Justice League Unlimited

Season 5 Episode 8

The Great Brain Robbery

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Mar 04, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

While the League uses magic to try to tap into Grodd's location based on Flash's previous contact with the villain, Luthor uses science to try to tap into Grodd's mind for information on Brainiac...and the resulting confluence causes the two to switch bodies.

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  • in short...lex and Flash's brains switch and lex is using wally's power against some leaguers, meanwhile wally tries to not be found out as the other villians are following his orders to majorly attackmoreless

    this one is hilarious and i loved it so much, i really liked how this episode shows how powerful the Flash could be if he used his powers at full. i really like how wally, even as lex, is still a funny guy and OMGsh i totally loved him as lex!!! tee hee his "evil" act was so bad it was funny. and i enjoyed the bath room scene where lex wants to find out Flash's secret identity... i liked the scene where lex (really wally) was in the villians bathroom a lot better though. but this entire episode was really good!!! :)moreless
  • Ah, a great little filler episode with quite a few laughs up for grabs.

    An incredibly entertaining episode, this, which manages to produce some hilarious slap-stick moments and allows for Clancy Brown to lighten it up and show he can deliver when it comes to comedy as good as the rest of 'em. Essentially a Flash-centric episode, 'The Great Brain Robbery' also manages to dip into the season's arc, though it's evident the gimmick of a body-swap takes central focus above all other arc-related elements.

    Interestingly enough, we only ever glimpsed at Flash's true potential in previous episodes, but when Lex has control of his body we see a completely different animal altogether. Lantern's concern of Lex becoming unstoppable felt a little too false at first, but as the episode progresses, the writers do a good job of demonstrating his true potential. Flash, if he wanted, could very possibly take down the league single-handedly. Even Superman (remember the Justice Lords? Flash managed to whoop evil Clark's ass!). And, once again, we're also shown just how powerful Flash is when he faces Brainiac when everyone else is unable to - Flash rules!

    Clancy Brown manages to emulate Michael's Flash down to a tee. He's fantastic here, and really goes for the win. Of course, his talents wouldn't have shined through if it weren't for some top-notch writing. The script is choc-filled with quotable one-liners and some typical Justice League dark humour (what a twisted way to use Flash's power -- drill a speed hole into someone's head!).


    Best moment?

    It has to be Lex (as Flash) walking up to a mirror and taking off Flash's mask so he can reveal his secret identity. Shockingly, he does. And hilariously, he adds " I have no idea who this is." Very very funny.


    Overall, another strong episode for the final season. With such arc-heavy episodes surrounding this episode, it was nice to take a break from all of the ruckus and have a little fun. Plenty of action and heavy on laughs, this is essential filler-fun.moreless
  • This is the best episode ever. The bathroom scene did it for me; I laughed so hard. And then The Flash's retarded acting.

    I knew Luthor was evil, but this display... this complete lack of... regard, did it for him. His evilness is now cemented in stone. Every time he yelled "Wrong", he'd make buildings explode and glass would rain down upon the unsuspecting, innocent people. That wasn't to bad, wasn't to vile of an act. But now this key evidence has appeared - what I'd like to call, "The Bathroom Incident." You have to be pretty evil to commit such a heinous indecency and in front of people! Luthor is a filthy beast; I can't believe he doesn't wash his hands. He should be slathered in anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.moreless
  • A fun episode indeed. Well written and plotted, the characters remain true even when they're not themselves. Plus, we get to see The Flash (try) to play the villain. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.moreless

    I started this show not knowing who The Flash was; even -what- the Flash was. I was not a big comic reader. But he quickly became one of my favorite characters and this is one of the episodes that shows why.

    Wally is often used as comic relief in this show, but there is a deeper side that often shines through during the show's run. While this episode clearly goes for the humorous route, we still get to see just how -powerful- The Flash is, and how dangerous.

    One memorable scene is where it is explained to us why Wally never uses the full potential of his power: the result could be devestating. Wally is so often shown as the carefree youngster of the group that sometimes we forget -why- he is one of the founders.

    There are numerous laugh out loud moments as Wally tries to pass off as Luthor, and Lex-Flash tries to escape the Tower. The bathroom scenes of both characters are classics and will most likely be ranked as some of the funniest moments of this show's run.

