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Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 8
"Tonight's the Night"
WRITER: JIM BARNES
DIRECTOR: JEFFREY HUNT
AIR DATE: November 9 2015
"Tonight’s the Night" is a point of no return for season two of Gotham, with characters reaching their own pivotal points. One has wondered how long Theo Galavan (James Frain) could remain as mayor and pillar of society given the suspicions against him, and given his really, really, really evil plans for Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). Honestly, if you’re holding onto a two hundred year old family grudge, you’ve got issues.
Galavan is running out of time. What with the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) still out there following his escape, and what with Gordon (Ben Mckenzie) suspecting him in the wake of the murder of Oswald’s mother. His plans for his revenge on the Waynes at present are centered on convincing Bruce into signing over the family company in exchange for information on the culprits behind the murders of his parents. Bruce is uncertain, asking Alfred (Sean Pertwee) for advice.
The police are occupied with an entirely different matter. Barbara (Erin Richards) turns herself in with an offer too good to be believed; certainly Leigh (Morena Baccarin) is deeply suspicious of the seriously crazy lady. Watching Barbara take things in different directions is interesting - in Season One, before she turned out to be revealed as loony tunes crazy, she was at best unsympathetic. Richards does nicely playing the whackjob, and she plays that to the hilt here.
in control while out of control
Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), busy covering his murderous tracks, takes on the final storyline of the episode. Where he ends up by episode’s end brings him face to face with someone familiar, both in terms of the show and in terms of the comics, with just a hint of what’s to come.
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