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Episode #04 - Double Talk
Original Airdate - November 22nd, 1997

Arnold Wesker, aka The Ventriloquist, is released from Arkham Asylum. Bruce Wayne gives him a job at Wayne Enterprises in order to help his old adversary get back on his feet. Unbeknown to Arnold, outside influences are forcing his old demon, Scarface back into his life.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Robert Goodman
Directed by Curt Geda
Music by Shirley Walker
Animation by Koko/Dong Yang

Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Tara Charendoff as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
George Dzundza as Ventriloquist/Scarface
Mel Winkler as Lucius Fox
Suzanne Stone as Dr. Joan Leland
Townsend Coleman as Mugsy
Earl Boen as Rhino
Patty Maloney as Mrs. Segar
Billy Barty as Hips McManus
Screen Grabs


VENTRILOQUIST: But you're gone! I'm cured!
SCARFACE: Cured? I ain't a case of the sniffles, Dummy! And I don't roll over just 'cause some quack waves a two-dollar watch at me! Nobody pulls my strings, Dummy. Especially not you!
SCARFACE: How long are you gonna stand there and stare? Gimmie a ballpark so I can plan my day.
BATGIRL: Tell me Bruce Wayne could voice activate that door.
BATMAN: He could if he were outside.
SCARFACE: When the muscle starts to think it's the brains, then it's time to amputate.

Review: While "Read My Lips" still reigns supreme as the best Ventriloquist / Scarface episode, this episode is an intreesting continuation of his story. There were some clever devices used in order to get Ventriloquist and Scarface back together, and it's interesting to watch this character struggle to reform. We don't get to see that a lot in this show.

Another plus was the animation. Fight scenes were smooth and the episode had a lot of nice little touches, my personal favorite, when Wesker is nervously looking around. His head was well drawn and most people have problems with drawing turning heads. There's a lot more freedom it feels like in the line work. Also, did anyone notice this cameo (see below)?

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