This week's episode shifts the focus back to Jervis Tetch by having him give an ultimatum between Valerie Vale or Lee. Who will Gordon choose? Will he be able to save them both? Also, Penguin and Nygma's bond will continue to grow while someone from Nygma's past will return. Who will it be? Read on to find out!
****Gotham: Season 3, Episode 6 Spoilers****
I have decided to break down each episode by the characters and major story lines:
Gordon – Valerie Vale asks Gordon to get him an interview with Lee so she can find out more about Alice Tetch’s blood. She continues her blunt nature by asking him why he is still a PI since he’s only had two cases, which have failed. Jamie Chung plays the part well and is convincing as a blunt, yet seductive foil for Gordon. She eventually plays the damsel in distress as Tetch kidnaps her in order to get to Gordon.
Jervis Tetch – Jervis Tetch opens the episode kidnapping a newlywed couple as their limo driver. He tells the couple that their fate depends on Jim Gordon, while he has a child sitting next to him which viewers can tell is part of his devious plan, displaying his true psychotic nature. Tetch is truly demented. He gives Gordon an ultimatum to either save the newlywed couple, or the child before he is hit by a truck. The couple fall to their death while Gordon saves the child. I really like Benedict Samuel as Tetch. He seems extremely calm while not only leading a couple to their death, but he also has no remorse for putting a child in harm’s way in order for him to achieve his goal. That’s a whole different level of insane. Tetch’s obsession with Gordon is seen as he has pictures of Gordon throughout life, including pictures of his father. Gordon also finds Tetch’s weak spot as he hangs up on him while speaking on the phone. This visibly irritates Tetch further showing that attention is what he craves and when he is neglected, he becomes enraged, much in the way his sister treated him. He then has Gordon meet him at a warehouse and gives him an ultimatum for who to save. This part reminded me of Batman: Arkham City: The Riddler Missions. Gordon has to make a choice of who to save and has to find a way to solve Tetch’s “games”. In this case, both the pediatrician and the news anchor die because Gordon would not kill one, as Tetch said he had to. Is there a way to beat Tetch? At this point, either both individuals have died, or Gordon was only able to save one. Tetch ends up kidnapping Valerie and Lee claiming they are two halves of Gordon’s heart. Gordon realizes Tetch is about to make him choose between Lee and Vale. Gordon arrives at a tea party with Vale, Lee, Tetch, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum guarding them. Tetch tells the group his story as Mario enters through the basement of the apartment in order to get his gun. Tetch blames Gordon for turning Alice against him. Tetch awkwardly brings up memories and secrets between the three and tells Gordon to choose. Gordon thinks he outsmarted Tetch when Mario enters with a gun to him, yet Tetch reveals how he already found the gun and replaced the bullets with blanks. Gordon reverses Tetch’s approach as he tells him that Alice hated him because of what he did to her when they were young, and that she impaled herself in order to get away from him. Tetch almost loses control, but realizes Gordon is trying to confuse him. The next part was great writing that I didn’t see coming. Tetch makes Gordon choose which woman to shoot, and he picks Lee. Tetch states that Gordon picked Lee because he loves Vale…then he shoots Vale! I assumed that the cliché approach of Gordon finding a way to save both would occur, but this story line truly had me completely involved in the story, honestly unsure of what the outcome would be. This leads to so many other questions. Will Vale die? How will Mario and Lee react to Gordon knowing that he chose Lee? He tries to talk to Lee about it, but she says that now is not the time. This story line just became much more interesting to me. I think Gordon’s plan was to choose Lee because he knew Tetch would shoot Vale if he made that choice. He knows Mario and Lee are both doctors and could take better care of her until the medics arrived than if Tetch had actually shot Lee. Will all involved accept this plan if it is true? This creates much more turmoil between Gordon, Vale, Mario, and Lee. Mario and Lee will probably hold even more resentment towards Gordon, even if he did have a plan in place. This also creates room for Carmine Falcone to come back in and revive the tension between he and Gordon. This scene alone just created numerous opportunities for the writers.
Cobblepot and Nygma – Cobblepot begins the show saying that he will confess his love to Nygma. The dynamics have turned a bit different between these characters than I was expecting and I am not sure what way the writers will go. Nygma is working diligently for Cobblepot organizing his duties as mayor as well as kingpin of the underground. Cobblepot and Nygma go to a school in order to make a public appearance. Cobblepot finds a young 3rd grader he can relate to and tells the child to go play with the kids and if they don’t like him, push them down the stairs when they aren’t looking, which made me feel that Cobblepot saw much of himself in this child. Cobbleplot is planning to confess his love to while Nygma is out buying wine. He runs into a woman who looks exactly like Kringle and she tells riddles as well. Will this new interest change Cobblepot’s fascination with Nygma? I can’t tell the way the writers are going with his, but it seems as if Nygma is filling a void that Cobblepot has always struggled with; care and friendship. What is the extent of his love? I am not sure, but I feel that Nygma’s new love interest may bring him back to reality. Is the Kringle look-alike from Indian Hill, or do they look similar by chance? My thoughts are that Cobblepot is looking for someone to fill the void that was left by his mother's death. The closest relationship he has to his mother is Nygma, who shows the same compassion that his mother did. Penguin, in a jealous rage, will end up killing the Kringle look-alike, which will lead to bitterness and tension between the two. This will affect Penguin in his role as mayor and kingpin. Thoughts?
Barbara and Tabitha – Viewers find out that Tabitha has Butch in a safe house, and she may still have feelings for him. Barbara and Gordon have another great interaction. Gordon is trying to find Tetch, but Barbara continues to focus on their old relationship, and tells Gordon that she gave Lee’s information to him. Barbara still has feelings for Gordon, but I can’t help but feel that Gordon has some for her, even if they are suppressed.
Captain Barnes – His powers seem to be enhanced by anger. He seems to have enhanced strength.
Next week – Tetch looks to go after the leaders of Gotham, including Cobblepot! Let the power struggle continue!
This was by far the best episode of the season, and ironically, Bruce (and his story line) were not in it.
What did you think of Gotham: Season 3, Episode 6? Was it the best of the season? What will happen with the relationships between Gordon, Lee, Vale, and Mario? Will Penguin confess his love for Nygma? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!!