Fine Feathered Finks is the third episode of Season 1 and the third episode of the series itself.

It aired on the ABC Television Network on January 19, 1966.

It marked the debut of special guest villain: The Penguin.


Awaiting release from prison, the Penguin, the "pompous, waddling master of fowl play", schemes to get Batman, to plan his crimes for him; his first step is to attract Batman's attention. Penguin has his henchmen Hawkeye and Sparrow distribute free umbrellas to patrons outside the House of Ali Baba Jewelery store and a local bank. The men passing them out call it a promotion, but the owners of the jewelry store and bank know that they were not hired by them. While everyone's inside with the umbrellas, they explode and start spinning and cause a distraction, however even though it was the perfect setup for Hawkeye and Sparrow to commit a robbery, no heist was pulled. When Commissioner James Gordon hears of it, he knows Penguin has returned and calls Batman and Robin in to investigate. Along with Warden Crichton, they view Penguin's security camera from prison and were able to find out little on his next crime. Batman and Robin decide pay a call on Penguin, who, under the alias K.G. Bird ("cagey bird") now operates an umbrella store. As soon as they leave, Penguin launches a monster umbrella, featuring a multicolored umbrella (complete with Oswald's hidden transmitter) attached to its handle, from his store's roof

The umbrella lands in the middle of the street, and the Duo investigate. While they discover nothing special about it beyond its immense size, they do retrieve a normal sized and gaudy colored umbrella that is hanging from the giant's handle. Convinced it's a clue to Penguin's next crime, Batman and Robin take the bumbershoot back with them to theBatcave to further examine it. Unable to discover a significance of the Batbrella, Batman goes in his true identity asBruce Wayne inside the umbrella store and, while the Penguin is not looking, he plants a tiny transistor microphone (disguised as a spider) there so they can find out what he's up to. Unfortunately, Bruce apparently did not count on Cobblepot actually installing a burglar alarm in his store, and a siren goes off to alert there is a bug being placed in the room. The Penguin, Hawkeye and Sparrow immediately release a net on Bruce and, unaware of his identity but mistaking him for a spy from a rival and competing umbrella store, and knocks him out with his Penguin "gas-umbrella". He then has Hawkeye and Sparrow tie him up and toss him into the furnace. Still entangled in the net, Bruce is placed on a conveyor belt that leads to the 10,000degree furnace.

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  • Dick and Bruce's name tags on the Batpoles are at different heights, with Dick's name lower than Bruce's. This will vary throughout the series.
Batman Episodes

Season 1: Hi Diddle Riddle | Smack In The Middle | Fine Feathered Finks | The Penguin's a Jinx | The Joker Is Wild | Batman Is Riled | Instant Freeze | Rats Like Cheese | Zelda The Great | A Death Worse Than Fate | A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away | When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play | The Thirteenth Hat | Batman Stands Pat | The Joker Goes to School | He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul | True or False Face | Holy Rat Race | The Purr-Fect Crime | Better Luck Next Time | The Penguin Goes Straight | Not Yet, He Ain't | The Ring of Wax | Give 'Em the Axe | The Joker Trumps An Ace | Batman Sets the Pace | The Curse of Tut | The Pharaoh's in a Rut | The Bookworm Turns | While Gotham City Burns | Death In Slow Motion | The Riddler's False Notion | Fine Finny Fiends | Batman Makes the Scenes

Season 2: Shoot A Crooked Arrow | Walk the Straight and Narrow | Hot Off the Griddle | The Cat and the Fiddle | The Minstrel's Shakedown | Barbecued Batman? | The Spell of Tut | Tut's Case is Shut | The Greatest Mother of Them All | Ma Parker | The Clock King's Crazy Crimes | The Clock King Gets Crowned | An Egg Grows In Gotham | The Yegg Foes In Gotham | The Devil's Fingers | The Dead Ringers | Hizzonner the Penguin | Dizzoner the Penguin | Green Ice | Deep Freeze | The Impractical Joker | The Joker's Provokers | Marsha, Queen Of Diamonds | Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds | Come Back, Shame | It's How You Play the Game | The Penguin's Nest | The Bird's Last Jest | The Cat's Meow | The Bat's Kow Tow | The Puzzles Are Coming | The Duo is Slumming | The Sandman Cometh | The Catwoman Goeth (A Stitch in Time) | The Contaminated Cowl | The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul | The Zodiac Crimes | The Joker's Hard Times | The Penguin Declines | That Darn Catwoman | Scat! Darn Catwoman | Penguin is a Girl's Best Friend | Penguin Sets A Trend | Penguin's Disastrous End | Batman's Anniversary | A Riddling Controversy | The Joker's Last Laugh | The Joker's Epitaph | Catwoman Goes to College | Batman Displays His Knowledge | A Piece of the Action | Batman's Satisfaction | King Tut's Coup | Batman's Waterloo | Black Widow Strikes Again | Caught In The Spider's Den | Pop Goes the Joker | Flop Goes the Joker | Ice Spy | The Duo Defy

Season 3: Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin | Ring Around the Riddler | The Wail of the Siren | The Sport of Penguins | A Horse of Another Color | The Unkindest Tut Of All | Louie, The Lilac | The Ogg and I | How To Hatch A Dinosaur | Surf's Up! Joker's Under! | The Londinium Larcenies | The Foggiest Notion | The Bloody Tower | Catwoman's Dressed to Kill | The Ogg Couple | The Funny Feline Felonies | The Joke's on Catwoman | Louie's Lethal Lilac Time | Nora Clavicle And The Ladies' Crime Club | Penguin's Clean Sweep | The Great Escape | The Great Train Robbery | I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle | The Joker's Flying Saucer | The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra | Minerva, Mayhem And Millionaires

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