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Birds of Prey - 2002 to 2003

Based on the popular comic book featuring Huntress, Dinah (Black
Canary) & Oracle (Barbara Gordon / Batgirl I)

In the days when Batman patrolled the dark streets and rooftops of
New Gotham, the world's master criminals were drawn to the city to
prove themselves against the greatest crime-fighter of them all. Now,
Batman has vanished, but New Gotham still seethes with generations
of criminals. For the good citizens of this dangerous place, hope
comes in the unlikely form of a trio of beautiful and relentless
heroines, the "Birds of Prey." In this exciting action-adventure series,
the Batman legend takes an unexpected turn.

This short-lived series is quickly becoming a fan favorite.  It featured
Barbara Gordon as Oracle (formerly Batgirl), Huntress & Dinah.  The
primary villian for the show was Dr. Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley
Quinn.
BIRDS of PREY Cast
Barbara Gordon / Oracle - Dina Meyer
Helena Kyle / Huntress - Ashley Scott
Dinah - Rachel Skarsten
Alfred Pennyworth - Ian Ambercrombie
Detective Jesse Reese - Shelmar Moore
Dr. Harleen Quinzel - Mia Sara
BIRDS of PREY Episode Guide
Unaired Pilot
gs: Sherilyn Fenn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel)

It begins with New Gotham in chaos. In one night, Catwoman is murdered and Batgirl falls in a rain of gunfire, victims of The Joker's wrath. With his true love
dead, The Caped Crusader flees the city and Batgirl, now confined to a wheelchair, redefines herself as "Oracle", a master of cybernetics and weapons
design. She takes under her wing the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman, "Huntress", who is as fierce as she is beautiful. Powerful, haunting visions
lead a third young woman, Dinah, to their secret Clocktower lair. The trio is complete. They are now the Birds of Prey, determined to battle crime in a New
Gotham laced with bold new villains.


b: UNAIRED w: Laeta Kalogridis d: Brian Robbins

NOTE: The unaired pilot featured Sherilyn Fenn as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, but because she was not going to be able to do more appearances, the role had to be
recasted.
When Dinah is exploring the docks, and asks Barbara "you've been here before", the sound effects of animals is from the computer game EverQuest. Hang
around in most outdoor zones long enough (try the Commons, or Qeynos Hills) - you'll hear it.
Unlike most series, the unaired pilot became available online to download, which abled lots of fans to see what the show was like before it aired.
Background music in most parts belongs to Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
The opening in this pilot does not feature a narration by Alfred, but a news report on television. The scene of Barbara taking a shower is extended and
Barbara reaches for the phone to call Helena and she runs to the door fast, other than opening it slow like in the aired version.
Barbara and Wade are breaking up after a six month relationship because Barbara is afraid he is getting too close to learning her secret idenity. In the aired
version, they meet and start dating.
The scene between young Dinah and her foster mother is extended, unlike the aired version, this one has them talking more.
The scene between Helena and Barbara at the bar is extended in this version. The two argue more.
In this version, when Helena returns from meeting Reese, her and Barbara argue for a good few minutes about who they are, wearing masks, and about
Batman.
The ending scene between Helena and Barbara on the Clocktower balcony is the same, but in the aired version, some shots and angles are changed.
A scene was cut with Barbara working out while she's paralyzed.

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1. Pilot
gs: Chris Ellis (Larry Ketterly) Shawn Christian (Wade Brixton) Aaron Paul (Jerry) Brent Sexton (Det. McNally) Mark Hamill (Voice of Joker)

The Batman legend takes an unexpected turn when the Caped Crusader vanishes from the crime-ridden city of New Gotham and his legacy is taken over by a trio of
beautiful and relentless heroines - the Birds of Prey. Barbara Gordon started out as Batman's protege, Batgirl, but an attack by The Joker left her confined to a
wheelchair. Reinventing herself as Oracle, she takes under her wing Helena Kyle, the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman, who quickly grows into the fierce
and beautiful "Huntress," and Dinah, a teenage runaway who is drawn to the city by meta-human visions. With the help of the only honest cop in New Gotham,
Detective Jesse Reese, the Birds of Prey fight their first battle against a mysterious madwoman who is bent on their destruction. (TV-14,L,V)


