"Second Chance" is the second episode of the third season of Batman: The Animated Series. It originally aired on September 17, 1994.
Inside the hospital, the doctors tell Harvey that his bad side has been mostly submerged and they believe that if they remove the scars that created Two-Face, the persona will be gone forever. Harvey then asks if Bruce Wayne paid for it and thinks back on their friendship. Harvey is put to sleep and the doctors prepare for the surgery. However, before they can start, thugs suddenly burst in and start firing machine guns into the room. They take Harvey, with one of them stating that their boss wants to "teach him some respect". Batman and Robin try to stop the thugs but they fail to keep them from escaping the room. The thugs escape in two separate vehicles and the duo go after them. While Robin fails to stop his target, Batman succeeds, but finds that Harvey isn't in the van.
Later, Batman and Robin consider where the vehicles were going and whom they were registered to. They figure that either the Penguin or Rupert Thorne must be behind the kidnapping. Robin heads out to check out Thorne while Batman goes to interrogate the Penguin.
While Robin attempts to sneak in on Thorne, he's caught and taken to his target. Robin explains that Harvey's been kidnapped and he thinks Thorne's behind it. Thorne just laughs at the thought and has his thugs take Robin to the Gotham Gate Bridge to throw him into the river. Fortunately, Robin has a glass cutter in his glove and manages to cut his bonds. He makes short work of the thugs but is no closer to finding who is behind Harvey's kidnapping.
Batman goes to see Penguin at Stonegate Penitentiary. Penguin explains that while Harvey had stolen a jewel encrusted statue of a two headed roc from him, he isn't behind the kidnapping and would rather take on Two-Face directly. He then sets his birds on Batman and shoves him off the prison wall. Batman manages to escape but he too is unable to tell who kidnapped Harvey.
Batman meets up with Robin, and is now sure he knows who kidnapped Harvey. Returning to the scene of the kidnapping, Batman finds masonry dust on one of the kidnapper's boot prints. He now knows where Harvey is and heads out, telling Robin that he has to do it alone.
Batman heads out to the abandoned building called the Half Moon Club to confront Harvey's worst enemy... Two-Face himself. However, he is captured by Two-Face's thugs and chained up to a crane. Two-Face explains that he couldn't let Harvey "destroy" him. He wanted to teach him to respect his alter ego. He then tells Batman he'll detonate some dynamite that's connected to the crane unless the coin says otherwise. When he flips the coin, Batman insists that Two-Face let it hit the ground as he wants to see which face lands up. He does so, and to his shock, it lands on edge. He tries again, but the same thing happens. With no head up, Two-Face can't decide what to do and keeps flipping the coin. Batman manages to escape his bonds and take out Two-Face's thugs, but not before they accidentally activate the dynamite's detonator.
Meanwhile, Two-Face continues to flip his coin and let it hit the ground, but it keeps landing on edge. Finally, it rolls over the edge of the building. Two-Face goes after the coin, almost falling off the building himself until Batman catches him. Batman tells Harvey he needs his other hand to pull himself up, but without the coin, Harvey can't decide what to do. Batman tells him that he switched Two-Face's coin with a trick one that will always land on edge. Now Harvey will have to make the decision on his own. While this goes on, the thugs prepare to kill both Batman and Harvey but Robin shows up and stops them. Harvey decides to drop the coin and let Batman save him. Unfortunately, his other persona emerges once more, and he punches his enemy, causing Batman to let him go. Batman goes after Harvey and catches him, using a grapple hook to escape both the fall and the dynamite.
Later, Two-Face is taken back to Arkham while Harvey is happy to see Bruce is there for him. After Harvey is taken away, Bruce then tells Dick that he's glad that he's always there for him.
- Batman recollects the accident that scarred Harvey Dent from "Two-Face, Part I".
- Two-Face's alternate personalities would later come into conflict with one another again in The New Batman Adventures episode "Judgment Day", in which he creates a third persona known as "The Judge", who unknowingly almost kills himself by trying to execute Two-Face.
Home video releases
- Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Three (DVD)
- Batman: The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
- Batman: The Complete Animated Series (Blu-ray)
- Batman said that only the kidnappers footprints would be in the OR because the doctors and nurses would wear paper socks over their shoes. However, Batman and Robin had already walked in the operating room trying to prevent the kidnapping, so their footprints would be there as well.
- When Two-Face is carried out of the hospital, his left leg is shown to be damaged. Although, in "Two-Face, Part I", when he walked out of the hospital room, his left leg wasn't affected in any way.
- Penguin is misspelled as "Penquin" in the credits.
- This is the second episode depicting a failed attempt to reform one of Batman's enemies. The first is "Birds of a Feather" and is then followed by "Harley's Holiday".
|Kevin Conroy||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|Loren Lester||Dick Grayson / Robin|
|Linda Gary||Dr. Nora Crest|
|John Vernon||Rupert Thorne|
Harvey: Good old Bruce. He's never given up on me. Always been my best friend. I remember when we used to close the town at the Half Moon Club. The most fun we ever had. Heard they were tearing the old place down. I guess nothing good lasts forever.
Penguin: But, my dear rodent, I'd never kidnap a fellow rogue out of a sickbed. It just isn't done.
Batman: You may as well come out. I know everything now.
Batman: You're your own worst enemy, Harvey.
Batman: It's your decision now, Harvey. Life or death. The coin or me.
Harvey: Batman, help me.
Harvey: Bruce. Good old Bruce. Always there. You never give up on me.