Recap: Batman The Animated Series POV
Tropes found in this episode include:
- Da Chief: Commissioner Gordon plays the opposite of this despite his rank, standing up for his officers while it's the IAD investigator that plays the role straight.
- Dirty Cop: When the planned police sting goes awry, with the intended target getting away and taking the bait money, the Internal Affairs investigator looking into the event suspects that the three officers involved are "on the take."
- Eureka Moment: Officer Wilkes hears one of the captured criminals refer to "Doc," and Officer Montoya hears another criminal refer to "Hathcock." It is only when she is taking the train home later that she makes the realization that 'Doc' is 'Dock', and she goes to the Hathcock warehouse at Gotham Harbor.
- The Faceless: The gang leader's face is always in the shadows, with his monocle visible from the dark. We get a glimpse of his face before getting caught.
- Forklift Fu: A mook tried this on Batman. It didn't work as Batman then used said forklift to puncture a hole into the bad guys fleeing ship.
- High-Class Glass: The gang leader.
- Internal Affairs: The episode revolves around an Internal Affairs investigation into a failed sting where the intended target, a Gotham drug lord, escaped and took the 2 million dollars in seed money that the police had laid in as bait.
- Jerkass: Hackle, the Internal Affairs guy.
- Mythology Gag: The crooks drilling a safe is similar to the scene with Jack Napier and his gang in Batman.
- Never My Fault: Harvey Bullock blames Batman for ruining the whole operation, and accuses Montoya and Wilkes of being late.
- No Name Given: We never learned the gang leader's name.
- Rashomon Style: Bullock, Wilkes, and Montoya tell three different stories. Bullock made himself like a hero with Batman being the bungler, contrasts with what we're actually shown. Wilkes pictured Batman as some kind of metahuman with magical abilities, when we're really seeing Batman used his tools and weapons. Montoya tells us what really happened, and we see how it goes as well, and she believed Batman was killed.
- Self-Serving Memory: Combined with The Rashomon. Harvey Bullock's account of events paints him as a brave hero and Batman as a menace, while the animation shows him bumbling around and Batman doing all the work. In a slight twist to this, the rookie cop unintentionally does the same, depicting Batman as a supernatural Badass; for example, he claims Bats took down a fleeing crook just by pointing at him, apparently having missed the Grappling-Hook Pistol in his hand (it was too dark to see it).
- Turn In Your Badge: Bullock, Wilkes and Montoya have to turn theirs in until the investigation is over.
- Unreliable Voiceover: There are three separate flashbacks, each narrated by a member of a sting operation that had gone wrong and each telling their experiences in the lead-up and aftermath of the sting. Officer Wilkes is honest in his story, but misunderstood much of what he saw, so his description of Batman resembles a magical creature instead of a costumed crimefighter. Detective Harvey Bullock knows what happened, but is deliberately falsifying his statement to cover his own mistakes and blames it on Batman. Of the three, only Officer Renee Montoya tells an accurate story.