b: 09-Oct-2002 pc: 475179 w: Laeta Kalogridis d: Brian Robbins

NOTE: Roger Stoneburner portrays the role of The Joker, but Mark Hamill provides the voice, who also did the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.
So, to cut it down, you are seeing Roger, but hearing Mark.
The Premiere of the series on October 9th, 2002, ran ten minutes longer than the usual episode, which led the episode to having a 70 minute run.
In later showings of this episode, some scenes were cut out because of the extra footage shown during the premiere.
One of the most noticable cuts in the episode's reairing were at the end where the final scene is deleted. They just end with when they allow Dinah to stay.
Ratings for 10/09/02 - 6.5/9, Position 3 of 6, 76 out of 124 Shows.
Ratings for 11/27/02 - 2.9/5, Position 5 of 6, 95 out of 123 Shows (tie).
The aired pilot features a few additions from the original, unaired pilot. These include Helena briefly explaining how she knew Larry Ketterly, Helena and Barbara
arguing over the comm system, and a scene between Helena and Ketterly, before Helena falls to Ketterly's mental attacks.


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2. Slick
gs: Shawn Christian (Wade Brixton) Silas Weir Mitchell (Slick) Brian Tahash (Det. Kelly) Brent Sexton (Det. McNally)

Slick, an evil meta-human who can turn from solid to liquid, is hired by Dr. Quinn to kill the honest cops who stand in her way. When Reese is the next intended
victim, Helena comes to his aid and their mutual attraction continues to grow. Meanwhile, Barbara believes Dinah's story that she's just a runaway, but Helena
remains suspicious. (TV-PG,14,L,S,V)


b: 16-Oct-2002 pc: 175451 w: Laeta Kalogridis , Melissa Rosenberg s: Laeta Kalogridis d: Michael Katelman

NOTE: Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake, who are mentioned by Barbara were former Robins. Dick was the first once and became Nightwing. Jason was the
second one and was killed by the Joker (and Batman readers via a phone poll). This marks the first time he has ever been mentioned in any Batman, Batman
related or DC related televison series. Tim Drake is the current Robin.
Ratings for 10/16/02 - 4.7/7, Position 4 of 6, 85 out of 130 Shows (tie).
Ratings for 01/01/03 - 2.1/3, Position 6 of 6.


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3. Prey for the Hunter
gs: Joe Flanegan (Claude Morton) Shawn Christian (Wade Brixton) Robert Patrick Benedict (Gibson Kafka) Callie de Fabry (Gabby)

Helena and Detective Reese clash again when they both try to track down a serial killer who destroys metahumans by taking on their powers. Meanwhile, Dinah
ditches school when she learns from Helena there is a metahuman-only bar, and Barbara meets Wade's parents who think she is not normal enough for their son.
(TV-14,L,V)


b: 23-Oct-2002 pc: 175452 w: Edward Kitsis , Adam Horowitz s: Adam Armus , Kay Foster d: Chris Long

NOTE: Despite being billed as regulars, Mia Sara and Ian Abercrombie don't appear in this episode.
This episode is unusually short, it only runs 39:47 in lenth.
The song that was playing durning the last scene was "Anything But Ordinary" by Avril Lavigne which was uncredited in the show. While in Smallville's episode 2-2
"Heat", Mark Snow (who also does the music for the show) used another Avril Lavigne song called "Tomorrow" which was also uncredited.
Ratings for 10/23/02 - 4.8/7, Position 5 of 6, 92 out of 131 Shows (tie).
Ratings for 12/04/02 - 2.7/4, Position 5 of 6, 111 out of 136 Shows.


