“You say you want a strong woman to share this crazy life you’ve chosen, but when push comes to shove, you want me to stay home and bake cookies.”
Previously on Gotham, Jim and Harvey found out that Gerald Crane is haunted by the death of his wife in a house fire, which sparked his obsession with understanding human fear and eliminating it as a weakness. He even injects his son, Jonathan, with an overdose fear serum he developed. No way that will backfire in about fifteen years! Fish Mooney was kidnapped and brought to an underground organ-harvesting prison, where she promptly murdered the leader and took over. Bruce went on an angsty hike in the woods, got in trouble, and was rescued by Alfred. Falcone gave Oswald Fish’s night club, and Maroni promised Oswald that he’ll kill him as soon as Falcone is out of the picture (despite the two of them being on semi-friendly terms right now).
Oswald has his mom singing at the club, which is wonderful. We FINALLY see Barbara again, at Jim’s apartment where she finds Selina and Ivy. Meanwhile, Jim and Lee are at the circus when a brawl breaks out in the middle of the ring. We’re introduced to the Flying Graysons, who have a family feud with the Lloyds going back to pre-WWI. This particular fight was over the snake dancer, Lila. Looks like John and Mary are on opposite sides, like Romeo and Juliet but more antagonistic. We also meet Jerome, Lila’s son. Jim uses one of Lila’s snakes to track her down and, unfortunately, she’s dead. Another dead mother…of course. Jerome is heartbroken.
Meanwhile, Fish is down in the sewers rallying a revolution. Jim questions Jerome about his mother, then the rest of the players involved. John and Mary continue to fight like cats and dogs. I really liked Jerome’s attitude toward sex – Jim is almost disapproving of Lila’s lifestyle, but Jerome sets him straight. Paul Cicero, a psychic, comes to Gotham PD, saying he can help and has a message from Lila from “the other side.” Jim is very skeptical, but Lee is more willing to listen to Paul.
Bruce has a meeting set up with the Wayne Enterprises board, which Alfred thinks is a terrible idea. Selina and Ivy advice Barbara on how to get Jim back, and there’s a heartbreaking cut between Barbara getting ready and Jim and Lee having dinner. I love how into the case Lee is. Jim tells her to not make a habit of this, saying it’s no place for a lady, and Lee has that AMAZING comeback at the top of the page. I really love her. A scene later, Jim concedes that she’s right and lets her come along to talk to Paul. Anything after this is a massive spoiler, unfortunately. I do want to warn you that there’s a lot of shaming slurs toward women in the last fifteen minutes or so; the person saying these things is a villain.
Watch Gotham Mondays at 8pm EST on FOX. Next week, episode 17: The Red Hood