Batman: 11 Two Face, Part Two

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We see a “previously on” clip show before cutting to the same title card. This time, the isolated xylophone strikes have unified into an ominous theme.

A Rolls Royce pulls up outside one of Rupert Thorne’s gambling establishments. In the back seat is what’s left of Harvey Dent. He flips a coin, and it lands bad side up - it’s time to dole out the punishment.

The Dent’s toothy chauffeurs kick the door down, brandishing Tommy guns. They look like larcenous versions of Howdy Doody.

The man himself walks in a moment later, pimped out in a half-white half-black suit.

They take the place for all it’s worth, including a box of silver dollars. One of the Howdy boys tries to steal a ring, but he has to leave it per the coin flip. The mook whines at the man now known as Two-Face and catches a hard slap in the mouth.

Two-Face fires into the monitors, and we segue to an enraged Thorne. We’re a crime wave and six months from last episode, which gave Two-Face ample time to find a tailor not bound by traditional fashion concerns.

Thorne sets a two million dollar bounty on Two-Face. He's obviously satisfied with how clever he’s being.

In a Dickensian nightmare version of Gotham, Harvey Dent runs through networks of smokestacks and leering buildings. Batman calls to him, but still Harvey flees. The former DA finds himself on a rickety rope bridge

Batman offers his hand, but Harvey is viciously recriminating - why didn’t his friend help him before? He looks up as Two-Face, blames Batman again, and then falls to his death in a burning red light.

Huddled under a streetlight are Thomas and Martha Wayne. Looking beyond pitiable, they ask their son why he didn't save them.

Bruce shoots awake in the Batcave. Scattered before him are psychology journals, textbooks, and a picture of Two-Face. Sounding weary to the bone, he promises his friend that he will save him. It’s a haunting soliloquy.

Meanwhile, Grace weeps over a picture of pre-transformation Harvey Dent. There’s a knock at the door.

It’s Thorne’s right hand woman, pretending to be a police officer. She sneakily gets Grace to accept a beacon so the woman can inform on her fiancé, if he comes calling. No sooner than the counterfeit police car pulls away does Two-Face’s Rolls show up. He peers from a lowered window, forlorn. The car drives off.

Commercial break!

Two-Face is counting his purloined cash. He opens his wallet and sees a photo of himself with Grace.

The mooks offer to bring Grace to him. This is submitted to a coin flip, which lands bad side up. It’s a no go. However, it is time to take Thorne out for good.

Under Wayne Manor, Batman is explaining Two-Face’s pattern to Alfred. However, Rupert Thorne has run out of fronts with a two in the name. Our hero deduces that Two-Face will go after the crime boss directly.

As he hops on the Batcycle, Alfred explains that Two-Face is no longer Harvey Dent. Batman has to believe that he can be, but the butler warns him against the notion. If you are ever bitten by a zombie, Alfred will shoot you before you can say “ouch”.

At the offices of E. Doubleday, Esq., one of the Howdy boys discovers Thorne's confidential file. It's all the information Two-Face needs to destroy the crime boss, and a bit of sardonic justice at that.

They turn to leave, but – gasp! - Batman stands in the doorway, backlit like an avenging angel. The Dark Knight easily takes the mook's gun away, tossing it behind him. His next trick is catching the man's fist mid-punch and crushing it.

Our hero rushes at Two-Face, but only to reason with him. Batman wants to help; he says that Harvey Dent still has friends. Two-Face is enraged by Harvey Dent's name, but melts at Grace's.

He asks about Grace in Harvey's voice, and it seems like Batman is making progress. That's when the other mook walks in the door. Two-Face gives Batman a Kirk-style double axe handle in the back and flees.

Batman chases his former friend. Two-Face has had enough of this compassion bullshit, and kicks the Dark Knight into a cleaning trolley.

Suffering his second back trauma of the night, Batman passes out.

An elderly janitor discovers Batman, and the man couldn't be more nonchalant. It's like he discovers wounded superheroes in the hallway every Thursday.

The janitor helps Batman to his feet. Our hero discovers a matchbook in his palm.

In the Rolls, the Howdy boys are exultant. Two-Face sees a wedding advert, appropriately titled, “The two shall become one.” He flips a coin, and we cut to a ringing phone.

Grace answers, and Harvey tells her to get in the car waiting outside. The woman cries. She says she loves him no matter what, clutching the beacon Thorne's henchwoman gave her.

Thorne is irate – if the police get the files Two-Face has, it's over! Oh Animated Series, those files were illegally obtained. It’s dubious at best whether they’d be admissible, thanks to the lack of a chain of evidence to prove authenticity.

I mean, the crime boss tosses a phone. He’s real angry.

Just then, the Smirk-o-tron 5000 begins to beep. Wait, no, it's just the beacon. She's not a robot built to be ten times as smug as a normal human.

Commercial break!

Grace comports herself like a lady as she's lead into the Wild Deuce club by the mooks. Inside is Two-Face, with a Phantom of the Opera meets Cobra Commander style sheet over his bad half.

He says his name is Two-Face now, and to really hammer the point home shows her his half-ballroom, half-hobo's casino. Understandably, she asks what happened to his mind.

The former DA explains he listens to a coin flip now, reality is arbitrary, chance is all, dogs and cats, living together! Grace must be a big fan of Tammy Wynette, because she explains that she still loves him. She tenderly pulls the sheet off. They almost kiss...

...but then Thorne and his mooks rush in. The crime boss gets the best line of the episode, and Grace spots the “policewoman.” When Harvey finds out she informed on him, even with good intentions, he closes off.

Batman rides through the storm, looking every inch the Dark Knight. As he arrives at the Wild Deuce, it's obvious he's still hurting from his last fight.

Thorne wants his file, and threatens Grace. Two-Face bows his head in submission and fetches it from under the roulette table. The crime boss gives the order to kill them, but the ventriloquist mook is brought up short by a Batarang.

Two-Face kicks Thorne as he tries to machinegun Batman, and the crime boss shoots a chandelier down on himself. An all-out melee ensues!

Batman takes another hit to the back, while Two-Face goes knuckle to jaw with a mook. The Smirk-o-tron tries to sneak up behind him, but Grace grabs her, spins her by the hair, and puts a heel in her back.

Tired of trading punches, Two-Face picks the mook up and throws him. He grabs an errant Tommy Gun and rounds on the trapped Thorne. Batman and Grace try to reason with him for the thousandth time.

Two-Face ignores them and flips his coin to decide whether to murder the crime boss. As Harvey Dent's lucky silver dollar spins through the air, Batman slings the box of coins that was stolen earlier in the episode.

Deprived of his totem, Two-Face loses it. He screams and weeps like a possessed thing.

Grace kneels down, and tells him that it's okay. They lean against one another.

Outside, Thorne and his gang are led away by police officers, while Harvey is lead away by Grace and an attendant in a white coat.

Commissioner Gordon feels for Harvey. He asks if there's any hope. From the shadows, Batman answers, “Where there's love, there's hope.” He flips a coin into a wishing well for his friend. It lands heads up.

End credits. Batman is awesome.