Although that is predominantly a Harley (Kaley Cucuo), Joker (Alan Tudyk), and Ivy (Lake Bell) story, we get loads of Batman (Diedrich Bader) and Jim Gordon (Christopher Meloni). These two ineffective cranksters are all the time a complete delight they usually provide up a lot of the episode’s finest laughs. However the core of the narrative comes from Harley and Ivy seeing a seemingly “normalized” Joker working in an area Gotham bar. The Clown Prince of Crime is now a brilliant light, foolish, and apparently non-homicidal man. This discovery incites a deeper dialog concerning the nature of redemption and whether or not anybody can ever really change.
Trying again on once they first met, we see that Harley really cared for the Joker and needed nothing greater than to assist him. However she additionally helped one other inmate, Ivy, altering the course of each their lives eternally. At the same time as an Ivy and Harley fan, I by no means thought we’d see the day the place Mad Love was basically inverted and used as a background for his or her friendship and love. Even though we nonetheless get to see the sparks of what turned probably the most infamous relationship within the DC Universe, we additionally witness the seeds being sown for one thing way more particular.
Harley Quinn has saved enjoying with our expectations this season. Poison Ivy is outwardly getting married. A number of the largest villains in Gotham are lifeless. Batman is gone. Batgirl has risen. This week there’s no King Shark, no Clayface. We get to see Dr. Psycho for mere moments. That is all about Harley, Ivy, and her evil ex who possibly isn’t so evil anymore. The nature of that potential evil is what the present actually desires us to consider, although. Is anybody really evil? Can somebody shed their previous? And if they might, do they deserve forgiveness?
After reaching into the previous, the pair determine to examine in on the interior workings of the Joker’s mind. Surprisingly–as anybody who has learn an X-Males comedian will know–digging round in somebody’s mind isn’t an awesome concept. From what we see, this new model of the villain–who was final seen crushed beneath a phallic creation together with his personal face on it–has no concept of what he was. As an alternative, we see a life stuffed with love for his step-children, usually corny habits, and a saccharine obliviousness to what got here earlier than. Seeing this makes Harley and Ivy determine to depart the person who was as soon as Joker alone. Sadly, their actions look to have had dire penalties as Dr. Psycho’s probing thoughts has seemingly woke up the monster inside.
It’s a suitably darkish ending for “All the Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues.” No matter glad life the Joker has made for himself will quickly be over. Even after their deep and significant conversations and work to recover from their very own points, Harley and Ivy have as soon as once more put the world and themselves in peril. Final episode we noticed the return of Batman and the arrival of his legacy substitute, so it solely is sensible that his best foe can be again too. Whether or not or not Joker’s transformation can be an instantaneous one or a heartbreaking gradual burn will seemingly form the remainder of this season, and after the darkish emotional bent of this episode we wouldn’t be stunned if it was the latter stretched out for final affect.