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"Insecurity" is the 23rd episode of the first season of Young Justice, and the 23rd of the overall series. It aired on March 31, 2012.

Logline

Red Arrow's return undercuts Artemis' confidence, while the team's mission to track down Sportsmaster threatens to expose her darkest secrets.[1]

Synopsis

 
Star City
December 4, 20:04 PST
Artemis & Green Arrow

Artemis and Green Arrow shoot from a rooftop.

Black Spider swings through Star City, landing outside Bernell Jones' apartment window, as Bernell puts his daughter to bed. Bernell is pulled out of his daughter's arms by the assassin, who tells him he's been warned and then drops him to the ground. As Bernell plummets to the pavement below, a foam arrow hits the ground beneath him, dampening Bernell's fall. Above, Black Spider is attacked by Green Arrow and Artemis, whose arrows are evaded by the assassin. Cissie looks on the ensuing fight, and is overjoyed at the heroes' presence.

 
Belle Reve
December 4, 22:06 CST

Sportsmaster runs across the roof of the Belle Reve Penitentiary, and removes a grate from an air vent. He waits for Hugo Strange to deactivate the security sensors, and proceeds into the facility.

In the rooftop fight with Black Spider, Green Arrow is knocked to the ground, forcing Artemis to take the lead. Black Spider easily evades her explosive arrows.

Meanwhile, Sportsmaster makes his way to the cell blocks and uses a key card to override the lock. He takes a prisoner with him.

Artemis continues her fight against Black Spider, and ultimately wins when she freezes his web and traps him in a net. Green Arrow congratulates her, and gives her "bonus points" for poetic justice—catching the spider with a web arrow.

Ivo visits Morrow

"Professor Ivo" visits T.O. Morrow.

Sportsmaster leads the prisoner through the hospital ward, where Professor Ivo is sadistically boasting to the comatose T.O. Morrow, with prison warden Hugo Strange looking on.

Green Arrow and Artemis make their way to a Zeta-Tube. Artemis is ecstatic about the victory over Black Spider; Green Arrow happily agrees, but calms her down. As soon as she's gone, Green Arrow calls his former protégé Red Arrow, who had been watching them for some time. Their conversation is cut short by the police scanner, which reports an armed robbery.

A truck is leaving Belle Reve, but is stopped by security for a routine check. Two guards open the back of the vehicle to see only boxes of medical waste. They give the van the go-ahead. Sportsmaster, and the prisoner, Professor Ivo, had hidden in a compartment. Back at the prison, Strange turns off the fake Professor Ivo, an android.

Outside a Save-Big store in Star City, Green Arrow congratulates Red Arrow on his acceptance into the Justice League, but requests that he "set a good example" and join the Team first.

 
Gotham City
December 4, 23:48 EST
Artemis & Paula talk

Artemis tells her mother about her latest mission.

Artemis tells her mother about her night with Green Arrow, and expresses her satisfaction with the outcome. Paula comments that this life suits Artemis, as she is relieved that her daughter is not taking the same criminal path that put her in jail. Paula then reveals that Green Arrow and Batman initially visited Paula before they asked Artemis to join the Team, and that she begged them to help Artemis. Artemis is furious that her mother begged them, and storms out.

 
New Orleans
December 5, 06:41 CST

Sportsmaster and Professor Ivo arrive at a warehouse where Klarion, Brain, Teekl and Monsieur Mallah await them. Klarion is upset that Ivo isn't T.O. Morrow, but Ivo stays to help anyway.

 
Gotham City
December 5, 17:02 EST

Artemis, full costume, decides she's got nothing to prove to the League and the Team, and Zeta-Beams to the Cave.

 
Mount Justice
December 5, 17:04 EST
Red Arrow joins the Team

Red Arrow officially joins the Team.

Artemis arrives to the news that Red Arrow has agreed to join the Team. As Green Arrow begins to assign a mission, Artemis sarcastically comments the Team has needed a "real" archer. Green Arrow tells the Team that Sportsmaster was spotted at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and assigns Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Red Arrow to the mission. Artemis volunteers herself for the mission. Green Arrow, knowing Sportsmaster's identity, asks her if she's sure. She is adamant, and with Artemis piloting the Bio-Ship, they leave the Cave.

Wally reassures Artemis

Wally assures Artemis that she still has a place on the Team.

Alone in the cockpit, Wally turns to Artemis, and tells her she is a "real" archer, and that she has nothing to prove, at least to him. She is flattered by the compliment. In the back of the ship, Red Arrow tells Aqualad his suspicion of Artemis being the mole.

