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Review: Gotham, Episode 22 – “All Happy Families are Alike”

Gotham tells the story of the famous Batman ally Commissioner, Jim Gordon, as he climbs the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department. Alongside the history of Jim Gordon, and oftentimes intersecting with his history, are the stories of other famous Batman characters, such as the villains the Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot), the Riddler (Edward Nygma), and Catwoman (Selina Kyle). Gordon also interacts with a young Bruce Wayne and other allies like Harvey Bullock, Dr Leslie Thompkins, and Alfred Pennyworth.
Recently in the series, Bruce met his father’s friend and future Batman ally, Lucius Fox. Jim Gordon saved Barbara Kean from the Ogre, but only after the Ogre killed her parents. Oswald Cobblepot instigated a gang war between Mafia Dons Salvatore Maroni and Carmine Falcone. Edward Nygma left a clue to his murder of Officer Tom Dougherty. Fish narrowly escaped the evil island of Dr. Dulmacher and now attempts to return to Gotham.

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Episode Recap

“All Happy Families are Alike” starts with Selina Kyle and some other homeless youth bundled around a fiery drum to keep warm near the river. An unknown ship approaches, carrying Fish Mooney and her people. Fish recruits Selina Kyle, who later is revealed to work for the returning Capo and dressing like her as well. 

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The gang war between Salvatore Maroni and Carmine Falcone has the GCPD precinct at capacity. Detective Harvey Bullock reveals to his partner, Jim Gordon, that don Falcone was just attacked. The assault, likely from Maroni’s men, didn’t kill Carmine Falcone, but did wound him, and he is now held up in the hospital. The two detectives surmise that Maroni will send more men to the hospital to finish off Falcone.
After checking in on Barbara Kean, who is being released from the GCPD after being examined medically, Gordon heads to the hospital to save Falcone. Detective Gordon fears that, should Carmine Falcone die, Gotham will fall into a civil war of multiple crime bosses trying to take over the city. At the hospital Jim interrupts Oswald Cobblepot and Butch Gilzean, who are there to kill Falcone before Maroni and his men arrive. He arrests the Penguin and Gilzean and when Maroni’s men show up, lead by GCPD Commissioner Loeb, Gordon risks his life to keep all three alive. Harvey Bullock arrives midway through a gunfight with Maroni’s men and the two escape the hospital via an ambulance with Don Carmine Falcone, Oswald Cobblepot, and Butch Gilzean in the back.
Gordon and Bullock take the three to one of Carmine Falcone’s safe houses, where Selina Kyle and Fish Mooney ambush them all. Fish has the other four men tied up, while she and Butch Gilzean reunite. Fish realizes that Butch has been brainwashed, but he is able to recognize his old boss and his loyalty to her is still evident. Fish Mooney calls Don Salvatore Maroni who brings his men to the safe house and offers to trade Falcone’s life for the properties Fish owned before being chased out of Gotham. Maroni pushes Fish, calling her “babes” repeatedly, and  finally Fish pulls a pistol and shoots Salvatore Maroni in the head. Maroni’s men and Fish’s crew start a gunfight while Don Carmine Falcone, detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock, and The Penguin all break free from their bonds and runaway. 
Gordon and Bullock flea with Carmine Falcone, narrowly escaping, while the Penguin grabs a machine gun and fires into Maroni’s men and Fish’s new crew. Fish fleas the safehouse and Oswald Cobblepot chases her where the two fight atop the safe house roof. Butch intervenes, but his loyalty is challenged when both beg him to shoot the other. Gilzean shoots both in the side to break up the fight; when he hurts Fish Mooney, he realizes what he has done and begs for forgiveness. The Penguin knocks him out and tackles Fish, pushing her over the rooftop and into the river. Afterward, Oswald Cobblepot climbs up on the ledge and declares himself the king of Gotham. Jim Gordon takes Harvey Bullock and Carmine Falcone to Barbara’s penthouse and discovers Dr. Leslie Thompkins knocking out Kean.

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Doctor Leslie Thompkins releases Barbara Kean from medical custody after convincing her that Kean needs to see a psychiatrist for post traumatic stress after watching the Ogre kill her parents. Barbara initially argues, but finally agrees to see someone as long as Thompkins is the doctor. Leslie meets Barbara at her apartment and the two rehash the events from “Under the Knife” and “The Anvil or the Hammer.”
While disclosing what happened with her parents and the Ogre, Barbara reveals that she killed her parents, not Jason Skolimsky (the Ogre’s real name). Leslie tries to evade Barbara, but Kean pulls a knife and chases her down, forcing Dr. Thompkins to take refuge in the bathroom temporarily. When Barbara breaks down the door, Leslie flees and the two skirmish in the apartment. Dr. Thompkins gets the upper hand over Kean, knocking her out right before the penthouse door is opened by Jim Gordon. 

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At the GCPD, Kris Kringle approaches Edward Nygma regarding the goodbye letter that her former boyfriend, Tom Dougherty, wrote. The letter spells out Nygma’s name, which the forensics specialist writes off as mere coincidence. Kringle seems unsure, but leaves Edward Nygma, who goes crazy trying to figure out what to do now that his clue is discovered. In a mental dialogue between his better and worse parts, Nygma descends deeper into the Riddler persona.

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Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth tear apart the library in Wayne Manor, looking for whatever secret Thomas Wayne kept. Lucius Fox, Thomas Wayne’s confidant, who encouraged Bruce to investigate, assured him that his father was a good person. While searching the library, Bruce remembers something Lucius said–that Thomas was a true stoic. Looking into one Marcus Aurelius’ books, Bruce finds a remote that opens up the fireplace, revealing a hidden tunnel that descends beneath Wayne Manor. 
“All Happy Families are Alike” ends with the sound of bats fluttering in the secret tunnel!

