The Batman

Season 3 Episode 11

The Apprentice

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 11, 2006 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Inspired by the Batman/Batgirl partnership, the Joker decides to recruit his own sidekick, a classmate at Barbara's school, and eliminate Batgirl and Batman.

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  • In this episode Joker finds an sidekick in the form of the class clown in Barbara's grade

    This has to be probably one of the best episodes in the show. The plot has a few kinks but it is still great. I think it reflects on what kids will do for attention nowadays if persuaded correctly. I think it felt kind of like the B:TAS episode "Be A Clown", but not to the degree were I couldn't stop thinking about the episode. I am, however not convinced that Prank was willing to become Prank so quickly and he did not have more inspiration and reasons about it. Also I think the Jokers being used way to much along with Penguin. This episode was good but this shows Jokers face is starting to sicken me. The Apprentice is definetly reccomendedmoreless
  • The Joker is upset that Batman has a partner, he decides that he wants one too! So the Clown Prince discovers a kid in Barbra\'s class who would fit perfectly! PRANK IS BORN!moreless

    This episode is GREAT!! The Apprentice is truly one of the best episodes in the series. The whole plot about Joker wanting a sidekick and then turning this kid into his sidekick....PRANK! The episode is brilliantly written, just outstanding. Like always the Joker delivers. Kevin M. Richardson does a great job as the clown in this episode, it takes you back to Mark Hamill\'s days a the clown prince. Overall GREAT EPISODE:)moreless
  • Best of the series.

    Once again we have another episode hybrid. Apprentice pt.1-2+Be A Clown= The Apprentice. This episode, though a mix of two older episodes, was fantastic. Batgirl has much more screentime and dialogue in this episode over Batman. The characters were genius as well as the puns. The ending was indeed the best part of the episode. What the episode stated was true, the best ending is the one you don't see coming. Bravo to the Batman!moreless
Michael Reisz

Michael Reisz


Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

the Joker

Recurring Role

Adam West

Adam West

Mayor Grange

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (While Joker holds Prank over a tank filled with chemicals)
      Joker: Why so nervous? I mean, look how I turned out!

    • (While Batgirl is strapped to a giant gum ball)
      Joker: Launch away, Prank!
      Prank: If I do that ... she'll be ...?
      Joker: That's right! It will be hee-haw-larious!

    • Joker: (to Batgirl) The best punch line is the one you don't see coming.

    • Joker: Now, Prank. Remember what I taught you at the hideout.
      Batgirl: He's been to Joker's hideout? (to Batman) Why don't we have that kind of relationship?

    • Batgirl: Stop me if you've heard this one ... (kicks Joker) Should'a stopped me!

    • (After seeing how well Batman and Batgirl fight together)
      Joker: I want my own Mini-Me!

    • Batgirl: (as Joker tries to drop his ward into the chemicals) Let the kid go, Joker.
      Joker: (gleefully) I'm trying to!

    • Batman: We'll need to pick up on Joker's trail.
      Batgirl: Got it covered! (pulls out a tracking device) Popped a tracer on him.
      Batman: Property of Gotham P.D.?
      Batgirl: I borrowed Dad's. When you don't have access to the official Bat arsenal, you improvise.

    • Batgirl: You must have a secret hideout. Why can't we hang out there once in a while?
      Batman: Then it wouldn't be a secret.

    • Joker: It must be nice to have someone to watch your back. To mold in your own likeness. Well, if you have a sidekick, Batsy, I want one too.
      (Punch and Judy look at him)
      Joker: You two don't count! You're not sidekicks, you're goons.

  • NOTES (13)

    • This marks the first time a villan (Prank) permanently turns good.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: May 3, 2006
      Czech Republic: February 27, 2010 on TV Nova

    • When Donnie suggests trapping the Gotham PD in playing cards, Joker says "Been there, done that." This is a reference to season one's episode "Topsy Turvy".

    • The comedy club Joker's apprentice tries out at is called the Ha-Ha-Hacienda. In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Harlequinade," Harley uses that same term in reference to one of Joker's hideouts.

    • Alfred and Commissioner Gordon are absent in this episode.

    • This marks the first time a villian gets a sidekick in the series.

    • This marks the first time a villian of the series calls his henchmen 'goons'.

    • This marks the fourth appearance of Joker for the season, however he only had a cameo in 'A Fistful of Felt.'

    • This episode is similar to the DTV movie Return of the Joker from Batman Beyond. In the movie, Joker tortures Robin (Tim Drake) and turns him into Jay-Jay (or Joker Junior). He sort of planned to do the same to Donnie with his wanting a sidekick.

    • Prank is introduced.

    • Oddly enough, the whole "Joker wanting a Joker Junior" plan is similar to that of the flashback from the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker DTV movie.

    • The "Too Riddler" line Joker used while Prank was coming up with a joke to play on Gotham and Batman is the same line Joker used on Gotham Knight's "Mad Love." He, too, was trying to come up with a joke to play on Batman.

    • This is not the first time Joker causes havoc wearing a fireman outfit and driving a firetruck in a Batman cartoon. In the Static Shock / Gotham Knights crossover, he did the same thing. Even the fire truck look similiar to his on that show.


    • "Here you go, sonny boy!"

      This is said by the Joker in Bruce Timm's movie, Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker, to his apprentice, the Robin-turned-Joker, Tim Drake.

    • Joker: I want my own Mini-Me!
      Mini-Me is Dr. Evil's clone that was identical in every way except for being one-eighth his size. Verne Troyer played Mini-Me in the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and again in 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember.