Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #22: Joker’s Favor

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Joker’s Favor was first broadcasted on September 11, 1992 in its’ weekday slot (but was also broadcasted in primetime on January 31, 1993) with a script by Paul Dini and directed by Boyd Kirkland.

After a man named Charlie Collins (voiced by Ed Begley Jr.) curses at the Joker on the road for offensive driving, the Clown Prince of Crime corners him and intimidates him into doing him a “small favor”. Two years pass, and the Joker finally decides how to use Charlie: to sneak a bomb into the Peregrinator’s Club, where Commissioner Gordon is to give a speech at an award ceremony. Charlie, who merely has to open the door, is skeptical at first, but for the sake of his family, he reluctantly decides to obey.

This episode is most notable known for the debut of Harley Quinn, voiced in the series by Arleen Sorkin, who is the Joker’s sidekick/love interest and became such a popular character that she became part of the Batman lore more recently noticed by her appearance in Suicide Squad played by Margot Robbie.

So, there’s that advantage towards the episode but the other advantage this episode has is that not only is it another great episode but it’s one of the most fun, most exciting episodes the show has done up to this point.

When you have the Joker & Harley Quinn in an episode, you’ve automatically increased the quality of the episode just like that but what makes this episode so great is that we actually get to see sides of both characters than usual. For example, half of Harley Quinn’s appearance in this episode is her in normal attire and not in her notable costume:

Of course, early on, we see her in her traditional outfit:

But not only that, the Joker shows off another side of him we’re not used to seeing him….cowering in literal fear. Which leads to the ending of the episode where Charlie finally has enough and decides to fight back against the Joker in his own way and it’s one of the funniest things you will ever see from this show:

Just watching that scene again, you just can’t help but laugh out loud at how much Joker, of all people, just turns into such a coward when his own devices are used against him. The kicker is watching Batman literally laugh at this, we’ve seen Batman show a more humorous side to him once or twice before but hearing Batman straight up laughing right at his biggest enemy, you can’t help but just laugh so hard yourself. In a way, it makes both Batman and Joker more human than you would think.

Joker’s Favor is a classic episode all around, once again featuring top notch animation, great writing, a great cast, a great introduction to one of the most iconic characters in comics history, and packing on a surprisingly welcoming amount of good hard laughs. This is definitely another must watch episode from Batman: TAS and another classic episode.

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