Kate contemplates how Bruce kept his identity as Batman alone.
At an Italian restaurant, Alessandro's, a sniper targets a businessman at a restaurant. Batwoman comes in behind him and snags him with a line, hanging him from the rafters. He fires at her and manages to cut his line. Down below, the Crows arrive and secure the building. Sophie finds Batwoman walking away and trains her gun on her, and says that Jacob needs to know that Batwoman is Kate. Batwoman asks if she trusts her, and then takes off on a line. Tyler comes over and Sophie tells him that Batwoman just took off without talking to her.
In Alessandro's, a woman reports that the Rifle had made his way to Gotham.
The next day, Rachel reports on how Batwoman thwarted the Rifle's attack. The owner says that Batwoman is welcome there anytime.
In the Batcave, Kate is shadow-sparring. Luke comes out and says that he learned Jacob filed for her divorce. He asks if Kate is okay, and Kate says that she isn't losing sleep over the fact that Catherine preyed on Jacob's grief. Luke says that he analyzed the list of diners at the restaurant, and learned that all three victims are related to Catherine's customers. Kate figures that she needs to find the intended target, Derek Holcomb, and explains that if Sophie tells Jacob then he'll shut them down. Luke asks if Kate can trust Sophie. Kate remembers when they were lovers, and says that she used to trust her. Luke advises her to convince Sophie not tell Jacob who she is.
At the Crows HQ, Sophie tells Tyler that she needs to talk to Jacob about something and wonders where he is. She promises that her husband will be the second person to know. Tyler checks the surveillance footage and finds video of Sophie and Batwoman together, and asks if Sophie is working with her. Sophie claims that she just told Batwoman to surrender, and insists that she doesn't know who Batwoman is.
Mary and Catherine are in their limo, and Catherine says that Jacob is upstate and couldn't attend the divorce proceedings. Mary complains that Kate hates her because of Catherine, and doesn't want to be in the car without her mother. Catherine gets a text that coil accelerator went missing and calls the lab, and learns that Devereaux was killed.
That night, Luke learns that Holcomb is at the lab and tells Batwoman. He picks up two heat signatures nearby, and a woman attacks the Rifle. Batwoman snares the Rifle's legs as he runs, and the woman tells Batwoman that she'll be bringing the Rifle in. She attacks Batwoman and they fight as the Rifle escapes. Batwoman drops the woman, who removes her mask and says that she recognizes Kate's strike because she taught it to her. Batwoman recognizes the woman as Julia Pennyworth and asks who the Rifle is and why Julia is in her city.
Holcomb escapes and walks through an alleyway, and Mouse kills him. Alice steps out and applauds him killing Holcomb as she requested. The Rifle is there and says that he's killed two men for her, but Alice isn't impressed and has Mouse explain that the three scientists were the only ones who knew how to make the gun. Alice aims the gun at the Rifle and tells him to give her what his boss promises. The Rifle says that his boss isn't going to give Alice anything until he knows the gun works, and Alice shoots it through a nearby wall as a demonstration before leaving with Mouse.
At the Batcave, Julia says that her agency assigned her to the Rifle eight months ago. She's been tracking the Rifle across the world, and congratulates Kate on following in Bruce's footsteps. Luke comes in and greets Julia, and the two of them hug. Julia says that she thought they should team up, but Kate notes that when she first met Julia, Julia was pretending to be a kava maga instructor to get close to her on Bruce's instructions. Kate isn't thrilled even when Julia says that she got close to Kate on her own feelings, and tells Julia to find the Rifle.
Sophie goes over the statement she's been told to write disavowing her homosexuality. Kate says that they should tell the truth, and Sophie warns that they'll kick them out of the Army. Sophie worries that the Army will kick them out, and Kate says that they did everything there together and they can get through it if they stay united. They agree to tell their superiors the truth.
Sophie gets a text from Kate on her computer and tells Tyler that she has an errand to run. He wonders if it's Batwoman, and Sophie says that she'll tell him everything when she gets back.
Kate is eating at Alessandro's and Sophie joins her. As Kate starts to explain, the owner Alessandro comes over and tells Kate that they have a dress code. He invites them to go outside, but Kate declines his invitation. Alessandro asks her to avoid a scene, and Kate figures that he's prejudiced against gays. She threatens to call Mary to have her shut down the place, loudly saying that gay people make him uncomfortable, and then says that they're not eating there. Sophie follows her and complains that Kate is being too forward, and says that she was going to tell the truth but she got a second opinion.
Jacob sits down with Sophie at Point Rock and asks if her mother is coming for the hearing. Sophie says that she asked her superiors not to invite her, and says that she and Kate are going to stick together on the matter. Jacob advises her to do whatever she needs to do, but warns that she won't graduate if she signs the letter of denial. Sophie asks if he said it to Kate, and Jacob tells her that Kate will do what she does no matter what he says. However, he figures it will be Kate's last day at Point Rock. Sophie notes that it will destroy their relationship if she lies, and Jacob tells her that he can't make the decision for her and leaves.
Sophie says that Jacob opened her eyes to reality, and she graduated and made money for her family. Jacob handpicked her to join the Crows, and Kate points out that Sophie traded it all for her before walking away.
Later, Sophie tells Tyler about almost being expelled from Point Rock. Tyler wants details, and Sophie says that they were together for three years. She admits that the relationship wasn't significant, and Tyler asks why she didn't tell him. Sophie explains that her mother doesn't know, and she just wanted it to go away. Tyler asks if her thing with Kate has gone away. Sophie doesn't answer, and Tyler walks away.
