Batman: Season 2, Episode 26

It's How You Play the Game (1 Dec. 1966)

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With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Madge Blake ...
Aunt Harriet Cooper (credit only)
Milton Frome ...
Laughing Leo
Timothy Scott ...
Messy James
John Mitchum ...
Rip Snorting
Kathryn Minner ...
Old Lady
Okie Annie


With his special truck finished, Shame goes to work on his final caper - the theft of four prize cattle worth over one million dollars. Batman and Robin deduce his plan, but realize they are too late to stop him and too slow to catch him. With little left to go on, the Dynamic Duo employ their "bat-logic" to try to figure out his next move. Written by Twenty Penguins

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1 December 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Batman and Robin are climbing the side of a building, Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes pops his head out of a window and talks to the Dynamic Duo. It's not only odd to have the heroes of this show talking to a character from a different time period, but this was one of the first times a taboo had been broken, namely using a guest from a show on a rival network (Batman was shown on ABC TV and Hogan's Heroes on CBS TV). Batman even says, "Be sure to say hello to Colonel Hogan from us." See more »


True to the "sanitization" of television violence in this era, although Robin is shot by Shame, and Batman subsequently cuts the embedded bullet out of Robin's heel with his Batknife, there's not a trace of blood to be seen anywhere. See more »


Robin: Holy guacamole!
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4 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Holy Toreador!"

Batman corrects him about how it is Matador (Batman uses his purple cape to steer a herd of bulls out harm's way!), so Robin replies, "Holy matador then!" The second part to the "Shame saga" is "How to Play the Game" with Batman and Robin trying to outwit (shouldn't be too difficult, but he's craftier than they probably thought) auto-theft villain Shame in his scheme to build a super-engine so he can have a vehicle faster than the batmobile. "You are never too young to learn the difference between good and evil." This is told to little "Mr. Pecos" Andy by Batman (spoken in that mock-serious tone Adam West is known for)on bended knee about not associating with the likes of Shame (it is wonderfully cheesy as if a moral lesson commercial for all little kids who might have been watching). "We've set another youth on the road to a brighter tomorrow." It's just too funny! This episode produces not only Shame, the "Conniving Cowboy of Crime", but Laughing Leo(Milton Frome), the used car salesman, as well as, Hot Rod Harry(Jack Carter), the radio jockey at K-G-C. "Don't stand there chewin' your cud and spit it out, boy!" Shame becomes furious when Leo tells him that Batman and Robin survived the stampede. He was so mad that a temper tantrum erupts with Okie Annie proclaiming, "He's angrier than a hyena with laryngitis". "Holy guacamole!" Yes, through a spot of avocado and chili on a steering wheel, Batman and Robin perplexingly determine where Shame ate at! "Holy bat-logic." Baticillin lozenges actually heal bullet wounds, who'd a thunk it? Batman determines that the western studio town would be the place Shame would return to leading to an ambush where the villain "plugs" Robin with a bullet to the ankle. Thanks to the lozenges, he's back on his feet in no time! Prize Black Angus cattle are the apple of Shame's eye, worth $300,000 a piece, that super-engine would be easy to build then. "Get it." "Got it." "Good." Unbelievably, Shame and his cohorts successfully steal the cattle and take them to the KO Coral (haha!) at the Gotham City Stockyards, with Batman and Robin on their tails. "The Town ain't big enough for the both of us." Will Batman, unarmed, be able to survive a gunfight with armed Shame? "I got you covered six ways to Sunday." It looks like Batman and Robin are in for quite a showdown with Shame and his posse, including the Boy Wonder getting "pump primed" (a water pump is used to choke him!). "Good grief." I agree with Shame when the consummate moralist, Batman tells Andy that if he trades in his cowboy costume for a batman costume for reasons dealing in being a good citizen. Ugh.

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