Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #47: Birds Of A Feather

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Birds Of A Feather was first broadcasted on February 8, 1993 with a script by Brynne Stephens from a story by Chuck Menville and directed by Frank Paur.

Veronica Vreeland is looking for a way to create a splash with her next party, and arrives at the idea of having a former criminal in attendance — especially if there is one whose manners would create a stir. The Penguin, who has recently reformed, fits the bill perfectly. In the process of convincing the Penguin to come to her party, Veronica finds she likes the corpulent little guy. For his part, the Penguin begins to fall in love with her, until he overhears that he is merely being used.

What’s interesting about this episode is that the Penguin is legitimately trying to turn a new leaf and actually live in a normal society, it’s not some evil plan or trick, he’s really trying to change his ways and he almost succeeds until the truth eventually comes out.

The episode is an interesting story focusing on The Penguin trying to change his life around and thinking he’s found the person who can see the beauty within him but she’s actually doing it to essentially be the center of the attention by bringing a former criminal out to a public event.

The whole episode’s premise starts off as essentially a joke on the part on Veronica but as the episode goes on, she starts to realize there’s something about him that’s actually worthy. But like in most movies and TV shows, the truth has to come out and the guilty has to pay the consequences in the end. It just makes you wonder what would’ve happened if she hadn’t done this with the intent of making a fool out of the Penguin and actually gave him a fair shot.

Birds Of A Feather is a great episode that makes you ask a lot of questions about what would’ve happened if the Penguin was truly able to reform and if this woman had actually wanted to give him a fair shot, right down to the final line where she tells him that she did really end up liking him and Penguin goes “I suppose it’s true what they say. Society is to blame. High society.” Definitely one episode worth checking out.

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