Spirit of the Goat
Gotham Season 1



Critic Ratings: 26
Critics Consensus

While Gotham finds its footing, "The Spirit of the Goat" is a step in the right direction with much-needed character details about Oswald Cobblepot and Detective Bullock.

Episode Info

A killer targets Gotham elite's firstborn children, and the case brings back painful memories for Bullock. Elsewhere, Gordon is forced to deal with the consequences of his past decisions.


Carol Kane
as Gertrud Cobblepot
Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Victoria Cartagena
as Renee Montoya
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Dan Hedaya
as Detective Dix
Kim Director
as Lacey White
Susan Misner
as Dr. Marks
Christopher Baker
as The Goat/Raymond Earl
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
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Critic Reviews for Spirit of the Goat

Giving Detective Bullock not only an actual back story but motivation to be the "slovenly, lackadaisical" guy he is now, while at the same time giving his rough-exterior character an actual heart, was a fine choice indeed, Gotham.

Dec 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Loaded with innuendo and foreshadowing - I'm just not sure to what.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, this was a terrific episode for Bullock, laying the groundwork for him to become a good cop again by showing that he was a good cop once. And it was a pretty good episode for everybody else.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

By trying to build mythology at every opportunity while still remaining beholden to the tenets of procedural television, just makes things feel all the more contrived.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

I can't call "Spirit of the Goat" a truly good story, but there were actually some things that worked in this episode. For once, "Gotham" didn't force an appearance by Fish Mooney, which is almost restraint for this show.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Each week, the writing and acting improved, but the stories remained flat. Episode six, "Spirit of the Goat" begins to swing that trend in the right direction. Kind of.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Detective Bullock is great here... It's a superb performance from Donal Logue.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

By focusing on the other half of the show's core duo for a change, the series takes a strong step forward; a step that's tainted by a need to pay lip service to other subplots.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

I've been a fan of Mr. Logue's since his Jimmy the cab driver days on MTV, so it was gratifying to see him be more, for a change, than just the Grizzled Partner of the often dull and dutiful Gordon.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

"Spirit of the Goat" is better than last week's effort. We stay away from the mob stuff for a little bit, keep the side characters to a minimum, and get some development for one of the show's key characters.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…