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1The episode begins with Franchise/{{Batman}} chasing ComicBook/TheJoker in an electronics fair. During the chase, Joker and Harley Quinn have difficulties like running out of bullets and their car not having any gas. As soon as Batman and Batgirl catches up to them, Joker makes an escape with the ''only'' [[EjectionSeat parachute]]. This outrages Harley as she gets sent to Arkham.께Arriving at his apartment, Joker is shown to have money problems, including being late with the rent. He gets the news that he inherited millions from recently deceased mob boss King Barlowe, an old rival, much to his excitement. He begins living large, tossing money left and right, even hiring a replacement Harley (with the real Harley getting even ''more'' enraged when she hears about it stuck in Arkham).께Eventually, the Joker's accountant shows up with bad news: the Internal Revenue people want Joker for a massive amount of back taxes owed. Not wanting to go to war against the IRS ("I'm crazy enough to take on Batman, but the I.R.S.? No thank you!"), the Joker starts checking the stash of money he has left... only to find out that while the first ten million was legitimate, the rest of Barlowe's money is counterfeit. Barlowe's will and fake inheritance was all one huge last gag at the Joker's expense:께->'''Barlowe:''' (''on his deathbed'') Hiya, Joker. If you're playin' this tape, you've probably figured out [[OutGambitted you've been had]]. Yeah, I left you some cash, but only ten million -- which, knowing you, [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted you've already blown]]. All the other stuff, money, jewels, and gold, it's all fake. See, [[DyingDeclarationOfHate 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 [[{{Pride}} you can't admit I fooled you]], or [[NeverLiveItDown you'll be the laughingstock of the underworld]]. The joke's on you, sucker! [[GoOutWithASmile I got the last laugh after all!]] (''laughs, [[IncurableCoughOfDeath chokes, uses his oxygen mask, still cracks a smile]]'')께Suddenly 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.께This episode is an adaptation of a 1952 comic.께----!!Tropes:께* AccidentalMisnaming: Fake Harley calls Joker "Mr. G".* AdaptationExpansion: In the comics, the characters who are upset over not inheriting any money from Barlowe do nothing about it but verbally express contempt over the late one's enemy getting everything. In the cartoon, one of these characters tries to ''kill'' the Joker.* AdaptationNameChange: Barlowe's first name is changed from William to Edward.* AnnoyingLaugh: Fake Harley. After a while, the Joker has to be restrained from shooting her.* AsideGlance: Joker has at least three in this episode:** First, when he finds Fake Harley, he turns to the audience as he names her as his new henchgirl.** Again, when Perry from the IRS shows up, saying that the henchgirl position has been filled "quite nicely".** When Ernie stops him from shooting Fake Harley when she annoys him one time too many, asking, "Who'd ever think I'd miss the real one?"* AskAStupidQuestion: Batgirl suggests that the Joker might give up crime now that he's rich. When [[NotSoStoic Batman angrily crushes a device he's working on]], Batgirl grabs Nightwing and rushes off to keep an eye on the Joker.* BatmanGambit: Willing millions of dollars to an enemy, knowing he'll spend it all, and then find out the rest is fake.* BillBillJunkBill: 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 wonders if he should have gone with the fat guy. Even funnier when you realize the guy was an [[InkSuitActor animated caricature]] of Harley Quinn creator Creator/PaulDini.* BluntYes: 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.* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Subverted - "Joker" not remembering something that happened only a month ago is Bruce's first hint that he's a body double.* BuxomIsBetter: Implied with the replacement Harley with the Joker even commenting that she "filled up the position nicely" while winking at the audience.* CallBack: Ernie, Joker's lawyer, mentions [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE34TheLaughingFish the laughing fish]].** Later on, when Joker (actually 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 "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS2E16To18WorldsFinest World's Finest]]" crossover episode with ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.*** The "World's Finest" crossover is also where it's established that the Joker is strapped for cash. We see how broke he is in this episode: running out of ammunition during a robbery, no more acid in his squirting flower, behind on rent in a sleazy, rundown apartment, and not even able to put gas in his getaway car.** Also, this isn't the [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor first time]] that Harley's disguised herself as a police officer.* CallingCard: Joker comments this is how Batman will know it's him if he tries to commit a crime to rebuild his fortune.