Hello! The review of episode 5, Shirley Bassey, of Pennyworth here!
We see Bet and Peggy taking a stroll along the Thames where Bet reveals to her sister that she saw the guys who killed Esme, but didn’t do anything to stop them. Peggy thinks she makes it up and that it is her that killed Esme. When Bet and Peggy are back in London after Esme’s funeral, Bet spots Lord Harwood on the streets. He is still held hostage by some other guy with a chain and a collar. To free him, Bet stab the guy with her brooch in his eye and convinces her sister to take him with them. When they are back home, Lord Harwood gets a shave and haircut and almost looks human again, except for that he still misses a large part of his nose. Bet tries to tell him his real name, but he is not having it so they settle on calling him Ginger instead.
Not only Peggy and Bet visit Esme’s funeral from a distance, but also Thomas and Martha come to pay their respects. Martha feels guilty because she convinced Alfred to come with her to the countryside and leave Esme alone. After the funeral, Alfred is laying in bed when he starts to imagine that a dead army friend, Spanish, is talking to him. Alfred tells that he knows who killed Esme and where that guy is. Spanish tells him to cut the guys throat, but Alfred can’t because it is himself. He blames himself because he was with Martha, instead of with Esme.
A couple of months later, followers of the Raven Society, No Name League and others are fighting all over the city. Thomas is requested by the leader of the No Name League. Because the League is losing the battle on the streets, the leader wants to meet with Frances Gaunt, the leader of the Raven Society on neutral grounds and then kill her. Thomas is against that plan, but he has no choice to go with it, or else they will start to doubt his loyalty. When Thomas walks back home, he meets with another guy. He expresses his concerns that the leader might know that he is secretly CIA. His handler and Washington are cool with killing Frances Gaunt because they are the ones that engineered this whole plan. Thomas wants to give the job to Martha and Alfred, but she refuses to take Alfred along in this plan.
The man himself is still mourning Esme’s death being a shameful mess when John Ripper visits him. Because Alfred still owes him a favour, John wants Alfred to run with him each morning now that his usual partner has broken his leg. Slowly but steadily, Alfreds getting the hang of it and starts to run faster every time. Then one day, John takes Alfred to Esme’s grave and tells him that Esme was killed to make him suffer. If Alfred does something for him first, he will give him the name of the person who knows who killed Esme. Filled with new determination, Alfred goes to the pub to collect the pub owner’s shotgun. In the Velvet Rope, Thomas is meeting with Dave and Bazza to offer them the job that he first wanted Alfred to do. Bazza is not interested when it involves killing someone and walks away, but Dave is interested because he has done worse things for free.
The leader of the No Name League and the Raven Society meet in a restaurant where Dave is in the kitchen preparing to kill Frances Gaunt. But he is caught by the head chef. He threatens the kitchen staff with his gun and locks them up in the fridge. Dressed as a waiter he walks into the restaurant and kills Frances Gaunt’s henchmen. Before he can shoot her, she shoots him first but then immediately helps him by keeping his wound closed. Then Alfred shows up with a forage cap on but removes it as soon as Gaunt and Dave recognize him. Alfred shoots the leader of the No Name League, leaves Gaunt behind and takes the wounded Dave out of there. He brings Dave to the pub where the pub owner’s daughter calls the doctor before she and Alfred take a moment for themselves.
In the final scenes, we see that the inspector tells the news of the dead No Name League leader to the Prime Minister and the Queen. They believe that Frances Gaunt is responsible for it and are very grateful. It is also revealed that John Ripper is sleeping with the wife of the leader (who could now be the new leader) of the No Name League.