Birds of Prey

Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Slick, an evil meta-human who can turn from solid to liquid, is hired by Dr. Quinzel to kill the honest cops who stand in her way. When Reese is the next intended victim, Helena comes to his aid and their mutual attraction continues to grow. Meanwhile, Barbara believes Dinah's story that she's just a runaway, but Helena remains suspicious. (TV-PG,14,L,S,V)moreless

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  • A villain named Slick kills a few of the "good" cops in New Gotham and is going after Detective Reese next. The Huntress must protect him. The truth comes out about Dinah. Harley is using Slick to steal an armored car full of advanced weapons.moreless

    The main story was pretty good in this episode. The villain was very daunting and everyone had to work together in the end to stop Slick and his henchmen. Slick kills two cops that won't go on the take and then goes after Detective Reese as the three of them were guarding the shipments of weapons Harley wanted to steal.

    In the end Dinah is in the right place to help Huntress and Jake stop the bad guys and save the shipment. The scenes in the pool area steam room, and at the armored car were great.

    One technical note. It says in the information about the show that the outfit the Huntress wore in the Pilot was too revealing but the outfit they have her wearing now leaves less to the imagination then before. The new outfit is much more sexy and you have to wonder what the sensors were thinking. I say thank you!

    The secondary plot where Barbara has the date with Wade was OK, but are they going to have them get interrupted every time they are together?

    Dinah's secrets are even more far flung than they put out here in this episode but I am not sure they will cover that in this series. Of course Barbara manages to find out where Dinah was from and why she doesn't want to go back. So I think they will put that behind them. Helena seems to have excepted her as well.

    Improvement over the Pilot episode and definitely going in the right direction if all of the super-villains are as nasty as Slick. Thanks for reading...moreless
Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie

Alfred Pennyworth

Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer

Barbara Gordon/ Oracle

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

Jesse Reese

Mia Sara

Mia Sara

Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn

Rachel Skarsten

Rachel Skarsten

Dinah Lance

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

Helena Kyle/ Huntress

Hans Hernke

Hans Hernke


Guest Star

Silas Weir Mitchell

Silas Weir Mitchell

Silas "Slick" Waters

Guest Star

Brian Tahash

Brian Tahash

Detective Kelly

Guest Star

Shawn Christian

Shawn Christian

Wade Brixton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Slick drowns Det Tanner, only ten seconds elapses, but it typically takes an adult two to three minutes to drown, and even then, the victim can be revived if oxygen can be returned to the lungs before the brain shuts down at six minutes.

    • Huntress has different clothes in the fight scene after the sauna scene but Jesse has the same clothes. How come Huntress had time to change her clothes after the sauna but Jesse didn't?

    • Despite being attacked by Slick and nearly drowned in the final battle, Jesse's shirt is completely dry afterwards. Guess that flame-thrower was hot enough to quick-dry him...

    • Jesse doesn't recognize Helena or appear to have made any effort to find out who she is since the last episode. She doesn't wear a mask and she's been arrested - that's why she's seeing the psychiatrist for court-ordered therapy. Ten minutes with a sketch artist and a half hour going through the mug shots they take of you when you get arrested and put on trial and stuff, and he should know who she is.

    • The coroner says the cop's death is "consistent with asphyxiation" and then goes on to list all the things that would indicate asphyxiation was not the cause of death (lack of "ligature marks" and "external abrasions or bruising"). So if there are no signs of asphyxiation why is the guy's death "consistent with asphyxiation"?

    • Several Huntress insert scenes were reused in this episode that were also used in "Pilot." Specifically the scenes with her eyes and where she is holding the transceiver in her ear.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Slick: Why do you waste your time? A day job, for a super villain, it's so bourgeois.
      Harley: George and the others aren't work, they're hobbies. You know, like golf, recreational.

    • Harley: This city is gonna pay for what they did to my sweet Mr J. I will have a vengeance that will be spoken of in terrified whispers for generations to come! Do you understand?!
      Slick: Not exactly, no.
      Harley: (sighs) I'm going to be taking over New Gotham, you idiot!

    • (in the bar)
      Helena: How did you get in here?
      Dinah: I said I was your sister.
      Helena: Great. Just what I need. Another relative with a creative relationship with the truth.
      Dinah: Well, I thought this way I might actually get you to talk to me.
      Helena: So talk.
      Dinah: You don't want me here, do you?

    • Dinah: Alfred, my whole life I grew up thinking that there was no one like me. You know, that I was all alone. Then I come here and I finally meet someone who's like me. Someone who I can admire and look up to. Seems like all I can do is piss her off.
      Alfred: If I were you I would be more concerned if Miss Helena weren't upset with you.
      Dinah: Why?
      Alfred: Well I've always found that that how much someone cares about you is directly proportional to how much you can "piss them off," as it were.

    • (Reading a newspaper headline)
      Slick: "Man Kills Ex-Girlfriend Then Himself". Nice.
      Harley: I have a professional interest. George was a patient.
      Slick: Guess the therapy didn't take.
      Harley: Oh I wouldn't say that. I was the one who told him the key to his mental well-being was to express his rage. That's not bad work, for an amateur.

    • Slick: (after drowning a guard inside an armored car) Bulletproof, bombproof, fireproof... but not waterproof.

    • Reese: Wait a minute, there's a murder suspect in there. Uh, possibly.
      Helena: You gonna arrest him? With what, a bucket? Assuming he hasn't already gone down the drain.

    • Barbara: Are you all right?
      Helena: Oh yeah, once I had an actual ass to kick I was fine.

    • Dinah: We could call him Liquid Guy. (pause) Just trying to contribute.

    • Slick: You lost me, babe.
      Harleen: Yeah well, that's what happens when you regularly turn your brain to water.

    • Barbara: Have you seen Dinah?
      Helena: Yeah, she's here.
      Barbara: Good, I was worried. But if she's with you then I... I'm suddenly realizing I'm still worried.

    • Dinah: (to Barbara) You're technobabbling...

    • Barbara: I'm going to need some lung tissue.
      Helena: C'mon, it's Friday night. (pause) What's a weekend without lung tissue?

    • Barbara: Hey, time out. There will be absolutely no use of superpowers to settle domestic disagreements.

    • Helena: (talking about Dinah) That was my favorite sweater. I'm beginning to think she's evil. You think she could be evil?

    • Barbara: There's nothing to panic about.
      Helena: After you say that something panic-worthy always happens.

    • Harleen: We just can't go around killing people.
      Helena: That's what I hear.

    • Barbara: You just get to a point where you can't lie anymore.
      Helena: Never been there. You'll have to tell me what it's like.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5
      Wedding Nails by porcupine Tree
      Girl in a Car by Kim Rickey

    • German title: "Copkiller"

    • Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake, who are mentioned by Barbara were former Robins. Dick was the first one and became Nightwing. Jason was the second Robin and was killed by the Joker (and Batman readers via a phone poll). This marks the first and only time he has ever been mentioned in any Batman, Batman-related or DC-related television series. Tim Drake is the current Robin.


    • Helena: Greetings, Superfriends.
      Superfriends was another named for Justice League of America and an animated series that featured Batman, Robin, The Huntress (not this version) and The Black Canary.