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Ranking the big baddies of 'Gotham': 'A Bitter Pill to Swallow'

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow” | Aired Nov 16, 2015

The Gotham villains are getting back into the game. It may have taken a week to recoup their losses and suffer failure at the hands of James Gordon, but they’re giving it another try to come back stronger than ever. Prison, infection, and serious injuries won’t keep these big baddies down! They’re Gotham’s finest, and many of them have a bone to pick with the Gotham City Police Department. This war isn’t going to end until someone is on top. But who will it be?

As with previous Gotham features, like last week’s edition, the standout Gotham (and Batman) villains from this episode will be ranked for their villainous ways in Gotham City, the diabolical moves they make, and their rise to power.

Let’s start with the worst:


9. Barbara Kean
Barbara is still recuperating from her fight with James Gordon on last week’s episode. She’s in a coma after falling from the church window—she’s lucky to be alive! The doctors aren’t sure if she’ll ever wake up from her slumber, and until she recovers to be in tip-top shape, she’s out of the running to be Gotham City’s next top villain.

8. Theo Galavan
Theo is sitting pretty in Blackgate Prison. After his capture last week, he’s been left to sit behind bars as the other villains continue their rise up the ranks. Even with his threats to his sister and idle promises, all Theo can do now is watch and wait.

7. Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman)
Selina only appeared in the episode for a few short moments, and once again, the future cat burglar is joining the side of good. She has proof to show Bruce that Silver cannot be trusted. It seems her friendship (maybe it’s more of a mutual crush?) with the future Dark Knight is more important at the moment.

6. Silver St. Cloud
The other woman in Bruce’s life isn’t making things easy for him either. Bruce wants to learn the identity of his parents’ killer, and he thinks Silver will be the one to tell him. She tries to manipulate him into coming back to find her, but Alfred puts a stop to her ways. He can now see through her act and knows she can’t be trusted. She is a Galavan, after all.


5. Penthouse Assassins and the Lady
In the world of Fox’s Gotham, it takes an army of assassins to kill the likes of James Gordon. After Tabitha orders the hit on the future GCPD Commissioner, James has to endure brutal fights and avoid gunshots to survive the night. He subdues the man with the piano wire in the elevator and helps to kill the three assassins shooting in the penthouse—they do get a few attacks in and kill one of the strike-force team members. However, even with these four assassins dead, there’s still plenty more where they came from, and the Lady will be waiting.

4. Tabitha Galavan (aka Tigress)
Revenge has an interesting way of causing chaos. Tabitha is still recuperating after getting shot in the shoulder by James Gordon, but she isn’t going to let that stop her. She enlists the help of the Lady to assassinate James and complete the job she couldn’t finish. While her plans didn’t work and Theo forces her to stop, Tabitha still has a burning rage that could prove dangerous in future episodes.

Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) waking up delirious in Edward

3. Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin)
Many of the Gotham villains this week are resting from last week’s episode. Oswald is suffering from dehydration after getting shot two episodes ago. Edward Nygma finds him and brings him back to his apartment to rest and recharge, but Oswald is down in the dumps after his mother was killed. Edward isn’t going to let that stop a dangerous criminal like the Penguin from giving up completely. It takes a few inspirational chats to bring Oswald back into the right state of mind, and now he has an ally to double their destruction. The Penguin is back!


2. Eduardo Flamingo (aka Flamingo)
The newest villain on the block is also the strangest. Eduardo Flamingo is one of the best assassins in Gotham City, but what makes him truly strange is this: He likes to eat the faces of his kills. Eduardo is barely finished killing another target when he is brought in to assassinate James after the others have failed. He murders four GCPD police offers before being stopped by James in a bloody fistfight. Eduardo, however, has the last laugh! He kills the final member of the strike force while being brought into the GCPD for his arrest and questioning.

1. Edward Nygma (aka the Riddler)
Edward has grown so much in his villain career since the beginning of the season. He took some time off to enjoy a love life with Ms. Kringle and experience normalcy, but that happiness couldn’t last forever. He loves the danger of the dark side, and he wants Oswald to show him the ropes to become the best baddie he can be.

The future Riddler shows strength and determination to force a power enemy like Oswald to stick around and rest. He kidnaps an associate of Theo’s so that Penguin can have someone to kill to let out his frustration. Edward isn’t holding back anymore; he’s embracing his dark side for all the joys it can bring him, and that’s why Edward Nygma is in the top spot for this week.

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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