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Photo Courtesy Of Nicole Rivelli/FOX

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Normally a recap would be filling this space as the FOX network aired their final episode of “Gotham,” for 2015, as the show will go on hiatus and return with new episodes in February. Regular readers of these pages are well aware that I have a soft-spot for “Comic-Book Series” in general and I’ve written before that I believed that Gotham had the potential to be the best of the lot. Since the series is a prequel to Batman, the show’s creators and writers have been able to put their twist on a tale that first appeared in Detective Comics in 1939.

When you decide to reboot an iconic story, there’s certainly room for some flexibility in the new version. We’ve seen Jimmy Olsen morph from a freckle-faced ginger-haired photographer into a Black Man in the CBS show “Supergirl,” and the change got accepted eagerly by the fans. Jeri Hogarth is a shark in stilettos in the new Netflix series “Jessica Jones,” even though the character’s a man within the pages of Marvel Comics. These are minor changes that leave the big picture unchanged and even the staunchest traditionalist won’t be bothered by moves like that.

However over the last decade or so, we’ve seen the creative community expand their visions of familiar tales by breaking continuity with what should be hard and fast rules. You can set Robin Hood in ancient China populated by Shaolin Monks or in Alaska with a cast of Eskimos, as long as you stick to the constant. Robin Hood takes from the rich and gives to the poor, want to change those parameters then give your story and characters other names.

Back in 2013 director Zack Snyder released “Man Of Steel,” the reboot of the Superman series and broke continuity with every other version of the tale ever told. One of the changes was relatively minor and likely scoffed at by the casual fan, the fact that the Son Of Krypton grew a beard on Earth. Kal-El/Superman’s beard not growing on Earth’s been a constant through comic-books, Radio and TV shows and in movies since the character’s creation.

The second deviation from the “Superman Bible,” however altered the character and made this version of Kal-El different from all his predecessors. Kal-El broke the neck of his Kryptonian opponent General Zod, killing him and violating one of foundation blocks of tale of Superman. Superman Never Kills. There’s no room for negotiation in that statement. Zack Snyder’s creation can never truly be Superman in my eyes.

Which brings us back full-circle to the subject at hand, the final episode of Gotham for 2015.  The creators of this series can play as hard and fast with the characters as they choose to, however when the series airs its final episode when ever that occurs certain paths have to remain unchanged. Selina Kyle will grow-up to become Catwoman, Alfred Pennyworth will live to see Bruce Wayne go deeply into his adult years. Of course Bruce will either be on his way or actually donning his cape and cowl in the series finale and Jim Gordon will become the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department.

Everything else is up for grabs, they can throw a fake Joker on the screen and the fans will accept it. They can give young Bruce a doomed romance that forever affects his heart. They can have Harvey Bullock turn on Gordon and fall back into the corrupt cesspool that Jim first found him floating in. However they can’t alter those four tent-pole storylines, otherwise it’s a different tale.

The majority of the episode entitled “Worse Than A Crime,” was fast paced, gripping and entertaining as it all came down to a battle between Theo Galavan and the Brothers from the Order Of The Dumas and Jim Gordon, Alfred, Harvey, Cat, Penguin and his crew to save Bruce Wayne from imminent execution. Galavan sneaks away as Team-Gordon takes out all their opponents, culminating in the death of Father Creel as Harvey finally reaches the battle after struggling with the stairs.

At this point the story turned sideways and though it seemed puzzling one could make sense out of it. The only ways out for Theo, his sister Tabitha and his niece Silver are by greeting the police or by parasailing out of their penthouse window. Problem’s they only have two chutes and three people who need to escape. Theo expresses his disappointment in his niece and goes to choke her but he’s stopped as Tabitha comes up from behind and knocks him out with a blow to the top of his skull. Suddenly a devoted sister turns on her benefactor brother, without any real indicators? Strange but acceptable.

However what came next was not as Gordon finds Galavan in his office and tells the Mayor that he’s under arrest and to cuff himself. Galavan smiles and says you scared me there for a minute I thought you were going to shoot me. Gordon says this time he’s not getting away and Theo asks the detective if he’d like to wager on that, as that’s what Jim thought the last time he arrested him. The detective glares at Theo and says maybe he’s right and perhaps he should guarantee that Galavan never sees freedom again and puts his service revolver against the billionaire’s head. Galavan goes into begging mode quickly saying he was just talking big.

Just then Gordon’s commander Captain Nathaniel Barnes arrives on the scene with a uniform and orders Gordon to step away from Galavan. Barnes earlier in the episode issued a warrant for Gordon’s arrest, not knowing where his detective was located and he’d been charged with assaulting Galavan, still the city’s mayor. Barnes tells Gordon to put his service revolver on the floor and to put his hands on his head until Barnes gets the stories straight. Seconds later Barnes hits the floor as Penguin’s snuck up from behind him and hit him in the head knocking him out.

Cobblepot tells Gordon they can’t just let Galavan go through the system again and once again get set free. He reminds Gordon that he’s got all the judges in his pocket and he’d soon be back in his penthouse and running the city. We then see Gordon opening the trunk of a car and helping Galavan to his feet. Theo says you’re a moral man Jim, you’ll regret this and Gordon says he has greater things to regret than him. Penguin raises a baseball bat over Galavan as he lies on the sand near the ocean and says this is for his mother and beats Theo until the mayor pleads for his death. Gordon lets Oswald hit him another couple of times and then screams enough. He then pulls out his service revolver and executes Theo Galavan.

Gordon meets Lee Thompkins in a park, he sent her out-of-town just before the gunfight. She told him she’s carrying his child and he was about to leave Gotham City with her when he found out Bruce Wayne got kidnapped by Galavan. She sits on a cement bench and he walks over to her  and says it’s all over then asks her to marry him.

Do the creators of Gotham expect the audience to accept this brutal execution as part of the baptism by fire that helped shape James Gordon into the man who’ll become Commissioner of the GCPD. Gordon killed a man earlier in the season when he did a favor for Penguin to get reinstated on the force, but that was in self-defense. This was a premeditated act of execution and I don’t know how the character or the series recovers from this move.

I’m certain that there will be plenty of discussion from the creators of the series as well as from other observers. I’m hoping that there’s a rational explanation behind this event that allows us to forgive and to root once again for Jim Gordon.

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

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 The FOX Network and the creators of the Dark Knight Prequel “Gotham,” would never pretend they’ve got any intentions of reinventing the wheel with their series. The show’s very existence’s a testament to the story and the characters invented by Bob Kane in 1939. Those iconic characters that first appeared on the pages of Detective Comics have become such an ingrained part of our culture that more than 75-years after The Batman debuted, there’s a TV series telling the tales of Gotham City long before Bruce Wayne donned cape and cowl.

The concept of telling tales of our favorite crime-fighters when they were younger, certainly is far from unique with DC Comics selling plenty of copies of Superboy. We all know the drill, tell us why these characters we care about  chose the paths they did keeping us entertained along the journey. During the first ten-episodes leading into the Fall Finale next week, Gotham’s built a taut and tense story with characters that have haunted us. Although the show can be guilt of tipping it’s pitches at times, it pulled off the biggest shock in many a TV-season when they killed off Jerome Valeska in  the season’s third episode.

We’ve witnessed many embrace their dark-sides during the first year and a half of this show. Barbara Kean morphed from a society-gal that liked to get a little down and dirty every so often into a psychotic self-loathing creature that killed her own parents. GCPD Forensic Scientist Edward Nygma the man the pocket-protector was invented for, now  hangs on the corner of Schizophrenia and Insanity after murdering the love of his life Kristin Kringle and two others.

Nobody’s had a more eventful ride on the Crazy-Train during this adventure than Oswald Cobblepot, Fish Mooney’s insignificant umbrella-boy with delusions of grandeur when we met him. Turns out he wasn’t delusional and was a fast learner when it came to the arts of back-stabbing and being duplicitous. The Penguin started out this season as the King Of Gotham City, but he’s fared badly in his battle with Theo Galavan. He’s lost his empire, his friends and his inspiration his mother who Tabitha Galavan stabbed to death, dying in her son’s arms.

How do we live in a universe in which Sean Pertwee doesn’t star in his own weekly adventure-series? I’ve simply run out of superlatives to describe what he’s done with the character of Alfred Pennyworth. He and David Mazouz have to navigate a high-wire each week, balancing out a dynamic where the guardian’s also an employee and they pull it off tightly.

Morena Baccarin joined the cast in the middle of the first season as Dr. Lee Thompkins now the Medical-Examiner of the GCPD and Detective Jim Gordon’s love interest. Lee’s aware of all of the skeletons her boyfriend’s got stashed in his closet but she’s a realist and knows that doing the right thing isn’t always pretty. She’s not afraid to call him out when she believes he’s indulging his dark impulses too often.

Captain Nathaniel Barnes’ too much of a wild-card to make a call on at this time. His instincts seem good but we know far too little about him and his past to venture an opinion. He’s certainly more of a spit-and-polish type leader than the late Commissioner Sarah Essen was in the position.

Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne will have a mercurial relationship throughout this series. They’re destined to play their game of cat and mouse, with each one inhabiting each role as they grow older.

Donal Logue’s transformed Harvey Bullock from just another corrupt cop with his hand out, whose idealism had vanished years before and was just putting in enough years to collect his pension into a hero. A man that’s unafraid to go against the tide and stick up for what he believes is right. He believes in Gordon and would follow him to Hell and back.

