Birds of Prey

Season 1 Episode 5

Three Birds and a Baby

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2002 on The WB
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When Helena rescues an abandoned baby boy and brings him back to the Clocktower, Barbara and Dinah try to help, but to everyone's surprise, the baby, Guy, is only happy when Helena is holding him. Even more surprising is the fact that Guy wakes up from his nap as a walking, talking 5-year-old and is soon a teenager. Now in a race against time, the Birds of Prey discover that Guy is programmed to live his entire life in three days, and to kill the first person he attaches to, putting Helena in grave danger. (TV-PG, V)moreless

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  • A women holding a baby is being attacked outside her high rise apartment. She drops the baby and Huntress catches him while battling a few villains on the ground. The baby turns out to be growing old at a alarming rate leaving the Birds in a quandary.moreless

    This is an alarming episode even for the psychotic mind of Harley. Basically genetically making babies that are born to be programmed killing machines that die within days.

    The baby boy quickly becomes a young five year old, then a teenager, each change being triggered by his sleeping. He is programmed to be able to speak, read, eat, basically to do anything a normal person needs to do. The twist is he is programmed to create havoc.

    I found the speeches in this episode to be a little preachy in general. The speech about you can be anything you want was a little much. This episode would leave the Birds feeling brutalized. Ever been in a situation in which no matter what you do it isn't the right thing because there is no right thing to do.

    I liked the action in this episode. Especially the scene with Huntress and Guy against the mercenaries. You know Harley is going to have a hard time finding anyone to work with if she keeps killing everyone willy nilly! Breaking the neck of the mercenary at the end was expected and getting old.

    Pretty predictable stuff but you have to remember it is based on a comic book. Not always really deep literature. 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

Riley Smith

Riley Smith

Guy at 20 Years

Guest Star

Michael Welch

Michael Welch

Guy at 14 Years

Guest Star

Bobby Edner

Bobby Edner

Guy at 9 Years

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: The constellation they're looking at, at the end of the episode, is Orion also known as The Hunter.

    • At the end of the episode, Harley breaks the neck of the mercenary with one snap. Killing people is not usually her style. In all the comic incarnations of Harley, she's usually been squeamish about killing anybody, and leaves it up to "Mr. J." Most of the time the worst she'd do is knock someone unconscious with a huge mallet or drugs; since when did she become homicidal?

    • Why doesn't Dinah ever use her powers on Guy at any of his stages of growth to figure out something about him? Or does she try off-screen and just not find out anything?

    • It's pretty hard to believe that the baby's neck survives all those whiplash maneuvers Helena executes while fighting the bad guys, what with its totally unsupported head.

    • Watch the clock gears in the tower, particularly in the last scene when they're talking outside. The teeth of the two wheels don't mesh - they just rotate separately of each other.

    • The two times we actually see Guy age (in the car and at the playground) his clothes appear to grow with him. During the last fight scene at the playground, Guy's clothes are actually loose, despite the fact he's substantially larger as a 20 year old.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Alfred holds some clothes)
      Alfred: For Master Guy when he wakes. Children grow up so fast. Even at a normal pace, it's never long enough.
      Helena: I don't know what to do, Alfred.
      Alfred: Welcome to parenthood.

    • Harleen: Just so I understand, the woman who has continually thwarted my plans is alive and unidentified, the prototype has been completely lost... how is this possible?
      Mercenary: They were fighting a coordinated attack, like a team.
      Harleen: He was programmed to kill her! He was programmed to kill anything in his path. How is she doing this? Drugs? Some kind of counter-implant? What she possibly have used that would be more powerful than the neural mesh?
      Mercenary: Well it looked to me like they were friends.
      Harleen: Oh, that's it. She overrode millions of dollars in bioengineering research and surgical procedures by becoming his friend. Don't be insane.

    • Guy: You know you just feel sorry for me cuz I'm a freak.
      Dinah: Oh please, like the three of us are so aggressively normal.

    • Mercenary: I'm a little confused. You're a psychiatrist?
      Harleen: That's part of who I am. I don't suppose you tell people at cocktail parties that you're a mercenary for hire willing to kill as brutally as necessary, if the price is right?
      Mercenary: I usually leave out the killing part.

    • Helena: Are you angling for a phone number, detective?
      Jesse: Would it do me any good if I say yes?
      Helena: I doubt it, but I'd enjoy watching you try.

    • Guy: Why do we live inside a big clock?
      Dinah: He has a point
      Helena: Hey, don't look at me, I didn't pick it--senior superhero chooses the lair.

    • Harleen: Don't be insane. Still, I suppose there's an upside. They left you for me to kill.

    • Barbara: When did this happen?
      Dinah: I don't know! One second I'm looking out the window and next thing I know he's had the growth spurt from Hell!
      Helena: Don't swear.

    • Alfred: It does seem like I've been taking care of children - and everyone else - for more years than I can count.

    • Harleen: Me and my Mr. J, we would have had such beautiful children. My green eyes and his green hair.

    • Barbara: We vanquish the forces of evil every night, Helena. How hard can it be to take care of one small baby?

    • Helena: Take care of him? I can't even keep a houseplant alive.

    • Barbara: Helena - don't poke the baby!

  • NOTES (4)