Photo Credit: zap2it.com From Left Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon and Right Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock in “Gotham”
After a nice holiday break Gotham returned and it was what you’d expect, a murder mystery at Arkham that finds Jim Gordon (Ben Mckenzie) hot on the case. However, Gordon’s career at the Asylum is on the hinges of being diminished as Gerry Lang (Isiah Whitlock JR) blames him for every inmate outbreak. Gordon was put on Asylum duty for standing up to Mayor Aubrey James (Richard Kind) following what Bullock had told Gordon so early on “heroes aren’t allowed in Gotham”. That is until Bruce Wayne (David Mazous) matures and does something about it.
During a Shakespearean play one inmate attacks another and Gordon is blamed for it, because he’s currently the city’s punching bag and they’d rather see him gone. On his nightly patrol Gordon finds a dead body, which Lang seeks to blame Gordon for as it happened on his watch. Dr Leslie Tompkins (Morena Baccarin) comes to Gordon’s defense and claims the man has suffered a high electric shock to the brain. Her examination reveals that the man isn’t dead, just “Brain Dead”, Gordon asks how such a procedure could have happened if she and Lang are the only doctors in the house that are certified to administer the treatment meant to help deal with abnormal behavior.
Meanwhile Selina Kyle (Carmen Bicondova) finds Ivey (Claire Foley) on the streets and fairly sick. Kyle brings her to Gordon’s place to recover. Ivey is skeptical and wonders if its okay to which Selina shrugs it off knowing Gordon will be away for some time. Renee’ Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) tells Barbara (Erin Richards) that her betrayal to Jim was a mistake. As well as the fact that she’s tired of seeing her drink and do drugs. Which leads Barbara to call Gordon’s apartment and find Ivey on the other end.
Gordon’s case is more or less open and closed as he calls in Bullock to alert the GCPD of the attempted murder; Lang of course was not in strongly in favor of doing. Gordon and Bullock try and apprehend Jack Gruber (Chris Heyedahl) who was responsible for rough electro shock therapy treatments, but got away. Dr Tompkins mentions how she and various other various women find Gordon’s fight against the city “Admirable” and that he should keep it up.
Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) wasn’t really given much to do as Sal Maroni (David Zayas) kept him behind bars to teach him a lesson about hubris and fisherman. Which ended in a hilarious conversation about how penguin may be a “Smart Monkey”, but a “monkey” nonetheless and Maroni is the zookeeper.
Gotham’s return was certainly welcome, but like many episodes before it, was nothing special. The mystery in Asylum was fun, but seems to be building to greater plot points that one could hope payoff. Because what fun is it if the show can’t allow itself to have any fun?