The World's Finest Presents
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. 

Note: This episode contains the first ever appearance of Harley Quinn.

Media by Bird Boy, Jim Harvey
Review by Robin III
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


Screen Grabs


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 door?
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 in congratulations.
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.
JOKER: thwppt!
HARLEY: Macrame's nice.

Review: Such a great episode from top to bottom. A twisted Joker tale, and a smart one, too. 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.

I'm going to really nitpick here because there is not much that's bad with the episode save for the acceptable animation. The fight in the 'temple' at the end seemed tacked on, something just to throw some action into an otherwise fight-less episode.

The animation problems made a few things seem 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. Just not the best quality sadly but still a great episode.

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