    Still, even given the full run of Luthor's hideout, Flash remains true to his character and learns absolutely nothing of value during his tenure as Luthor. And we're reminded of Luthor's evil genius as he reveals just the amount of control he has over his team of villains.

    There is also a questionable scene where it is heavily hinted that Wally and the witch were having 'fun' in his room. I doubt kids would get it, but adults are sure to laugh as they watch.

    Overall, this is one episode I know I would be able to re-watch and still find amusing.moreless
  • Oh, great, another switcheroo episode, right? Uh, uh. This one catches your eye. Well written, easy to understand, and fun to watch: Classic Justice League. This is an episode to remember.moreless

    What happens when you switch Lex Luthor and the Flash\'s brains? Anything and Everything. How could I not laugh when the Flash (in Luthor\'s body) makes a crack at being evil in the bathroom, this episode cracked me up. Tons of action, Luthor now has super powers, what will he do? Watch it.
Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Red Tornado (uncredited)

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Dr. Light

Guest Star

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Dr. Polaris (uncredited)

Guest Star

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Steel (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Gorilla Grodd

Recurring Role

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Mr. Terrific

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The train carrying the Euros to Kasnia is heavily guarded, yet the train is traveling with the armed guards standing inside open doors. Wouldn't it be more secure for the shipment to be guarded inside freight cars that have the doors closed and locked?

    • Green Lantern says, "It sounds like Wally...but how can we be sure?" after Dr. Fate switches the Flash and Luthor back to their proper bodies. If Green Lantern is unsure as to whether the exchange worked, then why did he use Wally's real name and possibly compromise the Flash's secret identity?

    • Trivia: The coordinates gives for Kasnia are 45°9'8''N, 19°58'13'': somewhere in northen Serbia and Montenegro. (However, there is no mention whether this is Kasnia or just on-route to Kasnia.)

    • Trivia: Flash once more identifies himself with membership ID 006.

    • No matter who they think Lex is, at the end why didn't they restrain his hands? He's just "strapped" into a chair with a band across his upper arms.

    • When Mr. Terrific cuts the gravity, we see Lex-in-Flash hit the deck extremely hard. And a crate next to Terrific drops down. But there's no sign or sound of all the other stuff in the air (including several Watchtower crew) dropping.

    • When Lex starts his mind probe on Grodd, Rampage is nowhere to be seen. But after the commercial break Rampage shows up out of nowhere to say "Psycho."

    • Why would Polaris be asking Luthor if he was going to wash his hands in the restroom if he was wearing gloves?

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Tala: Lex? Is that really you?
      Lex: Of course it's me, you twit.
      Tala: (disappointed) Oh.

    • Green Lantern: It sounds like Wally. But is there any way to be sure.
      Flash: You want proof? Until he went off into the Marines, GL's nickname was…
      Green Lantern: Stop! It's him. You promised never to repeat that story.
      Flash: I know – I was just messing with your head.

    • Tala: Dr. Polaris is this far from open revolt. He's treacherous. I want to punish him, baby, sooo verrry badly.
      Flash-in-Lex: Right, sure. Just one question - do I know you?

    • Grodd: It must pain you to see me like this after what we've been to each other.
      Tala: My taste in boyfriends has evolved.

    • Dr. Polaris: (to Luthor) We don't think you've got what it takes to run the show. You've been acting unbalanced. Holed up in that lab, talking to yourself.
      Sinestro: After Grodd tried to turn the world into apes, you can imagine how seriously we'd take something like that. What are you going to do, make everybody bald?

    • Tala: Lex…don't talk to the rock.

    • Flash: What do you say we go check with Batman? He's got clues.

    • Tala: Rest in here, darling
      (Tala and Flash-in-Lex go to Lex's room, close door)
      Flash-in-Lex: Hey. That's not restful.

    • Flash-in-Lex: Okay, okay: I'm trapped in a building full of supervillains, I've lost my powers, and for some reason this creepy hot chick thinks I'm...- (sees himself in the mirror) ...Lex Luthor! Oh, that is just wrong. Cripes.

