"Catwalk" is the third episode of the fourth season of Batman: The Animated Series. It originally aired on September 13, 1995.
While looking at an exhibit of a stuffed black leopard, Selina Kyle reminisces of how she used to be Catwoman. She called herself a "cat that walked alone" until she met Batman. She had to promise not to be Catwoman anymore to remain free.
After her recollections, Selina looks at an exhibit of extinct animals. While she does this, both Bruce Wayne and Veronica Vreeland notice her. Veronica tries being friendly and explains that the museum's conservation hall has been built in honor of her grandfather, Stanton Vreeland. Selina is upset and counters by saying that hunters like Stanton caused the extinction of many of the animals on display. She then leaves the museum, claiming she doesn't fit in.
Once outside, she is abducted by Rhino, who shoves her into a black car. Inside, the car, she finds the Ventriloquist and Scarface. Scarface proposes that Selina steal some jewels from the Vreelands and get some revenge for the animals. Unable to deny her desire to be Catwoman, Selina agrees.
That night, Catwoman enters into the museum and goes directly for some jewels. Figuring that Selena is busy with the jewels, Scarface has his men attack the museum and has Catwoman trapped inside. While she manages to escape both museum security and the police outside, she's been spotted and blamed for the robbery.
Returning home, Catwoman finds that Batman is there waiting for her. She makes up a story about going back to apologize for her rudeness and finding the museum was being robbed. She then donned her costume in order to investigate. Batman insists that Catwoman goes back to the authorities and explain her story.
Returning to the museum, Batman and Catwoman find that some of the stuffed extinct animals are missing. Catwoman now realizes what Scarface was after. Batman hears her reminiscing and realizes that she's not telling him the whole truth. Catwoman attacks Batman and makes her escape to seek revenge against Scarface, unaware that Batman has planted a tracer on her.
Catwoman makes her way to Scarface's hideout where he's busy trying to fence the stolen animals. However, Isis gives her away and Scarface drops the log she's hiding on onto a sawmill. Catwoman is knocked out, lying on a conveyor belt leading to a circular saw. Isis wakes her and she is able to escape the saw but she is unable to escape Rhino. With Catwoman captured, Scarface prepares to have her killed, but Batman shows up and saves her.
Free to act on her own while Batman fights Rhino, Catwoman now turns the tables and throws Scarface onto the saw. The Ventriloquist is determined to save Scarface and attacks Catwoman. Managing to get her away from the controls he stops the treadmill and saves his "master". However, Catwoman drops a set of logs onto Scarface, "killing" him. Still unsatisfied, Catwoman prepares to kill the Ventriloquist, but Batman stops her.
Batman prepares to take Catwoman in but she throws a stuffed Tasmanian Tiger into flames. Knowing he can't allow the last of the Tasmanian Tigers to "die", Batman goes after it and Catwoman escapes. Batman shakes his head, visibly sad and disappointed. Catwoman now considers herself to be "The cat who walks by herself".
Home video releases
- Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Three (DVD)
- Batman: The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
- Batman: The Complete Animated Series (Blu-ray)
- When Scarface is first seen in the control room, he's talking to a potential buyer on the phone, with the handset held up to his own head. The Ventriloquist as Scarface would both be unable to be heard by the buyer, and be unable to hear them, with the handset held to Scarface's head instead of the Ventriloquist's own.
- When Scarface is speaking to Catwoman in the control room, Ventriloquist is using both of his arms to move Scarface's arms, yet Scarface's mouth is still moving.
- Scarface makes reference to Tweety's famous line "I tawt I taw a putty tat".
- The repeated phrase of "The cat who walks by herself" is a reference to the Rudyard Kipling's story "The Cat Who Walked by Herself".
- Catwoman's line "the lady or the tiger" is a reference to Frank R. Stockton's The Lady, or the Tiger?. It was also used by Catwoman in the 1966 Batman TV series episode "The Purr-fect Crime".
|Kevin Conroy||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|Adrienne Barbeau||Selina Kyle / Catwoman|
|George Dzundza||Ventriloquist & Scarface|
|John Rubinow||Museum Guard|
|Marilu Henner||Veronica Vreeland|
Scarface: I thought you'd want a chance to get even with the Vreelands. Not just for yourself, you understand, but for all those poor little stuffed animals, what never had a chance to fight back.
Scarface: Hoo-hoo! She's a live one!
Scarface: Now we're gonna found out if there really is more than one way to skin a cat.
Catwoman: I have a date with a scratching post.
Scarface: You know, I never had much use for animals, except Rhino here.
Ventriloquist: Please, I never hurt you. Scarface, he's another person, not me, really.