Brother Blood takes the Titans to court; since they do leave quite a lot of reckless destruction in their wake every time they "save" Jump City from evil villains.
In the trial of the Teen Titans, the Brain serves as the judge with Monsieur Mallah as the bailiff, Brother Blood as the prosecutor, and Robin as the defense attorney. The Titans start out loudly, protesting the trial as a farce until Blood asks if they're finished. After a brief pause, Raven pounds the table one more time. The Brain announces that if the Titans are found guilty, they will be sentenced to death.
For his opening statement, Brother Blood attempts to depict the Titans as the true menaces to Jump City, not the villains. As a rebuttal, Robin ends up going into details about his many insecurities, such as his habit of biting his toenails off, and his going to bed and night wondering if he will die alone.
Brother Blood first calls on Starfire to testify. Though Starfire is nervous, Raven assures her that things will be okay, and encourages her to be honest. However, when Blood asks if the Titans cause unnecessary damage, Starfire responds with a yes, prompting Raven to call back "to honest!" When it became Robin's turn to question Starfire, he asked her if she would go out with him. And he keeps asking and demanding a straight answer from Starfire when she does not say yes. Blood objects, saying it is just embarrassing, and his objection is sustained.
Robin later calls on Beast Boy and Cyborg to testify. They say that on the whole, only 4 out of 5 Titans are good people, and they name Robin as the sole exception. When Robin tries to object, the Brain overrules him, saying he cannot object to his own witnesses. Cyborg and Beast Boy start taunting Robin in response, and when the Brain tries to call for order, they start placing orders like at a fast food restaurant. Monsieur Mallah tases them to silence them, and the Brain calls for a recess.
Robin believes the Titans are winning their case, but the others are starting to believe that they are about to be sentenced to death as they see the villains preparing a guillotine outside. But Robin is not ready to concede, and he goes over to Raven to ask her if she can speak in a New York accent. She confirms this by saying in said accent, "What's it to you?" Robin then asks if she knows about cars, and she confirms this by talking about her family's long involvement in the auto industry. Robin is now ready to put on a show for the jury.
When the trial reconvenes, Robin calls Raven as his final witness and asks her to identify a car in a picture, reminding her to use the New York accent. She identifies it as a 1971 Skyhawk. Robin shows another picture, this one of skid marks, and asks if the Skyhawk could have created those marks. After Raven says it could not, Robin publicly expresses doubt at her ability to tell just by looking at pictures, but then she offers to explain. When Brother Blood tries to object, stating that this is irrelevant testimony, the Brain overrules him, curious to know where this is going. As Raven explains her stance, the Titans are impressed at the show she is putting on. Raven concludes that the only vehicle capable of making those marks was an Enfield Hurricane. Robin, quite satisfied, dismisses Raven, and now the Titans are confident that they were able to sway the jury. Robin calls this a show.
The Brain announces that the jury has reached a verdict. In his mind, Robin is already celebrating the Titans' acquittal, and he imagines, among other things, getting high-fives from all of his teammates, and getting a thumbs-up from Batman. But in the end, the verdict was guilty, much to Robin's dismay. Robin is then killed as the episode ends.
- Beast Boy
- Brother Blood
- The Brain
- Monsieur Mallah
- Generic Jump City Citizens
- Pizza Deliverer #2
- Sticky Joe
- Batman (cameo)
- Trigon (pictured only, cameo)
- A farce is a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.
- This is the fourth time the Titans die. A stabbing sound and body falling sound were heard after The Brain says "Guilty" and they were sentenced to death. The stabbing and body falling sounds were cut on reruns.
- This episode aired one year after "Serious Business" and two years after "Power Moves".
- Music from "Mouth Hole" is reused.
- Animation from "Dignity of Teeth" is reused.
- This is Batman's first appearance in the third season.
- Overall, this is Sticky Joe's fifth appearance in the show.
- This episode reveals that Trigon used to be a mechanic.
- This episode reveals that Robin often watches court room drama shows.
- The way Raven talks in a New York accent resembles Princess Attea from Ben 10: Omniverse. Both are voiced by Tara Strong.
- When Raven was shown evidence in court and responded with a New York accent was a reference to the movie: My Cousin Vinny
- The car appeared in the picture appears to be based on a Ford Pinto, an American car which is deadly due to its fuel tank set to the rear end.
- Starfire says that she loves Robin "like the brother", similar to what she said in "Be Mine".
- This is the second time Cyborg calls a character whose name starts with the letter "B" BB (Beast Boy, Brother Blood). The first time he did so was in "Brain Food".
- Robin saying "You can't handle the truth" is a reference to A Few Good Men.
- Raven's testimony about cars and tire-marks is a parody of a scene from the 1992 movie, My Cousin Vinny. Raven and Robin are portraying the characters played by Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci.
- The song that plays during the beginning of the trial is similar to theme music of the show The People's Court.
- The scene where Robin hit the baseball into the lights,it is a parody of Roy Hobbs hitting a homerun into the lights in “”.
- The Titans constantly yelling and hitting the table.
- The Titans trying to prove their innocence and go off topic while doing so.
- Robin going on about all his flaws to the jury and making them cringe.
The transcript for "A Farce" can be found here.
|The image gallery for A Farce may be viewed here.|