It's just one of the many battles in the war Cobblepot was talking about.
If Bruno Heller (series creator) meant for "The Spirit of the Goat" to be an understated Halloween special that delivers on suspense without jack-o-lanterns and witches galore, then he succeeded.
"The Spirit of the Goat" raised more hairs and chilled more spines than typical "Gotham" episodes. The DIY executioner mask, the sacrificial altars, the empty mansions with an ax-wielding maniac running around — it felt like a tame horror movie.
That said, the hypnosis conspiracy theory felt convoluted and rushed. Basically, mad psychiatrist Dr. Marks treats her patients for compulsions, then hypnotizes them to believe that they're the Spirit of the Goat and will do whatever she says. Like murder One Percenters as a form of negative reinforcement. Catch all that?
I expected the good doctor was prescribing a new mind-controlling drug — maybe one of those tranquilizers Bullock was asking about. He could use some. He is a loose cannon, after all.
MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM "SPIRIT OF THE GOAT":
BEST ONE LINER: "We're gonna go with 'Milkie.' I already filled out the paperwork." – Bullock to Randall Milkie, the first Spirit of the Goat.
BEST ENTRANCE: Cobblepot. Here are his best (so far): "Hi Jim, old friend!" when he visits Gordon at his apartment; "Hi Mom, I'm alive!" when returns home; "Hello! I'm Oswald Cobblepot," as he walks into the Gotham City Police Department with a maniacal chuckle. Funny thing is, the only person who was happy to see him was his mother. Which brings us to…
BIGGEST CREEP: Between Nygma sniffing Kris Kringle's hair and Mrs. Kabelput sponge-bathing her son, it was a tough deci... Wait, no it wasn't. Mrs. "Oedipal Complex" Kabelput is Gotham's biggest creep. Ever. She even makes Selina Kyle's stalking, trespassing and stealing seem cute. Excuse me as I hypnotize that bath scene away from my memory forever.
BETTER LEFT UNSAID: "Why would the Goat take me? There's no one to take me from." – Bruce to Alfred. Ouch!
CREEPIEST NEWS REPORTER: The woman on "Gotham 7's Goat Watch" who sounds way too gleeful that One Percenters are getting murdered. They are people too, you know.
DATELESS CLUB: Neither Cobblepot nor Nygma can land a date with the ladies. Cobblepot doesn't particularly care, so long as his mother's around. Gag. And as for Nygma…
WORST FLIRTING GAME: Nygma, for reorganizing Kris Kringle's files — laterally! As someone who color-coordinates her dresser and closet (ROYGBIV, thank you very much), my eye would twitch if Nygma pulled that stunt on me. Step away from her filing cabinet and give her some organizing folders. Right there you've been upgraded from "creepy" to "quirky."
BARB IS BACK: Did anyone notice she was gone last week in "Viper"?I'm less concerned about her relationship with Gordon than I am with the possibility that she becomes a vigilante. She bores me. That's why when she tells Gordon, "I'm just asking for half of what you have to carry," I interpret it as a hint that she wants to join forces with him and fight crime on the side. Gives her something to do other than stand around and pout all the time.