Batman Gotham Knights

Season 2 Episode 11

Mad Love

Aired Unknown Jan 16, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Mad Love
Harley reflects on what led to her partnering with the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker.

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  • What makes Harley Tick is wrong.

    BCzar, you couldn't be more wrong! Mad Love was made BEFORE the comics. The episode aired before Harley Quinn get into comics. If you know about Harley then you should know how she was an add in character for Jokers Favor in season one. Mad Love was BASED off the epsisdoe. Just sayin'. And Pual Dini and Bruce Timm OWN HArley Quinn because they invented her! So, if you're gonna say ANYTHING about Harley Quinn make sure what you're saying is right and not some ignorant crap(:moreless
  • What makes Harley tick.

    I really liked this episode because it was a little more dark than the other episodes of the show. Adapted from the comic book of the same title, it shows how Harleen Quinzel, a clinical psychologist at Arkham Asylum, fell under the spell of the Joker. We see our favorite laughing girl go from a stable member of society to a stark, raving lunatic in the Joker's league. We also get to see the Joker at his darkest both for what he does to Harley near the end and his fight with Batman on top of a moving train. I think that's the first time we see the Joker REALLY angry for once. If they ever bring Harley into any of the live-action films, I can only see one of two actresses playing the part: Sarah Michelle Gellar (with her martial arts background, I could believe her holding her own against Batman) or Jamie Pressley (a trained gymnast, she'd make her moves believable also).moreless
  • Harley's Origin Story.

    In this episode, we get a look at why Harley Quinn went to work with the Joker.

    It was a really great way to complete the series and it couldn't have gone better.

    Sure, there where goofs in the episode like the costumes in the Flashback.

    This was a great episode, that I think could not have gone bad no mattter what they do to it. All and all, watch this episode if your looking for good storytelling.

    This is one of the best episodes that this series had and if you wondering about Harley's origins, watch this episode on the BGK series set.moreless
  • Finally on TV, it's shown the origin of Harley Quinn and how she became the sidekick of the Clown Prince of Crime.

    It's the adaptation of "Mad Love" that was published originally on the comic book version of the Batman Animated. I love Harley Quinn! I have that comic obviously and I loved when they could make the animated version and just in time since Mad Love was the previous episode to the last one of the TV Series. Harley Quinn was created for the Batman Animated series but she became so popular that it was introduced to the comic book universe of DC Comics, but to my opinion, only Paul Dini can write about Harley Quinn. Only him can understand her and show her as an insane criminal but funny. The key thing about Harley is that she is a bad girl but she still is funny in a charmed way. She haven't kill anybody like The Joker, so she can still be funny without a tag of killer on her. If you like Harley, you can't miss this episode.moreless
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    This was by far from my point of view the best or one of the best episodes in the series. I love Harley Quinn and she is my favorite villain. The moment when Joker kicked Harley out the doors after she tried to flirt with him had me laughing out loud. The recap of how Harley became Harley was perfectly written to fit in with the Batman the Animated Series and Batman: Gotham Knights story lines. After I saw the flashback and figured to myself that Harley had stuck by Joker for over 5 years broke my heart when he pushed her out the window. I thought that she'd actually seen "The error of her ways" at the end until she found Mista J's love note: "Feel Better Harley. Luv, Mista J."moreless
Suzanne Stone

Suzanne Stone

Dr. Joan Leland

Guest Star

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

the Joker

Recurring Role

Arleen Sorkin

Arleen Sorkin

Harley Quinn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: The tune that The Joker is whistling to when he's about to leave after untying Batman was "Rock a-Bye-Baby."

    • Trivia: Poison Ivy is seen in Arkham Asylum during the flashback to Harley Quinn's origins, meanining that this episode takes place at least after Poison Ivy's premiere episode, "Pretty Poison".

