Spoiler-Free Review: Gotham: Episode 7: Penguin’s Umbrella

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Previously on Gotham, it was thought that a serial killer who called himself the Spirit of the Goat was back in town, but it was really the work of a psychiatrist who brainwashed one of her current patients into using the same MO. The alleged murder of Oswald was also investigated, resulting in a hilarious scene where both Jim and Harvey are insisting that Jim didn’t shoot Oswald (for different reasons). Everyone was shocked when Oswald himself walked right into the police station.

The immediate aftermath is absolute fury from both Fish and Harvey. Harvey threatens Jim with a drawn gun, and their partnership is in turmoil. Barbara is also in danger, because she’s at their apartment when a goon comes by to find Jim. This is the most intense/action hero Jim we’ve seen so far, and it’s pretty cool. Barbara leaves Gotham at Jim’s insistence, so she’s out of danger. I don’t remember the two of them reconciling in past episodes, but I guess the threat of death is a pretty good reason (or maybe I just missed it before). Fish calls for the deaths of Jim, Harvey, Oswald, and maybe even Maroni, and in the process, Gotham PD gets taken hostage, which really shines a light on how incompetent (or corrupt) they are. The villain is really creepy this week, in ways I wasn’t expecting. It’s been a while since Oswald and Fish have shared a scene, and I’d forgotten how great they are together. David Mazouz continues to do a very good job as Bruce – he portrays having to grow up quickly well. The episode ends on an interesting note that I’m looking forward to seeing play out next week in episode eight, The Mask.

A quick, non-plot aside: I liked that Harvey is dating (or at least seeing) a heavier woman in this episode, and no attention is drawn to her weight by any of the characters. He calls her a duchess and implores her to find the bedroom. It’s refreshing to see a weight difference where neither party is made fun of; I’d like to see more of that on TV.

Watch Gotham Mondays at 8pm EST on FOX.

(PS – What do you all think of the fan theory about Oswald being the Joker?! I’m intrigued. I don’t think it’s true, but it would be cool if it was…quite the misdirection.)

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