Bruce Wayne’s grown from a sheltered boy who we met in the series premiere to a self-assured and confident young man that pulled off a first-class sting in the most recent episode. He’s made his share of mistakes in the time we’ve spent with him, usually involving biting off more than he can chew. He’s started to realize just how arduous the task of bringing his parents killers to justice and cleaning up systemic corruption in Wayne Industries will be and how far off he is from becoming the man he needs to be.

The Boy Scout Detective that thought he could single-handedly rid the GCPD of corruption died a long-while back. That look of confidence that used to fill the eyes Jim Gordon’s been replaced by a man that appears to feel more haunted with each passing day. Memories made of promises that ended getting broken, feeling the guilt that only those who believe that they’re saviors can experience. That you alone are responsible for being unable to stop all the evil and suffering in our lives.

Gordon’s finding it too easy to embrace his dark-side, the situations he’s experienced over the last few months would likely have most officers on some PTSD-Related disability and deservedly so. However Gordon can’t become so laser-focused on bringing the Theo Galavan’s of the world to justice, that he forgets his own code and his own values. James Gordon was a good man when we first met him and he had such strong convictions that he allowed Oswald Cobblepot to live. Would the man questioning if he should have killed Flamingo have made that same choice?

This week’s installment put all the final pieces in place for the Dumas clan to try to reclaim Gotham City as their own next week. The monks from the Order Of The Dumas a religious sect that believes in Purification Through Pain  The monks are killing throughout the city while they chant “The Blood Of The Nine Shall Wash Away The Sins.”

Selina convinces Bruce that Silver’s trying to scam him for her uncle. Wayne pulls off a sting worthy of Redford and Newman as they get St. Cloud to reveal the name that Theo says ordered the killing of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Crying to Bruce that Theo will murder her when he finds out she talked, the billionaire shrugs his shoulders. She screams to him you’re not like this and he smiles and says he is.

Gotham City Mayor Aubrey James could truly mess up a free lunch. Somehow Theo Galavan still has something he can blackmail the mayor with and James testifies that Penguin actually kidnapped him and  held him hostage. Galavan’s immediately set free and the charges get dropped. Gordon slugs Galavan in the jaw and two uniforms drag Gordon away and knock him out with a Taser.

The detective wakes up and finds himself secured to a rack and Galavan’s standing in front of him laughing. He’s about to have Gordon shot to death, but he says he’s got a  few minutes and cuts Jim loose then tells the cop to give it his best shot. Theo never gives Gordon a chance to raise his hands, knocking him down again and again with martial-arts moves. He then tells his men to finish him off. The two men beating Gordon with batons until they get interrupted when Penguin’s man Gabe shoots them both in the head. Penguin asks a barely conscious Gordon where Galavan went.

We find out his destination in the final scene as Galavan comes to find Bruce all alone in Wayne Manor and tells him he’s come for Bruce’s life.

The Fall Finale Airs Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

Photo: Courtesy Of FOX

Photo: Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Monday night we watched Theo  Galavan apparently going out with a whimper instead of a bang while Barbara Kean took a licking but keeps on kicking in the latest episode of “Gotham.” After spending his entire life dedicated to restoring respect for his family in Gotham City, has one sloppy loose end led to all of Galavan’s plans and schemes fall apart like a castle made of ashes? Or will Theo emulate the Phoenix and rise from the ashes and become an even bigger threat to the city his ancestors got hounded out of?

If this episode truly marked the end to the Theo Galavan story-arc, it looks from this vantage point that he turned out to be far more sizzle than steak. Galavan may fancy himself a criminal-mastermind however the crimes he engineered were filled with showmanship, however except for the massive slaughter at Sarah Essen’s precinct  Gotham City was left relatively unscathed. Besides the attack which took the life of the newly installed Commissioner Essen and many of her officers, those broken out of Arkham Asylum by Galavan and his sister Tabitha suffered the most. All of the seven are either dead or badly injured except for Aaron Helzinger, who seems to have disappeared or gotten forgotten about.

However, I’m not quite certain we’ve had our last visit with the Galavan siblings this season, Gotham’s shown us that fans need to expect the unexpected. Tabitha got winged by Gordon late in the episode, but shouldn’t keep her out of action for long and we likely can look forward to Tabby try to break Theo out sooner rather later.

The episode begins with a nightmare that Barbara Kean’s having, starting out wonderfully as she walks down the aisle of Gotham Cathedral as Jim Gordon stands waiting for her at the altar. However like most nightmares the situation  quickly morphs beginning with their Priest Father Callahan turning into the Penguin. She glances back into the pews and where seconds before sat her wedding guests, inmates from Arkham are now in their seats.

Kean sounds like something’s stuck in her throat and a bird flies out of her mouth. Then she’s in the pews bound and gagged with Lee Thompkins now wearing a bridal gown. She wakes up and realizes it’s a bad dream, but then looks in front of her and she sees a present’s wrapped on the table complete with a bow and a card. The card reads simply Today, G.

Galavan’s looking at his city in the rain through the window in his office when Tabitha walks in and asks doesn’t the mayor get to sleep-in. Theo says that Jim Gordon’s speeded up his time-table and he hopes to meet with Bruce Wayne later and have control of Wayne Enterprises by the end of the day. Barbara enters the room and tells Theo she loves her present and she hopes it means what she thinks it does. He smiles back at her and says today’s the day you get to kill Jim Gordon.

Detectives Gordon and Bullock are having a meeting with GCPD Captain Nathaniel Barnes as Gordon presents his case against Theo Galavan lacking a shred of solid evidence to back his claims up. Barnes tells Gordon he’s relying on  hearsay and innuendo and they can’t issue a warrant based on that. The Captain tells his detectives they need to do some old-fashioned police work and get proof that verifies what they suspect and what Butch Gilzean and Penguin told Jim.

Gordon and Bullock leave the office and go back to the main precinct room when suddenly a couple of uniforms take out their  service-revolvers and tell someone not to take another step. Barbara’s standing there with a big grin on her face and asking Gordon what’s new? She tells the GCPD she’ll only agree to questioning by her former fiancée alone in the interrogation room. She then proceeds to play him like a concert violinist. She tells him to hurt her that she’s been a bad girl, he tells her she’s a good woman but she’s sick. Her face contorts about a thousand different ways in a second and then she bursts into tears.

Gordon rushes over from the opposite end of the room, puts hands around her faces and kisses her gently on the lips. Even Kean’s a bit rocked by that, suddenly smiling and saying I knew you still had feelings for me, he replies of course he still has feelings for her. He asks her to tell him about Galavan and how he engineered the situation and Barbara says she needs to show him something first and it’s not far away. Then she’ll tell him all about the man he hates.

Everybody realizes this is a trap, but Gordon suggests they play along. Another example in Jim’s mind what Bruce Wayne said to him early this season, doing the right thing isn’t always pretty. Does Gordon head into these situations believing he’s John Wayne and that good always triumphs over evil and he’ll come out victorious? Or is there a part of Jim Gordon that longs to go out with his boots on, believing he’d be far more powerful as a martyred symbol than carrying on the fight? Does he forget that he lost his colleague, friend and commander Sarah Essen and that the GCPD’s just as corrupt as it was before she got murdered?

An older car still in good condition’s driving along a road in the countryside, Ed Nygma’s at the wheel with Kristen Kringle’s corpse in a steamer-trunk in the trunk of his car. Nygma removes the steamer-trunk and a long-handled spade and scouts around for a spot to bury the trunk.

Silver St. Cloud greets Bruce with a kiss on his cheek when he arrives at the Galavan estate. She says that her uncle should be right along and Wayne asks her if she knows what Theo wants to discuss with Bruce? She says she doesn’t but he seemed awfully excited. Galavan arrives right then apologizing to Bruce that he’s tardy and says he’s looking forward to discussing some matters.

Barnes introduces Gordon and Bullock to the new members of the Strike-Force who’ll soon have their baptism-by-fire as they’ll be tailing the two detectives and Kean in a fully equipped SUV. Barnes tells them if he feels anything’s going hinky he’s pulling the plug and ordering them to turn around. Jim walks over to Lee and starts to give her his usual speech about he needs to do this, but she refuses to accept the excuse this time. She says this is all on him that Kean sucked him right back in that his sickness feeds off Barbara’s sickness. He says he’s not sick, Lee responds that seeing an abyss and being drawn to it is far from healthy.

Theo asks Bruce what’s his dream what would make his greatest wish a reality and Wayne responds finding out the identity of the man who killed his parents. Galavan asks him what he’s do with that information and the boy responds he’d kill the man.

Theo then says that his fondest wish is to clean up Gotham City and make it corruption free, but to accomplish that he needs Bruce’s help. He then tells Wayne that his family’s company’s involved in all sorts of criminal and corrupt activities and conducting barbaric experiments. Bruce looks a bit confused by thanks Theo for the information and tells the new mayor he’ll rectify the situation but Galavan smiles at him sadly and he says can’t.

He then tells the boy that if Wayne sells Theo his controlling shares of Wayne Enterprises he’ll root out all the corruption and clean up the corporation. Even though Bruce’s young this should tell him to start pumping the brakes, but what follows should cause Wayne to realize Galavan’s a snake. He holds up a manila envelope filled with what he claims is documented proof of who killed Bruce’s parents, including accomplices and photographs. He calls it a deal-sweetener and tells Bruce he has until the end of business that day to give Galavan his decision.