Luke and Julia talk about how Julia and Kate met. Kate comes out and Julia tells her that they found Holcomb's body. She says that she didn't tell Sophie, and figures that Sophie is loyal to Jacob. To stop Jacob from shutting them down, Kate has a plan and opens the passage to the Batcave. Mary comes in and sees them, and wants to talk to Kate about their family's implosion. Kate introduces Julia as her assistant, and tells Kate that it isn't a good time. Mary wonders if Kate cares about their parents' divorce, and wonders if there's any point to trying to hold the family together.
Jacob goes to his office and pours himself a drink, and Catherine comes in. She says that the Rifle is killing the scientists who designed the coil accelerator gun. Catherine explains that a microspectrometer can track the gun's electromagnetic radiation, and Sophie comes in and says that ARGUS leant us microspectrometers for testing. When Jacob complains that he didn't invite Sophie in, Sophie asks for a minute alone. Once Catherine leaves, Sophie tells Jacob that Kate is Batwoman and they need to stop anyone trying to kill her.
At the Wonderland Gang's HQ, the Rifle brings Alice a case containing what she wanted. The Rifle takes the gun and tells him to send Batwoman her love.
Sophie and her team break into the building the microspectrometer led them to.
When Kate tells Sophie that Point Rock doesn't want her, Sophie says that she doesn't have the luxury of being offended by that. She suggests that Kate keep her distance from her, and Kate offers to walk away if Sophie tells her that she doesn't love her. Sophie tells her that she doesn't and leaves. Inside, Sophie finds an officer removing Kate's sharpshooter medal from the trophy case. Sophie describes how Kate was hungover but managed to be the best, and says that Kate did more than anyone ever there. She insists that they'll never erase Kate's presence from the academy.
Catherine approaches Jacob and asks what Sophie wanted, and Jacob says that it's complicated. His wife says that they handle "complicated" better than anyone she knows, and she gave Jacob a place to channel with the Crows to channel his pain into power. Catherine says that they can do anything as long as they do it together, and Jacob smiles.
Sophie tracks the signal to an apartment and finds Batwoman there. She tells Batwoman to get out, and says that if she could do it again she would have left Point Rock with her. Sophie explains that she told Jacob to keep Batwoman from being killed, and takes Batwoman's hand. Kate comes in, and someone shoots the coil accelerator gun at "Batwoman", blasting through her Kevlar costume and stunning her.
Sophie tells Kate about the weapon, and the Crows pull up and grab the stunned Batwoman, who Kate has realized is Julia. Jacob tells them via the radio to bring Batwoman to him. Outside, the Rifle looks at the coil accelerator he's holding.
Kate grabs Sophie's radio, drives after the Crows truck, and tells Luke to track the suit's GPS. He directs her to intercept the truck, and Kate shoots out its tire. It flips, going off the road, and the helmed Kate takes out the Crow men as they emerge. Once they're unconscious, Kate frees Julia and admits that she doesn't know why the gun failed to kill Julia.
The Rifle tells Alice that the gun didn't work. Alice notes that everyone who could fix it is dead, and the Rifle warns that Sofiyah is going to be pissed. After Alice hits him, telling him to never mention her name, the Rifle warns Alice that Sofiyah is unforgiving and leaves. Alice looks at the power cell that she secretly removed from the gun and says that there's nothing she wouldn't do to protect Kate.
Kate checks Julia's broken ribs, and tells her that they're even. Julia says that she understands why Kate doesn't trust people, and apologizes for not being straight with Kate. She explains that Sophie is burning Kate now, and Kate loves her. Luke reports that Alice killed Holcomb, and Kate wonders why Alice hired the Rifle to kill everyone knowing about the gun and then protected her. Julia tells Kate that her agency got word that the Rifle is heading to the Mediterranean with the gun, and Kate tells her not to get herself killed. As Julia goes, she says that Bruce never trust anyone other than Lucius and Alfred. He's disappeared for four years and no one cares, and Julia tells Kate that isn't a good thing.
Kate moves into an abandoned apartment, and Sophie comes in and says that she heard a marksman took out the Crow's van. Sophie says that she told Jacob she was wrong about Kate being Batwoman, and Kate explains that she invited Sophie to dinner to try to clear things up. She admits that she hasn't gotten over Sophie, and figures that it isn't fair to Tyler. Kate tells Sophie that she was right to lie at Point Rock, and it's best if she keep her distance from Sophie now. Sophie gives her a present wishes her good luck and leaves. Kate opens the present box and finds the marksmanship medal inside.
Sophie tells Tyler that her feelings for Kate went away the day she chose Tyler, and he's the only one she loves. They kiss and Sophie hugs Tyler.
Kate calls Mary to her apartment and hangs up a rainbow flag, notes that it's across the street from Alessandro's, and says that she's going to open a gay bar.
As the real Jacob drives back from checking out a lead on Cartwright, he calls Catherine and hopes they're good.
"Jacob" comes in to see Alice and removes his mask, revealing that he's Mouse. He assures her that they'll never see it coming, and Alice holds up a small vial filled with poison. Alice tells Mouse that they're going to host the most memorable tea party Gotham has ever seen, and laughs.
Written by Gadfly on Nov 18, 2019