Two steps forward, 1,000 steps back. That seems to be a running theme on Gotham for anyone on the good side. Just as Bruce learns the one thing he has been dying to discover, and just as Gordon gets closer and closer to understanding Galavan’s violent plans, both receive huge blows to their efforts. Such is the life of a hero in Gotham City, and such is the obvious message of this week’s episode, “Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham.”
We begin our weekly dose of this sinister city with a mystery. A woman runs in fear away from what appears to be a typical Gotham City violent thug. As he snatches her belongings and readies himself to shoot her in the face, he is suddenly pulled away by someone who stays in the shadows. We find out rather quickly in the episode that the woman’s saving grace was a member of the Order of St. Dumas, whose violent arrival we witnessed in last week’s episode. At the moment, their motives are still cloudy.
Mystery quickly turns to a somber note, as Gordon suits up in his formal blues for Officer Parks funeral, the young cop who was murdered by cannibal Eduardo Flamingo (a.k.a. the most threatening villain with the least threatening name). Gordon is more silently angry than usual, and he knows where to go to take out his anger: It’s time to visit Galavan in Blackgate Penitentiary. Galavan, as per usual, does most of the talking in that smug way of his, but Gordon’s two sentences are much more powerful and than any of the BS out of Galavan’s mouth. After asking Galavan if the name Catherine Parks means anything to him, Gordon says, “I’m gonna be there tomorrow. I’m gonna watch them put you away.” But as all TV shows and movies tell us, villains are never taken down this easily.
Gordon (whose silent anger is hitting Ryan Atwood levels) returns home and confronts Lee about his own “mistake” of keeping Flamingo alive rather than pulling the trigger of the gun Gordon shoved in his mouth in last week’s episode. While Lee does her best to try and reassure Gordon that keeping Flamingo alive was the right thing to do, his rage and the injustice done to Officer Parks has a much louder voice than Lee and her morality. And Galavan’s smiling presence definitely rattles Gordon, enough that he has a bad feeling about what might happen at the morning’s hearing.
Gordon’s feeling is dead on, especially considering how we finally get a glimpse of how the Order operates. The thug from earlier in the episode has been captured and taken to a secret lair where Father Creel states that the time of reckoning is upon Gotham; then the thug’s throat is slit into a bowl (How Supernatural of them).
Here’s one silver lining about this week’s episode: At least Bruce and Selina are friends once again. After Selina proves that Silver is just as manipulative as her uncle (and just as much of a “world-class liar” as Selina explains), the two have teamed up once again. But it seems Bruce’s obsessive desire to discover the identity of the man who murdered his parents continues to cloud his logic and the voices of those who see the likely truth. While Selina tells him he’ll never get the truth out of Silver or Galavan, Bruce says that if there is even a shred of hope that they know what he so desperately needs to hear, he is going to take the chance of continuing to pretend to be on their side. And that starts with spending some quality time with Silver. Selina leaves Bruce with one final piece of advice: “The best liars always tell the truth,” then scurries up a tree to remain hidden from Silver’s likely suspicious eyes.
Meanwhile, Gordon is still determined to secure Galavan’s place in prison and barks orders at his fellow officers who are clearly starting to get fed up with Gordon’s one-track mind. It’s nice to see Gordon and Bullock’s camaraderie is still intact, even though Bullock is not as worried about Galavan’s future behind bars. Barnes returns to the precinct despite still needing time to heal from his stab wound to the leg, but he doesn’t share Gordon’s worry either. He’s put Gordon on a new case: The thug who fell victim to the Order’s plan. But Bullock has found a lead on the symbol from Galavan’s apartment: It’s from the Order of St. Dumas, the very last name Galavan once held and hopes to return to Gotham.
The Order once had an abbey downtown, which is now a massage parlor of the happy ending variety, Bullock tells Gordon. But here’s the kicker: Galavan attempted to procure the abbey one week prior. Gordon literally says “To hell with it,” and gets moving with Bullock. But of course the Order arrives before them with knives at the ready.
NEXT: Bruce gets clever. Extremely clever.