Batman (1966–1968)
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The Joker Goes to School 

When a vending machine in a high school starts dispensing bizarrely valuable items, Batman discovers the Joker is behind this for mysterious reasons.



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Episode cast overview:
Robin / Dick Grayson
Madge Blake ...
Greg Benedict ...
Two Bits
Glenn Allan ...
Principal Schoolfield
Tim O'Kelly ...
Sydney Smith ...
Mr. Vandergilt


At Woodrow Roosevelt High School, a vending machine gives out money. Dick Grayson is there to witness it. Batman learns the vending machines are operated by a company bought by the Joker after being released from prison. The Joker and his gang are aided by Susie, a cheerleader at the school. In the course of their investigation, Batman and Robin are captured and placed in electric chairs. If a "one armed bandit" comes up the wrong way, they'll be electrocuted. Written by Bill Koenig

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2 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The clocks in the Batcave indicate that Gotham City is in the Mountain Time Zone, as the Gotham City clock is one hour behind the Chicago clock. See more »


Susie and the cheerleaders are practicing a cheer for a basketball game, but their cheer ends with the line, "Let's make a six!" There is nothing in basketball that would make this line make sense; the most points a team can score on any one possession is five (a three-point basket followed by two free throws, if the shooting player is fouled in the act of shooting but makes the three-pointer anyway). See more »


Robin: Holy Las Vegas! Where are we?
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Referenced in Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) See more »

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Corrupting the youth of Gotham City
21 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Joker Goes to School" is hardly the silly episode promised by the title (god help the third season), but another twisted Joker gag built upon corrupting the youth of Gotham City. One machine is discovered dispensing 20 silver dollars for a dime, another negotiable stocks and bonds, the Dynamic Duo wondering if indeed the green faced felon is involved. Demonstrating slides of the grinning gargoyle to the student body of Woodrow Roosevelt High, who should show up but the jovial jackanapes himself, loitering lawfully for just under two minutes, a clever ruse to avert suspicion elsewhere, where slot machines commit armed robberies! (once out of prison, Joker bought a controlling interest in the One Armed Bandit Novelty Co.) His partners in plunder are the Bad Pennies gang, all high school dropouts, hiding out behind the Easy Living Candy Store just off school grounds, orchestrating the robberies by automation when not devising clues to confound Batman. Our intrepid heroes are unaware that head cheerleader Susie (Donna Loren) is actually in league with Joker, luring her services by promising the finer things like furs or perfume. A clever ploy brings down the Caped Crusaders, ready to fry at midnight, trapped helpless in two electric chairs! Gorgeous Donna Loren, indeed still a teenager, was a singer and former Beach Party veteran, another cheerleader played by Linda Harrison, future Nova in "Planet of the Apes," a student body member played by Tim O'Kelly, later seen opposite Victor Buono's King Tut during the second season, but remembered as the deadly accurate sniper in Boris Karloff's "Targets."

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