Review

Cory Michael Smith’s portrayal of Edward Nygma in the last few episodes makes me sorry that we’ve seen so little of the enigma in the beginning of the show. Sure, he’s been around, poking in with a riddle to annoy Harvey Bullock from time to time, but never in a way that he’s been portrayed since the March Madness break. Smith is just one of many impeccably cast characters that can only get better.
I truly enjoyed Jada Pinket Smith as Fish Mooney, and am hopeful that, regardless of the rumors, we will see more of her in season two. What’s interesting is that the final scenes with Fish Mooney seem more like the Wicked Wisdom lead vocalist than the actress, in the best possible way. If Fish Mooney doesn’t return to Gotham in the future, at least Jada Pinkett Smith held nothing back!
No one could replace Donal Logue as the sidekick, Harvey Bullock. Logue has shown his capabilities as an actor, playing a variety of rolls, and Harvey Bullock is an exquisite blend of King Horik from Vikings, Lee Toric from Sons of Anarchy, and Sean Finnerty from Grounded for Life. While Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon is the true lead of Gotham, Harvey Bullock is surely the most enjoyable “good” character.
Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald “the Penguin” Cobblepot is also splendid. Taylor captures an essence of the criminal mastermind, one that isn’t afraid to snivel when in reality he is still manipulating those that wish to do him harm. If, in season two of Gotham, the Penguin runs the criminal underworld from the Iceberg Lounge it’d be amazing, and the end of “All Happy Families are Alike” certainly allows for that possibility.
Sean Pertwee’s portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth is immaculate. Gotham‘s version of Alfred has been the most heroic thus far, and hopefully the future shows even more of how the war veteran shapes a young Bruce Wayne into the Batman. David Mazouz isn’t a horrible young Bruce Wayne, and with so much talent surrounding him, and Sean Pertwee being his butler, hopefully he’ll grow into a talented actor as well.
“All Happy Families are Alike” is a beautiful finish to the first season of Gotham. Enough major characters perished to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats, while still plenty of stories are left hanging for season two. This final episode is great; the inaugural season wasn’t perfect, but had a very strong start to what–hopefully–stays an entertaining series.

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Content Guide

Violence: “All Happy Families are Alike” has a couple violent scenes, the most notable being when Fish Mooney shoots Sal Maroni point-blank in the head. Barbara chases Dr. Thompkins around with a knife and the two fight for a moment. Oswald Cobblepot manages to push Fish Mooney off of a roof, where she falls into water.
Language/crude humor: After two viewings of “All Happy Families are Alike” there were very few expletives; I counted three.
Sexual content: None!
Drug/alcohol use: I don’t remember any drugs or alcohol in “All Happy Families are Alike.”
Other negative themes: “All Happy Families are Alike” contains murder, and a gang war throughout the city.
Positive Content: Not a lot positive content. Kean isn’t able to kill Leslie, and Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock escape the gang war, but Gotham is left in pretty dire straights at the end of season one.

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Review: Gotham, Episode 21 – “The Anvil or the Hammer”

Gotham tells the story of the famous Batman ally Commissioner, Jim Gordon, as he climbs the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department. Alongside the history of Jim Gordon, and oftentimes intersecting with his history, are the stories of other famous Batman characters, such as the villains the Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot), the Riddler (Edward Nygma), and Catwoman (Selina Kyle). Gordon also interacts with a young Bruce Wayne and other allies like Harvey Bullock, Dr Leslie Thompkins, and Alfred Pennyworth.
Recently in the series, Bruce and Selina tracked down Sid Bunderslaw, a corrupt Wayne Enterprises board member responsible for the attack on Alfred Pennyworth (and maybe more). Jim Gordon learns that the Ogre, a serial killer that targets GCPD officer’s loved ones, has Barbara Kean. Oswald Cobblepot enlists Don Carmine Falcones second-best hitman to help him kill don Salvatore Maroni. Edward Nygma kills the girl he loves’ (Kris Kringle’s) boyfriend, GCPD Officer Tom Dougherty.

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Episode Recap

“The Anvil or the Hammer” starts with Barbara Kean and the Ogre in his penthouse. The Ogre reveals to her his intent to kill her originally. Barbara tries to flee, but the front door to the penthouse is locked and he easily catches her. Later, she is shown bound and hanging by her arms in the Ogre’s dungeon; he shows her the many women he’s encountered in the past while looking for “the one,” and tells her that she is the one. He asks her to drink an unknown substance, assuring her it is water, but she feints soon after and begins to act strangely. After calling to taunt Jim Gordon, the Ogre takes Barbara to her parents where he confronts the detective head on.

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Detective Jim Gordon dismisses Dr Leslie Thompkins suggestion that he rest and eat, because he needs his strength to find the Ogre. Jim blames himself for Barbara being captured because he fell into commissioner Loeb’s trap.
Detective Harvey Bullock brings in a suspect, Jake the JV Pimp, that might know the Ogre’s location. Jake refuses to give Jim and Harvey information, asking for a bribe for anything useful, but Gordon warns Bullock that he might violate the interrogation rules so Harvey leaves. Moments later Jim leaves the interrogation room with the new information that Jake worked at a brothel known as the Fox Club. Harvey recognizes the name and offers to infiltrate the brothel undercover if they can locate the Fox Club and get an invitation–the Fox Club being notorious for moving constantly, and requiring an invitation to get in so as to avoid the GCPD.
Jim decides to, again, use his relationship with the Penguin to get access to Gotham’s criminal underworld, despite Harvey’s hesitations. Jim goes to the Penguin’s club to ask for help. When Oswald Cobblepot teases him about Gordon already having owed him for a favor, Jim lashes out and attacks the Penguin. Eventually, he gets the location of the Fox Club and an invitation, and sends Harvey in undercover.
At the Fox Club, Harvey witnesses a grotesque sexual encounter (off-screen) and arrests the people at the brothel. At the GCPD precinct, the brothel’s owner refuses to talk, but one worker does. The woman shows that she was attacked by the Ogre and reveals his penthouse location to Gordon and Bullock.
When Jim arrives at the penthouse, the Ogre and Barbara are gone, but Jim still smells Kean’s perfume. The Ogre’s home phone rings, and, when Jim answers, the Ogre taunts him about not being able to keep Barbara safe. Gordon and Bulock recognize the background noise on the phone as being a bridge that leads to Barbara Kean’s parent’s house. They head there and discover her parents murdered by the serial killer. The Ogre knocks out Bullock and tries to take Barbara hostage, but eventually Gordon gets a clear shot and kills the Ogre.
Jim returns to the GCPD precinct to the applause of the other officers. He apologizes to Leslie Thompkins for being short with her, and she offers to take a look at his hand that the Ogre wounded while fighting. The celebration at the GCPD is short-lived, as Captain Sarah Essen gathers all of the officers to explain that Mafia dons Maroni and Falcone are starting a gang war.

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Edward Nygma arrives at the GCPD precinct with two large and noticeably heavy suitcases, ostensibly full of the deceased Officer Tom Dougherty. In the medical examiners office, Nygma opens the suitcases to reveal cut up pieces of the late Dougherty. Nygma decides to get rid of the body in order to avoid being caught. Kris Kringle approaches Nygma in the examiner’s office about Dougherty’s whereabouts, but Edward chases her off. While destroying the body, Nygma decides he needs to write Kringle a letter (as Tom Dougherty) to give her closure on the relationship. He later discovers the file-keeper crying and tries to console her. Nygma also reveals a clue to the officer’s disappearance in the letter–a memento common to the future Riddler.
Oswald Cobblepot, the Penguin, works with don Carmine Falcone’s second best hitman, Conner, on the assassination of don Salvatore Maroni. The Penguin has Butch Gilzean, his right-hand man, place weapons at the unnamed bar he procured in “Beasts of Prey” and tells Conner and his men to meet Maroni and his men at the bar. They are going to be there celebrating the release of another hitman, Tommy, from prison.
Conner and one of his men arrive at the bar, where Maroni’s men search them for weapons before letting them in, and offer a gift of expensive alcohol to don Maroni. Conner pulls one of the hidden weapons and attempts to shoot don Maroni, and, at the same time, his man pulls a machine gun; however both weapons jam and Maroni’s men make short work of Conner and his man. Butch Gilzean approaches the Penguin with the news that the assassination attempt failed, and Oswald Cobblepot reveals that he had removed the firing pins from the hiitmen’s weapons so that a war between don Falcone and don Maroni would start. Don Maroni and his men attack multiple Falcone establishments.