-->'''Ernie:''' Maybe you can raise the cash by pulling [[ContinuityNod one of your classic routines]], like [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE34TheLaughingFish the laughing fish]].\'''Joker:''' [[SarcasmMode Good idea, Ernie]]. Let's let Batman know I did it, SO HE CAN KICK MY KEISTER RIGHT BACK INTO ARKHAM!* CounterfeitCash: Most of Joker's "inheritance" consists of fake money and valuables.* CuteButCacophonic: Fake Harley.* DartboardOfHate: In Harley's Arkham cell, there's a picture of Batman full of darts.* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Once he becomes rich, the Joker dumps the woman who's loyally stayed with him [[TrophyWife for a brainless beauty]].* TheDitz: The replacement Harley is even ditzier than the original, referring to the Joker as "Mister G".* TheDogBitesBack: Harley is abandoned early on, replaced, and left to rot in Arkham. In the end, she escapes and is disguised as the guard overseeing the newly arrested Joker. She proceeds to clobber him with a baton.* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Harley beats up Joker off-screen while being shipped back to Arkham.* DrivenByEnvy:-->'''Joker:''' I'm sure old Batboy is eating his heart out.\'''Penguin:''' Living well is the best revenge.* DrivenToSuicide:-->'''Batgirl:''' Don't be stupid! You can't save that money!\'''Joker:''' I don't wanna save it! I ''wanna'' go with it!* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not even Joker will go against the IRS.* ExplainExplainOhCrap: Joker hits this when taking a closer look at the money Barlow willed him, and sees a different face on the bills; "It's just a plain old pack of hundreds. See? There's Ben Franklin's cute, chubby little- Wait. ''King Barlow!?'' He's on ''this'' stack! And ''this'' one!"* FallingChandelierOfDoom: A chandelier falls on a {{mook|s}}* FilmTheHand: Barlowe's bodyguard angrily blocks the camera with a hand at the end of his interview.* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: The Joker quickly burns through the real money he inherited, just as Barlowe [[ThanatosGambit expected]]* ForgotToPayTheBill: 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.* FrivolousLawsuit: Parodied this with an [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed 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.* AGlassInTheHand: When Barbara suggests that the Joker might give up crime now that he's rich, Batman breaks a device he's working on.* HypocriticalHumour: 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 throwing money away. * IntimidatingRevenueService: Even [[ComicBook/TheJoker 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 [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure seemed like a nice guy]].)* KeepTheReward: The Joker tries to give Batgirl and Nightwing money after they [[SaveTheVillain save his life]]; the heroes disdainfully crumple up the cash and drop it at his feet.* LearnedFromTheNews: The Joker left Harley behind to be taken to Arkham, but she is confident he'll come back for her ... until Poison Ivy shows her the newspaper she'd been reading with the front page headline "Joker Seeks New Henchgirl".* LighterAndSofter: Probably due to it adapting a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks '50s]] story, this is the airiest episode of BTAS' (otherwise rather [[DarkerAndEdgier dark]]) fourth season. Given some of the stuff he's pulled before, Joker having his slate wiped clean already hinges on RuleOfFunny, as is the idea that millions of dollars would make him semi-retire into an obnoxious but mostly harmless UpperClassTwit instead of spending it on a nuke or something.* TheMole: Ernie poses as The Joker, apparently to provide the real Joker with an alibi, and Batman leans on Penguin to help flush him out.* MoneyToThrowAway: Hopefully most of the money Mistah J was tossing was the counterfeit stuff King Barlowe had tricked him with.* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Fake Harley sounds like Creator/FranDrescher. It becomes more obvious when she's seen unmasked, showing her long dark hair.* NotWhatISignedOnFor: 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... [[TooDumbToLive she should have known better]]. Still, she can take comfort with the fact that [[WomanScorned the real Harley did get revenge on the Joker]] for the insult...)* NowYouTellMe:-->'''Joker:''' I thought I told you to get gas!\'''Harley:''' WE'RE BROKE, remember? [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder What was I supposed to do? Fill the tank, shoot the guy, and drive away?!]]\'''Joker:''' [[BluntYes Mmhmm.]]\ '''Harley:''' (''pause'') ''NOW'' ya tell me!* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Barbara uses this to persuade Penguin in letting her and Dick in the Iceberg Lounge.* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Inverted; in this episode, it seems the Joker can no longer access whatever method he uses to fund himself. He and Harley are broke. * OffscreenMomentofAwesome: Harley not only managed to escape Arkham, but also somehow disguise herself as a police officer well enough to fool the entire force so she could end up in the back of Joker's prison van to beat him up with a nightstick.