Hiding out from the police, Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Killer Croc, and Poison Ivy recount their experiences in how they almost got Batman.
This episode provides examples of:
- Always Save the Girl: Harley Quinn tries to invoke this as a Sadistic Choice, telling Batman he can either catch her, or save Catwoman from a Conveyor Belt-O-Doom. Batman pulls the factory's power switch.
Harley: Good call. Help.
- Bound and Gagged: Catwoman tied to a conveyor belt. Batman himself twice.
- Car Fu: How Batman defeats Poison Ivy - he remotely calls his Batmobile to trash her crops and ultimately drives her up a pole branch.
- Click Hello: Batman reveals himself to have been masquerading as Killer Croc at a villains' poker game and appears to be at the mercy of the other players; immediately, dozens of other "bar patrons" draw their weapons and reveal the bar to have been a police sting.
- Continuity Nod: Ivy mentions that she and Two-Face used to date.
- Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: which includes a wonderful variety of Doomy Dooms of Doom.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Penguin's story takes place in his Aviary of Doom. The other villains call him out on his hamminess.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: Batman disguised as Killer Croc signals the ambush and a bar full of police officers all cock their guns and point them at the villains.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even the other villains looks horrified when Joker tells them his plans to grind Catwoman into cat food.
- Everyone Is Armed: Every patron in the club pulls out a gun pointing at the villains - they were all undercover Gotham police, making this an example of the bystanders being the hero's mooks.
- Homage: Poison Ivy's hat and coat (and the general atmosphere of the underworld club they're in) is a shoutout to Ilsa's in Casablanca. Especially the way shadows fall across her face, with that hat.
- Laugh-O-Meter: Joker rigs one up to an electric chair, straps Batman to it, and lets laughing gas leak into a studio audience.
- Meaningful Echo: "There's more than one way to catch Batman."
- Pet the Dog: After defeating Two-Face, Batman gives him his coin back.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: Used as a Discussed Trope, with Penguin and Joker wondering if Batman covers his head with a mask because someone blew part of his face off.
- Rogues Gallery Showcase
- The Runt at the End: You wouldn't expect Killer Croc to have the least threatening story, but he does; as the others' descriptions of their Death Traps get more and more elaborate, Croc fails to impress:
Joker: Who wants to go next!
Croc: ME! There I was, holed up in this quarry, when Batman came snooping around. He was getting closer...and closer...
Poison Ivy: And?
Croc: I threw a rock at him!
[The others stare dumbfounded for a few moments, then decide to just ignore Croc.]
Croc: (sheepish) It was a big rock...
- The Shadow Knows: Part of The Reveal. In the commentary, the animators admit it makes no sense, but it's such a great visual they kept it in the episode.
- Shout-Out: Poison Ivy story involves pumpkin bombs, used during Halloween. Spider-Man villain The Green Goblin uses exploding pumpkin bombs as his primary weapon.
- Sinister Surveillance: The Joker show fellow villains a recording of a time he took over a late night television show - a video that includes camera shots backstage and all around the studio, in angles that shouldn't be possible. It's lampshaded by the writers in the episode's commentary.
- The Smurfette Principle: Ivy is the only female in the group. There was also a single female cop, possibly Montoya. But in the shadows, she looks like a redhead in a red dress.
- Something Completely Different: The villains play poker and swap stories about times they almost got Batman.
- Take a Third Option: Harley Quinn captures Catwoman and ties her to a conveyor belt heading for a massive meatgrinder. Batman arrives and catches Harley, who then taunts that he can either bring her in or save Catwoman, but not both. Batman then... nonchalantly reaches over to the circuit breaker and shuts off the power to the grinder, to which Harley responds, "Good call—Help!"
- Title Drop: Joker saying, "The fact of the matter is we each have an almost got 'im Batman story."
- Catwoman says this at the end.
- Undercover Cop Reveal
- Vignette Episode
- Villain Episode
- Villains Out Shopping: Playing poker, drinking tea, and reminiscing about their favorite Death Traps.