New villains continue to pop up on Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham,” but Theo Galavan is the most powerful bad guy at the moment. However, that might soon change as Detective Jim Gordon is starting to figure Theo out. The lines were drawn Monday in Season 2, episode 7, titled “Mommy’s Little Monster” and the fight for Gotham City is about to get bigger than ever.
Butch leads Penguin to the warehouse downtown where Penguin’s mother Gertrude is being held. But it’s a trap, as Theo and Tabitha Galavan are there waiting for Penguin. Butch betrays Penguin and shoots his men because Tabitha was able to fix Butch’s mind so he no longer has to follow Penguin’s every command.
Penguin begs Theo to let his mother go and Theo eventually gives in. However, as they let her go, Tabitha stabs Gertrude in the back and she dies in Penguin’s arms. Theo orders Butch to kill Penguin and Penguin mocks Theo, saying he doesn’t have the guts to do it himself. Theo goes to kill Penguin, but Penguin rips the knife out of his mother’s back and slices Theo before he escapes.
Nygma, meanwhile, wakes up in the aftermath of accidentally killing Kringle and sees his dark alter ego standing there. His dark side took control of Nygma and hid Kringle’s body while leaving a riddle for Nygma to find the body at the Gotham City Police Department.
After searching everywhere in the GCPD based on the riddle he left for himself that said look for Kringle’s initials, Nygma discovers the vending machine is the answer. He hits the selection for KK several times until her hand shows up, which he quickly removes from the machine. In her hand he finds another riddle while his dark side stands behind him. The dark alter ego says he’s trying to get Nygma to see how much fun riddles are and who he really is.
Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock get a tip that Butch has his own crew now and has left Penguin, so they decide to check it out. While on a stakeout, Gordon tells Bullock he believes Theo is behind all of the mayhem in the city and that he orchestrated every move to get himself into his position as mayor. Bullock finds it hard to believe and thinks it’s crazy, even by Gotham standards.
Nygma is searching the medical examiner room and finds Kringle’s body in the morgue. While looking at her body, Lee walks in. Nygma is extremely nervous at first, and Lee starts to get suspicious when he won’t let her near the body. He tells her he was hoping to run into her because he’s having problems with Kringle. The two talk and agree to go get coffee and Nygma puts the body back.
Penguin wants Theo dead, so his men crash Theo’s victory party, despite the GCPD providing security. When Penguin and his men arrive outside, Gordon tells the security team to hold their fire, but an unknown shooter, Tabitha, fires at Penguin and he appears to go down, but it turns out Penguin outsmarted them all. He had all his men dress up and walk like him so no one can tell who the real Penguin is.
Nygma later returns to the medical examiner’s lab and embraces the dark side of himself. He’s starting to enjoy the rush of what he did and what he would’ve had to do to Lee if she discovered the body. He then grabs a saw and goes to further cut up Kringle’s body.
This all leads to season two of ‘Gotham’ progressing. However, will things get for the better? Or for the worse?