    • This episode takes place with the designs of Batman and the Joker from Batman Gotham Knights in Harley's flashback of how she became Harley Quinn. But at that time she was in Batman: The Animated Series which had different designs for them.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Harley: All this gal wants is to settle down with her loving sweetheart.
      Batman: You and the Joker?
      Harley: Right-a-roonie. (Batman starts to laugh) I've never seen you laugh before. I don't think I like it. (Batman laughs even harder) Cut it out. You're giving me the creeps.

    • Joker: (looking at his plans while the phone rings) Boring. Lame. Not funny. Be done. Too Riddler. (finally answers the phone) What?! Harley? Where the heck have you been? Uh-huh, yeah, yeah, Batman eh? You don't say. You have who tied up where?!?

    • Harley: (about The Joker) He told me things. Secret things he never told anyone.
      Batman: Was it his line about the abusive father or the one about the run away mom? He's gained a lot of sympathy with that one.
      Harley: Stop it! You're making me confused.
      Batman: What was it he told that one parole officer? Oh yes. "There was only one time I ever saw Dad really happy. He took me to the ice show when I was seven."
      Harley: (starts to cry) Circus. He said it was the circus.
      Batman: He's got a million of them, Harley.

    • Joker: (talking to Harley about his childhood) There was only one time I ever saw Dad really happy. He took me to the circus when I was seven. I still remember the clowns, running around dropping their pants. My old man laughed so hard, I thought he'd bust a gut. So the very next night, I ran up to meet him with his best Sunday pants around my ankles. "Hi Dad, look at me". (Drops his pants) Zoop! I took a big pant fall and torn the crotch clean out if his pants. (Joker and Harley burst out laughing) And then he broke my nose. But hey, that's the downside of comedy. You're just getting shots from folks who just don't get the joke. Like my dad, (in an angry tone) or Batman.

    • Harley: (after spraying gas into Batman's face) That's a real gasser, huh Mr. J?
      Joker: I give the punchlines around here. Got it?
      Harley: Yes, sir.

    • Joker: Batman was right! That setup today was corny! Old hat! It's time I capped off our feud with his ultimate humiliation, followed by his deliciously delirious death.
      Harley: Why don't ya just shoot him?
      Joker: Just shoot him? Know this, my sweet. The death of Batman must be nothing less than a masterpiece! The triumph of my sheer comic genius over his ridiculous mask and gadgets!

    • Joker: Well, Batsy, it's been a hoot, as always. But I really must run. May the floss be with you!

    • Joker: I really have to apologize for the kid. No respect for tradition. What do you say we just forget the whole thing ever happened and do this some other time, 'kay? (walks away whistling) Then again... this is a rather rare opportunity. (pulls out gun on Batman) Well, you know what they say. A bat in the hound is worth two in the belfry. I guess you're going out on a laugh after all!

    • Batman: (to the Joker) She almost had me, you know. Arms and legs chained. Dizzy from the blood rushing to my head. I had no way out other than convincing her to call you. I knew your massive ego would never allow anyone else the "honor" of killing me. Though I have to admit that she came a lot closer than you ever did... puddin'.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Some of Harley's and the Joker's dialogue in this episode is also used in the 2009 videogame Batman Arkham Asylum, as part of Harley's recorded interviews.

    • Trivia: When Commissioner Gordon goes to the dentist, he opens the door of a "Dr. J. Reko, D.D.S". The dentist reveals himself to be the Joker, especially since "J. Reko" can be unscrambled to form the name, "Joker".

    • The comic book that this episode was adapted from was originally released in 1994 as a special issue of The Batman Adventures based on the show Batman: The Animated Series. It won the Eisner Award for "Best Single Story."

    • Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing are absent in this episode.


    • Joker: May the Floss be with you.
      This is a direct allusion to the movie Star Wars, even more so because it was Mark Hamill, voicing the Joker, who said it as Luke Skywalker.

    • Title
      While there have been several movies by this name, the title almost certainly alludes to the most famous - the 1935 movie starring Peter Lorre as an insane doctor obsessed with a beautiful woman who replaces her mutilated hands with those of a knife murderer.