Batman: Season 2, Episode 14

The Yegg Foes in Gotham (20 Oct. 1966)

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When the lease payment for Gotham City fails to be made on time, possession of the city falls into the hands of Egghead. Chaos ensues as the villain fires Commissioner Gordon and bans the ... See full summary »

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Madge Blake ...
Aunt Harriet Cooper (credit only)
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Gail Hire ...
Miss Bacon
Gene Dynarski ...
Ben Welden ...
Foo Yung
Stephen Dunne ...
Tim Tyler (as Steve Dunne)
Albert Carrier ...
Pete Savage
Byron Keith ...
George Fenneman ...
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Old MacDonald
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When the lease payment for Gotham City fails to be made on time, possession of the city falls into the hands of Egghead. Chaos ensues as the villain fires Commissioner Gordon and bans the Dynamic Duo from city limits. While the criminal underworld enjoys free reign, Batman and Robin search the city charter's fine print for a solution. Written by Twenty Penguins

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During the Batfight in this episode, Vincent Price was to hit Burt Ward with a single egg. After an argument they'd had off the set, however, Price proceeded to pelt Ward with several dozen eggs. See more »

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The sign outside of Old MacDonald's establishment reads, "Old MacDonald's Chicken Farm", but inside his establishment the cases of eggs are stamped, "Old McDonald's Chicken Ranch". See more »

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Egghead: Woe is me, my criminal career is now egg-stinct!
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Spoofs Dragnet (1951) See more »

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The yolk's on you, Egghead
25 March 2011 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Another eggs-citing eggs-ploit of the Dynamic Duo.

If ever there was an actor born to play a 'Batman' villain, it had to be Vincent Price. As well as a horror film star, he was also an accomplished light comedian. He was cast as 'Egghead', a smooth-talking criminal genius whose love of eggs matches Auric Goldfinger's fondness for gold. In the preceding instalment - 'An Egg Grows In Gotham' - millionaires Bruce Wayne, Tim Tyler ( Stephen Dunne ) and Pete Savage ( Albert Garrier ) were about to participate in a ceremony conducted once every five years which involves leasing Gotham City from Chief Screaming Chicken ( Edward Everett Horton ). The payment is five raccoon pelts. Egghead has struck a back-door deal with him, putting him in complete charge. The cliffhanger had Egghead about to destroy the brain of Bruce Wayne, having correctly identified him as the Caped Crusader. Robin saved the day by turning up the power, causing the villain's machine to explode.

Egghead's first act is to sack Commissioner Gordon and Mayor Linseed, and outlaw Batman and Robin from the city. Crime escalates in no time at all; a bank manager reporting a robbery is charged with jay walking, a newsreader gets mugged live on air, and Egghead robs the Gotham Treasury.

The adventure ends in a punch-up at Old MacDonalds Chicken Farm, with eggs flying all over the place like bullets. Needless to say, our heroes win out, and Egghead's criminal career is made eggs-tinct. At least until Season 3, when he reappeared in several more episodes, usually in cahoots with the Russian villainness Olga ( Anne Baxter ).

This is wonderful, daft fun, of course, and Price plays Egghead the way you would expect - way over the top. Writer Stanley Ralph Ross went through his thesaurus, making a list of all words beginning with 'ex' or 'ecc' and incorporated them into Egghead's dialogue. The egg theme is even carried over into the names of his henchmen/women - we have 'Miss Bacon' ( Gail Hire ), Benedict ( Gene Dynarski ) and Foo Yong ( Ben Welden ).

The comical native American might be considered offensive now, but you must remember it was a different era.


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