Milk and Cigarettes

Rambles about stuff I like.

Gotham: Rogue’s Gallery episode ramble.

Oh man is Gotham ever awesome!

As you may have guessed, I caught the latest episode of Gotham last night. It’s the first episode back from the winter break, so things are a bit different, most notably that James Gordon is now a security guard at Arkham Asylum. And wouldn’t you know it, a suspicious attack takes place inside the asylum and it’s up to Gordon to solve it. (While being yelled at by some fussy bureaucrat, played by the guy who played Clay Davis on the Wire. Another Wire character actor in this show? Sheeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiit!)

I want that report on my desk by Friday, Gordon!

I want that report on my desk by Friday, Gordon!

Anyhoo, there’s hella-drama with Gordon’s stupid wife (or may be girlfriend, not sure – don’t care) – she’s trying to be all lesbian couple-y with the chick from IA, but Gordon’s wife is a mess, with the drinking and the pills and all that. Ugh, what a wreck. So Gordon’s wife (whereby IMDB tells me that the character’s name is Barbara Kean, ok – Bratty Barb it is) – So Bratty Barb breaks up with the chick from IA (whereby IMDB tells me that character’s name is Renee Montoya – pff, Montoya) – Barb and Montoya break up in a messy scene, and Bratty Barb bathes in the drama that surely is her lifeforce.

Crazy eyes. That's how I know she's trouble.

Crazy eyes. That’s how I know she’s trouble.

Meanwhile, on the mean streets of Gotham (which aren’t so mean that two 14 year old girls on there own aren’t repeatedly raped), Selina Kyle finds Poison Ivy lying sick. So Kyle takes Ivy to Gordon’s empty apartment for her to recuperate. Only it just so happens that Bratty Barb phones home (no doubt looking for rescue from hunky Jim Gordon – I sorta get the sense he’s had to rescue her before. Come on Jim! You can do better!)  – Bratty Barb phones home and Ivy answers the phone. Ivy, clever trickster that she is, plays it up like she’s nailing Jim – which freaks out Barb. (Aside: Good, I don’t much care for Barbara.)

Don't worry Ivy, for some reason the door was unlocked to this mullion dollar penthouse. We're safe!!

Don’t worry Ivy, for some reason the door was unlocked to this mullion dollar penthouse. We’re safe!!

And then in mafia developments – Fish is angling to take over for Don Falcone, should he one day, God forbid, happen to have a catastrophic accident. But according to old Sicilian law, there’s some other guy in line for the throne – Saviano. Luckily, Butch – Fish’s muscle and right hand man – goes way back with Saviano. So Butch goes to talk with him.

Though the above is about Butch, I'd still rather look at Fish Mooney.

Though the above is about Butch, I’d still rather look at Fish Mooney.

Saviano, however, offers Butch his own little fiefdom in Saviano land. Butch says he’ll think on it – there’s a bunch of reflective shots of Butch. Will he turn on Fish? Won’t he turn on Fish? In the end… Butch shoots Saviano in the face. (In fact, that’s the last scene of the episode – so it looks like it’s mob war from here on out! Woo! Let chaos reign in Gotham city!)

Meanwhile, with a heavy dose of symbolism, back at the nut house...

Meanwhile, with a heavy dose of symbolism, back at the nut house…

The B-story involving the Penguin wasn’t that great, I felt. The Penguin tries to raise levies on dockworkers who are already paying protection money, and gets thrown in jail for a night. Turns out Moroni (The Penguin’s mob boss) don’t like it when people go behind my back, see? And the Penguin learns a valuable lesson.. (Actually, he just learns how better to exploit Moroni in the future.)

Does this look like a man who learns his lesson?

Does this look like a man who learns his lesson?

Oh – and the A-story involving Gordon and the inmates in the asylum? It turns out the murderer escapes the asylum in the end – leaving Gordon a personalized note; signed, “Jack Gruber”.

Is this the Joker?!!?

Is this the Joker?!!?

Maybe it’s just me reading WAY too much into this – but Jack Gruber sounds very similar to.. .The Joker! Did we just see the first appearance of The Joker in Gotham? Only time will tell – but that’s who I’m betting on down the line!

PS: Morena Baccarin shows up in the episode as some shoulder-length-hair-having doctor. But if she’s not in Firefly, then I really don’t care.

She can be my companion any day!

She can be my companion any day!

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