Batman

Season 3 Episode 1

Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 14, 1967 on ABC
9.3
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Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin
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The Penquin kidnaps Barbara Gordon and plans on marrying her. Batman & Robin track down the Penquin and with the help of Batgirl, the new crimefighter in town, fights him.

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  • A woman crimefighter...is the world ready? :)

    8.7
    The Penguin decides to kidnap the daughter of the police commissioner and force her to marry him so he will have immunity. Clever but only if it works. Sure, Penguin was counting on Batman and Robin to make trouble but then Batgirl (yes, you heard right, Batgirl) comes onto the scene. And then there is Alfred, the keeper of secret identities. Gets involved by posing as a minister and Batgirl (aka Barbara Gordon) does not know this when she trusts him with her true identity. When she finds out later that he is not a man of the cloth, she commends him for taking the place of the real minister but makes him promise not to tell anyone.moreless
  • One Batman is better than none.

    9.0
    The return of Batman, even a one day a week version is still something to be happy about and there is an excitement over the idea of the Dynamic Duo becoming the Terrific Trio. The episode's strength lies in the introduction of Batgirl, not in the story. Sadly, the stories don't get any better, for the most part, during this final season.



    Another problem with the one episode per week season is that, as shown with the Penguin in this episode, the villain becomes more of a pain in Batman's side than an actual threat. Penguin kidnaps Barbara Gordon. The Riddler fixes fights. The Joker fixes a surfing competition. No quests to dominate Gotham or the world. The money schemes are pathetic and thus take away from the excitement of the show.moreless
Adam West

Adam West

Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

Burt Ward

Burt Ward

Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin The Boy Wonder

Alan Napier

Alan Napier

Alfred Pennyworth

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Barbara Gordon/Batgirl [ season 3 ]

Stafford Repp

Stafford Repp

Chief O'Hara

William Dozier

William Dozier

the narrator

Jon Walter

Jon Walter

Henchman #1

Guest Star

Jonathan Troy

Jonathan Troy

Rev. Hazlitt

Guest Star

Elizabeth Harrower

Elizabeth Harrower

Drusilla

Guest Star

Burgess Meredith

Burgess Meredith

The Penguin

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, it is established that Barbara Gordon is Commissioner Gordon's only child, and she has no children. However, in "The Bat's Kow Tow," Gordon says that he has grandchildren.

    • It's interesting that Commissioner Gordon, Chief O'Hara, Bruce and Dick are in Barbara's apartment next door to where she is being held. Yet they do not hear the gun shots that the thugs make when demonstrating what will happen to the Commissioner if Barbara does not marry the Penguin!

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Bruce Wayne: How does it feel to have a license?
      Dick Grayson: Well, it's gonna be a little easier on Batman now that Robin can drive the Batmobile.

    • Batman: Well, we've managed to clip Catwoman's claws once again. She won't be troubling Gotham City for a long while.
      Robin: She sure led us a chase, Batman. If I never hear another one of those meows it will be too soon.
      Batman: I'm afraid your eardrums aren't going to get much of a rest, or had you forgotten that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson invited Chief O'Hara and Commissioner Gordon to the opera tonight?

    • Batman: I think you should acquire a taste for opera, Robin, as one does for poetry and olives.

    • Batgirl: (to Alfred) You tricked me into revealing my secret by posing as a minister!

    • Alfred: (To Batgirl) Very well, you have my word as a gentlemen's gentlemen, that no one will ever learn your secret from me.

    • Batman: It's Alfred's emergency belt buckle Batcall signal. He's in trouble.

    • Bruce: (As Dick prepares to take his first drive after obtaining his license) Remember, this is not the Batmobile.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The "Barbara Gordon" version of Batgirl was specifically created for the series and was later written into the comic books. Several years later, Barbara was shot and left a paraplegic by the Joker in the graphic novel The Killing Joke. Also, Aunt Harriet remained a semi-regular character in the comics until she was phased out in the mid-1970's.

    • Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) wasn't the first heroine in the Bat-comics. Batwoman (a.k.a. Kathy Kane) made her debut in Detective Comics #233 in July 1956. In April 1961 DC Comics introduced Batwoman's niece Betty Kane (who had a thing for Dick Grayson until 1983) a.k.a. Bat-Girl in Batman #139. Both Batwoman & Bat-Girl were gone in 1964, but were back in 1977 as guest stars in the comic book spin-off Batman Family stariing Robin & Batgirl which debuted in 1975 and ended in 1978. Tragically, Kathy Kane/Batwoman was killed off in Detective Comics #485 ("The Vengeance Vow," August-September 1979) in which she was treacherously slain by The League Of Assassins.

    • The Batgirlcycle was reconstructed out of a Yamaha YDS-5E. In the presentation reel, Batgirl rode a black, less feminine cycle.

    • The showcasing of next week's villains at show's end attempted to bridge the gap between the episodes, now that the show was seen once a week.

    • In this episode, Barbara Gordon has recently returned from four years of college, and Richard Grayson gets his driver's license on his birthday and can now drive The Batmobile!

    • This season, all of the action word titles which appear during the climactic fight sequences were still inserted in between scenes, with an added twist: they now flash.

    • Producer Howie Horwitz made a 7 minute film, which was never aired, introducing the Batgirl character, with aide from The Dynamic Duo in confronting the villain, the Killer Moth, in order to convince ABC that the addition of the new character would help the ratings. The network liked it and decided to give the Batman TV series a chance at a third season.

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