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Recap: The New Batman Adventures E24 "Judgement Day"
aka: The New Batman Adventures Judgement Day
The episode begins with the Penguin doing dirty dealings with Killer Croc and Two-Face, swindling both of them. After they leave, a tall figure in a black robe and white wig confronts the Penguin. Accusing the Penguin of trafficking stolen goods, the man attacks him with his sword. As the Penguin flees, the man knocks a giant penguin model over him, leaving him unconscious. The next morning, Gotham Insider reports the attack on Penguin, who is now in critical condition. This new vigilante, called “the Judge”, is bent on getting rid of Gotham’s criminals and councilman J. Carroll Corcoran publicly endorses him. Bruce however, disapproves of the Judge’s ruthless methods.

Later at a toll bridge, Killer Croc hijacks an officers’ van. The Judge appears and attacks Croc with an oversized gavel, accusing him of murder, mayhem, and manslaughter. The Judge sends Croc falling off the top of the bridge but Batman saves him.

In a private conference, Councilman Corcoran gives the Judge police files that will help him, and says he cannot be connected to them. He explains that his support of the Judge gains him popularity and if Gordon has his hero, so can he.

The next day, after a report of the Judge’s attack on the Riddler, Corcoran admits he knew of the attack and hints that Two-Face will be the next target, much to Two-Face’s rage. Batman follows him to his hideout and pins him down saying that he wanted to find him before the Judge did. Just as Two-Face rejects help, all the exits in his apartment lock shut. A TV recording of the Judge declares Two-Face’s punishment as the room fills with gas. Two-Face heads for his secret exit only to find it blocked off even though no one knew about it. Batman pulls Two-Face away from the gas and hurls an explosive batarang at the air escape, causing several explosions, thus setting them free. Two-Face flees in the process.

Corcoran gets a call from the Judge, who is tired of Batman interfering. Afterwards, Batman confronts Corcoran about the Judge, saying he is going to take him in before he actually kills someone. Corcoran dismisses this and states how Arkham’s revolving door keeps putting criminals back on the streets. He goes on about the will of the people, but Batman leaves before he finishes.

Two-Face captures Corcoran, ties him up in a courtroom, and interrogates him on the Judge’s whereabouts but the councilman swears he does not know. Two-Face flips his coin and has his goons drag him off. Corcoran reveals he has a slush fund and offers to pay his way out, but Two-Face says he should have said this earlier so he could have flipped for it.

In the Batcave, Batman examines the Judge’s gavel from police evidence, as Alfred comes in. Batman discovers that it is actually the Marshal Award, a trophy given every year by the Bar Association to a judge or attorney for excellence. He pulls down a list of past winners and Alfred looks in shock upon recognizing one of the names.

Back at the courtroom, Two-Face’s goons tie Corcoran up, when suddenly the Judge enters and subdues them. Corcoran demands the Judge kill them, but the Judge turns on Corcoran for breaking the law he swore to uphold. Batman comes in and fights off the Judge, who cuffs him. The two vigilantes face an intense struggle but Batman ultimately defeats the Judge who plummets to the ground. Batman takes the keys from the unconscious Judge and frees himself. Corcoran pleads for help in fear for his reputation. Batman says it is worse than he thinks and unmasks the Judge revealing Two-Face. As the police and reporters enter the building, Batman exits, leaving Corcoran lost for words.

The next day at Wayne Manor, Bruce reads the news about Corcoran's indictment, while Alfred tries to make sense of what happened. They conclude that Harvey Dent had unknowingly created a third personality, separate from the other two, to fight crime. The Judge knew everything about Two-Face, except that he was Two-Face. Alfred wonders what will become of Harvey.

The episode ends at Arkham Asylum, where Harvey sits in his cell standing trial in his mind. When the Judge asks him how he pleads, Harvey replies with a haunted look on his face:
Guilty... guilty... guilty...

Tropes:

  • All Crimes Are Equal: A vigilante called The Judge (a faceless British judge, complete with a powdered wig atop his cloak), believes that criminals who avoid prosecution must be privately killed for justice to be served. A Gotham City councilman who wants to appear tough on crime likes this attitude, and begins cooperating with the Judge. This alliance backfires horribly when the Judge discovers that the councilman has been keeping a slush fund, and decides that to be punishable by death. The Judge also attempts to kill The Penguin, Killer Croc, and Two-Face — even though all Penguin, Croc, and Two-Face had done was participate in a black-market jewel deal and manage to avoid getting caught for it. At the end of the episode, when the Judge is unmasked, he turns out to be Two-Face, who had developed a third identity that subsequently targeted for death his two other identities.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Harvey Dent's passion for justice seems to be resurfacing, but at the same time, his mental illness is worse than ever.
  • Corrupt Politician: Corcoran
  • Dirty Coward: J. Carroll Corcoran
  • Freudian Trio: Two-Face, Harvey Dent, and the Judge are the id, ego, and superego, respectively.
  • If I Had a Nickel: A worker says he wishes he had a nickel for every car that went over a toll bridge—his companion responds "I wish I had a nickel for every time I've heard you say that."
  • Knight Templar / Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Judge, who is determined to punish the criminals and corrupt of Gotham City but unlike Batman, is perfectly willing to kill them to get the job done.
  • Madness Mantra: At the end of the episode, after being asked by The Judge how he pleads, Two-Face repeatedly mumbles, "Guilty... guilty... guilty..."
  • Second Super-Identity: The Judge to Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
  • Shoot The Television: Two-Face does this when he hears he's the Judge's next target.
  • Tomato Surprise: The Judge is Harvey Dent, repressed by Big Bad Harv for so long that he developed into a third personality.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Raven and Lark (the Penguin's female bodyguards) hanging bound and gagged from the ceiling after being subdued by the Judge.
  • You're Insane!: Killer Croc's response to the Judge:
    Judge: How do you plead?
    Killer Croc: You're nuts!

The New Batman Adventures E23 'Beware the Creeper"Recap/Batman: The Animated Series    

alternative title(s): The New Batman Adventures Judgement Day
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