A mysterious figure robs a Gotham City bank on the same date each year. Batman and Robin are summoned to help the police solve the crime. To flush out the robber, Batman plants a false story in the newspaper that the money taken was counterfeit and being held by the bank for disposal. It turns out the robber is none other than magician Zelda the Great. She needs the money to pay a "mad Albanian genius" to come up with escape tricks for her act. Now, Zelda has to commit another crime and Batman sets a trap. But Zelda pulls a switch and kidnaps Harriet Cooper instead. If a ransom isn't paid, Aunt Harriet will be dropped in boiling oil.
Did You Know?
First episode in which the phrase "Same bat-time, same bat-channel" is both seen and heard during the closing narration. See more
When Chief O'Hara goes to call Batman at the beginning, he picks up the receiver of the Bat Phone and the phone lights up red before the Chief presses the call button. Normally the Bat Phone will not light up unless the call button is pressed. See more
The same strange pattern every year; precisely a hundred thousand each April first.
Glory be! I've got it: it's to pay his income taxes!
A loyal tax payer stooping to criminal methods?
Oh, sure, ah, whe - when you put it that way.
[looking down embarrassed
I fear you're growing the cynical, Chief O'Hara; the notion of a faithful tax payer robbing a bank is clearly ridiculous.