Episode 31: Holy Triple Feature!: March 6, 2022

Death in Slow Motion
April 27, 1966
"The Riddler is back, and is pursuing a silent movie theme with his latest scheme."
71 minutes

"The Great" "RD: Also Not Wearing a Bra" Does that make Vince surly Alfred? RD is in his library since his normal shooting area is currently occupied. He and Mrs. Deal will go as the Dynamic Duo to the church's appreciation dinner. 

RD also confused Vince by asking him if 60s bras were expensive and making him excited enough to watch the episode at 4 am looking for Aunt Harriet. RD thinks he should pay a visit to the "oculist". Vince considers RD a brother regardless, even if he felt misled (and also from the baseball lock-out (and also conflict in Europe)). 

A silent black and white movie plays in a theater that's not in a baseball stadium or Ukraine but Washington Center "THE PLACE for arts in Gotham City!" (:13) And yet, despite the movie being at "The End" the Narrator is unconvinced. "This title is not correct! It's not The End, but The Beginning! The cue for one of the most baffling crime waves to ever confront the Dynamic Duo!"

Vince can't help but see the bad skin of the actors in High Def.  

In the lobby an old guy named Van Jones who looks like Mr. Freeze talks about the silent movies he owns. He is interrupted by Riddler walking in as Charlie Chaplin followed by goons as Keystone Cops unnoticed (and who are more actual cops than the normal ones). He meets his girl Pauline who does not immediately impress the Co-Bros with her wig. Together they dance a random gig that causes the sound of laughter to be piped in while the actual onlookers stare silently. Riddler then uses the distraction to gas the box office lady to steal her money (all $200 of it) and is "arrested" by his Cops while the people continue to applaud. Van Jones is not impressed by the "group of amateurs".

Gordon in his office immediately deduces it is "the prince of puzzlers, the master of criminal conundrums" and gets to the Batphone. Vince wonders what good their prison is at reform. This time Bruce himself picks up, again, and Gordon doesn't put two and two together, again. 

Dick: "Holy triple feature! Won't that crook ever learn?" 

As they go to the Batpoles they almost trip on each other. Bruce: "Excuse me." 

In the office Robin can figure the riddle that they will next hit Mother Gotham's Bakery because he can "dig musicans' slang", and Batman has to explain this to the "astonishing" policemen. (:30) 

At the Bakery Riddler confirms with his goons and cavewoman attire Pauline that the silent films are a distraction from their actual crimes. RD was confused by her attempt to look "poor" but she looked much better than the earlier scene, making him wonder if they changed actresses. She uses the dress to distract the baker at begging, then uses her shawl to make him pretend he's stuck in flypaper. Riddler blows her a kiss as he and the goons cause havoc causing a cartoon "WHACK!" 

RD: "Are you in agreement that something's going on between Pauline and Riddler? Do you think when they're getting intimate she says "riddle me this?"

Riddler hits another worker with a sleeping cream pie and a "nuts to you!" They blow up a safe with an explosive eclair and his safecracking skills, but before they leave they make sure the Duo are coming in first. They record them as they enter and see the pie. Batman: "Mother Gotham never baked this pie!" Another riddle of a "dishonest shortcake" leads them to the Branch Library on Baker Street. Vince mumble sings for some reason.

The Batmobile pulls up to another vehicle equally illegally parked, but Batman points out its diplomatic plates. The library is closed Wednesdays due to "lack of funds". Millionaire Batman: "Shocking." They use a Batkey to enter anyway where a giant book of silent films falls on them with more riddles. Unable to solve them for some reason the Duo decide to return to the Batcave to examine them in a magnifying glass. 

The Riddler's lair is an abandoned film studio where the goons watch Riddler constantly rewatch the Duo get hit by a giant book.

Alfred joins the Duo in the Batcave to figure out an answer is "dead pans". (:47) RD sings about Van Jones for some reason, who will have a viewing party of deadpan comedy while drinking lemonade. Riddler and goons are already there spiking the drink with "temperance liquid", reminding RD of a Popeye cartoon where Bluto sent him "punch cologne" that would cause people to punch him. In the end Popeye also punched himself, ah gyuk gyuk gyuk gyuk. 

Gordon and O'Hara are also affected while they are talkin' baseball.
Gordon: "Maury Will's better than Honus Wagner?"
O'Hara: "Fifty times better!"
Gordon: "You're an ignorant oaf, Chief O'Hara! I wonder why I keep you in my department!"
O'Hara: "Your Royal Highness, oftentimes I wondered why I don't resign!"
RD did research for once which made him agree with Gordon. I'm just glad they didn't have their argument involving sabermetrics. 

Batman's stunt double bumps into Pauline so she can call actual Batman "you clumsy brute!" 

Gordon: "The BORES a man in my position has to tolerate! Is it worth it? NYAHHHHHHH!"

Cue everyone fighting or cheering those fighting. Batman tries to tell Robin monitoring in the Batmobile but gets interrupted by Pauline (who is dressed as Bo Peep for some reason) who gasses him. Batman raises his arms dramatically as he calls for order from the citizens, then chases the Riddler's cameramen who miss their shots at him. Gun shots, not camera shots. 

But Riddler has Robin tied up to a conveyor belt leading into a circular saw about to slice him in two.

It was then that RD saw how perky Pauline was. He had to lighten his screenshot slightly so Vince can see it and assume West was all over her. RD gives her earlier redhead look 6 Batpoles, 6.5 as Bo Peep, and an "easy" 8.5 for this natural braless look. Vince gives her 9. Sherry Jackson started as a child actor (with a long run on The Danny Thomas Show) who transitioned into a few guest roles (including an appearance in a rather awkward episode of The Original Series Star Trek) before retiring in the 80s to become an acting teacher. 

Riddler is so happy he does a backflip and sets the conveyor belt speed to Real Fast."You said Batman would be here in no time, but will he be here IN time?" Then he gasses him again just because. 

RD shows Vince's books hanging around him and asks for his signature.

  • Special Guest Villain: The Riddler [4] (Frank Gorshin) [4]
  • SPEAKING OFs: 1. Church
  • Blue Van:
  • Screen Captures: 1. RD

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