Holy Cat Scratch Fever!
Every day until 1/12 — the 50th anniversary of Batman’s TV debut — we’re counting down our Top 13 episodes. For more info on our latest Batman ’66 celebration, click here.
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In case you missed them:
13. True or False Face/Holy Rat Race (click here!)
12. Green Ice/Deep Freeze (click here!)
11. The Wail of the Siren (click here!)
Now to No. 10 …
That Darn Catwoman/Scat! Darn Catwoman. I don’t know why so many Catwoman episodes riffed on teen culture, but the elements we saw in the Chad and Jeremy episode and the later Catwoman Goes to College, crystallize here, when pop star Lesley Gore signs on as Pussycat, Catwoman’s sidekick.
Right off, Lesley Gore is great: She’s funny and a little brassy but unlike sultry predecessor Eenie (Sharyn Wynters), she bears little physical resemblance to statuesque Julie Newmar. Their Mutt and Jeff pairing makes for a warped distaff mirror image of Batman and Robin, and they have excellent chemistry besides. (I could do without the cringy singing but it was inevitable.)
This is a tandem I would have loved to see again but given the now-you-see-them way that guest stars came and went on the show, it’s unsurprising.
This also may be Burt Ward’s best episode overall. Once Pussycat drugs him, he’s all leering and handsy and creepy and gross and it looks like Ward is having the time of his life, freed from his chastity utility belt.
Speaking of Robin, check out our ranking of the Boy Wonder’s Top 13 “Holy!” Exclamations, here.
NEXT: No. 9. Holy Brave and the Bold!