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"Two-Face"
Batman: The Animated Series episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 10 and 17
Written by Alan Burnett
Randy Rogel
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Production no. 010 & 017
Original airdate September 25, 1992
September 28, 1992
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Two-Face is a two-part episode of the first season of Batman: The Animated Series. Al Pacino was originally offered to voice Two-Face, but he turned it down. Richard Moll was then cast in the role.

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Plot

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Part I

The episode starts with District Attorney Harvey Dent dreaming that he is being confronted by a mysterious doppelganger, frightened by his twin's repetitive coin flipping. The dream ends just as the dark, ominous double assures Harvey: "It's time, Harvey...it's time!" Dent awakens in his office, aroused by a fellow secretary from the D.A.'s office, and heads to meet with Commissioner Gordon as he assaults a derelict building that has been taken over by members of Rupert Thorne's gang, heavily defended with stolen weapons and supplies from Gotham City's Army depots. Batman intervenes, and their combined efforts ensure the gang's capture. Dent publicly congratulates the police and proudly thanks Gordon just as one of the captured crooks splashes Dent's suit with mud, taunting him with the assurance that he and his comrades will be free even if they are convicted. In a fit of rage, Dent attacks the crook, eventually having to be restrained. A second later, Dent inexplicably reverts back to his amiable, courteous self, with seemingly no memory of what has just happened.

Meanwhile, Thorne is gritting his teeth, as Dent's actions have crippled his interests in Gotham. He commands his moll, Candice, to find something dirty about Dent's past, despite Dent having a record "so clean that it squeaks." Bruce Wayne, meanwhile, becomes concerned about Dent's mental health when Dent threatens him after learning Thorne's men have been released on "lack of evidence" (thanks to bribes paid by Thorne himself). As one of Dent's oldest friends, Wayne advises him to find psychiatric help. Since Dent is in the middle of a reelection campaign as Gotham's D.A., however, and so has to keep a tight web of secrecy about his recurring assaults to avoid the citizens from learning his secret. He takes Bruce's advice, however, and goes to Dr. Nora Crest for treatment.

Under hypnosis, an alternate personality known as "Big Bad Harv" surfaces, manifesting itself as a violent psychopath. After a violent confrontation in Crest's office, Crest pleads with Dent to remain interned, but he won't have it, instead accepting therapy during the reelection race. Unbeknownst to him, however, Candace has been listening at the door, and recorded the session.

Later, Dent gives a speech with a crowd of his supporters, Bruce Wayne, and his fiancée, Grace Lamont, present. During the ensuing party, however, Dent receives a call from Thorne in a secluded office, who warns him to board a limousine waiting for him outside the manor - or risk the exposure of "Big Bad Harv."

Dent leaves, bumping into Wayne on his way out. Wayne changes into Batman after noticing his friend's odd demeanor, and follows the limousine to a desolate chemical plant, where Thorne and his gang confront Harvey, threatening to expose his treatment records to the press (who would not inquire as to where Thorne got the private records) unless Harvey complies with his demands. Once as a boy, Harvey fought back against a bully, only to learn the bully had been sent to the hospital (albeit for appendicitis, it turned out) and repressed his anger from that point on. Pushed to the brink, Dent assumes his "Big Bad Harv" personality, and attacks Thorne and his accomplices, wiping out the gang with the reluctant aid of Batman. He then sees Thorne seize the therapy records, and chases him through a walkway of the plant. A thug tries to shoot Dent, but Batman slams into him, causing the thug to shoot instead a vital switchboard, the cables of which touch the intensely volatile compounds lying in the vat below Dent. The ensuing explosion nearly kills him, and Batman's reaction to his unseen face implies that he has been severely disfigured.

As Dent awakens and his bandages are removed, he demands a mirror, just as Grace walks down the hall to meet him - and sees him screaming and bolting from his room. To her horror, she sees that the left side of his face is hideously disfigured, and faints. Dent mutters a rueful farewell, and flees through the hospital's window.

Part II

The following episode opens some weeks later, with a building with the numbers "222", and a limousine parking just outside a seedy-looking building. Inside, a voice tells a man with half his body in darkness it's Rupert Thorne's bookie joint. The man then proceeds to flip a coin and to sentence: "Good heads-we leave 'em alone; bad heads, we hit 'em hard." To this, the joint is assaulted by a set of identical twins wielding tommy guns — and Harvey Dent, now wearing a suit that's half white, half black, and calling himself Two-Face. The twins empty the cashiers, but when they open the joint's safe, Two-Face flips his coin again. As the result is the coin's unscarred face, he decides to leave without the safe's contents. Nevertheless, he destroys the bookie joint and warns everyone he wants to give a message to Thorne: he's going down.

