacob is listening to cello music when Sophie comes in. He explains that Alice was playing it when she broke into his penthouse and notes that Beth played the cello and the song was her favorite piece. Jacob quickly shuts off the music and Sophie gives him a report showing that someone hit Alice's van with an advanced IED. She warns that the technology necessary is unique to Hamilton Dynamics, and Jacob wonders why someone at Hamilton would want to ambush the convoy.
Kate and Reagan decide to go for a walk before lunch, and Reagan correctly deduces that Kate came back because of an ex. She then points out that she used to live in an apartment that is now part of the Crows District, but she along with the previous tenants were and all forced out. So the real estate moguls got rich evicting people; not caring who they hurt in the process. Kate realizes that Reagan was evicted from her childhood home, and the blonde woman admits that she googled Kate. Just as Reagan is taking Kate to her mother's friend's restaurant, Kate gets another text and says that she has to deal with an electrical fire in her cousin's building. She invites Reagan to the fundraiser at the museum and she agrees.
In the Batcave, the alarms go off. Luke grabs a gun and goes to investigate the break-in at Bruce's office. Magpie drops in and kicks Luke unconscious.
Later, Kate returns to the office and finds Luke knocked out. She realizes that Magpie took the necklace, and feels guilty at not being here to protect Luke and the rest of the place. Kate and Luke talk about how Bruce's mom was killed for that necklace. Then Luke talks about how Bruce Wayne spent years looking for it in the streets. He eventually found it in an auction and spent $1 million buying it back. Luke then says that Magpie 3D-printed the bombs using explosive ink, and suggests that Kate ask Sophie since it'd be easier for the Crows to locate it since they track magnate shipment.
At the Crows HQ, Sophie wonders why Kate is on the case if Batwoman is as well, and Kate says that she doesn't trust vigilantes. After Sophie comes up with a list of explosive ink buyers, she tells Kate that she's glad she came to her and that they've always made a good team.
Catherine's men break into one of Alice's lairs, and they set off an exploding rabbit doll. The gang members easily capture and beat them, and Alice tells them she heard that they were asking about her location on Catherine's orders. Alice figures that Catherine needs a message that she's not playing games, and asks for a "volunteer". When none of the three men volunteer, Alice picks the leader and cuts his wrist with a pair of hedge clippers.
At the Batcave, Luke goes through the list of ink purchasers. Kate notes that Sophie thinks that she's Batwoman, and wonders how Bruce made living a double-life so easily. Luke tells her that Bruce's life sucked; the playboy thing was a good cover for him because he could tell the same lies over and over. Eventually, Luke's search comes up with a PO Box for one of the buyers at the old Gotham Hotel. Batwoman goes there and finds Magpie's jewelry, computer, and 3D printer. She notes that the temperature in the room is rather cold when just looking at the window, she's able to see her breath. Luke figures out that if Batwoman's body temperature raises the room's temperature, it will set off a bomb.
Through Luke, Kate finds out that her suit can lower Kate's body temperature to match the room and bypass the sensors in Magpie's lair. However, Luke warns her that she can't breath otherwise the bomb in Magpie's "nest" will go off. He asks her how long she can hold her breath. She says it gets dicey after two minutes. While she works, Luke says that the Batarang was calibrated for Bruce, not Kate, because he has longer arms. But that it has since been recalibrated to match her. He then asks Batwoman to clone the computer's hard drive, and Batwoman does so and finds Magpie's stash of jewelry, including the necklace. Batwoman sneezes and then hoists herself out of the room on a grappling line as a bomb goes off.
Dodgson wakes up and begs Mary for help, muttering Alice's name. She realizes that Dodgson is suggestible because of the morphine she's giving him, and pretends to be Alice for the delusional Dodgson. Mary asks him for the details of "her" plan, and Dodgson says that "she" has no idea who Alice cares about. He says that Alice has big plans for "the Mouse" and passes out.
Luke returns the necklace to its case and goes to the Batcave.
Batwoman stands watch over the museum, figuring that Magpie will strike there. Luke has found schematics on Magpie's computer and is printing it since he can't decrypt them. She sees Reagan arrive and tells Luke that she has to go.