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Bruce receives the key to Sid Bunderslaw’s safe from Selina Kyle (the key she pick-pocketed in “Beasts of Prey.”) Bruce visits Wayne Enterprises headquarters, and, while on a tour, pulls the fire alarm and breaks into Bunderslaw’s office. Sid Bunderslaw sneaks up on Bruce, right as he discovers the safe is empty. Bunderslaw explains that Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne, and his grandfather (unnamed in Gotham, but Patrick Wayne in the comics) knew about Wayne Enterprises’ illegal activities and were complacent. Sid Bunderslaw suggests that Bruce learn that Wayne Enterprises cannot be changed and must work as it does to survive. Lucius Fox, Wayne Enterprises’ youngest partner (no relation to the Fox Club brothel), arrives and walks Bruce out of Sid’s office to the elevator to return to the tour. Lucius reveals to Bruce that he was close with Thomas Wayne and that Bruce’s father was not as corrupt as the board members believed.

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Review

“The Anvil or the Hammer” is a spectacular, penultimate episode for the first season of Gotham. Continuing the arcs started in “Beasts of Prey,” but with a much better storyline (a la “Under the Knife”), “The Anvil or the Hammer” sets up the final episode perfectly. The Ogre’s reign of terror might not be over just yet, because while Barbara’s neck wound was superficial and she should be physically OK, we don’t yet know how mentally stable she may or may not be. If her strange behavior isn’t due to some type of drug, then she has likely snapped.
Edward Nygma has truly shined in the last two episodes, finally showing what the Riddle man is capable of. Oswald Cobblepot seems to have found his place; after all of the apparent sniveling, the mastermind has moved the chess pieces of Gotham’s criminal underworld to oust all of his enemies, save for Falcone and Maroni, and now the two are at war. Bruce’s quest to find out who murdered his parents and why, and his enlisting Selina Kyle’s help in doing so, has shown how the World’s Greatest Detective got an early start in a captivating way.
The final episode, where the Penguin’s manipulation of Gotham’s top two criminals comes to a head, and Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock deal with the fallout, will hopefully be less like “Beasts of Prey” and more like “Under the Knife” and “The Anvil or the Hammer”!

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Content Guide

Violence: “The Anvil or the Hammer” has a couple gruesome scenes, mainly involving Edward Nygma’s attempt to deal with the mutilated corpse of GCPD Officer Tom Dougherty. There are a couple of gunfights–one that ends with a character being shot in the forehead. Barbara Kean suffers a superficial laceration to the neck.
Language/crude humor: After two viewings of “The Anvil or the Hammer” there were very few expletives. I counted less than five.
Sexual content: Harvey Bullock visits a brothel that specializes in erotica.
Drug/alcohol use: It is possible that the Ogre drugs Barbara Kean. There are multiple occasions where adults are shown drinking alcohol.
Other negative themes: “The Anvil or the Hammer” contains murder, sexual deviancy, corporations breaking the law, and more.
Positive Content: Other than Jim Gordon bringing down the Ogre, there is not a lot of positive content, spiritually speaking, in “The Anvil or the Hammer.” Hopefully, the final episode will have resolutions with more positive content, but for now the series is building to that final episode by increasing the tension in the various storylines.

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Review: Gotham, Episode 20 – “Under the Knife”

Gotham tells the story of the famous Batman ally Commissioner, Jim Gordon, as he climbs the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department. Alongside the history of Jim Gordon, and oftentimes intersecting with his history, are the stories of other famous Batman characters, such as the villains the Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot), the Riddler (Edward Nygma), and Catwoman (Selina Kyle). Gordon also interacts with a young Bruce Wayne and other allies like Harvey Bullock, Dr Leslie Thompkins, and Alfred Pennyworth.
Recently in the series Alfred Pennyworth was attacked by an old friend, Reginald Payne, who was hired by corrupt members of the Wayne Enterprises board. Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are searching for the Wayne Enterprises board members responsible for the attack on Alfred, while the butler recovers. Detective Jim Gordon is tracking a serial killer that has plagued the GCPD for over a decade, known only as “the Ogre,” and dealing with the ramifications of the Ogre potentially tracking his loved ones. Oswald Cobblepot decides to kill mafia don Salvatore Maroni, and Edward Nygma tries to deal with the fact that his love interest, Kris Kringle, has another boyfriend within the GCPD.
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“You want to protect me, find him.” ~ Leslie Thompkins

