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Recap / Batman: The Animated Series E29 "Eternal Youth"

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The episode opens with a victim being chased by a hidden aggressor. Eventually, the victim can't run anymore, and, after a short back-and-forth with Poison Ivy, is shot with a strange gas and petrified. A short time later, Bruce Wayne receives an invitation to a retreat at the Eternal Youth Spa. Per the norm, he turns it down, but suggests that Alfred and his lady friend take it instead. When Alfred comes back, he seems strangely more plant-oriented, and a trip to the Spa uncovers a horrible secret.

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Tropes in this episode include:

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Ivy is redheaded, of course, and her henchwomen Lily and Violet are blonde and brunette respectively.
  • Body Horror: The episode has this in spades for the victims of the villain, Transflormation mixed with Taken for Granite (well, wood here) and And I Must Scream. Fortunately, it can be reversed before Ivy can spray them anymore.
  • Bound and Gagged: Batman subdues Lily and Violet, ties them up, and gags them for good measure.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Poison Ivy has somehow managed to afford a gigantic mansion with its own power plant and extensive grounds in order to set up a fake health spa for one episode—complete with a staff of women loyal enough to kill on her part and try fighting the Batman, and a greenhouse full of extremely rare, nearly extinct, fully-grown trees found only in the depths of the Amazon. What's more, that growth formula she extracted seems to be an extremely effective reforestation tool, as seen at the end, and she could have proposed it as such to actually fix the precious forests she loves rather than exact horrifying revenge against the perpetrators.
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  • Day in the Limelight: Alfred has a much bigger involvement in this episode than most.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Posion Ivy runs a spa and send out invitations to millionaires who have done some environmental wrong, turning them into living plants with her treatment. She targets Bruce when his company was planning on tearing down a forest for building space—except Bruce had found out and stopped the plans long beforehand and she never bothered to look further into this. What's more, when Bruce lets his butler Alfred and Alfred's girlfriend go in his place as a vacation, Ivy figures she'll make due with him cause someone has to be punished.
  • Girl Posse: Ivy's two henchgirls Violet and Lily.
  • Grand Dame: Mrs. Thomas, who we see at the beginning getting sprayed by Poison Ivy.
    • And the "widow" who cut down "an ancient forest to produce cardboard".
  • Irony: Bruce orders one of his employees to shut down the tree-cutting at a rainforest, not caring how much money they'll lose. Then, Alfred gets the mail, with one that says Bruce won ten million dollars, which would likely cover the money loss.
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  • Longevity Treatment: Poison Ivy under the guise of Dr. Demeter offers this treatment to rich industrialists but in reality is turning them into trees as karmic justice for their environmental destruction. She has no qualms about going after their friends or loved ones as well.
  • Misplaced Retribution: A rare double helping. Poison Ivy targets Alfred and his girlfriend in a Revenge by Proxy to Bruce Wayne for his company's involvement in tearing down a rainforest...who himself had nothing to do with it, a greedy director of his the one who made the deal.
  • Mythology Gag: Possibly...when Alfred debuted in the comics, he was fat and clean-shaven. In order to match him with the Alfred from the first movie adaptation, it was explained that he lost weight and grew a mustache at, you guessed it...a health spa.
  • Noodle Incident: There's apparently always someone in Wayne Enterprises who tries to slip under Bruce's radar.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Alfred putting extra plants around the house and Batcave tips Batman off that something is wrong.
  • Revenge Myopia: Ivy. Not only is killing plants not tantamount to killing humans, but also Wayne was only distantly in charge of the operation for which she tries to punish him and was not any more pleased about the ecosystem damage (when he heard of it) than she was.
  • Say My Name: "Alfred? Alfred! Alfred!! ALLFREEEEEDDD!!!!!!!!"
  • Speak in Unison: Violet and Lily, as Alfred points out while watching the video.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: "This dog of a dogwood leveled enough trees to shade a small state," and she gives him a kiss on the cheek. Had it not been for Batman he would've died.
  • Theme Naming: Poison Ivy's henchwomen, Violet and Lily, are also named after plants. The names are likely aliases, though this is not made quite clear.
  • This Cannot Be!: Uttered by Batman when he sees what Poison Ivy has done to all the industrialists.
  • Transflormation: What Poison Ivy does to industrialists, Alfred, and Alfred's ladyfriend.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Even Wayne is concerned about the effects of corporations on the environment, but Ivy takes it to an extreme level.

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