Justice League Unlimited

Comfort and Joy

Season 2, Ep 23, Aired 12/13/03
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  • Episode Description
  • In this one-part episode, the Justice Leaguers go their separate ways to celebrate the holiday season. After saving a distant planet, the League returns in time for Christmas. Clark and J'onn visit Smallville for a Kent family Christmas, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl have a snowball fight and visit an alien bar while comparing holiday traditions, and the Flash and Ultra-Humanite have a season's fight and are forced to ally together to save orphans' toys.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Newbern

    Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

  • Maria Canals

    Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

  • Carl Lumbly

    Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

  • Paul Dini

  • Butch Lukic

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • GL and Hawkgirl become closer, while Clark visits his parents and Martian Manhunter struggles to learn the meaning of Christmas. Things aren't so easy for the Flash when he has to try and find the most popular toy for the kids and it's all sold out.

    By GameraTrekkie, May 02, 2008

  • Justice League comes home for Christmas

    By fforrresstt, Jan 21, 2007

  • Christmas episode...

    By green_arrow92, Dec 11, 2006

  • Christmas episode!

    By AznSoul4Life, May 29, 2006

  • Paul Dini's return to the DCAU world!!!!

    By JLUmember1, Nov 14, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Pa Kent: We used to wrap his presents in lead foil so he couldn't peak. Superman: You mean Santa wrapped them. Ma Kent: Oh, of course, dear.

    • Flash: I made Gorilla Grodd cry uncle – I'm sure Rubber Ducky won't be a problem.

    • Ultra-Humanite: I'm improving (the toy). Flash: It's not going to blow up or anything, is it? Ultra-Humanite: Flash . . . it is Christmas.

    • Ultra-Humanite: An improvement, wouldn't you say? Flash: I kinda liked it when it made the poopy noise. (pause) But this is good, too.

    • Ultra-Humanite: (The children)'d been better off with a book. I suggest Voltaire.

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    Notes (13)

    • This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • First shown in New Zealand (on free-to-air TV) on December 25th as a single episode.

    • Character bios: Ultra-Humanite

    • This episode takes place before "Wild Cards," and was merely relocated in the airing order so it premiered closer to Christmas. When the series was shown in the UK, the episode was in its correct position, before "Wild Cards" - and the story evidences that this is the case, as Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are not "together" romantically in it (which they would be if it took place after "Wild Cards") even though HG sneaks a peck on GL's cheek at the end.

    • This is the first time the series producers have done a one-part episode.

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    Trivia (4)

    • When Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are playing in the snow, Hawkgirl's hair is noticeably lighter.

    • How does Hawkgirl know about the planet with the bar? It can't be from when she was on Thanagar - they've established it's too far away for GL to fly to. Between when she arrived on Earth and joined the League, she didn't have a spaceship. And since then...the League only has one spaceship as far as they've ever said. Did she just take it out for a spin looking for bars on alien planets? What if they needed it for a mission while she was gone? (Notice that GL had to fly her there.)

    • When Hawkgirl asks for two drinks, she first grabs the one to the bartender's left. However, when we switch "cameras," it is the right one she grabbed, and the overflowing foam has mysteriously shifted.

    • Shelley Fabares' name is misspelled "Shelly" in the end credits.

    Allusions (9)

    • That Darn Cat! The cat that visits J'onn (presumably Kara's) looks suspiciously like Streaky the Supercat, a beloved (??) pre-Crisis part of the Superman mythos. It looks a bit more mangled and scrawny then Streaky ever did - in fact, it looks a bit like the cat that Power Girl (originally a Earth-2 version of Supergirl) has as a pet in the current post-Crisis DC universe.

    • J'onn's Christmas Gift The sweater that the Kent's give J'onn for Christmas has a single horizontal zig-zag stripe pattern on it - seemingly a reference to Charlie Brown, another character who is also searching for the "true" meaning of Christmas in the animated classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Based on Charles Shultz's Peanuts comic strip, the popular holiday cartoon has been shown on television every year during the Christmas holidays since 1965 and aired on CBS the same night this episode premiered.

    • Saunders Family Connection? In DC Comics, Kendra Saunders is the name of the current Hawkgirl, Shayera Hol's successor (sort of - it's a loonnngg story). The name of the orphanage lady is also "Saunders" - probably an in-joke gag.

    • Zooked Starting in Detective #311 and following him into House of Mystery, J'onn J'onzz had an alien sidekick named Zook. He appears briefly in this episode as the orange stuffed animal the camera pans to for several seconds on Kara's bed.

    • Other Cameos Among the other "aliens" you can see outside the cantina are Swamp Thing (albeit somewhat orangish), a Jack Kirby-style Frankenstein's monster, and a Edward G. Robinson version of either MODOK (from Marvel) or Slimer (Ghostbusters) or some mix of both. A very strange addition is Edward G. Robinson's head on a robot body floating by.

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