Episode Recap

“Under the Knife” starts with Selina Kyle defending Bruce Wayne from a degenerate youth. Bruce asks about the late Reginald Payne and Selina confirms that Alfred Pennyworth’s old friend is, indeed, dead. The two discuss the ramifications of Kyle killing the man, and how to proceed with tracking down those in Wayne Enterprises who were responsible for Payne’s subterfuge.
At the GCPD precinct, Edward Nygma uses watermelons to test out the possibility of an unnamed suspect stabbing their victim. Nygma gets a little too into stabbing the melons before being interrupted by Detective Jim Gordon. Gordon asks Edward where Dr. Leslie Thompkins might be, and Nygma reveals she should be at home. The Orgre can be seen briefly looking over some newspaper clippings of Jim Gordon before grabbing a folding knife and heading off. Leslie Thompkins’ cell phone rings, but she is in her bathtub and her phone is in the other room. Glass is broken elsewhere in her apartment and Leslie leaves the bathtub to investigate. The Doctor checks her phone to see missed calls from Jim, and searches for the cause of the noise, which ends up being a cat. She starts to make a phone call on a landline when someone comes up from behind her and she strikes them with the phone. That “someone” ends up being Jim, he explains the Ogre’s serial killings and why Commissioner Loeb manipulated Gordon into searching for the Ogre. Leslie refuses to leave Gotham and tells Jim that to protect her, he has to stop the Ogre.
At an unknown bar, the Ogre delivers a drink to Barbara Kean. Later, Barbara takes the Ogre back to her penthouse. The Ogre prepares to attack Kean, drawing his knife behind her back and poising to strike. When Barbara reveals that she has no one that cares about her, he puts his knife away, realizing that hurting Barbara won’t affect Jim Gordon like he had hoped. Barbara gets offended by his lack of interest afterward, thinking he only wanted an illicit affair. Barbara goes on a tirade about how unlovable she is, explaining that if he were to see the real her, he’d run away. The Ogre leaves Barbara unharmed.
At his bar, Oswald Cobblepot leaves his mother alone for a moment to talk with gun-and-knife man, Conner. Cobblepot explains to Conner that he wants to have Salvatore Maroni and all of his men killed. Conner dismisses the idea as crazy, but eventually the Penguin talks him into it.
Harvey Bullock and Jim Gordon call in the original detective on the Ogre case, trying to get information on the Ogre. At first, the original detective refuses to cooperate, but Jim shows him the pictures of the eleven women killed after his wife’s own murder, and the detective leads the two into a cosmetic surgery office. As Jim Godron and Harvey Bullock leave the precinct the Ogre is shown surveilling the two detectives.
Inside the precinct, Edward Nygma goes to visit Kris Kringle and finds Officer Tom Dougherty in her file room. Kris Kringle has visible bruises from her new boyfriend, and Nygma tries to intercede but is discouraged by Kringle.
At Wayne Manor Bruce Wayne reads a dossier on Sid Bunderslaw. Alfred Pennyworth comes into the study and Bruce decides he plans to attend the Wayne charity ball. Bruce asks Alfred about killing people in the army, and how necessary it was. Alfred refuses to let Bruce attend the event without his being there to protect him, and Bruce explains that he will be taking Selina Kyle and asks Pennyworth to have some clothes delivered to her.
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“Help me kill Don Maroni and all of his lieutenants” ~ Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin
At the cosmetic surgery office, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock speak with the head doctor, but he refuses to give any information on the Ogre’s first victim without a warrant. The two detectives leave the office, and Jim Gordon spots the vehicle the Ogre has been tailing them in outside. When the two pursue the vehicle, the Ogre speeds after them both, forcing them to jump out of danger. The Ogre drives off before either Bullock or Gordon can do anything.
At the precinct, Gordon and Bullock explain what happened to Captain Sarah Essen. Gordon deduces that the Ogre has to have been tracking them for awhile. Gordon is interrupted by an urgent phone call that ends up being the Ogre. The two challenge each other, Gordon promising to take him down and the Ogre promising to kill someone close to Jim if he doesn’t back down. Harvey and Captain Essen approach Gordon as he gets off of the phone with the Ogre. Gordon suggests that they need to show the Oxgre that they won’t cower to his threats. Gordon calls a press conference and reveals to the citizens of Gotham the Ogre’s existence and asks for the city’s help in finding him.
At Barbara Kean’s penthouse, Kean and Selina Kyle go over clothing options for the Wayne charity ball. Selina has dresses and shoes delivered by Bruce, and the two work together on getting Kyle ready for the ball.
Harvey Bullock gets a key piece of evidence, from the doctor at the cosmetic surgery office. This evidence leads the two detectives to a wealthy Gothamite family, the Van Grut.
At the Penguin’s club, Oswald Cobblepot approaches Butch Gilzean, giddy about Conner’s willingness to take down mafia don Salvatore Maroni. Butch interrupts Oswald, trying to explain that Maroni is in the club. When Cobblepot excuses the don’s presence, Gilzean explains that the Penguin’s mother is with Maroni. Oswald approaches his scorned former employer and his mother, who appear to be flirting over wine. Maroni insists that Oswald join the two.
At Barbara Kean’s penthouse, Bruce Wayne arrives to pick up Selina Kyle. Bruce and Barbara meet for the first time. Selina and Bruce leave for the Wayne charity ball, where Barbara Kean says she’ll meet the two later.
Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock arrive at the Van Grut Mansion just in time to find an old man hanging himself. The two get the man down to safety, and Harvey goes to look around the rest of the house. Jim notices that man’s face has been scratched out of nearly all of the pictures in the mansion, while Harvey discovers a very old corpse–that of Constance Van Grut.
At the Wayne charity ball, Bruce and Selina dance while everyone else at the ball stares at them. Bruce tries to find Sid Bunderslaw while the two dance. Bruce tries to explain to Selina that she can’t kill anyone else like Reginald Payne. Selina counters that she’d kill Payne again. Bruce begins to argue but is cut off when he locates Bunderslaw. Later, the Ogre approaches Barbara Kean again and asks her to dance.
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“Am I really supposed to wear these?” ~ Selina Kyle
Harvey calls Captain Sarah Essen to fill her in on what they found at the Van Grut mansion, and warns his boss about Jim Gordon being too involved. Jim grabs Harvey and the two interrogate Jacob Skolimski, the elderly man who had attempted to hang himself.
At the GCPD precinct Edward Nygma approaches Officer Tom Dougherty about his abusing Kris Kringle. Dougherty blows off Nygma, telling him that Kringle needs a strong hand. When Edward demands that he stop, Officer Dougherty asks Nygma what he will do about it.
Jacob Skolimski, reveals to Jim and Harvey that his son grew up thinking that Constance Van Grut was his real mother, and killed her years ago after confronting her about it. When Jim explains to Skolimski that his son is the Ogre and has been seducing and killing women in Gotham, the elder man laughs off the possibility, showing the two detectives photos of a horribly disfigured boy. Jim takes one of the pictures to the cosmetic surgeon that he and Harvey visited earlier, and the doctor confirms that he operated on Jason/the Ogre. The picture is revealed, showing Jason as a younger, disfigured boy; the scene transitions to show Ogre sharing a dance with Barbara Kean at the charity ball.
At the Penguin’s club, Oswald and his mother visit with Salvatore Maroni. Cobblepot’s mother, Gertrude, dotes over her son until Maroni can’t take it any longer and divulges Oswald’s true nature to his naive mother. Gertrude, overcome with shock, passes out, and Cobblepot verbally attacks don Maroni, who laughs and threatens the Penguin before leaving the club.
While dancing at the Wayne charity ball Jason/the Ogre and Barbara Kean discuss his infatuation with her. The Ogre apologizes for leaving her the night before and explains that when she revealed that no one could ever love her, he felt the same. Jason offers Kean a way to be herself, to not pretend to be someone she’s not. Elsewhere in the ball, Bruce introduces himself to Sid Bunderslaw; Bunderslaw politely excuses himself before the young Wayne can ask him any questions, but not before Selina Kyle has a chance to pick his pocket and copy his keys.
Edward Nygma follows Kris Kringle home, and when Officer Dougherty approaches her doorstep, he confronts Dougherty again. Dougherty lashes out at Nygma, punching him in the gut. When Nygma stands up and the corrupt cop tries to punch him again, Edward stabs him in the chest. He continues to stab the police officer multiple times before Tom falls to his death. At first, Nygma seems distraught at his own actions, but his cries of fear transition into diabolical laughter momentarily before he  looks around in shock.
Oswald Cobblepot gets his mother back to her apartment, where he tries to gloss over don Maroni’s accusations that he is a murderer. Gertrude Cobblepot demands that her son tell her the truth and asks if he has killed people, but he assures her he is only a night club owner. Mrs. Cobblepot cries out that she is exhausted and needs to go to bed. There is a knock at the door, and a delivery man attempts to give flowers to Gertrude Cobblepot, courtesy of Salvatore Maroni. Oswald kills the delivery man, and when his mother asks about the noise he tells her he is helping a neighbor.
At the GCPD precinct, Gordon and Bullock explain what they’ve learned about Jason Skolimski. While talking about his phone call with the Ogre, Jim Gordon remembers the paper that quoted he was a rising star in the GCPD, pictured him with Barbara Kean. Knowing that Barbara is now in danger, Jim rushes out of the GCPD. Jim arrives at Barbara’s penthouse to find Selina Kyle alone. Jim asks if the drawing he has of Jason Skolimski could be the man that Barbara left the Wayne charity ball with, and Selina confirms.
At Jason Skolimski/ the Ogre’s penthouse, Barbara asks about a side room where loud music is playing. The Ogre leads Kean into the room, which ends up being his torture room. The two share a knowing glance as “Under the Knife” ends
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“Oh Dear…Or Dear…Oh no…*Cackles maniacally*…Oh dear!” ~ Edward Nygma

