This week’s episode of Gotham season 5 brought back Mr. Penn as the Ventriloquist. Meanwhile, a woman with shapeshifting powers sought revenge on a group of cops, including Harvey Bullock.
When cops who worked a case with Harvey started dying, Jim Gordon could tell that Harvey was hiding something. It turned out that Harvey pressed a girl named Jane Cartwright too hard to testify against her mother. Now Jane had taken on the identity of Jane Doe and sought revenge.
Harvey’s big secret was a bit of a letdown. The whole episode teased the question of what happened. In the end, Harvey explained that he pushed Jane too hard to testify against someone who was in fact guilty. He felt bad because it turned out that although Jane’s mother did kill her husband, he also beat her and her daughter. The case definitely seemed murky, but I feel like we’ve seen every cop— including Jim and Harvey— do worse in the course of the show.
Despite that letdown in the end, Jane was still an interesting villain to watch. She could take the form of anyone she touched. At one point she took the form of Barbara Kean and Jim didn’t know which one to take down. I thought this conflict could’ve been drawn out longer for even more drama, but the scene we did get was enjoyable.
Unsurprisingly, the truly great part of this episode was the subplot with Oswald Cobblepot and Ed Nygma. The standoff between them and The Ventriliquist was a delight. The two of them becoming closer because of the shared experience of shooting an evil dummy was just about a perfect Gotham plot.
The third plotline was Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth investigating effects of the Ace Chemical spill. This one felt a bit boring. It was obviously just meant to set up something else further down the line, but I still wish it had at least one big setpiece moment.