Recap: Batman: The Animated Series E47 "Birds of a Feather"
aka: Batman The Animated Series Birds Of A Feather
The Penguin, after two days he Just Got Out of Jail
, ransacks a millionarie home and is stopped by the Batman. After he does his time, he is released from prison and decides to turn over a new leaf. Veronica Vreeland, a wealthy socialite
, and her Upper-Class Twit
friend Pierce, invite him to a party as a joke, but as Veronica spends time with Oswald, she starts to like him. But everything goes downhill when the Penguin finds out the truth.
- Book Ends: The episode begins with the Penguin throwing a tantrum after being captured by the Batman, and ends in the exact same way, showing Oswald has not changed nor learn anything.
- Deadpan Snarker: The Penguin is The Snark Knight when he deals with the lower classes (prison guards, bus drivers, Batman). When he at last deals with the upper classes, he becomes a Stepford Snarker.
- Heel Face Door Slam:
- Hidden Depths: The true genius of the writing is that none of the Sad Clowns is as shallow as he appears at first glance:
- Oswald can truly be The Charmer under all his Small Name, Big Ego personality.
- Veronica is not the heartless Rich Bitch she herself believes to be.
- Pierce doesn't care about the lower classes, but he is willing to risk his life to save his only friend, Veronica.
- Ineffectual Loner: Oswald, Veronica, Pierce and Bruce are cases of different degrees of No Social Skills. They cannot really connect with each other.
- Inspector Javert: Batman / Bruce Wayne never bought that Cobblepot would want to redeem himself this time. If he would have realized it, maybe he could have helped him to leave his life of crime.
- Meaningful Name: The episode title is "Birds of a Feather", but the whole saying is: "Birds of a feather flock together". However, this is not the case: Oswald Cobblepot, Veronica Vreeland, Pierce and Bruce Wayne all are Ineffectual Loners with a touch of the Sad Clown. Even when united by his petty delusions, (Veronica, Pierce and Bruce are in the same circle, but they cannot communicate well with each other) these Birds of a feather flock alone.
- Orphaned Punchline: Penguin has one: "—and I said, 'But, warden—those aren't my pants!'"
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: A dangerous example. After the Penguin was released from prison, Veronica, on urging from Pierce, pretended to have a crush on him, both of them thinking that associating with him would be good PR. The Penguin was actually happy for a while, and was considering giving up crime... Until he realized he was being used. At that point, he kidnapped Veronica, and tried to kill Pierce when he delivered the ransom. Once Batman had apprehended him, she felt a little sorry for it all and tried to apologize... To which the Penguin responded, "I guess it's true what they say, society is to blame... High society..."
- Show Within a Show: Veronica, Oswald, Pierce and Bruno go At the Opera Tonight to see Pagliacci. The actor sings "Vesti la giubba" (wear the clown costume): the story of Canio, a Sad Clown that supects his wife is a Your Cheating Heart him, but finds him forced to be a Stepford Smiler due to his work as a clown. His internal Mood Dissonance is so great he has a Freak Out! in scene and pulls a If I Can't Have You with his wife.
- The Snark Knight: Penguin deals with aggression this way, invoking the Gentleman Thief and Gentleman Snarker tropes. His tragedy is that, being in an Action Series, nobody is impressed:
- At a very rude bus driver.
Bus driver: You comin' or not! I got a schedule, y'know?
Penguin: And a lovely disposition to go with it.
- And at Batman:
Penguin: Say, who's there? Two-Face? Croc? Joker, old shoe!?
Batman: None of the above, Penguin.
Penguin: Oh no. Not you.
Batman: Get used to it. Wherever you go; I'll be right behind you.
Penguin: Precisely where you belong.
- Stepford Snarker: Penguin has intense feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, and some other negative emotions, but when his dream of living with the Upper Crust comes true, he still wants to hide these feelings from the people around him by being snide and sarcastic. His comments about everything and everybody show that he is still the same insecure person.
- Villainous Valor: The Penguin is a courageous fighter, beating back a gang of bullies who are trying to mug him using only his umbrella.