Review

“Under the Knife” is light years better than the previous episode, “Beasts of Prey.” The biggest gripe about “Beasts of Prey,” that the Ogre was too much like the current 50 Shades of Grey lead Christian Grey, was sidestepped beautifully by showing that the Ogre originally had a hideous form. The fact that he is exacting his revenge on the pretty people of Gotham not only makes him more insidious of a serial killer, but also distinguishes him from the ubiquitous 50 shades of Grey craze. The other change that “Under the Knife” has is showing the Ogre’s impression of Barbara Kean, a much hated character in the Gotham series, evolve from a potential victim to almost a protégé. What the Ogre will do with Kean in the future, and how he will use her against Jim Gordon, is exciting. It is also the most interesting Barbara Kean has been in Gotham.
Jim Gordon forces the GCPD to continue their hunt for the Ogre, despite everyone’s trepidation in doing so. Gordon’s own fear for the safety of  love interest Dr. Leslie Thompkins, and then his bolting after Barbara Kean at the end of “Under the Knife” when he realizes she is in danger, shows how serious the GCPD takes the Ogre’s threats. His dogged determination, however, won’t let him ignore the fact that there is a serial killer in Gotham. Gordon knows he has to do what is right regardless of the danger it entails.
Edward Nygma’s infatuation with Kris Kringle, his anger at Officer Tom Dougherty hurting her, and his eventual stabbing of the GCPD officer are incredibly well done moments. Cory Michael Smith has played the GCPD forensics officer amazingly since the beginning of Gotham, and sadly Nygma hasn’t been given nearly the attention he deserves in the series. Hopefully, the next two episodes show more of “Riddle Man,” now that he has the blood of a GCPD officer on his hands. Literally.
The absolute worst part of “Under the Knife” are the cutesy scenes between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle going to the Wayne charity ball. Selina hating the dress-up clothes she is forced to wear and mocking the affluent citizens of Gotham that attend the event, along with everyone anticipating the event and meeting up at the ball, gave more of a Beverly Hills 90210 drama feel than the dark and gritty Gotham usually gives. I was as equally excited as Selina Kyle appeared to be to see her in her typical leather and steampunk goggles.
Overall, “Under the Knife” does a great job of building up the series for its final two episodes of the first season. “Beasts of Prey” is still easily the worst episode of Gotham thus far, but had Fox been able to back-to-back the two episodes for the return after March Madness, they would have worked great as a two-part, two-hour, special. I can’t wait to see how Jim and Harvey deal with the Ogre, how the Penguin and Maroni’s showdown goes, how Edward Nygma’s story advances now that the GCPD forensics officer is a murderer, and how Bruce Wayne deals with the corruption within Wayne Enterprises. The final two episodes of Gotham’s inaugural season are setup wonderfully to be the most entertaining of the season. Let’s hope they are!
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 “What’s in there?” “See for yourself” ~ Barbara Kean and the Ogre

Content Guide

Violence: Oswald Cobblepot attacks the flower delivery man with a shard of broken glass, showing a lot of blood and gore; the Ogre’s counter-pursuit of Jim Gordon leads him to try and run over Gordon and his partner; a man attempts to hang himself before being thwarted. Edward Nygma stabs a man brutally and repeatedly before showing the bloody knife. 
Sexual Content: The one scene in “Under the Knife” that stands out as far for sexual content would be when Dr Leslie Thompkins is taking a bath and cannot reach her phone in the other room. She is shown to suggestively be naked in the bathtub; however she attempts to cover herself up when the phone rings and she stirs, showing very little to no cleavage and minimal mid-riff. 
Drug/Alcohol Use: Don Maroni, Oswald Cobblepot, and Oswald’s mother, Gertrude Cobblepot, drink at the Penguin’s club.
Other Negative Content: Selina pickpockets a man at the Wayne charity ball. 
Positive Content: Jim Gordon is determined to do the right thing, going after the serial killer, the Ogre, despite the fact that doing so places his loved ones at risk. All too often, we as Christians skirt doing the right thing for significantly less unpleasantness. 

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Review: Gotham, Episode 18 – “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”

Content Guide

Sex & Nudity – Like “Red Hood,” “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” enjoys an absence of sexual content.
Violence & Gore – “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” contains the standard gun fights common to the series. One scene shows a character shoot an elder person point-blank with a shot gun.
Profanity –  Less than five expletives are present in “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”: one B**** and two D*****’s.
Drinking and drug use – “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” also has a distinctive absence of alcohol and drug use. Two scenes include Oswald Cobblepot showing off a rare and expensive liquor.
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I’ve gone through great links to meet you, doctor” Fish Mooney

