Gotham Season 5 Episode 8 Review: Nothing's Shocking

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Nothing's shocking, indeed.

I'm not sure what Gotham intended with Gotham Season 5 Episode 8, but very little happened to move the current story forward.

However, there were some strides made in regards to various relationships between the characters of the three different stories that were told this hour.

Barbara and Jim, Jim and Bullock, Ed and Oswald, and Alfred and Bruce all had a shift in how they interact or would interact in the future with each other.

Penn and Scarface - Gotham Season 5 Episode 8

Let's start with Ed and Oswald.

I know there are lots of people probably excited at The Ventriloquist making its way to Gotham, but the only thing I enjoyed out of the entire interaction was the end result between Ed and Oswald.

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It was shocking to see Mr. Penn walk back into Oswald's life. The story of how he survived being shot didn't make any sense, but since he's really dead now (thanks to Ed) how he came back to life doesn't really matter at this point.

Together Again - Gotham Season 5 Episode 8

The story was odd. Let's face it. He woke up in the morgue and then finds Mr. Scarface, a dummy who helps him recover? I don't know how the characters are portrayed in the comics, but I wasn't impressed.

What was impressive was that Ed and Oswald FINALLY and TRULY kissed and made up. 

Upset Penguin - Gotham Season 5 Episode 8

Oswald knew that everything Mr. Penn said about him was true. Ed wholeheartedly agreed and it stung Oswald a bit, but he's getting to the point that he doesn't really care anymore.

Perhaps, Edward, we really are meant for each other.


And it seems the Ed doesn't care anymore either. He accepts Oswald for who he is. He knows he can't change him, and he's not even going to try. 

What would be the point, right? They can work better as a team if they just accept each other's weaknesses and play up each other's strengths.

Ed Takes Control - Gotham Season 5 Episode 8

Together, those two will be able to terrorize the hell out of Gotham when it's time!

There's also seems to be quite a bit of tease regarding a possible romantic relationship between the two. Oswald clearly still wants it to happen, but it's going to depend on Ed.

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Ed has yet to show any romantic feelings for Oswald, so if Gotham does decide to go there before the series ends, they're going to have to come up with something spectacular to make it seem an organic turn of events.

Babs and Jim's relationship is as organic as it gets.

Lots on His Mind - Gotham Season 5 Episode 8

Jim genuinely wants to be involved in the baby's life, but Barbara isn't sure she can trust him. She thinks Jim wants to put her in prison so he can raise the baby himself, but I think she's just being paranoid.

Being paranoid might not be a bad thing for her, though. She offered to turn over a new leaf if Jim would forget about her criminal activity. I predicted this, so a gold star for me!

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However, it is concerning that Barbara came in harm's way with Jane. This might be the very reason that convinces Barbara enough is enough. 

She wants to keep her baby safe, and although Jane attacking her had nothing to do with her criminal activity, it had to open her eyes to the type of craziness that could harm her and her child.

She better survive long enough to deliver that baby girl. I will never forgive Gotham if Barbara dies while still pregnant and Baby Batgirl ends up being a daughter born to Jim and Lee.

Focus on Bullock - Gotham Season 5 Episode 8

I can't see that happening because, well, Lee. She might have been a badass when she turned dark, but being a goody-goody is in her DNA.

The case of Jane was odd, and I didn't fully understand how this girl was able to shapeshift, but it was a case that obviously haunted Bullock.

Killing the girl was a difficult thing for him to do, but he couldn't right his wrongs and shooting her was the only way to save himself.

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The most important thing was Bullock admitting that he was a changed person because of Jim.

He wasn't seeking Jim's forgiveness for what happened to Jane, but he wanted Jim to know how much positive influence Jim made in his life.

I was worried that a Bullock-centric episode (although it wasn't completely) meant the end of Bullock, but I'm glad it didn't turn out that way.

Jim Has His Doubts - Gotham Season 5 Episode 8

Alfred and Bruce went on their own journey to track down a crazy person in the tunnels.

This was another storyline that didn't make much sense in itself, but it allowed Bruce to verbalize how important Alfred was to him and how they'd work together as a team to face whatever threats may come up.

Has anyone else noticed how Bruce is looking more and more Batmanish?

It's like he's transforming right before our eyes!

Over to you!

What did you think of "Nothing's Shocking"? 

Will Barbara change her tune? Will she survive the season?

Will there be an Ed and Oswald romance? 

How will the final four episodes play out?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

If you need to catch up, you can watch Gotham online right here via TV Fanatic!

Nothing's Shocking Review

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Gotham Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't call you for a couple of stiffs.


I like who I am.