|Batman: The Animated Series episode|
|"Almost Got 'Im"|
|Airdate:||November 10, 1992|
|Animation Services by:||Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.|
|Written by:||Paul Dini|
|Directed by:||Eric Radomski|
|Episode images (12)|
"Almost Got 'Im" is the thirty-fifth episode of Batman: The Animated Series. It first aired on November 10, 1992. This episode features seven of Batman's rogues gallery, with four of them telling the stories of their "best" attempts at killing the Dark Knight, and an ending leading to a singular plot twist.
While hiding out from the police, the Joker, the Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc gather at the criminals-only bar the Stacked Deck to play cards and swap stories about their mutual nemesis. Each one has an "Almost Got 'Im" story when it comes to trying to do in Batman.
Poison Ivy's story Edit
Poison Ivy placed poison gas inside pumpkins on Halloween, which went off when lit. When most of Gotham City started to feel the effects of the gas, Batman went to the city pumpkin patch to investigate. There, Ivy attacked Batman with the gas, successfully weakened him, and almost unmasked him. However, Batman programmed the Batmobile to run down Ivy, and pulled an oxygen mask from the vehicle. Batman subsequently captured Ivy.
Two-Face's story Edit
Two-Face staged a robbery of the Gotham Mint for "$2,000,000 in two dollar bills". Batman, in an attempt to stop the heist, was overpowered by Two-Face's henchmen, the "Two-Ton Gang". Two-Face flipped his coin to see whether he would kill Batman or let him live, with a negative "bad-heads" result. Batman lunged at Two-Face ineffectively, and was restrained by his henchmen. Two-Face took Batman's utility belt, strapped him to a giant penny and placed it on a catapult. If it landed face down, Batman wiould be squashed. If it landed face up, his bones would shatter. The coin was launched, and in midair, Batman cut himself free from the ropes using Two-Face's own coin, which he had managed to steal when he lunged at Two-Face. Batman leapt clear of the giant penny's landing, and apprehended the crooks. In return for apprehending Two-Face, and much to Two-Face's irritation, the Gotham Mint let Batman keep the giant penny, which wound up as a trophy in the Batcave.
Killer Croc's story Edit
Killer Croc proudly stated that he once threw a rock at Batman in a quarry. The other villains stare at Croc quietly for a moment and then turn away, continuing their stories. Dejected, Croc mutters, "It was a big rock".
The Penguin's story Edit
The Penguin turned a zoo aviary into a home for dangerous birds in a plot to kill Batman. Pretending to attempt a break-in to the aviary caught Batman's attention; the Penguin sprayed Batman with a red gas out of his infamous "Umbrella Gun". Acting angry, as though the spray was useless, Penguin ducked into the aviary. As Batman gave chase, Penguin announced over a loudspeaker that in fact the red gas was a nectar eaten by poison-beaked hummingbirds, which were released to attack the Dark Knight. After being bitten several times, Batman threw a batarang at a sprinkler, where the water grounded the small birds. Before Batman could inject himself with an antidote, he was attacked and viciously gashed by a cassowary. In desperation, Batman grabbed one of the poisoned hummingbirds and used it as a weapon to stab the cassowary, incapacitating it. Batman chased after the Penguin outside, but the villain escaped, flying away via his umbrella helicopter.
The Joker's story Edit
The Joker and his gang took over and blocked off the set of a Gotham City late-night talk show, his gang holding the audience hostage. Batman went to save the people in the set but was overpowered and strapped to a "laugh-powered electric chair" which would fry him with electricity that rose in voltage the more the audience laughed. The Joker then took over the show as host. With the audience being forced to laugh at gunpoint, the Joker wanted more 'honest' laughter, and pumped the studio with laughing gas until "these people would laugh at the phone book". He then had his assistant Harley Quinn read names out of the phone book to elicit more laughter from the crowd. During this time, the Joker got so confident that he took out a sausage and began cooking it with the chair's steadily-increasing electricity until Catwoman broke into the studio and attacked him. While being thrown back, Joker dropped the metal rod he was using to hold the sausage right on Batman's lap. Too distracted at this point with Catwoman, nobody saw Batman use the rod to escape from the chair — too late, as the Joker was already fleeing the studio. Catwoman, starting to gain on him, was knocked out from behind by Harley Quinn. Then, in order to prove there is more than one way to 'get' Batman, he instructed Harley to take Catwoman to a cat food factory and strap her to a meat chopper. The Joker himself decided to hide out at the Stacked Deck for a while to lose Batman. Joker explains to the other villains that he is getting ready to go meet Harley at the factory and "turn Catwoman into cat food".
At this point, Killer Croc stands up saying "I don't think so" in a different voice, and proceeds to throw the Joker across the room, revealing himself to be Batman in disguise. However, it would seem Batman placed himself in great danger to get this information, as he now finds himself alone in a bar confronted by his deadliest foes, all itching to get him and in a perfect position to do so. Unfortunately for the villains, however, Batman literally turned the tables on them. Batman gives a signal and suddenly, the villains are confronted with multiple loaded guns as it is revealed that every other patron of the bar is a police officer, among them Harvey Bullock and Commissioner Gordon. It was all a sting operation. As the villains are arrested, Batman goes to the cat food factory to find Catwoman, bound, gagged, and strapped to a conveyor belt. Batman successfully manages to both save Catwoman and apprehend Harley Quinn.
The episode ends with Batman and Catwoman thanking each other for the respective saves. Catwoman makes a pass at Batman and implores him to reveal his identity to her, only to turn and find he has pulled one of his trademark disappearing acts. Catwoman then smiles, shakes her head and muses, "Hmm. Almost got 'im".
