“Batwoman” Episode 311 Recap: “Are You Feeling it Too?”

Hello and welcome to our Batwoman recap of episode 311 aka The One Camrus Directed aka The One Where WILDMOORE DID THAT. Anyway we have a lot to cover so let’s dive in, shall we?

The “previously on” starts with the Wildmoore kiss, so you already know we are IN. FOR. IT. We’re also reminded that Poison Mary killed a guy and Marquis is awake.

As Batwoman speeds through Gotham in the Batmobile, we hear Vesper Fairchild telling her listeners that Batwoman is responsible for the recent resurgence of Batman villains. Luke radios in to tell Ryan that the sewers are backed up and flooding the clinic. He also refers to The Hold Up as the “Batbar” and I remain delighted by every addition of “bat” as a prefix to perfectly normal and existing words.

Ryan and Mary (yay!! Mary is helping the team again!) survey the scene at the clinic and instead of finding a desiccated Marquis in one of the beds, they are greeted by the creepiest doll I’ve ever seen. Marquis programmed the doll to threaten everyone Ryan cares about. Again, dolls are inherently creepy; you didn’t need to GIVE THIS ONE MOVING EYES AND A VOICE BOX.

Ryan dressed as Batwoman, with Mary, as they both stare at a creepy doll

Third week in a row that something on this show reminds me of Pretty Little Liars

As Ryan considers their next move, Mary explains why she blames herself for everything that’s happened. She killed a whole man, she gave up Ryan’s identity; homegirl is STRUGGLING. She looks like our old Mary on the outside, but this Mary is carrying new wounds and trauma from a situation she only sort of had control over. Rather than acknowledging the complexities of Mary’s struggle, Ryan doubles down on blaming the infection. And I really do get this impulse to hide behind Ivy as the reason for what happened, especially considering Mary is standing there looking so destroyed. I just wish the jump to “Forget about it! It wasn’t you!” wasn’t so swift.

At the Batbar, Ryan, Luke, and Sophie examine the joy buzzer and unfortunately, its damage is too extensive for even Luke to fix. (Real quick – Sophie’s high pony though?!) Luke asks about his dad’s A.I. and poor Mary admits that she gave it to Marquis at the party. WILL SOMEONE HUG HER, PLEASE?! Never one to be left out of Batdecisions, Alice pops in and suggests they go to the person who made the buzzer in the first place: Kiki Roulette aka Joker’s toymaker. They find someone matching Kiki’s description (and glasses prescription) at a halfway house, so Mary volunteers to check it out. Ryan suggests that Alice goes with her since Marquis still thinks they’re Batenemies and most likely won’t hurt them.

Sophie, Luke, and Ryan standing side-by-side looking at the joy buzzer

“Really? Two lesbians standing here and neither of us makes a ‘joy buzzer’ joke?”

As Ryan walks away, Sophie follows her upstairs to the loft. She is determined to get Ryan to talk about what’s going on between them, even asking if she should tell Marquis that Ryan pushed her away after their kiss so he thinks they’re on the outs too. Ryan counters that she didn’t push Sophie away, so Soph uses that as her opening to find out what exactly is happening in Ryan’s head. Ryan starts to open up, but immediately shuts down her feelings like she’s in the Book of Mormon, and focuses on their need to keep the city safe. I don’t think you get to be a queer couple on television unless you’re constantly being interrupted, and Luke obliges in this moment, sharing that Marquis is holding a press conference.

Ryan and Sophie stand next to each other in the loft

“We don’t talk about feelings, no, no no.”

Outside Arkham Asylum, Marquis speaks to a bevy of reporters and threatens to reveal Batwoman’s identity. No shade, but who’s left that doesn’t know that Ryan is Batwoman? Like, in this moment…Jada? But by the end of the episode?? It’s low-key hilarious compared to, I don’t know, Supergirl, for example. Marquis doesn’t out Ryan though, instead he and his admittedly impressive Joke smile vow to restore sanity to Gotham by pouring millions into improving Arkham.

Ryan watching Marquis' press conference

Something isn’t right here…

Back at the loft, the team debriefs about what Marquis might have planned for the city. Ryan doesn’t understand why he wouldn’t just give her up, but then she realizes that it’s because Jada must have something on him.

Sophie frowning

Sophie just remembered she used to be married to a man.

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Marquis is making some POINTS with the guard walking him through Arkham. Joker 2.0 wants to institute his version of a work release program, which will probably involve some evil deeds, but he does question whether locking up these criminals like animals is actually helping anything. I don’t agree with what’s about to happen, but Marquis is a prison abolitionist, is all I’m saying. He makes his way to Victor Zsasz’s cell (remember him?!) and recruits him for what I’m sure will be a totally chill assignment.

