Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Season 1 Episode 2

Very Personal Injury

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Sep 23, 2001 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Apache Chief, the Native American member of the Superfriends, accidentally spills coffee on his groin. He sues the Javalux company, as the burn injuries to his crotch have diminished his superpower: the ability to grow to giant-size. Harvey represents Apache Chief, while Reducto is the attorney for the Javalux Corp.moreless

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  • Apache Chief spills hot coffee in his lap. After this he can no longer "grow". Apache Chief sues the Javalux company for personal injury. Enter Harvey Birdman and feel the "Power of Attorney"!moreless

    For the two of you unfamilar with Apache Chief, he was a B-team Justice League of America hero. With his power of growth, he often, uh, grew and fought the Legion of Doom's Giganta, who had the same power. Exciting isn't it. Anyway, Apache Chief is hanging around and saves the world be hitting a meteor back into orbit. As thanks for this, the Javalux coffee shop gives him a free cup of coffee which he ends up spilling in his lap, thus injuring him and preventing him from "growing". Enter Harvey to defend Apache Chief. On the defense, we have Reducto representing the Javalux corp. Reducto is a great character who is paranoid and isn't afraid to shrink someone who looks at him wrong. There are also some funny appearances by "Black Vulcan" with a funny story regarding the origin of his superhero name and an appearance by a Wonder Twin which is also funny.

    The jokes come fast and furious and with the addition of Reducto has taken this show up a notch.moreless
  • Apache Chief

    Though i must admit i have never seen any of the orignal superfriends with Apache Chief. I must say it was pretty darn funny that because hes native the superfriends kicked hime out. Maybe i cant say that but its implied within the episode. This is non stop laughathon that is birdman. A must see. Chief loses his powers but soon regains them. In away of burning himself after saving the town and still has to pay for his own coffee! The way in which he gets his burn is based on some actual event. Some moron actually burned themself then burned package. Seinfeld also made fun of such an event. Sorry i am not good at reviews.moreless
Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

Myron Reducto, Phil Ken Sebben, Various

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Harvey Birdman, Judge Hiram Mightor, Various

Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Zan (Wonder Twins)

Guest Star

Laraine Newman

Laraine Newman

Sybil Schussler

Guest Star

Jack Angel

Jack Angel


Guest Star

Erik Richter

Erik Richter


Recurring Role

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Apache Chief

Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Black Vulcan/Supervolt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Settings on Reducto's shrink gun:
      Small, Smaller, Smallest, Teensy, Wee, Titlin', Kleiner, Frappe.
      He shrinks Birdman on the Titlin' setting.

    • When Apache Chief walks into Harvey's office, we hear a Star Trek sound effect of a door opening. But wait... Harvey's office doesn't have that kind of door there.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Harvey: You stated that you had express knowledge of one of the more familiar Superfriend's whereabouts - a Wonder Woman, I believe?
      Zan: Um, that's correct. Uh, she was at home.
      Harvey: Any idea why she wouldn't have answered the town's distress call?
      Zan: Well, she said she really needed some "me time." So she unplugged her communicator and... and took a bath.
      Harvey: How do you happen to know this?
      Zan: I was... I, I was the bathwater.
      Zan: [his face visible in the water as Wonder Woman washes her leg] Form of a washrag!

    • [Avenger is making a kettle of tea in the background]
      Apache Chief: Well I saved the town the other day.. and anyway, I saved the town. And anyway, afterwards I thought, "Man, a.. a coffee would be nice." But I spilled it on my... lap
      Harvey: Uh-huh.
      [the tea kettle whistle begins to sound]
      Apache Chief: And, wow, it was hot... on my lap.
      Harvey: I'll bet.
      Apache Chief: Hotness. Crotch. Ouch.
      Harvey: Yeah, I... ohhhh! Are you trying to say...?
      Apache Chief: I... can no longer... enlarge.
      [the tea kettle whistle plaintively decays into silence]
      Harvey: Ugh!
      [crosses his legs and winces a few moments]
      Harvey: Ugh! Let's all go to the mountains! Oh!
      [Apache Chief watches apprehensively as Avenger walks by with the tea service]
      Harvey: I'll take the case!... Not even first thing in the morning? You know... little neeneeneeneeneey?

