Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh



Critic Consensus: Gotham successfully delivers on a fun origin story, even if the big twist at the end of "The Last Laugh" feels unearned.

Episode Info

Gordon and Bullock hunt a nemesis from the past, which leads to a standoff between Jerome and Gordon; and a magic show at a Gotham Children's Hospital gala results in a hostage situation.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
James Frain
as Theo Galavan
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Nick D'Agosto
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Mark Margolis
as Paul Cicero
Norm Lewis
as Deputy Mayor Harrison Kane
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh

Gotham, not usually the series best known for showing good judgement in presenting origin stories, finally got one right.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Cameron Monaghan, who plays Jerome, is absolutely phenomenal. A perfect Joker.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

This is the third eminently watchable episode of Gotham in a row, and honestly it may be the best of the show's run so far.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Last Laugh" finally answered the question, definitively, of whether or not Jerome is the Joker on Gotham. Obviously, he isn't... But he did pave the way for the real Joker to make an entrance at some point down the line.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Gotham has finally declared itself as a show willing to color outside of the lines. And, thank god. It's so much more fun outside of the lines.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"The Last Laugh," while kicking things off with a gala premise that one really needed to stretch in order to believe, got more right than it did wrong.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It seems "The Last Laugh" is actually just the beginning.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

"Rise Of The Villains: The Last Laugh" is a troubling crack in this season's otherwise sturdy structure, and it may not be long before everything comes crashing down.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tonight's Gotham insults viewers' intelligence by asking us to admire the cleverness of a plot twist that essentially slaps viewers in the face for wanting more recognizable characters.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

When all is said and done, this is just fun TV, regardless of how substantial it may or may not be.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…