"Paging the Crime Doctor" (Season 1/Episode #53)
Review by: Justin Shanlian

SYNOPSIS
Dr. Leslie Thompkins is kidnapped when crime boss Rupert Thorne requires surgery.

INFO
"Paging The Crime Doctor" was written by Randy Rogel, Martin Pasko (teleplay) & Mike W. Barr, Laren Bright (story). It was directed by Frank Paur. It originally aired on September 17, 1993.

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EPISODE SUMMARY
Crime boss Rupert Thorne is in dire need to have a tumor removed from his chest. His crime doctor brother, Matthew Thorne is willing to help his brother out. Rupert made Matthew an offer that he simply could not refuse. After a successful surgery Rupert will help Matthew get his medical license back. However, Rupert's surgery is quite complicated, and Matthew needs the help and expertise of Dr. Leslie Thompkins and decides to kidnap her. After a successful surgery, Rupert decides to change the terms of his deal with Matthew, and plans to get rid of Dr. Thompkins once and for all. With the help of Matthew Thorne and The Caped Crusader, Dr. Thompkins is saved from the clutches of Rupert Thorne.

“Paging the Crime Doctor” is another solid entry in Batman: The Animated Series canon. Another fantastic job with the voice acting work thanks in part to Andrea Romano, Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Diana Muldaur as Dr. Leslie Thompkins. The best scene from this episode takes place at the very end of the episode where Bruce and Dr. Matthew Thorne share a very poignant and touching moment as Bruce asks Dr. Thorne to tell him about his father Thomas. This is just another reason why BTAS will go down as one of the greatest cartoons of all time. - Justin Shanlian


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