Is it that Jim just doesn't get or is that the the GCPD's corruption is so deep that his efforts at being decent cop is a lost cause? Tonight's episode kinda goes back to my lost post on the obvious differences between Central city's police department and Gotham's. Gotham is utterly corrupt -- Central isn't. Jim is like a Christian in a Satanic brothel, God or Law is dead and the flesh is alive and well. In fact the situation is so desperate that he literally has to make a deal with the devil/Oswald Cobblepot in order to move towards Gotham's salvation. He needs a win and he needs it badly! The problem with getting that win is that the cards are not stacked in his favor. Its obvious from the Winkler's grieving widow of one of Gotham's many victims that his attempts to save Gotham is only making things worse as opposed to better. His attempt to utilize Penguin's connections and influence could either be his undoing or a means of flipping the script and creating his on network of informants, cops and allies capable of assisting him in saving Gotham. This episode is literally the turning point for Benjamin Mckinzie's character.
What made his move tonight so potent was that it forced everyone's hand, it forced everyone who was wiling and could to come clean and stop looking the other way in order to save their own skins. Why, was it because it made them look at themselves and realize that they had become the enemy -- No. It was because it did two things 1) if they hadn't dealt with those corrupt officers involved, Jim would have had to call the Feds; this move would have shut down the GCPD, and exposed everybody's dirt, and everybody but Jim would have been out of a job. Its something that I believe could still happen in a later episode. Despite the drama between Penguin/ Mooney, Bruce/Selena drama this episode was really about Jim changing places with Donal Logue's character Harvey Bullock. The question is will Jim become Bullock, or will he manage to extricate himself from his demonic relationship with Penguin before he begins heading down Bullocks path. It wouldn't be out of line to assume that based upon the ending of tonight's episode that Mooney was not only one of Bullock's allies in getting Gotham under control, but became something more; sounds familiar. There was really noting psychological about tonight's episode. Tonight's episode was about making a stand and outlining boundaries not only in relationships, but in determining who and what you really are not just as a professional, but as a human being.