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The Anvil or the Hammer 

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The Ogre breaks down Barbara's emotions, while Gordon and Bullock track him down. Meanwhile, Penguin leads a massacre, beginning an epic war, while Bruce learns the truth about Wayne Enterprises and Nygma deals with his recent actions.

Director:

Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)

Writers:

Bruno Heller (developed by), Jordan Harper
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben McKenzie ... James Gordon
Donal Logue ... Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz ... Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara ... Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee ... Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor ... Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
Erin Richards ... Barbara Kean
Camren ... Selina Kyle (as Camren Bicondova) (credit only)
Cory Michael Smith ... Edward Nygma
Victoria Cartagena ... Renee Montoya (credit only)
Andrew Stewart-Jones ... Crispus Allen (credit only)
John Doman ... Carmine Falcone
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Fish Mooney (credit only)
David Zayas ... Sal Maroni
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jason Lennon / The Ogre
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The Ogre breaks down Barbara's emotions, while Gordon and Bullock go to great lengths to track him down. Meanwhile, Penguin leads a massacre, beginning an epic war, while Bruce learns the truth about Wayne Enterprises and Nygma deals with his recent actions. Written by http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20150408fox01/

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The episode title "The Anvil or the Hammer" might refer to the book Venus in Pelt by Leopold Sacher-Masoch (namesake of masochism), in which it is said that in a sexual relationship "...one can only be the anvil OR the hammer, but never both..." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jason Lennon: Morning. How'd you sleep?
Barbara Kean: The hour we slept? Great.
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O Marenariello
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Performed by The Stockbridge Strings Orchestra
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Finally, the tedious nightmare is over
25 May 2015 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I've found Gotham to be very hit or miss, and episode 19 was, for me, a definite miss. I am not a fan of serial killers shows, which revel in making the audience watch nice people suffer (while Gotham always has people suffer, they're often not that nice, which makes it less disturbing). And the setup required Jim to be an idiot, neither recognizing an obvious set up nor thinking of a recent loved one. I hate it when supposedly intelligent characters totally miss things that I realize instantly.

It was terrible, but hey, it's just one episode, right? But it wasn't. It continued in episode 20. And then, finally, concluded in episode 21. The worst episode plot of the entire first seasons was extended for three lousy episodes. (And the most interesting subplot from 19 was simply dropped for the next two episodes.)

At its best, Gotham is great, but it's only at its best may half the time, and experiences like the last three episodes make me think that sooner or later I'm going to have to stop watching this show.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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