“Joker’s Favor,” is one of my favorite episodes. It is one of the best of the Joker episodes and also introduces us to Harley Quinn (though this isn’t her origin episode). The premise is Charlie is having a bad day and ends up accidentally cussing out the Joker. Joker spares his life if he does him a favor, which 2 years he calls upon in order to get back at Commissioner Gordon.
Here is the assessment:
The Pros: Harley Quinn – Her voice and crazy style. In this episode she is very much doing her own thing and it lines up with the Joker…we don’t see the abuse in the relationship until later episodes and her origin. She is an awesome character and she pulls off the trap really well too with her reading her “Tribute” to Gordon before Joker and his thugs arrive and the party gets gassed (Which paralyzes them).
The Joker – Is frightening in this one. There is an heir of threat around him from the moment he arrives on the scene and scares Charlie into submission. He is the devil in this episode and is winning throughout most of the episode until the end.
Commissioner Gordon – You see why his marriage fell apart in this one. He lives for his job and it is only after pressure from Batman that he even goes to the event honoring his service.
Batman – Does alright, he is good at what he does and saves the day. The episode isn’t about him though. This is about Charlie, not Batman.
Charlie Collins – You get his anger at having a horrible day and why he erupts at the Joker and how he develops a spine over the course of the episode. The ending of him almost being “The man who kills the Joker,” is brilliant. He scares the Joker since he acts so much like him. His point about Joker being killed as the only way to stop him is right too. It’s a shame Batman didn’t listen, he would have saved a lot of lives.
The script – Is solid as are the locations. It is an eventful episode.
Okay: The music – It is alright. It is strange when it could have been threatening.
I give this episode a 10 / 10. A perfect Joker episode.