Batman

Season 1 Episode 3

Fine Feathered Finks

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 19, 1966 on ABC
8.9
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Fine Feathered Finks
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Awaiting release from prison, The Penguin schemes to get Batman to plan his crimes for him. Batman and Robin investigate the alias K.G. Bird. Batman as Bruce Wayne plants a bug at the umbrella store and is captured by The Penguin. Bruce is set for doom as he head to the furnace.

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  • Good Bat trap

    8.0
    The Bat trap at the end of this episode has become iconic, and defined every zany trap that went after it. Bruce is tied to a slow-moving conveyor belt which leads to a 1000-degree furnace. There's even a brilliant touch of irony when one of the villains, eyeing the bound Bruce Wayne, says to the other: "Ain't it a shame it ain't the Batman!"
  • The Penguin puts the heat on Batman

    7.0
    An ok episode where the Penguin, before getting out of jail hatches a plot to try to get Batman to be a bad guy by planting a bug on an umbrella. It works for a while until the feisty bird repeats something Batman said while in the batcave. Batman and Robin use the bug to say they will abduct the Penguin when he returns the actress he kidnapped to Wayne Manor when in reality they trace the bug to its source and surprise the Penguin when he comes back to his hiideout. The sequence with Bruce Wayne going undercover and getting tied to a conveyor belt heading for a firey furnace was a bit silly; a lot of the other cliffhangers on this show were much better.moreless
Adam West

Adam West

Bruce N. Wayne/Batman

Alan Napier

Alan Napier

Alfred Pennyworth

Stafford Repp

Stafford Repp

Chief O'Hara

Neil Hamilton (I)

Neil Hamilton (I)

Commissioner James W. Gordon

Burt Ward

Burt Ward

Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin: The Boy Wonder

Madge Blake

Madge Blake

Aunt Harriet Cooper

Walter Burke

Walter Burke

Sparrow

Guest Star

Lewis Charles

Lewis Charles

Hawkeye

Guest Star

Alex D'Arcy

Alex D'Arcy

Jewelry Shop Owner

Guest Star

Burgess Meredith

Burgess Meredith

The Penguin

Recurring Role

David Lewis

David Lewis

Warden Crichton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The giant umbrella is at an angle, both in the long shots when Batman swings up, and in the shots of Robin holding it steady. However, when Batman climb-walks up the central pole, it's straight up-and-down.

    • Warden Crichton says that he put a (implying one) video camera in The Penguin's cell. However, the video tape shows that there are multiple cameras in the cell, shooting the scene from different angles. Also they either have motion sensors or someone was actively moving them, because the cameras pan with The Penguin as he walks around.

    • Warden Crichton explains that he puts a video camera in the special cell to determine the extent to which an inmate is reformed. When the videotape is viewed in the Commissioner's office, it shows the Penguin is plotting to commit more crimes. First of all, did Warden Crichton even watch the tape before releasing the Penguin? He seems disappointed at the Penguin's attitude when viewing it in the Commissioner's office - as though he hadn't seen it before then. What is the point of going to the expense and trouble of trying to determine an inmate's state of mind at release if you do not use those resources?

      Secondly, after Robin comments that he's surprised the Penguin was released with that attitude, Commissioner Gordon chastizes him by reminding him that the Penguin's sentence was up and should have been released, regardless of his lack of remorse. If that's the case, the video cameras are, once again, a waste of time and money. The Penguin showed a clear intent to resume his criminal ways and was still released; attempts at reformation clearly hadn't worked for him.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Narrator: Just before 9 o'clock, on a bright sunny morning in Gotham City. The city seems to be serene and carefree, doesn't it? But let's keep our eyes on these little rascals.

    • Dick: Aw, heck! What's the use of learning French, anyway?
      Bruce: Dick, I'm surprised at you. Language is the key to world peace. If we all spoke each other's tongues, perhaps the scourge of war would be ended forever.
      Dick: Gosh, Bruce, yes. I'll get these darn verbs if the kill me.

    • Batman: You're dreaming Batman. It'll be a sad day for corkscrews when that crooked bird goes straight.
      O'Hara: You're dreaming Batman. It'll be a sad day for corkscrews when that crooked bird goes straight.

    • Narrator: Oh, the irony of it! The horror! The flaming end of the Caped Crusader. Can Bruce possibly escape?? For Batman's sake! Keep your Bat-Fingers crossed until tomorrow! Same Time! Same Channel!

  • NOTES (4)

    • David Lewis's first appearance as Warden Crichton.

    • Burgess Meredith and Cesar Romero were both the most frequent "guest villains" as The Penguin and the Joker, respectively. In fact, whenever Meredith was in town the producers had a script waiting for him. He had given up smoking for years when he was cast in the role of The Penguin. The squawk in his voice came from the way the cigarette smoke affected his lungs and throat.

    • Batman's origin was never specifically dealt with during the series. Bruce Wayne mentions the murder of his parents in episode #1, refers to an umbrella that belonged to his late father in #3, and recalls "the murder of my parents by dastardly criminals" in #82.

    • Based on "Partners in Plunder!" from Batman #169 (February 1965), written by France Eddie Herron; the only difference being The Penguin steals the jeweled meteorite (which was mentioned in the comic), instead of kidnapping Dawn Robbins (who didn't appear in the comic).

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Penguin: Well, good night, Big Brother.
      Referencing the novel 1984 by George Orwell, which introduced the concept of a "Big Brother" government agency that monitors the populace through near-omnipresent security cameras.

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