The Batman

Season 3 Episode 8

Fleurs du Mal

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 26, 2005 on The CW
8.9
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Fleurs du Mal
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When her father, along with other high-ranking Gotham officials, begins to embrace environmental causes after the delivery of mysterious plants, Barbara discovers that they've been replaced with plant-based copies created by Poison Ivy and teams up with Batman to stop her and their own evil clones.

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  • Poison Ivy returns in a hybrid of Heart of Steel and Chemistry.

    7.6
    Fleurs du Mal was a great episode and I thought it was very clever how they used the french word for bad flowers in the episode title. However this seemed way to much like Heart of Steel with Poison Ivy instead of HARDAC as a villain. Also this plot line was farfetched. It kind of felt like the idea came from an unused plot from the 1960's tv show. Also I was a bit dissapointed that Poison Ivy is still just into plants and not money or batman. I did, however enjoy the dry humor made by a variety of characters and the amusing scenes with Penguin. This episode is definetly worth watching!moreless
  • A interesting episode

    9.2
    This episode is good. This episode was great but something that is weird in this episode in the spansh version in latin america were I see this show was the voice of Poison Ivy, she in "Batgirl Begins 1" and "Batgirl Begins 2" has a great voice as a teenager but when I see this episode and hear the voice of Poison Ivy was awful hear an older voice that was the same of Batman: The Animated Series. For the fans of BTAS should think that the change of her voice was great but I don't think because she is a teen and has a new origin. Well forgiving that this episode was great and features for his appearence No. 100 or something like that The Penguin that I think that appeared more times in the series than The Joker and features Poison Ivy and her most evil plan in the history.moreless
  • A new appearance by Poison Ivy, proving she's not mummy's little girl anymore...

    10
    Now it is once more a character development episode we have got to deal with. It is Poison Ivy’s third appearance in the series, and she is really becoming one of the most interesting villains in The Batman’s rogue gallery. After a great introduction in the two-part “Batgirl Begins”, we could ask ourselves how she would evolve – since she did not really control her powers yet.



    There were speculations according to which she would serve as a foil to more adult characters as the Joker. Well, I am glad to see it is just the other way around. She actually uses her powers to control a Batman arch enemy in the person of the Penguin – even if I have got to admit he is not the most impressive villain in Batman’s world. As a matter of fact, the way she hypnotizes half the population of Gotham’s Finest is really impressive, it depicts a real rebellion against the adult’s world and the authority.



    In this episode, Poison Ivy becomes both a great enemy and a symbol of the majority of the teenagers. The only flaw in this episode is that the writers seem to have totally forgotten about the connection between Batgirl and Poison Ivy – let’s hope they will come back on that later. Anyway, I loved the reference to Baudelaire’s work, even if it was only a nod in its direction and not a real pastiche (which would have been hard because of the themes developed in this collection of poems).

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Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Danielle Judovits

Danielle Judovits

Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Piera Coppola

Piera Coppola

Poison Ivy

Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Commissioner James Gordon

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

The Penguin

Recurring Role

Adam West

Adam West

Mayor Grange

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Batman's plan to use a highly concentrated herbicide to destroy all of Poison Ivy's plants clearly did not have a lot of thought put in to it. Besides exposing himself and Batgirl to the concentrated herbicide, all of Gotham was rained on by it. What if someone had drank it, thinking it was rain? It could have killed anyone it touched!

    • When Batman has been arrested for killing plants in the park, he is handcuffed by Gotham PD before being led away. As he resists, a pan shot shows the police officers transforming into plants and when it returns to Batman, the handcuffs are miraculously gone. How did Batman remove them so quickly and when did he find the time?

    • If, as was presented in "Batgirl Begins (2)" that Poison Ivy is made of plant matter, would not the herbicide do some pretty severe damage to her, like killing her?

    • During the fight between Batman and Plant Penguin, in one scene, Penguin leaps at Batman while swinging his umbrella, but Batman dodges. When this happens, the monocle that's over his right eye is missing and reappears in the next shot.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Flower Shop Name: Baudelaire.
      The bouquet of flowers that are delivered to the mayor, Commissioner Gordon, and Bruce, as well as the flower shop itself, have the name "Baudelaire" on them. This is the same name of the orphans from the Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket. It was also the name of a poet, Charles Baudelaire, who wrote a famous poem sharing the same title as this episode. It is French for "evil flowers". It seems Pamela paid attention in Lit class.

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