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Gotham recap: Rise of the Villains: Mommy's Little Monster

Violence abounds in Gotham as Theo and Penguin’s war begins, and Ed succumbs to his dark side.

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Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith
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There may have never been a man with more love for his mother than Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot, a feat he has easily proven in the last few episodes of Gotham. Penguin finally succeeds in getting his mother released from her Galavan-sibling prison but not before Butch proves he’s no longer loyal. And what’s even worse, as Gertrude hugs her son, she’s stabbed in the back by Tabitha. As Gertrude goes down for good, Theo orders Butch to kill his former employer. Of course, Penguin finds a way to sneak out of his predicament and taunts Theo to get his hands dirty and kill him. Theo asks Penguin for his final words. But after snarling “I will kill you,” Penguin slashes Theo in the throat and jumps out the window to safety…for now. What an appropriate way to begin “Mommy’s Little Monster.”

We then return to Ed, who is very clearly in bad shape after accidentally strangling and killing the love of his life (RIP Kristen!). Ed continues to fight for his sanity, but unfortunately, Darkside Ed’s taunts get worse and worse as he takes Kristen’s body and replaces it with a riddle inside of a card. Ed realizes that his evil alter-ego visited the GCPD in the dead of night, “hijacking” Ed’s body for the job, but where is Kristen?

It seems that after Gordon agreed to endorse Theo in “By Fire,” Theo worked fast to make sure the news of the endorsement was aired to everyone in the city. At this point, Theo is basically guaranteed to become Gotham City’s mayor. Tabitha isn’t in the mood to celebrate. She’s looking to unleash a little hell. But Theo’s plan is still in motion, and it requires a little patience and help from Silver to eventually convince Bruce to sign over Wayne Enterprises to Theo before the Galavans take the poor boy out. I don’t know about you guys, but if this plot doesn’t show Bruce’s full Batman potential, I’ll be pretty damn disappointed.

Gordon and Harvey Bullock watch the same broadcast announcing the news of Gordon’s endorsement, but it’s pretty clear that while Gordon might be willing to give the man a good word or two, he still doesn’t fully trust him. (I’m still surprised that no one found Theo’s killing of Jerome to be extremely staged, but I digress.) Gordon asks Bullock why on Earth Penguin would want to take out mayoral candidates and burn a few buildings because it is most certainly not his MO, but Bullock chalks it up to Penguin being a unpredictable bad guy. Of course, Gordon’s faith in Penguin is tested when Barnes informs the partners that Penguin once again tried to off Theo.

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Barnes is not wasting any more time giving Penguin the opportunity to continue his alleged violent spree; he’s already siding with Theo on how to “protect” the people of Gotham and has finally gotten an arrest warrant for Penguin, courtesy of Harvey Dent, who has finally appeared in season 2 (despite being in a series regular this season). Of course, Gordon being Gordon, he’s not fully on board with the decisions made by his commanding officer and the future leader of the city. There’s a fine line between heavy policing to keep people safe and martial law. Gordon’s not quite sure Barnes and Theo understand this. But Theo tries to convince Gordon to remain on his side, but the tide is already shifting.

After the insane slap that Alfred planted on Selina, it’s interesting that she’s back to visit Bruce once more. But considering the stuff she went through with Bridgit, why wouldn’t she turn to the only other person she considers her friend? Selina attempts to tell Bruce about her drama but notices Silver’s purse and realizes her friend is not as alone as she was hoping. Bruce introduces Silver and Selina and leaves the room to let Alfred know Selina will be joining them for lunch.

The alone time between the girls offers Silver the chance to properly threaten Selina to stay away from Bruce in good ol’ villainous fashion. “You’re a piece of gutter trash. Would anyone miss you if you were gone?” Silver says. Selina stays for a bit at the awkward get together with Bruce, Silver, and Alfred (her taunt at Alfred’s expense about his slap was a real gem), but after a while, she just can’t take it anymore. She attempts to expose Silver for the two-faced villain she is, but Selina clearly doesn’t realize that attacking someone in order to show their true colors never works. In fact, it almost always backfires, and Selina is left with no friends after Bruce kicks her out. Bruce eventually heads back to Theo’s home to make up with Silver, as Theo attempts to show Bruce that they are not all that different. His plans are on track where Bruce is concerned.

NEXT: Ed’s dark transition is almost complete