For other uses of "Birds of Prey", see Birds of Prey (disambiguation).

"Helena, think about how we learned. How we all learned; Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Jason Todd, even you. It's more than a tradition, it's a legacy. Take in those like us, mentor them, train them, never turn away someone with the hunger to become what we are. That's what your father would have done."
Barbara Gordon on the team's mission.[src]

Birds of Prey is a television drama series loosely based on the DC Comics series of the same name. It premiered on The WB on October 9, 2002, and ended on February 19, 2003.


Main cast

Recurring cast


# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "Pilot" Brian Robbins Laeta Kalogridis October 9, 2002
Batman has vanished from New Gotham, but the next generation of the criminals he fought still prowls the city. Now confined to a wheelchair after being attacked by Batman's archenemy, The Joker, Batgirl redefines herself with a complicated double life.
2 "Slick" Michael Katleman Laeta Kalogridis
Melissa Rosenberg
Laeta Kalogridis October 16, 2002
Harley hires Slick, an evil metahuman who can turn from solid to liquid, to kill the honest cops who thwart her evil schemes. When Reese becomes the next intended victim, Helena protects him, and their mutual attraction continues to grow. Meanwhile, Barbara believes Dinah's claim of being a runaway, but Helena remains suspicious.
3 "Prey for the Hunter" Chris Long Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
October 23, 2002
Helena and Reese clash when they both try to track down a serial killer who destroys metahumans by usurping their powers. Meanwhile, Dinah skips going to school when she learns from Helena that there is a metahumans-only bar. And Barbara meets boyfriend Wade's parents, who think she is not normal enough for their son.
4 "Three Birds and a Baby" Craig Zisk David H. Goodman
Julie Hess
October 30, 2002
When Helena rescues an abandoned baby boy, Guy, and brings him back to the clock tower, Barbara and Dinah try to help. However, to everyone's surprise, the baby is only happy when Helena is holding him. Even more astounding is the fact that Guy wakes from his nap as a walking, talking 5-year-old and is soon a teenager. Now in a race against time, the women discover that Guy is programmed to live his entire life in three days--and to kill the first person he becomes attached to, putting Helena in grave danger.
5 "Sins of the Mother" Jeff Woolnough Melissa Rosenberg
Hans Tobeason
Melissa Rosenberg November 6, 2002
Along with Barbara and Helena, Dinah learns the truth about her past when her mother, Carolyn Lance, comes to New Gotham in search of the daughter she abandoned years before. Dinah is shocked to learn that Carolyn was once Batman's protégé, Black Canary. Meanwhile, Helena finds out that Reese has family problems of his own when he becomes secretive about a ruthless gangster.
6 "Primal Scream" Jim Charleston Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
November 13, 2002
At Reese's request, Helena goes undercover to help thwart a gang of thieves terrorizing New Gotham and quickly discovers that the group is part of a larger criminal infrastructure. Helena pursues the top boss until she is exposed, putting her in grave danger. Meanwhile, Barbara must cope with her fear of intimacy when her relationship with Wade becomes serious.
7 "Split" James Marshall Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
November 20, 2002
Frustrated by her relationship with Reese, Helena becomes intrigued when she meets Darkstrike, a metahuman who has come to New Gotham on the trail of a serial killer. Meanwhile, Barbara and Dinah discover that Darkstrike has a dangerous alter ego.
8 "Lady Shiva" John Kretchmer Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
November 27, 2002
Helena is thrilled when her best friend from high school, Sandra, returns to New Gotham, but the crimefighters are troubled by a series of murders with the unmistakable mark of Barbara's nemesis, Lady Shiva. Determined to fight Lady Shiva as an equal, Barbara dusts off her Batgirl costume and experiments with technology that allows her to leave her wheelchair.
9 "Nature of the Beast" Shawn Levy Melissa Rosenberg December 18, 2002
When a legendary mob boss, Al Hawke, receives a death threat, the only person he trusts to protect him is his son--Reese. Reese asks Helena for help, but when she learns that Reese's father is the same man who killed Dinah's mother, Black Canary, Helena questions her loyalty.
10 "Gladiatrix" David Carson David H. Goodman January 8, 2003
Concerned over the disappearance of several female metahumans, Helena investigates Malcolm Lagg, who manages a fight club that pits metahuman women against one another as men watch. After luring Helena to a prison in Old Gotham, Malcolm captures her and injects her with a substance to make her more aggressive. While Dinah and Reese infiltrate the operation, Barbara tries to find an antidote for the drug. But Malcolm catches Dinah and injects her as well, forcing her to fight Helena. Barbara and Reese must race to save Dinah and Helena before their battle becomes deadly.
11 "Reunion" Chris Long Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
January 8, 2003
Helena refuses to attend her high school reunion, not wishing to relive the past. But when Helena's visiting former classmates are murdered one by one, Barbara persuades her to get involved. The male victims were all seen aggressively flirting with Helena in the bar where she works, and the same man, Jack Barrett, defended her each time. Following clues, the women pursue a skillful killer with a chameleonlike ability to blend into his surroundings. Meanwhile, Helena copes with her romantic attraction to Jack and continues hiding her true identity from Reese.
12 "Feat of Clay" Joe Napolitano Adam Armus
Kay Foster
February 19, 2003
After a robber, Chris Cassius, breaks into a chemical factory and drinks a mixture that gives him the power to turn people to stone, Barbara cancels her vacation with her boyfriend, Wade. Meanwhile, Helena goes to Arkham Asylum and interrogates a villain named Clayface, who possesses the same abilities as Chris, and learns a shocking fact about her past. She must race to prevent Chris from killing New Gotham's most powerful people at a charity fashion show.
13 "Devil's Eyes" Robert J. Wilson Adam Armus
Melissa Rosenberg
Hans Tobeason February 19, 2003
Having discovered that Helena is Huntress, Harley uses a machine that gives her metahuman hypnotic powers. She then hypnotizes Helena and persuades her to knock Barbara unconscious and steal an access disk. Barbara recovers and uses her subneural device to enable her to stand and fight Helena, eventually neutralizing the trance. Working together with Alfred, Dinah and Reese, Helena must infiltrate the clock tower and battle Harley and her cohorts before they gain control of the entire city.


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