Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1, Episode 53 – Paging the Crime Doctor – A Story of Thornes


“Paging the Crime Doctor,” is the story of the Thornes. Specifically Rupert and his relationship to his brother Matt. Matt was the height of virtue until he was pulled into the underworld to save his brother Rupert from prosecution when one of Rupert’s men was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The story unfolds with Rupert needing to be saved from a heart surgery and holding the promise over his brother of getting him his licence back if he succeeds. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

Pros: The Thornes – Rupert and Matt have a great relationship going on. You can see the resentment and owing they feel that each should be given and how Matt feels pressured by obligation and promise.

Matt Thorne – He was once friends with Thomas Wayne and Leslie Thompkins (who saves Batman when he is on the street on multiple occasions). They all went to medical school together and were known as the Three Musketeers. They are the ones offering Matt the choice verbally and symbolically.

Rupert Thorne – Is a sociopathic dick, and a good baddie. He clearly cares about his brother but only so deeply as he can use him. He never takes responsibility for being the one for Matt losing his licence in the first place and even tries to kill the woman Leslie Thompkins who had helped heal him. Rupert may not have make-up and a psychological tick of some kind but he is still one of the greatest threats.

Dr. Leslie Thompkins – We see her save Batman after Batman is hit by a lazer in the beginning, and it her advice that gives Batman the strength to save her later. She also saves Matt too when Matt finds out his brother means to kill her.

Okay: Music – Isn’t super memorable this episode.

The thugs – They don’t get any exploration and are semi-competent, but that is the most that can be said about them.

Thomas Wayne – We don’t know what he was like from this episode since Leslie and Matt don’t give details to Bruce. This factor would have elevated the episode to perfection…even a single well expressed memory would have done the trick.

This is a solid episode and well worth a watch. The ending is worth it because we see how Matt has changed on not taking the easy way out and how all Bruce wants is to know more about his father. The final scene is them talking about Thomas Wayne. It is a beautiful episode and well worth a watch.

Final score is 9 / 10.




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