Season 1 Episode 9

Zelda the Great

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 09, 1966 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Zelda, The Great returns to town to steal her yearly stash of money. On her visit she tricks Aunt Harriet into believing that Dick is hurt and lures her into a trap which leaves her suspended over a vat of boiling oil.

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  • Falls a bit flat for me

    Remarkable for its highly sexist take on Zelda - but to be expected for 1966.
  • Aunt Harriet abducted and held over a pot of boiling oil.

    Excellent performance by Anne Baxter (one of the best around) as a frustrated magician reluctantly turning to a life of crime. She robs a bank but Batman plants a false story in the papers that the money she stole was counterfiet. Zelda then kidnaps Aunt Harriet. Batman later relents that the story was false in order to save Aunt Harriet from the pot of boiling oil. Batman and Robin are then lured into a trap, an inescapable death chamber from which they free themselves, little realizing there are 2 gunman in hiding ready to shoot them until Zelda, feeling self-conscious about it all, warns them in time.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Gordon: The same strange pattern every year. Precisely $100,000 each April 1st.
      O'Hara: Glory be. I've got it. It's to pay his income taxes.
      Batman: A loyal taxpayer, stooping to criminal methods?
      O'Hara: Ah, sure, when you put it that way.
      Gordon: I fear you're growing cynical, Chief O'Hara, The notion of a faithful taxpayer robbing a bank is clearly ridiculous.

    • Robin: (to Batman) Holy backfire! What have they done to poor Aunt Harri... (Robin notices a guy near them) What have they done to that Miss Cooper? (cuts to Zelda the Great's hideout as Zelda is present with Aunt Harriet in a straitjacket and hanging over a vat of boiling oil)
      Narrator: Holy backfire's right. Aunt Harriet has just one hour!! What'll it be?? Splash or salvation?? Hold a hopeful breath for Aunt Harriet until tomorrow night. Same Bat-Time!! Same Bat-Channel!!

  • NOTES (4)