Feb 2, 2021
Gotham: A New, New Day
Still mourning the loss of Ginger Jerome, masterfully portrayed by Cameron Monaghan? Same here.
Gotham honored our grieving with a (relatively) quieter transitional episode this week, introducing new characters likely to play a major role in future battles and introducing a new side to a character we thought we knew.
Mob Boss Rules
Ginger Jerome may be gone, but he has not been forgotten. The entire city is still talking about him, including Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor). Jerome and the Maniax’s shenanigans were bad for Penguin’s business. Penguin cracks the proverbial whip on his squad, telling everyone to stick to his new rules and restore confidence in their brand. No more willy-nilly killing or blackmailing without prior approval from Penguin.
Who Let Her In?
As Penguin ends his lecture, Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas) slithers up to him, inviting him for a face-to-face meeting with her brother, Theo (James Frain). Not one to turn down an invitation from a millionaire, Penguin accepts. Upon seeing Barbara (Erin Richards) at Theo’s home, Penguin immediately puts it all together – Theo is the diabolical mind behind the Maniax.
Theo explains he wants to team up with Penguin, to use him as a “destroyer.” Naw, uh uh, even though Penguin has finally come to accept and embrace his Penguin nickname, he refuses to accept Theo’s new characterization of him. Penguin says he’s a problem solver, not a destroyer. Yes, but we all know you solve many problems with – MURDER.
Theo and Tabitha aren’t able to convince Penguin to bring his particular brand of problem-solving skills to bear for the Galavans until they hit him in his soft spot – his love for his mother (Carol Kane). Theo and Tabitha have kidnapped her and are holding her in an undisclosed location. Either Penguin kills the candidates for Gotham mayor or the Galavans will kill Penguin’s mother.
GCPD Boss Rules
It’s a new day, again. In a scene that parallels Penguin’s speech to his crew of mobsters, brand new GCPD Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklas) announces his new zero tolerance policy for police shenanigans. Cops who commit crimes will not just be fired, they’ll be arrested. Pause. Let that statement sink in a bit. The new GCPD policy will be that cops who commit crimes will be treated like criminals.
If Captain Barnes seems particularly convincing, it’s because Chiklas has lots of experience playing a blustery cop in starring roles on The Commish and The Shield. I didn’t watch those shows. So, when I first saw Captain Barnes walk into GCPD he reminded me motivational speaker Matt Foley (Chris Farley) from SNL (the 90s version).
Gordon Gets Promoted…
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