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and Bruce run down the tunnel, away from the roaring water. Bruce
hits a wall. Gordon uses his flashlight and finds the only tunnel
out is 20 feet overhead. Bruce does some acrobatics and finds
his way up. He then finds a way for Gordon to get up there with
him, just in time to beat a flood of gushing green goo. They make
their escape, and of course, Alfred criticizes Bruce for showing
off his acrobatic talents in front of Jim Gordon.
reunites with Bruce and Alfred and reveals that he was given an
anonymous message to meet Bruce at the chemical plant. Someone
obviously wanted them both killed. Bruce tells Gordon that there's
a place where they may find some answers and get some good
breakfast. They head off.
Charles Palantine is in his limo and sees Gordon by Bruce's Rolls.
He starts towards it, but then the Rolls squeals off.
"good breakfast" is at the apartment of Lucius Fox's
mother, Billie. "An ample, charming woman," she and
Lucius talk to Gordon and Bruce about what they've seen - and
about Lucius' father's accident. "He was real nervous, his
last few days... I think he saw something," Lucius tells
admires Billie's cooking, even when he sees she's used lard. Really,
this is a scene that would've looked good in a comic book, and
it's a shame Tim McCanlies hasn't done any comic book work, because
he's GREAT with the dialogue.
tells them he'll dig around and see what he can find out inside
the Wayne Chemical files. With that, they leave...
the scene turns to Harvey Dent's apartment. Harvey tells Bruce
not to dare sign these papers. "They get everything, you
get nothing but a monthly check... you have no rights or protections,
completely at their mercy. Don't sign this," Bruce is told.
phone rings. It's Harvey's mother. She's arguing with his dad.
phone rings. It's Harvey's mother. He's arguing with Harvey's
mom. Harvey plays mediator on the phone, changing sides as it
becomes convenient. Very two-faced, one might think. It's rather
comical that Harvey juggles this all the while talking to Bruce.
tells Bruce that they wouldn't dare kill him once he's 18. "Once
you fully inherit WayneCorp, if you die without a will, your estate
goes into probate for years," he explains. "So,
my legal counsel is: Stay alive until tomorrow."
tells Bruce about how it reminds him of Henry VIII, who was crowned
King at 18, whose advisors tried to force him aside, saying he
was too young. When Bruce asks what Henry did, Alfred told him
he had eveyone beheaded.
story Alfred: NOT useful here," Bruce tells him.
more discussion, Harvey's tune changes, and he tells Bruce to
sign the papers. After all, Bruce has no interest in Gotham anyway,
and Harvey knows WayneCorp is capable of very bad things. "They
own everything, including the cops," Harvey says. "Take
the money and run! You'll still be plenty rich... and alive."
gets defensive, and says that he really should do something about
it. "What? Stay in Gotham? Go up against Palantine and the
Board?" Harvey asks him. Bruce looks angry and stubborn.
He then changes the subject, almost too casually, and asks how
Susan is. "Does she, uh, work somewhere?" Bruce asks.
Harvey grins knowingly, and tells Bruce the location. Bruce and
Alfred head off in the Rolls.
the rear view mirror, two dark sedans are bearing down on them.
Out of the windows emerge gun barrels, aiming at the Rolls.
is a Rolls-Royce! They wouldn't DARE!" Alfred exclaims. A
shot hits the side window, shattering it. "Is nothing sacred?!?!"
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