During the Gotham episode "The Mask" (S01E08) Bruce returns to school and gets into some trouble with a bunch of bullies. When one of them, Tommy, mentions his mother, Bruce reacts expectedly violently but doesn't seem to hold up well in the ensuing fight, as becomes apparent from his dialogue with Alfred afterwards:
Alfred: What happened?
Bruce: Someone spoke disrespectfully about my mother.
Alfred: Oh, did they now? I hope you broke that bastard's teeth?
Bruce: No, he's much bigger than me and I'm not very good at fighting. Didn't hurt him at all.
Alfred: Not at all?
Now at first I really thought that Alfred was being completely sarcastic with this brutal "broke his teeth" line, since in all the preceding episodes he wasn't really amused by Bruce's escape into darkness, his engagement into serious matters and his tries to test his own strength. It seemed he always wanted Bruce to cope with his loss and live on. So that reaction seemed totally out of place to me. But this wasn't enough, what follows is a very awkward scene where Alfred actually drives Bruce to Tommy's house and encourages him to punch him bloody (with his father's watch), which he concludes with:
Alfred: The point's now made, I think. You're ok? Any broken bones?
Tommy: He tried to kill me.
Alfred: That's right, he did. He tried to kill you, just you remember that next time you see him. And you remember that I let him try.
And it continues in that vain when Bruce later says
Bruce: I enjoyed it, enjoyed hurting him.
Alfred: Now of course you did, he deserved it.
And then he asks Alfred to teach him to fight, to which Alfred seemingly elightedly agrees.
Now it makes sense that Alfred wants Bruce to be able to stand in for his ideals and be able to defend himself. But I think in this episode he went out of his way to encourage bloody revenge and a violent attitude (for just a few little words about his parents, probably not the last spoken in Bruce's direction), without a single word about responsibility and calmness. This seems to stand in a stark contrast to all his previous efforts of encouraging Bruce to live on and not indulge into all his rage and dark feelings. What is the reason for this seemingly 180 degrees change in Alfred's way of parenting? Did I just miss anything here that might be more in line with Alfred's motivation or did I even misinterpret his motivation from all the previous episodes?
(I should add that I haven't watched further than this episode. I usually try to at least watch the whole season for such questions, but it seemed a rather conclusive matter. If however this is really obviously answered in a following episode, then excuse me and don't be afraid of "spoiling" it.)