Back at the Cave, Zatanna, M'gann, and Conner are bored, and ask Red Tornado if he has any missions for them. He turns them down, tells them to amuse themselves, and flies into his apartment. Zatanna questions what Red Tornado actually does in his apartment since he does not require it for basic human needs.

 
Orleans Parish
December 5, 21:27 CST

Red Arrow watches Sportsmaster heading north by boat, and gives the order for Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Artemis to follow, but maintain a discreet distance. Sportsmaster docks, and stands by a railroad. Artemis's suspicion is raised and she exits the Bio-Ship to take a closer look. However, Cheshire stands behind her, and teases Artemis for not revealing her identity to her friends. Cheshire attacks, as does Artemis, but before their fight continues, Red Arrow shoots a trick arrow at Cheshire, tying her up.

Cheshire kisses Red Arrow

Cheshire kisses Red Arrow.

Cheshire flirts with her captor, leading Artemis to believe they are dating. Shocked, Red Arrow dismisses the idea, as Cheshire discreetly gives Sportsmaster word that they're being followed. The train arrives, and a case is thrown into Sportsmaster's hands. Cheshire breaks free and takes down Artemis. Sportsmaster makes his own escape, as Red Arrow is pinned to the ground by Cheshire, and she kisses him. Kid Flash arrives, and hits Cheshire to the ground, claiming her sai as his souvenir. Red Arrow orders Artemis to place a tracer on Sportsmaster, but she is unable to, claiming he's out of range. Red Arrow shoves her aside and manages to plant the tracer with a shot Artemis would never have attempted.

Red Arrow begins his pursuit of Sportsmaster, but his jet ski is blown up by the assassin. Sportsmaster removes the tracer from his boat, and throws bombs into the water, stopping Aqualad from following him. Aqualad contacts Kid Flash, who along with Artemis is fighting Cheshire. Cheshire disappears, but not before Artemis can place a tracer on her sword. Without any onlookers, Artemis also places a tracer on a passing train, giving Aqualad and Kid Flash the location of the tracer on the train, leading them in the opposite direction. She then follows the tracer on Cheshire, deceiving the Team.

Red Tornado's secret

Zatanna, Miss Martian and Superboy find a surprise in Red Tornado's room.

At Mount Justice, Red Tornado leaves the Cave, and Zatanna, M'gann, and Superboy decide to see what is in his apartment. They find a Christmas tree complete with decorations, as well as a human shaped object beneath a sheet.

 
New Orleans
December 5, 22:18 CST
Red Arrow's tracer

Artemis finds the tracer Red Arrow planted on her.

Sportsmaster arrives at a warehouse and delivers the case to Ivo, who uses the device inside to perform experiments on the echinoderm. The Brain and Klarion also performs experiments on it. The echinoderm begins to glow in an oddly shaped pattern. Artemis has tracked Cheshire to the same warehouse, and in another room, is confronted by her. Cheshire tells her she had found her sister's tracker, and also points out a tracker Red Arrow placed on Artemis. Mocking Artemis because a member of the Team doesn't trust her, Cheshire shows her live security camera footage of Sportsmaster preparing to kill Red Arrow, who's outside. Artemis shoots an explosive arrow at the factory door, alerting Red Arrow to Sportsmaster's presence. A fight ensues between the four of them, and Red Arrow radios his location to Aqualad.

Red Tornado introduces John Smith

Red Tornado introduces his alter ego, John Smith.

In Red Tornado's apartment, Zatanna, M'gann, and Conner are shocked to find an android. Red Tornado arrives, surprising them, and explains that it will serve as his alter-ego, "John Smith". He hopes to learn more about humanity that way. Zatanna comments on the android's attractive appearance, and uses the sheet that was covering to make it a pair of pants.

Freeze

Klarion, Brain, Mallah and Ivo "freeze".

The fight between Red Arrow and Sportsmaster, and Artemis and Cheshire, continues, as Kid Flash arrives, telling Artemis he and Aqualad found her tracer on a train, but is then confused as to how Artemis found Cheshire. As Klarion finishes his experiment on the echinoderm, Artemis bursts into the room and orders them to freeze, and they do. Klarion freezes himself, Ivo, Klarion, Mallah, the Brain, Cheshire and Sportsmaster. The newly formed ice statues shatter, and the villains disappear.

 
Mount Justice
December 6, 03:21 EST

Aqualad announces that they failed their mission, and that they know nothing of the supervillain team's plans. Red Arrow blames Artemis, who defends herself with the information that Sportsmater was working for Brain, Klarion and Ivo. Red Arrow then continues that Ivo has been in Belle Reve the whole time. Kid Flash is annoyed at Red Arrow's continual accusations aimed at Artemis, but Red Arrow reveals that Artemis intentionally sent Red Arrow, Aqualad and Kid Flash on a wild goose chase by planting a tracer on the train. Kid Flash assumes it was because Artemis was insecure about Red Arrow joining the Team, and is shocked at her acceptance of the accusation. Kid Flash throws the sai, his previous souvenir, at her feet, and instead takes the tracker for his collection.

