-> Directed by Dan Riba
-> Written by Jim Steranko (Teleplay by J. M. DeMatteis)

The full name of this episode is "The Ties That Bind (a.k.a. Miracles Happen)".

Mister Miracle and Big Barda solicit Justice League assistance to free Oberon from Apokolips. J'onn refuses, but Flash decides to help out on his own.

Should not be confused with the books ''Literature/TheTiesThatBind'' by Vanessa Duriès, ''StarWars: Literature/JediApprentice: The Ties That Bind'' and ''Literature/TiesThatBind'' by Guy Baldwin. Should not be confused with the FanFic ''FanFic/TiesThatBind''. Should not be confused with the songs ''The Ties That Bind'' by Music/BruceSpringsteen and ''Ties That Bind'' by Music/AlterBridge. Should not be confused with the ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' episode "[[Recap/AndromedaS1E7TheTiesThatBlind The Ties That Bind]]", the ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' episode "[[Recap/BattlestarGalacticaReimaginedS4E5TheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind]]", the ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' episode "[[Recap/JeevesAndWoosterS4E6TheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind]]", the ''Series/TheOC'' episode "[[Recap/TheOCS1E27TheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind]]", the ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E8TiesThatBind Ties That Bind]]", the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "[[Recap/StargateSG1S9E4TheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind]]", the ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' episode "[[Recap/TheVampireDiariesS3E12TheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind]]", and the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "[[Recap/XenaS01E20TiesThatBind Ties That Bind]]". Should not be confused with the animated tie-in for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' titled ''Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind''. Should not be confused with the {{Documentary}} ''Film/TheTiesThatBind1985'', the {{Thriller}} ''Film/TiesThatBind2006'', and the MadeForTVMovie ''Film/TiesThatBind2010''. Should not be confused with the VideoGame ''VideoGame/TheSuffering: Ties That Bind''.
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!!This episode contains examples of:
* AbsenteeActor: Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Shayera.
* AccidentalMisnaming:
-->'''Flash:''' Great news, Bertha! You don't have to!\\
'''Barda:''' (''grabs the Flash [[NeckLift by the neck and raises him up]]) BARDA!\\
'''Flash:''' ''(meekly)'' Isn't that what I said?
* ActorAllusion: "Verrry IN-teresting, but ________!" was one of Arte Johnson's {{Catchphrase}} on ''[[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Laugh-In]]''.
* BigBadWannabe: Both Granny Goodness and Virman Vundabar are vying to takeover Apokolips in Darkseid's absence, but neither can overcome the other. J'onn is certain, though, that whoever won would eventually present a threat to Earth.
* CallForward: Flash and Elongated Man wonder if Mister Miracle and Barda are League members. The latter would be by the time of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* {{Determinator}}: Mister Miracle, past and present.
* DragonAscendant: Virman Vundabar and Granny Goodness both attempt to be this.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Flash feels he gets no respect despite being a founding member of the League. Elongated Man sympathizes, feeling he gets similar treatment despite having been fighting crime longer than there's been a League.
* EnemyCivilWar: Apokolips has fallen into civil war since Darkseid "vanished", with Granny Goodness and Virman Vundabar leading the factions. In an instance of the League playing {{Realpolitik}}, Jonn Jonzz tells Flash that it is in their interest that it continue since it keeps Apokolips from turning its attention to Earth and other planets.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Flash:''' Tell me the truth, Ralph. Do I seem immature to you?\\
'''Elongated Man:''' Not in the least.\\
''(camera pulls back to show they're playing Brawlin' Bots, which Flash wins)''\\
'''Flash:''' Ha, I bopped your block off!\\
'''Elongated Man:''' That-that's not fair! The green guy's arms are longer!\\
'''Flash:''' Are not!
* MythologyGag: Flash says he's treated like a kid sidekick, which was how Wally got his start in the comics.
* NotSoAboveItAll: After Flash expects J'onn to yell at him for what he did:
-->'''J'onn:''' I was only going to ask if you wanted to play "Brawlin' Bots."\\
'''Flash:''' Dibs on the green one! ''(zips away)''\\
'''J'onn:''' I wanted the green one...
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Flash helps out Mister Miracle and Big Barda, even though this is in violation of rules.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Granny Goodness forces Mister Miracle and Big Barda to help rescue Kalibak from Virman Vundabar. When the two are about to finish off Granny Goodness in the end, MartianManhunter points out the EnemyCivilWar needs to continue. Scott remarks, "A curse on both their houses."
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Big Barda starts out wearing this, but she reveals her full body armour later on.
* ThrowItIn: According to WordOfGod, Arte Johnson ad-libbed "You dum-dums."
* UnexplainedRecovery: When [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries last seen]], Granny Goodness had her mind fried by Superman. She's perfectly fine here. WordOfGod confirmed no one thought explaining it was worth the trouble.
* WideEyedIdealist: Flash wants to help Mister Miracle and Barda simply because he feels it's the right thing to do. J'onn tells him he's not seeing the bigger picture.
* WrittenInAbsence: Superman is on a mission in deep space.
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