Harley Quinn TV series is finally back with season four, and boy, is it unhinged as ever. The first three seasons saw Harley Quinn dealing with Joker, slowly becoming more “mellow” in her crimes and her budding romance with Poison Ivy.
Season three of the show saw Harley joining the Bat Family, Ivy the CEO of Legion of Doom, and Batman being in prison. Lots of characters, good and bad, go out of their way to reach their goals, and the new season four will greatly test the romance of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. We will recap the first three episodes that were released on MAX and see how the episodes established a foundation for season four. Buckle up because this will be a journey.
Harley Quinn season 4, episode 1 recap
Harley and Ivy are on opposite sides of the law
At the beginning of the episode, titled ‘Gotham’s Hottest Hotties,’ we see Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy having their first days on their new jobs – Harley is working with the Bat Family, while Ivy is appointed as the CEO of Legion of Doom by Lex Luthor.
From the beginning, Ivy showcases her company goals and vision, focusing more on the “smart” crime that will stop the destruction of the natural environment. On the other side, Harley Quinn joins the Bat Family, whose mentor and father, Batman, is imprisoned in the Blackgate prison, and now they need to find their own ways of fighting crime in Gotham City.
Ivy tries to keep League of Doom in line, and Harley gets her first case with Bat-Family
Of course, the two women deal with their own problems in their new roles – Ivy is dealing with unhinged villains, while Harley gets her first case and immediately showcases how different she is from the Bat Family.
Ivy feels disrespected, and with the help of her trusty plant buddy, Frank thinks of a plan for how to make Gotham City miserable without having natural disasters and pollution. Of course, Harley’s shenanigans in Bat Cave are hilarious, and we learn that Nightwing is featured as “Gotham’s Hottest Hottie” in public, which leads us to the first case for Quinn as a member of the Bat Family.
The victim is a Waynestagram model, whose method suggests the murderer was a surgeon. Another murder occurs in Gotham while Alfred Pennyworth takes young Damian Wayne to see his father in Blackgate prison. However, the boy doesn’t see his father, and Alfred realizes that another butler in prison has replaced him.
Harley solves the first case, and Ivy establishes boundaries
While Harley investigates the murders, Ivy decides to cater to the villains, which leads to the approval of their every mission. Harley and Batgirl interview the surviving victim, and the crazed woman realizes that Professor Pyg is the murderer who preys on the victims that have great “clavicles.”
Ivy realizes her approval isn’t fairing, especially after Bane destroys an oil rig in Gotham City harbor. Of course, the new CEO is angry and decides that she shouldn’t be disrespected. Cocaine-induced Snowflame tries to intimidate Ivy, but with the help of Nora Freeze, Ivy one-ups him. The wife of the late Mister Freeze agrees to be Ivy’s assistant.
Harley thinks of a plan to lure Professor Pyg to them by making Nightwing have a half-naked photo session that showcases his “plummy buttocks” while Batgirl live streams it online. Pyg arrives and kidnaps Nightwing, while Ivy shows who’s the boss.
In her efforts to save Nightwing, Harley kills Pyg while the rest of the Bat Family look shocked.
Harley Quinn season 4, episode 2 recap
Harley struggles with Bat Family rules, and Ivy is dedicated to environmental reform
The second episode, titled ‘B.I.T.CH.,’ showcases the struggles of Harley adapting to the Bat Family’s methods while Ivy tries to understand the nuances of the business world. In the aftermath of the first episode that saw Harley killing Professor Pyg, Batgirl, Nightwing, and Robin tell her that they don’t kill and that if she wants to be a member of their team, she needs to respect it.
Ivy leads the initiative to replace all “male” with “female” trees to stop allergies and endear the Legion of Doom to the citizens of Gotham. Joker, the current mayor of Gotham, likes the idea but wants an evil twist to approve the initiative. Harley wants to speak with her girlfriend, but Nightwing feels that heroes and villains shouldn’t hang out.
This leads to Harley being trained to adapt to the Bat Fam faster, and the mentor is Alfred Pennyworth. At the Legion of Doom building, Ivy presents the rest of the villains of her evil twist in the “planting trees” initiative – she learned that Wayne Pharmaceuticals has been destroying plants to produce medication.
Alfred mentors Harley and Ivy is invited to ‘Evil Women in Bussiness Collective’
Ivy’s plan is sidetracked by an invitation to “The Evil Women in Business Collective” its monthly luncheon. King Shark aspects kids with Tabitha and hopes for a baby shower to celebrate with the rest of the villains – Nora Freeze recruits Bane to help the organization.
Harley Quinn is suffering under the tutelage of Alfred, who makes her do house chores, and she doesn’t understand why. Ivy attends the lunch, where we meet various successful evil women in business, like Veronika Cale, Livewire, and Cheetah, but the bombastic entrance of Talia al Ghul is what overshadows everything.
Talia offers Ivy advice on how to deal with politicians, and the Plant Lady is impressed. After lunch, Talia goes to Wayne Manor, where she reveals she is the conservator of Wayne Enterprises – Bruce Wayne gave her that position when they were having an affair. The stock of the company plummeted, and she arrived to fix it.
Of course, Talia doesn’t remember her son Damian (which is extremely funny).
