Batman (1966)/The Greatest Mother of Them All (1)

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The Greatest Mother of Them All (1)
Season 2, Episode 9
Airdate October 5, 1966
Written by Henry Slesar
Directed by Oscar Rudolph
Produced by Howie Horwitz
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The Greatest Mother of Them All (1) is the ninth episode of the second season of Batman, and the forty-third episode overall.

Starring: Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), Alan Napier (Alfred), Neil Hamilton (Commissioner Gordon), Stafford Repp (Chief O'Hara), Madge Blake (Mrs. Cooper)

Special Guest Villainess: Shelley Winters (Ma Parker)

Additional Cast: Tisha Sterling (Legs), David Lewis (Warden Crichton), Michael Vandever (Mad Dog), Peter Brooks (Machine Gun), Robert Biheller (Prettty Boy), James Griffith (Trusty), James O'Hara (Policeman), Kirby Brumfield (Truck Driver), Lyzanne La Due (Nurse), Fran Ryan (Chairlady)

Uncredited: William Dozier (Narrator)


Plot Overview

Ma Parker criminal mastermind, and Mother of four, three boys, and two girls who are also criminals goes about committing robberies. Batman and Robin are called in to stop Ma, and her Brood. The Dynamic Duo succeeds, but too well. Every time Ma and her children, one of her children gets caught. After the three boys are apprehended, Ma and her daughter are caught, but too well. It seems to have been planned. The five of them are incarcerated in Gotham State Prison. Batman and Robin are also present to give their speech to Ma and her Brood that crime does not pay. After the Dynamic Duo leaves, Warden Crichton is shocked to learn that the prison guards whom he thought were working for him are in reality working for Ma Parker. Ma has been planning the takeover of the prison for months. She somehow has replaced Warden Crichton's guards with her own. Actually, they are her gang of fellow criminals. Her plan is to commit as much crime as she wants, and no one will suspect that she is the mastermind behind the crimes, since she will be in prison at the time of each crime being committed. However, there is the problem of Batman and Robin. She had already decided to take care of them, before they had left the Wardens Office. She had one of her henchmen place a bomb in the Batmobile while the Dynamic Duo were still in the Wardens Office. The henchman would try to encourage Batman to drive the Batmobile very fast above 60 miles an hour. As Batman and Robin drive away, they do drive off fast nearly reaching 60 on their speedometer. The plan is for Batman to go pass 60 miles so that the bomb which has a timer set to go off pass 60 miles an hour to explode. Will Batman and Robin discover the bomb within the Batmobile in time? We shall soon see in the next episode.


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The Show

Shelley Winters would later play the real-life criminal mother Ma Barker in the motion picture "Bloody Mama".

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments