Birds of Prey
Split

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Split Personality

Back at the Clocktower, Dinah is all moon-faced, telling Darkstrike, who's pacing around, "Don't worry. If the girl can be found, Oracle will find her," like try not to buoy the guy's hopes too much with your "if the girl can be found," there, Dinah, and how weird is it for Dinah to refer to Amy, who's older than she is, as "the girl" anyway? Darkstrike says something to the effect that he can't stand waiting and Dinah, in typical infatuated "we have so much in common!" fashion, says she's not too good at the patience thing, no matter how hard Barbara tries to teach her. "It seems as if you've learned a lot from her," says Darkstrike, which Dinah takes as her cue to ramble on about being afraid she'll never be able to fill her mom's shoes. Oh, man. Can we get through an episode without Dinah doing her weird mouth thing and going all Crumple-Face on us? Fortunately, Darkstrike nips it in the bud by telling her it's not about how strong or fast you are, but the choices you make: "Protecting the innocent every day, even though it means risking yourself...body and soul." Dinah, naturally, laps this crap up.

Why are we not surprised that the psychologist Reese goes to for a profile on the Crawler is none other than Harleen Quinzel? She babbles about the "origin moment" being crucial in reconstructing a killer's mind. Reese asks her if that means the first time he killed. "Not at all," she says. "I need to know, to understand, what happened to him that turned him from a normal person into what he is today." She says the Crawler sees himself as heroic, and Reese gets on my nerves by, after identifying the need to consult a psychologist about this, sounding disbelieving at the idea the killer might not see things the same way he does. "He seeks out targets he thinks need to be punished. The question is, punished for what?" Quinzel points out that his victims are in relationships, which she thinks may be key. Really? You think so? You think the common element in all of a serial killer's murders might hold some significance? "You know, you make him sound almost rational," says Reese, when she's done nothing of the sort, but has attempted to identify how a killer might rationalize his actions. Shut up, Reese, if you can't stop sneering at the help you're getting. Quinzel suggests looking for a broken relationship in the Crawler's past: "Someone, sometime, has been very cruel to your killer. You find that, and you find him." He calls her insight into the criminal mind "very impressive," but the look on his face and his hesitation indicate a disdain that's a little out of place, even if Quinzel does go on to explain that she finds evil more interesting than good. You'd think a hopeful crime lord would be a little more careful about careless statements like that.

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