“I am the spirit of the goat” is said repeatedly by the crazed Randall Milkie as we go to ten years before the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. He abducts a woman by the name of Shelley Lawson and kills her in a certain ritual. A younger Bullock (Donal Logue in probably his best performance in Gotham so far) and his former partner Dix are on the hunt for Milkie, Bullock shows real concern for finding Shelley, when she is found dead they are then involved in a shootout which ends up with the death of Randall Milkie, who claims to have been taken over by “The Goat” and also Detective Dix is hit in the crossfire (not before showing a manner similar to present day Bullock). We flash to present day Gotham and Bullock is shocked to see a murdered woman in the same fashion as “The Goat” had done so many years previous. Before making the crime scene, Jim Gordon and Barbara are talking and the two seem to still be on patchy ground, will they resolve and come back to being a strong couple again? Also within the first 15 minutes we have more of Edward Nigma as he is on the crime scene helping the police and also looking for records to do with the old crimes involving “The Goat”. Robert Hastings is visited by Gordon and Bullock as his daughter is identified as the latest murder victim. The detectives speak to Dr Marks, the family therapist to the Hastings to learn more. In the neck of the victim, there is a penny stitched into the neck, which was the calling card to Randall Milkie when he killed his victim. Oswald Cobblepot finally goes to see his mom to let her know he is still alive, at first angry, Mrs Cobblepot welcomes her son back. Bruce Wayne wants to help in the case of finding “The Goat”, but what will happen? Edward Nigma upsets record keeper Miss Cringle as he attempts to re-arrange all the files under her care. Dix is visited by Bullock and Gordon who talks about the trademark penny, a fact which was only known to a handful of people. Bullock is upset at the idea that another killer is out there and not a copycat or lone murderer. So can the cops save the next elite socialite before she meets a grisly end?
Amber, the latest kidnap victim, is now being hunted by GCPD as they look to stop “The Goat”. Barbara goes to Montoya and begs for her to stop going against Gordon, Montoya reveals that Jim Gordon’s apartment will be raided and he will be arrested. Edward Nigma helps them find who may be the killer, and gives a tease to his future as The Riddler with his mug with a question mark upon it. Gordon and Bullock track down the goat and Gordon goes to grab Amber as Bullock attempts to hunt down “The Goat”. After a fight with the killer, the two cops apprehend him and save the day. Back at Wayne Manor, Selina Kyle goes to see Bruce Wayne and sees the board he has made up involving the corrupted officials and trying to find his parents murderers. Oswald is under his mother’s care and he finds himself in need of seeing his “friend” Jim Gordon. Raymond Earl is identified as “The Goat”, Bullock is upset that there is no motive for Earl to take on the persona, the same as Milkie who just became a murderer. Bullock is certain there is a connection. Gordon gets home to see Barbara is about to get out of Gotham and wants him to go too. Bullock goes to see Dr Marks and speaks of her career as a hypno-therapist. He discovers Raymond Earl was one of her patients. He realises a link as both Raymond Earl and Robert Hastings have the same type of habit to clench their fists. When confronted, Dr Marks claims she had to hypnotise these people so she could help change Gotham and eliminate those who are making the city bad. She gives Hastings the command and he suddenly attacks. Bullock puts him down and then stops Dr Marks from escaping. Back at GCPD, officers Montoya and Allen have Gordon held and arrest Bullock too for the murder of Oswald Cobblepot. Then, Oswald waddles into the police station and reveals to all that he is alive. This enrages Bullock.
Definitely a great episode, the idea of the murderer “The Goat” is played out well and to know that two people actually became this killing force was creepy and effective. Donal Logue gives in the best performance of the episode as Bullock, to actually see Bullock seriously care about a case is great and this results in the first time you really care for the Detective. Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon, though still central, is almost left out in this episode at times. A few flashes from main cast members make them almost irrelevant. But top marks for finally making Cory Michael Smith more central as Edward Nigma and see he can be fun when given screen time. Erin Richards makes Barbara Kean a very highly favoured character as she doesn’t know who to trust and Erin makes her best appearance so far. Finally, Robin Lord Taylor still impresses as Oswald, though this week is a bit calmer as he doesn’t kill anyone and gets to spend time with family. A great episode, great villain and was a lot easier to take in with the fewer main cast members taking centre stage.
Final rating: 9/10
Written By Jonjo Cosgrove.
Preview of the next episode ‘Penguin’s Umbrella’. Which I will review this week.