Aug 6, 2017
Gotham: Revenge of the Meek
We live in a time when billionaire egotist Donald Trump is one of the top candidates for president of the United States. So forgive me for quibbling with my Sunday School lessons, but I see no proof the meek will inherit the Earth any time soon, except on Gotham, where several formerly meek, weak characters are wreaking havoc.
Sad, Thug-Life Bear With a Stump Seeks New Boss for Criminal Shenanigans
Last week, a perpetually sweaty and increasingly unhinged Penguin comes up with a lame scheme to have Butch infiltrate Theo’s crew to find out where Theo’s hiding Penguin’s mom. Perpetually loyal, despite his decreasing number of appendages, Butch follows Penguin’s plan to the letter, presenting himself to Theo, asking to become one of Theo’s thugs and using the handless stump Penguin left Butch with as proof Butch is no longer under Penguin’s control. Theo’s understandably suspicious, but he agrees to take Butch in at the urging of Tabitha and Barbara, who seem to delight at the thought of using the “sad bear” as a tool for amusement and mayhem. They plan to attach various weapons to his stump (and who knows what else with those two!)
Yes, Butch is loyal, but he’s not particularly stealthy. By the middle of the episode Theo catches him snooping around to find Penguin’s mom and dispatches Tabitha to deprogram brainwashed Butch, torturing him with her whip of course, so that Butch will be loyal to Theo, not Penguin.
“There’s a Freaky Firefly Chick on the Loose with a Flamethrower”
Jim and the Alpha Strike Force are roughing up former arsonists and those who might be arsonist-adjacent in their mission to find the freaky firefly chick from last week’s episode, who, in addition to burning down multiple Wayne Enterprise buildings, caused the death of an Alpha Strike Force newbie. One of the arsonists Jim roughs up tells Jim there’s no way the culprit could be a girl, “that’s mad rare, like a unicorn or something.”
That unicorn, who goes by the name of Bridget, is hiding out with Cat, trying to come up with a plan to escape the clutches of the GCPD and her brothers, both of whom want to lock her up.
Money may be the root of all evil, but it’s also the path to freedom. (Those long ago Sunday School lessons are clearly still on my mind). Cat convinces Bridget to get the money she needs “to be free” by helping Cat rob a sex slave auction. With her fiery unicorn sidekick shooting flames at the crowd, Cat instructs all the “pervs and bullies” to put their money *awkward pause* in *awkward pause* the bag. Not sure what’s going on with Carmen Bicondova and her line delivery. She’s made several bizarre speech cadence choices the last few episodes.
Back to the action at the auction…
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