5 Highlights From Last Night’s Gotham: ‘Under the Knife’

Selena has no remorse for the murder that happened on last week’s episode. Following that shameless murder, young Bruce can’t seem to fathom that the girl who remains his fantasy would do such a thing. “What happened tonight…You tell no one.” Selena orders young Bruce. Selena and Bruce have some tumultuous grounds to cover. He’s rather distressed, but to some extent seems to realize Selena is looking out for him. When she says something like: “If I had to do it again, I would, and it wouldn’t bother me one bit,” that becomes a bit disconcerting, no?

Detective Gordon becomes frantic as he slowly begins to realize the Ogre’s murdered victims are the loved ones of anyone who’s investigated the case. Detective Gordon suggests that Dr. Leslie Thompkins, his love, get out of town—but she strongly suggests that’s the wrong idea. I mean, after all, it does suggest she can’t take on this case. Come on Gordon! Respect her. (I’m starting to believe Gordon isn’t relationship material. He treats his women like they’re never safe. Not so comforting!) 

Barbara, Gordon’s ex, is getting involved with the Ogre. The Ogre comes for Barbara, and things begin to escalate when he calls Gordon himself, which results in a press conference where Gordon furiously stares headfirst into the news camera. The funny thing is that “the Ogre” actually attends the Wayne Gala with Barbara. (He even donated $10,000!) “Once you saw the ‘real me’ you would run off just like everyone else…” Barbara warns the Ogre. Only, this time, there seems to be some vapid air of whether or not these two may team up or not? He really does seem to like her and the two were spotted at the Wayne Gala canoodling. Hmmm? That last minute of this episode featured the “pleasure room” that we’ve heard about way too much this year after America’s strike of BDSM awareness. Thanks Mr. Grey! JK! It doesn’t scare Barbara. It makes her smile. Where will this take us? 

There are two stabbings in one episode! First we have our favorite forensics expert Edward Nygma lose his cool when he’s faced off with the cop who’s involved with hurting his love interest. He stabs the man underneath the subway bridge and switches from laughter to fear faster than a bolt of lightning. After Gertrude Cobblepot (Carol Kane) becomes further concerned with her son’s current business endeavors, after an unpleasant sit-down with Don Moroni, she later questions the truth behind the nightclub business. Of course, being a mommy’s boy, he makes her tea and sends her off to bed. That’s when an unexpected visitor with a standard bouquet of roses arrives. Immediately, this becomes a flashing Don Moroni sign that translates to “BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID” for our oily-haired tweaker. Oswald loses it. He breaks the vase, grabs that glass, and, yes, slits Moroni’s poor minion’s throat.

The investigation in this episode was more intricate than the other episodes. Detective Gordon and Detective Bullock really investigated the Ogre here. Judging from what we’ve seen on Gotham, investigations are rather dull, short-lived, or even unnecessary because the story arches jump all over the place. That’s sooooo Gotham! However, this episode gave audiences a pleasant rollercoaster of investigating the suspect’s father and even a plastic surgeon that happened to transform the suspect’s face into something entirely new. (Scratched faces on framed photos were clues in the episode. That was a nice touch.) Hopefully, Gotham’s second season will play this up a bit more. I mean, we do have two detectives leading the show.

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