Gotham Recap

Goodnight, Mrs. Cobblepot

Thanks to Butch, Penguin finds his mother. And thanks to the now unbrainwashed Butch, Theo and Tabitha show up to greet him. As Penguin and his mother hug, Tabitha stabs Mrs. Cobblepott in the back. She dies in Penguin’s arms.

Penguin, shaking with rage and grief, calls Theo a coward for walking away and telling Butch to kill Penguin rather than doing it himself. In a rare foolish move, Theo takes the bait and walks closer to Penguin, giving Penguin opportunity to stab Theo in the next and escape with a single goal in mind — kill the Galavans.

Meet the New Mayor – Theo Galavan Cheney-Bush?

Newly-elected mayor, Theo Galavan, runs to the GCPD tattling on Penguin and making an even bigger power grab. Galavan, with the assistance of a character we haven’t seen in a while, Harvey Dent, intends to impose a curfew on the entire city and to start door-to-door searches for Penguin. Jim worries aloud about not being any better than the mobsters if they rule citizens through fear. Theo laughs it off. We now have a view of what type of politician Theo is — he plans to terrorize and intrude on individual citizens’ liberty “to make them safe.” Sound familiar? Could it be that Theo’s original last name was not Dumas, but Cheneybush?

As Jim and Harvey hunt for Penguin, Jim figures out that Theo’s rise to power was a little too convenient. Uh, finally!

The Most Exciting Gotham Shootout, Since the . . .Last Big Gotham Shootout.

Theo assures Tabitha they don’t need to hunt Penguin down; he’ll come to them motivated to avenge the death of his mother. I bet he didn’t expect Penguin to plot an attack at his election night party. It was easy enough for fans to predict because Gotham loves parties and galas transformed into orgies of murder and mayhem.

But, we’re skipping a few steps. The afternoon before the mayoral shoot out/party, Harvey and Jim decide it’s time to have a little conversation with Butch to sort out the Penguin-Theo situation.

They find Butch holding court with a group of thugs (like a Boss!). There’s a new Butch in Gotham, and he’s nobody’s . . . lapdog (hi, kids). It doesn’t take much prodding to get Butch to tell all about Penguin-Theo, but before Butch can fill them in on all the details, Victor Szasz and his crew arrive, shooting up the building, apparently on behalf of Theo?

As evening approaches, the GCPD gears up to provide security at Theo’s big election celebration. They’re joined by an entire flock of Penguin lookalikes, who crash the party  – literally “flying” through the windows, heavily armed, shooting at the guests. Jim personally escorts Theo to a limousine to carry him away from the mayhem. Before they make it to the car, Penguin confronts him. Jim, Theo, Penguin and Harvey have a stand-off, during which Jim reveals, much to Theo’s surprise, that he believes Penguin’s and Butch’s claims about Theo. The entire crew will live to fight another day, because before anyone can call anyone’s bluff, Tabitha opens fire on them from a rooftop, giving Penguin the opportunity to escape without killing Theo and vice versa.

The episode ends with Jim and Theo making their positions clear – they’re at war.


While Nygma slept, the Man in the Mirror took Miss Kringle’s body, “you stole my dead girlfriend!” (That’s not a line you hear every day, thankfully). Now, Nygma spends the rest of the episode looking for Miss Kringle’s body over a jazzy soundtrack.

He finally finds her in the medical examiners’ office. He almost gets caught there by Dr. Pretty but doesn’t. He returns to chop up his beloved, Miss Kringle, laughing as he does it. Or, was that the Man in the Mirror laughing? Or, at this point, has Nygma become his evil inner self?

Lil Bruce Wayne

Theo has planted a Barbie type, Silver, to manipulate Lil Bruce Wayne. She warns Cat to stay away from Bruce. Cat calls Silver out in front of Lil Bruce, and he asks Cat to leave.

Who is Silver, exactly? Is she another Galavan sibling? Is she Theo and Tabitha’s cousin? Did he buy in bulk from a Femme Fatale Costco-type store in Gotham? Not sure how he did it, but Theo has assembled the psycho girl group from Hell — Tabitha, Barbara, and Silver — the Fatal Femmes.™

Favorite Gotham-isms

  • “You stole my dead girlfriend.” –Nygma to his evil inner self.
  • “Questions like that are above my pay grade and below my sense of wonder.” — Harvey
  • “Guys like Galavan are born on third base. Stealing home is practically a birthright.”

Next week looks even better . . .no sophomore slump for Gotham!


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