Batman

Season 1 Episode 15

The Joker Goes to School

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 02, 1966 on ABC
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The Joker Goes to School
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The Joker strikes at the high school level when his rigged vending machines gives out stocks, bonds, and silver dollars. It's all part of his sinister scheme to blackmail the school basketball team, but The Dynamic Duo are on the scene... only to fall into The Clown Prince's trap.

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  • Enjoyable

    7.5
    Not the greatest episode, but fun to see Dick Grayson meet Batman for the first time. Lorenzo Semple weaves in a nice theme here: study hard and be like the Dynamic Duo. Be and slacker and wind up a criminal. Not universally true but a noble message to preach.
  • Three lemons = Zap!!

    9.0
    Interesting episode in which the Joker buys an old slot machine company and uses it as a hideout to lure high school kids into a life of crime, using vending machines to dispense money, stocks and bonds instead of products (oh yes, let's not forget the armed jukebox). Batman and Robin go to the school at night to try and catch the Joker but he catches them, straps them to electric chairs while a slot machine determines their fate. 3 lemons = 50,000 volts of electricity. Fortunately a power failure foils the plot. They later determine that the head cheerleader, Susie, is part of the gang. The Joker sends her to put exam answers in the vending machine along with some perfume which she does not know is poison. Batman and Robin save her, she reveals that the Joker intends to catch the basketball players holding the exam answers via his camera and the Dynamic duo foil the Joker again.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

Neil Hamilton (I)

Neil Hamilton (I)

Commissioner James W. Gordon

Stafford Repp

Stafford Repp

Chief O'Hara

Madge Blake

Madge Blake

Aunt Harriet Cooper

Kip King

Kip King

Nick

Guest Star

Greg Benedict

Greg Benedict

Two Bits

Guest Star

Bryan O'Byrne

Bryan O'Byrne

Principal Schoolfield

Guest Star

Cesar Romero

Cesar Romero

The Joker

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Joker: (Answering his phone) Hello, hello? Give me the sign.
      Susie: How do you stop a dog from barking in July?
      Joker: Countersign. Shoot him in June. Very good. (laughs)
      Susie: Listen, Batman and Robin just drove into the parking lot.
      Joker: What?! The Dynamic Duo at school?
      Susie: That's right, Joker. What'll I do, take it on the lam?

    • Aunt Harriet: (After Bruce is asked to run for mayor) It's funny. He comes to you with the same offer every two years. You'd think they'd get it through their heads you're not interested.

    • Batman: And if it's three lemons, which the percentages says is the more likely?
      Joker: Fifty thousand volts of electrifying electricity, my fettered fatman. Automatically on the third lemon.
      Robin: Holy fruit salad!
      Batman: Sorry, I don't approve in gambling.

    • Narrator: Horrors!! One Lemon!! Double Horrors!! Two Lemons!! And if it's a third... instant and inescapable 50,000 volts!! Close your eyes! Who dares to see it?? Try us tomorrow! Same Bat-Time!! Same Bat-Channel!!

  • NOTES (2)

    • In November 1965, Semple concocted a new villain named The One-Armed Bandit, "whose peculiar kick is gimmicked coin machines of all sorts." The idea ultimately wound up in these episodes with Joker in charge of the One Armed Bandit Novelty Company and vending machines that churned out silver dollars, quarters, answer sheets to exams and knockout gas.

    • The Joker originally was scheduled to be the first "Bat Villain" to appear, but a scheduling conflict prevented Cesar Romero from appearing on the debut episode.

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