Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Season 3 Episode 2

Harvey's Civvy

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Jul 31, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Murro the Maurader sues Harvey for injuries suffered in 1967. Murro's lawyer, the psychically bombastic Shado the Brain Thief, not only litigates Murro's case, but he introduces a class action lawsuit as well. Harvey begs Potamus to take the case and the hippo litigates on Harvey's behalf.moreless

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  • Birdman gets sued due an injury to a villain back from his superhero days. It had to come eventually, and it turns out great.

    This is one of the best episodes Harvey Birdman has had so far. It brings together pretty much all Birdman villains from the original series into one short episode. Shado is a great attorney who steals people's mind. This also is the first time that Mentok the Mindtaker has found a match and I have found him rather annoying in the past. So this is a great thing to see. Each villain from the past received a letter invitation to see the court case and obviously they all come to check it out. Harvey gets Potamus to take the defence and he doesn't do the best job of it. While his "Did you get that thing I sent you?" line gets old pretty quick, the writers manage to find ways of implementing it different style each time. The only letdown of this ensemble let's me think whether or not the producers have used up great villains too quickly instead of focusing on them in more details. Looking ahead, they are more likely to do that anyway so we shouldn't have a problem. Let's hope the rest of Season 3 turns out this great.moreless
  • Good ol' Harvey Birdman

    I see the creators have not lost any of their humor on the little hiatus.

    This episode is a fine addition to the "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law" series. The wild antics of the characters (especially Mentok: The Mind Taker, challenged by Shado: The Mind Thief!) is as hilarious as ever (By the way, Shado is an evil, six-foot, leprechaun lawyer).

    The timing, the jokes, the randomness is the same we have all come to know and love (except for those who haven't). If you liked it before, you'll love it now, and if you loved it before, you'll still love it now.

    May "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law" live on.moreless
  • Murro sue Harvey. Harvey hire Peter Potamus. There is trial. Mentok the Mind-Taker meet Shado the Brain-Thief. Did you get that thing i sent ya?

    Very funny. I especially liked the "head-taking" duel between Shado and Mentok. Also, the gallery filled with Birdman villains was cool. Not much Colbert in this episode - but the xtra Potamus makes up for it.

    Need more words for review - really, you should just watch the show. And how.

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Harvey Birdman, Judge Hiram Mightor, Various

John Michael Higgins

John Michael Higgins

Judge Mentok the Mind-Taker, Various

Thomas Allen (II)

Thomas Allen (II)

Peanut, Various

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein


Guest Star

Toby Huss

Toby Huss


Guest Star

Kym Whitley

Kym Whitley


Guest Star

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Potamus / Barracuda / Cumulus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode is very similar to Lawsuit, episode 5x3 of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. In both shows, the protagonist is an ex-superhero who has moved into another field of work. The protagonist is being sued for damages caused in the past, during their superhero days. In both cases, the group of persons suing the protagonist are characters from the action-series. Also, in both episodes, the lawyer suing the protagonist is an ex-villain from the action-series, who has since studied in the trade of lawyering.

    • This episode claimed that Birdman fought Murro the Marauder in 1967. In the original Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Birdman fought Murro in January of 1968.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mentok: And how long did they have to respond, Mr. Potamus?
      Potamus: Two weeks
      Mentok: Oh, and let's see, that was two weeks ago riiiight NOW! MISTRIAL!
      Shado: But nobody knew about that request for discovery! I hid it so well! How--
      Mentok: --Did I know? Back at the bar, when you thought we were getting all palsy-walsy, I was actually flipping through that sorry mind you call an organizer looking for dirt! You know what we call THAT? MIND-TAKING, BABY! ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES!

    • Harvey Birdman: (on seeing many former villains that he fought) What's going on?
      Potamus: Pride Weekend?

    • Harvey Birdman: (to Potamus) Class action suit? And you're opening statement was whether or not they got that thing you sent them?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Birdman Characters: Cameo appearance from the original Birdman and the Galaxy Trio cartoon include:
      The Mummer
      Professor Nightshade
      Dr. Millennium
      Professor Claw
      Professor Taggart the Deadly Duplicator
      Monster of the Mountains
      The Ant Ape
      Hannibal the Hunter
      The Speed Demon
      Dr. Demon
      Dr. Kordo
      The Constrictor
      The Barracuda
      Cumulus, the Storm King

    • While in Peter Potamus' office, one can spot Gigi, who was originally seen in the episode Trio's Company and several others henceforth, making out with Potamus on two separate occasions.


    • Deliverance:
      When Mentok and Shado are dueling with minds, a banjo was playing through the scenes, this was from the movie Deliverance, where a city man challenge a hillbilly teen with banjos.

    • Cheshire Cat:
      When Mentok appears in court, it is similiar to the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. A smile appears in the air, followed by a body.

    • Dick Cheney & George W. Bush: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush appear in the episode. Cheney is portrayed as one of the villains that is joining the class action suit against Harvey. He is also seen trying to kill off Speed Racer with a buzz saw. George W. Bush briefly appears after Murro the Maurauder says he wanted to take over the world or become commissioner of Major League Baseball, which is a reference to Bush being the Owner of the Texas Rangers.

    • Birdman and the Galaxy Trio: The story revolves around the original Birdman and the Galaxy Trio show and many of its villains.

    • Murro the Marauder: In Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Murro the Marauder can walk through walls. He can also use shadows to aid him. Murro was hired by FEAR to steal some plans and to destroy Birdman. Murro the Marauder appeared in one episode.

    • Shado the Brain Thief: In Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Shado steals the knowledge of scientists and places it in a machine. He also created a mechanical Birdman and Avenger to defeat the real heroes. Shado appeared in one episode.

    • Speed Racer: Speed Racer aired between 1967 and 1968. Joining Speed is his pet monkey Chim Chim.

    • Ernie Devlin: When Murro The Marauder gives his testimony in Mentok's courtroom, a brief scene is shown involving Ernie Devlin, from the episode The Devlin Made Me Do It, who is apparently writing Murro's testimony on the fly.

    • Droopy The Dog: In the brief scene involving the jury presiding over Harvey's trial, Droopy, from the episode Droopy Botox, is shown for a few brief seconds.