Summary

“Everyone Has a Cobblepot” starts with the young Bruce Wayne sitting next to the hospitalized Alfred Pennyworth. Detective Jim Gordon comes in, offers Bruce some hospital food, and asks if either Alfred or Bruce can identify Pennyworth’s assailant. When Jim Gordon leaves, Bruce asks why Alfred refused to name his friend, Reginald Payne, and the butler explains that he will be the one to sort him out. When Alfred tries to get out of the bed he reveals just how weak he is. After nearly collapsing, the Butler is ordered back into bed to rest.
Fish Mooney wakes up in a different setting than the prison she has been in for some time. Fish is in a hospital and the doctor is there when she stirs. The doctor, a Francis Dulmacher, asks Fish what he should do with her. Fish counters that he should actually hire her for her abilities. Doctor Dulmacher leaves Fish to recover after apologizing for not being able to match her eye color perfectly. Fish undresses her bandages over her eye to reveal a bright blue eye replacing her brown one.
At the GCPD, Captain Sarah Essen and District Attorney Harvey Dent explain to Detective Jim Gordon that Arnold Flass has been set free. Commissioner Loeb had the case thrown out with new evidence. While leaving the precinct to confront Loeb, Jim Gordon runs into Arnold Flass who brags about being untouchable. At the Commissioner’s office Jim Gordon demands that Flass is guilty and couldn’t possibly be innocent but Loeb shows him a video of his partner, Detective Harvey Bullock, admitting to falsifying evidence against Arnold Flass. Back at the GCPD precinct, Jim Gordon confronts Bullock. Bullock admits that Loeb has evidence on him killing a mobster and that he had no choice. Detective Jim Gordon decides to go after Commissioner Loeb despite Harvey Bullock’s protests. Edward Nygma approaches Kris Kringle in the precinct and reveals that Arnold Flass has been set free. Nygma asks Kringle to not go back to Flass, claiming he is a bad, bad man. Kris assures Edward Nymga that she has found a love interest far better than Flass.
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“Jimbo! You hear the good news?” Arnold Flass
At a unnamed diner, Detective Jim Gordon and DA Harvey Dent try to figure out a way to put Arnold Flass away again, whether it means going around Commissioner Loeb and his secrets on so many GCPD police officer’s or taking Loeb down as well. Dent has an idea and later leads another detective, Charley Griggs, to the GCPD where he and Jim Gordon question the detective on evidence against Loeb, specifically his secret files. Griggs mentions in a sideways glance that while he doesn’t have any information on Loeb, and if he did it’d be with Xi Lu, a Chinese bookkeeper. Harvey Dent asks Jim about bringing in Harvey Bullock but Gordon is still weary of his partner and decides to visit Xi Lu’s with only Dent.
At Doctor Dulmacher’s hospital Fish is introduced to a patient of the demented docs. The two discuss Dulmacher’s need for the prisoners he keeps in the basement. The doctor questions why he shouldn’t just kill Fish Mooney and re-takeover his basement prison. Fish assures Dulmacher that she can help him and he accepts, giving Fish Mooney a test. When she asks what will happen if she fails the test, Dulmacher shows her his former manager, now Frankenstein-ed into a woman/man monster.
Selina Kyle visits Bruce Wayne at Alfred’s bedside, and offers her condolences in the form of a hug. Bruce explains what happened to “Cat”and why. Bruce is sure he can track down Reginald Payne and find out what he told the corrupt board members of Wayne Enterprise. When Selina offers to help, Bruce refuses, not wanting to endanger more people close to him.
Detective Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent visit Xi Lu, the bookkeeper that Commissioner Loeb’s old partner turned them to. Xi Lu is a trap however, setting a room full of ostensible accountants on the two. The accountants, wielding various sized knifes almost catch Dent and Gordon when Harvey Bullock busts in and saves them. Bullock decides that Charley Griggs, Commissioner Loeb’s old partner, will only set them up more if they don’t scare a good source out of him. Bullock dismisses Dent, saying that what they have to do next is something the District Attorney won’t want to be a part of. In the next scene, Harvey’s car is shown speeding down a road with Bullock holding Grigg’s head out of the rear passenger door while Gordon drives. Griggs reveals the only name he has, Carmine Falcone. When Harvey Bullock and Jim Gordon let Charley Griggs go, he lets them know that they won’t survive going against Loeb and Falcone. After Griggs is gone, Gordon mentions someone he knows that might help them get to Loeb.
Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock visit Oswald Cobblepot, the Penguin, in his club. Cobblepot helps the two detectives in return for a future favor from Jim Gordon and five minutes with Commissioner Loeb’s secret files.
In Doctor Dulmacher’s basement prison,the prisoners begin to get restless thinking she abandoned them. Fish Mooney makes the prisoners release the guard they captured in “The Blind Fortune Teller” and then takes three prisoners as well. Fish reassures the other prisoners she is still doing all she can to free them.
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He looks just like a bird. Oh I love birds!Miriam Loeb
Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock, along with the Penguin, arrive at a farmhouse far away from Gotham. Bullock mentions his hesitation but Oswald Cobblepot is adamant that the farmhouse is where Commissioner Loeb keeps his secret files. An old man approaches the vehicle outside and invites the three in after Cobblepot explains that they are there on behalf of Loeb. Inside an older couple, Marge and Jude, visit with the three guests. Jude explains that Marge used to work in Arkham years ago before the two moved out onto the farm for Carmine Falcone. Marge is less hospitable than Jude and questions why they’ve never seen the three before or had warning that they were coming out. Bullock and Gordon show their ID and the Penguin claims to be an undercover officer, which appears to satiate Jude’s curiosity but not Marge’s. After a very awkward time Jude, asks Marge to fetch the keys in order to show the three around, apparently a codeword to attack as the elder woman returns with a shotgun and the elder man draws a revolver. Bullock shoots Jude, but doesn’t kill him. Right as Marge gets the drop on Cobblepot, Gordon surprises her and she falls over knocking herself out. Jim gives Cobblepot the shotgun Marge had and he and Bullock search the house. What they find in lieu of hidden files is a delusional young woman who claims to be Commissioner Loeb’s daughter.
When Edward Nygma works up the nerve to approach Kris Kringle with flowers, he learns that the other man is another GCPD officer. The officer, Tom Dougherty, likes riddles as well and tries to puzzle Nygma. When the two leave Edward, Tom promises to stump him next time.
At the farmhouse, Miriam Loeb shows the detectives jewelry she’s made from the bones of birds. Jim Gordon deduces that Miriam killed her mother and that Commissioner Loeb has hidden his daughter to keep her from being imprisoned, or worse, sent to Arkham. Gordon asks Miriam about her mother and the deranged woman admits murdering her mother and her father’s cover-up. Before the two can discover more, a sound from downstairs sends them back to Cobblepot. Oswald explains that the elder couple, Jude and Marge, escaped. When the Penguin asks to see Loeb’s files, Miriam steps out and introduces herself.
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With the coming election for president of the policeman’s union, there’s no man I’d rather supportCommissioner Loeb
Detective Jim Gordon visits Police Commissioner Loeb again, this time presenting Loeb with one of the necklaces Loeb’s daughter made. Loeb starts making excuses for her, but ultimately agrees to do Jim Gordon’s biding in return for Gordon keeping Miriam a secret. Loeb offers to resign, but Jim decides he’d rather keep Loeb and have him give Harvey Bullock’s evidence back as well as have Arnold Flass prosecuted. Loeb agrees giving up Harvey Bullock’s info, and supports Gordon for president of the GCPD policeman’s union. Loeb and Jim Gordon announce the support to the precinct, and Gordon gives Harvey Bullock the incriminating evidence Loeb had back. Bullock warns Gordon about Penguin having a favor earned.
At Oswald’s, the Penguin’s club, Cobblepot explains to the elder couple that only one can get away free from Commissioner Loeb and Carmine Falcone. The Penguin lets the two fight it out and while Jude ensures that the two are loyal to each other, Margie attacks Jude and kills him. When Margie asks about the ticket to freedom Oswald Cobblepot promised, the Penguin turns on her and kills her as well.
At Doctor Dulmacher’s, hospital Fish Mooney approaches the doctor. Dulmacher is pleased with her work and invites her to “upper management.” Doctor Dulmacher offers to show Fish the view, revealing that there is no way that Fish and the other prisoners can escape as they are all on a small island in a harsh sea.
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“You see why I can trust you? Why I’m not worried about you betraying me and escaping?” Doctor Dulmacher

