Everybody needs a buddy, and sometimes a fist of clay can be the best friend a cop can have. The latest episode of Harley Quinn -- “You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon” -- is a special kind of crazy, and we’re loving every moment of it. Here’s why…
F’D UP MOMENTS
* Is anybody else worried about Gotham after watching this episode? Commissioner Gordon is pretty unhinged, and the safety of the city rests on his shoulders. What kind of cop shouts “I’m gonna f**k you to death with bullets” as he opens fire?
* During the WayneTech heist, Dr. Psycho attempts to steal the show by doing a Fast and the Furious style leap in the air – without a car. Shouting “I am a golden god,” he alas flies too close to the sun. A bit F’d up Dr. Psycho, but we appreciate the flex.
* It seems like Harley’s Crew took a bit too long to rescue King Shark from Blackgate Penitentiary. He’s usually so upbeat, but here he makes some heavy verbal threats to his cellmates. Prison changed you, King Shark, and it scares us.
F BOMB TALLY
This episode had an F Bomb count of 14, bringing the series total to 63. Doom Patrol's Robotman would be proud! Here’s the breakdown..
- • Harley: 3
- • Dr. Psycho: 4
- • King Shark: 1
- • Ivy: 3
- • Gordon: 1
- • Herman: 1
- • Springsteen-Loving Cop: 1
This gives Harley a cumulative series total of 31, while Ivy has 22 and Dr. Psycho has 14. That’s a lot of F’ing swearing.
After the horrific deaths of Harley’s inner children last week, this episode toned things down (as if!) by giving us one lone death. Rest in peace, random WayneTech security guard, your head made a good snack for King Shark. This brings the series' total body count to 28.
* When King Shark is arrested, the Springsteen-loving cops throw him into Blackgate Penitentiary. Blackgate is where Gotham’s criminals are sent when they aren’t committed to Arkham. The prison made its first appearance in Detective Comics #629.
* Gordon’s list of possible hideouts for Harley includes a thrill park located in Bludhaven. Gotham’s sister city first appeared in 1996’s Nightwing #1, and is usually patrolled by Dick Grayson.
* Gordon references his wife Barbara and the difficult state of their marriage. Some of you might be confused because Gordon also a daughter named Barbara (who famously fights crime as Batgirl), but Detective Comics #500 established that mother and daughter have the same first name. Can you imagine how confusing that must be? No wonder Gordon is strung out!
*According to the Batcave screensaver, Commissioner Gordon recently celebrated his 50th birthday. World’s Finest #51 revealed that Jim’s birthday is January 5th….1900! This would technically make him 120 years old today. Which may explain why he’s so strung out.
*Harley once again claims Batman f**ks bats, continuing a running gag that began in the pilot episode.
*Another continuity note: Dr. Psycho’s son Herman was previously seen alongside his mother Giganta in the episode “So You Need a Crew.”
And so ends another F’d up episode of Harley Quinn. Come back here this Friday, January 10th, when the Queen of Fables makes her triumphant return. We promise this will be one fairy tale you won’t forget.