The World's Finest Presents
Episode #024 - Fear of Victory
Original Airdate - September 29th, 1992

The Scarecrow has come up with a fear chemical that is triggered by the release of adrenaline. He uses the chemical on Gotham's greatest athletes, then bets against them to rake in the winnings. Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Robin, learns about this scheme, but while trying to help Batman track down the Scarecrow, Robin is infected by the chemical and becomes stricken senseless with fear.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Credits
Written by Samuel Warren Joseph
Directed by Dick Sebast
Supervising Composer Shirley Walker
Music Composed by Lisa Bloom, Carlos Rodriguez
Animation Services by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., LTD.

Voices
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Mark Hamill as The Joker
Loren Lester as Robin / Dick Grayson
Brian Mitchell as Brian Rogers
Chuck Moshontz as Boseman
Henry Polick as Scarecrow
Tim Curry as Additional Voice
Laurie Johnson as Additional Voice
Tom Williams as Additional Voice

Screen Grabs







Pans


Quotes
BATMAN SWINGS THROUGH AN APARTMENT WINDOW. A WOMAN TENANT IS STARTLET AT THE INTRUDER.
WOMAN: Oh my!
BATMAN STANDS UP AND GATHERS HIS BEARINGS. THE WOMAN IS NOW IMPRESSED BY WHO HAS ENTERED HER APARTMENT.
WOMAN: Oh! My. . .
BATMAN OPENS THE FRONT DOOR, TURNS, GIVES THE WOMAN A SMALL GRIN AND IS ON HIS WAY.
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COOK: This is for Jonathan Crane.
ORDERLY: I got it! Hey, corn on the cob! A scarecrow's gotta love that. Heh heh heh!
THE COOK WALKS AWAY AS THE ORDERLY DUMPS THE FOOD IN THE TRASH.
BATMAN (from shadows): Has Professor Crane lost his appetite?
BATMAN STEPS OUT OF THE SHADOWS, ROBIN FOLLOWS.
ORDERLY: You're not supposed to be here!
BATMAN: But the Scarecrow is.
ORDERLY: What-- What do you mean? He's in his cell.
BATMAN: I'd like to make sure of that.
ORDERLY: Take my word, I-- I just saw him five minutes ago.
BATMAN: Then you won't mind if I pay him a visit.
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JOKER: The child is familiar, but I'm blanking on the face!
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SCARECROW (disguised): Lost? You have that bewildered look but your sort always does.
THUG: I ain't lost. I'm lookin' for you! I wanna know how come you always win, Mr. Lucky.
SCARECROW (disguised): It's quite simple, actually. I fix the games.
THUG: You can't fix all those sports, nobody can!
SCARECROW (disguised): Oh, he of little brains, allow me to illustrate. Here, you can read, can't you?
SCARECROW HANDS THE THUG AN ENVELOPE. THE THUG OPENS IT AND LOOKS AT THE TELEGRAM WITHIN. HE READS IT ALOUD.
THUG: "Boo!" Hey, is this some kinda joke?
SCARECROW: It's no joke, I assure you. It's the fear of victory and the agony of--
THE THUG PULLS SCARECROW OUT OF THE SHADOWS TO SEE HIS TRUE FACE.
SCARECROW: The Scarecrow!
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ROBIN: I learned to walk on a high wire and now I can't stand on a step stool without freaking!
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BATMAN: Get in, I'll drive real slow.
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THE BOY KNOCKS ON THE DRESSING ROOM DOOR.
MESSENGER BOY: Telegram for Mitch Noel.
BATMAN OPENS THE DOOR AND GRABS THE BOY BY THE ARM.
MESSENGER BOY: What?! What's wrong?! All I did was double park! I'll move it! I swear!
BATMAN LETS GO OF THE BOY AND GROWLS. THE BOY TAKES OFF DOWN THE HALL.
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BATMAN: Change of luck, Scarecrow? You're aware that gambling is illegal in Gotham?
SCARECROW: I need the money, Batman!
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BRUCE: Looks like your friend is back on track again.
DICK: Yeah, I can't wait to congratulate him!
BRUCE: You could always send a telegram.
 

Review: Yet another great Scarecrow episode, but this one had better animation to match. The idea of the Scarecrow's plot was great, along with the whole Mr. Lucky idea instead of Scarecrow betting on these things. Robin's panic attacks were well handled also, especially when he was clutching to the side of the building.

There was a great fight scene at the end too, more realistic than others with Batman and Scarecrow fighting on a catwalk above the stadium. It was also funny to hear the Football announcer making calls and comments on the game's plays that corresponded with the plays of Batman, Robin and Scarecrow.

The appearance of Joker was great too, since it added to the humiliation of Batman at the Asylum when he discovers that Scarecrow is no longer a resident. The laughter echoing throughout the halls was a great touch. Another great sound touch was the "Psycho" theme used when Brian Rogers has his attack on the field.

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