Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 20
WRITER: DANNY CANNON
DIRECTOR: PAUL EDWARDS
AIR DATE: May 9 2016
"Unleashed" continues where the previous episode of Gotham left off. Azrael (James Frain) has some of his memories back, despite the attempted brainwashing controls of Professor Strange (B.D. Wong), and he has some scores to settle once and for all. Others, meanwhile, have their own scores to settle with the not so dead anymore former mayor of Gotham. This plays out through the episode before going out with a bang- literally.
Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is one of those who has a score to settle with the reborn Theo Galavan. After all, his mother died at the orders of the ex-mayor. This leads to an encounter with both an old friend and something of an adversary- Butch (Drew Powell) and Tabitha (Jessica Lucas). The two are also the subject of interest from Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) earlier in the episode. I find it interesting that the Penguin, who has shown that he holds grudges and tends to lean towards being ruthless, instead shows empathy for Tabitha at a vulnerable time for the character- despite what she’s done, he recognizes she was merely the instrument, not the cause, and so his suggestion to Butch makes sense from that point of view.
Arkham Asylum is a sub plot this time out. The secrets of Professor Strange are on the minds of more than one person. Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is one of them, trying to escape, while another person is trying to get in. Selina (Camren Bicondova) is acting on behalf of Bruce (David Mazouz) and in search of a friend, Bridget (Michelle Ventimilla), who we met earlier on in the season as the one sympathetic member of a criminal family. The paths of the two future Bat-villains are destined to cross, while Selina’s quest takes her to an ending that’s deeply troubling.
Galavan himself is much of the focus of the episode, though, and particularly his own agendas. With his memory at least partially restored, the former mayor and current powered up assassin who’s wrecked havoc with the Gotham PD in the previous episode has his eyes on some unfinished business- the death of Bruce Wayne. How that unfolds, with Bruce and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) in danger at Wayne Manor, and Bruce showing some of that unfolding resourcefulness, occupies a good part of the latter half of the episode. And where things end up for Galavan is a twist that’s jaw dropping, audacious, and in a peculiar way, rather funny. Even if it’s a horrible way to go.
Arkham inmate: D-171