Smack in the Middle

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 1/13/66
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  • Episode Description
  • Batman attempts to contact Robin but with no luck. Riddle copies Robin's face for Molly who infiltrates the Bat-Cave but falls to her death when Batman discovers her. Batman frees Robin. The Riddler goes after the Mammoth of Moldavia. The Dynamic Due pursues and captures the Mole Hill Mob as Riddler escapes in an explosion.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam West

    Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

  • Alan Napier

    Alfred Pennyworth

  • Stafford Repp

    Chief O'Hara

  • Neil Hamilton (I)

    Commissioner James W. Gordon

  • Lorenzo Semple Jr.

  • Fan Reviews (4)
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    By BatmanChris, Jan 02, 2014

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Riddler: (removing a mold from Robin's face) I must say, this youth's face makes an excellent impression.
      Molly: You sure are a card, Riddler.
      Riddler: Yes, my pretty. In this little game, I'm the Ace of Trumps.

    • Robin: Don't fall for it, Batman. It sounds too easy! I'll get myself out of this the same way I got in it!

    • Batman: If this gas ignites, it'll blow you to Kingdom Come, you venal viper!

    • Riddler: (Entertaining the guests at the party) Did you hear about Greta Garbo? She dreamed one night she sprinkled 6 boxes of grass seed in her hair and woke up moaning: "I vant to be a lawn!"

    • Batman: (Having failed to rescue Molly) What a terrible way to go-go!

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    Notes (4)

    • William Dozier originally auditioned people to narrate the series, but when none of them seemed to fit, he decided do it himself.

    • For the first 2 seasons, a tag preview of next week's villain followed every Part 2 episode, except the pilot.

    • This is the only occurrence of the whole Batman TV series of a Batvillain escaping apprehension.

    • Aunt Harriet speaks her first lines of dialogue on the series in this its final minutes!

    Trivia (10)

    • When Batman swings up to rescue Molly, the rope goes noticeably slack as he reaches the top, even though his full weight is supposedly on it.

    • This is the only episode in which a named character (Molly) was actually killed (save for the few times Catwoman was killed, but she has 9 lives...).

    • Lyle Waggoner was originally cast as Batman and filmed for a screen test. Waggoner later went on to play as a regular on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967-1974 and then as Major Steve Trevor on Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter.

    • The exterior shots of Wayne Manor were really filmed at 380 South San Rafel Ave, Pasedena, CA.

    • The scene of the Batmobile leaving the Batcave to race the remaining 14 miles to Gotham was really filmed at Bronson Cavern in Hollywood Hills. This cave was used in many horror films including Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Allied Artists, 1956). The problem they ran into when filming the scene was that the Batmobile was just about the same width as the cave entrance. To keep from ripping the fenders off of George Barris's creation, they undercranked the cameras so it could come out slowly and then later speed up the film to give the illusion of speed!

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    Allusions (1)

    • Riddler: (after Batman and Robin burst from the Moldavian mammoth) A Trojan mammoth!
      This a reference to the Trojan horse that the Greeks left behind to capture Troy by stealth.

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