Season 2 Episode 1

Shoot a Crooked Arrow

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 07, 1966 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.