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Episode #052 - Mudslide
Original Airdate - September 15th, 1993

Clayface is falling apart -- literally. His clay like body is virtually disintegrating. Fortunately, a woman scientist he knew from his movie star days is working on a remedy. However, Hagen is forced to steal money to pay for the expensive components of the remedy. 

Screens by Bleu Unicorn
Pans by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Credits
Story by Alan Burnett
Teleplay by Steve Perry
Directed by Eric Radomski
Music Composed by Shirley Walker
Animation by Studio Junio

Voices
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Rob Clotworthy as Billy
Pat Musick as Stella Bates
Ron Perlman as Clayface
Marcia Wallace as Fiancée

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Pans



Quotes
BATMAN: Looks like a slow night, Alfred. When I'm finished patrolling this area I'm heading home.
ALFRED: Excellent timing, Masted Bruce. I've just taken dinner out of the oven.
A SILENT ALARM LIGHT FLASHES ON THE BATMOBILE'S CONSOLE.
BATMAN: Looks like trouble at Tarnower Financial, Alfred. I won't be home early after all.
ALFRED: Please don't take this the wrong way, sir, but your goose it cooked.
ALFRED TURNS TO THE TURKEY STEAMING ON THE SIDE OF THE OVEN.
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BATMAN: It seems that Clayface is losing his integrity.
ALFRED: I wasn't aware that he ever had any to begin with.
BATMAN: I'm speaking in a physiological sense, Alfred.
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CLAYFACE: You cured more than my body, you cured my heart.
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CLAYFACE: That's it, run! Run for your measly lives! Run from Clayface!
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BATMAN: No time to explain now, Alfred!
ALFRED: There never is.
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CLAYFACE: Think, Stella! Do you want Matt Hagen, or this!
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STELLA: Matthew! Get back inside! You're absorbing the rain! Matthew! MATTHEW!
CLAYFACE: NO! We finish this now!
BATMAN AND CLAYFACE PLUMMET OVER THE SIDE OF THE ROCKY LEDGE.


Review: This was a mediocre episode during the actual plot, but the finale itself made it one of the most memorable episodes of all time. It was brilliantly scripted, animated and had a wonderfully emotional rendition of Clayface's theme music.

The overall animation was not too detailed or smooth like Robin's Reckoning or Heart Of Ice, but it was well done in that it stayed true to the simplistic style of the series. Batman looked great at all times and Clayface's slower, sloppier moves were captured from the moment he first appeared.

Personally, I feel the story of Clayface should have ended in this episode. Growing Pains was a great follow-up, but the dramatic death scene in this episode is sort of lost knowing that the character survives.

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