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S01.E10 Bensonhurst

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After a falling out with her crew, Harley heads back home to Bensonhurst, where her doting mother waits along with her deadbeat father, who's more dangerous than anticipated.

Airdate: Jan 31, 2020

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If Daddy gave Harley a through and through gutshot, she needed to cauterize back and front with the boiling kettle.  Glad Bane is getting more screen time. 

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I know I said before that Poison Ivy is the single best thing about this show but I think James Adomian's Bane is closing in.

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Thank God for Bane in this episode, because he was the only one bringing laughs with Quinn and Ivy each wrapped up in tragedy and suspense.

"Who am I, Mister Pay-Credit-Card-Bills?  I have dreams too!"

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The solo Ivy stuff was up to par. Hell, even the Frank stuff has gotten steadily better. Harley minus Truly Great Characters To Interact With? Not nearly as great as Harley with TGCTIW. And the henchmen were barely in it!

So, overall, a subpar episode of a wonderful show. Even just rating it as popcorn, it's at least three and a half stars. As far as world-building goes, it rates better. They are doubling down on Harley being a great gymnast before she even thought of being a shrink. As well as on her not exactly being a stranger to crime and violence before meeting Mr. J.

Props to her inner shrink for blaming some of her terrible relationship judgement skills on her mother. Although I kind of fell that the Big Family Confrontation episode with her father should have involved Clayface turning into a snake. Or at least a shitload of Ivy-vines.

Apparently she's put some work into suppressing the Brooklyn accent. As Dr. Quinzel, she'd lost it completely. As crazy-wild Harley, she slacks off on that and lets a little bit slip back in. I honestly never expected the writers to put that much thought into it, but good for them!

I can't be the only one getting the vibe that her brother committed suicide. A flashback or two to their relationship would be quite welcome. Odds are they have it planned, but unfortunately this show has "one season wonder" written all over it, so I fear that not every thing they have planned will actually occur.

I would also very much like to see more details about the henchman's day at the amusement park.

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Bane being the L.O.D. accountant and bending the credit card because his scissors were too blunt had me laughing so hard I had to pause the episode. It's the little things on this show that make it so funny.

 

Frank is a WNBA fan, proving once again that he has great taste.

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7 hours ago, paigow said:

Is this a parallel timeline to the upcoming movie? 

You could say that, in the sense that the two are utterly unrelated. 

20 minutes ago, kdm07 said:

Frank is a WNBA fan, proving once again that he has great taste.

He's all about the fundamentals!

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Saw this today. Great episode, though I think it peaked with the "credits," with pictures of her brother growing up . . . and ending on an urn. I laughed. Hard. Dark moment, even for an R-rated animated series. Yeah, you'll occasionally you'll see an urn with a crowbar next to it on Teen Titans Go!, but that's more of an Easter egg for fans.

On 2/1/2020 at 3:24 AM, CletusMusashi said:

They are doubling down on Harley being a great gymnast before she even thought of being a shrink.

That was established in the Mad Love story that got made into an episode. I don't think it was implied she was Olympic-caliber, though.

Damn, the Quinzels sucked, albeit hilariously. Fun to watch the grandparents get killed for Nick's overreactions, even with the second death telegraphed seconds in advance.

On 2/1/2020 at 3:24 AM, CletusMusashi said:

I would also very much like to see more details about the henchman's day at the amusement park.

"Henchmen" implies matching costumes. This Harley got a crew. I think the comic (New 52/Rebirth era) Harley had henchmen with the Gang of Harleys, full of folks with cute versions of her name. Seriously . . . Harlem Quinn, Bolly Quinn, Harvey Quinn, the Quinntuplets (five sisters from Staten Island) . . .

Speaking of the comic . . . I'm guessing Gotham City is close to New York in this reality. Or maybe Bensonhurst is a suburb outside of Gotham instead of Brooklyn.

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