Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 23

Comfort and Joy

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Dec 13, 2003 on Cartoon Network
out of 10
User Rating
140 votes

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Episode Summary

In this one-part episode, the Justice Leaguers go their separate ways to celebrate the holiday season. After saving a distant planet, the League returns in time for Christmas. Clark and J'onn visit Smallville for a Kent family Christmas, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl have a snowball fight and visit an alien bar while comparing holiday traditions, and the Flash and Ultra-Humanite have a season's fight and are forced to ally together to save orphans' toys.moreless

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  • GL and Hawkgirl become closer, while Clark visits his parents and Martian Manhunter struggles to learn the meaning of Christmas. Things aren't so easy for the Flash when he has to try and find the most popular toy for the kids and it's all sold out.moreless

    This is just a great episode and definitely one of my favorites from the TV series. I'd go as far as to say that this is probably the best superhero related Christmas episode I have ever seen. It has just the right mix of the Christmas spirit that you can't help but to get that warm fuzzy feeling on the inside after you see it. I can tell that I will be watching this episode over and over again. I already plan to watch it again later today, after I just watched it this morning. It's classic Christmas and classic Justice League.moreless
  • Justice League comes home for Christmas

    The christmas episode starts off with the league putting together a gravitational device together so a planet will not collide with another planet. The league puts it together and decide to go back to Earth. Green Lantern and Hawkgirl stay on the snowy planet to have a snowball fight afterward Hawkgirl takes him to a alien bar for her holiday where they get into a friendly bar fight. Clark and Jonn arrive at the Kents for Christmas. Clark and Jonn are welcome in the Kent house where they celebrate Chrismas with Clark's parents. Flash goes to the orphanage to find out what the kids want for chrismas. So Flash zips to each store in town to try to find a DJ Rubba Ducky but all of them are unfortunately sold out. So Flash runs to the producing plant of DJ Rubba Ducky so he can get one. Flash running to the orphanage finds the UltraHumanoid breaking an Art Museum. As Flash fights him he falls on the DJ Rubba Ducky breaking it. After Flash wakes up from a hit on his head the UltraHumanoid is working on the DJ Rubba Ducky fixing and improving it. Later, they both bring it to the orphanage where it tells Christmas Stories. Flash then takes him to jail where Flash puts an alluminum Christmas tree in UltraHumanoid's cell and he seems kind of happy. Batman doesn't appear in this episode he was on watchtower duty.moreless
  • Christmas episode...

    I don't know what it is I just might be in the Christmas mood because this is my third review for a christmas episode today. We get to see how the Justice league spends their Christmas. J'onn spends his with superman at the farm. green lantern and hawk girl go to some space bar and have a great big bar brawl. The flash encounters the Ultra Humanite and he gives some kids at an orphanage a present. I would have really liked to see batman and Wonder Woman in this episode Especially batman. All in all this was a very great episode and the very first one parter of the series. later...moreless
  • Christmas episode!

    Summary: The Justice Leaguers go their separate ways to celebrate the holiday season. After saving a distant planet, the League returns in time for Christmas. Clark and J'onn visit Smallville for a Kent family Christmas, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl have a snowball fight and visit an alien bar while comparing holiday traditions, and the Flash and Ultra-Humanite have a season's fight and are forced to ally together to save orphans' toys.

    Thoughts: I'm such a sucker for these special holiday type episodes for every show. And that's the reason why I love this episode. Each Justice League member (besides Wonder Woman and Batman) do different things in the holiday season. My favorite part of this episode is what is included with J'onn in it. He lost his family, and his planet, and has nothing really to celebrate. And seeing him see what customs humans do was touching.

    The thing that really gets to me, is how we don't get to see Wonder Woman and Batman do anything. I mean the other Leaguers did fine in this episode, but this should've been a whole team episode.

    Either way, this goes down as one of the best holiday episodes ever seen on TV.moreless
  • Paul Dini's return to the DCAU world!!!!

    This episode was a great episode and it was really nice to have it in the series.

    Paul Dini is Mr. Christmas, he came up with a great storyline and awesome dialouge, I don't think Dwayne Mcduffie could pull it off better than Paul did.

    The episode had some nice humor in it and it brought a smile to everyone's face.

    Christmas isn't just another day for anyone in the League... exept Batman.

    We learn how the superheroes spend their holidays and it really remined themselves that they are human (Emotionally), and they do spend time with their families (Most of them) For the holidays.

    Good work paul!moreless
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are playing in the snow, Hawkgirl's hair is noticeably lighter.

