Batman: Season 2, Episode 40

That Darn Catwoman (19 Jan. 1967)

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The Catwoman manages to drug Robin. The junior member of the Dynamic Duo is now the Catwoman's mindless slave. Batman is on the trail of the sultry villain, but he's hampered by the fact he... See full summary »

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The Catwoman manages to drug Robin. The junior member of the Dynamic Duo is now the Catwoman's mindless slave. Batman is on the trail of the sultry villain, but he's hampered by the fact he can't harm his partner. Eventually, Batman is trapped by the Catwoman. He's in a giant trap and Robin is cutting the rope that will cause a giant mouse trap to snap on Batman. The Catwoman offers Batman a choice -- die by Robin's hand or agree to be subjected to the same drug. Written by Bill Koenig

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Lesley Gore introduced her hit song "California Nights" (written by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Liebling) on this episode. See more »

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Catwoman: Never thought the day would come when Robin would be my sycophant, did ya?
Aunt Harriet: [being tied up by Pussycat] Oh dear, is there anything left to believe in?
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References That Darn Cat! (1965) See more »

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California Nights
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Written by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Liebling
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IMO, the best episode of Season 2
3 April 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

I'm not a huge fan of Stanley Ralph Ross; he tended to camp things up a bit. That said, however, he did the first Catwoman episode back in March 1966, and he has written what has to be the best episode of Season 2.

Basically, Catwoman has a sidekick, Pussycat, who manages to drug Robin and have him join her gang. The episode is about Batman's efforts to rescue Robin.

What makes this episode work so well is the overall pace of the story, and it plays more like a Season 1 episode. The cast also helps, especially pop star Lesley Gore as Pussycat. Eerily, Catwoman tells Pussycat that she was a washed-up 20-year-old singer; her "California Nights" that she sings in this episode was her last major Top 40 hit, released around the time of this episode. Ms. Gore, incidentally, was a nice of producer Howie Horowitz, which likely explains her casting.

Julie Newmar is in fine form here as Catwoman, and so is the rest of the cast. Overall, one of the best episodes of the series, and likely the very best of Season 2!


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