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* Harley thinks she recognizes Bruce's chin; in ''[[Batman: Animated]]'', the producers wrote that Bruce Wayne/Batman's look was heavily inspired by Dick Tracy, the famous square-jawed detective of 30's comics.
 
* Harley thinks she recognizes Bruce's chin; in ''[[Batman: Animated]]'', the producers wrote that Bruce Wayne/Batman's look was heavily inspired by Dick Tracy, the famous square-jawed detective of 30's comics.
 
* This is the first major role of Harley that does not feature The Joker or Poison Ivy.
 
* This is the first major role of Harley that does not feature The Joker or Poison Ivy.
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*While screaming and being returned to his cell, the Scarecrow screams all should worship him as the "God of Fear". In the comics, "God of Fear" was actually a title that Scarecrow took when he sent all of Gotham in a panic shortly after Bane broke Batman's back (and Jean Paul Valley took the mantle of Batman).
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==

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"Harley's Holiday" is the sixth episode of the third season of Batman: The Animated Series. It originally aired on October 15, 1994.

Plot

At Arkham Asylum, Harley Quinn is jubilant to receive a clean bill of mental health from her doctor, and be granted parole. Batman and Robin, in the process of returning Scarecrow to Arkham yet again, offer their congratulations, but warn her to stay out of trouble. She declares that, starting the next day, she'll show the world just how sane she is.

The next day, she is ambling down the street on roller skates, looking for all the world like a car-hop on her day off – except she's taking her two rabid pet hyenas for a walk, and passerbys are scrambling to get out of her way. Thinking the problem is her outfit, Harley ducks into a department store.

Inside, Bruce Wayne is reluctantly trying on clothes, with the help of Veronica Vreeland. Harley catches sight of them and cheerfully remembers when they last met – during a hold-up by the Joker. Picking out a new dress for herself, Harley buys it at the register, but rushes out before the clerk can remove the security tag. The clerk calls to the guard at the door, and he asks her to stop.

Harley panics, thinking she's being arrested again, and knocks over the security guard. She rushes into the dressing room, and comes out again in her clown costume. Running outside with her hyenas, she jumps behind the wheel of Bruce's car, with Veronica in the backseat, and roars away. As she does so, Harvey Bullock swerves his car to avoid her and crashes into a hydrant. ("Oh, you're gonna pay for that!") Bruce is left standing outside the store.

Hearing his daughter has been kidnapped, General Vreeland angrily confronts Commissioner Gordon, who reassures him that Harley is confused and scared, and doesn't intend to hurt Veronica. General Vreeland refuses to accept this, and calls for military backup.

Batman and Robin team up and Batman deduces that Harley will go to someone who can hide her and then sneak her out of town. Sure enough, she has gone running back to Boxy Bennett, who hasn't forgotten their last meeting. [1] However, he's still a sucker for a pretty face, and eager to exchange Veronica for a fat ransom. Harley objects to this, saying Veronica is just a bystander, and will go free as soon as Harley is away. Boxy begins to argue, and just then Batman and Robin arrive and tackle Boxy's thugs. Harley grabs Veronica again, and jumps back into the car. Boxy narrowly escapes a mauling by Harley's hyenas, and takes off after her in a truck.

As they speed along the highway, Veronica asks if Harley was sincere about letting her go. Harley says yes, she's finished with crime, only she has to get out of town since no one will believe that she didn't mean to kidnap her. Veronica offers to not press charges, and also to speak up for her with the police, if Harley stops. Harley is overjoyed, thinking her day is finally turning around – then a cannon blast narrowly misses the car, and the two women look to see General Vreeland riding a U.S. Army tank down the road at them.

Harley speeds away again, then halts in the middle of an intersection in the theatre district, with Bullock, Boxy, and Vreeland bearing down on her from three directions.

There is a humongous crash, and the Batmobile arrives a second later. As the drivers get out to look at the wreckage, Harley calls from a rope above, drops Veronica into Robin's arms, then takes off. As Batman takes off after her, General Vreeland hugs his daughter, while Bullock contents himself with arresting Boxy.

Up on the roof, Batman urges Harley not to throw away her hard work and her freedom. Harley attacks, ranting about the string of troubles she's had. As Batman avoids her kicks, her wild moves take her to the edge of the building, and she ends up hanging for dear life on a collapsing billboard. As it gives way, she falls, but Batman saves her. He sets her down, all the fight (and, it seems, the contents of her stomach) gone out of her.

Batman and Robin return her to Arkham, but Dr. Leland assures her it won't be for long: Veronica, true to her word, dropped the kidnapping charges and it should only take a little more work before Harley's ready to interact with "normal" people again.

