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Ranking the big baddies of 'Gotham': 'Tonight's the Night'

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Rise of the Villains: Tonight’s the Night” | Aired Nov 9, 2015

Anyone can have a bad week—even the villains on Fox’s Gotham. Seven weeks in a row, the villains were rising to power and leaving the citizens of Gotham City trembling at their feet. Death, destruction, and a little showmanship was their bread and the butter; it was a fun sight to see. But not every journey can be easy and perfect. There are some bumps along the away, and these future Batman villains felt their fair share this week.

“Tonight’s the Night” showcases a few Gotham villains coming face-to-face with the moment they’ve been waiting for all season. Everything they’ve been planning (and dreaming of) could finally be accomplished. It’s their time to shine, their moment in the sun! Unfortunately, they can’t stop bad luck. Even the best of the best has to falter occasionally. Gotham isn’t going to make it too easy for these big baddies!

On this week’s Gotham, the standout Gotham (and Batman) villains from this week’s episode will be ranked for their villainous ways in Gotham City and their rise to power.

Let’s start at the bottom:


6. Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin)

Oswald is still reeling from his bloody experience last episode. He’s now hiding deep in the woods and trying to avoid capture from Theo Galavan and the Gotham City Police Department. While he does pop up as a sinister priest in Barbara’s nightmare, his contribution is only a dream (and doesn’t count in this list since it’s not real). When Edward Nygma finds him later in the episode, he’s essentially a shell of his former self—begging for help in a bloody shirt. Oswald has a lot of ground to catch up after his tumble down the villains’ tower.

5. Silver St. Cloud

Silver is taking the week off from his villain duties. After controlling much of the action last week, her role is simply being present when Bruce arrives to meet with her uncle. Although since her manipulation and control over Bruce didn’t work out in the end (he didn’t sign over Wayne Industries), her villain tactics are a failure … for now.

4. Theo Galavan

Like his niece, Silver, Theo’s manipulation of Bruce ultimately failed. His plans this week went up in smoke as everyone started coming to the realization that Theo couldn’t be trusted. First, Bruce decides at the last minute to not sign over his company in exchange for the name of the man who killed his parents. And then the GCPD arrests Theo for the kidnap and torture of the last Gotham City mayor. Theo’s hold over the others is slipping and he needs to find a way out of his new mess.


3. Edward Nygma (aka the Riddler)

Edward is cleaning up his mess from last week. After the Riddler (his psychotic inner voice) played a little game with the future Batman baddie, Edward plans to dispose of Kringle’s body deep in the woods. He’s ready to bury pieces of her away from prying eyes, until an innocent bystander surprises him at the worst moment. Edward Nygma kills the bystander and plans to bury him too. It isn’t until later that he finds his new potential.

While digging in the dirt, Edward notices someone has stolen some food from his picnic. He follows the trail of blood to a trailer, which reveals Oswald’s hiding spot. Oswald is in pain and needs some help from his new friend. But how will Edward help an injured Penguin?


2. Tabitha Galavan (aka Tigress)

Tabitha continues to play a backseat role to another villain’s plan. She only serves to assist others in getting the job done. This week, she’s helping Barbara in her mission to torment and potentially kill her former fiancé, James Gordon.

As Barbara is manipulating James for most of the episode, Tabitha orchestrates a truck to crash into the GCPD police car carrying James, Bullock, and Barbara. Tabitha and her assassin goons begin killing police officers before kidnapping a passed-out James Gordon. She offers the same help when the GCPD crash Barbara’s fake wedding at the chapel. But this time, Tabitha gets shot in the shoulder! This is the first time someone on Gotham has hit Tabitha, and it could be the first of many, so that isn’t a good sign.

Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) threatening James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) in a wedding dress

1. Barbara Kean

Barbara, for the most part, got everything she wanted in this episode. She left the comfort of Theo’s apartment to put her plan into action to get revenge against Lee and James. Everything she does helps her to manipulate her former fiancé and pull him into a trap he doesn’t expect. James is captured and brought to the wedding from hell.

The deranged bride (she’s wearing a wedding dress!) has planned everything for James to feel the mental and emotional guilt of abandoning her. She kidnapped the priest, found witnesses, took over the venue, tied up the groom, and is keeping her competition at bay—she’s thought of everything. While the GCPD does break up her “wedding” and she falls from the church window into critical condition, her manipulation has caused more harm than good.

Barbara created a wedge between James and Lee by orchestrating this event; Lee now knows James still loves Barbara, and he has a dark side that will always connect them together, even if he denies it. Barbara took a chance in her first solo outing as a villain, and she made a move that could play a bigger role later this season.

Which villains do you think are rising to the occasion? Share your thoughts below!

Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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