“Two-Face Part Two”
Written by Randy Rogel
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Please see our review “Two-Face Part One”
“Two-Face Part Two” opens six months after the close of Part One. Much has changed for Gotham City and its District Attorney. After being visibly scarred on the left side of his face and body, Harvey has gone on personal war against the mob bosses and Rupert Thorne. We learn from a headline that a “wave of armed robbery continues” and the episode begins with Harvey Two-Face holding up one of Thorne’s gambling dens. He steals $2 million and during the heist flips his coin when it comes to deciding if his team we’ll take anything extra such as jewelry.
In the following scene, we have another dream sequence which features Harvey running. He’s on a rope bridge with Batman chasing him. The Caped Crusader reaches out to him, but the ropes snap and he begins to plummet down to oblivion. “Why couldn’t you save me?” he cries and soon we see Thomas and Martha Wayne. They’re trapped in the limbo below and ask “Why couldn’t you save us, son?” Bruce soon awakes and he’s visibly exhausted while in the Batcave. If you haven’t seen yet, FOX has already teased the Cave for season two of Gotham. You could view that here.
Part Two expertly sets up the conflict for both Harvey and Bruce Wayne. While Harvey can no longer remedy with his split personality and is now distinctly two separate people, he still struggles with the goodness inside him. We see this through his love for his fiancee, Grace. Harvey evidently still cares for her, but knows he can no longer be with her as Two-Face. Candace, the seductress/assistant working for Thorne, disguises herself as a G.C.P.D. detective and approaches Grace. She tells her that they want to help Harvey and if he tries to contact her at all, to use the pager they give to her. Grace eventually visits Harvey and believing she’s helping, uses the pager. She’s brought to the Wild Deuce club which is partially destroyed. With a cloth covering the scarred side of his face, Harvey begins to speak of order and chaos. He tells Grace that be believes it’s luck that governs everything and is the deciding fate on whether someone is truly good or bad. She then tells him that she doesn’t believe that, and reminds Harvey of all the good work and morals he has stood by. She pulls off the cloth and tells him that she still loves him. Before they could embrace, Thorne and his thugs arrive. Candace shows up and reveals that it was all a setup, but she spins the plot to make Harvey believe that Grace betrayed him. This angers Harvey and reverting back to his Two-Face persona begins to fight Thorne and his men. Batman arrives and fights alongside Harvey, even with his cracked ribs that occurred earlier when he tried to help Harvey. Batman eventually is sidelined due to his injury and Harvey Two-Face traps Thorne under a fallen chandelier. He prepares to kill the mob boss, but Grace pleads with him to allow justice to have its day, not vengeance. As Two-Face, he tells her that the only law is that of averages and he flips his coin to decide whether or not he’ll allow Thorne to live. Batman, with his injury, manages to throw a crate filled with silver dollar coins in the air and in the chaos, Two-Face loses his coin. Unable to make a decision, he collapses on the floor and is taken away, alongside Thorne and his men by the G.C.P.D.
Commissioner Gordon asks Batman if he thinks Harvey will ever recover. Batman, seeing that Harvey still has Grace alongside him, reasons that “Where there’s love, there’s hope.”
“Two-Face Part Two” is a terrific, stylish, and well done episode. It was effective to split the Harvey Two-Face story into two parts as opposed to giving us an episode that introduces us to him as Two-Face. The world of Batman: The Animated Series is interesting as it suggests that Bruce Wayne may have been Batman for quite some time already. While he encounters Man-Bat and Poison Ivy for the first time, rogues such as the Joker are already in existence and have an established history with him. The story of Harvey Dent is a tragic one and has been told in great detail in the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale crime saga “Batman: The Long Halloween.” It’s that very story that helped contextually inspire Christopher Nolan and Johnathan Nolan’s script for The Dark Knight. I would like to point out that while I did enjoy the origin of Two-Face in Batman: The Animated Series, much like The Dark Knight, does not honor the traditional telling from the comic books. The only screen portrayal that has gotten it “right” was in 1995’s Batman Forever. Harvey Dent is a D.A. and gets scarred when Salvatore “Boss” Maroni throws acid in his face during a trial. While Forever establishes this only through a flashback told through news footage and runs only a few seconds, this is the accepted cannon of how Harvey became Two-Face. I did enjoy “Two-Face Part One” and “Part Two”, but hope that if we do see this villain again, possibly sometime during the Ben Affleck series, we get a proper origin authentic to the comic books.
- Mickey “Monkees” Dolenz voices Two-Face’s twin henchmen, Min and Max.
- Richard “Bull” Moll, who also voices the Batcomputer, is the voice of Harvey Dent/Two-Face
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