Ivy gets respect from her peers, while Harley earns her Bat Suit
Ivy takes Joker to the basketball game, where she finally convinces the mayor to approve her initiative. While Talia tries to figure out how to save the company, Alfred teaches Harley a valuable lesson – be a B.I.T.C.H. B for “Breathe,” I for”Identify the problem,” T for “Tea Break,” C for “Consider your options,” and H for “Handle it.”
Alfred reveals that he feels useless without Master Bruce because Talia al Ghul wants to fire him. Harley then visits her girlfriend at work and reveals that Talia al Ghul is Wayne Enterprises’ CEO, complicating everything for Ivy. Of course, she realizes what she has to do to save nature and the respiration problem in Gotham City.
King Shark has his baby shower, and Talia is admired for Poison Ivy’s courage to go against her. Alfred and Harley bond and the former villain learns a valuable lesson. We also realize that Alfred desperately wants to go to jail for his Master Bruce by robbing a bank and Harley stopping him.
Bat Family is impressed with Harley and finally inducts her to the team, while Alfred realizes that he was sent to Arkham Asylum, not Blackgate Prison, where Bruce Wayne is.
Harley Quinn season 4, episode 3 recap
Harley and Ivy go to Vegas, but work gets in the way of their romance
The third and final episode of this three-part recap, titled “Icons Only,” sees Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn barely managing to organize their free time forever but eventually decide to go to Las Vegas – to the evil resort, “Lexor Hotel.”
The resort is violent, deadly, and a place full of crime, and Harley doesn’t like the viciousness of the place – she feels guilty. On the other hand, Ivy doesn’t care because she is a villain. Batgirl constantly calls Harley, but the former villain refuses to answer during the vacation. King Shark meets the couple with his heavily pregnant wife, Tabitha, who is absolutely unhinged.
Afterward, Ivy and Harley watch viciously violent fights that one can bet on while Clayface’s show is sold out. Another member of Legion of Doom meets the couple, Snowflame, who mocks them for not having tickets.
Harley makes a compromise, and the Clayface show is sold out
Harley decides that she needs a mask to separate her private and professional life to enjoy her time with her villain girlfriend. Ivy meets fabulous Clayface, whom everyone loves, while Harley creates Hargret, a persona that will let her enjoy her time with her girlfriend.
We see a whole montage of King Shark trying to please his pregnant wife while Hargret and Ivy go unhinged and try to find any ticked for Clayface’s show. The couple enjoys their time in Las Vegas, and while hunting for the tickets, Harley realizes that she’s changing for good.
Harley’s morality is changing, which affects her relationship with Ivy
Clayface opposes the couple, mocking them for the ticket hunt for his show, and Ivy isn’t happy. Harley is anxious seeing her girlfriend and Clayface destroying everything in their fight, potentially hurting innocent bystanders.
Harley stops the fight between Clayface and Ivy while King Shark brings his demanding wife to the magician show. Ivy and Harley have a serious conversation, with Ivy admitting she doesn’t care for Clayface’s show and that she is scared that they wouldn’t be able to bond over anything. Harley adds that she cannot stand the unnecessary harm to innocent people. Their conversation is interrupted by Tabitha’s labor, but the couple bond over being godparents of King Shark’s children.
Harley and Ivy also bond over the fact that King Shark’s children are ugly, but the good time is interrupted by Harley’s decision to move in with the Bat Fam – she feels she cannot integrate her new life into the old one and that she needs to be closer to the team to understand them better.
Ivy is sad but accepts Harley’s decision.
Harley Quinn season 4, episodes 1, 2, 3 ending explained
The first three episodes of season four were delightful. The way the show continued with its witty and smart humor that showcases the DC characters in a lighter yet crude way is fantastic. The first episode establishes that Ivy and Harley are now on opposite sides of the law and that they need to juggle their relationship and work around that situation.
Harley is trying to fit within the Bat Family, who are mostly accepting, especially Batgirl, who admires Harley, the former villain. Nightwing is mostly stun locked with how Harley works, while Robin loves killing too much. Poison Ivy’s struggles are similar, but it showcases the struggles of women in power and the villains’ tendency to unnecessarily go overboard.
Of course, Harley solves the first case but kills Professor Pyg, which the Bat Fam doesn’t appreciate, while Ivy realizes that she cannot give everyone everything to achieve authority.
The second episode sees the aftermath of the first episode, where we see Harley and Ivy settling into their new positions and great supporting characters like King Shark and Alfred, who desperately misses Bruce Wayne.
The hilarious explanation of the B.I.T.C.H. is perfect for Harley, who starts to understand the “good side” of the law and consciousness, while Ivy’s leadership and protection of nature plan start to slowly come together.
Alfred ends up in Arkham Asylum instead of the Blackgate prison after committing a crime on purpose, which is absolutely hilarious, and it showcases how DC comics deal with the criminals in Gotham by sending them to the notorious institution. Alfred’s love for Bruce is very much noticeable, which is spot-on for the character.
The final episode of this three-part season premiere is the first time we see Harley and Ivy fully together this season, and it reminds us how these two characters truly carry the show.
Supporting characters are, once again, impeccable, but the ending and the revelation that Harley is going to Wayne Manor to learn all things about superhero life saddens Ivy, yet she still supports her girlfriend. This moment is the foundation of what we can expect of this season – two people trying to find each other while maintaining their loving relationship.
The only and next episode will air next week, and we will be here once again to bring you our recap of the incredibly fun ‘Harley Quinn’ TV show.
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