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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Batwoman Season 1 Episode 18: If You Believe Me, I’ll Believe You

May 4th, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

There’s a bit of an irony going on right now with Batwoman in that it’s going to have a longer season than Flash because of how their productions went. Tonight’s episode was 18, and we know we’re getting more than 19 episodes, whereas Flash has to end at 19 because of halted production. Which means Batwoman needs to continue to dominating with its momentum to feel worth it. And while there was a fault or two, “If you Believe Me, I’ll Believe You” was a good step towards the finale.

Usually, I would be against episodes that have a lot of plates spinning in the air, but this episode did a good job of balancing it well. In this case, most of the threads had to do with finding Lucius Fox’s journal that contained “secrets” about Batman, Wayne Enterprises, and more. Turns out, Tommy Elliot did get it, and he hid it away with a money launderer. But getting to it was a lot harder than most suspected.

There was a lot of “circles within circles” going on here. From Batwoman trying to get the book for herself and Luke, to Alice using Tommy to get it for herself, to Tommy pulling his own strings, to the money launderer trying to make a buck, and more. It led to a lot of cool and surprising moments that I bet many didn’t see coming. Including (though teased) the return of Magpie, and Reagan, both of whom had a part to play.

Arguably the best part of all though was when Tommy took the next big step to being Hush, as Alice removed his face to make it seem like he was dead in return for the book. For those who don’t know, Tommy Elliot lost his face in the comics via Jane Doe after she thought he was Bruce Wayne as Elliot took his face. This time around, it seems like he lost his face to potentially BECOME Bruce Wayne. But also, as the next previews show, he’s going to become full-on Hush and I personally can’t wait.

The various scenes in Lookout was really good. From Batwoman and Julia getting played, to the reveal that Julia may not be as good as she seems (which makes me a little sad but I’ll wait to see how it plays out), to Magpie coming into play (“Shiny, Shiny”), and then the twist that Reagan was her sister and was working with her the whole time? Dang. Didn’t see that coming.

The only real bad part though was that they went back to “annoying Mary”. The last few episodes had her in a really good spot with her realizing Kate was Batwoman and acting very awesome and serious. But here, she was almost whiny in how she “wanted to help” and was desperate to be on “Team Batwoman”. She of all people should know how dangerous Batwoman’s work is and should’ve respected Kate’s wishes to stay in the background like Luke. And as if to prove my point, when Luke showed her the Batcave…SHE TRIED TO TAKE A PICTURE OF IT ON HER PHONE!!!! REALLY?!!?!?!? When that’s your gut instinct, you can’t be trusted.

I do want to note though that I loved all the loose ends that were dangling for the trained eye that caught tied up beautifully. Like how Magpie was perfectly ready for anything in the buildings. How Alice kept Magpie in line. And of course, why Tommy nor his money man ever got to read the journal.

“If You Believe Me, I’ll Believe You” was a very fun and very solid episode, and with Hush coming up next, the drama is only going to build.

Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!