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Episode #061 - Shadow of the Bat: Part 2
Original Airdate - September 14th, 1993

Robin discovers that Gil Mason is in league with the underworld and goes to investigate him. He encounters Batgirl along the way, and go their separate ways to stop Mason. They then meet again to learn that Gil is working with Two-Face to take out Gordon, and have Batman (as Matches Malone) captured. 

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Brynne Stephens
Directed by Frank Paur
Music by Harvey R. Cohen
Animation Services by Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
Robert Costanzo as Detective Bullock
Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Greg Burson as Mad Dog
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Melissa Gilbert as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
Loren Lester as Robin
Tim Matheson as Gil Mason
Richard Moll as Two-Face

Screen Grabs


ALFRED: Where will you start?
ROBIN: With Gil Mason. The videotape clearly shows that he ducked before those shots were fired. If he knew that he was going to be shot at, he probably knows a lot more about what's going on.
ALFRED: Then he may know more then he's letting on about Commissioner Gordon's unfortunate situation.
ROBIN: I hope so, Alfred, because if this lead fizzles, then I'm fresh out of ideas.
ROBIN: Under other circumstances this could be fun, but I have a job to do!
BATGIRL: What's he saying?
BATGIRL: Nice guy, but a few bats short of a belfry.
TWO-FACE: Don't get wise with me, Mason! Remember who got you set up as Gordon's assistant?
GIL: Right, Harvey, right.
TWO-FACE: Don't call me that! It's Two-Face to you, pretty boy!
BATMAN (as Matches): Robin, look out!
TWO-FACE: Robin? If he's "Robin", that make you--
BATMAN (as Matches): Robin! I see you brought a date?
ROBIN: Me? I thought she was with you! She's got your taste in clothes! Speaking of which. . .
BATGIRL: Yes! Am I glad to see you!
BATMAN (as Matches): Do you mind?
BATMAN: I don't know who you are or why you're doing this but let's get one thing straight: It takes more than a costume and an attitude to do this work.
GORDON: If I ever get re-instated, Bullock, remind me to do something about the food in here.
BULLOCK: Get some keys down here! Never a blasted cop when you need one!
ROBIN: Think she made it?
BATMAN: I hope so.
ROBIN: Think we'll make it?
ROBIN: Subways are getting more dangerous everyday! You think they got the Commissioner by now.
BATMAN: Most likely. We've got to get to Bayshore wharf.
ROBIN: Glad it's not far, I hate wet shoes!
GORDON: You're sick, Gil! A lot sicker than him! At least I can see his bad half!
GORDON: That's a first: A coin flips Two-Face!
SUMMER: And what of the mysterious Batgirl? Who is she and where has she vanished to? Any thoughts.
GORDON: As far as I'm concerned, she's as welcome in Gotham City as the Batman.
DICK: How do you think Batman will feel about that?
BRUCE: I suppose there's always room for one more. And I have a feeling we'll see her again.
BARBARA: I wouldn't be at all surprised.

Review: A well done conclusion to this two-parter with Batman and Robin finally teaming with Batgirl. Her involvement was not really needed, but it was a great introduction to the character. Most feel that three heroes is way too much, but the dialogue and situations with the three made it better than just Batman and Robin alone.

The animation was a notch better than last episode, but still not the greatest. There are some nice shots of Robin watching Mason, Batgirl appearing behind a subway, and Two-Face threatening Mason. They were well shaded, but this still won't make up for Batgirl / Barbara's miss-proportions.

In this episode, Two-Face was made out to be more of a gangster, which was great to see especially with the small portion of gangster fighting music during the subway station Tommy-gun fight. The music also paid small homage to the 1960's theme when Batman starts up the subway car which was nice to hear.

NOTE: Make 'Em Laugh occurs between Shadow of the Bat part 1 and part 2 because Robin is reading a news paper with Gordon's rally as the leading article. Strangely enough, Make 'Em Laugh episode #83 and does not occur in order.

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