Batman: Season 1, Episode 2

Smack in the Middle (13 Jan. 1966)

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The Riddler fashions a mold of the face of the unconscious Robin. He contacts Batman with two more riddles. The Riddler tells Batman if he can solve the riddles, he'll know where Robin is. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Madge Blake ...
Michael Fox ...
Inspector Basch (credit only)
Damian O'Flynn ...
Gideon Peale (credit only)
Ben Astar ...
The Moldavian Prime Minister
Jack Barry ...
The Newscaster (credit only)


The Riddler fashions a mold of the face of the unconscious Robin. He contacts Batman with two more riddles. The Riddler tells Batman if he can solve the riddles, he'll know where Robin is. At the same time, Molly dons a Robin costume and a mask. Her task is to trick Batman into taking her to the Batcave. She succeeds but Batman had seen her disguise (but not for the reason most male viewers would guess). Trying to flee Batman, she panics and falls into the Batcave's atomic reactor. Batman rescues the real Robin but the Riddler escapes once more. Batman must solve additional riddles to find the villain's target -- the Moldavian pavilion at the world's fair where an ancient mammoth -- with jewels on the outside and priceless postage stamps inside -- is on display. Written by Bill Koenig

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13 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The scene in which the Riddler and "Molly" are escaping from the burning car was the very first scene filmed in this series. See more »


Robin: [Batman crashes into the Riddler's lair through an exploding wall] Holy Smoke!
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.................................Will The Riddler Still Laugh?
15 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We have already seen..................................

Yeah, we have seen the first half of the first adventure of this new BATMAN TV Series. Well, now with Robin kidnapped, what will happen next? Well, Molly, who was masquerading as Robin, manages to fall into the Atomic Power Source of the Bat Caves Super Computer. Robin is reunited with Batman and confront Riddler and Gang back at the Moldavian Pavilion of the Gotham World's Fair. Riddler is caught in explosion of 'Laughing Gas', and presumed to have been killed. Or, was he? Now that both halves of the story were presented for our viewing, it seemed that everything made sense. That would include even the "Camp" Humor of the series.

The 'Camp' aspect was soon accepted by just about everybody in its audience. That the stories had these two levels that they operated on, often causes one to overlook the well written scripts that these episodes had. If you don't believe it, just try to go over the stories and subtract anything that was 'Campy' or otherwise humorous. You will have a really good, exciting action story. And this goes especially for any of those here in the "Second Season" of ABC's '65-'66 TV Season.

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