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Recap: Batman: The Animated Series E46 "Almost Got 'Im"
aka: Batman The Animated Series Almost Got Im
Hiding out from the police, Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Killer Croc, and Poison Ivy recount their experiences in how they almost got Batman.


Tropes:

  • Actually a Doombot: Something that Croc was probably about to suggest in the beginning about Batman. ("Not the android theory!" laughs the Joker.) This is actually an In-Universe example of a joke that's Harsher in Hindsight, given as this story takes place before "His Silicon Soul".
  • 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!
  • Artistic License - Ornithology: The all-too-common (and completely untrue) myth about a cassowary being aggressive and dangerous towards humans is used here. (Although, in this reality, it might have been possible for the Penguin to train one to be such.)
  • Batman Gambit: Naturally. Batman's plan here was to trick the Joker into telling him where Catwoman was without any trouble, and seeing as the Joker just loves to talk about himself - so long as he thinks his audience is harmless (or helpless) - this was a no-brainer.
  • Bound and Gagged:
    • Catwoman tied to a conveyor belt.
    • Batman himself twice.
  • Buffy Speak: After being mocked for calling his lair the Aviary of Doom, Penguin then refers to it as his "big bird house".
  • Call Back: Poison Ivy's "We used to date" comment is a reference to "Pretty Poison".
  • 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.
    • Killer Croc's story about the rock has been referenced in two other episodes: during "Trial", when he yells "Hit him with a rock!" when the inmates are calling for Batman's execution, and during "Sideshow", where the actual event in question happened.
    • Two-Face gives us the origin for the giant penny often seen around the Batcave, including in the series Batman Beyond.
  • Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: Which includes a wonderful variety of Doomy Dooms of Doom.
  • Death Glare: Killer Croc noticably gives one of these to Joker when he tells what he plans to do to Catwoman. While the others are horrified, He looks ready to tear him apart.
  • Death Trap: Every vignette features at least one.
  • 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: The other villains look 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.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Tons of them, from everyone's hands at poker being character-appropriate to Two-Face flavoring his coffee with half-and-half.
  • Meaningful Echo: "There's more than one way to catch Batman."
  • Morton's Fork:
    • Two-Face's response to meeting Poison Ivy again:
      Two-Face: Half of me wants to strangle ya.
      Poison Ivy: (seductively) And what does the other half want?
      Two-Face: To hit ya with a truck.
      Poison Ivy: (aside) We used to date.
      Joker & Penguin: (understanding perfectly) Ahhh.
    • Another example occurs in Two-Face's story of how he almost killed Batman — he strapped him to a giant penny and flung it into the air: "The coin lands face down, you'll be squashed flat. It lands face up, it'll just break every bone in your body."
  • Negative Continuity: Given what happens between Harley and Catwoman here (the death trap is bad enough, Harley hints that she once tortured cats while gloating) it seems odd how well they got along later in Gotham Girls.
  • 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: Anyone else want to go?
    Killer Croc: ME! There I was, holed up in this quarry, when Batman came snooping around. He was getting closer... closer...
    Poison Ivy: And?
    Killer Croc: I threw a rock at him!
    (the others stare dumbfounded for a few moments, then decide to just ignore Croc)
    Killer 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's hat and coat (and the general atmosphere of the underworld club they're in) is a shout-out to Ilsa's in Casablanca. Especially the way shadows fall across her face, with that hat.
    • Poison Ivy's 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 footage from 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... nonchalantly reaches over to the circuit breaker and shuts off the power to the grinder, to which Harley responds, "Good call. Help!"
  • Thing-O-Meter: Joker rigs a "Laugh-O-Meter" up to an electric chair, straps Batman to it, and lets laughing gas leak into a studio audience.
  • Title Drop: The Joker, Penguin, Poison Ivy and Catwoman all quote the title.
  • Took A Level In Dumb Ass: Croc seems to act like some Dumb Muscle thug in this episode, as opposed to other episodes in the series where he's actually pretty clever. (Of course, it isn't really Croc.)
  • Undercover Cop Reveal
  • Vignette Episode
  • Villain Episode
  • Villains Out Shopping: Playing poker, drinking tea, and reminiscing about their favorite Death Traps.
  • Wham Line: After telling his story, the Joker reveals Catwoman's whereabouts and imminent demise. Killer Croc's response?
    "Croc": (in Batman's voice) I don't think so.

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alternative title(s): Batman The Animated Series Almost Got Im
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