Meanwhile, Mary and Alice pull up to the halfway house and Mary is still in her head about her time as Poison Mary. She asks Alice if living with the wrongs you’ve caused ever gets easier, which leads Alice to infer that the Bat team’s been saying none of it was Mary’s fault when the truth is, it was. And then Alice gives Mary some advice from the Lena Luthor School of Tiny Boxes. Stuff all those feelings down, she says. Pretend they don’t exist. But Mary doesn’t want to shut the feelings off; she doesn’t want to be a sociopath. And the look on Alice’s face when Mary says that, seems to imply that maybe she doesn’t want that for herself either.

Alice and Mary in a car; Alice leaning over to talk to Mary

“Hey, being a sociopath has its perks!”

The two go up to the house and ask the woman who greets them about Kathleen. She claims that Kathleen left them a while ago and they were just glad to see her go. Alice doesn’t buy it though, and she holds her butterfly knife to the woman’s neck until she admits that she is in fact, Kathleen aka Kiki.

Alice holds a knife up to Kiki's throat

“Okay, but tell me what it was like being on Scrubs. Could you save yourself if I slit your throat right now?”

At the loft, Luke is preparing to break into Wayne Tower to find the A.I. and he tries to sideline Sophie. Soph tries to play off the kiss as “not important” and not even she believes her own bullshit. The speed with which she switches from “doesn’t matter” to “let me list every way I’m qualified to help y’all and every way Ryan has blown me off” is HILARIOUS. Luke listens, relents, and gives Sophie the line launcher.

Sophie looking up at Luke

Pretty sure this image is next to “sunshine” in the dictionary.

There are several ways this show proves its love for us, and right now, it’s in the wardrobe choice for Ryan as she struts into Jada’s office. The hair?! The blazer?! The pants?! *chef’s kiss* And honestly…Jada too. The mother/daughter power blazer combo is an inspired choice. Sorry, there’s actual plot happening here. Ryan is here to get whatever it is Jada has on Marquis and beg her to stop protecting him. Before they can have an actual discussion, Victor Zsasz shows up, shoots a guard, threatens Jada, and gives Ryan a cordial hello.

Ryan struts into Jada Jets office

It’s giving 1980s Whitney and I AM LIVING.

I forgot how fun Zsasz is to have in a scene. I mean, for another bald white male comic villain, anyway. Jada gives Zsasz the tape of Marquis which he promptly destroys. Nothing Jada offers will change Victor’s mind. Marquis hired him to kill Jada, and that’s what he’s going to do. In the midst of their negotiating, Jada reveals that Ryan is her daughter and Zsasz hilariously goes into “hot goss” mode. Aw, remember when he was all about Ryan and Angelique? He’s gonna be thrilled to find out about Wildmoore. Anyway, he gives them one chance to escape, that is, if Batwoman comes to save them within the hour.

Ryan and Jada stand next to each other in Jada's office.

The blazers be blazing.

Back at the halfway house, Mary tries to convince Kathleen that they want to use the buzzer to help Marquis, not hurt more people. Kiki tells them that yes, in theory, another jolt would work, and as she says this, you can see a plan formulating in Alice’s head. Kiki is being very contrite, but Alice claims she can see through it despite Kiki insisting that she just wants to make up for all the damage she caused.

Mary sitting in a chair and Alice standing next to her.

Imagine sitting across from these two?!

Meanwhile, the clock is still ticking over at Jeturian and Jada isn’t convinced Batwoman will even show up because they have bad blood between them. Which is funny, because Batwoman literally IS her blood…get it? Anyway, Jada reveals that she didn’t actually abandon Ryan; the $2M was supposed to be for the family who adopted her. It was a different time, and she hoped this would give Ryan the life she deserved. She didn’t know the doctor took the money until Ryan found her. She tried to push Ryan away in an effort to protect her from Marquis. While Zsasz is touched by this impromptu therapy session, the time is up and he gives Ryan the chance to share last words with Jada. So she does. She calls her “Mom” before telling her to duck, throwing a letter opener right at Victor. The two fight as Jada cowers in the corner, slowly realizing that her daughter and Batwoman are one and the same.

Ryan staring at Jada with tear-filled eyes.

Huh. Didn’t see that coming.

Jada backed against the wall looking shocked at Ryan

When the daughter you gave up comes back to find you and you make her life miserable and then you find out she’s Batwoman.

Kiki’s got her glasses back on and leads Mary and Alice down to her former workshop where dust collects on a plethora of Joker’s playthings. It’s a comic fan’s wet dream. Alice is taking her own trip down memory while Mary asks Kiki how she moves on from all the bad she’s done.

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Nic is a Senior Product Manager at a major Publisher and lives in Astoria, NY. She is way too attached to queer fictional characters and maintains that buying books and reading books are two very different hobbies. When she's not consuming every form of fiction, you can find her dropping it low on the dance floor. You can find Nic on twitter and instagram.

