Barlowe: (on his deathbed) Hiya, Joker. If you're playin' this tape, you've probably figured out you've been had. Yeah, I left you some cash, but only ten million — which, knowing you, you've already blown. All the other stuff, money, jewels, and gold, it's all fake. See, I always hated your guts, and this was the perfect payback. By now, you're probably out of real money, the I.R.S. is after you, and you can't admit I fooled you, or you'll be the laughingstock of the underworld. The joke's on you, sucker! I got the last laugh after all! (laughs, chokes, and uses his oxygen mask)Suddenly stuck back at poverty level, only now with the I.R.S. breathing down his neck, the Joker decides on doing what he does best: commit the biggest heist he can and save his hide.This episode is an adaptation of a 1952 comic.
- Adaptation Name Change: Barlowe's first name is changed from William to Edward.
- Annoying Laugh: Fake Harley.
- Batman Gambit / Thanatos Gambit: Willing millions of dollars to an enemy, knowing he'll spend it all, and then find out the rest is fake.
- Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Joker plays out this trope looking for a replacement for Harley Quinn. He takes a long pause on a large, fat man before dismissing him. Then after he makes his choice, he promptly muses if he should have gone with the fat guy. Even funnier when you realize the guy was an animated caricature of Harley Quinn creator Paul Dini.
- Blunt "Yes": The Joker and Harley Quinn ran out of gas during a escape. When he berated her for not refueling the car, she reminded him they were broke and asked what he wanted her to do: "fill the tank, shoot the guy and drive off?" The Joker silently nodded and she complained he didn't tell her before.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Subverted - "Joker" not remembering something that happened only a month ago is Bruce's first hint that he's a body double.
- Calling Card: Joker comments this is how Batman will know it's him if he tries to commit a crime to rebuild his fortune.
- Continuity Nod: Ernie, Joker's lawyer, mentions the laughing fish.
- Later on, when Joker (acutally Ernie disguised as him) invites Bruce Wayne to sit with him at his table in the Iceberg Lounge, Bruce says he's a bit apprehensive since the last time he and the Joker encountered each other, Joker threw him off a rooftop. This happened in the "World's Finest" crossover episode with Superman.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Fake Harley.
- Dartboard of Hate: In Harley's Arkham cell, there's a picture of Batman full of darts.
- The Ditz: The replacement Harley is even ditzier than the original, referring to the Joker as "Mister G".
- Dramatic Shattering: When Barbara suggests that the Joker might give up crime now that he's rich, Batman breaks a device he's working on.
- Driven by Envy:Joker: I'm sure old Batboy is eating his heart out.
Penguin: Living well is the best revenge.
- Driven to Suicide:Batgirl: Don't be stupid! You can't save that money!
Joker: I don't wanna save it! I wanna go with it!
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: A chandelier falls on a mook
- Film the Hand: Barlowe's bodyguard angrily blocks the camera with a hand at the end of his interview.
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: The Joker quickly burns through the real money he inherited, just as Barlowe expected
- Forgot to Pay the Bill: The Joker is so strapped for cash that he runs out of bullets, squirting-flower acid, and gas during the heist he attempts at the beginning of the episode.
- Frivolous Lawsuit: Parodied this with an unnamed Johnnie Cochran lookalike popping up to say a catchy line to support a lawsuit. In the commentary for one such episode, the creators note how dated the joke wound up being. Joker used high-powered lawyers to get acquitted of his various crimes (clearly referencing Cochran's most famous case): "If a man's filled with glee, that man must go free!" According to the commentary, they knew this joke would end up very dated, but they just couldn't resist it.
- Hypocritical Humour: When one of Joker's henchmen asks if he's going to pay Harley's bail to get her out of Arkham, Joker replies that they can't be too extravagant with their money, despite being seen earlier literally throwing money away.
- Intimidating Revenue Service: Even the Clown Prince of Crime is afraid of them. "I'm crazy enough to take on Batman, but the I.R.S.? No-o-o-o, thank you!" (Ironically, the agent who appeared actually seemed like a nice guy.)
- Keep the Reward: The Joker tries to give Batgirl and Nightwing money after they save his life; the heroes disdainfully crumple up the cash and drop it at his feet.
- Lighter and Softer: Probably due to it adapting a '50s story, this is the airiest episode of BTAS' (otherwise rather dark) fourth season. Given some of the stuff he's pulled before, Joker having his slate wiped clean already hinges on Rule of Funny, as is the idea that millions of dollars would make him semi-retire into an obnoxious but mostly harmless Upper-Class Twit instead of spending it on a nuke or something.
- The Mole: Ernie poses as The Joker, apparently to provide the real Joker with an alibi, and Batman leans on Penguin to help flush him out.
- Money to Throw Away: Hopefully most of the money Mistah J was tossing was the counterfeit stuff King Barlowe had tricked him with.
