You ready for the invasion of the Maniax?! I sure hope so, because their level is crazy is not something I was prepared for.
Theo Galavan is talking to a dude with his head in a box. He threatens boxhead, who chooses to give in... and it's the mayor! He's using the mayor in his city-wide cleansing, which his little monsters will orchestrate.
At the Gotham newspaper writers are panicking, as there are people falling off the building behind the editor in chief. They've found their new headlines: the Maniax are dropping people off the roof to spell out their name. There's a spare captive and Jerome paints an exclamation point on them. The ground is littered with dead bodies tied up in straight jackets: Maniax! That's one hell of an entrance.
Commissioner Essen talks to the force about the inmates who are running free. Gordon briefs everyone on the crazy people, including dear Babs.
Theo gives a pep talk to the crazies who took part in the rooftop body decoration. They're ready to go nuts on the city, but he wants to teach them a bit of style, since they'll be on TV. Jerome shines. Tabitha and Babs (Tabs and Babs... I'm making it official right now) come into the room, whipping the mayor – they wanna join in on the fun. Babs has all the secrets to Gordon, and Theo wants them.
Bruce wants answers and Alfred advises against turning the Batcave computer on. As Bruce gets it booted, Alfred beats the absolute crap out of it, to hide the secrets of Wayne Enterprises. He's trying to protect Bruce from being killed by the guns that killed his father. Bruce loses his collective shit and fires Alfred, who unwillingly leaves.
Jerome and the cannibal maniac are playing with a sword and a fucking chainsaw, because why not?! The cannibal claims he's the captain of the team because he's killed 12 women and Jerome has only killed his mother; this tests Jerome's patience. Theo wants them to resolve it with a game of Russian Roulette. Cannibal goes first, and the gun doesn't fire. Jerome goes... and the gun doesn't fire. He cocks it again. It doesn't fire.
He cocks it for a third time... and it doesn't fire. At this point I'm curled up in the fetal position even though I know damn well he lives through it, but to see the madness already developing in his young mind is extraordinary. Meet your new Maniax boss, y'all.
Gordon visits Bullock in the bar, meeting his fiance Scottie. She's not good with G being there, because chats lead to re-employment with the GCPD. Bullock says no, but behind his eyes his curiosity peaks. He asks why the shipyard, why did the Maniax kill there, hinting Gordon in the right direction.
G talks to Essen about the Maniax in the shipyard and Bullock... he's a happy, engaged man now. Essen wonders if this makes Gordon want to walk away from the job too, and he says no. Essen agrees; the GCPD is life. They're there to make sure no more lazy, corrupt, rich bastards will take up the position of Commish at GCPD.
Alfred packs his bags to leave, saying it's been an honor and privilege to serve the Wayne family. Bruce makes note that he isn't taking much, as Alfred doesn't own much. Damnit, I'm feeling things. Al doesn't want to leave!
Kringle and Nygma have an odd encounter, where he kinda spaces out. He gives her a random fact and she could not be less interested. She leaves and he has a talk with Evil Ed, who is confident. He yells at Evil Ed to go away, tossing a pile of papers... and a cop sees him do it. You got to keep your alter ego on the down low, Ed.
The Maniax have gotten a hold of an oil truck, and lay eyes on a bus full of cheerleaders. They chain the girls up, firing off a gun in the bus. Jerome makes them cheer-spell out O-I-L as he drenches the bus in it... and flips open a lighter... that doesn't work. He asks if anyone has a light just as the cops pull up. A shootout takes place for a moment, with one of the Maniax trying to light the lighter... Jim grabs him just as the lighter ignites. Jim starts up the school bus and drives it away from the imminent explosion. Why wasn't there a trail of fire leading to the bus?? One of the Maniax is captured and just as G speaks with him, he's annihilated by Tabitha, who is perching on a roof nearby. Maniax code of conduct: get captured, get killed.
Alfred is at the train station when Bruce strolls up. “I don't want you to go Alfred, but you're either with me or against me.” He still tries to stop Bruce because of his age. Bruce wants to be ready for life and asks Al to prepare him. If Alfred agrees to help Bruce, he must do what he says and when he says it, no exceptions. Bruce agrees and wants the computer fixed; Alfred is like 'well shit'.
Lee does an autopsy on the dead Maniax as Gordon stands by. They have a weird 'I love you' moment, which makes me squirm even more than when Nygma gets all awkward turtle around Kringle.
Alfred is at a bar, with a gin and tonic (classy as f) when he starts speaking with the man next to him: Mr. Fox. Alfred just accidentally bumped into him... Fox sees right through it. Lucius is like 'wtf do you want'; Alfred tells a story about him doing a favor that was against his better judgement and if he's crossed he'll kick some ass. What he learned is that there are two types of people: the ones you can trust, and the ones you can. Lucius disagrees, saying both kinds of people will give the same answer. Alfred needs someone to confide in and he isn't sure if he can trust Lucius. He knows L talked to Bruce about Daddio Wayne, so it's too late to back out. If L can't be trusted, Al will kill him. L wants the best for Bruce, and Al lightens up - “How are you with fixing computers?"
Gordon gets a call at the office... it's 'lil ole Babs. They start out with a cool convo: if she turns herself in, he can help. He wants to help the demented person, and she laughs... the laughter is coming from nearby... she's in the station. She sneaks outside and G chases her.
Then it gets even worse.
Oh. No... the Maniax are in the GCPD, and light it the hell up. Jerome holds Essen prisoner in her office as Nygma tackles Kringle to the ground to save her. Barbara and Jim meet outside the building and she chides him for not listening. A Maniax jumps down on G, beating the bejesus out of him as Babs stands by watching, eventually stopping him. “I'm not sick. I'm free.” Back in the GCPD, Lee hides beneath the body of the assassinated Maniax member. Essen is tied to a chair as Jerome toys with her, turning on a camera. She tells him that nobody will remember his name once he's dead. He flips out at her, because he's clearly a very stable human being. In the background, the cannibal holds the camera and screws the pooch by saying, "There's nothing more contagious than laughter". The cannibals stole Jerome's line and that earns him a bullet to the heart thanks to the crazy ginger. Don't steal Jerome's jokes!
Outside, Gordon gets his bloodied ass off the ground, vengeance on his face.
We see that Nygma was shot in the arm as the remaining police who survived come to. Gordon finds Essen laying down, shot in the chest. "It's a new day, Jim" slips from her lips as she dies. I'm very disappointed that Essen didn't get a lot of time to shine.
Mr. Fox is helping Bruce put the computer back together. Fox pulls some reverse psychology on it, "I didn't want to know whats on this computer (so maybe you shouldn't either)", and it will take time to fix. The computer will test Bruce's patience, no doubt.
Kringle takes care of Nygma at the station as Bruce arrives to see the carnage. Why is a kid allowed in there?? Bruce is just happy to see Gordon alive. Bullock returns, as expected, his trademark smartassery-inducing hat firmly on his head. On the TV they watch Jerome introduce himself and the Maniax. Gotham is their prisoners and this is only the beginning.
Hang onto your hats, folks, cause you ain't seen nothing yet!
I was kind of on the fence last season for Gotham, but two episodes in and it feels like a different pace, a different story and I am so very grateful for that.