WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week's episode of Gotham, "Pena Dura," which aired Thursday on Fox.
Throughout Gotham's five-season story, Bruce Wayne has been slowly evolving from young orphan to Dark Knight. Along the way, he has had many mentors to help shape him into the future savior of Gotham City: Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon, Lucius Fox, even Ra's Al Ghul. Every one of these characters has given Bruce Wayne skills and advice that have planted the seeds for him to, eventually, blossom into the Batman.
Now, as Gotham finds itself in its fifth and final season, Bruce Wayne is almost ready to put on the cape and cowl. But in the latest episode of the series, "Pena Dura," the young hero finds himself at an incredibly low emotional point. And, out of all the characters of the series, it's actually Harvey Bullock who picks him back up and offers a bit of advice that might go a long way to completing Bruce's transformation into the Caped Crusader.
In "Pena Dura," Bruce Wayne is shaken to his core. The future Catwoman, Selina Kyle, killed Jeremiah Valeska in cold blood and, to him, it means he failed to save the woman he loves from herself. Worse still, Selina turns on him, accusing him of still being nothing but a scared boy. This takes a toll on Bruce, who has just been trying to help as much as he can in Gotham City's No Man's Land crisis.
At this point, Bruce starts to question his mission, unsure if he can make a difference. In a bid to find some comfort, he seeks out Jim Gordon at the GCPD -- only Jim's not there. Instead, he finds Harvey Bullock. Now, the two characters rarely share one on one scenes, which is what makes their exchange so surprising. Bullock recognizes the distress in the young orphan and he is quick to offer words of comfort.
Essentially, Bullock reminds Bruce that, when all seems lost, when it feels like there is simply too much to deal with, he keeps going and keeps working. He tells Bruce that the little things truly matter, that helping just the one person can make all the difference in the world. And that is enough to spark fire in the future Batman once more.
The conversation may be brief, but it's actually incredibly important. Bruce has learned a lot of things about becoming stronger, about being a hero, but Bullock's advice comes at a time when he needs it most. This was a make or break moment for Bruce Wayne, who turned hopeless in an all-consuming, crumbling warzone. But now he knows what he needs to do. Now he knows that it's not always about helping everyone, but just the one.
It's an important lesson, and one of the fundamental building blocks of Bruce becoming the Batman. And, of all people, it came from Harvey Bullock.
Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.