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4. Three Birds and a Baby
gs: Riley Smith (Guy '20 Yrs') Michael Welch (Guy at 14) Bobby Edner (Guy '9 Yrs') Kevin Rankin (Dr. Lewis Melfin) Brody Hutzler (Mercenary)

When Helena rescues an abandoned baby boy and brings him back to the Clocktower, Barbara and Dinah try to help, but to everyone's surprise, the baby, Guy, is
only happy when Helena is holding him. Even more surprising is the fact that Guy wakes up from his nap as a walking, talking 5-year-old and is soon a teenager.
Now in a race against time, the Birds of Prey discover that Guy is programmed to live his entire life in three days, and to kill the first person he attaches to, putting
Helena in grave danger. (TV-PG, V)


b: 30-Oct-2002 pc: 175453 w: David H Goodman , Julie Hess d: Craig Zisk

NOTE: The title of this episode came from a play on a film comedy titled "Three Men and a Baby" in which three men had a baby left on their doorstep, but did
not know the mother or anything. They took care of it and then the mom came around and they did not know which man was the dad.
Episode was orignally titled "A Guy's Life" but later changed to it's current title.
Ratings for 10/30/02 - 4.0/6, Position 5 of 6, 104 out of 134 Shows.


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5. Sins of the Mother
gs: Lori Loughlin (Carolyn Lance) Kristofer McNeeley (Frankie Spitz) Robert Patrick Benedict (Gibson Kafka) Brent Sexton (Det. McNally) Stephen McHattie (Al
Hawke)

Barbara and Helena learn the truth about Dinah and Dinah learns the truth about her own past when her mother, Carolyn Lance, comes to New Gotham in search of
the daughter she abandoned years before. Dinah is shocked to learn that Carolyn was once Batman's protege, Black Canary. Meanwhile, Helena learns that
Detective Reese has family issues of his own when he becomes secretive about a ruthless gangster. (TV-PG,14,L,V)


b: 06-Nov-2002 pc: 175454 w: Melissa Rosenberg s: Melissa Rosenberg , Hans Tobeason d: Jeff Woolnough

NOTE: Despite being billed as regulars, Mia Sara and Ian Abercrombie don't appear in this episode.
Black Canary is the real sidekick from the Bids of Prey comic books (although her name is Dinah in the comic books). This episode reveals that Al Hawke is actually
Jesse Reese's father. Dinah starts to gain the power of telekinisis in this episode.
In the comic books, "Hawke" is the last name of the son of Green Arrow...who has a long-term romance with the comic book Black Canary (although the son isn't
hers).
Dinah says she is going to Gabby's house for a sleepover. Unknown to her at this time, Gabby is a lesbian.
Ratings for 11/06/02 - 4.1/6, Position 5 of 6, 87 out of 127 Shows (tie).
Ratings for 12/11/02 - 2.7/4, Position 5 of 6.
Hans Tobeason, co-executive producer, said that they fully intended to bring Carolyn back, because she was really alive. Unfortunatly, the show was cancelled
before this could happen.
The script was written to show that Carolyn survived and passed on the title of Black Canary on to her. Later, the scene was shot where Barbara gave her the title
instead, saying her mother would have wanted it. It was cut anyway.
Lori Loughlin would later star in the WB show "Summerland".


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6. Primal Scream
gs: Shawn Christian (Wade Brixton) Shane Johnson (Mick Winters) Brent Sexton (Det. McNally) Sarah Brown (Wolf)

At the request of Det. Reese, Helena goes undercover to help bring down a gang of thieves terrorizing New Gotham and quickly discovers that the gang is part of a
larger infrastructure. Helena goes after the big boss until her cover is blown, putting her in grave danger. Meanwhile, Barbara has to deal with her fear of intimacy
when her relationship with Wade takes a serious turn. (TV-14,D,L,S,V)


b: 13-Nov-2002 pc: 175455 w: Edward Kitsis , Adam Horowitz s: Adam Armus , Kay Foster d: Jim Charleston

NOTE: The show's opener, which is narrated by Alfred, was lightly shorten in some lines and scenes on this episode.
This epiosde did not include co-star appearances in the ending credits.
This episode features Dinah's first, major fight scene.
Ratings for 10/13/02 - 3.8/5, Position 5 of 6, 109 out of 135 Shows.


