The World's Finest Presents
Episode #046 - Almost Got 'Im
Original Airdate - November 10th, 1992

While hiding out from the police, The Joker, The Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc gather at the criminals-only Stacked Deck Club to play cards and swap stories about their mutual nemesis. Each one has an 'Almost Got 'Im' story when it comes to trying to do in Batman. 

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Eric Radomski
Music Composed by Stuart V. Balcomb
Animation Services by Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
Adrienne Barbeau as Catwoman
Mark Hamill as The Joker
Aron Kincaid as Killer Croc
Richard Moll as TwoFace
Diane Pershing as Poison Ivy
Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn
Paul Williams as The Penguin

Screen Grabs


JOKER: I want a nice clean game, gentlemen.
PENGUIN: That'll be a first. So, I hear 'you-know-who' nailed the Mad Hatter last week.
JOKER: No kidding. He sure gets around for one guy.
TWO-FACE: Yeah, well that's where you're wrong. I don't think it is one guy.
CROC: Hun?
TWO-FACE: The way I figure it, Gordon's got a bunch of them stashed someplace like a SWAT team. He wants you to think it's one guy but. . .
JOKER: Eh. . . You're always seeing double.
PENGUIN: It's obvious our caped friend suffered some crime related drama when he was younger. Perhaps an over-anxious mother blew off a piece of his face.
JOKER: Sure! He could be all gross and disgusting under that mask! Uh, no offence, Harv.
TWO-FACE: Just deal.
CROC: Well, you know what I think?
JOKER: Not the robot theory again.
CROC: Well, he could be.
TWO-FACE: Poison Ivy.
IVY: It's been a long time, Harvey. You're still looking half-way decent.
TWO-FACE: Half of me wants to strangle ya.
IVY: And what does the other half want?
TWO-FACE: To hit ya with a truck.
IVY: We used to date.
PENGUIN: So what bring such a dainty dove to this dismal den?
IVY: Running from the law, and the Batman too, or course.
PENGUIN: Of course.
JOKER: Like-wise.
TWO-FACE: You got it.
CROC: Same here.
JOKER: I'd say ladies first, but since we don't have any. . . heh heh! We'll start with you, Pam.
TWO-FACE: You deserve a fifty-fifty chance. Here's the deal. The coin lands face down, you'll be squashed flat. It lands face up, it'll just break every bone in your body.
TWO-FACE: . . . And if it weren't for this blasted coin. . . I would have got him.
JOKER: Gee, that's to bad, Harv, but I guess you'll always come in second. Anybody else want to go?
CROC: ME! There I was, holed up in this quarry when Batman came nosing around. He was getting closer. . . Closer. . .
IVY: And--?
CROC: I threw a rock at him!
IVY: So, Harvey, when became of the giant penny?
CORC: It was a big rock. . .
TWO-FACE: They actually let him keep it!
PENGUIN: Welcome, my ebon-winged adversary! You have taken the bait as I knew you would. Now, prepare to meet your end within my aviary of doom!
IVY: Aviary of what?
JOKER: Yeesh, Pengers! How corny can you get?
PENGUIN: Bah! Just because you mundane miscreants have no drama in your souls! Anyway there he was in my av-- big bird house.
JOKER: I ran into my first guest last night while making a withdrawal from the bank.
JOKER: So, how's Robin?
JOKER: Oh, moving right along.
CROC: Hey, I don't get it. You just knocked out Catwoman and left her?
JOKER: Aww, c'mon, Crockers! Didn't I say there's more than one way to get someone? Even as I speak, Catwoman is being trussed at the Pussykins Petfood factory. First thing tomorrow I'm sending a lovely case of cat food to Batman. Ha ha ha!
CROC (in Batman's voice): I don't think so.
HARLEY: I had a kitty once! Y'know, they don't always land on their feet.

Review: A very funny and interesting episode. It was good to see that the first and only Batman 'clip' episode wasn't taken from old episodes like most cartoons and sitcoms do, but the clips were also new footage. It was well done! It was also nice to see the villains together at once, and on a social setting. It was very funny, especially the Croc bashing, and two-Face and Ivy meeting again after their break-up as Harvey and Pamela.

The animation was good, with the traditional forms used, not too chunky, not to out of proportion. Batman had some nice cape effects too, especially in the Penguin clip when Batman is swatting at the hummingbirds with his cape.

Part of the Joker story was recycled from some other old TV show that I saw once (the laughing at the phone book thing) but it was still a funny moment none the less. It was also a nice touch that the whole telling stories aspect was to achieve an ultimate goal - to save Catwoman. Croc (Batman) started the story telling by getting the gang going, and it was a smart way to have a clip episode begin and end.

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