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Recap: Batman: The Animated Series E27 "Mad as a Hatter"
aka: Batman The Animated Series Mad As A Hatter
Jervis Tetch, a scientist at Wayne Tech, has a crush on Alice, the secretary. After failing to woo her, he becomes the Mad Hatter and uses mind-control technology to turn those who've wronged him into his own slaves.


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  • Captive Date: Jervis Tetch tries to win his co-worker Alice's heart after her recent breakup. She is charmed by Jervis but mistakes his romantic overtures as attempts to cheer her up and she later reconciles with her boyfriend. Jarvis then uses his Mind Control technology on her and takes her on a "date" at a Wonderland-themed amusement park.
  • Heroic Bystander: When the Mad Hatter sends his People Puppets after Batman to keep him from rescuing Alice, Batman is initially overwhelmed until he manages to disable the mind control device on one of them. The man he frees is Alice's boyfriend Billy, who returns the favor by removing the rest of the Hatter's devices.
  • Ironic Echo: Tetch asks Alice if she remembers the Mock Turtle's song, reciting "Would you, won't you, would you, won't you... won't you join the dance?" before dancing with her in the park. Later, as she is hugging her fiancÚ Billy, while the Hatter lies trapped in the claws of a Jabberwock, he moans softly, "Would not... would not, could not... oh, could not join the dance" as the camera pans out to a statue of a crying Mock Turtle.
  • Mobile Maze
  • Pet the Dog: The abrasive Dr. Cates sits down and commiserates with Alice over her breakup while Jervis Tetch, eavesdropping, reacts with glee that she's no longer attached.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: The Mad Hatter told two thugs who were trying to mug him to "go jump in the river." Since it was in a kid's cartoon, Batman caught them right before they jumped off the bridge, but it still counts.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In a milder example, Jervis uses his mind control technology to land Alice, a co-worker he was too shy to talk to, but Batman calls him out on this, asking if a mind-controlled, compliant Alice with no personality was what he really wanted. Tetch has a breakdown and attacks him, blaming Batman for driving him to that extreme.
  • Stalker with a Crush: How the Mad Hatter was first portrayed in his obsession with his co-worker Alice, and being too shy to ask her out.


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alternative title(s): Batman The Animated Series Mad As A Hatter
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