'Pennyworth' Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Trouble in paradise? Martha feels betrayed by Thomas as she points a gun at him
'Pennyworth' is worth every penny of yours. The 10-episode-per-season series has already reached the fifth episode of the current season. This episode stands out to be a little different as it does not have one particular storyline to focus on but rather several small storylines. Mr Pennyworth is still able to come across as charming while "spying," and "protecting" Zahra.
As seen in the last episode, Sandra and Alfie could not keep their hands off each other, this time the scenario has changed. The storyline of this episode jump-starts a month after Thomas tried to kill his wife, Martha. Although it is a highly entertaining and interesting episode fans may even find it a little strange as it is slightly different than the pre-existing episodes of the series. It is safe to say this episode of 'Pennyworth' Season 3 stands out for Alfie's wit and Thomas' complicated decisions.
From the start of this episode, Thomas is shown to have nightmares over the recent situations which obviously makes Martha feel unsafe so she points a gun at him. It is not a big revelation that the two love birds are not exactly on the same page, more so, Martha actually feels betrayed by Thomas as he chose his father over her in the last episode. Alfie on the other hand wonders where his mom is off to as she is quite dressed up for a "casual morning." Turns out, Alfie's mommy, Mary is actually on a date with Roger (the same man who came over to her house in the previous episode while Mary was babysitting Sam).
As we know work never waits so Mr Pennyworth goes to the Prime Minister's office for his next assignment even though Prime Minister is not too happy with the last stunt Alfie pulled but Alfie is pretty precious to him (and for the series) to let anything happen to him. Did we mention that Patricia (Thomas' not-so-dear sister) is back in this episode and tells them she plans on staying in the house of the Waynes'. Is it a happy reunion? Far from it. Speaking of far, Bet still continues to search for Jon Salt which eventually leads her back to Frances Gaunt. As shown in the last episode Bet took baby Julie in after murdering her parents, Bet is given a choice in this episode to give Julie up in exchange for Salt's location, and obviously, the tough cookie aka Bet didn't budge. Was it out of love? Yes. But did Bet agree? Of course not.
Moving on, Zahra was almost killed but as Alfie and Daveboy were stalking her she was saved and later placed in one the 'safest places in London,' the public house. In another house, the house of the Waynes,' Martha and Thomas try to tell Patricia she can't live with them. Soon, Patricia reveals that the siblings' father told her to come home which made Thomas snap bad enough to tell Patricia not to mention their father again.
However, by the end of the episode, it is shown that the safe house is not exactly safe if you have a mole with you. Armed men tried to attack but as there are only two of them they are soon defeated. It turns out Gary is one of the men but as Alfie is soft-hearted, he does not want Gary to die so he convinces Zahra could lead her to the person who betrayed her but Zahra has it already figured out. It turns out that it is Win (her right-hand guard) but luckily no one dies instead they are just gagged and tied outside a hotel room.
After Alfie saves Zahra twice in one day they start talking with cards in their hand but soon they start kissing each other and we all know what that leads to. However, Zahra has a secret of her own and comes clean with the real reason as to why she is in town. In the next scene, Martha wakes up and Thomas is nowhere to be found. It turns out he is boarding a plane to Gotham. Coming back to Bet, in the last few minutes of the episodes, we see Bet finally locates Jon Salt. She shoots him quite a few times but it turns out Mr Salt is remodeled and has a robotic stomach and Bet gets knocked out by his guards.
You can stream the fifth episode, 'Rhyme 'n' Reason' on HBO Max.