Review

“Everyone Has a Cobblepot” is middle-of-the-road as far as episodes go. There is nothing fantastically good or bad about the episode. Seeing Arnold Flass set free after Jim Gordon goes through so much trouble to have him put away might be frustrating to viewers new to the Batman universe but for veteran fans it’s par the course. Having Harvey Bullock be the cop that frees Flass definitely puts a strain on Bullock’s and Gordon’s relationship. It will be interesting to see how the writers use that in the future. My biggiest complaint with “Everyone Has a Cobblepot” is Commissioner Loeb. Written much like Barbara Kean, Gotham’s top cop appears to be written with nothing more than enough to be Gordon’s nemesis. Sure his daughter killed his wife and he hides her away so that she avoid an ill fate in Arkham Asylum, but the Commissioner has no other traits or quarks. Gotham has so many brilliant characters, both in writing and in portrayal by talented actors that flimsily written characters stand out. The writers need to focus on this in the future. Bruce vowing to not let anyone else get hurt on his behalf is amusing, as making that promise again and again and dealing with the ramifications of its impossibility is part of what makes Batman interesting. Seeing that aspect of the character in his youth is fascinating and sad. I personally loved Doctor Dulmacher’s reveal at the end of the episode, showing the always cunningly optimistic Fish Mooney she’s trapped. Knowing that Jada Pinkett Smith will not be returning for next season, and that there are only four episodes left of season one of Gotham, speculation on what the Dollmaker does to Fish “(blue) Eye” Mooney is rampant. I’m sad to see her go, but excited to see how she will leave as a farewell from Gotham is guaranteed to be thrilling. There’s a bit of a break until the final four episodes. For me they can’t come soon enough!
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REVIEW: GOTHAM EPISODE 13 “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”

Content Guide

Sex & Nudity – An adult kiss between two main characters

Violence & Gore – Standard gun fights common to the series; torture is insinuated in numerous scenes; a man is stabbed to death with an ice pick; a man is beaten with a baseball bat

Profanity – Moderate language for prime time TV

Drinking and drug use – Drugs are shown but not used; a character gets drunk in a video sequence

My Things for me - Harvey Bullock

“My thing is for me. If anyone can make it out of a scrape like that it’s Fish. The woman is nails.” – Harvey Bullock

Summary

“Welcome back, Jim Gordon” starts with Fish Mooney being delivered to Bob, one of Don Carmine Falcone’s top torture specialists. The former Capo underneath Don Carmine Falcone appears to steel herself for what is ahead.

Responding to another call, James Gordon meets up with Harvey Bullock and the narcotics Detective Arnold Flass. Detective Flass was tipped to a murder by one of his confidential informants and he is more than ready to hand off the case to Bullock and Gordon. While Harvey escorts Flass out of the building, Gordon discovers drugs on the victim, which he hides from everyone else. Bullock returns with a potential witness, Leon Winkler. At the GCPD precinct Leon Winkler is killed before he can give Gordon any information. While assessing the late Leon Winkler, Edward Nygma points out that the weapon used to murder Leon, an ice pick, was also used on the previous crime Winkler was a witness to.

In the undisclosed location she is to be tortured in, Fish Mooney gives Bob a hard time. She explains that only her friends call her Fish, despite being beaten. The Mafia woman’s resolve is shown to be strong and ready for whatever torture Bob is about to give. At another unknown location Butch Gilzean, Fish’s loyal right hand man, kills two of Falcone’s henchmen. He escapes their custody only after learning the location of his boss.

Jimbo, you really think these guys are going to let you arrest me - Arnold Flass

“Jimbo, you really think these guys are going to let you arrest me? These are my friends, this is my house.” Arnold Flass

At the GCPD Jim Gordon decides that the killer of Leon Winkler and the other, unnamed victim had to have been an officer. Captain Sarah Evans and Harvey Bullock try and stop him from creating too much fuss inside the precinct.

Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth return to Gotham and despite Alfred’s protesting, Bruce searches for Selina Kyle. The two bump into Ivy Pepper who promises to tell Selina Kyle that Bruce is looking for her but only if he gives her money. Alfred pays Pepper, commenting on the new “friends” with whom Bruce is associating himself.

Bob continues to torture Fish, suffocating her with a plastic bag before threatening to move on to other means. Before he can use a hammer on her knee, Butch Gilzean shows up and beats Bob to a pulp, rescuing his boss. It is only after she realizes that Butch saves her that we see the slightest breach of Fish Mooney’s stone wall of ferocity

James Gordon goes on another montage of interviews, this time with GCPD officers. Harvey persists that Gordon should stop, but when Gordon appeals to his better nature, Bullock helps him manipulate one of the officers into giving up a name: Delaware. Jim Gordon chases Delaware in the motor pool and lands a few punches before arresting him and searching his car. In Delaware’s trunk, Jim finds drugs similar to what was on the first victim. James Gordon marches Delaware into the cell in front of the rest of GCPD. Captain Sarah Evans pulls Jim and Harvey into her office where Arnold Flass and Evans berate Gordon for interfering with an ongoing narcotics investigation.

Edward Nygma continues to give unwanted attention to Kris Kringle, the archives administrator. He gives her a card that later Arnold Flass and his gang mock Nygma for. Kringle tries to defend Nygma however, eventually admitting that his act of kindness was sweet. Kringle stops Edward Nygma short of asking her on a date, but the odd forensics investigator was encouraged by his amiability.

Fish Mooney wakes up in a safehouse with Butch Gilzean. Butch insists on leaving Gotham as quickly as possible but Fish demands Oswald Cobblepot before she does anything else.

Oswald Cobblepot shows off his new, and Fish Mooney’s late, club to his mother, Gertrude. Gertrude is more than impressed with what her “good boy” has accomplished, despite his little tantrum when she figures out it is his club before he can reveal it to her.

