Harley Quinn season 2, episode 2 recap – “Riddle U”

April 18, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy head back to school in “Riddle U”, a fun episode that also introduces a fan-favourite character.

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3.5

Summary

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy head back to school in “Riddle U”, a fun episode that also introduces a fan-favourite character.

This recap of Harley Quinn Season 2, Episode 2, “Riddle U”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


With the Season 2 premiere having established the Injustice League and the territories of New New Gotham that they’ve divvied up between them, “Riddle U” sees Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) set her sights on her next target: the Riddler (Jim Rash), and specifically the swanky university he set up which controls all of the electricity and clean water in the city. Thus, Harley, Ivy (Lake Bell) and Clayface (Alan Tudyk) are going back to school 21 Jump Street style.

This, besides being a fun premise in and of itself, also has a function in Harley Quinn Season 2, Episode 2, which is to introduce this version of Barbara Gordon (Briana Cuoco), aka Batgirl. That means we also get the added bonus of Jim Gordon (Chris Meloni) living with her after being thrown out by his wife. I really enjoy this show’s fat, hairy, unraveling version of Jim, so it’s great fun to see how sick of him Barbara is after such a long period of close isolation, even if it’s really a means to an end in setting up the Batgirl dynamic – the episode’s final moment is a crowd-pleaser for Barbara fans, that’s for sure.

Elsewhere in “Riddle U”, King Shark (Ron Funches) and Dr. Psycho (Tony Hale) trip and fall into a subplot wherein they look for a water filter, but it’s mostly a go-nowhere affair and largely exists to set up gags – some of them really good, as it happens – poking fun at Batman’s classical sensibilities. But the bulk of the shenanigans occur on Riddler’s college campus and make for a fun half-hour that refreshingly doesn’t need to lean into the R-rated excess like some prior installments. Harley Quinn works as an anarchic comedy, but it works best when it remembers it has some long-standing fan-favorite characters to juggle too, and thus far in this second season it seems to be balancing both.


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