Thorne puts a two million dollar contract on Two-Face's head, one million for each face. That night, Bruce Wayne has a nightmare of his friend Harvey, and his metamorphosis into Two-Face, and how he was powerless to prevent it - and Harvey demands to know why, if he was his friend, he didn't save him. Bruce's parents then appear, asking him why he didn't save them. Bruce awakes in a cold sweat, and vows to save Harvey.

Later, two police officers visit Grace, and leave her a beeper with instructions to activate it just as Harvey contacts or meets her. As the policemen leave, it is shown one of them is actually Candice, who says she's sure Two-Face will return to Grace sooner or later. In Two-Face's hideout, Two-Face starts sharing out the profits of the assault to the joint-but his eyes close in pain when he opens his wallet and sees a happy photo of the old days, with Grace at his side. One of the twins asks him why, if he misses her so much, he doesn't go to see her. Two-Face responds to this by flipping his coin, which lands in bad heads. However, he says he's through with humiliating Thorne - and that he's ready to do to him exactly what he did to him.

In the Batcave, Batman deducts that all the places Two-Face had robbed, aside from making a mention to the number two in some way, were also connected as Thorne's illegitimate businesses. He also deducts that Two-Face no longer wants to embarrass Thorne, but rather destroy him, and guesses his next target. At the office of Thorne's attorney, a man with the surname Doubleday, Two-Face finds a record implicating Thorne in several crimes. Batman tries to stop them by convincing Two-Face to surrender (even mentioning Grace's name), but he's stopped short of making it. Two-Face escapes with the journal, and knocks Batman unconscious.

Later, Two-Face calls Grace, and tells her to meet him, by stepping into a limousine waiting for her outside. Grace does so, and activates the beeper in her way. Thorne, that moment, interrupts his rants as Candice tells him the beeper's been activated. The limousine Grace stepped into stops at a derelict club called "Wild Deuce 2", where she enters a large room — half of it carefully groomed, the other half chaotic. Two-Face stands in the middle of it, half his face covered by a cloth. When Grace tries to reason with him, he tells her that he now believes that life is only a game of chance in which ideas of good and evil don't apply. Grace doesn't believe him, and begs him to regain control of his life. She then removes the cloth covering his' injuries, and says she still loves him. Moved by her declarations of love, he starts to relent.

A moment later, however, Thorne enters the club, and kills Two-Face's twin bodyguards. He then asks for the stolen data-only to receive a flat negative by Two-Face. Thorne taunts Two-Face by revealing it was Grace who led them to him, under the pretense of a police chase. By threatening Grace's life, Thorne convinces Two-Face to tell him where the file is. Revealing it to be under the club's roulette, Two-Face reluctantly gives up the file. Nevertheless, Thorne gives the order to execute both Grace and Two-Face. Batman, however, thwarts the order, and together with Two-Face and Grace, they disable the gang and trap Thorne under a massive chandelier, unable to escape. Two-Face prepares to kill Thorne, but Grace begs him not to; conflicted, Two-Face flips his coin to decide. Batman, however, dumps a large crate of silver dollars nearby, leaving him unable to discern which is his coin. Panicked and confused, Two-Face collapses sobbing on the club's floor.

The ending lies with Jim Gordon wondering whether there is hope for Harvey, and Batman, who says "wherever there is love, there's hope". As Two-Face and Grace fade in the van to Arkham Asylum, Batman throws a coin in a nearby fountain that turns heads up, implying that Harvey Dent still has a chance to recover.

Cast

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne / Batman
Bob Hastings Commissioner James Gordon
Richard Moll Harvey Dent/Big Bad Harv/Two-Face
Murphy Cross Grace Lamont
Mari Devon Summer Gleeson
Bob Doqui Doctor
Matt Landers Frankie
Diane Michelle Candace
Linda Gary Dr. Nora Crest
Marc Tubert Carlos
John Vernon Rupert Thorne
Micky Dolenz Min & Max

Trivia

  • Grace Lamont, Harvey Dent's fiancée, is played by Murphy Cross, who also played a love interest of Richard Moll's character on the TV series Night Court.
  • The scene where Harvey Dent first sees his new appearance in the hospital was intended to be similar to the scene in Batman where Jack Nicholson's character discovers the disfigurements that transform him into The Joker.
  • During the beginning of the bank robbery at the start of the second part, Two-Face tells everyone "For the next five minutes, I'm in control!" This was spoken by Al Pacino, whom the producers wanted to voice the character, in Dog Day Afternoon.
  • When Harvey Dent opens his wallet to give the goons their cut of the money they stole from Thorne's shop, you can see the #666 on his credit card in his wallet.
  • The idea of Two-Face wearing a half white half black suit has been copied by the comics since the episode.

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