Return of Birdgirl

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Return of Birdgirl
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Premiere date: September 18, 2005
Music composed by: Michael Kohler
Writers: Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter
Directors: Richard Ferguson-Hull
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"Return of Birdgirl" is the ninth episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law season three, and the twenty-ninth overall. It aired on September 18, 2005 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. It was written by series creators, Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter, produced by Evan W. Adler, and directed by Richard Ferguson-Hull. The Hanna-Barbera series ridiculed in this episode is Jonny Quest, and to a lesser extent Birdman itself.

To ensure that Race is legally seen as a father to Jonny and Hadji, Birdgirl gets Harvey to appeal to the Supreme Court in allowing Dr. Quest and Race to be married. But Birdgirl has more personal matters to deal with as well, namely getting engaged to her own father! Say what?!

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Potamus: Do you have that one thing...
Harvey: What thing? Tell me. What is it?
Potamus: It is that thing that I sent to you.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Harvey Birdman Gary Cole
Avenger N/A
Birdgirl Paget Brewster
Race Bannon Thom Pinto
Doctor Benton Quest Neil Ross
Jonny Quest (photo) N/A
Hadji (photo) N/A
Spider Bots N/A
Bandit N/A
Lizard Men N/A
Anubis N/A
Liza Minnelli N/A
Phil Ken Sebben Stephen Colbert
Peanut Thomas Allen
Judge Mentok John Michael Higgins
Peter Potamus Chris Edgerly
Judy Ken Sebben Paget Brewster
Blue Falcone N/A
Rehnquist Neil Ross
Waitress N/A
Citizen Thom Pinto
Cook N/A
Janitor N/A
Judge Thom Pinto
Dick Cheney N/A
Priest N/A
Aunt Phyllis N/A
Boo Boo Bear N/A









The score was composed by Michael Kohler.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 18, 2005 on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Behind the scenes

  • The opening credits happened before the theme song. The credits are also rearranged so the writers' credits appear before the produced by credit.
  • Dr. Quest refers back to the last time he was helped by Harvey in "Bannon Custody Battle".
  • Unlike the continuity of Harvey Birdman still using 1967 as the basis of when Birdman was a superhero, this retcons the time Race has spent with Dr. Quest to be 20 years ago, setting it in 1985, instead of when Jonny Quest first started airing which was in 1964.
  • The polar bear in the photo of a snow creature ripping Dr. Quest apart looks similar to the Bear.
  • This episode continues the 1960s Batman TV series riffing by making Harvey's car resemble the Batmobile, while Batgirl accentuates the speech she gives him by adding action words for him to say such as "Kapow!" and "Bam!"
  • The entrance of the Justices League and the logo are a parody of the Justice League animated series which had been airing on Cartoon Network around at that time. Although by then it had become Justice League Unlimited.
  • The Justices League's Hall of Justices resembles the Justice League's Watchtower in the comics, although it is named after the Hall of Justice in the Super Friends cartoons.
  • Phil holding up a boombox to get another date with Birdgirl, is an allusion to the famous scene in the 1989 film Say Anything...
  • Despite not being canon, this episode all but verbally acknowledges that Dr. Quest and Bannon are in a romantic relationship.
  • Phil expresses strong homophobia in this episode.
  • Within the episode the church has the same Evo Lotion name as the Evo Lotion Gentlemen's Club from "Evolution War", although, during the end credits, it's now called All Saints Church.
  • The model of Aunt Phyllis is a reuse from the transgendered version of Phil in "Droopy Botox."
  • The end credits also continue the relationship between Harvey and Boo Boo.


  • The original Jonny Quest series was set in Florida, not Maine. Although, incidentally, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest was relocated to Maine.
  • Edgerly and Ross are credited for Supreme Court bailiff and narrator, respectively, despite neither being seen nor heard.

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