Hello everyone! Megan_Highwind here with my thoughts on this week’s episode of Gotham. The episode begins by introducing Jervis Tetch, a man with an amazing ability to hypnotize people. Tetch brings a married man up to the stage and has him perform a feat of standing on the very back of a chair without the chair falling over. The crowd is in awe as Tetch brings the man back down to the ground and the show concludes. Later that night, Tetch follows the man and his wife to their house where he again hypnotized the man, this time into killing himself and his wife before stealing all of their money. With this extra money in his possession, Tetch seeks out Jim Gordon to try to have him help in the search for his sister, Alice.
While Gordon is on the hunt for Tetch’s sister, Penguin has thrown himself into the campaign for mayor of Gotham. He says that the former Mayor James has led the city to only corruption and the only way for it to be great again is for Penguin himself to be elected the new mayor. In order to help him in his quest, Penguin visits Arkham and has Ed Nygma released from the asylum. Penguin uses his own backhanded methods of getting things done to try to get ahead of James to lead the city.
Bruce and Alfred start the episode by dealing with Bruce’s doppelgänger. Being the kind soul that he is, Bruce cannot fathom leaving 5, as he says he is called, out alone in the world. Selina comes to visit Bruce while 5 is hidden away and asks for his help in searching for Ivy. Worried for 5, Bruce says he is unable to help, causing Selina to get upset and leave. 5 reveals during the course of his stay with Bruce and Alfred that he is unable to feel pain and has a great fighting ability. After making himself look exactly like Bruce, 5 steals Alfred’s car and goes to pick up Selina.
Gordon is able to locate Alice, but it appears as though Alice was affected by something at Indian Hill. Everything that Alice touches seems to either catch on fire or be driven mad. When Gordon lets Alice know that Jervis is looking for her, she lets on that she does not wish for her brother to find her. Gordon then goes back to Jervis and attempts to question his motives behind finding his sister. Jervis then once again puts Gordon into a hypnotic state and almost convinces Gordon to jump off a building. Alice is able to step in and save Gordon before he jumps. Jervis then escapes while Gordon arrests Alice. The episode ends with Lee, whom we saw earlier in the episode talking briefly with Gordon, meeting with her new fiance and his father. Her fiance, Mario, happens to be the son of the one and only Don Falcone.
On the whole, I thought that this was another decent entry into the season. Up to this point, more so than last season, I feel like the show has done a decent job of introducing new characters into the world. Unlike last season where each character seemed to be given basically one episode where their story begins and ends, so far these characters have been given a bit more of a back story and seem to be more involved in the main plot. I’m hoping that next week we get some insight into where 5 has taken Selina and how Bruce intends to save her. Likewise, I want to see how far Penguin will go in his quest for becoming mayor. It seems likely with the help of Nygma and his goonies that Penguin would easily be able to take the city, but then again I am not entirely sure that Gordon would let him get quite that far without putting up some kind of a fight. Until next time!
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