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Batman: It's the Way You Play the Game (2)

Batman and Robin are tied to a stake while a herd of cattle stampede towards them. Fortunately, Batman is prepared for this (as he is for everything) and knows how to divert a herd of stampeding cattle... Meanwhile, Shame reveals his true plot to steal four prized Black Angus cows from a rodeo, worth $300,000 each. He takes these to the KO Corral, where Batman meets him and his motley crew for a final confrontation.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x26
Production Number: 9729-II
Airdate: Thursday December 01st, 1966

Special Guest Stars
Cliff RobertsonCliff Robertson
As Shame (Special Guest Villain)

Guest Stars
Milton FromeMilton Frome
As Laughing Leo
Timothy ScottTimothy Scott
As Messy James
John MitchumJohn Mitchum
As Rip Snorting
Eric SheaEric Shea
As Andy (Andy Stevens)
Kathryn MinnerKathryn Minner
As Little Old Lady
Joan StaleyJoan Staley
As Okie Annie

Jack CarterJack Carter
As Hot Rod Harry
James McHaleJames McHale
As Guard
Werner KlempererWerner Klemperer
As Colonel Klink (window cameo)
Main Cast
Adam WestAdam West
As Bruce Wayne/Batman
Burt WardBurt Ward
As Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin The Boy Wonder
Alan NapierAlan Napier
As Alfred Pennyworth
Neil Hamilton (1)Neil Hamilton (1)
As Commissioner James W. Gordon
Stafford ReppStafford Repp
As Chief O'Hara
William DozierWilliam Dozier
voiced Narrator
Episode Quotes
Robin: Just a few seconds left, Batman, and there's no way out!
Batman: Courage, Robin. Keep your mask up.

Robin: Holy Toreador!
Batman: The word is "matador," Robin. "Toreador" is merely a word of convenience used by Bizet in his classic opera, Carmen.
Robin: Holy Matador, then.
Batman: Very apt.

Batman: There's a tiny green speck and an even tinier red speck on it, Robin. Here, take a look at this.
Robin: What do you think it is, Batman?
Batman: The red speck appears to be chili and the green speck appears to be avocado. Do you know that means?
Robin: That Shame is a sloppy eater?
Batman: Partly.

Robin: But he knows that we know about his hideout there!
Batman: Correct! However, knowing that, he'd think that we'd think he would not return there, therefore he did and so will we!
Robin: Holy Bat-Logic!

Messy James: But boss, how did you know?
Shame: I knew he'd think I'd think he'd think I'd think he'd come back here.

Robin: What's wrong, Batman?
Batman: They've already attained a substantial lead over us.
Robin. Plus with the speed of that truck, we'll never catch them now. And they have one great advantage over us.
Robin: Which is?
Batman: They know where they're going.

Laughing Leo: You wouldn't hit a man with glasses, would you?
Batman: You're not wearing glasses.
Laughing Leo: Oh, I'm not?
Batman: (Batman punches him) Laugh that off, Leo!

Cultural References
Shame takes the stolen cattle to the KO Corral. This is a pun reference to the OK Corral. The OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona is famous as the site of a gunfight between the Earps and Doc Holliday, ostensibly peace officers, and the Clantons, part of a collection of cowboys who also committed crimes, notably rustling. The events that led up to the gunfight and those it engendered are well outside the scope of a brief blurb such as this; these were interesting times (in both the American and Chinese senses of that phrase) that are well worth a read.

During their Bat Climb, the Duo chats with Colonel Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer), visiting the United States. Colonel Klink led (in the loosest possible sense) Luftstalag 13, a prisoner of war camp, in the CBS situation comedy Hogan's Heroes.

Timothy Scott's character Messy James is certainly a pun reference to Jesse James, the most famous member of a gang of outlaws (mostly stagecoach robbers) that operated for about a decade starting in 1866, just two years after the end of the American Civil War (in which James participated on the Confederate side). In 1882, a member of the gang named Robert Ford betrayed and murdered James for the reward money.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerWilliam Dozier
ProducerHowie Horwitz
Associate ProducerWilliam P. D'Angelo
Unit Production ManagerSam Strangis
MusicNelson Riddle
Music EditorSam Horta
Music SupervisorLionel Newman
Set DecoratorWalter M. Scott  |  Chester L. Bayhi
Post Production SupervisorJames Blakeley
Director of PhotographyHoward Schwartz
Production SupervisorJack Sonntag
Art DirectorRussell C. Menzer  |  Jack Martin Smith
Post Production CoordinatorRobert Mintz
Based On The Works OfBob Kane
Script EditorCharles Hoffman (1)
Film EditorNewell P. Kimlin
Assistant DirectorBill Derwin
Executive In Charge Of ProductionWilliam Self (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerCharles B. Fitzsimons
Sound Effects EditorHarold E. Wooley
Make-up SupervisorBen Nye
Script ConsultantLorenzo Semple, Jr.
Supervising Music EditorLeonard A. Engel
Theme MusicNeal Hefti
Men's WardrobeAndrew Pallack
Hair Styling SupervisorMargaret Donovan
Supervising Sound Effects EditorRalph Hickey
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