Batman: TAS Episode Guide Jun 4, 2007 5:21:39 GMT -5
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Batman: the Animated Series Episode Guide
<Our Batman: The Animated Series Episode Guide is listed by actual tv air-date. The number next to each title is the production number. Tv shows are rarely aired in the order in which they are produced>
513- THE CAT AND THE CLAW (PART 1)
The Catwoman steals a valuable necklace to fund the purchase of land for a mountain lion preserve. In the course of her escape she encounters Batman, and finds herself undeniably attracted to him. Afterward, Bruce Wayne dates Selina Kyle, Catwoman's alter ego, and finds himself undeniably attracted to her. In the midst of these budding romances, Selina/Catwoman learns that the land she wants has been snatched up by a mysterious cartel, although the cartel's reasons for buying it don't make sense. After infiltrating the cartel's headquarters, Catwoman discovers evidence of a military facility inside a mountain on the land in question. As it turns out, the cartel is fronting for an international terrorist group headed by the Red Claw, a mysterious woman terrorist. The group will be using the land for a staging area. Batman learns that Catwoman is getting in over her head, although she's not aware of it. (See show 516 for Part Two)
516- THE CAT AND THE CLAW (PART 2)
The terrorists put their plans into motion, stealing a virulent strain of plague which they use to hold the city for ransom. Meanwhile Catwoman infiltrates the terrorists' under mountain headquarters, not realizing what she's getting into. When Batman follows her there, they're both captured, trussed up, and left to die as victims of the viral plague. However, by working as a team, not only do they destroy the plague before it can do any harm, they also prevent the terrorists from fleeing the area before the authorities arrive. Unfortunately, despite Catwoman's assistance, Batman is compelled to turn her over to the police. Though he's grown quite fond of Selina, she is a thief and the law is the law.
501- ON LEATHER WINGS
When a horrifying bat creature terrorizes Gotham City, the authorities conclude it must be Batman and put out an all-points bulletin on the Dark Knight. Meanwhile, Batman's investigation leads him to the laboratory of Kirk Langstrom, a prominent zoologist, who has been experimenting with a formula that turns him into the ManBat creature. Not only does Batman have to capture Man-Bat in order to save Langstrom, but also to set the police straight and clear his name.
514- HEART OF ICE
Brilliant cryogenics expert Dr. Victor Fries was hard at work on a freezing process to save his wife's life when the heartless corporation underwriting the project pulled the plug, literally. The freezing chamber exploded, destroying the doctor's wife and transforming Fries himself permanently into a pathetic creature only able to survive in sub-zero temperatures. He returns a year later as Mr. Freeze, thirsting for revenge against the sleazy CEO who destroyed his life. Batman's sympathy is with Freeze, but first he has to stop him from committing murder by destroying a building filled with innocent people in order to carry out his vendetta.
520- FEAT OF CLAY (PART 1)
Matt Hagen, a popular actor renowned for his 'Man of a Thousand Faces' ability to play any part, has a terrible secret -- he's addicted to a strange chemical formula developed by Roland Daggett's labs. This chemical gives him the ability to alter his facial features without makeup, keeping his matinee idol looks so that his public doesn't know he was horribly disfigured in an accident years ago. But in return for the stuff, Daggett has him play 'roles" that aren't entirely legal. Hagen is Daggett's puppet, and resents it mightily. When Daggett has Hagen impersonate Bruce Wayne in order to obtain documents from Lucius Fox, Wayne's right hand man, a chain of events is started that results in Fox being wounded and Bruce Wayne arrested for assault. Hagen, attempting to break free from Daggett's control, is seized by Daggett's henchman and force-fed a large amount of the chemical enough to completely alter his genetic structure and turn him into Clayface an amorphous figure who can re-form his body into anything he wants. Part I ends with Wayne in jail and Clayface out for vengeance on Daggett. (See show 521 for Part Two)
521- FEAT OF CLAY (PART 2)
Clayface learns that Daggett is going to appear on TV to hype his new product, the same chemical that was his downfall, as a skin conditioner. After a skirmish with Batman in Lucius Fox's hospital room, Clayface takes the disguise of a woman and joins the audience of Summer Gleeson's show. Batman is there, however, and a free-for-all in the Galaxy Broadcasting Building results. Batman eventually defeats Clayface by zapping him with an electric current. Clayface supposedly 'dies' -- however subsequent experiments in the Batcave with a fragment of Clayface's clay-like substance shows that electricity has no effect on it. Clayface was first and foremost an actor, after all -- and his death scene was played so convincingly that it fooled even Batman.
511- IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
An aging mob boss, Arnold Stromwell, is about to be rubbed out by a rival boss, Rupert Thorne. Batman saves Stromwell from Thorne's men and keeps the crime boss one step ahead of his enemies. In the process, Stromwell learns his drug dealings have caused his son to end up in a drug rehab center. By the end of the evening, after a reunion with his brother, a priest, and an emotion-wrenching recollection from their childhood, Stromwell turns state's evidence and vows to make amends.
522- JOKER'S FAVOR
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. The notion amuses the Joker, who makes Charlie promise to do him a favor. If Charlie refuses, his family will fall prey to the Joker's thugs. The favor: Charlie must distract the Batman while the Joker infiltrates a testimonial dinner for Commissioner Gordon to plant a bomb. But the worm turns when Charlie decides he's had enough and takes on the Joker man to man.
505- PRETTY POISON
D.A. Harvey Dent becomes romantically involved with a mystery woman named Pamela Isley. When Dent is poisoned after a dinner date, Batman investigates and makes the horrifying discovery that the poison was administered through Pamela's lipstick. He tracks the woman down and discovers that she is really Poison Ivy, a plant-crazed villainess who harbors a secret vendetta against the D.A. Batman ends up in Poison Ivy' s lethal greenhouse, fighting for the life of his best friend, as well as his own.
503- NOTHING TO FEAR
A horrifying villain, who goes by the name of Scarecrow, is spreading fear gas and wreaking havoc on Gotham State University. Batman investigates to discover that the culprit is really Professor Jonathan Crane, who was kicked out of the university years ago for conducting fear experiments and has returned as Scarecrow to get revenge. Under the influence of a treacherous fear gas, Batman must fight this wily strawman and his worst fear at the same time.
509- BE A CLOWN
Mayor Hill's son feels overlooked and unloved when his father throws him an elaborate birthday party that is more a political media event than a real celebration. Meanwhile, the Joker infiltrates the party dressed as a clown in order to plant a bomb. The Mayor's son, a budding magician, becomes so enamored of the clown's tricks that he steals away in the clown's truck when the Joker leaves. When Batman tracks down the Joker to a closed amusement park, the wily villain plays on the kid's naiveté and uses him to trap the Batman. In the end, Batman saves himself and the boy, and defeats the Joker atop a runaway roller coaster. Sadder, but wiser, the boy returns to his father, who now realizes how neglectful he was of his son's feelings.
526- APPOINTMENT IN CRIME ALLEY
Every year at the same time, Batman makes a pilgrimage to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins, the woman who took care of the young Bruce Wayne after his parents were brutally murdered in Park Row. But this time a series of dangerous distractions keeps the Batman occupied, causing him to miss his appointment. This is. too bad, because Roland Daggett, a ruthless land developer and entrepreneur, has hired arsonists to make sure that the part of Park Row called Crime Alley goes up in flames to make way for his new condo development. And Dr. Thompkins is taken prisoner by the arsonists when she stumbles across their plans. Unless Batman can reach Crime Alley in time, the buildings -- and Dr. Thompkins -- will go up in smoke.
When Bullock botches a sting operation, he and the other officers involved, Montoya and rookie Wilkes, are questioned by Internal Affairs. Bullock's face saving story is so at odds with the other testimony that the I.A. investigator believes no one and suspends them all, pending further investigation. Eager to clear her name, Montoya follows up on some clues which lead her to the location of the gangsters they were after during the sting. With Batman's help she cracks the case and exonerates everyone involved, teaching Bullock a thing or two about the importance of teamwork.
525- THE CLOCK KING
Temple Fugate, a maniacally punctilious man whose life and business are ruled by the clock, is persuaded by then-attorney, Hamilton Hill, to shatter precedent and deviate fifteen minutes from his rigid, self-imposed schedule. Chaos for Fugate results as a result of this, culminating in a court case going against Fugate and for Hill's firm. Fugate is financially ruined, and swears revenge on Hill. Five years later, after Hill becomes Mayor, strange things begin happening in Gotham, all having to do with time. Synchronized traffic lights go awry, subway trains collide, etc. These disasters are a result of Fugate (who now calls himself the Clock King) attempting to discredit Mayor Hill. He finally kidnaps Hill and ties him to the minute hand of the Gotham Clock Tower. Unless Batman can rescue him, when the clock strikes midnight Hill will be crushed.
504- THE LAST LAUGH
The Joker employs a lethal mind altering laughing gas to transform the citizens of Gotham into total fools. If Batman doesn't stop the Clown Prince of crime, everyone will soon go totally mad, including his friend and butler, Alfred.
529- ETERNAL YOUTH
A health spa which advertises a 'back to nature' rejuvenating potion lures Alfred and his friend, Maggie Paige, there. It is in fact being run by Poison Ivy, who is using a new form of chlorophyll to turn people into trees. Batman investigates, and is nearly transformed into a tree himself, before he finally stops Poison Ivy.