- Not What I Signed On For: Joker hires a replacement for Harley, claiming that it's cheaper than buying the real one out of jail. The one he gets isn't nearly as good as the real one, and she says twice that this "wasn't in the job description" (the second time when she's arrested; still, this was the Joker... she should have known better. Still, she can take comfort with the fact that the real Harley did get revenge on the Joker for the insult...)
- Now You Tell Me:Joker: I thought I told you to get gas!
Harley: WE'RE BROKE, remember? What was I supposed to do? Fill the tank, shoot the guy, and drive away?!
Harley: (pause) NOW ya tell me!
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Barbara uses this to persuade Penguin in letting her and Dick in the Iceberg Lounge.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Inverted; in this episode, it seems the Joker can no longer access whatever method he uses to fund himself. He and Harley are broke.
- Oh Crap!:
- The Joker gets one when he finds that the money he intended to use to pay off the IRS is fake and later finding out from the video will that he's been had.
- His henchmen and new Harley after Barlowe reveals his scheme in said tape. Once they see Joker seething, they quickly make themselves scarce.
- At the end when Joker is arrested. He expects a nice quiet back to Arkham...only to find out his guard is a very angry Harley in disguise.
- Paranoia Gambit: When asked by Penguin what his scheme is, Joker remarks that he has none; the knowledge that the Bat-family can't touch him and that it's upsetting Batman is good enough.
- Passed-Over Inheritance: The gangster who'd worked for Barlowe for years was upset that the Joker inherited the money instead of him. It's not known how he reacted if and when he learned the truth.
- Pretty in Mink: Some of the socialites at The Penguin's club are wearing fur wraps.
- Remember the New Guy: Barlowe had never been mentioned before now, even though he was supposedly one of the Joker's biggest and most hated rivals in the Gotham underworld.
- Save the Villain: Batgirl and Nightwing do this when Joker is attacked by a rival gangster, much to their dismay.
- Schmuck Bait: When Harley escapes, the guards note that the laundry chute is the best possibility, but dismiss it, as it's laundry day. Cut to Harley stuck in the washing machine.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: It's heavily implied The Joker bribed a psychiatrist into declaring him sane. The doctor denies this, while getting into his brand new car with a pretty girl about half his age.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Of course, as you might expect, Nightwing and Batgirl do not accept the cash he gives them as an insincere "thank you".
- Sequel Episode: A subtle example, as this episode follows up on the money problems the Joker briefly mentioned having in the Superman crossover episode "World's Finest."
- Shoot the Television: The Joker shoots the Video Will in which his benefactor reveals most of the money is fake.
- So You Were Saying...?: When Batgirl comments that now that Joker's rich, maybe he'll give up crime. This really pisses Batman off.(Batman breaks the disk in anger)
Batgirl: Right, I'll call Dick.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: "Fake Harley" is a deliberate example. The Joker hired her because it was cheaper than paying for the real Harley's release from Arkham, but he grows to regret it and a pissed-off Harley gets back at him for it in the end.
- Swirlie: Batman tortures the newly wealthy Joker's accountant Ernie into divulging the clown's whereabouts by sticking the guy's head in an Iceberg Lounge toilet and flushing. Repeatedly.
- Take a Third Option: Since Joker has two choices (either go to jail for tax evasion or admit that he's been fooled and become a laughing stock), he chooses to commit a crime to get his fortune back.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: The Joker trying out new Harley Quinns after abandoning the original in prison (she gets her revenge at the end of the episode). A string of less-than-stellar ladies (and a cameo of Paul Dini in a Harley suit) meet his ad. He ends up hiring a busty but not-too-bright actress, who can't even spell Joker and calls him "Mistah G"; best summed up by the Joker's muttered line, "Maybe I should've hired the fat guy."
- Thanatos Gambit: King Barlowe's will, designed to strike out at the Joker from beyond the grave.
- Too Dumb to Live: While this Trope applies to anyone who volunteers to work for the Joker, Harley's replacement was even dumber. She didn't even know who he was.
- Trouble Entendre: Harley invokes this trope before exacting revenge against The Joker by beating him with her nightstick.Quinn: Hiya, Mistah J... Welcome to the club.
- Unexpected Inheritance: The Joker certainly didn't expect to inherit his rival's wealth. The visit from the Intimidating Revenue Service and the rival's Video Will made him understand.
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: The Arkham guards dismiss the idea of Harley going down the laundry chute.Guard: None of these yahoos are crazy enough to pull that old stunt.
Ivy: (overhearing) Ha!
(cut to Harley stuck in a washing machine yelling for help)
- Woman Scorned: Harley didn't take it well when the Joker dumped her for a new hench-girl.Harley: "Joker seeks new hench-girl?" I'LL KILL HIM!!!!!