The Batman

Season 4 Episode 8


Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 10, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

The Bat Team goes up against an unstoppable thief who knows their every move.

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  • Possibly the funniest I have ever seen. Also quite sad near the end.

    "Smooth move, colonol clutz": Francis completly cocks up a robbery but ,mysteriously, time reverses and he is able to complete the robbery without any mistakes. What will Batman be able to do against someone like that? The first episode of season four where you see Batgirl out of costume doesn't disappoint. You can finnally remember what Batgirl looks like without the costume, albeit only for about 20 seconds (no pun is intended), and the slight comic opening scene in front of the television at Wayne mansion introduces it nicely. Almost instantly Batman finds himself attempting to stop Francis commit another robbery. This leads to him being trapped under a load of barrels, it's been a barrel of laughs, Batman. "Oh wait, thats awful." (Time moves back a few seconds) "Better luck next time." The real comedy comes when Francis battles Batman, gets knocked to the ground in pain only for time to reverse itself and he blocks what Batman just did, tries to land a punch himself, Batman blocks and he is knocked down again. By describing it you don't really see how hilarious it is so you need to watch it to understand. What is also amusing is when he tries to use a clever wise crack e.g. when he avoids Batman's ice pellet his reply is: "Ice try, Batman. No, that's awful." (Time goes backwards) "Ice pellet? That's really cold. Ok, I'm not so good at these." Seconds is possibly the funniest episode I have seen yet it is also a Tearjerker near the end. Francis has a son called Matt who he hasn't seen for 20 years because of his sentence, he plans to take revenge on Gotham for taking him away from him. In an attempt to make him stop, Batgirl finds Matt and takes him to where Francis' plan is about to unfold. He has subdued Batman and Robin (and Batgirl when she arrives) and a poisonous gas is about to engulf Gotham, but Matt is there. Francis doesn't want to kill Matt, so when he starts choking he is overcome by grief, he screams in grief and fury. Then time shoots back to just before he stole the watch which sent him to prison, this time he doesn't steal it. This episode gives a relatively serious message: one mistake can ruin your life. Francis is lucky as he gets a second chance. We end Where it began: the entire team and Alfred in front of the television while Alfred tries to fix a clock. This time Francis is there and succeeds where Alfred failed to fix the clock. He now has a successful repairer ands very close to his son. One mistake can ruin your life, Francis learned that and, in the end, put it right.moreless
  • One of the best episodes yet

    Boy, I hate to spoil this episode, but it knocked my socks off by the time it was done. I'm not sure I've been moved by a Batman episode like this since "Heart of Ice" on the "real" Batman animated series. Sometimes Justice really is served.

    I see this series as a chance to take a new run at old characters and also to try new things that haven't been done in continuity. I'm not the Batman scholar I should be, but I think we've got a new villain here, and (if this episode is to mean anything), he won't be back. That makes this episode stand alone as a single piece that can be appreciated (or submitted for award consideration) by fans and first-timers alike.

    Overall, I've found the series consistently interesting, but hit and miss. Episodes like this or "The Laughing Bat" or the Clayface arc make it all worthwhile. If only they'd try that hard every week.moreless
  • Batman, Robin and Batgirl must stop a criminal who can stop and control time.

    "Seconds" is another great episode of "The Batman", and with its own twist and turns, as well as a good plot, this episode is worthy to be watched.

    While having some rest and relaxation, Batman, along with Robin and Batgirl, are confronted by a former clock maker name Francis Grey, who seems like a harmless person. But the trio soon realized that he's anything but harmless; Using the ability to stop and control time, Francis intends to kill all of Gotham citizens for his own misery, caused by his own actions 18 years ago. Now the Dark Knight must find a way to stop a criminal who can predict his and his partner's every move.

    Once again, season 4 of "The Batman" struck gold with "Seconds".moreless
Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Danielle Judovits

Danielle Judovits

Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Evan Sabara

Evan Sabara

Dick Grayson / Robin

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • According to the Batcomputer, Francis' family's last name is spelled Grey. However, at the end of the episode, the truck lists it as being spelled Gray.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Francis: All set, Mr. Pennyworth.
      Alfred: You're a miracle worker, Mr. Grey.
      Bruce: Sure you won't join us for eggnog?
      Francis: No thanks, Mr. Wayne. I have my own family to get home to.

    • Batman: It's not too late to make the right choice, Francis.

    • Francis: It's almost done, Beth. They stole you and Matt away from me, but soon, they'll pay.

    • Batman: Don't make all these innocent people suffer!
      Francis: But I was innocent too, Batman. Where's my justice?
      Batman: You made a choice eighteen years ago, and now you have to live with the consequences. Don't make another mistake!

    • Batman: I'm fine. Just a sudden sense of deja vu.
      Robin: Deja what?
      Batman: Deja vu. It's a French term, use it when you feel like you've experienced a situation before.
      Batgirl: "Rubin," by the way, is French for "duh!"

    • Alfred: Does anyone have any New Year's resolutions? Master Dick?
      Dick: I resolve to kick more butt!
      Barbara: I resolve to leave more butts unkicked. Got to leave some for Robin.

    • Batgirl: Why is it deadly chemicals are always green? Why can't they be pink?

    • Alfred: I don't believe Master Dick has moved in the five days since you gave him his Christmas gift.
      Barbara: I would have given him a book, but then he might have learned something.

  • NOTES (3)


    • This episode has a similar plot to Next, a 2007 movie starring Nicholas Cage. Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) has the power to see far into the future later in the movie.

      The episode and the movie have the same ending: it is revealed to us that Francis Gray and Cris Johnson realize the wrong choices they made and try to take other paths to the future.

      Next is based on the short story The Golden Man, which was written by Philip K. Dick in 1954.

    • Gray's scheme to gas thousands in Times Square on New Years' Eve recalls act three of the Batman: Gotham Knights episode "Holiday Knights". Joker planned to kill an unsuspecting crowd of revellers with a similar method, although with deadly sound waves, not poison gas.

    • During Francis' flashback of being in jail, he discovers that he can manipulate time and strains himself to control it, much like Hiro Nakamura from the NBC series Heroes.

      Additionally, at the end, the name of his clock making company is shown as "Gray and Son". This is almost identical to that of the Watchmaking company owned by the main villain of Heroes, "Gray and Sons".