Violet provides a recap of Season 1 Episode 6 of Gotham, titled Spirit of the Goat, where there appears to be a copycat killer from a case that Bullock worked ten years ago! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Gotham, Season 1 Episode 6: Spirit of the Goat
The episode opens to Gotham 10 years ago. A man mutters to himself about being “The Spirit of the Goat” and puts on a mask. The man abducts a woman named Shelly Lawson. Meanwhile, Harvey Bullock and his partner, Detective Dix, arrive outside of a building. We learn that the suspect, Randall Milkie, believes he is the reincarnation of an ancient murdering goat spirit. Dix wants to wait for backup, but Bullock goes in, so Dix is forced to follow. They find Shelly’s body, hanging from both arms and surrounded by candles. Randall makes Dix fall through a trap door, then comes out from hiding. When Randall rushes at him, Bullock shoots Randall Milkie dead.
In present day, Bullock is at a bridge, investigating what appears to be a copycat emulating the Spirit of the Goat murders. The m.o. is the same: the victim is the firstborn from a wealthy family, and the body is displayed in the same way.
Meanwhile, Gordon and Barbara are still arguing. Barbara wants him to tell her his burdens and let her in. He agrees to tell her everything he can. Then he goes in to work.
MCU questions a homeless guy by the pier, who witnessed a shooting. They show him a picture of Gordon, and the guy recognizes him as the shooter.
Gordon shows up at the crime scene, and Bullock fills him in, though giving him flack about being late. They go talk to the parents of the victim, Amanda Hastings. They don’t seem to be dealing with the situation very well, and the Hastings’ family therapist tells the parents to take a break.
Ed Nigma goes down to the Annex Records, where he talks to the clerk, Kristin Kringle about getting the 10 year old files about the Goat. He offers to help her organize the records, but she declines.
Bullock tells Gordon that Randall had abducted all of the victims from their homes, and worked for a maintenance crew, and therefore had keys, so there was no sign of a break in. Gordon calls to request a list of all maintenance and janitorial workers who had access to the Hastings’ home. They then head back for the autopsy.
Cobblepot returns home to his mother, who comforts him. He declares that he’s going to be somebody in this town.
During the autopsy, Bullock instructs the medical examiner to look under the scalp at the base of the skull. There, he finds a penny inside of an incision stitched closed. Bullock says that no one could know that detail.
Back at the station, they discuss with the Captain who could know about this. The only people who knew about it were the medical examiner, who is now dead, himself, and Dix. The Captain tells Bullock to go talk to Dix to find out if he told anyone and see if he has any ideas.
Over at Wayne mansion, Alfred suggests that they get out of town for awhile, but Bruce refuses.
When Kristin returns to the annex, she is very upset to find Ed reorganizing her files. He apologizes and leaves.
Bullock and Gordon go visit Dix at a nursing home, who seems to be suffering from liver problems. However, Dix said he didn’t tell anybody. He thinks that Milkie wasn’t working alone, and that what they have here is not a copycat killer, but a conspiracy. After Bullock storms off, Dix warns Gordon to watch out for Bullock, because he’s a loose cannon, who thinks he’s white knight. We see that Bullock is the one footing Dix’s bill.
A young woman named Amber is in a big fancy house is packing her things. When she goes upstairs, someone attacks her maid. Then when she comes back downstairs, the attacker abducts Amber.
Amber was supposed to meet her parents at the marina, but when she didn’t show, they returned home and discovered the maid knocked out and Amber missing. Bullock calls Gordon and tells him he’s sure it’s their guy, as there was no sign of a break in. Gordon’s still trying to figure out who may have had keys who could have done it. Bullock tells him to ask Nigma to help figure out that puzzle.
Barbara confronts Montoya about Gordon, and says she’ll tell her whatever she can find out, and that Gordon’s just trying to protect her. Montoya warns Barbara that she got a warrant for Gordon’s arrest. Montoya advises her to get out of town, but Barbara insists on staying by Gordon’s side.
With Ed’s help, Gordon and and Bullock figure out that the killer must be Raymond Earl. Ed informs them that Raymond’s been squatting near Cannery Park, and Bullock is suddenly sure that’s their guy, as that’s the same place he caught Milkie, so they head over.
