Tea Party | Gotham ” Follow the White Rabbit” Review
The Jervis Tetch storyline continues in the latest episode of Gotham, “Follow the White Rabbit.” Tetch’s storyline is one of two big plot lines that permeate throughout the entire episode; the other being a huge storyline with the love between Nygma and Cobble pot that is developing.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the the Mad Hatter storyline, and this episode delivers the most intense sequences thus far in this season. Tetch is hellbent on making Jim feel the pain he felt after blaming Jim for the death of Alice. As twisted as it is to us, Tetch honestly believes that Jim was at fault in her murder, when it was clearly Tetch’s overbearing nature. So, Tetch kidnaps both Lee and Valerie and invites Jim over for a Tea Party.
Before the party gets underway, a hilarious scene takes place where Valerie is trying to interview Lee about Alice’s blood. It was quite comical seeing her prying as they are handcuffed in the bathroom. Typical hard-nosed reporter getting the scoop no matter the situation. However, when Jim does arrive at the tea party, things get as tense as you would imagine.
At the party, Jim must make a choice of who Tetch should shoot. It’s a nearly impossible situation, one of which Jim of course tries to slyly sneak his way out of. So, when the moment comes where he has to make a choice, he says for Tetch to shoot Lee. Of course, Tetch then turns the gun on Valerie and shoots her. She will most likely live, but what a twist of fortune it is that Valerie’s life literally lays in the hands of Lee and her soon-to-be husband, Mario Falcone.
It is an interesting question as to whether Jim knew that Tetch would go against his word and shoot the opposite person, or if Tetch would just shoot Valerie Jim’s answer notwithstanding. Tetch is, by far, one of the more intricate villains, so it’s hard to say one way or the other.
Perfectly juxtaposing the tense scenes between Tetch’s tea party was the growing companionship between Nygma and Cobblepot.
Nygma and Cobblepot have been having a growing relationship ever since Nygma set up Butch to take the fall during Butch’s botched (intentionally) assassination of the newly crowned mayor. We get some nice scenes where Nygma is busy doing all the paperwork for the campaign and Cobblepot is out being the leader that Gotham needs. In one of my favorite scenes that is totally what you would expect from Cobblepot, the two are meeting the kids and teachers of the Gotham Schools. He obviously walks over to the boy sitting alone because he is reminded of himself and he asks why the boy is alone. The boy says that he is simply afraid that the other kids won’t like him. Cobblepot hilariously answers that “just try and if they don’t, when they turn around, push them down the stairs,” and gives that devious Cobblepot Smirk.
What I thought was a bromance, is certainly much more, or Cobblepot hopes it to be anyway. There are various scenes where he is trying to talk it over what exactly he is going to say to Nygma to break it to him that he has true feelings for Nygma, but does Nygma feel the same? They set up a dinner to talk about exactly that when Nygma is going out to get wine. Surely this will take much longer than it should because Nygma is obviously a stickler for details, but who he meets is sure to make the task take much longer and puts Nygma and Cobblepot’s potential future together in flux. Nygma sees a woman with a striking resemblance to his once beloved Kris Kringle.
While at first this may seem like a stunning coincidence, one has to think if this was all a setup. Things in Gotham are never as straightforward as they seem, and there are certainly people that have a lot to gain by pulling Cobblepot and Nygma away from one another. And that person is Butch. I have this sneaking suspicion that this woman was nothing more than a plant to start the wedge between Nygma and Cobblepot so that Cobblepot brings Butch back into the fold.