    • Harvey: When I say the word "superhero" what names come to mind? Wonderwoman, Aquaman, Superman, Birdman. These are names--
      Jurymember: Excuse me, I don't think of Birdman.

    • Harvey: In conclusion, we're willing to accept your offer to reduce the charge from indecent exposure to second degree nudey-grooving.

    • Harvey: And today you'll hear how this hero, who could, before the accident, grow many many times his normal size and remain that way, all day if necessary, a proud unbending rock-hard pillar of justice, a rigid staff of liberty, that hero is left lifeless. He is nothing now, so small.

    • Reducto: Isn't it true that the reason you left the Superfriends is because you were fired? Fired. Fire! Why?
      Black Vulcan: They said it was some sort of budget thing, but I think it's because I complained that they were always pairing me up with a white Superfriend. Like I was gonna start super-lootin' the minute they weren't watching! Any you think I named myself "Black Vulcan"? Hell, no! I used to go by "Supervolt". Black Vulcan was Aquaman's idea. And I said "Maybe we should just call you 'Whitefish'"!

    • Bystander: Don't let me stop you from using your, uh, heat vision is it? On the, uh, meteor.
      Apache Chief: That's not my superpower.
      Bystanders: Magic Tomahawk?! Dreamcatcher?!
      Apache Chief: Warmer.
      Drunk Man: He's gonna leg wrestle!

    • Judge: Mr. Reducto, you're up!
      Reducto: What kind of stinking superhero loses his powers to a cup of coffee in the crotch? That's all I have.

    • Apache Chief: Coffee, please.
      Cashier: Sorry Chief, no credit cards...it seems some idiot ripped our telephone pole out of the ground!

    • Reducto: Ah, back off!! I've got a SHRINK gun! Who touched my ankle?!? GUN!!! You think I don't see? You think I don't FEEL your eyes like .. little fingers? Like ... little children's fingers on my body? BACK OFF!! I'LL MAKE YOU TEENSY!

    • Harvey: Mr. Vulcan, tell us about your superpower.
      Black Vulcan: Pure electricity. In my pants.
      Harvey: Tell us, what would life be like without your powers?
      Black Vulcan: Well, you know when the power goes out in your house? It would be like that... but in your pants.

  • NOTES (5)

    • On the Volume 1 DVD commentary track, Erik Ritcher tells that when Apache Chief picks up the telephone pole, it changes color. This is a tip of the hat to the old animation style where the color would change on objects when it shifted from being a background object to a prop on the cells.

    • This episode was poorly produced by the original crew who started the episode overseas. The producers saw the condition of the episode, took it back to the US, and finished the product themselves. Due to this, some of the animation is poorly done, and the audio is blairing.

    • The Multi-Culture Pals:
      Apache Chief, Black Vulcan (that's Supervolt!), Juan Gigante, The Negotiator & his super-sidekick, Pitseleh, the French Tickler, and Jesse Jackson.

    • The reason the only Superfriends who appear are Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, and Zan fron the Wonder Twins is that they were all created for "The All-New Superfriends Hour," and such are owned by Hanna-Barberra; saving the red tape and editorial approval that would be needed from D.C. Comics for any of the more famous Superfriends.

    • This was the first of the remaining episodes to be animated at Rough Draft Studios in Seoul, Korea. It was also the first to be produced by Allied Arts and Science, and sport new character designs and backgrounds. The show also went union as of this episode.


    • Number One, Leader of FEAR: The bartender at The Bird Cage is no other than Number One, the Leader of FEAR from the old Birdman cartoon. He appears frequently in other episodes at the bar.

    • Reducto: Introduced in this episode is Reducto, originally a mad scientist who has created a reduction ray. He uses this ray to demand money from Central City or he will shrink it's size. After being defeated by Birdman he is shrunken down to microscopic size. Reducto appeared in one episode of Birdman.

    • McDonald's Coffee Case: Apache Chief sues Javalux over injuries suffered from a coffee of their's spilled onto his lap. This case parodies the famous, "McDonald's Scalding Coffee Case."

    • The All-New SuperFriends Hour: The characters of Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, Zan of the Wonder Twins, and others in this episode, are best known from the cartoon, The All-New SuperFriends Hour, and its related sequels.