As the rest of the Team are ordered to sleep by Aqualad, Red Arrow tells Artemis that he knows she isn't who she says she is, and that he is not done with her.

 
Gotham City
December 6, 03:44 EST
Father-daughter talk

Sportsmaster gives Artemis some fatherly advice.

Artemis returns home and goes straight to her room, where Sportsmaster awaits her. He knows that the Team has blamed her for the failure of the mission, and questions her continued membership. He doubts that the Team would ever trust her again if they found out about her family ties. Artemis tries to ignore her father, but he tells her that she can fight him, and her sister, but not who she really is. He tells her it's time to switch sides, and that she'll never be one of them.

Title

In this episode, Artemis is riddled with insecurity. At first, she feels insecure about whether she is worthy of her place in the Team or not. After Red Arrow joins the Team, she feels insecure about her position in the group, especially since he is also an archer and has it in for her. Finally, by the end of the episode, she feels insecure about what to do when her father tells her she can't fight her nature and tries to subvert her loyalties. The title could also refer to Sportsmaster, who bypasses Belle Reve Penitentiary's security to break in.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Lacey Chabert Zatanna Zatara
Crispin Freeman Red Arrow
Stephanie Lemelin Artemis
Danica McKellar M'gann M'orzz
Nolan North Conner Kent
Khary Payton Aqualad
Jason Spisak Kid Flash
Thom Adcox Klarion
Jeff Bennett Red Tornado
Bernell Jones  
Nick Chinlund Sportsmaster/Crusher Crock
Kelly Hu Cheshire
Paula Crock
Peter MacNicol Professor Ivo
M.O.N.Q.I.
Josh Keaton Black Spider  
Alan Tudyk Green Arrow
Uncredited
Peter MacNicol Professor Ivo (android)  
Cissie King-Jones  
Cooper
Non-speaking roles
Banks
Biggitz
Brain
Hauser
Hugo Strange
John Smith  
Monsieur Mallah
Riker
Teekl
T.O. Morrow
Wilcox
Wolf
Full credits
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


Continuity

Trivia

Backwards spells

Speaker Spell Translation
Zatanna Etativel![4] Levitate!
Hctah siri nepo![4] Hatch iris open!
Evig mih stnap![4] Give him pants!

Goofs

  • In the Cave, Kid Flash drops Cheshire's sai at Artemis's feet, but in the following wide shot, it is no longer there.
  • When Cheshire sneaks up on Artemis, in the tree, she is holding her sais, but moments later, she is holding her sword.

Cultural references

  • The Save-Big is said to be on the corner of "Weisinger and Papp". Mort Weisinger and George Papp are the creators of Green Arrow.
  • The Save-Big itself is a reference to the Justice League Unlimited episode "Initiation", Green Arrow's debut in the DCAU, in which he stopped an armed robbery with a variety of trick arrows.
  • Under the Christmas tree in Red Tornado's room are a Kinara, a Menorah, a nutcracker and a snowman, along with several presents and fruits. Red Tornado is reportedly studying multiple religions.[5]
  • Cheshire and Kid Flash's lines "A kiss is still a kiss" and "A sai is just a sai" are references to the song "As Time Goes By", where the word "sai" replaces "sigh".

Questions

Questions
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  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
For complete answers to the questions in this section, click here.

Answered questions

Unanswered questions

Quotes

Bernell Jones: Please. Please, not in front of my daughter!
Black Spider: Nah, I'm sorry. You know how it is... I'm on deadline... and so are you.


Black Spider: I got nothing against you archers. I don't suppose you'll let me finish off Jones and go about my web-slinging way?


Klarion: Don't get pouty. I invented pouty.


Cheshire: Hey, sis. Long time no reveal who you really are to all your friends...


Zatanna: No offense guys, but even my boredom is bored.


Sportsmaster: You tried, baby girl. You can fight Jade. You can fight me. But you can't fight who you are. Time to switch sides, Artemis. You'll never be one of them. You belong with us.

References

  1. Harvey, James (2012-03-01). "Young Justice," "Green Lantern: The Animated Series" March 2012 Episode Schedule. World's Finest Online. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  2. Guia de episódios - 1ª Temporada. Blogspot.pt. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  3. Weisman, Greg (2012-08-23). Question #15386. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Weisman, Greg (2012-08-29). Question #15518. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  5. Weisman, Greg (2012-01-20). Question #14031. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
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