510- TWO FACE (PART 1)
District Attorney Harvey Dent is hiding a deep dark secret, even from his best friend Bruce Wayne. He has a second personality, that of Big Bad Harv, a hard nosed gangster. When crime boss Rupert Thorne learns of Dent's sickness, he tries to blackmail him. Unfortunately, Dent's "bad" side comes to the fore, and he physically attacks Thorne and his men just as Batman arrives on the scene. In the ensuing melee, a chemical explosion sends Dent to the hospital. When Dent's bandages are removed, the left side of his face is scarred and deformed, and his second personality becomes dominant. As the crazed Dent races from the hospital, we are informed the story is TO BE CONTINUED. (See show 517 -- Two-Face, part Two)
517- TWO FACE (PART 2)
Two Face begins an aggressive campaign against his hated rival, Rupert Thorne, who puts out a two-million dollar contract an him. Since Two Face used to be Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne's best friend, Batman wants to find him before Thorne does. Thorne's people snare Two Face first by using his former fiancee, Grace, as bait. Just as Thorne is about to rub him out, Batman intervenes, allowing Two Face to get the drop on Thorne. When Two Face flips his coin to decide how he's going to get rid of Thorne, Batman tips over a box of silver dollars, burying the coin and throwing Two Face into a frenzy of uncertainty -- he can't make up his mind without his precious coin. Thus subdued, Two Face is accompanied to the prison hospital by Grace, who hopes to help him recover from his tormented mental state.
524- FEAR OF VICTORY
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 after his college roommate, a football star, inexplicably becomes terrified during a game. While trying to help Batman track down the Scarecrow, Robin is infected by the chemical and becomes stricken senseless with fear every time his adrenaline pumps. In the end, Robin is placed in a position in which he must overcome this overwhelming fear in order to prevent Scarecrow from spilling his formula over a stadium filled with spectators.
512- I'VE GOT BATMAN IN MY BASEMENT
While attempting to regain a stolen Faberge Egg from the Penguin, Batman is sprayed with nerve gas by the fowl fellow. Our unconscious hero is rescued by a 12-year-old aspiring detective who hides him in his basement. It's up to the precocious kid to figure out how to revive the comatose crime fighter before the Penguin finds him.
Detective Harvey Bullock is framed for suspected murder and goes to jail. Batman, though he has no great love for Bullock, thinks he's innocent. His investigation reveals that the real criminal is Killer Croc, a mutant hit man who wants revenge on Bullock because Bullock sent him to jail years ago.
519- PROPHECY OF DOOM
Bruce Wayne becomes concerned when some of his richest friends are seduced into a new age Brotherhood scam by Nostromos, a fraudulent psychic. Bruce joins the Brotherhood in an attempt to debunk Nostromos' claims. Nostromos, predicting the fall of civilization, urges his acolytes to transfer their bank funds to the Brotherhood's coffers. Batman exposes Nostromos' scheme to bilk the members of their money, and captures him after a chase through a planetarium. In the end, Bruce's friends learn an important lesson about where to place their faith.
508- THE FORGOTTEN
When indigent men start disappearing from the bowery, Bruce goes undercover as lowlife Gaff Morgan to investigate. He is soon assaulted by several men, hit over the head and shanghaied, and ends up as an amnesia victim forced to work with other kidnapped men in a treacherous and remote mining camp. Despite his memory loss, Bruce's defiant nature causes trouble for his captors, who end up locking him in a sweat box. During this harrowing punishment however, his memory returns, and with newfound strength Bruce is able to escape, transform into Batman and defeat his captors once and for all. Later, as Bruce Wayne, he is also able to offer jobs to several of his kidnapped companions, thereby giving them a new lease on life.
527- MAD AS A HATTER
The Mad Hatter develops a form of mind control which he implements by placing devices in people's hats. He uses this to impress Alice, a woman he's smitten with, turning all of Gotham into a wonderland to please her every whim. When he learns she's in love with another, the jealous Hatter decides to use his mind control power to do away with her beau. He then kidnaps Alice and takes her to Gotham's Central Park. Batman must fight his way through a bizarre chess board composed of living pieces, all under the Hatter's power.
531- THE CAPE & COWL CONSPIRACY
Batman investigates a theft of bearer bonds intended for the starving people of Byelocroatia. One suspect is Baron Waclow Jozek, a European nobleman. He confronts Jozek, who tells him that Josiah Wormwood is responsible for theft. Batman has heard of him; the 'deathtrap specialist", a man who conceives fiendishly elaborate mazes of psychological torture designed to force people to tell him valuable secrets. Jozek contacts Wormwood and sets him a task; to use his talents to get Batman's cape and cowl. Wormwood agrees. Batman, tracking down Wormwood, follows clues that eventually lead him to the wax museum, where the Dark Knight is trapped. Wormwood claims the cape and cowl. He contacts Jozek, who shows up to claim the prize -- and who turns out in reality to be Batman. The Dark Knight has outfoxed Wormwood, who now faces a long prison sentence.