Harley Quinn: Something Borrowed, Something Green

The big day arrives

Harley Quinn’s second season comes to a very bizarre end, but then, what else would you expect from this show? There’s the big wedding, clownish behavior by supposedly heroic characters, and some big decisions. There’s even a nod to the original pairing of Harley and Ivy back on Batman: The Animated Series. The episode title, from what I have seen, has actually varied several times. I’ve seen it listed as “Something Borrowed,” “Something Borrowed, Something Green,” and on IMDB it’s “The Runaway Bridesmaid.” I mean, I get Harley is arguably chaos personified, but really now…

The episode starts off with an award ceremony with characters ranging from the famous (Batman, Superman) to the obscure (Space Cabbie, Vibe). Gordon feels slighted at not being recognized, and he has some justification for that, and rants at recurring reporter character Tawny Young. Meanwhile, back at Arkham, Dr. Psycho and Ridder are back where they belong, while Harley is also in a nearby cell, sulking and saying she’ll break out when she feels like it. Given Arkham’s overall success rate, she’s probably right.

Following up on the awkward reveal by Dr. Psycho last episode, Ivy talks to Kite Man about her “fling” with Harley. She really is making an effort to make things up to him. It’s rare example of emotional maturity for this show. Elsewhere, Gordon has randomly arrested Two-Face (we never do hear the story behind this), and the former District Attorney plays some pretty nasty head games with Gordon. It’s a subtlety I don’t generally associate with Two-Face. Clayface, Frank the Plant, and King Shark infiltrate Arkham to free Harley for the wedding, but she doesn’t want to come. Harley’s convinced she’ll just mess up the event if she’s there, which is fair, given her track record.

Harley’s resolve is weakened when Two-Face tells her about Gordon’s plans for the wedding. I’m really not clear on Dent’s motivations here. He’s broken out of Arkham plenty of times before without help. Does he suddenly feel he needs it? Does he just really not want Ivy to get married? Is he just being a dick for the sake of being a dick? We’ll never know. Elsewhere, Gordon gathers his core group of comic relief cops together to plan the raid and the bust of the century at the wedding.

The big day arrives, and Gordon puts his plan in motion. There’s a whole host of villains in attendance, which is generally a recipe for disaster. Surprisingly, they all behave themselves. Clayface is supposed to sing after the wedding and is a nervous wreck, and King Shark tries to talk him down, which is entertaining. Harley shows up, skulking around, trying to stop Gordon from messing with her best friend’s wedding. She almost gets to him, but gets dragged off by the wedding planner to meet with the bridesmaids. That’s the same group from the bachelorette party: Nora Fries, a very disinterested Catwoman, and Jennifer, the token normal, who really isn’t. No one is happy to see Harley there, but then, her indiscretion was broadcast over the whole city by Dr. Pyscho in a fit of dickishness.

Getting free of the bridesmaids, but leaping to the wrong conclusions, Harley goes after Gordon… and punches out the wrong person. This is, of course, when Ivy shows up and drags her off. They have a very intense discussion that goes badly for their friendship. Dejected, Harley wanders outside and is about to leave entirely when she notices a very important clue as to something really being wrong. Back inside, Kite Man does some very odd vows that disconcert Ivy, but she rallies and manages to get through hers. This is when Gordon springs his trap. For all that they’ve made Gordon a clown on this series, he actually had a damn good plan that would have worked if not for Harley coming back in to throw a wrench in the works. I’d have said her trademark mallet, but that never shows up this episode.

Chaos ensues, the cops almost win, and then Harley turns the tide, getting Ivy and Kite Man out and giving the villains time to rally. Harley actually goes above and beyond to try and salvage the day, which is sort of touching. The attempt at saving the wedding falls flat due to a previously largely comic relief character actually acting like an adult. We end with Harley and Ivy saying some things that have needed to be said, a mad chase scene, a callback to Batman: The Animated Series, and a vaguely Thelma and Louise vibe. At the time the show ended, the future of DC Universe and all its projects were very much up in the air, so the last thing we see is “The End?”

What I liked: There was some actual emotional growth and maturity for some of the characters. I know that’s not what this show is all about, but it was nice to see anyway. Gordon did actually have a good plan. Harley so clearly cares for Ivy, and was trying to do right by her. Kite Man actually came out of this looking pretty good, which is so rare for him.

What I didn’t:  An event this big happens in Gotham and Batman doesn’t know about it? I don’t buy that. I can’t figure out why Two-Face was so determined to screw with this. I don’t know of a feud between him and Ivy in any version of the DC Universe. I felt bad for Kite Man (yes, I know, just about everyone else is probably thrilled by how it turned out).

It was an appropriately odd ending for a very strange show. I’ll give the finale a 3.5 out of 5, and the season the same.

Harley and company, I am told, will return for a third season.