“I will always smash something you need smashed” says Harley Quinn to Poison Ivy, immediately inspiring thousands of more pieces of rule 34 shipping between the two characters.
This week’s episode of Harley Quinn sees our favorite villain in the second part of a three act “you got where you wanted, but at what price” arc. Last episode Harley finally managed to get her invitation into the Legion of Doom and now it’s time to pay the piper in the form of the friends she will no doubt forget on her way up to the top.
This week’s episode was directed by Cecilia Hamilton who you may recognize as director of Scooby Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, and written by Jordan Weiss who created the Hulu show Dollface. It features Harley finally being taken seriously by her fellow villains at the Legion of Doom while her crew realizes that they might not be able to rely on the new Harley. King Shark (Ron Funches), Dr. Psycho (Tony Hale), and Clayface (Alan Tudyk) are all relegated to goon status and forced to work for every loser that signs them out with HR, like Bane.
Episode #9 introduces another real life aspect to the Harley Quinn show, that being the Legion of Doom pitching evil schemes to be voted on for funding (Episode #2 had Joker dealing with contractors to rebuild his lair). How does Joker keep getting the inflated budgets to build towers with his face on it? Because nobody seems willing to stand up to it and everyone just goes along with what he says.
Bane (James Adomian) continues to be a running gag as the pathetic loser of the Legion of Doom and spends this episode formulating a plan to get back at the Smoothie Juice manager Todd who keeps writing Bang on his cup. Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) spends the episode desperately holding on to the hope that Harley hasn’t forgotten her now that she’s in the LOD, while J.B. Smoove continues to do his work as Frank the plant. Someone gave Frank buttcheeks, that person deserves an award.
Episode 9 ends on a cliffhanger for Harley & Crew as well as Poison Ivy’s own storyline. All I can say is thank God we finally got a break from Kite Man.