Gotham Season 4 Episode 15 Review: The Sinking Ship The Grand Applause

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Don't mess with Lee. Miss Goody Goody has turned into a badass bitch.

While it was satisfying watching Lee shoot Sofia in the head on Gotham Season 4 Episode 15, I would have liked to have seen them face-off a bit more. 

I get that Jim was dying on the floor and there wasn't a lot of time for a fight, but still, it would have been fun.

But, holy hell, people. Lee shooting Sofia changed her. In a big way.

Relieving Her Guilt - Gotham

Lee changed when she was infected with the virus, but this is different. She stepped over a line. She's one of the bad guys know, and it's flipping awesome!

I hope it stays that way. I hope Jim doesn't try to change her back. He needs to accept her as she is now. 

Either do that or be done with her. 

I imagine the love story of Jim and Lee is going to come crashing to a halt. He's going to be commissioner one day, and we know there is no room for Lee in that life -- if Gotham follows mythology.

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But as we know, Gotham makes up its own rules. Still, I don't see a happy ending for Jim and Lee. Not anymore. 

She went crazy on Sampson, not that he didn't deserve it, but it was beyond what she would have done before. 

It seemed like all of her anger over everything that happened in her life went into bringing that hammer down over and over again on Sampson's hand.

She showed Sampson and everyone else who witnessed her brutal display of anger who's boss.

Sofia Goes Down - Gotham Season 4 Episode 15

She wasn't afraid to team up with Riddler and Penguin. She wasn't even surprised at Ed's transformation into Riddler. All she cared about was killing Sofia. 

Amazingly, Sofia isn't even dead. The war between Sofia and Gotham isn't over yet.

Zsasz and Wendell might go after Lee. What would be better is if they abandoned working for her and went back to work for Penguin.

The villains aren't aligned yet. There are factions, and Gotham's underbelly is going to be in chaos for some time; at least until Jerome breaks out of Arkham and brings his brand of crazy to the streets.

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That ought to be fun.

Lee isn't the only one going through a change. Babs is changing, too, and it's pretty freaky deaky.

I don't quite understand what's happening with her. Either she is the portal for Ra's al Ghul to return, or she is mind melding with him and will become his puppet to help bring Gotham to its knees.

Ra's al Ghul's reappearance means that Bruce's Batman transformation is right around the corner. 

Did anyone else notice his voice change when he was with Selina at the pawn shop? It was very Christian Bale-like.

Jim on the Offense - Gotham Season 4 Episode 15

I was expecting more from their little fight with the pawn shop guy. It could have lasted a bit longer, but there was so much going on there wasn't enough time for Selina and Bruce to have more than a minute to fight together.

Still, it was a great moment for them. Plus, Selina got to use her whip, and it seemed to surprise him. It's one more thing for him to love about Selina.

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Penguin lost his shit, and it was great. I suppose Jerome is going to try taking credit for bringing Penguin back from his whatever he was (wimpiness?) before getting out of Arkham. But the person who deserves all the credit is Riddler.

Ed awakened something in Penguin. Jerome might have been the catalyst to get his mind moving again after treating him like crap, but it was Ed who set Penguin back on the path where he belongs.

And Ed can thank Penguin for setting him on his true path. Had it not been for Oswald, Ed would still be Ed and fighting with himself. Both of them made transformations because of each other.

They're tied together forever now. There's no turning back. 

Riddler: You gave up your revenge for me?
Penguin: Trust is very hard to find in Gotham, but I trust you, Ed.

It's just like Jim and Bullock. Those two are tied together forever, as well. 

Bullock was going to return to the GCPD. It was just a matter of time. He was chomping at the bit and helping Jim find Sofia was the perfect reason for him to jump back in.

He's going to stay by Jim's side and keep him on the up and up. It's almost like Bullock is Jim's conscience, as crazy as it sounds. He knows Jim's truths, and he's not going to let Jim forget it, either.

Jim Gordon needs to stop thinking only of himself, and confessing would be a selfish act. Bullock set him straight on that in the hospital.

Leave it to Bullock to impart great words of wisdom.

Jim: Harvey, when I get out of here, I'm going to confess. My connection with Sofia, my role with the Pyg, all of it. I gotta come clean.
Bullock: No.
Jim: What do you mean?
Bullock: Who would benefit from that? You. You get to be the martyr, feel better about yourself. The GCPD loses its hero. No. You want to pay your debt? You live with it. Just like I do.
Jim: So, Sofia wins after all?
Bullock: It's what the city needs.

Gotham needs its heroes, and Jim is one of them -- for now.

Over to you guys.

What did you think of "The Sinking Ship the Grand Applause"?  What's going on with Babs?

Will Lee stay in Penguin's circle of villains?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

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The Sinking Ship The Grand Applause Review

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Gotham Season 4 Episode 15 Quotes

Zsasz: Harvey! Do yourself a favor. Give us Penguin and live to get drunk another day.
Bullock: As tempting as that sounds -- no.

Bullock! I thought you stopped being a cop? Guess it didn't take, did it?

Zsasz