Only my friends call me Fish - Fish Mooney

Only my friends call me Fish darling, and you and I, we aren’t friends…yet” – Fish Mooney

At a diner, Harvey Bullock reveals to James Gordon that Flass’s crew have been taking over drug dealer’s areas using their detective status to stay above the law. James demands that Harvey help him locate one of Flass’s stash houses. The two locate a stash house and attempt to arrest Delaware and the other corrupt cops there, but Delaware shows a warrant to search the place, an out that Flass had set up with a judge and the commissioner long prior.

Back at the GCPD, Sarah Evans is livid that internal affairs. Corrupt cops record Leon Winkler’s death as a suicide. Evans suggests that an internal affairs resolution this quick means that the commissioner had to be involved. While this scares off Captain Evans and Detective Bullock, it doesn’t deter Gordon.

At “Fish Mooney’s,” now operated by Cobblepot Jim Gordon arrives to ask the Penguin for a favor. Gordon meets Gertrude, Cobblepot’s mother, before Oswald sends her off with one of his henchmen. James Gordon names Flass and his crew, asking for help getting incriminating evidence and the Penguin is adamant that he help Gordon without compensation as “friends help friends because they’re friends.”

Victor Zsasz and his henchwomen visit Bob the torturer, likely to check up on Fish Mooney’s status. Zsasz decides to hunt down Fish Mooney after finishing off Bob.

When Cobblepot sends his henchman, Gabe, away with his mother he sips on Champagne and revels in his new spoils from overthrowing Fish Mooney. Oswald’s celebration is too early, however, as Fish Mooney and Butch Gilzean show up to the club with Cobblepot completely alone.

What do you think girls - Victor Zsasz

What do you  think girls, should we kill him? Or should we take him home to play with?” – Victor Zsasz

Returning to Wayne Manor in the first time in many episodes, Selina Kyle sneaks in on Bruce Wayne. Bruce presents Selina with a snow globe of the town he and Alfred visited while away from Gotham. Kyle seems appreciative until Wayne asks her to move back in with him, calling Wayne Manor a better place to live. Selina’s demeanor changes and she gives back the present and tells Bruce she lied about witnessing the murder of his parents. She suggests she only said she did to get out of juvenile detention. After devastating the young Wayne with this revelation, she flees.

Gabe, Oswald Cobblepot’s henchman, tortures Delaware’s wife in their tub to get the information the Penguin promised James Gordon. Delaware gives Gabe the information he needs, but the henchmen continues to torture the corrupt cop’s wife.

The Penguin regresses to his sniveling stage, literally kissing Fish Mooney’s feet in begging for his life. Fish beats him with a baseball bat, but before she can kill Cobblepot, Victor Zsasz and his girls show up and chase them off. Fish barely escapes,but in doing so leaves Butch behind with Victor Zsasz. It was Butch’s doing though, further proving his loyalty to Fish.

Alfred Pennyworth finds the young Bruce Wayne crying in front of a broken snow globe and with a dose of tough love encourages the boy.

Gabe the henchman drops off the evidence Gordon needs to put away Flass. Gordon approaches Arnold Flass to arrest him and when Flass braces him, Gordon calls out to the precinct, calling Flass a murderer. Captain Sarah Evans steps forward first, as the precinct begins to murmur, using her own handcuffs on the corrupt narcotics detective.

Harvey Bullock gives his coat to Fish Mooney at the Port of Gotham. Harvey suggests that Fish stay away from Gotham and she assures him that we will see her again, when the time is right. She asks Bullock for a final favor to find and help Butch Gilzean, if he is still alive. The two share a kiss before Bullock drives away, leaving Fish Mooney alone.

“Welcome back, Jim Gordon” ends with the corrupt cop Delaware approaching James Gordon begging that he keep Delaware’s wife and kids out of their corruption. Gordon realizes that in working with the Penguin that  he crossed a line, and Cobblepot didn’t keep his word that “no one gets hurt.”

Review

“Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” either ties “Penguin’s Umbrella” or beats it. A story doesn’t have to have a lot of action to be enthralling, and “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” is riveting. The most fascinating characters in the series get a nice dosage of character building, making them more appealing and important to the audience.

Fish Mooney is either insane, or was putting up a really good front of being so while being tortured. Butch Gilzean is more loyal than a dog, and what does he get in return? Victor Zsasz and his henchwomen take him to play with. The lack of a Don Falcone in Welcome Back, Jim Gordonworks the same way Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworths absence worked in “Rogue’s Gallery” and “What the Little Bird Told Him,” or when Alfred takes Bruce away in “Lovecraft.”

Selina Kyle breaks Bruce Wayne’s heart, and with very little screen time, Alfred Pennyworth shows just his tough love flawlessly. The short scene also shows Bruce Wayne’s resolve hardened even further, foreshadowing the focus of the future Batman.

Harvey Bullock is arguably one of the best characters on the show, contesting a few really top notch characters. Oswald Cobblepot’s desire to please his mother is pretty telling and his quick change from sniveling beggar to defiant prey when Fish insults him was excellent.

I really enjoyed Dash Mihok as Arnold Flass. His role was very shortlived in “What the Little Bird Told Him,” and it looks like we might not be seeing much of Arnold Flass in the future, which is unfortunate because Mihok is a great actor. His ability to deal with his Coprolalia (Often confused with Tourette syndrome) is inspiring and while the show itself is mature-themed, his portrayal of Bunchy Donovan in the Showtime series Ray Donovan is extraordinary. I was sad to see Gordon put away Flass so quickly, as I’d have loved to see more of Dash Mihok.

Christian perspective

Butch Gilzean’s loyalty to Fish Mooney is remarkable, his willingness to sacrifice himself time and again for his boss is how we should be toward Christ as Christians. Even when offered the chance to overthrow Mooney and get her prestige, Gilzean remained loyal, making him one of the more benevolent bad guys in the series. I hope the next Butch survives few episodes, even though Victor Zsasz isn’t known for letting enemies live.

The one thing that really bothered me about “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” (aside from Arnold Flass going away, but perhaps Dash Mihok’s performance was better being short lived) was Oswald Cobblepot’s drunk scene at his new club. While I understand the story line of wanting the Penguin to celebrate his victory over Fish Mooney, the music, cinematography, his dancing all seemed too forced and silly. I don’t feel the need for a show to make drinking or drug use taboo that they never show, but the scene was just a little too odd for me. I loved, however the awkward smile, under that bird like nose, toward the end of  “What the Little Bird Told Him” when Cobblepot is revealed as the downfall of Mooney. That scene combined with his showing off the club to his mother, Gertrude Cobblepot, was more than enough.

I knew she was a rotten - Alfred Pennyworth

…I knew she was a rotten” – Alfred Pennyworth

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