Gotham season 5, episodes 6 and 7 recap: Bane and the Waynes

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GOTHAM: David Mazouz in the “Ace Chemicals” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Feb. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Giovanni Rufino/FOX

A Family Reunion

Well, if you can’t be friends, at least you can murder the other guy’s fake parents, right? Determined to connect with Bruce, Jeremiah lures him home to Wayne Manor via the newly completed tunnel and elaborately recreates the night that Thomas and Martha Wayne were killed.

Thanks to hypnotist extraordinaire Jervis Tetch, aka Mad Hatter, the fake parents (who Jeremiah forced to undergo plastic surgery) and even Alfred are completely under Jeremiah’s control. Before taking the fake parents back to the city for the main event, Jeremiah triggers explosives to blow up the manor. Bruce manages to get Alfred out just in time, but he can’t save his childhood home.

This Time Around

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When Bruce arrives at the theater, he finds himself watching a black-and-white reenactment of The Legend of Zorro, complete with Jeremiah carves Zs into extras with a real sword. As Jeremiah reveals, it was the movie Bruce’s parents had taken him to see that night, and Bruce had apparently gotten scared, so they’d left early.

At the final stop on memory lane — the alley, Bruce argues that Jeremiah’s plan has failed. He knows the couple isn’t his real parents, so he doesn’t have any emotional stake in the inevitable outcome.

Or does he? After Jim and Lee get captured by his Tetch, Jeremiah makes them his new Thomas and Martha and finally gets the reaction from Bruce that he was looking for. But something else is different this time around.

Despite telling Bruce that she didn’t intervene that night because she only cares about herself, Selina immediately comes to Bruce’s aid and (from that same fire escape) lassoes the gun out of Jeremiah’s hand just in time.

The Last Laugh?

Unfortunately, Jeremiah has another trick up his sleeve: toxic chemicals. While Jim prevents them from getting airborne, they contaminate the river, which makes the Mainlanders call off an impending reunification with Gotham. So, once again, the citizens are on their own.

But Jeremiah doesn’t come away unscathed, either. In the midst of a fistfight with Bruce, he falls into a vat of the very same toxic chemical. He survives but has severe burns and seemingly no brain function.

GOTHAM: L-R: Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie in the “Ace Chemicals” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Feb. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Giovanni Rufino/FOX

Jim & Lee

Will they, or won’t they? Maybe both. Is that an option? Thanks to Barbara’s announcement, tensions are understandably running high, but we can’t help feeling that Lee is being a bit unreasonable.

Three months ago, she was in that super weird (and super fun) relationship with Ed. Granted, she did double cross Ed to save Jim’s life, and she didn’t choose to then go AWOL for three months. But still. Was Jim just supposed to wait around for her to maybe return and maybe want to be with him?

Considering that kiss, though, I’m predicting that they will be endgame and will raise his Barbara’s daughter together.

DC’s Runaways (Part II)

Thanks to a hot tip from Selina (who actually was still furious with Penguin for killing Tabitha), Barbara tries once again to take him out. But, fortunately for Penguin, pregnancy is making her go a bit soft.

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Wanting a better life for her child, she hears out the escape plan that Penguin and Ed (yeah, they’re friends again) have come up with. They’re going to build a submarine that will be able to sense and avoid the mines in the river.

What do you think of Gotham‘s final season so far? Do you agree that Jim and Lee will be endgame? Let us know in the comments section below.