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Recap: The Adventures of Batman & Robin E15 "Second Chance"
aka: The Adventures Of Batman And Robin Second Chance
The episode begins with Harvey Dent/Two-Face being transported to the hospital to get surgery for his scars as Batman and Robin watch from above. Harvey has managed to gain control over his bad side and his therapist believes that by healing his scars he can erase his Two-Face persona. Upon learning that Bruce Wayne funded this, Harvey thinks back on their friendship.

Before the operation can begin, gunmen burst into the room and kidnap Harvey. Batman and Robin pursuit the thugs who take separate vehicles, but neither of them manage to save Harvey. Later they consider where the vehicles were going and who they were registered to, and conclude that either Rupert Thorne or the Penguin was behind the kidnapping. Robin goes after Thorne while Batman goes after Penguin.

Robin tries to sneak in on Thorne but Thorne’s goons catch him. When Robin says Harvey has been kidnapped, Thorne scoffs that he wishes he did it and has his mooks take Robin to the bridge to throw him over. Luckily, Robin has a glasscutter in his glove and breaks free from his bonds and defeats the thugs.

Meanwhile at Stonegate Prison, Batman interrogates Penguin, who admits that though Two-Face stole from him some time ago, he did not kidnap Two-Face, as he would rather confront him directly. He then has his birds attack Batman.

Batman and Robin meet up at the hospital and Batman is now sure he knows who kidnapped Harvey. Examining the scene of the crime, he finds masonry dust on one of the kidnappers’ boot prints and deduces where Harvey is. Robin says he should go with him to help, but Batman refuses, saying he needs to do this alone.

Batman heads out to the abandoned building called the Half Moon Club to face Harvey's worst enemy… Two-Face himself. However, Two-Face’s thugs capture him and chain him to a crane connected to dynamite. Two-Face explains that he set himself up to be kidnapped because he would not let his other personality destroy him. As Two-Face flips his coin whether to detonate the dynamite, it lands on edge. He tries again repeatedly and the same thing happens each time causing him to Freak Out. Batman frees himself and takes out Two-Face’s thugs.

Two-Face’s coin rolls over to the edge of the building and he desperately reaches for it nearly falling off until Batman catches him. Harvey cannot decide without the coin, but Batman reveals he switched it with a trick coin that always lands on edge – now Harvey has to make his own choice. The thugs try to attack but Robin swoops in and stops them. Harvey decides to drop the coin and let Batman save him, but his other personality emerges and he punches Batman, causing Batman to lose his grip. Batman saves Harvey, using a grapple hook to escape both the fall and the dynamite.

Later, Two-Face is taken back to Arkham while Harvey is happy to see Bruce is there for him. Bruce then tells Dick that he's glad that he's always there for him.


Tropes:

  • Chekhov's Gun: The location of the final showdown was dropped early on, but seemed to be inconsequential chatter at the time.
  • Heads Tails Edge: Batman switches Two-Face's coin with one that always lands on edge. The main result is not so much an inability to make a decision as the fact that the coin rolls away, and he Freaks right out and has to chase after it.
  • Not Me This Time: The two main suspects for the kidnapping are Rupert Thorne, who was responsible for Two-Face's creation, and the Penguin, who had an offscreen feud with Two-Face. Neither of them did it.
  • Villainous Valor: When Batman is accusing him of having Two-Face kidnapped, the Penguin declares that he were ever going to mess with another villain, he'd do it the honorable way: face to face.


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alternative title(s): The Adventures Of Batman And Robin Second Chance
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