Hello and welcome back to Gotham after a little vacation. No, Jim Gordon didn’t get any (voluntary) time off, but I did and thus, I didn’t blog for a couple of weeks. I was busy traveling and feasting on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, but things were a lot less fun in Gotham City. First of all, Barbara Kean left Jim…again. Yeah, seriously. Even though she stood up to a mob boss to be with him, now she decides it’s too much, so she’s run back into the arms of…Montoya. So much for true love. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle’s back on the scene and Jim’s holding her as a witness to the Wayne murders. But since the Waynes’ murders have technically already been solved, she can’t be held in police custody. Next best thing? Slumber party with Bruce and Alfred. Yes, it’s a terrible idea, but Alfred eventually warms to it when Bruce stops acting like a 40 year old and more like a kid in an adorable food fight scene that makes the entire hour worth watching.
Meanwhile, another DC Comics staple has arrived: Harvey Dent. His face isn’t all screwed up yet, of course, and damn if it isn’t a pretty face. He’s on board with Montoya (who seems just fine pretending that she’s not banging Jim’s girlfriend) and Allen in setting up a suspect – Dick Lovecraft. Dent puts out word that they’ve got an eye witness to the Wayne murders. Jim thinks this is just going to put Selina’s life in danger, but Harvey Dent is all, “Nah.” Spoiler alert: Jim is right. Dent confronts Lovecraft as planned, but swiftly loses his mind and acts like a crazy person. It’s almost like…there’s two sides to him. Eh? Eh? Sorry. Oh, and Fish Mooney blows up a bunch of Falcone’s money in a convoluted scheme that only sort of makes sense and Cobblepot figures out that Liza is Fish’s “someone close to Falcone.” I think we’re caught up now.
In the final week before a winter hiatus, things on Gotham start to get real interesting for Master Bruce. First of all, he discovers hoodies. This is a big deal, because he’s never going to be a true emo kid until he starts dressing the part. Second of all, the show is playing up the romantic chemistry between Bruce and Selina Kyle and they’re playing it up hard. I didn’t mean for that to sound dirty. They’re only children, for God’s sake. But Selina does offer to kiss Bruce a whole lot. Basically, for a kid who spends the entire day being hunted by assassins, Bruce Wayne probably has the best day of his life. He runs around Gotham with Selina/Cat (I still don’t really know what to call her?) and learns some street smarts in the process. He even does a very Batman-esque jump from one building to another, even if he almost dies in the process.
So, remember how Harvey Dent swore that his Lovecraft plan wouldn’t put Selina’s life in danger? Whoops, he was wrong. Looks like Harvey let Gordon’s name slip in a moment of weakness (or over-zealousness?) and so Lovecraft tracked down Selina and put out a hit on her. Jim is not happy, but Selina seems to take the whole thing in stride. Unlike Bruce’s unending desire to understand why his parents were killed, Selina has already accepted the facts of life: sometimes bad sh*t happens for no reason. She isn’t interested in understanding it, she just wants to survive. By the end of the episode, she’s safe, and she’s also found a real friend in Bruce.
No clue why, but Ivy shows up again – if you recall, she had a brief cameo in the pilot. I can’t decide if the show is using cameos like this as part of a larger plan, or if they just like dropping young versions of villains into as many episodes as possible. I’m also not sure why Ivy’s name is Ivy Pepper, which it’s not in the comics – though we’re clearly meant to understand that this is the future Poison Ivy. Weird.
This episode is thankfully sans-Barbara, so I can only assume she’s off somewhere being annoying and having sex with Montoya.
After all his money blew up last week, Falcone is pretty sure that Cobblepot’s betrayed him to Sal Maroni. Who else knew where the money would be? Cobblepot convincingly reassures Falcone that he’s on his side. Of course, we know that Cobblepot is only on his own side, so it’s interesting to watch him play Falcone like this. He’s pathetic and sniveling, but ruthless at the same time. He tells Falcone that he has a mole, alright, but it’s not him. But he doesn’t rat out Liza, not yet. He even uses male pronouns to refer to the mole – we’ll catch him, I’ll find out who he is, and so on. Cobblepot’s ability to keep the upper hand is still my favorite part of the show.
I don’t remember Harvey Dent from the comics being such a stooge. I’m wary of where they’re taking him.
Oh, Jim. Everyone keeps telling him that he has no idea what he’s getting himself into and maybe he should listen, just a little? He won’t, of course, but it would be nice if he wasn’t quite so hard-headed all the time. Jim Gordon is supposed to be stubborn, but not a complete moron, you know? While Selina and Bruce are on the run from would-be assassins, Jim is trying to track down Lovecraft. He finds him, but things don’t go so well – meaning, Lovecraft ends up dead and Jim ends up getting framed for his murder. The GCPD tidies things up with an “over-zealous cop/suicide” story, but Jim gets demoted to Arkham Asylum at the end of the episode. Will he take Lovecraft’s warnings to heart – that this goes way, way beyond them both? No, probably not.
Oh. My. God. Can we just have a spin-off of Alfred’s backstory? This guy is, first of all, a secret ninja. When the assassins show up to kill Selina, Alfred goes apesh*t and kicks everyone’s ass. I mean, like a boss. Then he proceeds to fight, growl and threaten his way through the GCPD, Fish Mooney and her goons and even more assassins to save his Master Bruce’s life. The relationship building between him and Bruce is one of the most compelling on this show and I hope they continue to explore it – and Alfred – as time goes on. Also, he calls Jim Gordon a plank, which is now officially my go-to insult. Alfred’s character could also benefit from more scenes with Bullock, because the two of them were an interesting pair. In the end, of course, Alfred helps save the day. Maybe I got a little teary at Alfred and Bruce’s heartfelt embrace, but you can’t prove anything, you plank.