"Gotham Noir" is the nineteenth episode of Gotham Girls.
A black-and-white photograph fades into a building—a building with windows, outside and inside, emblazoned with "HQPI". Harley Quinn narrates in the classic noir style as, taking the role of a private eye, she agrees to help Catwoman find her cat, Velma.
Another photo sees her talking to Batgirl (as a beat cop), but gets nowhere, especially after bringing up "the catnip trade". The next setting is a greenhouse, where having acquired a photo of Velma at some point, she asks Poison Ivy, who shows distaste for cats in general, thanks to what they tend to do to her plants.
However, she is unrelated to Velma's disappearance. Harley's last shot is to stake out Velma's alley. Seemingly without even thinking about it, she takes out a can of tuna and finds a cat rubbing up against her, then stealing it and running through a fence with his prize... where Harley, catching up, finds him sharing it with Velma on the other side.
She relates this to Catwoman, and refuses to tell her where she is—only that she told her she's looking for her, and that she seems to have settled down with the other cat, whoever he is, giving her a pile of black-and-white photographs showing Velma, her new boyfriend, and a kitten between them. Harley also mentions that Velma wanted her to give her something, and reveals another kitten under her hat. Catwoman names her "Velma, Jr." and walks off.
Harley, sitting at her typewriter, finishes her story: "She turned around on her padded heels and walked off. I never saw her, or Velma again. The end". Then she turns to the camera, declaring that "Anyone can write this stuff!" Catwoman, leaning into her window, expresses her disagreement.
The viewer can choose what item for Harley to take out in the alley: a boxing glove gun (which she uses to shoot the camera, cracking it), an ice cream cone (which falls off the cone as she licks it), a camera (which she snaps a picture with), or a can of tuna, which continues the episode.
The viewer can also click through the pile of photos near the end.
- Harley meets with "officer" Batgirl on the corner of "Noodle Street", a reference to Noodle Soup Productions.
- By saying "somebody already wrote that" (the search for "Velma"), Harley likely refers to Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely. In it, PI Marlowe is asked by ex-con Moose Malloy to search for his old girlfriend Velma; at the end, Velma shoots Moose and then commits suicide.
- When this webisode airs in September 11, 2001 is the day when terrorists attacked the twin towers of the World Trade Center with their device.
|Arleen Sorkin||Harley Quinn|
|Diane Pershing||Poison Ivy|
Harley Quinn: It's an old story, cat. You've been dumped for a guy with a can of tuna.