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Recap / Batman: The Animated Series E36 "Cat Scratch Fever"

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Selina Kyle is sentenced for multiple counts of grand theft as Catwoman. Given her heroics against Red Claw, she is able to make a plea deal for five years' probation. When she returns home, she finds her cat, Isis, missing, and immediately risks breaking probation in the process of looking for her beloved pet.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • Rather than pursue her, Milo and his thugs just let Catwoman succumb to the deadly disease Isis gave her. She is immobilized, but Batman comes to her aid.
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    • Averted later when Batman gets submerged in an icy pond and Daggett's goons keep watch to shoot him if he emerges. Unfortunately for them, he breaks through the ice right underneath them and catches them by surprise.
  • Cruella to Animals: One of the "dog catchers" is vocal about her dislike of animals, and is happy to infect them.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Alfred asks Bruce if he plans to see Selena now that she's no longer a wanted criminal. He replies that Selena loves Batman but not Bruce, which is confirmed in a later conversation:
    Selina: Your bail money is safe.
    Bruce: That's not important, Selina. You are.
    Selina: [awkardly] Bruce... I like you, a lot... but as a friend.
    Bruce: I understand.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Selina witnesses the "dog catchers," who are clearly not who they say they are, collecting stray animals, she attacks. To Montoya, it looks like she was assaulting two public servants, and she is arrested.
  • Off-Model: The episode that convinced the producers to boot AKOM off the series.
    Bruce Timm: We retook that show considerably just to make it watchable. It was a mess, we had AKOM reanimate that one from scratch. That was the show that broke our back with AKOM and we decided we weren't going to use them any longer. After we fired them, they still had a couple of shows in production and those shows were a lot better. I guess they had never been fired from a series before.
    • For sake of example, even the opening courtroom scene with Selina is subject to Special Effects Failure. The jury and attendees are all static figure outlines instead of independently animated characters. They might as well be stick figures. And the water effects in the lake look especially bad.
  • Pet the Dog: In the final scene, Batman returns the now-cured Isis to Selina's apartment.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: Corrupt Corporate Executive Roland Daggett has stray animals infected with an incredibly virulent new strain of rabies that he plans to sell the cure for.
  • Pounds Are Animal Prisons: Invoked in reverse by Batman when he captures Daggett's mooks and tells them they're on their way to "the pound."
  • Snow Means Love: Batman meets Catwoman in the snow, and she has to ask, "Are you getting soft on criminals, or just on me?"
  • The Unmasking: At the beginning, Catwoman, having been arrested and outed as Selina Kyle at the end of her first appearance, is put on probation—if Catwoman is sighted, Selina is to be arrested immediately. However, with the possible exception of "Catwalk," this is the only episode to actually use this plot point in any way. Either the writers forgot or Selina is just that good.
    • More precisely, the judge warned Selena about putting on her costume to commit any more crimes. Also, the newspaper at the end of the episode describes her as helping Batman foil Daggett's scheme. That ought to leave her with enough wiggle room to continue being Catwoman as long as she avoids getting caught in any clear illegalities.


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