Nygma finishes digging the hole and has the steamer-trunk inside it when he raises a glass of wine and makes a toast to Kringle before he covers her with dirt. He thanks her for she took a man that was two warring halves and finally made him whole. An older hunter comes upon the scene and Nygma kills him with shovel as he’s trying to determine what Ed’s got in the trunk. Nygma says he’s going to have to improvise and tells the stiff not to go anywhere.

Of course Kean’s led them into a trap as the cruiser they’re driving gets T-boned by a tractor-trailer. A shoot-out between the Strike-Force and Galavan’s guys take place, but Kean escapes and Tabitha knocks Gordon out with a hypodermic filled with sedatives she sticks in his neck. When Harvey comes back to the precinct all bandaged up Barnes tells the detective to get home and get rested. Harvey instead goes into the basement and listens to audiotape of Kean’s earlier conversation with Gordon.

Nygma returns to the grave with some hacksaws to cut up the hunter’s corpse when he notices the finger-sandwiches he laid out were eaten by somebody. So not wanting to leave any witnesses behind he follows the tracks of the sandwich thief.

Alfred finds a deeply troubled Bruce in the cave and asks him if he wants something to eat. Bruce then asks his guardian what’s a realistic time-table for him to become the man who can clean-up Wayne Enterprises. Alfred responds that the process could take years, but that Wayne will become that man. Bruce then asks how many innocent people will die at the hands of Wayne Enterprises until he’s ready?

He tells Alfred about Galavan’s offer to purchase Bruce’s controlling shares of the corporation and that if he makes the deal Theo will provide the name of the man that killed his parents. Alfred says that’s extortion and Bruce responds there’s a thin line between extorting and negotiating. Alfred replies that the line still exists and Bruce asks if it’s wrong of him to want to give up and just get closure. His guardian hugs him tightly as he tells the boy it isn’t wrong at all.

Gordon regains consciousness to find he’s tied to a wheelchair, with his hands bound behind the chair by rope. (Don’t these  villains ever watch TV or go to a movie? Galavan’s got BILLIONS, spring for a lousy pair of handcuffs!)  He looks around and realizes he’s in a church along with a gagged and bound Father Callahan and some stragglers Barbara’s henchmen rounded up and tied up who are now seated in the pews as witnesses.

Harvey after listening to the conversation over and over suddenly realizes that Kean’s got Jim imprisoned in the church they were to get married in, Gotham Cathedral. Barnes and Bullock along with the Strike-Force head to the church.

Kean starts chiding Gordon that he realized that she was setting a trap to ensnare him but he still went ahead as he thinks he’ll always win, or perhaps die. He says he doesn’t want to die and she tells him that too bad as that’s the option that she’s chosen for him. He asks her if she’s going to give him anything on Galavan and she reveals that Mayor Aubrey James is stashed in a warehouse on the China Docks.  She then asks what Lee must think about all this and then says lets ask her and she’s wheeled in on another chair. Now Gordon’s got a reason to cut those ropes binding his hands together.

She starts taunting Lee and asking if she knows how Gordon got reinstated to the GCPD and Lee replies that he killed a guy for Penguin. Barbara clasps her hands in glee and says she never thought Gordon would have told her. She then asks Lee if she thinks she knows Jim better than her? She pulls out a long knife and says she loves her more than Thompkins and places it against Lee’ chin. Lee distracts her by saying she loves her wedding gown and asks where she got it? Gordon breaks free of his bonds and grabs Kean’s sawed-off shotgun and kills the two henchmen, she scatters into the upper pews in the church.

Jim tells her to put down the blade and she tries slashing him. He defends himself and knocks the blade out of her hands with the rifle-butt. They struggle and she crashes through the stained glass window, Gordon grabs her hand tells her to hold on. She tells him she loves him and lets go. She survives the fall ending up with numerous broken-bones, a concussion and heads into the ambulance in critical condition.

They find Mayor James in a warehouse with the wooden box still encasing his head. Barnes asks the Mayor who did this to him and James bellows whom do you think. Bruce’s about to sign over his shares to Galavan when he suddenly announces he’s changed his mind. Just then Gordon, Bullock and Barnes walk in and Jim tells Alfred to keep the boy away from Theo. He then hits Galavan in the jaw and tells him he’s under arrest. when Theo asks on what charge Gordon spits back kidnapping and torturing Mayor James.

Back in the country Nygma’s followed the tracks back a to a motor home, darkness has fallen and the lights are on inside. He hesitantly starts touching the camper when a man stumbles out the door causing Ed to fall and lose his glasses momentarily. Ed puts on his glasses just the man drops the pipe he held above his head and sinks to his knees. Ed whispers out Mr. Penguin and a badly injured Oswald Cobblepot pleads for help.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Somehow I get the feeling that given his druthers, Oswald Cobblepot would prefer to go back to fighting Sal Maroni and Fish Mooney right about now. The positive that emerged from episode seven of the second season for the FOX Network series “Gotham,” was the realization by GCPD Detective Jim Gordon that Theo Galavan’s not the knight in shining armor that’s going to save Gotham City. The dominoes finally fell into place for Gordon in this episode as the realization dawned on him that Galavan’s not the city’s savior, instead he’s the most dangerous monster the city faces. The question’s whether Gordon’s revelation came too late as Galavan got elected as the new Mayor of Gotham City in a landslide victory.

The Penguin’s top lieutenant Butch Gilzean arrived bloody and breathless back to Cobblepot’s base of operations last week and told his boss that he found out where Galavan and his sister Tabitha were holding Oswald’s mother’s hostage. He said the pair realized that Penguin sent him to infiltrate their organization as a spy and tortured him but he escaped and if they acted quickly they can save Gertrude.

The two head to a warehouse along with two of Cobblepot’s henchmen and they find Penguin’s mother locked in a cell. Oswald grabs a set of bolt-cutters to free his mother, when the lights come on in the warehouse revealing Theo and Tabitha. Penguin orders Gilzean to shoot the Galavan siblings in the head, however he kills Oswald’s henchmen instead. He then reveals that the mind-control that Victor Zsasz used on him last year no longer functions as Tabitha “fixed” him. Theo tells Cobblepot that the bolt-cutters won’t work on his mother’s cell  and says the only way to free her is with the key in  his hand.

Penguin says to Galavan he can still be very useful to the man who within hours will get voted in as the next mayor of the city. Theo says he doesn’t think that’s true and Cobblepot says kill me if you must but please let my mother go free. He gets on his knees and begs and Galavan says to his sister she’s served her purpose and Tabitha opens the cell.

Gertrude walks out and embraces her son and Penguin says everything’s going to be fine now, when he feels his mother’s body shudder and realizes Tabitha stuck a large knife deep between his mother’s shoulder blades. The shock keeps his mother from realizing she’s dying but soon she breaths her last in her son’s arms. Penguin begins sobbing uncontrollably.

Galavan tells Gilzean to kill him and dump the bodies anywhere and the pair start to leave the warehouse, but Oswald’s words stop Theo in his tracks. He screams out that Galavan lacks the stomach to take him out himself. Then he says it’s no wonder his family got driven out of the city, he comes from a long line of gutless cowards.

Galavan doubles-back and takes the revolver from Butch then stands toe-to-toe with Penguin and asks if he has any last words and Cobblepot says yes, he’s going to kill him. He grabs the blade out of his mother’s back and slashes Galavan across the throat, then slashes Gilzean and runs towards the windows. Tabitha tries shooting him but the little man dodges the bullets and crashes through the window to safety.

Edward Nygma’s sitting by the side of his bed shaking uncontrollably and reliving his accidentally killing his girlfriend Kristin Kringle last week when he’s visited by his alter-ego “Dark-Nygma.” The sharper-dressed version of himself  that appears to Ed tells him he knows how to make a body disappear and when Ed looks on his bed he sees Kringle’s corpse’s gone. “Dark-Nygma” tells Ed that he hijacked his body when Ed fell asleep and disposed of the corpse, he says he’s left clues and we see a purple envelope with a familiar looking question mark on the front. He opens it and reads that the first clue’s hidden at his precinct and he should look for something with Kringle’s initials. “Dark-Nygma” suggests he heads to the precinct before somebody else finds the clue.

At the Galavan estate the TV’s on and a reporter states that Theo Galavan’s expected to win the day’s Mayoral election by a large margin. Tabitha turns off the set and sneers at her brother saying she can’t believe he’s going to be mayor of this “sinkhole.” His ward Silver St. Cloud asks if she can attend that evening’s victory party and Tabitha says her brother promised her fun and asks when they’re going to raise a little Hell? Galavan smiles and says there’s plenty time down the road for fun and parties, right now they have to remain focused.

Theo asks Silver how’s she doing with Bruce Wayne? She holds up her right pinkie and asks Galavan if he sees that finger, then says she’s got little Bruce wrapped around it. Galavan says she’s turned into quite the vixen and he loves it. He says that’s their next move getting Bruce to sign over control of Wayne Enterprises and then meeting his unfortunate destiny. He then says the other issue on the table’s Penguin and his sister  responds she’s on it. Theo waves her off and says he’s going to be mayor soon and will have an army at his disposal and he intends to use it.

We sit down with Bullock and Gordon at the precinct watching the election returns on TV talking about Galavan’s apparent record margin of winning and Harvey says that it looks like Jim backed the right pony. Gordon’s got that sick to his stomach look on his face, the one he always gets when things don’t seem to be on the up and up to him. He starts talking about Cobblepot and says to Bullock he’s still having a problem accepting that Penguin’s behind the fires that the Firefly set to Wayne Enterprises properties.