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7. Split
gs: Kristoffer Polaha (Darkstrike) Brian Thompson (Crawler)

Already frustrated with her difficult relationship with Reese, Helena is intrigued when she meets Darkstrike, a metahuman who has come to New Gotham on the trail
of a serial killer. Meanwhile, Barbara and Dinah discover that Darkstrike has a dangerous alter ego. (TV-PG,14,L,V)


b: 20-Nov-2002 pc: 175456 w: Adam Armus , Kay Foster s: Edward Kitsis , Adam Horowitz

NOTE: Nightstrike was renamed Darkstrike because the name sounded too similar to Nightwing.
Central City, home of the Flash in the comic books, is mentioned. It's also been mentioned in Smallville.
Despite being billed as a regular, Ian Abercrombie doesn't appear in this episode.
Ratings for 11/20/02 - 3.4/5, Position 5 of 6, 101 out of 129 Shows (tie).
The scene in the Asylum with Harly and Darkstrike/Crawler was longer. Crawler tells her he knows where the girl who keeps messing up her plans lives. She asks
where but he turns back into Darkstrike before she can get an answer.


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8. Lady Shiva
gs: Sung Hi Lee (Lady Shiva) Callie de Fabry (Gabby) Ethan Browne (Matt Kendall)

Helena is thrilled when her best friend from high school, Sandra, returns to New Gotham, but the Birds are troubled by a series of murders with the unmistakable
mark of Batgirl's nemesis, Lady Shiva. Determined to fight Lady Shiva as an equal, Barbara dusts off her Batgirl costume and experiments with technology that
allows her to leave the wheelchair. (TV-14,V)


b: 27-Nov-2002 pc: 175457 w: Adam Armus , Kay Foster s: Edward Kitsis , Adam Horowitz d: John T. Kretchmer

NOTE: Note the street signs for O'Neil and Adams - a homage to Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil, the artist/writer respectively who are credited with reviving Batman
as the somber "Darknight Detective" in 1970 with "The Secret of the Waiting Graves" (Detective #395).
Despite being billed as a regular, Mia Sara doesn't appear in this episode.
Ratings for 11/27/02 - 4.8/7, Position 5 of 6, 82 out of 123 Shows (tie).


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9. Nature of the Beast
gs: Kristofer McNeeley (Frankie Spitz) Neil Hopkins (Specialist) Mitch Pileggi (Al Hawke)

When a hit is put on the life of legendary mob boss, Al Hawke, the only person he trusts to protect him is his son, Detective Reese. Reese turns to Helena for help,
but when she learns that Reese's father is the same man who killed Dinah's mother, Black Canary, her loyalties are tested. (TV-14,L,V)


b: 18-Dec-2002 pc: 175458 w: Melissa Rosenberg d: Shawn Levy

NOTE: For whatever reasons the producers recast Al Hawke with Mitch Pileggi - he was originally played by Stephen McHattie in "Sins of the Mother". The
explanation given is "plastic surgery" (but see Goofs).
Mia Sara and Ian Abercrombie don't appear in this episode.
Ratings for 12/18/02 - 3.3/5, Position 5 of 6, 101 out of 131 Shows (tie). Overnight ratings are not exact, due to the fact that some areas did not air the episode
because of the NBA.


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10. Gladiatrix
gs: Donovan Leitch (Malcolm) Abby Brammell (Claire)

When young metahuman women are abducted in New Gotham, Helena's investigation leads her to uncover a secret club where the captive women are drugged
and forced to fight each other in an arena. When Helena is also abducted, it is up to Dinah to rescue her. (TV-14,L,V)


b: 08-Jan-2003 pc: 175459 w: David Carson d: David H Goodman

NOTE: This episode was similar to an episode of Angel where demons were captured and forced to fight to the death. Both shows used an "underground" caged
arena with deadly necklaces.
Despite being billed as a regular, Mia Sara doesn't appear in this episode.
The reference to Old Gotham being destroyed in an earthquake refers to the "No Man's Land" series of events in DC Comics' various Batman series.
Ratings for 01/08/03 - 2.9/4, Position 5 of 6, 106 out of 128 Shows (tie).
The original title of this episode was "Smackdown" and it was going to be earlier in the season.


