Hey Nightwing! Long time no see... last time you were in this book, your were holding on to some of Babs' hair... what'd you do with that? Nah, never mind, this isn't your book, silly! Anyways, with Babs all depressed, Dick calls in from Chicago to try and help out, and reassure her that despite the family being strained at the moment, he doesn't want to loose her, etc. As Babs puts it, pretty depressing stuff! But there's work to do, and Babs checks some DMV records, and believes she's found the address of the new Ventriloquist.
Elsewhere, Barbara's mother is about to leave town, despite Commissioner Gordon pleading against it. Same schtick, Gordon loves the city too much, while it's destroyed everything for her. They share a moment, Gordon still goes on about catching his son's killer, so on and so forth.
Elsewhere, the Ventriloquist has her prey tied up, and is using her vocal abilities to throw police off pursuing any leads that will end at her. This Ventriloquist is a bit crazy, she's got some issues with self esteem, doesn't like pretty girls, and thinks her puppet is going to step out on her... Yeah, total weirdo. Nonetheless, she commands her puppet to kill the singing judge she's got, but not before she deals with her unexpected guest in the form of Batgirl.
Babs is instantly grossed out by the house. Nothing has been cleaned in what looks like years, electricity doesn't work, and it smells like death. Sure enough, death! Babs finds the corpses of Shauna's mother and father at a table, next to a wall with newspaper clippings about all sorts of murder... then Shauna's parents come back to life, attack Babs, all while praising their daughter. Things get grim, like decapitated head, and knife through the jaw and back the skull grim, but Shauna's parents are still twitching around. With her parent puppets more or less incapacitated, Shauna sends Ferdie out to get Babs.
Babs comes face to face with the possessed puppet downstairs, and he continues his violent flirtation with her, while trying to gauge her eyes out. The conflict comes to an abrupt end when Babs sticks a concussive batarang in the puppet's head, and blows it up. Even more abruptly, Shauna shows up, and is one punched by Babs, who rescues the singer, and that's that.
Later at Babs' apartment, Babs talks to Alysia about her family a bit, asking how it was, as she's so depressed about hers, she just wants to be lazy and pig out... BUT UH-OH, seems like Babs forgot about her date with Ricky! Womp Womp. Yeah, total sitcom stuff right there.