I think it’s time to officially say it: haters to the left. Gotham really went for it last week and the payoff was fantastic. If you gave up, or you’re not watching, I recommend catching up now – because if “Penguin’s Umbrella” is any indication of where the season is going, it’s going to be a fun ride. In the latest episode, Jim Gordon has a huge target on his back for not killing Cobblepot when he was supposed to – something that raises the stakes for everyone involved. Several stories come to a head at once, and they all trace back to Mr. Cobblepot himself. His ability to play both sides surprised me – I didn’t realize how deep his deception could go – and it brings Falcone and Maroni together in a way I didn’t see coming.
I’m usually pretty hard on Barbara, but I am going to give her a break this time – the girl had a rough week. Considering that her fiance gets arrested for murder and that’s the least bad thing that happens to her? Well…yeah. So Barbara is told by Jim to run, not walk, straight out of Gotham. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Just get out, because it is not safe for her. Does she listen? Well no, of course she doesn’t listen. Hey, at least Barbara is consistently dense. She foolishly comes back into town and tries to convince Falcone to spare Jim – something that just gets her kidnapped and nearly killed. Typical Barbara. Oops, I said I was going to give her a break. My bad.
Allen and Montoya
Hey, guess what? Detectives Allen and Montoya finally have something useful to do. It’s called, “Oops, sorry we ruined everything, can we try to fix it?” and it starts with saving Jim’s butt from the firing squad – and then getting him some much needed medical attention, because the firing squad actually shoots him a few times. That’s the right thing for them to do, considering how he’s got bullets in his gut because of their epic police fail, right? They still don’t carry enough weight for me to care about them as characters, but at least they’re finally doing something to move the plot forward – they apologize to Jim for turning him into mafia target practice and vow to help uncover the real corruption in Gotham. They even pledge to solve the Wayne murders if anything happens to Jim.
Oswald Cobblepot is alive and Fish Mooney is NOT. HAPPY. ABOUT IT. She is, almost literally, spitting mad. (Is that why the Penguin carries an umbrella? Sorry.) When she tries to get her old pet back, Sal Maroni doesn’t want to let him go. He thinks Oswald is something of a “golden goose,” a good luck charm. Plus, he amuses Sal. Valid. “Bloodshed, then,” is Fish’s furious reply. Little does she know, it’s bloodshed against her secret lover and partner-in-crime, Nikolai. Sure, her undercover weapon singing chick is successfully playing house with Falcone, but Fish needs to up her game if she’s going to survive.
OH MY GOD VICTOR ZSASZ IS SO TERRIFYING. MORE OF HIM, PLEASE.
Speaking of survival, sheesh. Jim Gordon, am I right? Harvey Bullock is back to being a d-bag, at least temporarily, because Jim didn’t kill Cobblepot. No one in the GCPD is willing to protect him. When he wants to bring up conspiracy charges against the mayor, his boss basically laughs in his face. Then he gets shot by actual thugs who are batsh*t crazy and then his fiance gets kidnapped – by the same thugs. It’s a bad day. Luckily for Gordon, he, Harvey and Barbara are all set free in the end? Why? Well, that’s an interesting story…
Good old Penguin gives the term “long con” new meaning. As his true plans unfolded over the course of the episode, I have to admit – I was impressed. Now that everyone knows that the details of Cobblepot’s death are greatly exaggerated, it’s time for a real war to begin. Fish Mooney wants her Pengiun back. Sal Maroni doesn’t want to give him up. Falcone? Well, he’s pretty chill about the whole thing – more on that in a moment. First, Cobblepot convinces Maroni to strike against Falcone – a hit that kills many of Falcone’s men, including Nikolai. Then, he turns around and stabs Maroni’s right-hand man, Carbone. All it takes is a little extra cash to motivate Maroni’s men to turn on Carbone (who could see that Cobblepot was manipulating Maroni) and then, boom, Cobblepot moves up in the ranks. Again.
But wait, there’s more. Turns out that Cobblepot’s actually been working for Falcone this whole time – he’s a mole in Maroni’s camp – and he knew that Jim Gordon would never shoot him in the first place. That’s why Jim’s life is spared. Our Penguin has a soft spot for the detective, even though he’s definitely out for himself above all else. Is he even on Falcone’s side? I wonder… Now he’s number one to both Maroni and Falcone – and it’s just a matter of time before he makes his next move. What will it be? I’m excited to find out.