Suddenly Galavan and Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent walk  into the precinct and head directly into Captain Barnes’ office. Jim and Harvey get up and Gordon asks what the Hell’s going on? Barnes stands in the doorway of his office and tells the two detectives that the Penguin just tried killing the Mayor-Elect.

The five men gather in the office and Theo says that Cobblepot realizing Galavan would become the next mayor just arrived at his house and proposed they form an alliance. When Galavan says he politely refused he says Penguin produced a blade and slit his throat. Gordon doesn’t buy the story and says that reaction seems rash even for Penguin. Dent gives Barnes a warrant for Cobblepot’s arrest and a search and seizure order for the department to confiscate Cobblepot’s property.

Dent then says in light of recent events, Judge Turnbull’s granted the new Mayor special temporary powers. Galavan says as soon as he’s sworn in he’s imposing a curfew and having the GCPD Strike Force conduct a house to house search until the Penguin’s apprehended. Gordon’s face shows concern and he asks Galavan if he’s imposing Martial-Law and Barnes says that they’re conducting a manhunt for a dangerous criminal.

As the men leave Barnes’ office, Theo takes Gordon aside and says he seems hesitant and Jim says he’d describe it as cautious. He says they don’t want to alienate the city, he says people will understand the manhunt for Cobblepot, but they want to maintain their own personal freedom. Galavan says that all of Gotham City will realize that the mayor and police department are working in the public’s best interests. We can see by Gordon’s facial expression he’s not buying it. Just before Theo takes off  he says to Jim, remember Detective you’re the one who approached me. If Gordon felt uneasy before that statement took him to a whole other level.

Selina Kyle sneaks into the Wayne family library and Bruce asks her why she hates using his front door? She says it’s not the door it’s the gorilla that answer’s it and suddenly she sees their not alone as Silver St. Cloud enters the library. Silver introduces herself to Selena and then asks her to stay for lunch.

She tells Bruce to ask Alfred to set another place at the table. As soon as he leaves the room, we get our first taste of  the real Silver as she quickly threatens Kyle and says if she shows up there again, she’ll make things bad for the girl from the streets. Selena asks Silver who she thinks she is and she replies she’s Bruce’s one and only true friend. Wayne comes back and says Alfred will soon call them for lunch.

After Alfred leaves the three teenagers at the dining-table Silver starts asking Cat about herself and Selena’s blown away by her phoniness and calls her a two-faced slut. Bruce asks Kyle what’s going on and St. Cloud says perhaps she best leave. Kyle looks at her  and asks if Silver’s actually crying and then says she’s good. Silver runs out of the estate and Bruce asks Selena what she just did and Selena says she did him a favor, that girl’s no good. Bruce asks Kyle to leave and says he’s a bad judge of character as all this time he truly thought Cat was his friend.

Harvey gets a tip that Gilzean’s holed up  in this dive bar and he’s formed his own gang. The detectives drive to the place and surprise Butch and his three goons by walking in with the pizza delivery guy. Harvey asks Butch where Penguin’s at and he says he doesn’t know, Bullock says that Gilzean’s Oswald’s lap-dog and Butch says those days are over. Gordon asks why did Cobblepot go after Theo and Gilzean laughs and says he’s got nothing to say.

We hear a familiar voice shouting from the street outside the bar, it belongs to our favorite psychopath Victor Zsasz whose standing in the street with what looks like a ten-person gang. Victor says we’re here for Gilzean, anybody that leaves the building before we start firing lives, anybody still  in the building after we start dies. Gilzean’s three goons say bye Butch and beat feet out of their. Gordon handcuffs Gilzean to a pipe and he says either Butch talks or he leaves him for Victor.

Butch says that Galavan  pulled  all the strings, he forced Cobblepot to do his dirty-work by kidnapping Penguin’s mother. He then says he didn’t think he’d actually do it and the conversation’s interrupted by the gunfire entering the bar courtesy of Zsasz’s gang. Harvey says to Jim they’re out numbered but Gordon responds not outgunned and the two detectives pick up a pair of machine guns lying against the wall and let loose. When the two officers end their barrage, Victor says he’ll take that as a no and says he’ll see Gilzean later. Gordon turns around and sees that Butch had escaped during the gunfire. Jim asks Harvey if  he thinks Gilzean just told them the truth and Bullock responds this is Gotham, nobody tells the truth.

Bruce head’s to the Galavan’s mansion and he has a brief chat with Theo, then tells him he came by to see Silver. Seconds later the teen walks down the stairs and smiles when she sees Bruce. Theo says he needs to get dressed for the party and excuses himself. Silver smiles at Wayne and says, I knew you’d come.

Penguin addresses his soldiers as they prepare to attack Galavan at his victory party and tells them all that Theo Galavan’s his and for everybody else to stay from the Mayor-Elect. Gabe, the first foot soldier that joined Penguin’s gang and his most loyal employee begs his boss to let one of them take the hit on Theo as the cops will never let Cobblepot near him. Penguin says he’s got it handled then tells his men to get dressed for the party.

Ed shows up at the precinct and tries to decipher the message from “Dark-Nygma” that the clue’s hidden in or near something with the initials kk. He suddenly realizes it’s the snack vending machine and sees that selection’s Lady Fingers. Ed keeps shoving money into the machine until he sees Kringle’s hand’s the next one in the slot and he retrieves it without getting caught.

Jim and Harvey are talking at the precinct, when suddenly Jim realizes that Galavan’s orchestrated everything. He arrives in the city a stranger just before Mayor James disappeared then became a hero at the charity ball for the Gotham Children’s Hospital. Then he arranged for Penguin to take out any serious competition for mayor. Bullock says that’s just Machiavellian madness, but Gordon’s convinced he’s right.

Ed goes back to his office and finds a note in Kringle’s hand. Suddenly “Dark-Nygma” arrives and asks Ed isn’t this fun. He tells his alter-ego that he’s not only insane he’s got problems with grammar as he put a period between the letters m and e in the word me. Suddenly he realizes “Dark-Nygma” was referring to the Medical Examiner and he runs to the morgue. He finds Kringle’s corpse in one of the body containers just as Lee Thompkins walks in. Ed’s certain he’ll get caught but suddenly says he and Kringle argued and Lee suggests that she and Ed talk things out over coffee. Ed closes the drawer and the two leave the morgue.

Barnes addresses the precinct about the challenges awaiting them as they try to maintain order at the victory party for Theo Galavan and he tells his officers he knows they’re all up to the task. He then introduces Gordon who goes over duty assignments with the officers.

Harvey Dent introduces Mayor-Elect Galavan at the party as the GCPD try to keep all inside safe. Officer Martinez is on lookout and communicating with Gordon via walkie-talkie. He tells Gordon that Penguin’s gang’s heading  over on foot then looks through his binoculars and says he’s identified Penguin. Gordon tells Martinez to hold his fire when we hear the sound of a bullet and Martinez says target down. He tells Gordon there’s a sniper on the roof and the GCPD send an officer up there.

Tabitha’s on the roof and though she killed the man she aimed at it wasn’t Penguin. Turns out that every one of Cobblepot’s henchmen are disguised as the Penguin and walking with a limp so nobody can figure out which one’s the actual Penguin. An officer goes up to the roof, tells Tabitha to drop her rifle and turn around slowly with her hands raised above her head. She’s able to overcome the cop and kills him by stepping on her throat with her stiletto heels.

Fake Penguins dive into the mansion through the windows, killing officers and guests. Gordon, Bullock and Dent are  with Galavan and Jim says they need to get the Mayor-Elect to his car so he can get to safety. He tells Dent to alert the driver to bring the car around then asks Bullock to cover them. The pair sprint across the room dodging gunfire until they get to the car.

As Gordon’s about to put Galavan in the car, Penguin greets them holding a shotgun aimed at Theo and he says hello Jim. Gordon tells him that he needs to put down the gun, Oswald says perhaps Jim would feel differently if he realized what kind of man he’s really protecting.

Penguin’s looking only at Theo but he’s talking to Gordon. He says he killed my mother Jim and Gordon says he knows. Penguin then says she died in my arms I felt her take her last breath. That changes a person Jim and suddenly Bullock’s behind Cobblepot and he calmly says put down the shotgun Oswald.

Theo orders Gordon to kill Cobblepot and Jim just ignores him. Penguin says he’s more dangerous than you can imagine Jim. His endgame involves somebody you know  and care very deeply for. Suddenly gunfire splatters the area, it’s Tabitha shooting wildly and in the ensuing confusion, Cobblepot steals the limo and drives away.

Galavan shakes his head at Gordon and says he had such high hopes for him. He says I thought you were prepared to  do what ever it takes to rid Gotham City of the monsters that plague it. Gordon sneers at Theo and says he does feel that way, he’s just decided that the first monster he’s taking out is Galavan. Theo responds those are dangerous words, Gordon smiles and says desperate times.

Ed returns to the morgue after having coffee with Lee and opens the drawer that Kringle’s body’s in when “Dark-Nygma” comes back and he’s laughing. Ed tells him that “Dark-Nygma” put him in a very dangerous situation and his alter-ego says I wanted you to experience the feeling. He asks him how it felt staring into the abyss, knowing he might get caught and kill again. “Dark-Nygma” asks Ed how that buzz felt and then enters Ed’s body and seems to take over. Ed now with “Dark-Nygma’s” personality says it felt beautiful then gets ready to carve up Kringle’s corpse.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

If a TV show compels me to repeatedly yell to a character to keep their mouth shut, it automatically passes my litmus-test. That actually occurred several times while watching the latest episode of the FOX series “Gotham,” much to my wife and our dogs’ consternation. That sub-plot was one of many that kept this viewer glued to my seat throughout the evening, indicating that in an era when the industry’s embracing comic-book shows, Gotham just maybe a cut above the rest. A war’s taking place in Gotham City and there are wolves masquerading as sheep, while others get pushed into situations they originally wanted no part of.

