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Recap / Batman: The Animated Series E11 "Two-Face: Part 2"

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After having left the hospital, the man who used to be Harvey Dent and is now Two-Face turns to a life of crime, committing robberies against all sorts of holdings owned by Rupert Thorne. The robberies are designed to both weaken and humiliate Thorne, the way Thorne sought to humiliate him. Six months pass.

Thorne grows increasingly desperate because he's unable to stop or track down Two-Face. Once again he turns to his assistant Candace, who poses as a cop and goes to Harvey's fiancée Grace. Candace tells Grace that the cops want Harvey to get help, and gives Grace a small transmitter to use if Harvey contacts her. It'll lead the cops to her location, and to Harvey. At that very moment Harvey himself is considering reaching back out to Grace, but when he flips his coin and it comes up no, he puts those thoughts aside and continues in his plans to destroy Thorne's empire.

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Batman, meanwhile, is wracked by guilt over both his inability to help/save Harvey, and the weight of dealing with the six-month crime spree Harvey has been on. Eventually he comes to realize that the robberies are just part of Two-Face's plan. Partially as a result of Two-Face still being Harvey and partially because of an appreciation for irony and Laser-Guided Karma, Two-Face has decided to attempt to bring down Thorne the same way Thorne attempted to blackmail Harvey: with a file. Specifically, Two-Face breaks into the office of one of Thorne's mob lawyers and finds records of all of Thorne's payoffs, bribes, corruption, and other crimes.

By the time Batman gets there, Two-Face has the file he needs. Batman tries to talk him into getting help, but Two-Face angrily rebuffs him... until Batman mentions Grace, at which point Two-Face softens and almost becomes Harvey again. The moment is fleeting, however, as one of Two-Face's goons interrupts when he comes to see what the racket is about. Two-Face sneak-attacks Batman and knocks him out, but is still dogged by thoughts of Grace afterward. He flips the coin again, and when it comes up with a yes, he reaches out to Grace. She agrees to meet him, and brings along the tracking device.

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In the reunion Grace attempts to convince Two-Face to get help, become Harvey again, and give up the nihilistic, chance-is-everything, dichotomy-obsessed philosophy he has adopted. She makes a tearful, heartfelt plea to him, and Two-Face seems to be on the edge of listening when Thorne and his mooks enter, having disposed of Harvey's own men. Two-Face refuses to turn over the file until Thorne threatens to harm Grace, at which point he gives in. After getting the file, Thorne order their executions, but an injured Batman arrives to help. Batman, Two-Face and Grace all attempt to fight off Thorne and his mooks, and eventually come out on top.

After the end of the fight, Two-Face picks up Thorne's fallen tommy gun and takes aim at the trapped and helpless Thorne. Batman and Grace both attempt to talk him out of it, but Two-Face isn't listening, nor is he willing to give the law which Thorne has been able to corrupt and avoid so well another chance. He flips his coin to decide Thorne's fate—and Batman tosses a whole crate of silver dollars from one of Two-Face's earlier robberies into the air. Unable to find his coin, Two-Face first panics, then begins a painful breakdown. Grace attempts to console him, but when the police come to take both Thorne and Two-Face away, Two-Face has the look of a broken, beaten man.

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The episode ends on an uncertain but hopeful note when Comissioner Gordon asks Batman if there's any hope for Harvey, to which Batman, looking at Grace and Two-Face, replies, "Where there's love, there's hope." Then flips Harvey's coin into a fountain, "But a little luck wouldn't hurt."


Tropes in this episode include:

