Penguin's Umbrella
Gotham Season 1



Critic Ratings: 26
Critics Consensus

Although "Penguin's Umbrella" is a departure from the 'Case of the Week" form, Gotham finally lives up to its potential with a gritty serialized episode about a handful of key characters.

Episode Info

Gordon comes face-to-face with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguin's life. Meanwhile, tensions between Maroni and Falcone grow more violent.


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
Richard Kind
as Mayor James
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Anthony Carrigan
as Victor Zsaszs
Mekia Cox
as Dr. Leslie
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Critic Reviews for Penguin's Umbrella

After some of the laziest writing I've ever seen not only on this show but any show ever, Gotham had its best episode so far this season.

Dec 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Just when I thought I couldn't hate Barbara any more... BAM! She goes and gets herself kidnapped/held hostage TWICE in one episode. Seriously, this damsel in distress bit is ridiculous.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's Penguin's journey that so far is the most interesting to actually watch... You see, once we get over to the right side of the law, once again, Gotham falls apart.

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

A highly entertaining hour of television that was full of crazy-wacky moments from television's campiest superhero drama.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

What made "Penguin's Umbrella" a successful episode, first and foremost, was focus. There was a dedication to a singular storyline in this hour, which has only been shown in spurts the previous six.

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

This was about as perfect an episode of the show as one could ask for. Everything came together beautifully, the plotlines were genuinely impressive and show a knack amongst the writers for long-range storytelling that bodes well for its future.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

I was excited throughout this week's episode in a very good way.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The series finally embraced its strengths and turned in what was, by a fairly wide margin, the best episode of its run.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Viewers are finally able to sit back and simply enjoy watching the many mechanics of this complex world in motion without the need to really introduce anything (or anyone) new. Except Victor Zsasz, who is a welcomed exception.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This is all good meaty stuff and sets a standard for twisty-turny storytelling that Gotham may find it difficult to maintain, but it's going to be fun watching it try.

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