The blood-feud that’s developed between Theo and Tabitha Lucas and Oswald Cobblepot’s keeps boiling as the Penguin attempts to get Butch Gilzean deep within the Galavan organization. Cobblepot whacked off Butch’s hand with a meat-cleaver near the end of the previous chapter, this week opens with Gilzean telling Theo, Tabitha and Barbara Kean that Penguin’s lost his mind.

Butch tells the trio that Penguin blamed him for the bust at his counting-house and accused Gilzean of plotting behind his back and being a traitor. Butch told them that Oswald then grabbed the cleaver and chopped his hand off, he said that Penguin tried to hit him again but he slipped on the blood and Gilzean escaped and then woke up in a hospital. He then asks Theo for a job, but Galavan doesn’t think it’s a good match.

Butch says he’s got brains and nobody knows Gotham better than he does. Theo asks the women their opinion and Tabitha says she thinks he’s cute and reminds of a sad bear. Kean says that they had an incident last year as Gilzean held her prisoner in her own apartment. Butch says that’s true and he apologizes, Tabitha suddenly gets animated and says them can put a hammer or a knife on his stump. Kean  suggests a mini chainsaw and both women giggle which convinces Galavan to welcome Butch aboard.

We watch a guy running as fast as he can through a seedy Gotham City neighborhood with Jim Gordon in hot pursuit. The suspect knocks over a homeless man  trying to slow Gordon but he sidesteps him. He reaches the end of the alley and two members of the Strike-Force take him down. Gordon slugs the guy and says he’s looking for a firebug, and he knows the guy’s one. The dude says he’s been out of arson for years.

Gordon says he’s looking for a girl who wears a costume and uses a flamethrower, the guy responds he doesn’t know any female firebugs, he says they’re Mad-Rare like unicorns. Gordon punches the guy in the gut and leaves him sprawled among the garbage in the alley. The male Strike-Force member says to Gordon that Captain Barnes’ demanded that any breaking of policy must be reported even if committed by a superior officer. Gordon barks back you do that and stomps away.

Bridget Pike’s staying with Selina and while Kyle’s sleeping she starts cleaning up the condemned apartment. Selina wakes up and asks what she’s doing and Pike replies she can’t sleep she just killed a cop and she’s unwelcome at home. She says she can’t go to the police and asks Kyle what she should do, Selina responds she needs to leave town. Bridget responds she’s got no money and Kyle smiles wickedly and says she knows a way to solve that problem, they’ll pull a heist. Pike’s against the idea but admits it’s her only option.

Just how depraved is Gotham City? How about holding what appears to be a nightly auction where the clientele bids for sex-slaves held against their will? Selina tells Pike this is the place they’re robbing and tells the teen to go in through the back door but to remain hidden until Kyle makes her move.

Both girls enter the building and Selina gets the crowd’s attention by shooting her gun towards the ceiling. She says that the crowd’s getting robbed and some of the folks start to laugh until Bridget shoots a flame into the audience. Pike  wants to free the women who are caged but Selina says they don’t have the time. They gather the money and run out of the place after Bridget shoots another burst fire from her flamethrower to keep anyone from following them.

Back at the precinct Barnes’ reads the riot-act to Gordon telling him we don’t ever beat suspects. He then shows security-cam footage to Jim of the girls entering the auction house, Barnes identifies one of the teens as the firebug but says he’s got no idea whom the other girl is. Gordon realizing it’s Selena says he knows her.

Alfred’s continuing Bruce’s boxing lessons in the cave under the library and he keeps telling Wayne he needs to focus that distractions will lead to his death. He tells Bruce to throw a left at him but it’s a tap and he gets Wayne in a headlock as Bruce struggles to get free. Alfred tells him he needs to fight dirtier than that and his ward bites down hard on his hand making Alfred pull back his arm and Bruce gets free. After complaining about the pain he smiles and tells Bruce good job.

The two resume sparring and Wayne says to Alfred he’s ready to take on the board of Wayne Industries. Pennyworth tells Bruce that Silver St. Cloud called and invited Bruce to the Galavan’s for dinner. The teen drops his hands and stands flat-footed as he processes the news and Alfred knocks him to the ground as he hits him flush in the nose. Pennyworth smiles and says you’re far from ready and extends a hand to help Wayne up.

Kristin Kringle and Lee Thompkins stand in the station engaging in some girl-talk, specifically Kristin saying how sweet and gentle Ed’s been to her. She says she kind of wishes he’d be a little less gentle, says she likes a little fire in a man. Ed’s been standing in the adjoining hallway listening and at that point walks in and invites Kringle over for dinner that night.

Harvey Bullock’s an old-school detective and that’s what makes him so valuable on the Strike-Force. While everybody else runs around like their hair’s on fire, Bullock relies on the same things he’s always done working leads and interviewing people with connections to others. Harvey’s got Ivy Pepper sitting at his desk as he tries to track down Selina Kyle and asks Ivy where she’s living. Ivy looks back at him blank-faced having never heard of Selina Kyle and she’s surprised that’s her friend Cat’s real name. Harvey says if she doesn’t tell him he’ll have child-services take her away, but if she tells him he just might grab a candy-bar and forget she’s at his desk.

Bullock’s chewing on a candy-bar when he finds Gordon and tells him Uncle Harvey knows where Selina lives and gives Jim the address. Gordon says he knows the place thanks his partner and takes off to find her on his own. Bullock advises he take back-up but Jim says with Kyle the quiet way’s more effective.

Selina’s taken her cut of their bounty, leaving Pike with enough money to leave Gotham and start a new life. Kyle says to her when she gets to the bus station to take the first bus heading south and ride it to the end of the line. Bridget asks what she does then and Selina says she’s got plenty of money so she can do what ever she pleases. Suddenly a van drives up to them with Bridget’s brothers inside, the oldest one Joe grabs Bridget and shoves her in the van. Selina tries fighting the younger brother and though she wrests his rifle away, they take off with their sister.

Kyle goes back to her place for more weapons and ammo and Gordon busts down her door holding his pistol aimed at Kyle but she’s holding a twin-barreled shotgun. He tells her to lower her weapon and she gives him a look like get real. Jim says she’s running with a really dangerous girl who could get her killed and Kyle says she doesn’t know who Gordon’s referring to. He says he saw the two of them together on surveillance footage and then says she torched six buildings and killed a cop. Selina says that Bridget didn’t want any involvement but her brothers forced her to, she says they’ve physically abused her and have kept her in chains for years.

Jim holsters his pistol and says to Selina then let him help her. He gives his word that he’ll do everything he can to keep her safe. Selina puts down the shotgun and gives Gordon Bridget’s name and address. He reassures Kyle that he’ll handle everything and save her friend.

Bridget’s in handcuffs as her brother’s count her take from the robbery and it’s six grand and Bridget says they can keep it. Joe says he’s going to keep it but what he’s upset about is she was about to leave them. As he berates her he starts chucking firecrackers at her which she manages to dodge. Joe then comes right up to her and asks if she wants to be part of the family again then lights an M-80 and holds it under her chin and she screams yes.

Joe releases her from the handcuffs and tells her if she ever tries it again he’ll kill her and her fiend Cat as well. He asks if she understands and she says yes. Then he shoves her and tells her to fix their dinner. Bridget’s seething washes her hands and then goes into another room.

Butch pays Penguin a visit with a mallet attached to his stump. Penguin says well at least it’s useful and Butch tells him not to start. Penguin then asks how things are going and Gilzean says he’s in and he’s got Galavan’s trust. Cobblepot asks if he’s located his mother and Gilzean says not yet it takes time. He says if he pushes too fast and too hard he’ll blow his cover. Penguin then starts controlling Butch via the brain-washing process that Victor Zsasz put him through last year. He asks Gilzean if he’s his lord and master and Butch responds he is and then he agrees when Penguin says  he has to follow every order Cobblepot gives him. Penguin then spits out for Gilzean to locate Oswald’s mother or he’ll cut off Butch’s other hand.

Bridget comes out of the other room wearing her costume and carrying the flamethrower. Joe asks if she intends to kill them with a sneer on his face and Bridget says yes then turns on the flamethrower and barbecues them both. She then grabs her money and takes off.

Minutes later Gordon and Bullock walk into the apartment and sees the two bodies on the floor. As Harvey goes over to examine the remains one of the brother’s sits up and grabs Harvey by the ankle and starts talking. Harvey’s scared out of his mind and kicks the guy until he lets go. Gordon then feels for a pulse and he’s dead, Jim says nice going Harvey. Bullock looks at Gordon like he’s insane and says oh my kicking him killed him? Perhaps it was getting roasted extra-crispy style that ended his life.

Ed and Kristen are just finishing dinner at his apartment and she says he’s got to stop spoiling her. He says he intends to spoil her for the rest of his life. They start kissing and she asks if that’s his bedroom, they both smile and head in there.

Gordon and Bullock head back to the precinct and Barnes’ tells Jim he wants that girl and he wants her now. Gordon tries to explain to Barnes that Pike’s brothers forced her to commit the crimes and they abused her and held her prisoner for years. Barnes basically says he lacks any pity for her and she’s going down.

