Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #56: Harley & Ivy

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Harley & Ivy was first broadcasted on January 18, 1993 with a script by Paul Dini and directed by Boyd Kirkland.

When the Joker fires Harley, she tries going on a crime spree of her own, joining up with Poison Ivy, and the two become Gotham’s Queens of Crime, much to the Joker’s fury.

Of all the possible combinations of baddies you could put together in the Rogues Gallery, who would’ve ever guessed that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy would be a combination that not only works but exceeds anybody’s expectations.

I guess it’s true what they said, polar opposites do make for the best combos and here, that’s no exception. You have a wild one in Harley Quinn and a more settled down Poison Ivy with these unique ways of villainy and when they come together, it leads to some of the most fun you could expect to have with a concept.

Both Arleen Sorkin and Diane Pershing work off each other so well and you can just feel it right off the get go early in the episode:

And it continues all throughout the episode. When these two work off each other, it’s just so much fun to watch, very much how it’s always fun to watch Batman and Joker work off each other.

Speaking of those two, they do show up periodically throughout the episode and they also add in to a lot of the more enjoyable aspects of the episode such as this:

I don’t know why but I laughed so hard the first time I saw Batman at the end just randomly jump in and go “evening, ladies” with that mask on, I just found that so friggin’ hilarious.

And the whole episode has a lot of those hilarious out of nowhere moment as well, there’s one part where Harley and Ivy comes across this car filled with a bunch of hooting and hollering frat boys, voiced, by the way, by Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, and Ted Blackman, and what happens next is just priceless:

There’s just so much to admire about Harley & Ivy, you have the first of several pairings between these two in the future, you’ve got a lot of hilarious moments all around, they find a way to make both Batman and The Joker have equal timing and have their moments count. This is just such a fun as hell episode to watch over and over again and this is one that you’re definitely gonna watch over and over again.

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