I feel like it’s been years – wait, that has for years – since the last new episode of Harley Quinn, but our sad period of collective drought is now over. The animated series starring Kaley Cuoco made its triumphant return yesterday with three new episodes which are now streaming on HBO Max. We were treated to some seriously inspired R-rated jokes, more than a few heartwarming moments, dozens of comic book Easter eggs, and even a Joker musical number. The rhythm of harley quinn has always been pretty frantic, and if anything, season three seems to have picked up the pace. But don’t worry if you missed something. We’re here to collect all the craziness we caught in the harley quinn season three premiere.
- In case you’re new here, this show has a dirty face. By my count, a total of 33 f-bombs were dropped during the season premiere of the triple episode. If you’re curious, that brings the series total to 273 f-bombs after the 116 dropped in the first season and 124 in the second season. Yeah, I counted every one of them, and what’s even more ridiculous is I got paid for this.
- So which characters had the dirtiest mouths? In the first three episodes of season three, Harley dropped twelve F-bombs, Ivy dropped five, Frank dropped two, and Gordon, Nightwing, Riddler, and a random audience member during the town hall debate each dropped one.
- It’s dangerous to be a character in this series! The season premiere resulted in ten deaths. Harley killed a guy in a flight montage, a paparazzi on a yacht, and I credit him with the death of the bird that crashed into the invisible plane. (That’s right, Harley was driving.) Also, Super Squirrel knocked a passerby into a puddle of acid. A child bus driver killed a mouse version of Thomas and Martha Wayne (yes, you just read that sentence). Plastic detonated explosives who committed suicide. Billy Bob Thornton was killed by Princess the Tiger, but this one is also on Clayface. One of Ivy’s dandelions committed suicide by jumping into toxic waste, while the other died because Ivy injected him with a formula he couldn’t handle. When you’re in harley quinn, to wear a helmet. Or better yet, go find a safer sight to live like game of thrones.
- If you’re curious about what Ivy and Harley have been up to since ditching the wedding, check out the DC comic series. Harley Quinn: The Animated Series – The Eat. Bang! Kill the tour. (Even better, if you can’t sleep on it, the whole thing is temporarily free to read on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE as part of the monthly DC Book Club.)
- We have been very clear from the start that this is a adult animated series, but this season begins with a first for DC (and probably just about everyone else in the superhero business). Can anyone name another piece of comic book media that opens with the main character watching an adult film featuring a fictionalized version of themselves?
- “That was only two weeks ago?” It feels so much longer,” Ivy says, referencing the events of the season finale. Ivy is right, that was two years ago. It would have been great if we only had to wait two weeks between seasons two and three, but the animators would have probably broken their wrists.
- Jor-El says the Fortress of Solitude has a sign that says ‘No Girls’, which makes me wonder if Krypton had its own version of The little rascals.
- The food. Bang! The Kill Tour montage includes a scene where Harley and Ivy are in a bed covered in silver, which is a fun homage to the movie. Danger: Diabolical.
- Have you spotted any of the Themysciran artifacts behind the invisible plane?
- I didn’t add the Queen of England to the kill count because I’m going to choose to believe Harley about that invisible parachute.
- It’s the return of one of the most underrated characters in the series: Cheryl! And she drops some interesting facts about Gotham. According to her, the city suffers from potholes, sinkholes, Super Squirrels, exploding sewers, haunted crosswalks, children driving buses, pregnant rats on every corner, and so on. costs $38 to mail a letter. Later in the episode, we have living proof of this in the span of thirty seconds.
- Cheryl also mentions that she needs to leave early to get a prescription for her pet lizard. Cheryl, what’s your life like and can we see more?
- Apparently, the adult film actresses starred in “The Drilling Joke,” a porn parody of the famous Alan Moore and Brian Bolland comic strip. The killer joke. I have so many follow up questions.
- You probably figured out that the mouse family is supposed to be based on Thomas, Martha and Bruce Wayne, but did you notice that they are dressed exactly like their human counterparts in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film?
- Suicide Squad’s intro graphics pay homage to David Ayer’s 2016 film.
- Do you remember the first time you heard they were doing an animated series with Harley Quinn? You probably had predictions about the crazy things we would see. Still, I feel like I can safely guess that none of us predicted that Clayface would invite director James Gunn to sit on his face.
- By the way, yes, James Gunn plays himself.
