Review – Gotham “A Bitter Pill to Swallow”

Hello everyone! Megan_Highwind here with my thoughts on this week’s episode of Gotham. The show this week focused a lot on Gordon and his troubles with keeping alive, Ed Nygma and Penguin’s blooming? partnership, and Bruce being an obsessed teenager.


To start, Jim Gordon and Barnes are trying to find any evidence they can regarding Galavan and his plot to take over Gotham. While they are investigating the scene, Tabitha has taken it into her own hands to hire a hitman to take Gordon out for hurting Barbara. All kinds of different assassins try to take Gordon out, but he is able to fend them off with the help of Barnes and the other offices. Unfortunately for Barnes, one of the assassins critically injures him by cutting him in the leg where he immediately begins gushing blood. As soon as reinforcements arrive to try to help the pair Eduardo Flamingo, a serial killer and cannibal, arrives and kills the reinforcements. Gordon decides to take matters into his own hands and goes down to try and arrest Eduardo. Gordon is forced to stop himself from killing the maniac when he realizes that he is losing himself like both Barbara and Lee pointed out last episode.

During all of the above, Ed Nygma has brought Penguin to his home to recover from the terrible condition that Ed found Penguin in in the woods. Ed tries to help Penguin recover from the death of his mother so that the two can work together to take back Gotham. After a while of convincing and a celebratory murder, Ed and Penguin seem to be on the road to becoming major power players on the villain side once again later in the season.

Finally, Bruce’s obsession with finding out what happened to his parents comes to a head when he invites Silver over to try to get some information out of her. Luckily for Bruce, Alfred knows that Galavan is not to be trusted, no matter what Silver says, and sends her away. Bruce makes multiple attempts to leave the manor in order to track down any of the information that Galavan may have had. During one of Bruce’s attempts to sneak out of the manor he is stopped by Selina who lets him know that she has proof that Silver is not who she claims to be.

Overall, this was one of the better episodes of the latter half of the season to me. I liked the variation of the killers trying to come and get rid of Gordon and getting to see Gordon really giving into and then coming back from the dark side of himself is something I really liked seeing. Besides that, I am enjoying the interactions between Ed and Penguin. The characters themselves are so totally different that seeing them finally come together over something so twisted was enjoyable. Things between Bruce and Alfred have been pretty tense as of late, so with the information that Selina is going to share with Bruce, I wonder if it will help Bruce stop chasing after information that may or may not actually exist.


 -Catch Fox’s Gotham on Mondays at 8/7c!

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