Almost Got 'Im

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"Almost Got 'Im"
Batman: The Animated Series episode
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Episode no.Season 1
Episode 35
Directed byEric Radomski
Written byPaul Dini
Original air dateNovember 10, 1992
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"Almost Got 'Im" is the thirty-fifth episode of the Warner Bros. television program Batman: The Animated Series, which first aired on November 11, 1992, and was written by Paul Dini and directed by Eric Radomski. This episode features seven villains of Batman's rogues gallery, with five of them telling the stories of their "best" attempts at killing the Dark Knight (via a frame story), and the ending leading to a singular plot twist.

Plot[edit]

While hiding out from the police, five of Gotham's notorious criminals - the Joker, the Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, and Killer Croc - gather at the criminals-only Stacked Deck Club. While passing the time with a game of cards, their conversation focuses on their mutual foe, Batman, whom Two-Face doubts is one person. While Croc assumes him to be a robot, Penguin correctly theorizes that he suffered some crime-related trauma in the past that made him who he is. Eventually, the talk on the subject leads each argue over who came closest killing Batman, in which each criminal details their own story about how they "almost got 'im".

Poison Ivy recounts how she had unleashed poisonous gas on Halloween, through thousands of pumpkins, only for Batman to thwart her plans by overcoming a trap she had created for him when he began investigating the sudden ill effects that Gotham's inhabitants suffered from, and capturing her. Two Face recounts how he had staged a robbery at a mint for $2 million in two dollar bills and had managed to take away Batman's utility belt and strap him onto a giant penny that he planned to catapult, only to find that he had stolen his coin and used it to break free, before apprehending him and his gang. Pengiun recalls how he had turned a zoo aviary into a home for dangerous birds as part of a plot to kill Batman with several poison-beaked hummingbirds, only for the Dark Knight to soak them in water with the aviary's sprinkler, survive an attack by a cassowary, and inject himself with an antidote; Penguin was forced to flee as a direct result. Killer Croc attempts to detail how he nearly defeated Batman with a "big rock" during a battle in a quarry; unlike the others, none of the villains opt to listen to his story or learn how it went wrong.

With his cohorts having told their stories, Joker recalls how he had been close to killing Batman the night before. After capturing the Dark Knight, Joker commandeered the set of a late-night talk show, holding the studio audience hostage. With help from his gang and Harley Quinn, Joker intended to kill his nemesis on live television through a "laugh-powered electric chair" and pumping the studio with laughing gas. Before Batman was subjected to a lethal dose of electricity, Catwoman broke into the studio, distracting Joker in the ensuing fight long enough for the Dark Knight to escape. Before fleeing from the studio, Harley managed to knock out Catwoman, with Joker instructing that she be hidden away. With his story over, Killer Croc question Joker on what he did with Catwoman, to which he answers that she was taken to a cat food factory to be dealt with once he was finished at the club. To Joker's surprise, Croc attacks him, revealing himself to be Batman in disguise. As the other villains prepare to deal with him, Batman reveals that they were lured there as part of a sting operation organised by Gotham police, who were present in the club, in an attempt to find out Catwoman's whereabouts from Joker.

While Commissioner Gordon and Detective Bullock arrest the group, Batman heads out to the factory, finding Harley waiting to eliminate Catwoman, bound and gagged on a conveyor belt. After being taunted, Batman overcomes Harley and captures her, while rescuing Catwoman. As Harley is arrested, Catwoman thanks Batman for the rescue, to which he states he owed her one for saving him from Joker's scheme. As Catwoman discusses their relationship and makes a pass on him, Batman pulls off his trademark disappearing act, leaving her to smile and mutter to herself "Hmm. Almost got 'im."

Voice cast[edit]

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Batman
Adrienne Barbeau Catwoman
Mark Hamill The Joker
Aron Kincaid Killer Croc
Richard Moll Two-Face
Diane Pershing Poison Ivy
Arleen Sorkin Harley Quinn
Paul Williams The Penguin

Reception[edit]

Sandra Dozier calls the episode "charming" and praises it for showing "the origin story for the Bat Cave's giant penny."[1] Internet critic Doug Walker considers the episode to be the best of the entire series, praising the interaction between the villains and citing it as a direct influence on his writing style, particularly on the Nostalgia Critic's review of It.[2]

DVD release[edit]

The episode features a commentary on the DVD release.[3]

Notes[edit]

  • The story itself appears to be influenced by a four-issue story arc in Batman (1977) #291-294, entitled "Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?" In each of the four issues, one of four characters—Catwoman, Lex Luthor, Riddler, and Joker—recount their claims to have killed the Batman.
  • An edited audiobook version was released on audio cassette, omitting the character of Poison Ivy from the story completely for time reasons.
  • 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" cream in his coffee. He also has two guns (.22s) pointed at Batman.
  • 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 Penguin's and the Joker's stories happened recently, with the Penguin having freshly escaped from his crime a few weeks before and the Joker's being just the night before. Poison Ivy's story is set the previous Halloween, and Two-Face's story is set between his introduction and the first appearance of the Batcave's giant penny.
  • 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. However this time 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.
  • Two-Face tells Ivy that the mint let Batman keep the giant penny, thus providing a new origin for the piece of memorabilia he keeps in the Batcave.
  • 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". Two-Face remarks to Ivy that half of him wants to strangle her and the other half wants him to run her over with a truck. Apparently killing Ivy is the only thing both halves agree on.
  • Ivy does not wear her classic green outfit during her story but instead a black one-piece. There's obviously more backstory to her Halloween plot this likely ties into.
  • The Joker makes a joke regarding Ivy's use of exploding pumpkins. Mark Hamill, the Joker's voice actor, would later voice the Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, a villain who uses exploding pumpkins as a weapon.
  • The Penguin's affectations are more pronounced than usual – he drinks tea at the table, and refers to the location of his trap as an "aviary of doom!" When this provokes laughter, he remarks, "Just because you mundane miscreants have no drama in your souls!" Joker reminds him that using big words would only confuse Croc (actually Batman in disguise), so he corrects himself to "big birdhouse".
  • Teen Titans Go, a spin-off comic of the Teen Titans show featuring Robin, had an issue similar to this one. #40 "Nearly Nabbed Me" is where villains of the Titans recall when they were nearly caught by the heroes.
  • The Batman Beyond season two episode "Once Burned" alludes to this episode, with Bruce noting that the high-stakes poker game run by Gotham's villains has been going on since before his time.
  • Slight error occurred between scenes, at 6:52 Batman is without his belt, at 6:55 we can see him with his belt despite Two-Face removing it, at 7:08 he is without his belt again.

Game[edit]

In 2017 Cryptozoic Entertainment released a card game based on this episode. The game is a mafia/werewolf-style party game where players take the roles of the villains playing poker and trying to determine which player is secretly Batman in disguise.

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