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The Joker's Epitaph 

The Joker is now Vice Chairman of the Gotham National Bank, due to an unsuccessful plan of Batman's. He installs his robots as tellers, and despite his criminal past, seems to be running ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Cooper (credit only)
Phyllis Douglas ...
Josie Miller
Ed Deemer ...
Dr. Floyd (as Oscar Beregi)
Mr. Glee
Mr. F. Flamm


The Joker is now Vice Chairman of the Gotham National Bank, due to an unsuccessful plan of Batman's. He installs his robots as tellers, and despite his criminal past, seems to be running things in perfect order. The Dynamic Duo realize they will have to trick him into making a mistake in order to remove him. They go to work on a plan to gain control of his robots. But that plan is jeopardized when, due to an odd turn of events, Batman's true identity Bruce Wayne is declared mentally ill and hauled off in a straight-jacket. Written by Twenty Penguins

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16 February 1967 (USA)  »

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In this episode the Joker has vehicle, aptly referred to as the "Jokemobile". It started life as the "Mongrel T" built by George Barris. After starring with Elvis Presley in Easy Come, Easy Go (1967). See more »


Commissioner Gordon: [on Batphone] Batman, have you read the dire news about Bruce Wayne?
Batman: [on other line, in Batcave] Love is blind, Commissioner, Bruce Wayne is over 21, I fear there's nothing we can do.
[hangs up]
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The final script from pilot author Lorenzo Semple Jr.
22 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Joker's Epitaph" begins in ominous fashion, Bruce Wayne being forced to pull the lever that will squash Robin into the shape of a flat comic book. Fortunately, Alfred is just outside disguised as Batman, overcoming his vertigo long enough to make a Batclimb to the spot where Robin's ready to bite the dust. A pellet of Batgas is enough for The Joker (Cesar Romero) and his cohorts to make their escape, fortuitously with the document signed by Bruce Wayne appointing him vice chairman of the board of the Gotham National Bank. Legally bound by the document, there's nothing that can undo what has been done, but it's enough for Commissioner Gordon to send Chief O'Hara out to arrest an obviously insane Bruce Wayne and take him away in a strait-jacket! The Joker is already thinking ahead in devising a plan to blackmail Bruce Wayne, using a recording of his confession of embezzlement to force him to wed the beautiful Josie Miller (Phyllis Douglas), who confesses that she'll always be faithful: "in my fashion!" Finding the right circuit to reprogram robot teller Mr. Glee (Lawrence Montaigne), Batman sets the wheels in motion for the bank just as the Chief arrives with trusty strait-jacket, though Alfred and Robin follow closely in the Batmobile to help Bruce Wayne back into cape and cowl, racing to the Gotham National Bank to see what happens. The Joker is none too pleased to have Commissioner Gordon dismiss him as vice chairman of the board, but Josie insists they still have Bruce Wayne on the hook. Just then, Mr. Glee shows up to embrace wife Josie, after which Joker's robot tellers begin holding up customers. Only when he orders all three robots to disregard previous instructions does he entrap himself, the inevitable Batfight taking place right there in the bank. The final scene features Oscar Beregi as Teutonic quack Dr. Floyd, who amends his earlier diagnosis of Bruce Wayne's complete insanity, announcing his full recovery, but when he laments that he couldn't examine Batman as well, Wayne suggests that his own brain patterns would not be dissimilar. This is more than an exasperated Chief O'Hara can take: "mother o' mercy, get the smellin' salts, Mr. Wayne is havin' a relapse!" This possible ad lib is enough for even the stone faced Neil Hamilton to burst out laughing! Even at this late stage in the series good writing was still in evidence, enabling Cesar Romero to score another triumph for W.C. Whiteface. Phyllis Douglas is best remembered for two episodes of STAR TREK, "The Galileo Seven" and "The Way to Eden," while Lawrence Montaigne would play an equally stone faced Vulcan in second season opener "Amok Time" (he'd already portrayed a Romulan in "Balance of Terror").

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