Batman: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 15

The Lion and the Unicorn

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 15, 1995 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Alfred is called by an old 'cousin' who may be in danger and rushes to London to find himself in the claws of the Red Claw.

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  • Alfred episode.

    Okay, this episode was all about Alfred's younger years and how he was the "London Batman" of his time. The episode had poor animation. A weak plot, but one of the only plusses to this episode was the final fight scene between Batman and the Red Claw. The fight and fight until the Red Claw pulled off Batman's mask. In retaliation he hit the eject seat button sending the Red Claw flying into the harbor. Robin was there to add some form of humor, and Alfred was just there so the episode would make sense. Overall and average episode, nothing to write home about Govena...moreless
  • a fine episode of batman. it was okay but it do related to england and french. this is a good episode....

    what a great season finale to end this way. i like this episode a lot. so i will give this score a 9.4 because it is a fine example of how they are very good at it. i enjoyed batman and robin coming to alfred's and his cousin's rescue. red claw and batman were good and very funny because it was the way of equal fighting but dirty. i hope anyone agree with me on this.moreless
  • red claw is back and alfred is in trouble another great batman sinario

    now this is my favorite out of all the batman cartoons i wish they would still air episodes even if they were just reruns i remember camping out in my living room watchin batman with my friend david i remember my mom would tape a lot of the episodes for me and even sometimes me and her would stay up and try to watch all of the episodes in one night i was about eight when we did that but i am off toppic i still think this a great show even though im 18 now i still like itmoreless
  • Red Claw plans to ransom London for 5 billion pounds with the threat of launching the missile. Can Batman stop her in time and still manage to rescue Alfred?

    This is a great episode. One of my favorite from all of the batman episodes. Wish they did more with this redclaw becasue she is a great villian and Alfred cracked me up during the whole episode. One thing about this show that I missed was more episodes with Robin. I mean Bruce can do it by himself but the boy wonder was just as big as the dark night. It was nice though a change of senary for this one and how it still had that classic England look to it makes this that more entertaining. This is a must see for any Batman fan.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In a shot establishing Alfred on the streets of London, a double-decker bus can be seen driving past in the background, on the right-hand side of the road. The passenger door can also be seen on the right-hand side of the vehicle. In the United Kingdom, automobiles travel on the left-hand side of the road, and (by necessity) have passenger doors on the left-hand side of the vehicle.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Bruce: (answering phone, 3 a.m.) Hello?
      Alfred: Good evening, Master Bruce. I'm so sorry to disturb your rest.
      Bruce: Alfred!? Are you all right? Where are you?
      Alfred: I'm at the Yorkshire Arms, in London.
      Bruce: In England?
      Alfred: There's only one, Master Bruce.

    • Red Claw: Londoners, your ancient city may pride itself on having survived plagues, fires, even the Blitz, but unless five billion pounds are delivered to me by midnight tonight, there will be nothing left to survive. We have Blairquhan Castle and its missile installation, and the codes to operate the missiles. You have one hour. Otherwise, I'll be forced to plant this warhead in the middle of Trafalgar Square, and if I do that, well... (chuckles) God save the Queen.

    • Robin: (Alfred breaks a chair over a thug's head) And here all I thought you dusted was furniture.
      Alfred: A Louis Quinze; what a pity.

    • Red Claw: I've wasted enough courtesy on you two!
      Frederick: Courtesy? None than I have seen... (Red Claw slaps him)

    • Dick: What would we do without you, Alfred?
      Alfred: I shudder to think!

  • NOTES (1)


    • This episode is called "The Lion And The Unicorn" after the nursery rhyme of the same name. "The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown
      The lion beat the unicorn all around the town.
      Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown;
      Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town."

      The nursery rhyme was created when the Scottish and the English kingdoms were unified in 1603. Scotland's coat of arms featured two unicorns, and England's featured two lions. When a new coat of arms was made, it featured one lion wearing a crown on its head, and one unicorn with a crown around its neck. The how each animal wore its crown represented the fact that England dominated Scotland. Inevitably, Scotland wanted its independence, so the Lion and the Unicorn ended up "fighting for the crown".