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Recap / Justice League Unlimited S 1 E 7 The Greatest Story Never Told

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"Squeaky wheel, buddy. Squeaky wheel."

-Written by Andrew Kreisberg

Booster Gold has just defeated some random mechanical villain and attempts to brag to an audience of bystanders along with his robotic sidekick, Skeets. Putting a slight crimp on his plans is the fact that nobody knows who he is, or worse, thinks he is Green Lantern.

Later at the Watchtower Booster complains to Martian Manhunter about his low-profile situation, but J'onn says it's Booster's fame-seeking attitude that's preventing him from rising in rank. Suddenly an alert goes off and an army of heroes is deployed, which only includes Booster due to pestering.

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Back in Metropolis, everybody except for Booster and Elongated Man are asked to assist with defeating the villain (Plastic Man was down there; they didn't need two stretchy guys). The remaining two heroes are delegated to "crowd control". Elongated Man finds this situation unfair and continuously complains to Booster, claiming "the squeaky wheel gets the grease, my friend". Eventually even Elongated Man is called to the front lines, leaving Booster with only Skeets and panicked citizens for company.

Booster continues halfheartedly to maintain order among those citizens when suddenly, there's a loud bang and Superman crash-lands. Booster rushes over, asking Supes if he was okay. Superman gets up and reveals his left half is that of Batman and says (in Wonder Woman's voice), "I'm fine, get back to crowd control".

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Some time later, Booster is asked by a child to save his "aunts" in a burning building. This really piques Booster's interest but, sadly for Booster, they were actually just ants. Booster returns the ant farm to the child, who only responds with "Thank you, Green Lantern!" before running off.

An earthquake strikes a nearby building, so our hero goes to assist with the evacuation. There he encounters an unconscious Hot Scientist, Doctor Tracy Simmons, who soon wakes up and warns of an impending disaster. She and her fellow scientist, Doctor Daniel Brown, were attempting to use a contained black hole to generate energy but, due to the earthquake, the containment field broke and the black hole somehow embedded itself within Doc Brown. Fortunately, this effect could be neutralized by popping a convenient collar around Daniel's neck. Who better to perform this feat than Booster Gold?

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This seems like an easy enough task but due to environmental factors, medical emergencies, and plain ol' idiocy, it takes Booster a while to complete it. All the while Brown is acting as a super vacuum cleaner, sucking in birds, cars, buildings, and Skeets.

The episode comes to its climax when Booster, once again, fails to collar Brown and rants to Simmons about how he didn't come to the past to become a hero but to be rich and famous. It takes a pep talk by Tracy to encourage Booster enough for one last try. This time, after near spagettification, Booster Gold gets the collar around the doctor's neck. Subsequently he "burps" up all of the stuff the black hole swallowed, including Skeets.

When Tracy congratulates Booster on saving the world he walks off, claiming "kissing girls is for heroes", contrary to Skeets' readings.

Booster returns to the battlefield to find Mordru defeated due to some "slick moves" by Elongated Man. After congratulating the stretchy guy Batman (who has fully recovered) approaches Booster, berating him for not sticking to crowd control, implying there's even more punishment to come. To add insult to injury, someone comes up to Booster asking for Green Lantern, only to reveal it's a jesting Tracy, asking for a dinner date.

As they walk off into the sunset, Booster Gold remarks to a baffled Elongated Man, "Squeaky wheel, buddy. Squeaky wheel."

This episode includes examples of:

  • Damsel in Distress: Booster's kind of damsel.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Double subverted. Dr. Simmons wants to kiss Booster after he defuses the black hole but he walks away, invoking "I'm Not a Hero, I'm...". Then after being berated by Batman, Simmons returns to ask for a date...and Booster takes her up for it.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Booster Gold complains that despite his power and deeds, he doesn't get the recognition he feels he deserves. When Booster goads Martian Manhunter into letting him take part in a battle against a physical god, he gets excited to have the chance to show what he can do. Instead, he was put in the role of crowd control. Subverted in that at least he gets a very thankful girl at the end...at the price of becoming part of Batman's shit list.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tracy apparently did create the special disruptor collar to contain the black hole. As she was tinkering with it while Booster called J'onn.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Trope Namer. Booster tries and fails a couple of times to explain his situation to fellow Leaguers, but winds up content not telling.
  • Hot Scientist: Doctor Tracy Simmons.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: ...But kissing is for heroes.
  • Mythology Gag: "If I were Green Lantern, my costume would be green, wouldn't it?" Unless you were Alan Scott...
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Booster Gold tries to tell the rest of the League about the black hole situation after Tracey explains it to him, but when he contacts Superman he is simply told to get back to crowd control.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: When encountering a woman in labor, Booster looks to Dr. Tracy Simmons since "you're a doctor." Tracy clarifies that she's a physicist.
  • Robot Buddy: Skeets
  • Running Gag: The Phrase Catcher "thanks Green Lantern" after being helped/saved by Booster Gold and Booster going "The name is Booster Gold, not Green Lantern" in response.
  • She's Got Legs: Booster seems to see this in Tracy, when the camera focuses on her legs at one point while she talked about the lab accident situation.
  • Shout-Out: After getting freed from the black hole, Skeets notes "My God. It's full of stars".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Booster getting a date in the end.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Booster discovers to his and Dr. Simmons' surprise that, underneath the selfish glory-hound exterior, there is potential for genuine selfless heroism.

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