The Batman

Season 1 Episode 9

The Big Dummy

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 27, 2004 on The CW
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Episode Summary

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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  • Nostalgia hits again.

    Arnold Wesker seems to be an extreme case of split personality, split with his dummy Scarface. Him and two other men are stealing construction parts and chips to build up for their big heist. Though in the process, Alfred hooked Bruce Wayne up with an online date. However, Batman is unable to attend his Bruce Wayne side of things, for like Arnold and Scarface, his Batman side is the most dominant. In the end, Arnold was able to construct a large machine resembling Scarface. They robbed a bank, but Batman was able to stop him.

    Nostalgia hits once again. Fighting not be on par with past episodes, but the stories and villains are certainly getting better and better as the cartoon progresses. The whole concept of Arnold Wesker and Scarface is just so intriguing. It really isn't magic that Scarface is able to think for himself, but Arnold himself is in dire need of help due to his split personality. Even more interesting that his other half is shared with his ventriloquist side of him. How this intertwines with Bruce and Batman was also pretty interesting.moreless
  • An ex-ventriloquist transfers all of his bottled-up anger into his favourite puppet, Mr. Scaface, and becomes a criminal genius.

    What can I say?

    After a run of three truly awful episodes, we are given this great piece of Batman mythology.

    With two all-star actors in the roles of the shows villains, this episode is probably one of the best so far.

    Dan Castellaneta (Homer & Others from "The Simspsons") and John DiMaggio (Bender & Otehrs from "Futurama") are perfectly cast as Arnold Wesker and his henchmen, Rhino and Mugsy (DiMaggio plays both thugs)!

    This epiosde is one of the best in the series, and almost makes it to the top episode in the series, only to be beaten by the series opener.

  • An ex-ventriloquist, Arnold Wesker, starts a crime career alongside his dummy, Scarface while suffering from multiple personality disorder. Now Batman must stop this quite insane villain from constructing an even bigger version of Scarface.moreless

    I'll admit it right here and now: I never liked the Ventriloquist. While he is a very original idea, a small squeaky man with a dummy that has all of the badass in it never seemed that intimidating to me. It just didn't work. But this episode, against my previous judgement, is decent. Not bad, not great, but decent. At least it's watchable, unlike the horrendous Q&A. Now, this storyline is all about Wesker deciding to make a massive metallic version of Scarface. While it seems like a fine plan, it just never caught on. It never seemed like a horribly villainous thing to do. And it brings out the fatal flaw in the Ventriloquist: It's extremely hard to find a sense of danger with a talking doll. Even if it's large an mechanical. The final battle was decent as well, but unfortunately wasn't anything special. However, to get away from the negativity, there were some funny and interesting moments of dialogue between Wesker and Scarface (?). This is where the Ventriloquist shines. His personality should be all about his personality disorder with Scarface, and the way he can't control his evil side being emitted through the doll. He shouldn't be biding his time building massive robots. Also, Scarface got a classic line from his obvious visual inspiration: "Say hello to my little friend!" Which was a nice touch. I'm not even going to comment on the supporting characters, because they are again being overshadowed. While this did recover from Q&A, it's still not emanating the quality seen in previous installments like Traction, The Big Chill and The Big Heat. I'm hoping to see more episodes like those, as well as the supporting cast make a bigger impact on the story, or else it will turn into a "villain of the week" kind of show.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Arnold Wesker / Scarface

Guest Star

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Rhino / Mugsy

Guest Star

Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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'.)

  • QUOTES (7)

  • 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.