Batman 2.30 – The Bat’s Kow Tow

Chad and Jeremy got to banter in part one, but this time, we get to hear parts of two of their songs. Catwoman has a voice eraser, and she zaps the duo’s voice before escaping. The following morning, Batman and Robin appear on Steve Allen’s TV show to reassure the public. (Allen, like Don Ho, who has a Batclimb cameo, is uncredited.) This leads to one of the show’s all-time great exchanges:

Allen: “Millions of the world’s teenagers are in virtual mourning…”
Batman: “Yes, that’s quite true, but on the plus side, millions of parents are delighted!”

It’s impossible to put ourselves in the mindset of parents in 1966. Chad and Jeremy are remarkably inoffensive, and besides, we learned in part one that their manners are impeccable.

But really, any singers could have been in this story and been window dressing for Batman and Catwoman’s flirtation. This is the first of four Catwoman stories to be broadcast from December 1966 to February 1967, three of which were written by Stanley Ralph Ross. It was Ross who spotted the fun chemistry between West and Newmar and amped up the flirtation between the characters. It’s absolutely wonderful and charming in every way, especially when compared to the Bruce Wayne-Miss Kitka business from the movie.

Catwoman is so completely smitten by Batman, but has no idea how to get through to his square heart. And Batman wants to respond, but he’s just too square to do it. Think about the flirting between Cisco and Golden Glider in today’s The Flash series, only written down for younger viewers, who are certain to find this stuff gross and yucky. Adding to the fun: Catwoman cannot stand Robin. She just detests him, and so of course he interrupts their almost-kiss. Neither of them even look at Robin as they walk past, leaving him to whine “Holy mush!”

Daniel knows how Robin felt. He likes it when the episode ends with the fight, not three minutes of these two purring at each other. Gross and yucky, indeed!

Batman 2.29 – The Cat’s Meow

Hollywood used to have this remarkable habit of presenting TV episodes in which past-their-chart-peak musicians play alternative versions of themselves who are the biggest acts on the planet. The Davy Jones episode of The Brady Bunch, which aired six months after Jones’s solo record missed the Billboard Top 200 entirely, is probably the best example of this trend, but the Chad & Jeremy episode of Batman is another good one.

It really is peculiar. This version of Chad and Jeremy are shown as arriving in “the colonies” for the very first time and have a press conference that reads like this episode’s writer, Stanley Ralph Ross, was cribbing from a two year-old memory of A Hard Day’s Night. There’s a big crowd of screaming fans, and among them, below, on the left in purple, is Judy Strangis.

This is notable, of course, because ten years later, Judy would play the Robin role in Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.

Anyway, of course, in our world, Chad and Jeremy had already peaked, and after a short run of hits (three top 20 singles in 1964-65), they visited the top 40 for the final time six months before this episode. And they were fairly familiar with the United States; they’d lived in this country for three years before filming this. They’ll sing a couple of songs in part two, but the silly timing means that, like Jack Wild on Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and Boyce and Hart on Bewitched, these songs were not the hits in our world that they were in TV Land.

Daniel was more concerned with holding his little toy boomerang like a pistol and making “pt-chow!” noises whenever Catwoman was on screen. There wasn’t anything in Chad and Jeremy’s two scenes to make him pay attention to them, but he’s never liked Catwoman and she needs to be shot at. More on Catwoman and her wicked plan next time.