    • Flash: Man, just be careful with my head. It's where I keep all my one-liners.

    • Flash-in-Lex: (to the Legion) My fellow bad guys - I, Lex Luthor, your leader, will speak now about my, Lex Luthor's, plan. My villainous, villainous plan. Question the plan at your peril!......Uh, any questions?

    • Bizarro: Me got answer.
      Flash-in-Lex: Excellent. Do enlighten us.
      Bizarro: Ever since you plug into monkey's head you act perfectly sane and rational. Am you Bizarro mommy?

    • Flash-in-Lex: Me, The Flash? You've, like, totally lost it, Grodd - I'm Lex Luthor!
      Grodd: And I'm Charlton Heston.

    • Grodd: Ah, Tala, my old groupie. I so miss bending you to my will.
      Tala: Go eat a banana. Lex is my man now.

    • Luthor-in-Flash: If nothing else, I can at least learn the Flash's secret identity. (unmasks) I have no idea who this is.

    • Dr. Polaris: You gonna wash your hands?
      Flash-in-Lex: No, 'cuz I'm evil!

  • NOTES (9)

    • The voice of Red Tornado was played by Powers Boothe. Bruce Timm notes that he had to make the voice a higher pitched "robotic" tone to mask Powers' deep, familiar voice.

    • This episode first aired on YTV in Canada on March 29, 2006.

    • Michael Rosenbaum also plays Lex Luthor on Smallville, meaning in this episode he's essentially playing the same role in both a live show and an animated show.

    • Other villains who appear without dialogue: Giganta, Black Mass, Queen Bee, Neutron, Livewire, Dr. Destiny, Atomic Skull, Silver Banshee, Rampage, the Key, Toyman, The Dummy, Lady Lunar, Merlyn, Fastball, the Gentleman Ghost, the Top, the Shark, KGBeast, Weather Wizard, Dr. Spectro, Evil Star, Sonar, The Thinker, Sportsmaster, Monocle, Tattoed Man, Crowbar, Electrocutioner, Bloodsport, Psycho Pirate, Parasite, Javelin, Cheetah, Copperhead, and Heatwave.

    • Other heroes who appear without dialogue: Stargirl, Starman, Wildcat, Elongated Man, Captain Atom, Booster Gold, and Ice.

    • Clips at the end are from "Grudge Match" and "Far From Home."

    • Character bios: Mr. Terrific, Gorilla Grodd, Lex Luthor, Tala, Dr. Polaris, Dr. Fate, Sinestro

    • Michael Beach, Clancy Brown, Juliet Landau, Powers Booth, Ted Levine, Lauren Tom, and George Newbern reprise their roles as Mr. Terrific, Lex Luthor, Tala, Gorilla Grodd, Sinestro, Dr. Light, and Bizarro. The actors voicing Red Tornado, Rampage, Angle-Man, and a Legion guard, are uncredited. Due to producers avoiding crediting the same actor for multiple roles, Phil LaMarr and MIchael Rosenbaum are uncredited for playing Steel and Dr. Polaris, respectively. George Newbern is on-screen credited as Bizarro for the first time since he appears here when Superman does not.

    • This episode was aired on Toonami UK on January 25, 2006.


    • The Cosmic Treadmill
      When Doctor Fate enters Wally's mind, you see flashes on Wally's past or people encountered. If you look at the upper-right hand corner, you see the Flash running on what appears to be a treadmill. This could be a homage to the Cosmic Treadmill, which was a time-traveling/dimension-jumping treadmill invented by Barry Allen, the second Flash.

    • Lex-in-Flash: Beam me out of here...
      This is a reference to the show Star Trek where the characters are beamed out of their ship. A famous line being, "Beam me up/down, Scotty."

    • Grodd: And I'm Charlton Heston
      Grodd makes a remark about the actor Charlton Heston, who starred in the movie, Planet of the Apes and its sequel.

    • Title
      The Great Train Robbery is the name of the famous early Western film made by Edwin S. Porter in 1903. Only about ten minutes long, it was the first narrative film. The Great Train Robbery is also the name of a 1975 novel and 1979 film by Michael Crichton.