* OhCrap:** 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 ride back to Arkham...only to find out his guard is a very angry Harley in disguise. With a nightstick...* ParanoiaGambit: 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.* PassedOverInheritance: 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.* PeopleFallOffChairs: The Joker tips over in his chair upon learning how much money he owes the IRS, complete with a silly-sounding scream.* PrettyInMink: Some of the {{socialite}}s at The Penguin's club are wearing fur wraps.* RememberTheNewGuy: 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. * SaveTheVillain: Batgirl and Nightwing do this when Joker is attacked by a rival gangster, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo much to]] [[IWasJustPassingThrough their dismay]].* SchmuckBait: When Harley escapes, the guards note that the laundry chute is the best possibility, but dismiss it, as [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough it's laundry day]]. [[DescriptionCut Cut to Harley stuck in the washing machine.]]* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: It's heavily implied The Joker bribed a psychiatrist into declaring him sane. The doctor denies this when questioned by a reporter, while getting into his [[SuspiciousSpending brand new car]] with a pretty girl about half his age.** ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: As you might expect, Nightwing and Batgirl do ''not'' accept the cash he gives them as an insincere "thank you".* SequelEpisode: A subtle example, as this episode follows up on the [[CutLexLuthorACheck money problems]] the Joker briefly mentioned having in the ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]]'' crossover episode "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS2E16To18WorldsFinest World's Finest]]." And it's indicated by Bruce that the events of this episode occur at least a month after the above crossover.* ShootTheTelevision: The Joker shoots the VideoWill in which his benefactor reveals most of the money is fake.* SoYouWereSaying: 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.* SpitefulWill: How Barlowe gets his posthumous {{revenge}} on the Joker.* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: "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 since she's no help at all, and [[WomanScorned a pissed-off Harley]] gets back at him for it in the end.* {{Swirlie}}: Batman tortures the newly wealthy Joker's accountant Ernie into [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique divulging the clown's whereabouts]] by sticking the guy's head in an Iceberg Lounge toilet and flushing. Repeatedly. * TakeAThirdOption: 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.* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: 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 [[CreatorCameo cameo]] of Creator/PaulDini in a Harley suit) meet his ad. He ends up hiring a [[BrainlessBeauty 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."* ThanatosGambit: King Barlowe's will, designed to strike out at the Joker from beyond the grave.* TooDumbToLive: 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. * TranquilFury: Joker's reaction to seeing Barlowe's VideoWill where he's revealed to have been had, is to growl furiously, and then silently ShootTheTelevision.* TroubleEntendre: Harley invokes this trope before [[TheDogBitesBack exacting revenge]] against The Joker by beating him with her nightstick.-->'''Quinn:''' Hiya, Mistah J... Welcome to the club.* UnexpectedInheritance: The Joker certainly didn't expect to inherit his rival's wealth. The visit from the IntimidatingRevenueService and the rival's VideoWill made him understand.* VillainEpisode: This is the closest BTAS ever came to an episode with the Joker as the protagonist; the plot focuses far more on his personal life than any of the good guys', and each CommercialBreakCliffhanger hinges on ''him'' being in trouble.* VillainWithGoodPublicity: This episode introduces the "revamped" Penguin, no longer a bird-themed thief but a [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub "legitimate businessman" running the Iceberg Lounge]]. That said, he doesn't actually ''do'' anything evil in this episode besides rubbing shoulders with the "reformed" Joker (who [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzags the trope]]; while his method of "reforming" is less than ethical, he does seem content to retire from supervillainy until he starts needing money again).* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: 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!\''([[DescriptionCut cut]] to Harley stuck in a washing machine yelling for help)''* WomanScorned: 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!!!!!'''''----


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