Synopsis: Gordon is called to the scene after The Toy Maker is hired to assassinate one of Gotham’s doctors. Lee Thompkins begins to try to rebuild the Narrows, with Nygma as her partner. Meanwhile, Alfred’s new life in the Narrows becomes complicated and Ivy reveals her new persona to Selina.
Review: Gotham makes a welcome return after what has been a few months and things are slowly beginning to get interesting as Lee Thompkin’s takes charge of the Narrows and is suddenly a target of Toymaker.
Elsewhere the young Bruce Wayne has adopted the asshole about town persona as he continues to generally not give a monkeys about the city or his role in trying to make things better. It is interesting to see how bad Bruce can be without the guidance of Alfred.
Speaking of Alfred. His life becomes complicated when he befriends a nice lady in the Narrows but is later implicated in her murder. Hopefully, Alfred and Bruce’s separation will not drag on for too long because the two are stronger together than they are apart. That said, it is interesting to see Alfred when left to his own devices.
Soloman Grundy aka Butch now has his memory back as established in the previous episode. This week we get to see some of the fallout from that as Butch goes to Tabitha and reveals that he still cares for her and then leaves. I have no doubt that the couple will eventually work things out over a few random homicides in future episodes, but it was nice to see Butch get his marbles back.
What we likely won’t see for awhile is a reconciliation between Gordon and Bulloch, but Bulloch does manage to help Alfred out of a jam in this episode and might actually prove to be more effective as someone operating outside of police jurisdiction for a while.
Overall. A promising start to the second half of the season, but as ever we have more questions than answers. The ones that immediately spring to mind are: When will Riddler start to reveal himself to Thompkins and where will that go? Will Selena join up with Ivy to make Gotham her bitch and will Bullock rejoin Gotham PD or continue to operate as a private citizen?
Some great performances all round in this episode. David Mazouz seems to be enjoying his inner bad boy as the somewhat more brattish Bruce Wayne and we also get a wonderfully nuanced performance from Cory Michael Smith who continues to give us the struggle between Nygma and Riddler.
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