This week’s episode brings in another creation just for the show. A case Bullock once thought closed comes back to rear its ugly head. Here is the recap/review of “Spirit of the Goat.”
A man is standing at a mirror in a dimly lit apartment. As he stares at his reflection, he begins chanting “I am the spirit of the goat” over and over. As he continues chanting, he puts on leather gloves and a leather mask. When his “transformation” is complete, he smashes the mirror.
A newscast is talking about the killer known as “The Goat,” as well as celebrating the birth of Bruce Wayne. We are now in a high rise apartment, where a young girl is standing on her balcony. “The Goat” walks up from behind and subdues her.
A young detective Bullock and his partner Dix pull up outside the location where they think “The Goat” is holding the girl, Sheely Lawson. Dix wants to wait for backup, but Harvey goes inside the building anyway, afraid of The Goat, Randall Milkie, killing the girl. They arrive too late, as Shelly is already dead, displayed on some type of alter. The realize Milkie is still there, but before they can find him, Milkie activates a trap, seriously injuring Dix. After a brief struggle, Bullock is able to take Milke down. As backup finally arrives, Bullock tends to his downed partner.
Fast Forward to present day, and the Bullock we now know is at a crime scene similar to what occured ten years ago. The alter, the candles, even the type of victim (first born child) is all the same. It seems there is a copycat killer. While Edward tries to pass the time with a riddle, Bullock tries to reach Jim, who is not answering his phone.
Jim is not answering because he is doing his best to make amends with Barbara. After some talk, he promises to tell her as much of the truth as he can. Bullock calls again, and Jim can’t ignore work any longer. He kisses Barbara and heads out, relieved that their relationship is getting back to where it should be.
Allen and Montoya drive to the dock where Gordon “killed” Oswald. They find a homeless man who happened to be on the dock when the shooting occured, and saw the whole thing. Montoya is ecstatic as she can finally arrest Gordon and prove to Barbara she’s been right all along.
Jim finally arrives to the crime scene, only to find an extremly surley Bullock. He doesn’t like the fact that not only is there a copycat killer, but the details are uncannily similar. The duo head to the home of the girl’s parents, and Bullock tells Nygma to call him when they are ready for the autopsy.
Gordon and Bullock start to question Mr. and Mrs. Hastings, the girl’s parents, but they are not of any help. Mrs. Hastings is basically catatonic from shock, and Mr. Hastings is having arm tremors. Their therapist, Dr. Marks, ask them to come back later after a little back and forth with Bullock.
Nygma heads to the GCPD archives where he fails at flirting with the records keeper, the unfortunately names Kristen Kringle. She rebuffs any “advances” Ngyma tries to make and leaves, telling him not to touch anything, as she has the room organized to her liking. The door closes, and Edward looks around that the room with absolutely no sense of foreshadowing. At all. Ever.
Outside the Hasting’s home, Gordon and Bullock try to determine how The Goat got in, as there is no sign of forced entry. Remembering that Milkie had keys to the homes, they start to track down the janitorial staff of the apartment building. The two head back to GCPD, as they are ready for the autopsy.
Oswald finally returns home to his mother, who at first curses him for leaving her for another woman (weird), and then fawns over him once she realizes there is no “hussy” trying to take her son away. I think we now know why Oswald is a little messed up in the head.
As the medical examiner performs the autopsy, Bullock has him check for something at the base of her skull. He finds a penny sewn into the victim. This was Milkie’s M.O., but Bullock never put that fact in the police report. He’s not sure how, but this is not a copycat.
Bullock and Jim go over their findings with Captain Essen. The only people who knew about the penny were Bullock, the medical examiner at the time, who caught a case of death, and Dix, Bullock’s old partner. Despite Bullock’s protests, Essen has them pay Dix a visit to see what he knows.
Bruce is at his desk watching the news report, which is emphasising The Goat taking the first born of Gotham’s rich. Alfred suggests they take a trip, since Bruce fits into the profile. Bruce won’t leave, saying there is no one for The Goat to take him from. While he was talking specifically about his parents, he doesn’t realize how much that comment hurt Alfred.
