Batman

Season 1 Episode 4

The Penguin's a Jinx

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 1966 on ABC

Episode Recap

Bruce Wayne's burning feet revive him just in time and he retrieves a cigarette lighter from his pocket his containing a lifetime supply of butane gas and throws it into the fire. A sudden blast ensues, eating up the oxygen, putting the furnace out and throwing Bruce free from the net to make his escape. Later at The Batcave, the Penguin and his Finks eavesdrop on Batman and Robin and listen as they figure out that Dawn Robbins is going to be kidnapped at her penthouse apartment. Batman discusses the whole scheme and then head to Dawn Robbins. They notify her that she is in danger and she agrees to let them stay and stake-out the place.
The plot goes beautifully. The Penguin, Hawkeye and Sparrow swing across to Dawn Robbin's terrace on giant umbrellas; Penguin enters through the screen door while one of his Finks places a giant magnet by the door. The Penguin gasses Dawn. As Batman and Robin try to stop him from kidnapping her, the magnet is turned on and they are pulled to it due their utility belts' metal. Batman and Robin escape with the aid of a passing bellboy and return to Wayne Manor to clip Penguin's wings once and for all.
Knowing Penguin is listening in through the umbrella's bug, they announce that the ransom will be paid at Wayne Manor and Batman and Robin will be waiting inside the armor statues in the entrance hall. The Penguin goes to Wayne Manor and returns the actress. He then uses his gas-umbrella to knock out anyone inside the statues. He returns to his hideout to find out that Batman and Robin were waiting there—where there had been dummies inside the statues all along. The Penguin is apprehended and returns to his cage.