The Batman

Season 3 Episode 4

A Fistful of Felt

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Oct 08, 2005 on The CW
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Episode Summary

After his most recent crime spree, Arnold Wesker is taken to Arkham and apparently "cured" by Dr. Hugo Strange. A new career as a children's entertainer lies before Wesker ... but can he escape the shadow of Scarface?

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  • Another installment of a typical Scarface story.

    Just like usual, Scarface and the Ventriloquist were separated, and the Ventriloquist had the chance to reform his ways. He did, only to find Scarface back after some time away.

    One thing that attracted me to the Batman is the fact that it is a new take on Batman: The Animated Series. The whole thing they did with Clayface and even Mr. Freeze kept me watching. But this whole plot has been done before by Bruce Timm and the Batman: TAS crew.

    But it did set up Doctor Strange as a villain.moreless
  • Not the best episode of the series. Was it me, or did the "Discoverdrome" look a little like the Hall Of Justice from the Superfriends cartoon?

    I am not a very big fan of Scarface and the Ventriliquist. Not in this series, or the other incarnations of Batman or even the comics. The episode was OK, but not the the greatest at all by a long shot. This being the third series, needs to introduce some fresh blood. Where's Two Face?
  • A very emotional and sad episode. The only episode of The Batman to make me tear up.

    This was a very rich and emotional episode. I really felt bad for both Arnold and for Mr. Snoots. This is the first time that you really see that Arnold (The Ventriloquist) is a good person. Watching him interact with Mr. Snoots brought a smile to my face. I realized that Arnold was truly happy with his new friend Mr. Snoots. It becomes very sad when Dr. Strange ruins Arnold's reformed life. This is the only episode of The Batman that made me tear up. When you see Snoots get killed in the end of the episode, I felt so terrible for Arnold, and Snoots.moreless
  • A remake of another great Batman story is given its own look

    This is basically a newer version of the New Batman Adventures episode "Double Talk" in which Arnold is considered sane and goes through a mental breakdown that only Batman can try and help. What makes this episode worth watching is having Dr. Hugo Strange introduced as a new villain. Its also great to note that Adam West and Frank Gorshin who were co-stars in the 60's Batman TV Series both have voice characters in here. Frank Gorshin's voice performance here is very well done. I'm not a huge fan of the way the character is drawn here, mainly because I have been used to his comic book and DCAU look, but the voice helps make up for it. Its a sad episode in a sense, as we see that while Wesker is happy entertaining children, he's not cured, mainly cause he just replaced one dummy with another and its made even sadder when Strange brings Scarface back to him to drive him insane again.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Arnold Wesker/Scarface/Mr. Snoots

Guest Star

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio


Guest Star

Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin

Dr. Hugo Strange

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

the Joker

Recurring Role

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

The Penguin

Recurring Role

Adam West

Adam West

Mayor Marion Grange

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Strange: You have quite an interesting friend there, Mr. Wesker. Tell me, why do you allow him to speak to you that way?
      Scarface: The dummy's lucky I speak to him at all!
      Strange: Fascinating ...

    • Boy: Mr. Snoots, can I have a hug?
      Scarface: Kid, touch me and I'll destroy you.

    • Penguin: (to Wesker) A little old to be playing with dolls, eh?
      Scarface: Who are you calling a doll?! I'll make you eat that monocle!
      Wesker: (to Penguin) He's only goofing on ya.
      Scarface: (turning to Wesker) Perhaps you'd like to eat the monocle!

    • Batman: Free yourself, Wesker. You don't have to let Scarface control you.
      (Frees his right arm and makes a fist)
      Wesker: Sorry, sir, but you leave me no choice.
      Scarface: Will you just lie there, dummy?
      Wesker: Yes, sir, sorry.

    • Dr. Hugo Strange: For today's exercise, I want you all to reach deep inside your criminally insane minds and have a one-on-one with the innocent voice within.
      (Short pause)
      Joker: Mine's not talking ... must be a mime.

    • Wesker: (to Scarface) You?! How could you?! For once, I was happy! Why couldn't you stay out of my life?!

    • Batman: I don't approve of your methods, Strange.
      Dr. Hugo Strange: Says the man who dresses like a bat.

    • Scarface: Try whacking the Bat with something we're not stealing!

    • Batman: I see you're still carrying that dead weight.
      Scarface: Believe me, Batman, I tried ditching the bum, but he follows me everywhere I go.
      Batman: I was talking to the Ventriloquist.

  • NOTES (11)


    • The Godfather: Part II

      As Wesker, tied to the train tracks, denies that he double-crossed him, Scarface replies, "I know it was you... you broke my heart. You broke my heart!" In The Godfather: Part II, Al Pacino (who has also played a villain named Scarface) as Michael Corleone confronts his brother, Fredo, about having betrayed him. He says the same line before giving Fredo the Sicilian "kiss of death."

    • Scarface: Voice
      The voice of Scarface, in turn, sounds like Krusty the Clown, who is also voiced by Castellaneta.

    • n/a: Chucky
      The locomotive on Wesker's advertisement has "Chucky" written on the side - a reference to the murderous, malevolent doll in the 'Child's Play' horror movie series.

    • Title: A Fistful of Felt
      The title is a reference to the Clint Eastwood Western A Fistful of Dollars. The final showdown in the TV studio is on a Western set.

    • Mr. Snoots: Voice
      Mr. Snoots sounds just like Barney on The Simpsons. Dan Castellaneta voices that role as well as Mr. Snoots here.