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Disappearing Inque
"Disappearing Inque"
Airdate: May 8, 1999 (USA)
Production Number: 12
Airdate Order: 11
Animation Services by: Koko/Dong Yang
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Curt Geda
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"Disappearing Inque" is the eleventh episode of Batman Beyond. It depicts the return of Inque. After being turned down for a raise, Aaron Herbst becomes disgruntled and releases Inque from her icy prison. Having had to listen to him for months, Inque decides that he'll make a suitable partner for the time being and uses him to get the mutagenic chemicals she needs to heal herself. After being healed, Inque captures Batman and tries to lure Bruce into her trap too. Now Inque has both Batmen to deal with.

Plot

Inque frozen

Inque's captivity and caretaker.

Out at Gotham Cryogenics, a disgruntled employee, Aaron Herbst, walks in on Inque, trapped in a block of ice. He starts talking to Inque about his problems, including that he's been turned down for a raise, but then gets a call that his boss wants to see him. Just for luck, he kisses the ice holding Inque. However, his boss tells him that cameras have been monitoring his "conversations" with Inque, and he's being fired. In revenge, Aaron cuts off the power to Inque's cell, allowing the ice to melt and her to escape.

Back at the Batcave, Terry admires an exosuit on display next to the costumes, and asks about it. Bruce says he built it when he first started losing his strength and endurance to old age—the suit greatly increases both, but he soon realized that using it put too great a strain on his heart.

An alarm goes off alerting both men to Inque's escape, and a news report shows that she is holding employees at the cryogenics plant hostage. Remembering their last confrontation, Terry suits up and takes along Mr. Freeze's cold gun.

Inque releases the hostages but Batman notices that one of the officers is wearing a black coat. Deducing that this coat is actually Inque he attacks. However, the police start to fire on both Inque and Batman. Worse, Inque manages to destroy Mr. Freeze's gun and escapes.

In his apartment, Aaron watches a newscast about Inque's escape and chuckles. Inque also arrives, and as they talk, Aaron is surprised to learn that she's been able to see and hear him during her imprisonment. Aaron is initially embarrassed about going on and on about his problems, but Inque says she won't tell anyone if he helps her. Aaron eagerly says he'll do anything for her.

Meanwhile as Terry reinforces the Batcave's stone superstructure with Plasti Steel, Bruce analyzes a sample of Inque's bio-residue and discovers that her liquid-body has deteriorated to the point of inhibiting her assuming of human form, thus requiring an infusion of certain mutagenic chemicals. Bruce gives Terry a special batarang designed to disable her and sends him out.

That night, Inque and Aaron break into a chemical lab and steal the chemicals they need for the mutagen. Before they can leave, Aaron asks for his reward: to be mutated into a shapeshifter like her. Inque agrees, but before she can make good on her promise, Batman arrives. Inque attacks him and manages to dodge his special batarang, leaving him with nothing. Batman continues to fight Inque but she easily gains the upper hand. However, after a failed attempt to drown him in her body, Inque looses Batman long enough to grab his special batarang. Inque is downed, but Aaron beats Batman and saves her. Inque wants Batman dead, but decides to wait until she can get "the old one too".

Inque and Aaron go to their hideout and Inque drinks the mutagen, healing herself. She goes to Batman, who's contacted Bruce. Batman refuses to tell Bruce where they are, but Inque drops in on the transmission and tells him herself: the old Gotham Hills Arena. After the transmission, Aaron once again demands his reward, and Inque injects him with the mutagen.

Bruce arrives at the Arena wearing a trench coat that seems unusually bulky on him, along with a hat, scarf, and sunglasses to conceal his face. As he walks through, he sees Aaron, who is now a shapeless, unstable blob: Aaron mumbles that Inque only gave him half the treatment—robbing him of his cohesion, but leaving him unable to shape-shift like her. There is nothing Bruce can do for him.

Inque vs Batman

Inque engages the original Batman.

Looking past him, Bruce sees what looks like Terry, free, and comes closer. However, this Batman is actually Inque in disguise. As Terry watches, Inque snares Bruce with her arm, then begins twisting it to slowly crush him to death.

