Under the Knife
Gotham Season 1



Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

Gotham finds the right mix of creepy and fun, even when the plot of "Under the Knife" spreads the characters a bit too thin.

Episode Info

The Ogre targets someone close to Gordon; Bruce and Selina expose a corrupt Wayne Enterprises employee; and Nygma comes to Kristin Kringle's defense.


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
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Milo Ventimiglia
as Jason Lennon
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
David Zayas
as Don Maroni
Chelsea Spack
as Kristin Kringle
Carol Kane
as Gertrud Kapelput
Laurence Mason
as Det. Ben Mueller
Zachary Spicer
as Tom Dougherty
Michael McCormick
as Dr. Darren Cushman
Daniel Davis
as Jacob Skolimski
Michael Potts
as Sid Bunderslaw
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Critic Reviews for Under the Knife

Sometimes it's okay for super villains to find out they don't really mind murder, and maybe they ALSO love riddles. They can take their time with these things.

Apr 21, 2015 | Full Review…

What's a boy to do? That's the question posed by tonight's episode, "Under the Knife," and the answer: Not much worth watching, unfortunately.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Gotham is struggling, and it's more apparent now than ever.

Apr 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Gotham appears to be falling back into the pattern that's defined most of this season, which involves convoluted storylines that stretch the characters (and audience's patience) thin and rely far too much on exposition to move the plot along.

Apr 21, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The twisted romance of the Ogre and Barbara doesn't exactly fall flat, but it is perhaps one of the less interesting aspects of an episode loaded with more intriguing B-story.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Fish Mooney, the character with arguably the most agency, is nowhere to be seen in "Under the Knife," and so we're forced to confront and reevaluate the other women on Gotham. What we find isn't exactly heartening.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

I appreciate that they picked up right where they left off last week. It gave the episode more fluidity, and brought the show away from the stale procedural formula it has pursued most of the season.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Even as the stakes of this series increase... I could not help but be fairly unexcited by how things were playing out.

Apr 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The show seems determined to go from guilty pleasure to interminable slog... "Under the Knife," in particular is without mystery, without surprise, without fun, without artistry, and almost entirely without nuance.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It's killin' season in Gotham City, folks, and the killin' is good.

Apr 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Barbara Kean is an utterly loathsome, terribly written, ridiculously underdeveloped, insulting stereotype of a character, and every time she shows up, the show is surely off to nonsense land.

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

I liked how "Under the Knife" discussed how people create alter egos to protect themselves. It plays into the Batman mythos masterfully.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…