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19 Comments

  1. This was my favorite episode so far. I loved Robin Givens and Javivia’s scene. I wish we saw more of that.

    Ryan and Sophie are so perfect for each other. That final scene was so sweet

    • This by far was my favotite show been a fan since day 1 i love everything mom and daughter truth of bonding and Ryan and Sophie moment of passion well done Batwoman is here to stay yayyyyyy

  2. This was an amazing recap, as per usual. I don’t think I’ve quite processed it all myself, but you made me tear up as well while reading this.

    Also, thank you for the vindication because I too said that Ryan was serving 80’s Whitney in Jada’s office. My coworker didn’t see it, but he has no taste lol.

  3. this was truly one of my favorite episodes of Batwoman – this season & all time. the plot was stellar and the whole thing was so well-paced and flowed well. Camrus truly did a wonderful job with directing it.
    and lemme just say, i screamed multiple times during this episode. the harley quin namedrop, the confession that Sophie’s been crushing for a While, the whole last part (OBVS). i actually found the awkwardness & joy of their sex scene extra romantic, y’know? it felt truer to life. consummating a relationship that started the way theirs did, it makes sense that things would be a little silly and fun. romantic doesn’t need to be serious, so it’s nice to see that play out here. also, i appreciate that Javicia & Meagan both commented how Camrus made them feel comfortable with the whole scene. u can tell in their chemistry in that scene. 😭😩 anyway, a lovely episode all around.

    aside – there’s been a theory that Jada Jet is Catwoman, and it’s not be lost on me that rachel maddow mentioned “catty” when talking about her. i’m like… the clues continue apace!!

  4. Love your recaps and I love the whole Batwoman fandom. This last scene was everything like you said “this is one of the longest on-screen sex scenes between two Black women on non-cable television. ON THE CW. ON A SUPERHERO SHOW” that is HUGE!! The Batwoman writers really have been killing it all season and this was one of my favorite episodes since Season 2 “Cluemaster”. The fumbling, the joy, laughter between Ryan and Sophie (Javicia and Meagan) made the scene 100 times better. I’m so looking forward to seeing the aftermath.

  5. This episode was awesome! Of course the Wildmoore scene was the best

    Also, I want Alice to have a girlfriend next season! Please writers, Alice has chemistry with everyone and it will be so unfair, if she hasn’t a relationship with a woman (or a fling at least!)

  6. The face on the doll is the Joker’s bank robbery mask from The Dark Knight.
    Thank whoever for Alice. Just as I was retching from all this not your fault rubbish and wishing that sometime in Hollywood someone would say “yes it is “, Alice granted my wish. Alice as truth-teller is my favorite part of the show.
    Luke needs a boyfriend ASAP so he can stop acting like a little rabbit foraging around the women.

  7. I was at work and realize my twitter blow up about Wildmore. What! To have two black women representing the queer community. When I tell you I was all in! That scene and yes their joy. That black joy and that love scene cause I really don’t wanna call it a sex scene. You just felt the energy of just pure bliss and mind you that was 2:25 long. I smile the whole way through. I guess enemies to lovers was always in their future. Haha

  8. I’ve been banging the “I want 2 queer black women loving and sexing each other on my tv screen” bass drum forever so one would think that when I saw that Wildmoore was going there, I would be glued to the screen, but I only made it as far as Ryan taking off Sophie’s shirt before I turned off my tv. Yes ma’am, off. Do you remember that one time when you opened a gift and it was exactly what you’ve been wanting forever but you immediately closed the box because it didn’t seem real? It took several whole minutes to process what I’d seen and what I was about to see, and the feeling of getting exactly what I wanted on a show that I actually like. What a great way to start off Black History Month.

    Btw…this recap was the hilarity, sincerity, and relatability that I needed. Thank you!

  9. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    This felt sooooo long in coming but they finally gave it to us! Ugh, how are they so perfect together. This felt just like a fanfic in the best way!

    I loved the amount of emotional processing that was in this episode too. Everyone has been through so much – Ryan, Jada, Mary, Alice, Sophie – and it felt like some shit needed to be said! And it was!

    Thank you for sharing your reaction, Nic, you are a gift!

  10. I cannot overstate how much I loved this episode or this recap. Camrus and the writers did an incredible job making sure everyone was doing some lesbian processing. Alice has always had incredible comedic presence, but I’ve been loving Sophie getting the opportunity to make faces and jokes and be just as funny as she is intense. I also adore when Ryan pulls out some top energy (until Sophie’s tops it), finds higher ground, and makes a move.

    Could not agree more with the hope that all Black queer women get this kind of loving treatment.

    Also, I’m so worried about Alice when this batteam ends up choosing marquis over her. I just want her to be chosen and hugged.

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