Then, armor plates snap shut over Bruce's body, and he bursts out of the trench coat. Terry is horrified to see that Bruce has donned the exosuit to fight Inque, despite the risk to his heart. In the armor, Bruce manages to send Inque flying into the far wall, but she attacks with a vengeance and throws him to the ground. As she advances, preparing to kill him, Aaron crawls between them, moaning, "You promised... you promised!" She sneers, "loser!" and tries to swat him aside, but Aaron, enraged that he gave up everything for nothing, wraps his shapeless body around her. As she struggles to get free, she accidentally knocks over the column Terry is tied to, allowing him to free himself. As she throws Aaron aside and advances on Bruce again, Terry throws a batarang at the glass ceiling, smashing it and letting in the rain. Inque begins to melt away. She lurches desperately for the flask containing the remaining mutagen, but falls short and dissolves away into the drains.

Inque diluted

Washed away.

Bruce recovers from the fight without ill effects.

In the last scene, Aaron is now kept in a glass container similar to Inque's, and can only eat liquid foods fed to him through a funnel. Now he is the one trapped with an annoying and cheery attendant, who tells him about all her problems and is likewise unaware that she too is being monitored, to prevent her from going down the same path as Aaron.

Continuity

  • This episode makes several references to "Black Out":
    • Bruce gives Terry Mr. Freeze's gun before he goes after Inque, because that's how he had defeated her before.
    • Inque destroys the gun and asks Terry "What are you going to do now?".
    • Terry reminds Bruce Inque had broken into the Batcave.
    • Inque refers to the assignment given by Derek Powers to kill Batman.

Background information

Home video releases

Production inconsistencies

  • None of the Gotham City Police officers wear long overcoats, yet the one whom Inque attaches herself to is surprised when his outer garment suddenly comes to life, without having noticed the wrong garments earlier.
  • Further confusing the viewer, the officer wearing the Inque-coat is shown to be African American in one scene, then in the next he's Caucasian, and then his racial rendering switches back to being African American.
  • Terry is reinforcing the Batcave with a metalloid-alloy called Plasti Steel, which is described on its canister as being an "industrial bealant"; this is likely an animator's typo with "bealant" probably intended to have read as "sealant".
  • Bruce gives Terry an electrical-discharge Batarang and indicates it is the best defensive device against Inque that he can construct on short notice. However, Terry had previously employed that type of Batarang in episode "Black Out" meaning he had such gadgetry in his suit's cache already.

Trivia

  • Inque asks Batman whether the man behind the radio was his "father or grandfather". In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" it is revealed that Terry is Bruce's biological son. This is one of three foreshadowing remarks about their kinship (see also "Inqueling" and "The Call").
  • Inque's attempt to kill Batman by smothering him within her body was a tactic also used by Clayface in "Mudslide".
  • When Bruce activates his armor a version of the Batman: The Animated Series leitmotif starts playing.
  • At the end of the episode, Bruce looks at Inque and says, "Poor deluded fool". He could also be saying "diluted" which means to add water to a liquid to weaken it, but Terry looks at him in surprise, implying that he was playfully insulting Terry for underestimating him.
  • Despite it being destroyed, Mr. Freeze's gun later reappears on display in the Batcave in future episodes. It's possible that he rebuilt it after its destruction.

Cast

Actor Role
Will Friedle Terry McGinnis / Batman
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne
Shannon Kenny Inque
William H. Macy Aaron Herbst
Kevin Michael Richardson Chandler
Miriam Flynn T.V. Newscaster
Kimmy Robertson Margo
Barry Dennen Captain
Victor Raider-Wexler Guard

Quotes

Bruce: Back at the cryogenics place, weren't you wondering why Inque didn't morph into her human form and just walk out with the other workers?
Terry: Uh, yeah! ...Sort of...


Aaron: Maybe you'd like to wash up, then?
Inque: No thanks.
Aaron: You know, you were in that storm drain for a pretty long time and…
Inque: I don't like water, OK!?


Terry: Someday you're going to tell me the real reason why you stopped being Batman.


Terry: She can huff and puff all she wants but she's not going to blow this place down.


Bruce: You got away?
(As he approaches Terry, he is constricted by an inky tentacle as Terry morphs into Inque)
Inque: He didn't get away ... and neither will you.


Bruce Wayne: (Bruce Wayne in the mechanized bat suit just risked a heart attack to fight and defeat Inque) Now do you believe me about why I retired?
Terry McGinnis: Not entirely, but tonight, I'm glad you didn't stay retired.



Previously produced episode:
"A Touch of Curaré"
Episodes of
Batman Beyond
Next produced episode:
"Ascension"
Previously aired episode:
"Spellbound"
Next aired episode:
"A Touch of Curaré"

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