Inside the building, the killer has hung Amber up, but she is still alive. He is about to chloroform her, when he hears Gordon and Bullock come in, so he runs and hides. Gordon cuts Amber down, while Bullock goes to look for the killer. Suddenly, the killer comes out of nowhere and attacks Bullock. They fight, and stumble down the stairs. Gordon comes to help out, and begins to fight the killer on his own, and knocks him out.
Selina Kyle enters Wayne mansion through an open window. She has a look at Bruce’s evidence board while he is asleep on the couch. She also finds a small metallic box on the desk, takes it, and leaves without being discovered.
Cobblepot’s mother is worried about him, but he assures her it’s nothing illegal, it’s just business. She tells him to trust no one, but he says he thinks he has found someone he can trust: a policeman.
Back at the station, Raymond Earl isn’t talking. Bullock thinks it’s suspicious that Milkie and Earl are so similar, in that they both worked for maintenance companies and were both mentally ill, then suddenly both decided to carry out these murders. Bullock sends Gordon home. Suddenly, Raymond seems to snap out of a trance, looking down at his handcuffs as if seeing them for the first time, clenching his fist, and repeating, “no” over and over. Bullock seems to have an epiphany.
At home, Barbara tells Gordon that Montoya has a witness and a warrant for his arrest. She tries to convince him to come away with her, but he says he can’t run. MCU shows up at the door to arrest him for the murder of Cobblepot.
Bullock shows up at the Hastings’ home to speak with their therapist, Dr. Marks, about Raymond Earl, who was one of her pro bono patients. He also clarifies that she’s also a hypnotist. He has noticed that both Mr. Hastings and Raymond Earl have been clenching their fists as a coping mechanism. Bullock points out that Dr. Marks also treated Milkie, and accuses her of hypnotizing them to turn them into the Spirit of the Goat. She says that he’s right, and that the reason she did it was as a form of therapy for the city of Gotham. He starts to arrest her, but she says a certain phrase to Mr. Hastings, and tells him to kill Bullock. Mr. Hasting rushes at Bullock and attacks him. While Bullock fights him off, Dr. Marks tries to get away, but Bullock shoots her in the leg.
Back at the station, the Captain is in disbelief at Bullock’s explanation at why he shot Dr. Marks. Just then, MCU shows up with Gordon, and informs the Captain and Bullock that Gordon is arrested for the murder of Cobblepot. Gordon tells Bullock that he lied, that he didn’t shoot Cobblepot. They arrest Bullock too, as their witness ID’ed him at the scene as well. But as the Captain is arguing with them, someone enters the station — it’s Oswald Cobblepot.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 6 of Gotham: Spirit of the Goat
I felt like they were trying to force a bit too much in this episode — which is pretty much the problem that a lot of people have been complaining about all season. This episode, it felt more blatant to me, because the different things that they were trying to accomplish did not match tonally, and made certain scenes, or parts of scenes, feel out of place.
I think we all know who I’m talking about here: Ed Nigma, who will eventually become the Riddler. While the rest of the episode had a very dark (even darker than usual), crime drama feel to it, Nigma’s scenes had a contrasting silly tone to them, and felt like they didn’t belong in this episode, nor did they feel like they advanced this episode’s storyline at all. I guess the point of his scenes was to introduce us to Kris Kringle, whoever she’s supposed to be. But even in one of Nigma’s scenes with Gordon and Bullock, it pulled in one of these silly elements — his coffee mug had a question mark drawn on it!! Obviously, this was a blatant reference to the Riddler, but it was like, come on, really?? This was not the time or place for that. It seemed almost like a last second decision to hastily draw a question mark on his coffee mug, and makes no sense in the context of anything. I understand that the show is trying to gradually introduce the Batman villains, but making the audience feel taken out of the show like that is not the way to do it.
If you leave out Ed Nigma from this episode, I did appreciate the rest of it, and how they’re trying to help us get to know Bullock a little better. The way that his former partner, Dix, talked about him made not only Gordon, but the viewing audience see Bullock in a whole new light.
The best part of the episode, though, was the end, of course — when Cobblepot makes his triumphant return, much to the surprise of everyone in the room. It was like, this, THIS is what we’ve been waiting for. So many things have culminated up to this point, and I am actually excited to see what happens next! I feel like this could be the turning point of the show, that finally gets me into it. If they do it right, that is.
Josh’s Thoughts: Gotham, Season 1 Episode 6: Spirit of the Goat
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