Gotham Season 1 Episode 18 Review: Everyone Has a Cobblepot

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Holy secrets in the attic, Batman!

Turns out, Commissioner Gillian Loeb has been keeping his super creepy, bird crushing daughter hidden away for over 20 years to make bone necklaces. After all, why send her to Arkham when she could so easily escape?

The surprises surrounding the commissioner weren’t that shocking considering just how corrupt Gotham is. I would have been more surprised if Jim wasn’t able to find anything on the commissioner or that he didn’t have ties to Carmine Falcone.

Now that would be a dangerous man for Jim to face.

I guess you could argue that Jim has been playing the game of the city, finding his own leverage and squeezing. Some of his actions have been a means to an end, but Harvey seemed pretty correct about being careful in doing bad things for something good.

It’s not going to end well.

And that was really the main thing I took away from Gotham Season 1 Episode 18. Jim needed Oswald’s help, and he was willing to do whatever to get what he needed right then.

So to make a deal with Oswald that required a future favor? C’mon, Jim. You should have thought that one through.

For now, Jim was able to gain some positives like Harvey’s file or twisting the commissioner’s arm to back him, but it’s just not believable to think that Jim will make any major overall headway.

He might be able to nab a few crooks here and there, but the city can only get worse before Batman shows up. Right?

I really do wonder about Gotham’s overall plan.

The episode also had plenty of Fish Mooney, which is a good thing if you like her character. I, unfortunately, have not been interested in what her character has been up to.

Though, we finally did get to meet the Dollmaker; a great casting choice in Colm Feore. I definitely get a villain vibe from the character, but I’m still trying to figure out how he will wind up connecting to Jim and the city of Gotham, if at all.

I just don’t understand why he would negotiate with Fish. The two bring it up, but the concept that the prisoner has any kind of negotiating position is ridiculous.

To top it off, he helps her with a new eye, and he adds her to his upper level management. Really? What makes Fish so special other than that she is a main character on the series Gotham?

It’s also laughable that the people waiting to be harvested would follow her and then keep following her after she sends two of them away after hanging out upstairs.

The hour unfortunately left me feeling more bored than excited to go on the Fish or Jim adventures. Even the side-plots with Edward or Bruce (at least Alfred is alive!) almost felt unnecessary. Though, I've got to say I did like seeing Harvey Dent again.

What did you think of the episode? While you wait for the series' return in April, catch up on all the episodes when you watch Gotham online now.

Everyone Has a Cobblepot Review

Editor Rating: 2.9 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. He retired in May of 2017. Follow him on Twitter.

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Gotham Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

You tell yourself, "I'll just do this one bad thing. All the good things I'll do later'll make up for it." But they don't.


You're lucky I have a soft spot for old ladies.