Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 7
"Mommy's Little Monster"
WRITER: ROBERT HULL
DIRECTOR: KENNETH FINK
AIR DATE: November 2 2015
"Mommy’s Little Monster" is an apt title for this episode of Gotham, since Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is the driving force for much of the episode. The Penguin, who’s been coerced into working for Theo and Tabitha Galavan (James Frain and Jessica Lucas) by their holding his mother (Carol Kane) hostage, finds himself on the run after a betrayal and after a point of no return. The loss he suffers is a grievous one, and one imagines there are going to be serious consequences down the line for more than one party.
Cobblepot is also the subject of police attention. Captain Barnes (Michael Chiklis), at the behest of Theo, wants the Penguin arrested, dispatching Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue) to handle it. Gordon has his doubts. I like how despite the way Galavan has presented himself as a pillar of society (while the audience knows better), not everyone in Gotham sees him that way, and Gordon’s doubts fit in with the character’s natural sense of suspicion.
There’s a confrontation by episode’s end between all three parties. It takes place during a mayoral election victory party for Theo, leads to serious accusations against the new mayor, and ends with an escape and a vow by Gordon. Theo may be the mayor (and the Big Bad), but he’s got himself a dogged detective on his case, one who doesn’t know when to quit.
Jim Gordon and Theo Galvin
The other primary storyline plays out with one character - albeit in a different way. Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) has passed the point of no return, having had killed his girlfriend accidentally. There have been moments that have been building suggesting a split personality, and that really comes out here, with interaction of the two personalities that’s both creatively filmed and distinctively acted by Smith. It’s a different take on the character from the comics, but then his obsessive compulsive tendencies are pretty well documented in the comics.