Recap / Justice League Unlimited S 3 E 9 Grudge Match

Huntress starts following Black Canary after noticing she seems a little off her game and discovers that Roulette has revived Meta-Brawl, but this time with a twist. Called the "Glamour Slam", and featuring only female fighters, she has taken over the minds of Justice League members and forces them to fight in brutal cage matches with each other.

This episode includes examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Roulette seems to enjoy using this during her announcements, but the crowning one has to be calling Black Canary the "sultry siren of the sonic smackdown".
  • Beam-O-War: A sonic one between Canary and Sonar. It's hilariously brief when Canary absolutely overpowers him and his gun explodes.
  • Cat Fight: Roulette and Tala nearly get into one when Roulette starts getting a little too handsy with Lex.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The Question during the "what are you wearing?" phone conversation.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Wonder Woman completely trounces Shayera and Vixen. Luckily, Canary and Huntress are able to break the trance before she's able to smash their heads together.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Roulette's whole intent is to fund Luthor's plan; with access to mind control powerful enough to work on Wonder Woman, you'd think there'd be better ways to profit than Fight Clubbing.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Averted. The episode primarily involves female characters and the males who are featured fighting (the mook guards and Sonar) get their asses absolutely handed to them.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Sonar seems to getting a little too much enjoyment from watching Tala and Roulette nearly getting into a fight. This inspire the idea of create a new Meta-Brawl featuring only female fighters.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The whole "what are you wearing?" phone conversation between Huntress and Question. Fortunately for the kids, he has no idea how the game works.
    Huntress: So, what are you wearing?
    Question: Blue overcoat. Fedora.
    Huntress: (sighs) You really stink at this.
    Question: Orange socks?
    (Huntress hangs up)
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Canary and Huntress discuss the stereotype that superheroes only use violence to solve their problems. They proceed to settle their rivalry with a final rematch.
    • The Question, of all people, points out the Huntress is a little too obsessed with Black Canary.
  • Irony: Earlier in series, Canary attempted to get Wildcat out of superhuman cage fighting, who was the star attraction of the show. Now here Canary is (unwillingly) part of the brawl and the main undefeated champion of the Glamour Slam. Possibly an Enforced Trope, as Roulette may have specfically picked her as possible payback for ruining her business the last time around.
    • Painfully, Shayera and Vixen had earlier talked about their (un)settled rivalry over Jon Stewart, where Shayera noted she couldn't hurt Vixen the way her Hawkworld culture would want her to. During the fight with a mind-controlled Wonder Woman, Diana battles Vixen and uses her as a shield just as Shayera is swinging her nth-metal Mace down. Horrified, Shayera has to pull back before she leveled a blow that could hurt Diana but kill Vixen. Leaving them both vulnerable to a serious beatdown by Wonder Woman.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The long-haired figure on the rooftop watching Black Canary and Huntress enter Bludhaven is indeed Nightwing. At the time, Batman's supporting characters were Exiled from Continuity (known at the time as "the Bat-Embargo"), so production snuck Nightwing in.
  • Lighthearted Rematch: The episode ends this way. Canary and Huntress challenge each other to one final match just for fun, cutting to the credits moments before they make contact.
  • Kubrick Stare: A brief, really scary one from Shayera when under mind control.
  • Mind Control: How Lex and Roulette force members of the League to fight. Sonar tampered with the League's comm-link earpieces to put them in an obedient trance.
  • No-Sell: Canary tries using her Sonic Scream on Vixen, but fails due to her throat being punched by Huntress earlier on.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Roulette subverts this. Huntress expects that she's the type that likes to watch others fight and doesn't get in on the action, but then Roulette breaks out the stilettos in her hair and catches her by surprise by turning out to be an actually decent fighter.
  • Oh, Crap!: Black Canary, Huntress, Shayera, and Vixen after being released from their mind control get this once they see who their next opponent is: a mind-controlled Wonder Woman. Everyone takes a step back when they see her.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Huntress mowing through the security guards when the elevator door closes. Cut to her stepping out and they're just slumped over, unconscious on the floor.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Huntress and Canary seem to be developing into this by the end of the episode.
  • Sequel Episode: To The Cat and the Canary.
  • Stupid Evil: Roulette brainwashes five members of the Justice League (including two founding members) and has them in one place at the same time, no possible way to fight superhumans herself other than Sonar and a few mooks, and never considering what might happen if it all went wrong and her devices stopped working. Which they did. Kind of hard to call this idea anything but Stupid Evil.
    • Also questionable is using the mind control to force the superwomen to fight each other in a rather low-scale enterprise, rather than use that mind control to affect all League members into committing high-value robberies or worse.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Subverted and justified with Roulette. The simpler solution would've been to just kill Huntress and Canary, but her greed and need to make a profit get the better of her and she puts the two in a cage match. Of course, she had good reason to be confident that they would both get killed as they were facing off against Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl and Vixen, three major superheroes who have consistently proven they are forces to be reckoned with.
  • You Do Not Want To Know:
    Shayera: (after being freed of the mind control during the cage match) "I don't think I want to know."
    Vixen: "We're all in a caged match fighting to the death."
    Shayera: "Yeah, see?"