Episode #022 - Joker's Favor
Original Airdate - September 11th, 1992
Charlie Collins, a nondescript accountant, accidentally runs afoul of
the Joker. Pleading for his life, the run-of-the-mill every man promises
the Joker anything, if he will only let him go. Joker makes Charlie
promise to do him a favor. The favor: Charlie must distract the Batman
while the Joker infiltrates a testimonial dinner for Commissioner Gordon
to plant a bomb.
Media by Bird Boy
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Boyd Kirkland
Music by Shirley Walker
Animation Services by Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.
Layout Services by NOA Animation
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Robert Costanzo as Detective Harvey Bullock
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth
Ed Begley Jr. as Charlie Collins
Mark Hamill as The Joker
Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn
JOKER: O-Kay, Chaz. When Harley knocks on the door three times
you open it.
CHARLIE: And. . . ?
JOKER: That's it.
CHARLIE: Wait. . . That's the favor? You called me here just to open a
JOKER: Well, look at the size of that cake, man! She can't open the door
and push it in all by herself! Think!
HARLEY: (clears throat) Here's to Gotham's Commissioner G. You lock up
the weirdos, the crooks and the geeks. You're a hero to all the boys in
blue, but this time, baby, the joke's on you.
JOKER: Ye-es! Another stunning Joker entrance leaves the crowd
speechless! Let's hear it for him, folks!
HARLEY: Yeah! Woo woo woo woo woo! Yeah! Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop!
Gee, tough audience.
JOKER: Comm-m-m-m-m-missioner! I'm here to present you with a small
token of affection from me and all the guys doing 25 to life!
Harley affixes a bomb to the Commissioner. She kisses him on each cheek
JOKER: Wear it in good health, all remaining 59 seconds of it! Toodles!
JOKER: Guess I'll need a new hobby now that ol' Charlie's. . .
Joker makes a cutting throat gesture with his hand.
HARLEY: Macrame's nice.
Review: Not the greatest of
Joker episodes, but it has it's moments. The best moment is when Joker
makes his 'grand entrance' out of the cake and into the club. It seems
fitting for the Joker's warped insanity.
The fight in the 'temple' at the end seemed tacked on, something just to
throw some action into an otherwise fight-less episode.
Animation wise, there was some awkward moments. Most items were a bit
off, especially when something was going into, or coming out of, the
distance. Joker's face was incorrect at times and seemed too clownish
with too many wrinkles.
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