    • How does Hawkgirl know about the planet with the bar? It can't be from when she was on Thanagar - they've established it's too far away for GL to fly to. Between when she arrived on Earth and joined the League, she didn't have a spaceship. And since then...the League only has one spaceship as far as they've ever said. Did she just take it out for a spin looking for bars on alien planets? What if they needed it for a mission while she was gone? (Notice that GL had to fly her there.)

    • When Hawkgirl asks for two drinks, she first grabs the one to the bartender's left. However, when we switch "cameras," it is the right one she grabbed, and the overflowing foam has mysteriously shifted.

    • Shelley Fabares' name is misspelled "Shelly" in the end credits.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (13)

    • This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • First shown in New Zealand (on free-to-air TV) on December 25th as a single episode.

    • Character bios: Ultra-Humanite

    • This episode takes place before "Wild Cards," and was merely relocated in the airing order so it premiered closer to Christmas. When the series was shown in the UK, the episode was in its correct position, before "Wild Cards" - and the story evidences that this is the case, as Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are not "together" romantically in it (which they would be if it took place after "Wild Cards") even though HG sneaks a peck on GL's cheek at the end.

    • This is the first time the series producers have done a one-part episode.

    • The first time this episode aired, to fill the hour-long "special" air time the Cartoon Network aired "Holiday Knights," the Batman Gotham Knights x-mas special.

    • This is the first time we see J'onn assume the human form that he uses in the comics in his guise of "John Jones," police detective.

    • Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares reprise their roles as Ma and Pa Kent from Superman: The Animated Series. Ian Buchanan reprises his role of the Ultra-Humanite from the first season episode "Injustice For All".

    • J'onn eats an Oreo cookie - an in-joke reference to the Giffen era Justice League where we discover the Martian Manhunter has a craving for the black-and-white treats.

    • Supergirl, who lives with Martha and Jonathan Kent in Smallville, is mentioned as being away skiing with Barbara. This is most likely Barbara Gordon, aka: Batgirl. The two met in the Batman episode "Girls' Nite Out". You can also see Kara in the Kent family photo.

    • Aired early on YTV Canada on December 8 2003

    • Paul Dini, Bruce Timm's partner on projects such as the WB animated Superman, Batman, and Batman Beyond series, returns.

    • Batman and Wonder Woman don't appear in this episode.


    • That Darn Cat!
      The cat that visits J'onn (presumably Kara's) looks suspiciously like Streaky the Supercat, a beloved (??) pre-Crisis part of the Superman mythos. It looks a bit more mangled and scrawny then Streaky ever did - in fact, it looks a bit like the cat that Power Girl (originally a Earth-2 version of Supergirl) has as a pet in the current post-Crisis DC universe.

    • J'onn's Christmas Gift
      The sweater that the Kent's give J'onn for Christmas has a single horizontal zig-zag stripe pattern on it - seemingly a reference to Charlie Brown, another character who is also searching for the "true" meaning of Christmas in the animated classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Based on Charles Shultz's Peanuts comic strip, the popular holiday cartoon has been shown on television every year during the Christmas holidays since 1965 and aired on CBS the same night this episode premiered.

    • Saunders Family Connection?
      In DC Comics, Kendra Saunders is the name of the current Hawkgirl, Shayera Hol's successor (sort of - it's a loonnngg story). The name of the orphanage lady is also "Saunders" - probably an in-joke gag.

    • Zooked
      Starting in Detective #311 and following him into House of Mystery, J'onn J'onzz had an alien sidekick named Zook. He appears briefly in this episode as the orange stuffed animal the camera pans to for several seconds on Kara's bed.

    • Other Cameos
      Among the other "aliens" you can see outside the cantina are Swamp Thing (albeit somewhat orangish), a Jack Kirby-style Frankenstein's monster, and a Edward G. Robinson version of either MODOK (from Marvel) or Slimer (Ghostbusters) or some mix of both. A very strange addition is Edward G. Robinson's head on a robot body floating by.

    • Everybody in the Bar: Shayera!
      Alluding to the TV series Cheers, where Norm would walk in and say hi and get a unanimous response of everyone saying his name.

    • Ultrahumanite: I suggest Voltaire.
      Voltaire was one of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment. And like the Ultra-Humanite, thought negatively of human nature.

    • Hawk Man and Lion Man: passing in the background
      Two alien characters passing behind GL and Hawkgirl look suspiciously like a Lion Man and a Hawk Man from the Flash Gordon comic strip, movie, Filmation TV series, etc. Having a "Hawk Man" from a different cartoon may also be an in-joke reference to the DC "Hawkman", a version of which will be appearing in Star-Crossed.

    • Ultrahumanite/DJ Rubber Ducky: Little Clara had just received a beautiful toy Nutcracker...
      The book that Ultra-Humanite has programmed DJ Rubber Ducky to read to the children is The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman and later turned into a ballet by Tchaikovsky.