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Two-Face Part I
Season 1, Episode 17
Two-Face Part I Title Card.jpg
Air date 25 September, 1992
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Story by Alan Burnett
Teleplay by Randy Rogel
Music by Shirley Walker
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Two-Face Part II

Two-Face Part I is an episode of the first season of Batman: The Animated Series. The episode portrays the origin story of the villain Two-Face and it also marks the first appearance of characters as Grace Lamont, Nora Crest and Candice. This episode was also the first produced episode to include the iconic villain Rupert Thorne.

Two-Face, Part I is the tenth episode to be produced and the 17th episode to be aired.

Synopsis

Though the ever calm Harvey Dent puts on a happy face in his bid for re-election as Gotham's District Attorney, he can't still suppress the psychopathic split personality of "Big Bad Harv" - a side that's given horrifying half form when crime boss Rupert Thorne's plan to blackmail Dent goes awry in a chemical factory.

Plot

Harvey Dent has a nightmare in which he is confronted by a mysterious doppelganger, flipping a coin over and over again. Dent is awakened by his secretary Carlos from the D.A.'s office and heads out to talk to Commissioner Gordon about a raid on a derelict building occupied Rupert Thorne's gang, heavily armed with stolen weapons and supplies from Gotham's Army depots. With Batman's help, the gang is captured.

Dent loses his temper

Dent publicly congratulates the police and thanks Gordon, but one of the captured crooks taunts Dent with the assurance that he and his cohorts will soon be free, and splashes mud all over Dent's suit. To everyone's shock, Dent goes berserk with fury and attacks the handcuffed man. A second later, he reverts back to his normal, courteous self. Gordon asks Dent about his paroxysm and Dent says, "I don't know. I guess he just hit the right button." Meanwhile, Thorne orders his right-hand woman Candice to find something dirty about Dent's past.

At a campaign party to raise funds for his election as Gotham's District Attorney, Dent has another violent outburst when he is told that Thorne's men have been released due to an incomplete warrant. Bruce Wayne tries to calm him, but Dent shouts him away and only calms down with the intervention of his fiancé, Grace Lamont. Bruce advises him to seek psychiatric help, to which Dent reluctantly agrees.

"Big Bad Harv"

While Candice eavesdrops, Nora Crest hypnotizes Dent and an alternate personality known as "Big Bad Harv" surfaces. "Harv" is resentful of Dent and produces a coin which he compulsively flips. When Crest snaps her fingers. Dent resurfaces and is shaken by "Harv's" actions, stating that he used to be able to repress him before. Nora suggests Dent admit himself to a psychiatric hospital for a few days, but Dent says that it will destroy his campaign entirely. He agrees to continue the therapy sessions.

At a campaign party, it is revealed that Dent is about to win a landslide victory in the reelection. Dent decides to celebrate this by proposing to Grace. However, he receives a call from Thorne, who summons him to a meeting, or else "Big Bad Harv" will be exposed. Noticing Dent's strange behavior, Bruce dons his Batman disguise and follows him.

At an abandoned chemical plant, Thorne and his gang confront Dent, having found his psychiatric file. The file says that after Dent fought back against a bully in his youth, the bully was later hospitalized (for appendicitis, not injuries, but Dent did not know that). Because of this, Dent repressed his anger for so long that it became a whole new personality.

When Thorne threatens to give Dent's file to the press, Dent smiles and says: "You're talking to the wrong Harvey." Now it is Big Bad Harv who rises and attacks Thorne and his accomplices with the reluctant aid of Batman. Thorne grabs the file and runs out of the office through the plant, and Dent chases him. One of Thorne's goons opens fire with a gun; a stray bullet hits an electrical switchboard, and a live cable falls into a vat of chemicals. The vat explodes, tearing through the catwalk where Dent has fallen face-down and gravely wounding him.

Dent is rushed to a hospital. The doctor eventually removes the bandages covering his face, assuring him that a plastic surgeon will repair his external scars. But when the bandages are gone, the doctor and nurse recoil in fright.

Grace walks down the hall to Dent's room when she hears a horrible scream and sees Dent burst out of his room, clutching his face. He turns, revealing that one-half of his body has been mutated by the chemicals, making him seem half-human, half-monster. Grace faints at the sight. Dent, muttering a rueful farewell, disappears through the hospital's window.

Cast

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Batman/Bruce Wayne
Bob Hastings Commissioner Gordon
Richard Moll Harvey Dent/Big Bad Harv
Murphy Cross Grace
Mari Devon Summer Gleeson
Bob DoQui Doctor
Matt Landers Frankie
Diane Michelle Candice
Linda Gary Dr. Nora Crest
Marc Tubert Carlos
John Vernon Rupert Thorne

This article uses material from the Two-Face, Part I article at the DCAU Wiki and is licensed under the CC BY-SA License.
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