Gotham: Spirit of the Goat review S1, Ep. 6

Tonight’s episode chugs along on a perfectly fine throwaway Halloween appropriate outing. Then the last five minutes has the most significant advancement in the series since the show’s premiere ending with a major cliffhanger. From a more cynical perspective, I’d argue that Gotham can’t even do a filler episode right, but for the first time, an episode finally leaves you interested in what’s going to happen next week. But before discussing next week, let’s break down this week’s installment.

gotham-no-heroes-just-goats-bullock-and-nygmaWe kick off with an ironic glimpse in the past where a younger Bullock was the idealistic crime fighter and his veteran partner Det. Dix (Dan Hedaya) was teaching him the ropes — specifically that Gotham doesn’t need heroes. They find a young girl strung up dead, but find the culprit — a psycho who calls himself the Spirit of the Goat. Bullock shoots the SOG to end his deadly vendetta against Gotham’s richest.

Present day at a Bullock sees woman strung up like a SOG victim and has no time for Nygma’s riddle. Great, so Nygma is just going to become The Riddler because no one has time to listen to his riddles until he becomes a crook.

While it appeared they broke up two weeks ago, Gordon and Barbara are talking. She wants in, he doesn’t know how to let her in, but says he’ll tell her everything he can, which is so wide open to interpretation it seems to be exactly where they left off earlier. For some reason, Barbara is satisfied with that answer this time and all is well in the Gordon household.

Allen and Montoya (sigh) talk to a bum at the pier who confirms that Gordon shot Oswald. And when it comes to credible eyewitnesses, the drunk at the pier is normally the best option.

gotham-spirit-of-the-goat-gordon-and-barbaraBullock and Gordon talk to the victim’s parents and their therapist. The show has an awful habit of doing “Scooby-Doo”-lite foreshadowing where no new character with a speaking role is introduced without a purpose.

Last week, I questioned the lack of Nygma so this episode he gets an expanded role where he pesters a fellow GCPD co-worker, Kristin Kringle, by re-arranging her files and even sniffing her hair. It was an odd couple of segments and that doomed love affair/awkward romantic comedy seems a waste of time for Nygma, who the writers can’t figure out how to make a worthy addition to the cast save teases that he becomes The Riddler.

Gotham - Spirit of the Goat - Oswald and KapplepootOswald visits his mother and promises her that he’ll be somebody. This leads to a creepy scene where she’s giving him a bath and he shares that he’s got one friend — a policeman — who is going to help him clean up the city.

During the autopsy of the young woman, Bullock finds a SOG calling card that only the original would know.

Barbara goes to Montoya and tells her she’ll give her everything Gordon tells her, but he’s only been withholding information to protect her. This subplot is so awful and can’t end fast enough.

In a scene meant to show Bullock’s softer side (and succeeding) Bullock and Gordon talk to Dix at a nursing home/rehabilitation center for possible leads on the SOG. Gordon seems shocked that Dix refers to Bullock as the guy trying to be the “white knight” and is even more surprised to see that Bullock is paying for Dix’s girlie mag subscription.

After another easy round of follow the easy breadcrumbs, Bullock and Gordon find the Goat’s lair. In what’s become a show tradition, the show switches off who saves who from the crook of the week. This time, Gordon saves Bullock resulting in a rare and well-earned moment of genuine appreciation from Bullock.

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Back to Wayne Manor, Selina (thought we were going an episode without seeing her, didn’t you, silly?) comes in through an open window and after spying a sleeping Bruce, steals what looks like a jewelry box. In pretty much every Batman story, it’s been established that Wayne Manor is way off the outskirts of Gotham proper so Selina really took a bus to come to the mansion and rob the rich orphan? I hope there’s more to this otherwise it makes Selina look pretty crummy to go out of her way to rob from Bruce as opposed to all the other rich folks walking around in Gotham.

In the interrogation room, Bullock thinks the case was too easy and feels like something doesn’t seem right. How crazy is this episode when Bullock is the voice of reason???

Gotham - Spirit of the Goat - BruceGordon returns home to find Barbara packing their things. She tells him about Montoya’s warrant, but before she can convince him to leave, Montoya and Allen arrive at the door and arrest him. Mind you, Cobblepot is actively running around Gotham, but they have totally missed that while fixating on info they’ve heard from drunks and Fish Mooney, who thankfully was absent from this week’s episode.

Bullock confronts the therapist, who was using her hypnosis training to use patsies as the SOG to take out Gotham’s high-profile citizens. Her confession is really silly and would have just been better going a more simplistic manner of the therapist being bullied by the victims and enacting her revenge. After disposing of another of her pawns, Bullock shoots the therapist in the leg to stop her from getting away. While Gordon wouldn’t approve, it made perfect sense to me.

Back at the station, Bullock is explaining his actions to Essen when Allen and Montoya arrive with Gordon. They have an arrest for him too for abating in the murder of Oswald Cobblepot, who shocks everyone by walking into the station and introducing himself. Incensed that he’s lied to him all this time, Bullock charges at Gordon as we head to the end credits.

This was such a worthless big picture episode, but that last scene was legitimately surprising and will have serious repercussions going forward. Will Bullock punch out Gordon? Will Oswald waddle out of the station unscathed? Will Allen and Montoya lose their badges over inept detective work? Stay tuned next week!


  • keith

    smh… im going to sic fish’s weapon on you lol. I was not happy to see the nag (and so damn clueless that jim’s life is on the line) barbara and her sidepiece and her just as clueless partner show. I have given up on any type of police work. when did drunk bums with binoculars count as credible witnesses? I also notice how time doesnt matter in Gotham. I know its been like this, but its jarring when I see jims “cell phone ” ringing. Yet all the cars, the file system nigma hates, and the type writers are all so 40-80’s. Confusing fun. Im sold on bullock. I love that he is paying for the girlie mags and that he shot her in the leg. Bullock will pull out that iron on you… he doesnt play. it was okay. I didnt need cobblepot’s mom being creepy, but I get it. Batman villian are beyond nuts. Why else would arkham exist? The ending was great so that kills toya and allen dumb azz witch hunt and thus establishing jim as a good Guy(duh toya) and those two as bums and will progress bullock to become a hero again. See its working… Jeff fish want a word with you..

  • keith

    by the way do you still have the old one. the review is not good

  • You’re right about the time thing. That’s something I keep noticing and forgetting to mention.

    Bullock was great in this week’s episode.

    I’m more relieved than you that we finally have some resolution to that Allen/Montoya storyline.

  • Once they got away from the flashback aspect of it I wasn’t as interested and it just didn’t sound as cool.

  • keith

    well if you still have the 14. I may snatch up a copy… and bring the pain.. if you would like that jeff. I hate do it to a fellow laker fan (DAMN YOU NASH, jimmy buss!!!!!)