Episode 20: Holy Split!: December 19, 2021

Better Luck Next Time
March 17, 1966
"Batman evades the attacking tiger thanks to his utility belt. First, he scales the wall. Then, he uses a sonic device "to split the tiger's skull," as narrator William Dozier informs us. The hero still has to free Robin, who is facing a separate death trap. Once that task is completed, the Dynamic Duo are back on Catwoman's trail. It turns out the feline villain is after the lost treasure of Captain Manx, which is in a remote spot outside of Gotham City."
64 minutes

"RD is Not Middle Aged Robin" on The Batman's Mustache. He's wearing his Santa hat including fake hair. He actually beat a few kids at the Arcade. He advises Vince not to get The Simpsons arcade machine due to poor emulation. 

The recapping Narrator is more involved this time, even if he has a random "open sesame": "IS THIS TRIP NECESSARY?" (:05) Vince is baffled by their use of stunt doubles just to walk into room. RD shows "Batman" played by the on-set tiger wrangler having a beard and belly and sweat stains.

Catwoman is wearing rather baggy clothing making RD wonder if she "filled" them. Young RD once went to the Smithsonian where this particular outfit is displayed. Vince: "Interesting." "Batman" has great fun playing with Tinkerbell the tiger like a pet dog. Then he climbs the bare concrete/dry wall with a visible wired harness Batclaws. Catwoman: "TTFN!" Batman has no idea what she means. Vince kept writing that in his work. 

Batman then gets out his Batearplugs that fit over the cowl to technobabble his Batcommunicator to 20,000 decibels to "split the tiger's skull", despite telling Catwoman that "pets are our responsibility". Thankfully the tiger instead decides to take a nap. 

Batman then goes down into the Catacombs using very bright Batstickers as breadcrumbs. Catwoman has drugged Robin with yet more powder. All of a sudden she has a third henchman without a name (Fire Emblem or otherwise) take him down into their real life Mouse Trap game board over another tiger pit. Narrator: "What now Caped Crusader? Is it a cul-de-sac?" (:25) Robin is listed as weighing 132 pounds and 10 ounces, which I think is 10 kilograms. "Catwoman, you are NOT a nice person!" She responds by leaving without bothering to wait around. Robin waits for Batman to swinging through a very small window before they jump off to safety and their stunt doubles fighting for them, featuring comb-over senior-aged Robin. The goons respond by lighting the room on fire. Felix escapes leaving Leo and Henchman to be arrested.

At the Batcave calling police HQ Gordon asks Batman to do his job for him while Robin acts as intermediary. Gordon staring at the camera: "Good luck to all of us!" Discovering the statues are not identical Batman goes to the Bat Research Shelf with his four volumes on the history of Gotham City. He knows Captain Manx willed his loot to the City except for "one gold doubloon". He finds the statues contain a map leading to his treasure. They then radioactive track her after throwing the statues into the "lead shielded compartment" (i.e. trunk) of the Batmobile.

Catwoman has already found the loot with Felix in a non-Batcave. "From now on: pussy willows galore." The Batmobile drives through mines that blow out the tires that require turning on the Automatic Tire Repair Device to reinflate. They then see footprints. "Only one man has feet that big!" 

Catwoman drugs Felix before taking off, the Duo chasing her and her stunt double. She has trouble climbing up a wall with one hand carrying the treasure and the other without any claws of her own. Not listening to Batman offering help she falls into a "bottomless pit" as Robin calls out to her. Vince is reminded of Shane. RD is reminded of Indiana Jones trying to save Elsa with the Holy Grail. They only find a cat, emblematic of a cat's nine lives. 

Back at Stately Wayne Manor they return to their 4D 3D chess. RD is the one to notice braless Aunt Harriet complaining about a cat stealing their lobster dinner. She hands it to Bruce who hands it to Alfred who hands it to Robin to vanish into the aether. 

RD found Julie Newmar couldn't appear in the movie because she was filming a movie of her own that was never finished. She couldn't appear in Season 3 due to "scheduling" in a Western, but that is suspect since it also starred Burgess Meredith. 

RD has Blade Vince open up his presents. (:52) One is Cincinnati Recipe chili mix. Another is a Newmar as Catwoman framed photo signed to Vince. 

RD has to explain Cody Rhodes almost using a different tunnel to Vince. (:61) Vince gives him boos for not getting a joke.


  • Special Guest Villain: Catwoman (Julie Newmar)

  • Screen Captures: 3. RD, RD, RD
  • SPEAKING OFs: 2. Some setup, things worse than 3D chess


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