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11. Reunion
gs: Christopher Wiehl (Jack Barrett) Shawn Christian (Wade Brixton) Robert Patrick Benedict (Gibson Kafka) J.P. Manoux (Cameron) Robert Clendenin (Leonard)

When Helena's former classmates descend upon New Gotham for their fifth class reunion, two of the alums are brutally murdered. While Helena tries to find the
killer, she fears that Reese's investigation will lead him to learn too much about her true identity. (TV-PG,L,V)


b: 08-Jan-2003 pc: 175460 w: Edward Kitsis , Adam Horowitz d: Chris Long

NOTE: The name of Helena's bar, "Dark Horse", is presumably an in-joke reference to one of DC's competitors - Dark Horse Comics.
Gibson suggests that Helena should go blonde for the reunion. A nod to the fact that actress Ashley Scott is actually a natural blonde.
The scene of Barbara and Wade in the street by the flowers was the same scene (taken or redone the same) that was in the orignal unaired pilot, but did not make
the air because the writers decided to begin their relationship, instead of ending it.
Despite being billed as a regular, Mia Sara did not appear in this episode.
Ratings for 01/08/03 - 3.0/4, Position 5 of 6, 102 out of 128 Shows (tie).
This is the episode where Reese learns of Helena's real name.


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12. Feat of Clay
gs: Shawn Christian (Wade Brixton) Ian Reed Kesler (Chris Cassius) Kirk Baltz (Clayface) Patrick Fischler (Dr. Will Kroner)

Citizens of New Gotham are being turned into clay by a villain whose crimes are similar to those of Clayface, the master of shape-shifting who has been in Arkham
Asylum for many years. Helena confronts Clayface and learns that his son, Chris, is responsible for the new rash of crimes, and for the murder of her mother as well.
Meanwhile, Harley Quinn acquires the power to hypnotize others with her eyes, and persuades Helena to reveal the secrets of the Clocktower, along with Barbara's
and Dinah's true identities. (TV-PG,L,V)


b: 19-Feb-2003 pc: 175461 w: Adam Armus , Kay Foster d: Joe Napolitano

NOTE: "Feat of Clay" and "Devil's Eyes" were both written with the same synopsis.
This episode originally aired as a 2-hour "movie" along with Feat of Clay. This episode and Feat of Clay were billed as a "season finale" although the WB
cancelled it in December.
Ratings for 02/19/03 - 3.2/5, Position 6 of 6.
In Batman: The Animated Series an episode is called "Feat of Clay" and is also about Clayface
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13. Devil's Eyes
gs: Shawn Christian (Wade Brixton) Robert Patrick Benedict (Gibson Kafka) Steve Hytner (Dr. Franklin Rominic)

Citizens of New Gotham are being turned into clay by a villain whose crimes are similar to those of Clayface, the master of shape-shifting who has been in Arkham
Asylum for many years. Helena confronts Clayface and learns that his son, Chris, is responsible for the new rash of crimes, and for the murder of her mother as well.
Meanwhile, Harley Quinn acquires the power to hypnotize others with her eyes, and persuades Helena to reveal the secrets of the Clocktower, along with Barbara's
and Dinah's true identities. (TV-PG,L,V)


b: 19-Feb-2003 pc: 175462 w: Adam Armus , Melissa Rosenberg, Hans Tobeason s: Adam Armus , Melissa Rosenberg d: Robert J. Wilson

NOTE: "Feat of Clay" and "Devil's Eyes" were both written with the same synopsis.
The song playing at the end of the episode's fight scene is titled "All The Things She Said" by t.A.T.u !
This episode (series finale) ends with Alfred speaking to 'Master Bruce' on the telephone, letting the audience know that Batman checks in on his only daughter.
This episode originally aired as a 2-hour "movie" along with Feat of Clay. This episode and Feat of Clay were billed as a "season finale" although the WB
cancelled it in December.

Ratings for 02/19/03 - 3.2/5, Position 6 of 6.
The metahuman who is fried by the pyscho doctor with his machine, is played by the Co-Executive Producer and Writer, Hans Tobeason.
This Episode marks the death of Barbera's boyfriend Wade.
The song that plays at the end of the episode/series is "A Sorta Fairy Tale" by Tori Amos.
The jacket that Dina Meyer(Barbra Gordon) wears is the same one that Ashley Scott(Helena Kyle) wore in Primal Scream.

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