The short version:
This week’s episode of Gotham is boring and slow. Gordon wants to leave Arkham Asylum’s guard position and return to his regular detective job. To do so, he must prove to the Commissioner that he can bring in Arkham’s escapee, Jack Gruber.
The long version:
Jack Gruber and his fellow inmate, Aaron Helzinger, have escaped from Arkham Asylum under Gordon’s watch. While Captain Essen is briefing the GCPD on the escape and the Commissioner’s upcoming presence, Gordon makes an unexpected appearance.
Captain Essen advises Gordon to take his leave before the Commissioner arrives. Even Harvey Bullock thinks that Gordon should be gone… but it’s too late. Loeb arrives and without having seen Gordon, he knows that Gordon is in the station.
He calls Gordon and Bullock into a secluded office to speak privately; Gordon has the balls to point out that the Commissioner had yet to be seen during any of the previous big issues the GCPD has had to deal with. The Commissioner gives Gordon a one time offer of capturing Gruber within 24 hours or say goodbye to his career.
He even alludes to Gordon’s father’s great success and is confused that Gordon didn’t take the same path. Low blow!
While Bullock and Gordon stew on some leads, Nygma appears with cross-referenced fingerprints and reports that link Gruber to a former alias: Lester Buchinsky.
Dr. Thompkins visits Gordon with a voodoo doll in tow. She tells Gordon that one of her female patients is a sorcerer and that other patients give the sorcerer a voodoo doll to perform curses. The doll she brings to the Gotham station looks like Sal Maroni, or “Mister M.”
Since Buchinsky is targeting one of Gotham’s most notorious members of society, Gordon brings Maroni to the station for maximum protection. Bullock (rightly) objects to such a hiding spot. Gordon’s logic isn’t flawless… Maroni’s presence at the GCPD only brings Buchinsky and Helzinger to their doorstep.
In great comic book fashion, Gordon foils Buchinsky’s elaborate scheme to attack the Gotham City Police Department with Maroni inside simply by dumping a cup of liquid onto Buchinsky’s electronics device on his vest.
Somehow Buchinsky didn’t consider the fact that all of his electronics could be zapped dead so simply.
Meanwhile, Fish Mooney is still trying to claw her way to the top. She kidnaps Liza in broad daylight to make it appear as though another nemesis had it out for Falcone. Her plan to “mediate” backfires when Oswald Cobblepot (the “Little Bird” in this episode) reveals to Falcone that she’s been behind Liza’s loving demeanor from the start.
Falcone strangles Liza in front of Mooney, giving him the upper hand once again. He scoffs at the fact that Mooney tried to use someone similar to his mother to defeat him.
The two only interesting portions of the episode came from Dr. Thompkins coming to see Gordon at the end of the episode and watching Falcone mercilessly slay Liza. Other than that, I was so bored that I could have gone to take a dog for a 15 minute walk and I wouldn’t have missed much.
It took entirely too long to develop this basic plot and it wasn’t very captivating. I still can’t figure out what the writers are doing with Barbara Kean. Her side story was disjointed and had nothing to do with the rest of the plot. Granted, her story has been addressed slowly because it isn’t a focal point at this time. Perhaps by season end she will have completed her bizarre journey without Gordon.
Gotham has been renewed for a second season. It was announced January 17th, 2015 by FOX executives.