Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do...



Critic Consensus: "Damned if You Do..." signals a potential reinvention by shifting Gotham's focus away from weekly procedural cases and toward more substantial serialized story arcs.

Episode Info

Season 2 opens with Penguin being asked for help from an unlikely source: Gordon, whose moral compass is out of whack following a shakeup in the police department. In other events, Bruce explores secrets from his father's office; and two newcomers are befriended by inmates from Arkham.


Michael Chiklis
as Det. Nathaniel Barnes
Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
James Frain
as Theo Galavan
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Otto Sanchez
as Odgen Barker
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Peter Scolari
as Commissioner Loeb
Cameron Monaghan
as Jerome Valeska
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Todd Stashwick
as Richard Sionis
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Anthony Carrigan
as Victor Zsasz
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Nick D'Agosto
as Harvey Dent
Stink Fisher
as Aaron Helzinger
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Dustin Ybarra
as Robert Greenwood
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do...

Imagine my surprise when Gotham took nearly every problem I had and fixed it immediately

Sep 30, 2015 | Full Review…

A definite improvement over season one's aimlessness, although I worry that it's just a temporary fix.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Gotham is trying its damnedest to win you back with season two. And so far, it's working.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite a few lingering issues that have bothered the show since its inception, it appears we are off on the right foot.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I am reminded of how much the show has going for it: an excellent cast, high production values, and some great thematic instincts. It's not too late for it to start putting its own spin on DC lore in some game-changing ways.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's all a bit redundant.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

"Damned If You Do..." presents a rejuvenated and reworked version of Gotham that, for now, represents a significant step forward for the series.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

While it's not anywhere near perfect yet, Gotham took an important step last night. The show proved that it's serious about serialization, taking its time to set up storylines rather than trying to cram one start-to-finish in an hour.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

If this premiere is any indication... Gotham spent its summer vacation streamlining plot and crafting fun new faces while improving on the old favorites and not so favorites, Barbara. When in doubt, just make a character lose their freaking mind!

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Rather than settle on a more sustainable tone, Heller, who also wrote tonight's episode, has chosen to throw a couple more fan-service-y villains at viewers, and reset Jim Gordon's story without any indication that there are forthcoming consequences.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…