Hi Diddle Riddle

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"Hi Diddle Riddle"
Batman episode
HiDiddleRiddle.JPG
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 1
Directed byRobert Butler
Written byLorenzo Semple Jr.
Production code6028-Pt. 1
Original air dateJanuary 12, 1966 (ABC)
Guest actors
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"Hi Diddle Riddle"
Batman episode
HiDiddleRiddle.JPG
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 1
Directed byRobert Butler
Written byLorenzo Semple Jr.
Production code6028-Pt. 1
Original air dateJanuary 12, 1966 (ABC)
Guest actors
Episode chronology
← Previous
"Series pilot"
Next →
"Smack in the Middle"

"Hi Diddle Riddle" was the first half-hour length episode of Batman to air, first broadcast on ABC on Wednesday January 12, 1966 and repeated on August 24, 1966 and April 5, 1967. It marked the first appearance of Frank Gorshin as The Riddler.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The series opens at the Republic of Moldavia exhibit, located at the Gotham City World's Fair, the Moldavian prime minister slices into the Moldavian friendship cake and unknowingly causes it to explode, releasing a concealed riddle. At the Gotham City Police Department, Police Commissioner James Gordon and Chief Miles O'Hara suspect it to be Edward Nygma, also known as the Riddler. They turn to Inspector Bash and all the other senior policemen, but all bow their heads for a moment of silence, they turn to a red phone ("I don't know who he is behind that mask of his, but I do know when we need him and we need him now!"). After a glimpse into the lives of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson as well as the opening credits, the riddle leads them as Batman and Robin to the Peale art gallery where they catch the Riddler in the act of taking a cross from its proprietor, Gideon Peale, at gunpoint. They stop him with an explosive but learn to their horror that Riddler's gun was actually a lighter and the cross was his to begin with. Riddler whistles and some lawyers arrive bearing subpoenas in which the Riddler hands to Batman, who is slated to be sued for false arrest.

Batman and Robin must uncover the Riddler's plot before the case comes to trial or Batman will be forced to reveal his true identity in court, completely destroying his value as a crimefighter and stunting his career forever. Batman reveals that he knew the gun Riddler had was a fake, yet pretended to arrest Riddler so as to uncover Riddler's scheme.

Two hidden riddles in the legal documents lead Batman and Robin to the new "What A Way To Go-Go" discothèque. the Riddler informs his henchmen, the Mole Hill Mob, that Batman has had time to solve his clue. As the Riddler and the Mole Hill Mob make their way through an underground corridor to the discothèque, his plan is again put into action. Being a minor, Robin is too young to enter the disco (Burt Ward was 19 at the time of filming so it is implied that only 21 year olds are allowed), so he waits outside in the Batmobile and monitors Batman on the Batscope while Batman dances the Batusi with the Riddler's assistant, Molly, Unfortunately, his orange juice had been spiked with a sleeping pill. Watching from outside, Robin attempts to help Batman, but falls victim to the Riddler's tranquilizer dart gun. Riddler tries to steal the Batmobile but accidentally triggers its antitheft rockets. He then tries to destroy the car but the flames are extinguished by its "Bat-o-stat Antifire Activator". Robin is carried away down a manhole by the Riddler and the Mole Hill Mob. Batman finds himself in no condition to pursue them and is forced to surrender his keys to the police at the most inopportune time.

Meanwhile, at the Riddler's hideout, Robin is strapped to a table as the Riddler, who is surrounded by Molly and the Mole Hill Mob, attempts to operate on the unconscious boy.

Cliffhanger Text[edit]

WILL ROBIN ESCAPE?
CAN BATMAN FIND HIM IN TIME?
IS THIS THE GHASTLY END OF OUR DYNAMIC DUO?
ANSWERS...TOMORROW NIGHT! SAME TIME, SAME CHANNEL!
ONE HINT--THE WORST IS YET TO COME!

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Preceded by
Series Premiere
Batman (TV series) episodes
January 12, 1966
Succeeded by
Smack in the Middle
(airdate January 13, 1966)