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Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 15

The Last Laugh

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 22, 1992 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


The Joker threatens Gotham City with a dangerous mind-altering laughing gas.

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  • HAHA Ha

    The Joker is back on the scene and he plans on gassing Gotham and basically just robbing and pillaging. Pretty simple and to the point. Almost so simple it's perfect. That is until the Bats arrives on the scene to save the day. The Joker is still a little simple character at this time. The writers and Mark Hamill improve on his character greatly over the next few episodes and really developed a great iconic version of him.moreless
  • After the excellent 'Christmas with the Joker', 'The Last Laugh' completely ruins the Joker character, really turning him into a joke.

    In 'Christmas with the Joker', the Joker was portrayed as a humorous, slapstick comedian who was also a crazed, vicious killer who wanted to murder people in horrible ways, and being just plain evil and merciless. This episode chooses to look away from that evil side that defines the Joker as Batman's archnemesis, and focus more on the comedy.

    The Joker in this is pretty ridiculous, with very camp, Adam Westish one-liners, and he says so many unfunny jokes that it just gets tiresome. His plot is not as twisted and insane as with all the other times. He just wants people to go mad so he can easily rob them. That's what any ordinary crook would do if they got their hands on some laughing gas. And the Joker is not meant to be an ordinary crook.

    Although this episode is mainly an unsuccessful comedy, there are traces of darker elements. It is said that the gas could result in permanent insanity, and Alfred looks pretty insane when he's suffering from the effects of the laughing gas, and this adds a personal note to Batman's mission against the Joker. The Joker also clearly intends to murder Batman, but this is spoiled by the childish clown music and wisecracks that accompany him.

    The music score is actually very good, but not really suited to this episode. The animation is, as usual, superb, but this episode suffers from the poor script and disrespectable portrayel of the Joker. There may be some good action sequences, but this is definately not Batman at its peak. 1.5/5.moreless
  • My very favorite episode of the series.

    This episode is not a favorite among many fans, but I always think of this episode when I think of the Joker. The music was epic; sometimes I randomly get it stuck in my head. Look this up on youtube to listen to the music from the episode: Batman: The Animated Series Soundtrack (Last Laugh) Part 1.

    I liked how The Joker had clown dressed henchmen and caused an uproar in Gotham City with laughing gas, not to mention the final showdown between Batman and Joker. Maybe i'm just crazy but I really hold this episode deep in my heart. Yeah, that sounds cheesy, but it is true.moreless
  • No offense to those who thought this episode was only mediocre (we all have our own tastes, likes, and dislikes, after all), but I loved it.

    The plot of this episode is that The Joker and two of his henchman are using this mind-warping laughing gas to incapacitate the police and the other Gothamites so they can rob them (There’s a scene in which a police officer is too busy laughing to stop The Joker from robbing a jewelry store). There’s an added danger because Batman discovers that lengthy exposure to the gas “will result in permanent insanity” and time is of the essence.

    I'll admit there were some downsides. There were some elements which I found annoying (which is why I didn't give it a "10"). For example, there was the weird music playing throughout most of the episode. It was somewhere between catchy and irritating - you know, the kind of music that just gets lodged in your head. Also, some of the action taking place while The Joker and his men were robbing people was a little too bizarre, even for me (the scene with three grown men holding hands and doing a “Ring Around the Rosie” type dance was just surreal). I also noticed a couple mistakes and other things that just didn’t look right (Was Batman welding his gas mask? That’s what it looked like to me).

    All in all, however, I enjoyed it. Batman was put in real danger more than once during this episode. It's not a good adventure if the hero isn't challenged, and Batman was. I generally enjoyed the weirdness of this episode (which I'm sure is the same thing that drove some people away from it). What I liked the most was the dialogue. I especially liked the part where Batman confronted The Joker on the garbage scow the villain was using as a floating headquarters.

    Joker- Look who's come to trash the place!

    Batman- A fitting setting for you, Joker.

    Joker- Ooh, I just love to get down and dirty! Okay, boys...it's playtime!

  • Not the best Joker appearance

    A little better than "Christmas With The Joker", but the creators had still not quite figured out the Joker's character , his crime was a little unmotivated (Distract the city with laughing gas and rob jewles and stuff) and a little reminicant of the 60s Adam West Batman. This is definatly not the Jokers greatest appearance , still it did have some good moments paticularly the scenes with Bruce and Alfred playing April fools jokes. Some people find this to be a little out of character, but I liked them.moreless
Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley


Guest Star

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

The Joker

Recurring Role

Mari Devon

Mari Devon

Summer Gleeson

Recurring Role

Richard Moll

Richard Moll


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Batman rips the masks off The Joker's henchmen, they were facing him, meaning that when Batman held their masks, the faces of the masks should've been facing him as well. However, when he held their masks, the faces on the masks were facing the camera, away from Batman.

    • In this episode, The Joker wears a sort of bubble-helmet instead of the typical gas mask and his henchmen wear protective masks which look like clown masks. At other times in the series, his henchmen wear regular gas masks when he's using his standard laughing gas.

    • When Alfred talks while holding the drawing of the bath, the top part of the drawing briefly disappears.

    • The Joker stabs the barrel Batman's in six times in all directions, yet when it shows the barrel from the outside again all six holes are on the same side. Also, when Captain Clown tosses the barrel into the river, the holes briefly disappear.

    • This is the first episode in which Efrem Zimbalist Jr does the voice of Alfred, taking over from Clive Revil, Efrem still did the voice up until his appearance on the Justice League episode "Starcrossed, Part 3".

  • QUOTES (6)

    • The Joker: Whoops! Looks like our air holes are water holes, too! Water shame!

    • Joker(dangling over the garbage incinerator) Batman! You Wouldn't Let Me Fry Would You?! (Batman thinks about it) Joker(whining) Batman!

    • (after Batman destroys his robot)
      Joker: You...killed Captain Clown. YOU KILLED CAPTAIN CLOWN!!! Just for that...

    • The Joker: Justice is best served hot, Batman! You're gonna melt like a grilled cheese sandwich!

    • Joker: Look who's come to trash the place! Batman: A fitting setting for you, Joker. Joker: Ooh, I just love to get down and dirty! Okay, boys...it's playtime!

    • Bruce: What's wrong, Alfred? Aren't you feeling better?
      Alfred: What's wrong, sir? I destroy a priceless Ming vase, and you ask me what's wrong?
      Bruce: Don't worry about it. I'll just take it out of your salary for the next couple of years.
      Alfred: Very well, sir.
      Bruce: Alfred... April Fools'.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The Jewel of the Nile

      When Joker and his goons exit from the submarine to rob Gotham City, Joker says: "When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping!". This is a reference to Billy Ocean's music "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going." which was the theme song from the 1985 film "The Jewel of the Nile", staring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

    • Allusion: Casablanca

      At one point, The Joker tells Captain Clown, "Well, Captain! This looks like the start of a beautiful friendship!" This is a reference to the famous "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" quote from Casablanca.