- Nightwing says, “F*ck the Macaroni!” in homage to Brenton Thwaites’ version of Dick Grayson saying “F*ck Batman!” in the series premiere of Titans. For some reason, we have a feeling that sentiment will be less controversial.
- Harley Quinn claims that jurassic park is sixty percent of her personality, which means she’s exactly like me when I was nine.
- Bane wants revenge on Harley and Ivy because of a wedding present, which is a weird motivation. Hi Bane, the couple trapped you in a pit last season. Wouldn’t that be more important? Then again, the guy is clearly going through some things, as revealed in his last trip to the bank.
- The pink flower that Ivy hides in was based on a similarly designed plant seen in the Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death limited series.
- Let’s recap Bane’s credit card transactions. He spent $20 at the Big Belly Burger at 8 a.m. and then another $30 at 9 a.m. He bought twenty-five cases of soda water and spent $50,000 on the wedding dress Sarah Jessica Parker wore in the sex and the city film. Where to start ? Bane, buddy, get yourself a life coach.
- During his collapse of the escape room, Nightwing mentions that he allowed Tarantula to kill Blockbuster. It refers to the events of the controversial infamous Night wing #93.
- Nightwing lies on his back and announces that he is going to kill himself. Who wrote this episode? Dan Didio?
- Did you enter the names of the folders on the Bat-Computer during the final scene of episode 2? They are labeled Bat-Taxes, The Ayer Cut, Batsuit Nipple Concepts and Robin’s Homework. (What does it mean that of the four, the one I most suspect to be empty is the last one?)
- Yes, that’s the real Billy Bob Thornton playing himself, playing Thomas Wayne. This scene raises an interesting point, however. Who wears pearls when they go to the local cinema? We think a new DC movie is a big deal here on the DC site, but even we wouldn’t pull out the formal clothes for one.
- Ryan Reynolds texts Billy Bob, inviting him to try his gin. This is a reference to Aviation Gin.
- I didn’t expect Riddler and Clock King to become a couple, let alone a nominee, but they’re cute together. Also, the way Riddler emotionally supports Clock King at the end was touching. It might be the healthiest romantic relationship we’ve seen on the show so far.
- The 83rd The annual Villy Awards are held at the Monarch Theater on Crime Alley. Yes, the same theater where Bruce and his parents spent their last night together.
- The Joker’s opening sketch at the Villy Awards was interesting. It looks like he’s about to beat a Jason Todd lookalike with a crowbar, but instead they start dancing and singing about the awards show. This did not happen in my copy of Batman #427. Why didn’t the 1-900 number give us the opportunity to vote for this? It would have been epic and unexpected!
- Let me guess, most of you thought Cock King was the guy with the crotch gun, not the guy in the chicken suit. The crotch guy is actually a very obscure Doom Patrol villain called Codpiece. He has only one appearance in Doom Patrol #70, making him one of the deepest cuts in the premiere.
- Joker has a lot of grieving nerves from Scarecrow during the “In Memoriam” segment considering that he was the one who murdered him.
- Let’s be honest, we all knew that somehow Billy Bob Thornton didn’t leave this apartment alive.
- Harley is dismayed when Imperceptible Man leaves the bathroom without washing his hands. Apparently she missed that joke of the Justice League Unlimited episode “The Great Brain Theft”. The wicked don’t wash their hands because they are evil.
- Finally, were you happy to see Kite Man so well? He’s got a new snap, Golden Glider (and she looks really cool!), and he’s ready to forgive and forget when it comes to Harley and Ivy. Well, maybe he’s so happy because he has his own show. It’s true, Kite Man and Golden Glider will be at the center of an animation harley quinn spin-off series coming to HBO Max in the future. (I hate that we don’t know when he’ll debut, but in that case, I’m willing to be patient to give Kite Man a chance to get over his hangover before his moment in the spotlight.)
So who else has this Joker song stuck in their head? Did they have to make it so catchy? We all knew the Joker was sadistic, but this is next-level stuff on his part. It’s going to be on my mind for at least a week… which coincidentally is when the next episode of harley quinn drops. Until then, DC fans!
Harley Quinn Season 3 is streaming now on HBO Max. Look for all-new episodes of Harley Quinn every Thursday. (And be sure to visit our official series page for more mildly deranged articles like this about our favorite Maid of Mischief.)
Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies, and comics for DCComics.com, is a regular Couch Club contributor, and writes our monthly Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Follow him on Twitter at @TBJosh.
NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this feature are solely those of Joshua Lapin-Bertone and do not necessarily reflect those of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.