Catherine's man meets with Catherine in a parking garage and shows her his severed wrist tendon. He tells Catherine that she'll have to do it herself and leaves. Alice calls Catherine and says that she's too late, then hangs up.
Kate sees Reagan at the bar and avoids her, but first goes and hides her bag with her suit in a supply closet. Before she can approach her, Sophie comes over and says that she's working security in case Magpie shows. Reagan comes over and makes it clear that she's with Kate, and Sophie tells them to have fun after a tense and awkward moment between the three women.
Luke continues printing the schematic.
Roxanna comes over and says that a security guard showed up with a stolen necklace. She calls everyone's attention and presents the necklace. Kate excuses herself from Reagan and calls Luke, who says that the "necklace" is a bomb that Magpie printed. As she goes to get her case, Kate figures that the bomb will serve as a distraction while Magpie robs the museum.
The lights in the museum go out, and Magpie sets off the fire alarm. Sophie moves people toward the exit and the security guards move in. Reagan wonders where Kate is as she desperately tries to call her to find out her whereabouts.
Magpie is stealing jewelry when Batwoman throws a Batarang at her and misses. The thief asks if Batwoman will capture her or save the guests, and triggers a remote to set off the bomb necklace. Batwoman goes there and absorbs the blasts with her cape, and sees Magpie fleeing with the jewels. One of the pearls from the necklace lands next to a little girl and Batwoman throws a Batarang to knock the pearl out of the girl's hand and then shields her with her cape. Magpie takes a grappling line across the street, and Batwoman snags her line and brings Magpie down into a nearby water fountain.
As the Crows secure the scene and take away Magpie, Kate realizes who she is; Margot, the photographer taking pictures of the necklace. Kate returns and tells Reagan that she was on a call. The blonde quickly figures that Kate is lying to her and says that she needs honesty in her relationships. Kate tells her that she's not in a place right now where she can share all of herself with someone else. She apologizes, and Reagan figures that she has a lot going on. She hopes that it makes Kate happy and walks away.
Catherine goes to Jacob's office and says that Alice came to her and wants something. She explains that Alice is interested in Hamilton Technologie's newest project, and refuses to give a weapon to a terrorist. The phone rings and Catherine begs Jacob not to answer it. She says that years ago she made Jacob think that Beth was dead passing off deer bone fragments as Beth's so that he and Kate would move on. Catherine subsequently reveals that she paid off the DNA analyst to write the report that Jacob saw, and Jacob tells her to get away from him before walking out.
Batwoman returns to the clinic and Mary says that Dodgson is stable. Mary relates what Dodgson said earlier, and Batwoman injects Dodgson with a subdermal transmitter. She tells Mary that Dodgson will lead her to Alice and Alice will lead her to Mouse, thanks Mary for her help, and leaves.
In Jacob's office, he listens to cello music and cries.
Vesper tells Batwoman her smile is beautiful, and that she should smile more. Luke tells Kate that the city trusts her now. Kate says that shes wants to buy run-down buildings and give them to the rundown because right now the city doesn't trust Kate Kane like they do Batwoman.
Batwoman watches over the city, and figures that if she's going to embrace the Bat then she'll have to embrace hiding part of herself. Meanwhile, Luke turns on the new and improved Bat-signal.
- Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman
- Rachel Skarsten as Beth Kane/Alice
- Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore
- Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton
- Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox
- Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane
- Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane
- Rachel Matthews as Margot/Magpie
- Brianne Howey as Reagan
- Brendon Zub as Chuck Dodgson
- Giles Panton as Shane McKillen
- Rachel Maddow as Vesper Fairchild (voice)
- Loretta Walsh as Roxanna
- Amber Taylor as Little Girl
- Connie Hosie as Little Girl's Mother
- Monique Bourgeois as Magpie Doppelgänger
- Kate Kane quotes Rihanna, more specifically "Hurt me with the truth, never comfort with a lie". Ironically, at the end of the episode, however, she concedes that sometimes, lies are necessary.
- Killer Croc was name dropped in this episode by Kate.
- The episode shares its name with an episode from season 5.
- The explosion from each pearl wasn't strong enough to cause a lot of harm. No more than a firecracker worse of fire was released.
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