Gotham’ continues to be a laugh out loud hilarious show, even though it’s not really designed to be funny. As we’ve said, ‘Gotham’ would be best just to stop pretending that it’s a serious show and just own the fact that it’s almost as campy as its ‘60s era ‘Batman’ counterpart. On this week’s episode of ‘Gotham,’ a villain, played by former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Dan Bakkedahl, terrorizes Gotham City with balloons. Here are the 17 moments on ‘Gotham’ that made me laugh out loud.

- The Penguin using public transportation.

- Watching a suspected criminal dramatically float off into the air on a weather balloon.

- Donal Logue’s Harvey Bullock stoically announcing, “I’m going to get a Danish, that’s what I deserve.”

- The Penguin trying to pretend he’s a Russian guy named Dmitri.

- When the restaurant manager told Penguin, “You don’t even have the right shoes,” then there’s a sinister musical cue as we pan down to see Penguin’s inadequate shoes.

- Penguin notices another restaurant worker’s shoes, then laughs diabolically. An evil shoe laugh!

- The Balloonman sends a dirty police officer up into the sky. I can’t believe this is real!

- A man on the street telling a Gotham news reporter, “If you’re dirty, the Balloonman is going to get you!”

- A woman then telling that same reporter, “The Balloonman should get my landlord next!”

- Ben McKenzie trying to keep a straight face as he delivers a serious line about two balloons still missing.

- Ben McKenzie yelling, “You admit stealing the balloons?”

- Ben McKenzie yelling, “Who did you sell the balloons to?”

- The moment Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock learn that balloons eventually pop instead of, I guess, floating off into space.

- The Loudest Laugh Award goes to: A body falling from the sky and landing on a woman walking her dog.

- As Jim Gordon tries to save the ascending Balloonman, we clearly see them hovering above buildings. Bullock shoots the balloon and Gordon and the Balloonman safely fall, like, two feet.

- Bruce Wayne watching the news report about the Balloonman because remember him?

- A news reporter asking, “Now that the Balloonman is gone, who will defend the people of Gotham?” Yes, who will ever replace the iconic Balloonman?! Who?!?!

Mike Ryan has written for The Huffington Post, Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ. He is the senior editor of ScreenCrush. You can contact him directly on Twitter.

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