Harley asks Batman why he has been looking after her when she's been nothing but trouble to him. He says he can only sympathize with her honest desire to lead a normal life: "I had a bad day too, once." As a parting gift, he gives her the dress she bought. Ecstatic, she plants a big kiss on his face, before returning to her cell.

Continuity

  • Boxy last appeared in, and refers to the events of, "Harlequinade."

Background Information

Trivia

  • Harley's sense of deja vu when she sees Bruce Wayne is not unique; Joker likewise thought he recognized Bruce in "Joker's Wild."
  • Harley thinks she recognizes Bruce's chin; in Batman: Animated, the producers wrote that Bruce Wayne/Batman's look was heavily inspired by Dick Tracy, the famous square-jawed detective of 30's comics.
  • This is the first major role of Harley that does not feature The Joker or Poison Ivy.
  • While screaming and being returned to his cell, the Scarecrow screams all should worship him as the "God of Fear". In the comics, "God of Fear" was actually a title that Scarecrow took when he sent all of Gotham in a panic shortly after Bane broke Batman's back (and Jean Paul Valley took the mantle of Batman).

Cast

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne/Batman
Loren Lester Robin
Robert Costanzo Harvey Bullock
Bob Hastings Commissioner Gordon
Frank Cover General Vreeland
Marilu Henner Veronica Vreeland
Dick Miller Boxy Bennett
Henry Polic II Scarecrow
Arleen Sorkin Harley Quinn
Suzanne Stone Dr. Joan Leland

Uncredited Appearances

Quotes

Scarecrow: I am the master of fear! The lord of despair! Cower before me and witness terror!
Harley Quinn: Hi, Professor Crane!
Scarecrow: (normal voice) Good evening, child. (then) Worship me, you fools! Worship me! Scream hosannas of anguish to Scarecrow, the all-terrible god of fear!
Robin: I think he's getting better.


Veronica Vreeland: (re: a suit Bruce is trying on) I love it!
Bruce Wayne: That makes one of us.
Veronica Vreeland: Really, Brucie. A man of your social standing needs a woman like me to keep you in step with the latest trends. Who dresses you anyway? Alfred?
Bruce Wayne: (blushing) Well, actually...


Harley Quinn: Hey, don't I know you?
Bruce: I don't think so...
Harley Quinn: (holds her hands over Bruce's eyes) Something about that chin... I know!
(Bruce looks alarmed)
Harley Quinn: You're Bruce Wayne, the boy billionaire!
(Bruce relaxes)


Robin: Sounds like Harley didn't waste any time getting into trouble.
Batman: She's good at that.


Boxy Bennett: The last time I seen you, you not only ruined my club, but brought the freakin' Batman down on my head as well! Gimme one good reason I can not dust you right now!
(Harley grabs him and plants a big kiss on him)
Boxy Bennett: ...I'll buy that.


Boxy Bennett: Any last words?
Harley Quinn: Just one: BABIES!
(Harley's hyenas crash through the wall and maul Boxy)
Harley Quinn: Play nice with your new chew toy.


General Vreeland: You in the car! Release your hostage immediately!
Veronica Vreeland: Daddy!
Harley Quinn: "Daddy?"


(Harley turns about and speeds away from General Vreeland)
Veronica Vreeland: Wait! What are you doing? That's my father!
Harley Quinn: No, that's your father... IN A TANK!


General Vreeland: Got you now...
Harvey Bullock: You screwy little...
Boxy Bennett: Trouble-making clown!


General Vreeland:My little girl... I was so worried!
Veronica Vreeland: I noticed.


Harley Quinn: I'm having a BAD DAY! I'm sick of people trying to shoot me, run me over, and blow me up!


Harley Quinn: Talk about grasping at straws! Oh well, at least I'm going out on a joke.



Harley Quinn: [weakly] I think I made a mess on your cape.


Harley Quinn: There's one thing I gotta know. Why did you stay with me all day, risking your butt for somebody who's never given you anything but trouble?
Batman: I know what it's like to try and rebuild a life.
(He takes out a bag and hands Harley her dress)
Batman: I had a bad day too, once.
Harley Quinn: Nice guys like you shouldn't have bad days.
(she gives him a little kiss on his cheek, and turns away, then tosses the dress over her shoulder and plants a big one on his lips)
Harley: Call me?
Batman: Don't press your luck.
(Batman and Robin leave)
Harley: (to Ivy) Eh, what are you lookin' at?


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External links

  • Episode Review on World's Finest: [1]

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