The Batman

Season 1 Episode 9

The Big Dummy

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 27, 2004 on The CW
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Arnold Wesker is a ventriloquist who controls Scarface, a living puppet that has a whole other personality. Together, they pull off bank heists and Scarface promises this is their final one. Scarface, along with two knuckle head muscles, plan on stealing a gold reserve from Gotham Bank. Batman tries to stop the puppet and his lackeys. Meanwhile, Alfred plays matchmaker for Bruce.moreless

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Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Arnold Wesker / Scarface

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John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Rhino / Mugsy

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Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale


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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Considering Batman spends most of his time trying to get things OFF of train tracks, it seems a little odd that his plan this time was to get Scarface hit by a train. Batman was quite lucky it didn't derail the train, wasn't he?

    • In this episode, Scarface can barely use his arms, but in "The Big Velvet" he is shown to be capable of swinging a miniaturized chainsaw. Whilst this could be considered a sign of Wesker's lack of experience with manipulating the dummy, during the scene where the TV announcer explains Wesker's criminal past in "The Big Velvet", an image is shown of Wesker cowering from a spotlight whilst Scarface holds twin bags of money, presumably set before this episode.

    • So, is Scarface alive, or a dummy? I mean, at one point, he talks and moves his jaw without the Ventriloquist having him on his hand, but he has to rely on his Ventriloquist to slap Batman. (Reply: As a ventriloquist, Wesker can throw his voice to make it appear that Scarface is speaking when the two are separated. As for the mouth, most likely it was a reflex from the mechanisms inside the dummy that made it move as they tried to settle into place. Considering the amount of movement that Wesker/Scarface had to go through, and the usual spring-loaded gear or pully system used for most ventriloquist dummies, it's very plausible that the movement of Scarface's mouth was unintentional and coincidental to the words that Wesker made him 'speak'.)

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  • NOTES (10)


    • Scarface: It's time for the phoenix to rise.
      Scarface is making reference to the famous mythical tale about the phoenix rising. The phoenix is a crimson, gold, and purple bird with sweeping tail and jeweled eyes. It lives in a distant garden of flowers and crystal springs. When its wings become heavy with age, the bird builds a nest of spices, herbs, and resin in the top of a date palm. The heat of the sun ignites the twigs, and the phoenix stands in the flames with outspread wings, thus it burns to ashes. In cool starlight, a young phoenix forms in the remains of its parent. The reborn bird rises with the rising sun and spreads its bright new wings to greet the day. It flies high with youthful strength, followed by all the birds of the air. Its own parent and its own child, the only one of its kind in the world, the aged phoenix dies and is reborn over and over again through all eternity.

    • Scarface: Say hello to my little friend.
      This line is spoken by Al Pacino during a gun battle in the movie, Scarface.