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Batman: The Penguin's Nest (1)
Penguin has opened an exclusive restaurant, The Penguin's Nest, in Gotham serving the city's elite. There, they must order by writing down what they want and signing the ticket, "for reasons of efficiency" as the Penguin explains. Then he steals a diamond bracelet from Mrs. Cooper, throws a pie at Commissioner Gordon, and even apparently murders his own henchman! Does the cagey bird actually want to go to jail? And if so, why? Batman, of course, obliges him, but when the jail he's sent to doesn't meet his approval, Penguin stages a jailbreak that includes kidnapping Chief O'Hara and setting a deadly trap for the Dynamic Duo!
Robin: Have a heart, Chief, Penguin didn't mean any harm.
Commissioner Gordon: (mumbling through pie cream) Didn't mean any harm?
Chief O'Hara: Hittin' a Police Commissioner in the puss with a pie?
Robin: It's sure a shame, Batman. A restaurant with such terrific chow turning out to be a mere front for some criminal scheme.
Batman: Look at it this way, Robin. That $100 cover charge is pretty stiff. Penguin's "terrific chow" is hardly within the budget of the average worker.
Robin: Gosh, yes. You're right, Batman. All the needy people in the world, the hungry children.
Batman: Good thinking, Robin.
Lurch: Ohhhhhhhh. It's youuuuuu, Batman... gave me quite a start.
Batman: Yes, citizen, you may return to your harpsichord.
Robin: We're on official business!
Narrator: Cross-Fire and electrocution! Looks like the end! Have our heroes ever been in a nastier spot??? For the chilling climax, tune in tomorrow... Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel... Batman and Robin... Stay away! For your own sakes, stay away!!!
Batman: You're in here for violating the sanitary code.
The Penguin: What?!?
Batman: Article 69B, forbidding the discharge of umbrella guns in the kitchen of a licensed restaurant.
Cordy Blue, The Penguin's chef and henchmen,. probably takes his name from Le Cordon Bleu, a cooking school that has operated continuously (and currently, worldwide) since the late nineteenth century. The original restaurant opened in Paris, and took its name, in turn, from a chivalric order. The term is approximately French for "blue ribbon."
Maty Dee, The Penguin's head waiter (and henchman) takes his name from the French term maitre d', a contraction of maitre d'hotel, which is approximately "master of the hotel." The head waiter in finer restaurants bears this title.
appears in a window during the Bat Climb, portraying his character Lurch
, the butler on The Addams Family (1964)
. Alert viewers familiar with the show might anticipate his appearance, since the theme from that show, arranged for harpsichord, can be heard playing softly for the few moments of the Bat Climb before he appears. His comment, that Batman "gave him a start" is ironic, since on his own show he usually scares visitors to the Addams house, usually unintentionally.