Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow



Critic Consensus: Gotham gives Jim Gordon some much-needed depth in "A Bitter Pill to Swallow," although the surrounding stories are less cohesive.

Episode Info

Gordon comes face-to-face with a dangerous hit man while he and Barnes continue to cleanup Gotham; Nygma and Penguin cross paths; and Bruce pressures Galavan to hand over the name of his parents' murderer.


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
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Natalie Alyn Lind
as Silver St. Cloud
Jon Sklaroff
as Billy Boy
Raul Castillo
as Eduardo Flamingo
Ron Rifkin
as Father Creel
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

So two steps forward character-wise, but one step back in terms of story. That final scene had exactly the opposite amount of impact it needed to introduce these hooded men as the new big threat.

Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…

I came away from the ninth episode of this particularly violent second season feeling like mutliple characters had died and/or been injured in a variety of gruesome ways, but that Gotham didn't have anything particularly interesting to say about it.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The grab-bag of characters, settings, and visuals feels somewhat scattered and haphazard.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

"A Bitter Pill to Swallow" isn't dull, then, as much as it is pointless.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The "Rise of the Villains" just keeps on coming on this week's Gotham, which finally begins to build towards the epic partnership fans have been hoping for since season 1.

Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Aside from the Bruce being "grounded" story, this week's "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" was really, and violently, eventful.

Nov 17, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

On Monday's episode of Gotham, "Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow," we saw just how much potential for darkness James Gordon truly has inside of him - and just how hard he'll have to work to keep it from coming out.

Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…

"A Bitter Pill To Swallow" still feels like a disparate collection of stories in search of a center.

Nov 17, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This episode was everything 'Gotham' could and should be wound in a tightly paced, well-acted, action-packed outing.

Nov 17, 2015 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

Two weeks from the fall finale and Gotham finds itself in what can be cautiously referred to as a groove.

Nov 17, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…