When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 2/17/66
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  • Episode Description
  • While The Riddler's men escort King Boris and his statue back to Gotham, Batman manages to get his blowtorch from his utility belt and burn the armature, causing the reactor to short circuit and deactivate. The Dynamic Duo free themselves and returns to The Batcave. Believing he has spun The Duo to their deaths, The Riddler proceeds with his blackmail scheme: to use King Boris as an unwitting pawn by his placing the statue inside the museum, and inform Commissioner Gordon that, unless he's paid a million dollars he'll destroy The Queen Of Freedom Monument!Meanwhile, one of The Riddler's men by the name of Whitney, dresses up as Batman and pays a visit to Commissioner Gordon's office and Bruce Wayne, Batman and Robin have solved the last of The Prince of Puzzler's riddles, figuring out his scheme, and they set a trap for him inside the museum. The Riddler and The River Rats arrive to collect their cash -- only to find to their dismay that not only the statue containing the bomb isn't there, the satchel of money is phony! Suddenly, The Dynamic Duo appear from a balcony above, informing The King Of Criminal Conundrums that they've already deactivated the bomb, and then deactivate The Riddler and The River Rats themselves!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam West

    Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

  • Susan Silo


  • Reginald Denny

    King Boris

  • Burt Ward

    Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin: The Boy Wonder

  • Alan Napier

    Alfred Pennyworth

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Disappointing

    By BatmanChris, Jan 02, 2014

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Robin: Gosh, Batman. The utliity belt saves us again.

    • Riddler: Rats, I am a man of a few words, but a man of many Riddles, so Riddle me this: what is it that is always coming, but never arrives?! [No one answers] Quickly, quickly!
      Fangs: Uh, we ain't tuned in on the Riddle bit, chief!
      Mousey: Yeah! We give up! What is it that is always coming, but never arrives?
      Riddler: Tomorrow.
      Whiskers: Tomorrow?
      Riddler: Tomorrow. For when it arrives, it is today, and today, my dear rodents, should prove to be most memorable!

    • Riddler: So many people have tried. The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, The Joker. All masters of their craft, granted. But I, only I, have succeeded in ridding Gotham's criminal kingdom of The Dynamic Duo!

    • Riddler:(falling into Batman's trap) "What squeals louder than a caught rat? Answer: Several... caught... rats." I've been... outriddled.

    Notes (1)

    • Alan Napier (Alfred) is credited but doesn't appear.

    Trivia (2)

    • During the recap scene at the beginning of this episode, a sketch of The Riddler's waterworks hideout is supposed to shown, but instead a sketch of Dawn Robbins' penthouse apartment is shown which appeared in "The Penguin's a Jinx" from Season 1.

    • At the end of the episode the narrator says "next week the Joker returns". Next Week the Mad Hatter comes. The Joker returns the following week.

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