- Since Batman was acting as Croc the whole time it is safe to say that the story is made up, but it oddly fits a scene in "Sideshow", an episode made/aired later than this. It is possible that the event actually happened and that Batman is telling it as Croc would.
- Two-Face tells Ivy that they let Batman keep the giant penny, thus providing a new origin for the piece of memorabilia he keeps in the Batcave. In the Justice League episode "Starcrossed", The Flash would use it to defeat a group of invading Thanagarians.
- Ivy makes a reference to the group that she and Two-Face used to date (while Harvey Dent was still the District Attorney), an event that occurred in the episode "Pretty Poison".
- This marks the second time Batman disguises himself in order lure his enemies into a trap. The first time was in "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy".
- Killer Croc proves to have a fascination with assaulting Batman with rocks, suggesting it as a punishment for Batman in the episode "Trial".
- Assuming Killer Croc to have been Batman in disguise the entire episode, Batman portrays Croc as stupid. This contradicts the previous Killer Croc episode "Vendetta" in which Croc is shown to be rather intelligent (enough so to work as a mob hitman and frame Harvey Bullock for murder).
- This is the second episode to show Batman bleeding, following "On Leather Wings".
- It is odd that Catwoman can get along with Harley in Gotham Girls, as Harley tries to kill Catwoman in this episode and makes a reference to mistreating a cat. ("I had a kitty once. You know, they don't always land on their feet".)
- This is the first reference to Ivy's natural immunity to poisons, referenced again in "Harley and Ivy", among other episodes.
Background information Edit
Home video releases Edit
- Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Two (DVD)
- Batman: The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
- The Adventures of Batman & Robin: Batman's Greatest Villains (VHS)
Production inconsistencies Edit
- There are several animation goofs in Two-Face's story. Early on, he removes Batman's utility belt, yet it sporadically reappears on Batman throughout the tale; the first time, with Two-Face actually holding it in his hands.
- None of the hummingbirds have feet, although this was probably just to make them easier to animate.
- Every time the viewer gets to see Two-Face's hand, he always has 2 deuces (twos), and two face cards, a play on his name. In one shot he also has a four (two times two) and is seen pouring "half and half" in his coffee.
- The Joker's hand at the end is four aces and a Joker. Every time we see his hand he always has at least one ace (due to cheating). He also cheats by looking at Harvey's (Two-Face's) hand.
- The Joker cracks a joke at Poison Ivy about her use of "exploding pumpkins". Two years after this episode, Mark Hamill, who voices the Joker, would voice the Hobgoblin on the 1994 television series Spider-Man, a supervillain who utilizes exploding pumpkin bombs.
- The Penguin's and the Joker's stories all happened recently, with the Penguin having freshly escaped from his crime a few weeks before and the Joker's being just the night before (he must have planned for this). Poison Ivy's story is set the previous Halloween, and Two-Face's story happened some undetermined time ago.
- Two-Face's story is based on an original Two-Face deathtrap from the comics where both Batman and Robin were tied to the penny that was catapulted onto spikes. In the comics, they used the radios to create a "negative magnetic field" to repel the spikes and cause them to land "good side up", snapping the ropes and defeating Two-Face. By comparison, the solution in the animated version is much more plausible.
- The Two Ton Gang's capture of Batman possibly represents the only time in the DCAU storyline that the Dark Knight is physically overpowered by non-metahumans.
- Two-Face's comment of "Half of me wants to strangle her" and the other half wanting to "hit her with a truck" indicates that killing Poison Ivy is the only thing both sides seem to agree on.
- Killer Croc's story was directly referenced in the webcomic Impy and Aevy.
- A Read-Along story tape version of this story was released, though the Poison Ivy segment was left out.
|Mark Hamill||The Joker|
|Aron Kincaid||Killer Croc|
|Diane Pershing||Poison Ivy|
|Arleen Sorkin||Harley Quinn|
|Paul Williams||The Penguin|
Uncredited appearances Edit
Joker: He sure gets around for one guy.
Two-Face: (resentfully) Poison Ivy.
Joker: The fact of the matter is, we each have an "Almost Got' Im" Batman story. I know mine's the best, but let's hear yours' anyway. I'd say ladies first, but since we don't have any, (chuckles) we'll start with you, Pam.
Poison Ivy: I have this natural immunity to poisons, toxins, the pain and suffering of others. Go figure...
Two-Face: If it hadn't been for this blasted coin, I woulda got him!
Penguin: I find your petty machinations mildly diverting. But for sheer criminal genius, none surpasses my latest ornothologically-inspired entoilment.
Penguin: (during flashback) Welcome, my ebon-winged adversary. You have taken the bait, as I knew you would. Now, prepare to meet your end within my Aviary of Doom!
The Joker: Good evening, folks, I'm the Joker! Living proof that you don't have to be crazy to host this show — but it helps!
Penguin: Well, well, an imposter is our midst.
Harley Quinn: (to Catwoman) I had a kitty once! Y'know, they don't always land on their feet.
Harley Quinn: Back off, Bats, and say ciao to your girlfriend. Cat chow, that is.
Harley Quinn: Gee, Batman, what are you gonna do? Kick me around or save your kitty? You've only got time for one.
| Previously produced episode:|
"Terror in the Sky"
| Episodes of|
Batman: The Animated Series
| Next produced episode:|
"Birds of a Feather"
| Previously aired episode:|
"I Am the Night"
| Next aired episode:|
"Moon of the Wolf"