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Recap / The New Batman Adventures E13 "Mean Seasons"

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Batman and Batgirl fight Calendar Girl, an ex-model seeking revenge.


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  • Actor Allusion: Sela Wardnote  played Page Monroe, a.k.a. "Calendar Girl" — a former model who turned to a life of crime after being passed over in favor of younger faces and tried to exact revenge on the ones who ended her career.
  • Amusing Injury: Batman throws a henchman into a car with the front open. The door slams shut and he screams.
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  • Anti-Climactic Unmasking: Calendar Girl spends the whole episode obsessing about how no-one can see her face, leading us to think that it's some hideous botched plastic surgery she got after being forced out of modeling. Instead she looks perfectly normal, but can only see the tiny flaws from her aging.
  • Bad Vibrations: A glass of water vibrates to indicate a rampaging robot T. rex.
  • Bandaged Face: Calendar Girl got surgery to help her fading beauty, and was horrified at the results (or what her deluded mind thought was the results).
  • Beautiful All Along: Unfortunately she's not sane enough to see it.
  • Bound and Gagged: Three fashion executives are tied up for judgement from Calendar Girl.
  • Canon Foreigner: Calendar Girl
  • Chippendales Dancers: Calendar Girl's Mooks are dressed up in similar costumes, providing a gender-flipped version of Bodyguard Babes.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: At the beginning, a fat rich lady wishes to buy one of the clothes the fashion models on the catwalk were wearing. One guy asked who she's buying it for, and she hits him with her purse. He doesn't know why she was angry at him.
  • Don't Look at Me!: Calendar Girl covered her face with a White Mask of Doom at all times, at the risk of her Berserk Button. When she's unmasked at the end, a confused Batgirl whispers that "She's beautiful," but Batman solemnly replies that all she can see are the flaws.
  • Expy:
  • Fashion Model: Calendar Girl used to be one.
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  • Fashion Show: The first crime is committed at one.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In the fashion industry, turning thirty will get you practically blacklisted.
  • Hollywood Homely / Hollywood Old: Used In-Universe, and very deliberately, with Calendar Girl. She used to be a glamorous, gorgeous supermodel, but was eventually rejected by the industry (for the heinous crime of getting older), and now refuses to be seen without her mask. When it eventually gets removed at the end of the episode, she screams at people not to look at her... except she's still every bit as beautiful as she was in the flashbacks. It's just that the unrealistic, unfair, and downright insane standards set by the industry broke her to the point that she now sees herself as hideously ugly.
  • Match Cut: A dissolve from Batman in the field to Bruce Wayne in his office.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Calendar Girl views herself as a hideous and deformed person whose dreadful appearance has only been exacerbated by countless rounds of plastic surgery. Beneath her mask, however, she is a beautiful woman whose self-image was destroyed when she was kicked out of the modeling community in favor of younger women.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    Henchman: You know what I want from you two?
    Donna Day and Barkley James: (eagerly) What?
    Henchman: QUIET! The boss is thinking.
  • Not So Different: Barbara snarks that Paige was the same age as Bruce when she did a show that he remembered. Barbara herself is also entering her thirties, but no one comments on that.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted; when a model begs for her life and says she's too young to die, Calendar Girl snarks that "You're never too thin and you're never too young."
  • Pretty in Mink: A good number of the rich ladies attending the fashion show wear fur wraps.
  • Reluctant Retiree: A subplot dealt with Bruce Wayne having to force this on an otherwise competent but elderly manager at Wayne Corp. After the episode's plot makes him reconsider the value of experience and his own aging, he lifts the "mandatory" aspect of the company's retirement policy. When he tells the manager of this change, the man is quite excited that he can keep working until he is ready to retire on his own. He literally "flips his wig", tossing his toupee in joy.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: When Donna Day and Barkley James offer to bribe a henchman to let them go, and they certainly have the funds for it, he gives them a Big "SHUT UP!" so that the boss can think.
  • Totally Radical: Parodied in a scene with a group of network bigwigs viewing pitches for new shows:
    (kid with backwards baseball cap and shades skateboards up to the camera, pulls out a police badge)
    Kid: You're busted!
    Announcer: Teen Cop: inner-city street drama with a fresh attitude.
    Kid: Education RULES!
  • White Mask of Doom: Calendar Girl wears one to cover up her hideous, as in no longer meeting impossible standards of beauty, face.
  • Younger and Hipper: Deconstructed with Calendar Girl. She was a former model who was "past her prime" (that is, she had turned 30) and wanted revenge against the fashion industry that abandoned her. There was a scene where a company was pitching TV ideas such as something about a "teen cop" and "girls at a modelling college", etc., to drive the point home. In the end, it was revealed that Calendar Girl was still quite beautiful, but all she could see were the "flaws" that came with age. The irony? Calendar Girl herself is a younger-and-hipper update of Calendar Man, a somewhat lame C-List Fodder bat-rogue.


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