Butch heads back to Galavan’s office and while he’s alone in there he turns on a monitor and sees Mrs. Cobblepot. Galavan walks in and greets Butch, he quickly shuts off the TV. Theo says that Gilzean’s hard-working and the most loyal man he’s ever met, then says it’s too bad that it’s Penguin that Gilzean’s loyal to. He asks Butch why he allowed Oswald to cut off his hand and Gilzean says that Penguin’s his lord and master.

Tabitha enters the room and Theo says we might be able to do something about that. He tells Tabitha that Penguin brain-washed Gilzean and asks her if she can reverse the process and she says she thinks she can. She wraps her whip around Gilzean’s neck until he passes out. Theo reminds his sister that dinner’s in an hour.

Theo, Silver and Bruce sit at the table in the Galavan’s dining room when Tabitha enters and apologizes for running late. She has a spot of blood on her cheek and Theo motions to her to wipe it off. He then proposes a toast to family for in the end that’s all we’ve got.

Kyle goes to Bridget’s building and finds her friend on the roof next to her pigeon-coop. Selina tells Pike she’s got to run, but Bridget says she’s not afraid anymore. She’s going vigilante and she pledges to rid Gotham City of all the scum and pervs that came after them. Selina says nobody ever came after her and once again says she needs to run, Bridget says it’s nice realizing somebody cares. Kyle says she doesn’t care she just thinks Pike’s stupid and starts to walk away but then rushes back to Bridget and hugs her telling her to be careful. Selina then calls Jim and says she thinks she knows where her friends going.

Pike returns to the auction house and after she burns one of the employees to death, she opens the cage and frees all the women. They all run out to the street just as the Strike-Force arrives, when Bridget walks out of the building Gordon tells the other officers to hold their fire and then starts to walk over to Pike with his hands up.

He tells the teen he’s aware that she got forced by her brothers to pull the heists and to kill Officer Garrett. He says if she puts down the flamethrower and comes with him they’ll work things out. Bridget says she’s not going to jail and Gordon says she’s a minor and there’s other options. She gets scared and turns on the flamethrower just enough to push Gordon  back, but a uniform fires a shot hitting one of her tanks and soaking her costume with the accelerant.

Barnes’ repeats the hold your fire command but the shot put Bridget over the top and she starts incinerating a cruiser. Gordon calls out to her to stop, but the cruiser explodes and the fire ignites her suit and she bursts into a ball of flame.

Back at Galavan’s mansion Theo and Bruce have a private conversation and Galavan asks Bruce if he knows a Wayne Enterprises executive named Sid Bunderslaw. Bruce responds that he does and Theo tells him that he’s missing and presumed dead. He then says he’s done extensive research on Wayne Enterprises and he discovered Bruce’s father was a very good man but Wayne Enterprises has a lot of sketchy deals under their control. He tells Bruce he realizes how mature he is and says when he becomes Mayor he’d like to help Bruce clean up his family’s company. Bruce thanks him and they shake hands.

Butch arrives at Penguin’s with his face cut-up, he tells Cobblepot that he’s found Oswald’s mother but they realized he’s a plant and Tabitha tortured him. However he says he escaped and they can save Penguin’s mother if they move now. Penguin says Butch’s loyalty will get rewarded and to sit down while everybody gets armed. Has Gilzean really returned to lead Penguin into a trap.

Gordon tells Selina he tried his best but Bridget didn’t make it. She immediately blames him but Jim says it seemed like she wanted to die and then asks Kyle again who ordered the Pike’s to set the fires? Selina says like you’re going to  do something about your little friend? Jim looks shocked and asks why Penguin hired them. Selina advises Gordon to talk to Cobblepot as she’ll never speak with the detective again.

Ed and Kristin are  basking in the afterglow when she shows concern, Ed asks her what’s wrong and she says she’s afraid her former boyfriend Officer Dougherty’s going to come back and kill her. Ed smiles and says she’s got no reason to worry. Kringle says that’s sweet but Ed’s too gentle to take on Dougherty and then Ed blows it all by telling Kristin he killed Dougherty. Kringle’s immediately repulsed and gathers her clothes so she can get dressed and leave, she says he’s psychotic and he’s going to prison where terrible things will happen to him.

Nygma pleads with her not to talk like that and attempts to calm her down and he puts one hand over her mouth and the other grips her neck. He says he fell in love with her at first sight and she just wanted to protect her. He says Dougherty beat her and he wanted him to stop, so Ed stopped him. Suddenly he realizes she’s not breathing, he accidentally killed her and starts crying cradling her corpse. Looks like the Riddler’s on his way.

We watch two orderlies pushing a gurney with a heavily bandaged body on it. The talkative one says she’s not dead, they said the suit melted onto her skin. She’s fireproof now, that’s right she can’t burn. That’s why we brought her down here with the rest of the monsters so they can perform tests on her. Bridget opens her eyes and sees that every room contains a heavily guarded “patient’ within.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

The two prevailing themes so far in the second season of the FOX Network series “Gotham,” have been turbulence and change and we saw a lot more of both in the season’s fourth episode. Gotham City’s gotten shaken like a snow-globe in the young season and we witnessed a whole lot of shaking going on in the chapter entitled “Strike Force.” The show-runners have quickened the pace in their sophomore campaign, making this a tighter, more exciting and more jam-packed series than the show presented last season.

This episode opens with all of Gotham City’s crime-bosses gathered at a conference table and everybody’s talking at once, until the Penguin picks up a shotgun and fires a round into the ceiling. He then asks all gathered to conduct themselves with more civility, as they discuss the problems they’re facing.

Penguin wastes no time getting to the matter of their collective concern, who masterminded the breakout of five inmates from Arkham Asylum. Cobblepot tells the group he finds it very difficult to believe that not one person in the room has any knowledge about who set-up the escape. He then says the GCPD’s main suspect’s a blind old man, murdered by Jerome Valeska. Oswald says it again this time over-emphasizing the word BLIND.

As Penguin’s voice hangs in the air, there’s silence until one of the guys seated tells Cobblepot they thought he arranged the escape. Penguin laughs derisively at the notion, telling all in attendance that he gave each of them all the freedom they wanted and the money was rolling in and everybody happy. Why would he mess a great situation up by bringing chaos into it. He tells the crime bosses they’ve got to reestablish their brand and rid Gotham City of the turmoil plaguing it, then sends them on their way.

As all the hoods leave, Penguin’s right-hand man Butch Gilzean introduces his boss to Tabitha Galavan who entered the room in the middle of the meeting. She tells him that her brother wants to speak to him about a matter that could benefit both of them. She tells him there’s a car downstairs waiting to take them both to see Theo.

Jim Gordon’s arguing with another detective in their precinct house when a large bald man wearing a dark blue three-piece suit stands in the doorway. After watching the back and forth for a couple of minutes, the man picks up a wooden chair and breaks it apart with his hands, then throws the pieces on the floor. He says my name’s Nathaniel Barnes, Captain Nathaniel Barnes and yes I’m your new boss. He then points to a uniform and tells him to clean up the mess he just made.

Barnes then talks about the building surrounding them, telling his personnel that it’s over 100-years old. He says they don’t make them like this anymore, this old girl’s solid and tough. Then he says that didn’t stop some psychopath from coming in here a few days ago and killing your Commissioner and nine of your fellow officers. He says he’s ashamed of it and he wasn’t even there. He then says that if there’s a person in the room that’s not angry and embarrassed they should resign right then and there, the room remains silent.

Barnes chuckles and says some of you are lying to yourselves, I’ve gone through all your files and read them all. He then calls seven officers over and tells them they’re not police officers they’re lowlife criminals. He then tells each of them what crimes they’ve committed and tells them all to hand in their badges and guns to the desk sergeant as they’ve all been fired.

He then tells his remaining staff that the days of looking the other way have ended. He says if you fail to enforce the law you’ll get terminated and if fear or disdain keeps you from helping a fellow officer you’ll get terminated. He then tells his staff to get back to work and tells Gordon he wants to see him in his office.

Barnes asks Jim his thoughts on what he said and Gordon says he agreed with every word the Captain said. Barnes asks Gordon if he’s a brown-noser and Gordon chuckles and says not at all. The Captain then says he went over the detective’s file, his history in the service, the police-academy and the GCPD. He says you’re a trouble-maker and a fighter, would you agree with that description? Gordon smiles and says yes sir and Barnes tells him he’s going to make him his second in command.

Theo Galavan and Penguin meet and we can see by Cobblepot’s expression that he’s confused about why Galavan summoned him. Then Barbara Kean walks in and Penguin quickly realizes that Galavan engineered the escape from Arkham Asylum and set himself up to be the hero at the Children’s hospital charity event. Galavan laughs and says that’s correct and Penguin’s going to be his destroyer.

Cobblepot smiles and says he’s honored that Galavan thought of him, but that’s not his style. He’s a builder and idea man and Theo says then that Penguin will be greatly interested in a new project he’s planning. He removes a sheet and shows Oswald a scale model of this huge modern office-park. Penguin says that the project would be in what’s currently a residential neighborhood and Galavan would need all sorts of political connections to get the houses knocked down and his project built. Theo says when he becomes Gotham City’s new mayor that will clear all the hurdles.