Kristen Kringle returns to the records room to find that I was “way wrong and not sarcastic” about the foreshadowing. Ngyma has taken it upon himself to reorganize the entire room. This of course sets off Kristen, who calls Ngyma weird and odd. She then points to the door, and with the smartest thing he has done, he quickly left.
Bullock and Gordon visit Dix, who is now wheelchair bound and living in a nursing home. He didn’t tell anyone about the pennies, which he thinks confirms his theory that Milkie wasn’t working alone. Dix believes there is a conspiracy at work, which angers Bullock, who leaves the room. Gordon follows him out, only to find him talking with the home’s administrator about paying Dix’ bill. It seems Detective Bullock isn’t as selfish as we thought.
In another part of town, The Goat kidnaps another victim.
Bullock is at the crime scene, while Gordon is trying to find a connection based on their janitor lead. Bullock suggest bringing in Ngyma, since he is good with puzzles.
Barbara confronts Montoya in downtown Gotham. Barbara is pleading for her to not go after Jim, that he’s a good man and is not who Montoya thinks. Still not believing it, Montoya tells Barbara that Jim is involved with the wrong people, and when she arrests him, Barbara should leave Gotham, for her own safety.
Edward is able to narrow down the suspects to a Raymond Earl. Bullock confirms this when it’s learned that Earl is currently living in the area of the place where Milkie was stopped.
Gordon and Bullock arrive, and this time with better results. Gordon was able to rescue the girl,and the assists Bullock with taking down Earl, alive this time.
Bruce has fallen asleep on the couch in the study. A window sloly opens and Selina Kyle creeps in. She walks around, and steals a small box off of Bruce’s desk. She stops for a moment to watch over him while he sleeping. She then escapes through the same window when she hears Alfred coming down the hall.
Oswald is sitting in the bathtub at his mother’s house, and she comes over to clean him. She is glad he is home. She doesn’t like how he works with people he can’t trust. The only person you can trust is your mother. He is happy to tell her that he has found someone he CAN trust. A policeman. This policeman will help Oswald win in the end.
Raymond Earl is locked in an interrogation room, staring at the wall. Essen commends the two for catching him, but Bullock is not convinced. He feels he is missing something. After sending Jim home, Bullock is still looking over Earl, when Earl suddenly snaps out of his stare, as if he has no idea where he is. Looking extremely stressed, Earl begins to squeeze his hand into a fist. Bullock has seen this before, and head out.
Gordon arrives home, and Barrbara is there with bags packed. She tells him Montoya has an arrest warrant out for him, and begs for him to leave with her. He says that even though he is innocent, he can’t run. He won’t run. There is a knock on the door, and Montoya and Allen take him into custody.
Bullock enters the office of Dr. Marks, the Hastings’ therapist. It turns out she is a Hypnotherapist and had programmed Earl, as well as Milkie to become The Goat to show the 1% of Gotham what their REAL place should be. Think of it as a type of negative reinfocement. After having one of her patients attack Bullock, she tries to escape, but Bullock is able to shoot her in the leg to stop her.
Back at GCPD, Bullock is trying to explain to Essen what happened as Montoya and Allen bring in Gordon. They also attempt to arrest Bullock as an accomplice. Gordon is trying to plead that he lied about shooting Oswald. No one is listening until they look at the entrance to GCPD, and there is standing none other than the deceased, Oswald Cobblepot.
I liked this episode because it stuck to the police drama part, and less on throwing in new Bat Easter Eggs. I only counted one, which was Ngyma’s coffee mug. (ugh). I think I found my issue with the show.
Arrow: The goal is to find Sara’s killer
SHIELD: The goal is to stop Daniel Whitehall
Flash: The goal is to find out who killed Nora
Gotham doesn’t have that end goal that most shows like this establish in the beginning. It’s bascially just different Bat-Characters running around doing stuff. Once they get a little more focus, this show will definitely get A’s from me.