Big Time

  The friend who got Terry thrown into juvenile prison returns.
  Original Airdate: October 7, 2000
  Episode # 38
  Rating: * * *

Credits Cast

Story by Robert Goodman  & Tom Ruegger
Teleplay by Robert Goodman
Directed by James Tucker
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation by Koko/Dong Yang

Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne
Cree Summer as Max Gibson
Lauren Tom as Dana Tan
Stephen Baldwin as Charlie Bigelow

Sean Donnellan as Virtual Anchor
Chad Ensnder as Guard
William H. Macy as Karros
Robert Patrick as Richard Armacost
Gary Sturgs as Capt. Rubens

Character trumps story. As Charlie "Big Time" Bigelow, Stephen Baldwin (!) communicates pain, pride, humiliation, confidence, insecurity, humor, pathos, happiness, ambition, and resignation with effortless art; his soft rasp doesn't so much give voice to Bigelow as it embodies Bigelow's worn and frayed soul. This is an ex-con who has been pounded shapeless by life, but who wears his tribulations lightly and comfortably, like an old denim jacket he has had forever and would never part with, even if he could. This is the secret to the odd sympathy we feel for Bigelow even as he takes stupid and treasonous advantage of his old friendship with Terry. It will all end badly, and Bigelow knows it will end badly, but in his estimation defeat is just another word for home, and so he watches its approach without rancor. So unexpected is this characterization that our interest survives even the brutally conventional and predictable plot in which he is trapped.

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