He then tells Penguin that his only problem’s that two already declared candidates could win the race, so he needs them knocked off and an attempt made on his life as well. Cobblepot then says Galavan needs an assassin and since this is Gotham City he can find one in the phone book under the letter A. As Penguin starts to leave, Tabitha grabs a TV remote and Theo says that Tabitha wants to share her favorite reality show with Oswald. When the monitor comes on Penguin sees they’ve got his mother imprisoned, he agrees to help Galavan.

The next morning Lee Thompkins and Jim are sleeping when her phone rings. She picks it up and she’s surprised to find herself speaking with Captain Barnes. Barnes tells her he’s heard great things about her and can’t wait to meet her, then asks to speak to Gordon. She gives Jim the phone and Barnes tells him to meet him in an hour at the Gotham Police Academy. He then tells Gordon that everybody knows he’s sleeping with the Medical Examiner.

Gordon arrives at the academy first and he’s looking through the trophy cases when he hears the Captain’s voice behind him. Barnes says that Gordon was oldest in his class, wasn’t the most athletically or academically gifted, yet he finished at the top of his class. The Captain says that’s because Gordon’s a warrior, but he can’t win the battle to clean up Gotham City on his own. Barnes says that graduation for the academy’s the following week and they’re going to recruit some of these folks for their precinct.

Barnes settles on four recruits, three men and one woman. He tells them they are now the Alpha Unit of the GCPD Strike-Force. They’ll report directly to Gordon and Jim will report directly to him. All seem pleased with the new arrangement, Gordon telling his Captain they’re a great group of kids.

Later that morning Galavan receives a medal for honor and valor for saving Bruce Wayne’s life and killing Jerome at the charity function. A TV news-reporter asks Galavan why he hasn’t declared himself as a candidate for mayor yet? Just then a sedan passes by and a guy leans out the window firing an automatic weapon at Theo but missing him by a mile. When everybody returns to their feet Galavan tells the reporter since the bad guys don’t want him to run he now feels obligated to throw his hat in the ring.

Bruce’s back at school and starts heading to where Alfred’s got the limo parked. As Pennyworth gets out of the car he sees Selina Kyle sitting on the stone wall behind him and asks her if she’s waiting for somebody. She jumps from the wall like a gymnast then tells Pennyworth no that’s his job. Alfred then slaps Kyle across the face and says that’s for Reggie, I know you killed him.

He then says he doesn’t know what she wants with Bruce but from his vantage point his ward’s better off without her. He says so do yourself a favor treacle and jog off. Selina appears to be holding back tears, but she smiles and says all’s good and climbs back up the wall and takes off just before Wayne arrives. Alfred gives his ward a change of clothes and a pair of sneakers. He says your preparation begins today, it’s likely a 90 minute trek home possibly two-hours  depending on how many stops Bruce makes. Wayne looks at Alfred and asks you expect me to walk home? Pennyworth corrects him, telling his ward he expects him to run home.

Penguin and Butch show-up at the campaign headquarters of City Council member Caulfield, as she’s one of the other two-declared candidates for mayor. Gilzean has a ski-mask over his head, while Penguin’s sporting a derby and has a bandana tied around his nose and mouth. He walks into Caulfield’s office and she asks if he’s there to kill her, Penguin says that’s correct. She pleads with him not to, saying she’s a mother. Cobblepot suddenly gets agitated and says he’s got a mother too. After Penguin finishes Butch tells the two witnesses to keep their mouths shut as they have their names and addresses.

Ed Nygma’s trying to summon up the courage to ask Kristin Kringle out and he’s getting more awkward every time he practices. His alter ego steps out of the shadows and tells him he saved Kringle’s life and she owes him, so take what he deserves. Ed writes something on a piece of paper and interrupts Kristin’s conversation with three uniforms. Nygma excuses himself and then says Miss Kringle dinner tonight at eight and gives her the address, she smiles and says I like that, he smiles back and says yes you will. She’s suddenly interested in Ed.

Barnes, Bullock and Gordon talk to the four new officers and Barnes stresses they can never look the other way, because the situation will only escalate. If they see a kid breaking a window and let him go, he’ll only go on to do commit worse crimes and eventually end up with a gun. Just then the meeting’s interrupted as they’re told that City Councilor Caulfield’s been murdered.

Harvey and Jim go down to the headquarters and Jim asks if anybody saw anything and swears they won’t have to testify in court. The woman who was there tells the pair they have their names and addresses and Gordon says that Caulfield got stabbed multiple times and likely drowned on her own blood. Harvey says they’re wasting their time, but the woman says the guy with the knife was short, well-dressed and walked funny. Jim immediately realizes it’s Penguin.

Bruce meets with Theo Galavan for lunch, Alfred tells Wayne he’ll wait for him in the lobby. Theo asks him to join them, but Alfred says Bruce wants to thank Galavan for saving his life and he’d only be in the way. Wayne then says he can never repay him for saving his life and Galavan says he’s unsure what came over him that suddenly made him that brave. Theo then starts talking about the murder of Bruce’s parents and that he’s shocked the GCPD have no leads. Bruce says he’s very disappointed and then Theo says even the board of Wayne Industries are sitting on their hands.

Suddenly Bruce looks out the window and he’s smitten by this very pretty blonde girl about his age playing with the fountain on the grounds. Theo sees where he’s gazing and he tells Wayne the young lady’s Silver St. Cloud, Galavan’s brother was her stepfather until he died. Now she’s Theo’s ward and asks Bruce if he’d like to meet her and Bruce immediately nods yes.

When they reach the fountain Silver greets her Uncle and he introduces her to Bruce. He tells her Silver’s spent the last two-years studying in Geneva but now that she’s back in Gotham City, she’ll attend the same school Bruce does. She asks Wayne what it’s like and he says he just started as he’s been home-schooled for the past year. She smiles brightly and says we’ll take it on together then.

Nygma’s actually invited Kringle to his apartment for dinner, that’s why the note read Chez Moi. He tells her he’s an incredible cook and soon the two of them are having a great time. She apologizes for being so mean to him over the years and he says he deserved it for being so annoying. She says that he was just trying to be nice, then says she can’t believe she accused him of writing the goodbye letter from her former boyfriend. She then says he’s a jerk and Ed says he’s glad he’s dead. She looks at him strangely and says he just left town he’s not dead. Nygma says he meant that he’s dead to her and she excuses herself to use the bathroom. As soon as she leaves, Ed’s alter-ego appears and says Nygma blew it, Ed screams leave me alone and Kristin thinks he’s talking to her.

For some reason Kristin thinks it’s quite normal when Ed says he talks to himself and that the more forceful part of him informed him that he ruined the mood. Kristin says she enjoyed the mood also and the two of them kiss, tentatively at first. But then they both take off their glasses and start kissing passionately.

Butch and Penguin sit in a car in front of the other declared candidate’s campaign headquarters. Gilzean says he never questions Penguin’s orders but asks him why they’re involved in this. Oswald’s voice breaks and says because they have his mother, Butch asks who has her and Penguin says Galavan. Gilzean says we’ve got to find her.

This time Penguin sends our favorite psychopath Victor Zsasz to do the hit. The candidate’s standing there with four other guys and they’re all packing heat. Victor says the odds aren’t quite fair and quickly shoots two of the guys dead. The other two grab the candidate and head to the street with Zsasz in close pursuit.  Victor quickly kills one of the candidates aide’s and takes out the second one just as Gordon and Bullock arrive, with the four recruits right behind them. Gordon feels sick when he sees it’s Victor, meaning Penguin’s involved in this hit as well.

One of the recruits rescues the candidate then they all take on Victor. Zsasz hits two of the kids in their bullet-proof vests knocking them to the ground and Victor escapes. After they make sure all the officers are fine, Gordon tells him they just met Victor Zsasz and he works for Penguin.

Jim arrives at the Penguin’s and sees him sitting at the conference table taking an Alka-Seltzer. Gordon tells him they’ve got witnesses stating that Cobblepot stabbed Caulfield and Zsasz just tried taking out the other candidate and he thinks Penguin’s behind the attempted hit on Galavan. Penguin tells him he’s in no mood for a lecture and Gordon tells him they’ve got a new captain and things are changing on the GCPD.

Penguin looks at Gordon and laughs derisively at him. He says Gordon arrived alone and unarmed, is he afraid that his Captain will find out he killed a man over a debt owed to Cobblepot and that he arranged for Penguin to force Commissioner Loeb to resign? Jim says he killed the man in self-defense and Penguin asks where are the witnesses. Jim says he’s willing to face any consequences of his actions and Oswald smiles and says he’s ready too. Gordon leaves Penguin’s house.

Galavan’s excitedly telling his sister Tabitha, that while the cops hunt for Penguin he’ll steal the Mayoral election. Bruce sees Silver at their school but starts to walk past her, she calls to him and gives him a look like she’s surprised he didn’t stop. Selina’s sitting on the curb as Alfred’s words echo in her ears. Finally we see Penguin sitting in front of his fireplace with a drink in his hand. Butch enters and Oswald asks if he found Penguin’s mother, Gilzean’s face tightens and he squeezes his boss’ shoulder sympathetically. Penguin lets out a cry and throws the glass into the fireplace, making the flames more intense.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

The FOX series “Gotham,” suddenly changed direction in the latest episode making a move that likely will have many fans of the show upset and perhaps irate. Other fans will look at this as a gutsy move by the show-runners, proving that the second-year series will keep viewers on their toes and let them take nothing for granted.

I’m going to break format this go-round and immediately address the elephant in the room. During the show’s first season Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin evolved into a breakout character of the campaign. Taylor’s Penguin broke away from the way Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito played the role, in appearance and mannerisms. Both actors portrayed the character as he appeared in the comic-books of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics. Short and round with pointed noses, their speech filled with assorted grunts and quacks.

