Batman 2.41 – Scat! Darn Catwoman

This is an extraordinarily strange episode. It is clearly, emphatically, meant to be Catwoman’s last appearance, and yet there’s one more story with Julie Newmar to come. I think that the producers had both in the can and chose to run this one to capitalize on the publicity with Lesley Gore and her “California Nights” single.

See, the climax is a chase across the rooftops with periodic back-and-forths between Batman and Catwoman, trying to convince her to surrender and considering a life together, she as a reformed criminal, offering insight into the villainous mind. But when Batman asks “What about Robin,” she can’t think of anything better to suggest than to kill him. There’s no hope for her. She finally chooses a death in the West River, leaving a glove behind for Batman to wipe his tears. I may not have seen it in decades, but I don’t believe for a minute that the next story should be set after this one. Even if villains always return, this had to have been intended as her grand finale.

Daniel hated this one. The main problem is that Lesley Gore’s Pussycat has developed a crush on Robin, and she serenades his framed photo, and then he wants to start a-smoochin’, and Daniel has no time for that. He rolled on his back and hid his face in his blanket to block out the mushiness.

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2 responses to “Batman 2.41 – Scat! Darn Catwoman

  1. …and Daniel has no time for that.

    There is a meme waiting to happen in that sentence fragment. And, honestly, I cannot blame him too much.

    I remember Adam West’s acting in this to be rather unnatural for him in this. But the scene where he douses Catwoman with “Bat-Sleep” did make me laugh.

    • Daniel just can’t stand mushy stuff. I wonder how he’ll respond when we start watching some action show where the hero gets a new girl every week? Poorly, I expect.

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