The one with the biggest mommy issue is clearly Penguin. Galavan kidnapped her and used her to get to Penguin. While Penguin has been running around town doing Galavan’s dirty work his mother has been held hostage. When Penguin finally finds his mother and tries to rescue her Galavan and Tabitha show up. Those two have some obvious parental issues. It’s clear that Tabitha was raised by wild animals. Wild animals with buggy eyes to be exact. What’s with the crazy buggy eyes she keeps giving?
Galavan seems to be doing the work his family requires of him which means his parents must be (or were) runners up for worst parents of the year. What kind of people does it take to raise a homicidal maniac? What kind of family instructs you to kill for the sake of restoring the family name? What is this, 1432? Then there’s the evil niece. What kind of parent names their child Silver St. Cloud? That’s a one way road to stardom right there. Porn stardom. OK, maybe just stripper stardom, either way it’s a porn star name. She may not be a stripper yet but she definitely skipped right by the mean girl phase and straight to queen biatch. She’s a nasty piece of work and Bruce Wayne is just stupid enough to fall for her.
Then there’s Selina. Who would have ever thought she would become the voice of reason? She tries to steer Bruce clear of his new wench of a girlfriend but it backfires horribly. But not before she got in one of the best zings at Alfred. This 30 second interaction between Selina and Alfred was worth watching the whole episode for. Alfred knows that Selina is probably the only friend Bruce can trust, he just isn’t a fan of her extra-curricular activities. It’s clear that Alfred can see right through Sassy St. Cloud too.
Someone else who has become quite transparent is Galavan. Jim Gordon has finally put his finger on what he doesn’t like about Theo and once again he’s right. Now that Galavan’s secret is out he’s going to have to silence Jim if he wants to keep up his charade.
Hopefully Miss Kristin Kringle doesn’t have any family because if she does they’ll surely miss her during the holidays. As for Ed Nygma, he doesn’t need any family, he’s too busy with all of the Nygmas he has already.
As for the rest of Gotham, can they turn their lives around or is it too late? Can they blame their parents for their horrible upbringing? Is that really what made everyone so unstable? Are there any “normal” people left in Gotham? What if it’s something in the water? What if laughter isn’t the only thing that’s contagious?
So far Dr. Thompkins seems to be the only person who doesn’t have any sort of issue, or done any criminal activity. Surely that won’t last long.
Next week will be another episode worth watching as Jim and Barbara go head to head in a full on battle royale.