Well, it looks like Gordon is going to regret letting Penguin go, especially once he finds out what Oswald has been up to since he faked his death. The Monday, Sept. 29 episode of “Gotham,” 102, “Selina Kyle,” also sees the GCPD investigate a case of missing street kids in an episode that proves the show needs more from Camren Bicondova as Selina, while Fish Mooney gets a visit from Carmine Falcone.
Oh, Gotham. It’s a city so corrupt that it’s just too easy to take a bunch of street kids off the streets, have one get away and crash into a nice restaurant and leave a homeless veteran shot without having to worry about it making front page news – at least, not until Barbara calls in an anonymous tip to the papers. Patti and Doug (played chillingly by Lili Taylor and Frank Whaley) pose as people helping with the Homeless Outreach program, offering food, only for her to use her poisoned pin to kidnap the kids and cart them off to be shipped away. Gordon and Bullock treat the investigation exactly as you would expect, with Gordon determined to “do what’s right” and Bullock looking for the easy way out, but once it hits the papers, there’s no doing that.
Bullock does have to admit that it’s strange that the one kid who escaped has ATP in his blood, a fast-acting knockout drug used at the old Arkham Asylum. This happened on Fish Mooney’s turf, so that means paying her a visit – and checking if she’s still mad at them after she had ordered them killed. Oh, no, she’s fine; she’s fond of Bullock and intrigued by Gordon. All she tells them is that there’s a buyer overseas who will take anyone young and healthy. They track down the ATP supplier and do manage to free one group of kids, but Patti and Doug get away and proceed to kidnap a busload of kids heading upstate to juvie after the Mayor’s initiative to get the kids off the streets. After all, they have an obligation to deliver, and the Dollmaker does not tolerate failure.
One of the kids on the bus is Selina, who also witnessed the abduction that kicks off the episode, and while Patti catches her trying to get off the bus once she sees her, Selina manages to hide once they reach their destination. She does some damage to one of Patti’s men, but just as Patti finds her, Gordon shows up and saves her and the rest of the kids, thanks to information they got out of the supplier about the truck Patti and Doug used to pick up the kids. Even after rescuing the kids, they’re still headed upstate, but Selina knows how to work the system and insists on talking to Gordon, offering a deal. He gets her out of there, she gives him something good: she saw who really killed the Waynes, clear as day.
Meanwhile, Alfred’s worried about Bruce, especially after he catches him burning his hand with a candle, and he turns to Gordon for help because the kid respects him. Gordon suggests a psychiatrist, but Alfred explains that Mr. Wayne left him with strict rules about raising him in the event of their deaths. “Trust him to choose his own course” was what Bruce’s father wanted for his son. However, Bruce insists he’s fine and Alfred is just a “worrywart,” and he can see right through Gordon’s lies that talking to someone about his terrible experiences helped. Bruce then takes control of Gordon’s visit by offering to help the kids from his case, and when he finds out he can’t give money to them and that what they need is someone to care for them (like Alfred), he offers clothes.
Elsewhere, Carmine Falcone pays Fish Mooney a visit to remind her of his power, and that includes roughing up the man she “keeps around for exercise.” After he leaves, she tells Butch she knows it’s too early to make a move on Falcone; she needs more money, men and territory. She’s going to play loyal and bide her time until she can kill him with her bare hands and teeth. Now, if only Penguin were still alive because she didn’t make him suffer enough…
Well, she’s in luck, though she doesn’t know it, because he is, and unfortunately for two frat boys, they give him a ride. When one comments that he looks like a penguin when he walks, Penguin uses the beer bottle he gave him to kill him. As for the other, he kidnaps him and apparently sends a video to his mother asking for the ransom, but she doesn’t believe him. This is why you don’t pick up hitchhikers. Back in Gotham, Montoya and Allen meet Penguin’s mother as they investigate his disappearance, but she’s convinced that nothing bad has happened to him because she’d feel it as a mother. The only complaint there is that there isn’t more of Carol Kane because she’s so good in the little we do see of her in this episode.
“Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox. What did you think of episode 2 “Selina Kyle”?