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Recap / The New Batman Adventures E20 "Girls' Night Out"

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Metropolis supervillain Livewire escapes from a prison bus while being transported to GothCorp for treatment. With both Batman and Superman out of town, this winds up giving Batgirl the opportunity to meet and befriend Supergirl, but when Livewire forms a team-up of her own with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, things quickly become tougher for the two young heroines.


  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After the Iceberg Lounge is wrecked:
    Penguin: "You heard me! I need chainsaws, dump trucks, hedge clippers, and a bottle of aspirin down here now!"
  • Batman Gambit: Ivy got Supergirl with her vine seeds. When she throws another set at Batgirl, Supergirl blasts them with heat vision.
    Poison Ivy: Thank you for being so predictable, Supergirl. You just released the most virulent, allergenic pollen in the flora kingdom. The reaction is quite deadly, as your playmate is finding out.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Harley gets it the worst in this episode since it mostly deals with super-powered villains and she lacks the fighting prowess of Batgirl. With few exceptions, her actions are useless (hitting things with a big squeaky mallet) or worse (washing the insulating dust off Livewire with a seltzer bottle and shorting out her electrical powers), leading to eyerolling and mockery from the other villains.
    • The nervous mall security guard who feebly attempts to stop the villainous trio. Poor guy starts sweating bullets when Ivy slinks up to him and knocks him out. To add insult to injury she doesn't even properly kiss him. Just smooching onto two fingers then pressing them against his lips.
  • Cowardly Lion: Give the mall security guard some credit, he still tried to do his job, running out to face Ivy, Quinn and Livewire with a loaded handgun. Suicidally moronic given the countless ways our three deadly beauties could have ended him if they decided to? Of course. But, points for bravery.
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  • Crossover: With Superman: The Animated Series.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Batgirl and Supergirl.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: One gets the sense the sweaty, trembling mall security guard hasn't ever had a redheaded bombshell with a breathy voice like Poison Ivy sensually glide towards him before.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Both Batgirl and Supergirl are treated like second-class trainees of the veteran heroes, but they get a small compliment by Bullock - of all people - at the end.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The villains trashed the Iceberg Lounge, so Penguin has no problem telling Batgirl and Supergirl where their hideout is.
  • Epic Fail: Harley tries to attack Supergirl with a Red Boxing Glove on a spring, only to knock herself out with said boxing glove. In fairness, it's Supergirl and she was at least trying to ambush her. On a regular person it would've worked, but, well, again, girl of steel here.
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  • Girl's Night Out Episode: In the episode title. Both for the heroes and villains, there is no male to be found anywhere.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: See Epic Fail.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Bullock sees that Batgirl and Supergirl are going to save the day, and he's not impressed.
    Bullock: I never thought I'd say this, but where's the bat?
  • Idiot Ball: Harley unfortunately has to carry it and the Incompetence Ball this episode. Since neither Poison Ivy, Livewire, Supergirl nor Batgirl really lend themselves to being Played for Laughs, the comedy onus is pretty much all on Harley. Consequently, she has decided that every solution involves a large squeaky mallet.
  • I'm Melting!: Ivy's hedge elephants, tiger, rhinoceroses and giraffes are destroyed this way when Batgirl deflects Livewire's electricity onto the hedge animals to save Supergirl and defeat Poison Ivy.
  • Indirect Kiss: Poison Ivy does this with the nervous security guard. She kisses two of her fingers before pressing them against his lips, causing him to faint
  • Insult Backfire/Blunt "Yes": After Harley gets the bright idea to "help" Livewire by dousing her with water:
    Livewire: Are you out of your mind?!
    Harley Quinn: ...Yeah!
  • Lighter and Softer: The episode is far more "cartoony" than most in the DCAU.
  • Lovely Angels: One-episode version.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The stars take the episode off. Bruce Wayne is on a business trip in Europe. Crime in Metropolis is so low that Supergirl gets bored and heads out to help Gotham.
  • Nerves of Steel: The Penguin is still able to keep his Deadpan Snarker attitude even after the three villains have wrecked the Iceberg Lounge, ruining his suit and giving him a bad headache, as proven by how he greets Batgirl and Supergirl:
    Penguin: We're closed! And besides, you two aren't even old enough to come in here. note .
  • Only Six Faces: The episode's final scene displays the limited character designs in Timm Style animation. While out of costume and covering their hair in towels for a makeover, Supergirl and Batgirl look nearly identical.
  • ...Or So I Heard: The Penguin tells Batgirl and Supergirl where the villains are hiding out while maintaining the rather flimsy veneer of a respectable businessman who has no connection to such things.
  • Pet the Dog: Poison Ivy was more than capable of gruesomely murdering the unquestionably outclassed mall security guard but simply chooses to knock him out. Although, it's a little backhanded since she doesn't consider him worthy of an actual snog, using her lipstick stained fingers instead.
  • Shooting Superman: Rather, hitting Supergirl with a squeaky mallet. Harley attempts it, and the recoil whacks her in the face.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: ...But that doesn’t stop Supergirl. Justified by one of Superman’s Rogues showing up in Gotham.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Like what previously happened with Parasite, Livewire considers herself a boss here and is disrespectful to Poison Ivy and openly mocks Harley.
  • Taught by Experience: Ivy has learned by now that she and Harley can't pull anything in Gotham unless they have a definite edge over Batman and his team.
  • Temporarily Exaggerated Trait: Harley, who is usually Obfuscating Stupidity and a Hypercompetent Sidekick, turned into Dumb Blonde Womanchild (to the Too Dumb to Live - level) in this episode.
  • Tempting Fate: Batgirl and Supergirl are certain they can take Livewire since it's "two against one." The very next scene is Livewire finding Ivy and Harley.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Harley has several of these moments, but trying to dousing Livewire with water is certainly up there.
  • The Unreveal: It's never said why Clark's out of Metropolis, be it Daily Planet or Superman-related, that's caused Kara to housesit for him while he's gone.