Taylor’s Cobblepot’s a mama’s boy and outsider who dreams of greatness and overcomes his cowardice to end up as the Criminal King of Gotham City. Penguin stabbed each of his benefactors in the back, yet he ended up the first season as last man standing. We watched him transform from Fish Mooney’s umbrella boy to controlling the entire underworld operation in Gotham City.

This year’s breakout character was Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska, a young man we met last season when Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock arrested him for killing his mother. When Valeska realized that Gordon nailed him for the murder of his mother many fans including this one, believed that Jerome would become perhaps the Caped Crusader’s greatest nemesis The Joker. Jerome starts to break down and cry for a second only to look up at Gordon and flash that unmistakable grin, Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and the Joker from the comic-books, all wrapped up in one magnificently evil smile.

Although those connected with Gotham never confirmed that Jerome would eventually evolve into The Joker, the first two episodes in this short season was enough proof that the ginger would become the deadly criminal. Valeska and four other inmates of the Arkham Asylum received their freedom when they got broken out by Theo and Tabitha Galavan. Valeska quickly became first among equals, becoming the leader of The MANIAX, stressing showmanship along with his brutal slayings.

Jerome terrorized Gotham City’s elite for most of the third episode until the show-runners hit the audience that likely knocked them out of their seats. Theo Galavan called an audible at the line and decided that Valeska could get sacrificed in order to further Galavan’s master plan, to take control of Gotham City.

The first image we see on the screen’s a perp’s getting thrown through a second-story window, his fall softened by trash bags in the alley. We pan up to see Jim Gordon standing in the window and he turns around to talk to his next victim. He tells the guy he’s looking for Jerome Valeska for killing a friend of his and asks the guy what he knows. The dude responds he’s never heard of Valeska and Jim throws a right to his jaw. The guy says he can help the detectives by spreading the word and Gordon tells him that anybody who hides or protects Valeska’s going down. To make sure the guy understood the message, Bullock then threw him through another window to the trash bags below.

After a little playtime for Barbara and Tabitha, Theo walks in with a tray of toast and coffee for Barbara and himself as Tabitha takes off. Galavan then tells Kean that his family built Gotham City, yet their name’s not known. He says he’s out to avenge his ancestors and tells Barbara she’s going to be his star. He then tells her when the time’s right he’ll help her destroy Jim Gordon, not kill him but destroy him body and soul.

Back at the precinct, Harvey suggests to Jim that they pay Penguin a visit, but Gordon brusquely dismisses the idea. Bullock heads to another part of the station, when Gordon sees a female uniform about to take the crime-scene tape off of Captain Sarah Essen’s office door. Jim barks at her to stop then puts the tape back in place. He then shouts to all in the precinct that they lost Essen and nine of their brothers in their house and the killer laughed. He told them to never forget that.

Lee Thompkins puts her hand on his shoulder from behind and he wheels around screams what, before he realizes it’s her. They go off to a corner and talk and Lee mentions the Gotham Children’s Hospital Charity Event’s that evening and she’s involved in the presentation. Jim says he can’t go, he needs to find Jerome.

Just at that moment Valeska and Tabitha arrive at Paul Cicero’s apartment, Cicero’s the blind psychic who admitted to Jerome last season he’s his father. Quickly Cicero’s bound and gagged as Jerome recounts the days of his abusive childhood and blame’s Cicero for never stepping in. He then tells the old man that he’s going to leave manufactured letters between father and son, so that Cicero gets blamed for breaking Jerome out of Arkham.

Back at the precinct Harvey tells Jim that he’s tracked down Paul Cicero and maybe he knows where Jerome’s hiding out. The two quickly drive over to the old man’s apartment.

Valeska stand’s over the old man with a knife and asks him if he has any last words. Cicero says

“You will be a curse upon Gotham. Children will wake from their sleep, screaming from the thought of you. Your legacy will be death and madness.”

Jerome laughs and starts to raise the knife, when there’s a knock at the door as Gordon and Bullock arrived. Gordon calls for Cicero, saying he wants to talk to him about his son but gets met with silence. Suddenly the old man groans and they bust down the door, an instant too late. Cicero’s dead as Valeska stabbed him in the eye and Jim realizes they left through the open window. Harvey examines the body and notices the corpse’s hand’s placed on-top of a tin can, when he moves Cicero’s hand he passes out from the gas coming out of the can. Gordon pulls him out into the hall but he’s barely standing. Then Jerome and Tabitha show up, Jim tries to choke Jerome but he’s easily subdued and Tabitha kicks him in the forehead.

The charity event for Gotham Children’s Hospital kicks off and amongst the guests, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth. Bruce questions why they’re at the event and Alfred says that Bruce needs to be seen at certain functions, this being one on that list. Lee Thompkins comes over to introduce herself to Bruce, she tells him Gordon talks about him all the time and she wanted to meet him.

Alfred’s smitten and unaware that she’s Gordon’s girlfriend he starts to turn on the charm and make a play for her. Lee tells him she loves his stories and he suggests they have dinner at Wayne Manor. She starts to tell Pennyworth she’s got a boyfriend, but he mentions he’s good friends with the head-chef at an exclusive restaurant. Lee says she’s been trying to get a table there for months.

Bruce sees Selina at the event and tries to talk to her, but she tells him she’s working. She’s robbing Gotham’s elite of some of their “extra-cash.” Wayne mentions the entertainment’s a magician and Kyle tells him she hates magicians and says she’ll see him later.

There’s a last-minute substitution for the magician scheduled to perform. Taking the stage The Great Rudolfo and his lovely assistant, actually Jerome and Barbara in disguise, after they tied up the real magician and locked him in a trunk. Lee’s the hostess of the event and introduces the magician and his assistant.

Rudolfo performs a few tricks and then asks for a volunteer from the audience and asks for Bruce Wayne to come up. Wayne doesn’t want to do it but Alfred tells him to be a good sport. He comes up on stage and Rudolfo places him lying down in a box, Wayne’s head and arms sticking out one end and his feet out the other. Alfred starts to protest when Rudolfo takes two honed steel sheets and sticks them in a slot in the box. He separates the boxes and Bruce’s fine with his feet appearing to stick out one end while he waves to the crowd.

Lee asks Alfred if the performers look familiar and suddenly Kean’s mask slips off and she winks at Thompkins. Lee backs into the hallway and calls Jim telling him Barbara’s there and she thinks Jerome as well when she’s grabbed from behind and a hand goes over her mouth. Gordon rushes to the event.

Rudolfo’s asked for Deputy Mayor Harrison Kane to be his next volunteer and the official takes the stage smiling broadly. Rudolfo then says to the audience nobody’s getting out of her alive tonight and there’s nervous laughter, which turns into screams when he throws a knife into Kane’s chest killing the Deputy Mayor.

Gordon arrives outside the hall where the event’s taking place and a uniform tells him he’s not sending in his men. Jim stomps off and says he’ll go by himself when his cellphone rings and Lee’s number appears. He says thank goodness you’re okay only to hear Jerome at the other end. Valeska says to the detective he wishes he could see what’s going on then says actually it’s on TV so he can. Gordon gets to a monitor and sees Lee tied to a spinning wheel, with Barbara and Jerome on either side of her.

The waiters are part of the gang and start shooting automatic weapons at the ceiling, Alfred takes on one of the guys and almost has the weapon when he sees Bruce chasing Selina. Pennyworth’s caught off-guard and a blow to the head knocks him out.

Theo Galavan takes the stage and says to Valeska that he can’t let this go on and when Jerome asks him his name he turns to the cameras and announces Theo Galavan. He says to Jerome that there must be one cell of compassion within him and he says he appeals to the good in him. Kean knocks on top of his head with a hammer and Galavan falls to the stage.

Selina grabs Bruce and almost has them outside when he says he has to go back for Alfred. She says she’s not going back and he tells her he understands, then says he misses her and heads back to the dining room. Selina shakes her head and heads for safety.

Wayne’s just outside the dining room when he hears Jerome saying he wants Bruce back on the stage. Bruce stands and looks from behind a curtain until Kean says shoot the butler and Alfred’s brought out. Valeska says if Bruce wants to save his friend he best come out, he’s about to enter the dining room when he feels a hand on his shoulder. It’s Gordon and he tells him not to go.

Bruce says he can’t let anything happen to Alfred and he runs in shouting I’m here. Alfred stops him and asks what he’s doing, he gives Alfred a pistol that Gordon gave him and tells him the Detective’s in the hall. He goes to Jerome and he puts a knife against his neck and starts slicing slowly. Gordon and Alfred lack a clear shot at Valeska, suddenly Galavan rises from the floor and severs Jerome’s jugular with a knife. Valeska slumps to the floor still with a huge grin plastered on his face and his eyes wide-open.

Theo talks to Valeska as the life ebbs out of his body. He tells him he’s sorry he deviated from the script but he found it necessary. Valeska dies on the stage with his face frozen in the grin and Galavan’s looked at as the city’s new hero.

Jerome Valeska didn’t become The Joker, but he inspired a following. We watch a guy in his thirties laughing hysterically watching Valeska killing people. Then we watch a kid with braces laughing like a lunatic as he watches. We finally see two homeless stragglers stab a bag-lady to death and then one guy kills his partner.

The final image’s Jerome’s corpse with that grin frozen on his face, as we hear Cicero’s words ringing in the background.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.