  • Big "NO!": Two-Face when Batman tosses the crate of coins at him.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Bruce has one about Harvey/Two-Face and his parents.
  • Create Your Own Villain: More like Create Your Own Rival. It was Rupert Thorne's attempt to blackmail Harvey Dent that lead to Dent's transformation into Two-Face, and the transformation itself lead to Two-Face's extra-legal war on Thorne's criminal organization. Candace, Thorne's Number Two, is well aware of this.
    Mook: I thought we got rid of this guy.
    Candace: Are you kidding? We created him.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Grace steps out of her Neutral Female role to attack Candace, who was about to underhandedly enter the battle with the guys herself.
  • Dice Roll Death:
    Batman: Let the law handle it.
    Two-Face: The law?! Here's the only law! [holds up his coin] The law of averages. The great equalizer.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Two-Face doesn't actually take over a broadcast, but uses the line to make a quip. In Thorne's gambling den, he guns down some TV sets showing horse races, and says, "Don't bother adjusting the picture. For the next five minutes, I'm in control!"
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Stray machine-gun fire during the showdown between Two-Face and mob boss Rupert Thorne severs the rope of a chandelier and it falls on Thorne. Sadly, it is quite a small chandelier and he survives.
  • Fatal Flaw: Two-Face's reliance on the coin. Even setting aside the way it causes him to go into a breakdown, his reliance on it also leads to his downfall. He obviously wanted to reunite with Grace during his entire six-month crime spree, but wouldn't because the coin said no. If he had just done that reunion before Candace had the idea of giving Grace the tracking device, who knows how things would have ended? It's certainly less likely that Grace would have unwittingly led Thorne to Two-Face, at least.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pause at the right time and you'll see that Harvey has since actually gotten an ATM card in the name of his alias.
  • Hope Spot: Grace nearly gets Harvey to give up his life of crime, until Thorne and his gang arrive and reveal Grace (unknowingly) led them to him.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Both Batman and Grace seems to be on the edge of reaching Two-Face and getting him to reconsider his actions... but both times it only lasts for a moment, and events soon conspire to make him remain Two-Face.
  • Indy Ploy: Batman had earlier deduced Two-Face's dependency on his coin. When Two-Face is about to gun down Thorne, Batman is too battered to stop him, but he spots a nearby crate of coins and throws it at him.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Grace tries to talk some sense into Harvey.
      Grace: Take control of your life, Harvey!
    • After Thorne reveals she led him to Two-Face, under the pretense of a police chase, Harvey walks away from her.
      Two-Face: So much for taking control, huh Grace?
    • When he's about to kill Thorne:
      Grace: Harvey! What are you doing!?
      Two-Face: Taking control of my life!
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: Two-Face flips a coin to decide if Thorne lives or dies. Batman hastily throws a box full of coins at Two-Face and he completely loses it because he needs to find his coin to decide.
  • Numerological Motif: In addition to all being Thorne holdings, every place Two-Face hits has some reference to the number two. He also hires a pair of identical twins to be his lackeys.
    Alfred: So, you think you've discerned a pattern to his crimes?
    Batman: Just look at the places he's robbed, Alfred. Club 22. Gemini Jewels. The Two's Company Cafe.
    Alfred: Twos? My word. Has anyone informed the Second National Bank?
    • If you keep a keen eye, you'll notice the motif permeates the entire episode, even when Harvey isn't doing it deliberately. The office where he gets incriminating information on Thorne belongs to someone called Doubleday, the club he hides out at is called Deuces Wild, and he's convinced to finally call Grace when he sees a bridal shop with a decorative banner reading "The Two Shall Become One".
  • Pet the Dog: Thorne was quick to point out to a shocked Two Face that Grace did not intentionally betray him to them.
  • Rope Bridge: During Batman's nightmare, Harvey runs out onto a rickety rope bridge and refuses Batman's entreaties to return to solid ground, eventually falling into the abyss.
  • Shout-Out: During the beginning of the robbery, Two-Face tells everyone "For the next five minutes, I'm in control!"
  • Split-Personality Merge: The previous episode introduced us to Harvey Dent and his psychopathic alter-ego "Big Bad Harv". His mutilation and Sanity Slippage should have caused a Split-Personality Takeover with Big Bad Harv in control, but that's not how Two-Face behaves. He possesses all the rage of big Bad Harv, yet with none of his sociopathy. He also wants revenge against Rupert Thorne for disfiguring him. If Big Bad Harv were solely in control, he would probably relish his new ruined face as a reflection of his own nature. He shows genuine love for his fiancee Grace, and guilt over the monstrous things he does when she confronts him. He still cares about justice and fairness, even if it has become his twisted notion of chance being the great equalizer.
  • Time Skip: This episode, the second of a two-parter, takes place a full six months after the first part.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Grace is fooled into thinking she'll bring the police to get Harvey help, but instead only leads Thorne to Two-Face's location.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Two-Face loses it when Batman tosses a box of silver dollars at him, causing him to lose his crucial coin in the pile.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Thorne orders the execution of Harvey and Grace after the former gives him the file.

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