Season 2 Episode 1

Shoot a Crooked Arrow

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 07, 1966 on ABC
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The Archer is on the loose in Gotham and robs Bruce Wayne.

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  • A interesting start to season two.

    The Archer makes an appearance in this season two openener but wasn't the best villian. He got the drop on Batman more than once but you get a sense that he isn't that good to be able to do that.

    Also was the fair citizens of Gotham. The first time The Archer gave them stolen money they returned it and was praised by Gordan. Later the Archer did it again and this time the people bailed him out of jail. My gosh, are the people of Gotham that easily swayed?

    Alfred made a cool contribution to the episode and arrow shot for arrow shot was the equal of the villian. He must have split the Archer's arrows three times before getting caught.

    They should have started the season with a more well known villian, but this will do.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The action titles for this and the subsequent episode are in Old English and include such gems as Zap-eth!!, Thwape!!, and !ox?-eth!!

    • There appears to be a deleted scene, generating a continuity goof. Batman and Robin are caught in the net, and Batman says that he'll cut them free. The camera immediately cuts away. When Archer and his gang come down a minute later, Batman and Robin are unconscious for no apparent reason.

    • Batman says that Dick Clark is from Philadelphia because of the way he speaks. In reality, Dick Clark was born in Mount Vernon, New York but moved to Philadelphia where he was a disc jockey and eventually started American Bandstand.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Narrator: Doth this foul deed spell finis for the Caped Crusaders? Willst The Dynamic Duo escape to fight again the villainous swine who threaten home and hearth? Take heart, citizens. The answer to these and other pointed inquiries tomorrow! Same Bat-Time! Same Bat-Channel!

    • The Archer: (About Maid Marilyn) That's what I get for aligning myself with a kindergarten dropout.

    • Robin: That Archer sure is a tough cookie, Batman.
      Batman: "Stale" is a better adjective, Robin.

    • The Archer: I'm going to rob from the rich and give to the poor.
      Batman: How unoriginal!

    • Batman: He's from Philadelphia.
      Dick Clark: How did you know?
      Batman: You dipped your dipthong. People from Philidelphia are known for that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • A villain named "The Archer" first appeared in Superman #13 (November-December 1941). The criminal wore a green archer's costume and worked alone, extorting money from wealthy victims whom he would murder if they refused to pay.

    • Beginning this season, all of the action word titles which appear during the climactic fight sequences were inserted in-between scenes, as opposed to being superimposed over scenes like the first season and the movie, due to cutting down the massive budget devoted to camera and art work.


    • Archer: Parting is such sweet sorrow.
      Referencing the famous line from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2. The full line is "Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."

    • Alfred: I was known as the William Tell of Liverpool.
      Referencing the 15th century Swiss folk hero first mentioned in White Book of Samen (1475). A legendary marksman, Tell is forced to shoot an apple from his son's head so that a tyrannical ruler, Gessler, will spare Tell and his son. Tell escapes, later kills Gessler, and leads a rebellion against the Hapsburg emperors, creating the Swiss Confederation.

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