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Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery

A mystical accident transfers both Lex into The Flash's body and The Flash into Lex's body... Now it's up to The Flash (Lex) to convince the league that he is who he says he is...

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x8
Airdate: Saturday March 04th, 2006

Director: Dan Riba
Story: Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay: Matt Wayne

Alternate Airdates:

United Kingdom Jan 25, 2006
Canada Mar 29, 2006

Guest Stars
Clancy BrownClancy Brown
voiced Lex Luthor
Powers BoothePowers Boothe
voiced Gorilla Grodd (uncredited as Red Tornado)
Juliet LandauJuliet Landau
voiced Tala
Michael BeachMichael Beach
voiced Mr. Terrific
Oded FehrOded Fehr
voiced Dr. Fate
Ted LevineTed Levine
voiced Sinestro
George NewbernGeorge Newbern
voiced Bizarro
Lauren TomLauren Tom
voiced Dr. Light

Michael RosenbaumMichael Rosenbaum
voiced Dr. Polaris
Main Cast
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Green Lantern / John Stewart
Michael RosenbaumMichael Rosenbaum
voiced Flash / Wally West


Lex Luthor is considering the box that contains Brainiac's essence and complaining about how he has to acknowledge Grodd's leadership as a price to pay. Tala attempts to comfort him without success and Lex prepares to obtain the Brainiac AI using his equipment. He doesn't have any success and wonders if Grodd is thwarting his efforts. He goes to see the imprisoned Grodd and demand the answer, and Grodd notes he has no reason to give up his only bargaining chip. Tala suggests they break open Grodd's head and take the information, giving Lex an idea...

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Episode Notes
Michael Rosenbaum also plays Lex Luthor on Smallville, which means he plays the same role in both a live show and an animated show (even if only briefly).

Legion of Doom members that appear throughout the episode:
In the meeting room (from the end of the table to the middle): Lady Lunar, Giganta, Copperhead, Puzzler, the Parasite, (from the middle to the end) Psycho-Pirate, Livewire, Neutron, the Shark, Star Sapphire, Black Mass. (Next to Luthor): Tala, Sinestro, Dr. Polaris, Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Dr. Destiny, Rampage, Silver Banshee.
When Flash-in-Lex has to address "his" cronies: (Flash’s right) The Key, Angle Man, Weather Wizard, Psycho-Pirate, the Parasite, Javelin, the Shark, KGBeast, the Top, the Shade, Goldface, Toyman, the Dummy (Flash’s left) Gentleman Ghost, Evil Star, Sonar, Sportsmaster, the Tattooed Man, Crowbar, Bloodsport, Dr. Spectro, Thinker, Electrocutioner, Blockbuster, Queen Bee, Merlyn and the Puppeteer.
At the end: Heatwave and Cheetah.

Episode Quotes
Grodd: It must pain you to see me like this, after what we’ve been to one another.
Tala: My taste in boyfriends has evolved.

Sinestro: (to Lex) After Grodd tried to turn the world into apes, you can imagine how seriously we take something like that. What are you going to do, make everybody bald?

The Flash: Just be careful with my head--it’s where I keep all my one-liners.

Lex-in-Flash: Beam me out of here, or I’m going to vibrate these fingers and scramble your brains.

Flash-in-Lex: (looks in a mirror) Aaah, that is just wrong!

Dr. Polaris: Are you gonna wash your hands?
Flash-in-Lex: No… (smirks) 'cuz I'm evil!

Flash-in-Lex: My fellow bad guys, I, Lex Luthor, your leader, will speak now about my, Lex Luthor’s plan. My… villainous, villainous plan. Question the plan at your peril. Huuuh. Any questions?
Angle Man: We all get a cut, right?
Flash-in-Lex: Watch your step, my evil minion. You presume too much! One of these days, you’ll go too far.

Bizarro: Me got answer.
Flash-in-Lex: Excellent. Do enlighten us.
Bizarro: Ever since you plug into monkey's head, you act perfectly sane and rational. Am you Bizarro mommy?

Luthor-in-Flash: If nothing else, I can at least learn the Flash's secret identity. (unmasks) I have no idea who this is.

Flash-in-Lex: Me, the Flash? You’ve, like, totally lost it, Grodd. I'm Lex Luthor!
Grodd: And I'm Charlton Heston.

Grodd: Ah, Tala, my old groupie. I so miss bending you to my will.
Tala: Go eat a banana.

Mr. Terrific: (about Luthor-in-Flash) Dr. Fate, your patient just anesthetized himself.

Green Lantern: It sounds like Wally. But is there any way to be sure?
Flash: You want proof? Until he went off into the Marines, GL’s nickname was…
Green Lantern: Stop! It’s him. You promised never to repeat that story.
Flash: I know--I was just messing with your head.

Mr. Terrific: Can you tell us anything about Grodd’s secret society? Where’s their headquarters?
Flash: I don’t know. In a swamp...

Tala: Lex, is that really you?
Lex Luthor: Of course it’s me, you twit.
Tala: (disappointed) Ooh...

Episode Goofs
When Lex (Flash) and the Society arrive at the train, the wheels are going backwards

Cultural References
The Great Train Robbery

This the name of the famous early Western film made by Edwin S. Porter back in 1903.

Grodd: And I'm Charlton Heston.

This is a humorous reference to Charlton Heston, an actor best known for staring in the movie Planet of the Apes and its sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Thirty years later, he played an ape on Tim Burton's remake of the original movie.

Episode References
"Dead Reckoning"

Grodd: It must pain you to see me like this, after what we’ve been to one another.
Tala: My taste in boyfriends has evolved.

    Tala was momentarily devoted to Grodd after him rescuing her from his mirror entrapment. However, when Luthor took control of operations, Tala placed her loyalties on him.
Sinestro: (to Lex) After Grodd tried to turn the world into apes, you can imagine how seriously we take something like that.

"Secret Society (1)"

Mr. Terrific: We need to find this new Secret Society and take the fight to them.

The first Secret Society was the first group of Supervillains brought together by Gorilla Grodd with the sole purpose of bringing the Justice League down. Its member included Grodd, as the leader, Giganta, Sinestro, Parasite, The Shade, Killer Frost and Clayface.

"The Brave and the Bold (1)"

Mr. Terrific: When Grodd took control of your mind a couple of years ago, even though that connection was broken, he left a psychic residence.

"To Another Shore"

The Flash: This really seems like it’s more of J’onn’s alley.
Green Lantern: J’onn’s not here.

J’onn left the League to mingle within humanity.

"The Brave and the Bold (2)"

Grodd: (to Flash-in-Lex) True, I do hate Luthor. But I hate you just as much.

Grodd hatred towards the Flash is due to him (the Flash) foiling his plans and shortcircuiting his brain.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSander Schwartz
ProducerDwayne McDuffie  |  Bruce Timm  |  James Tucker
EditorJoe Gall
CastingAndrea Romano
Line ProducerShaun McLaughlin (1)
MusicMichael McCuistion
On-Line EditorChristopher Lozinski
OtherSam Register (Executive in Charge of Production for Cartoon Netw)
Story EditorDwayne McDuffie  |  Matt Wayne
Production ManagerKathleen Keegan
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