After school at Woodrow Roosevelt High, some students are in the gym; the basketball team is practicing for a big game, the cheerleaders are rehearsing their routines, and even Dick Grayson is there working out with some free weights. Susie, the chief cheerleader, decides they should take a break and goes to get some milk from the vending machine in the gym, but when she puts in a dime, the machine, instead of a carton of milk, dispenses twenty silver dollars. Most of the students are thunderstruck by what's going on, but principal Schoolfield is suspicious and calls Commissioner Gordon, who almost immediately suspects the Joker is the vandalous vendor and calls Batman on the hotline.

At Wayne Manor, Bruce is worried, knowing that Dick is already caught in the middle of the burgeoning tumult. He changes into Batman and rushes to police headquarters, where he finds out that Joker had been released from prison a week ago and immediately bought a company that makes novelty machines (pinball, gaming, gumball, vending, etc.). Batman has his suspicions as to what the Joker is up to, but before he can expound on them, principal Schoolfield calls Gordon to report that student morale is plummeting, and that another machine has been rigged; a candy bar machine in the school library now dispenses negotiable stocks and bonds. Batman directs Schoolfield to call an emergency meeting of the Student Council (for which Dick is president), and rushes to the school with a visual ID file on the Joker.

In Schoolfield's office, Dick is arguing with the rest of the Student Council members about what's going on when Susie goes to get a cup of coffee from the machine in the office, but instead of coffee the machine spews out a cupful of quarters. Their arguing continues until Batman shows up and warns them that the Joker is behind the rigged machines; he believes Joker is trying to deceive new recruits into dropping out of school and getting involved in crime. Batman then shows slides of Joker's mug shots when suddenly, out of nowhere, Joker himself pops up in the flesh. Batman is ready to arrest him for loitering on school grounds, but the Joker manages to get off on a mere technicality.

Meanwhile, across Gotham City, a cocktail lounge is held up by another gimmicked machine- a jukebox which, when a coin is inserted, activates a double-barrel shotgun and a recording of Joker saying "This is a stick-up!", then two stocking-masked hoodlums (who are actually the Joker's "Bad Pennies", Nick and Two-Bits, both high school dropouts), rush in to snatch the receipts from the cash register. Batman is called to investigate, and when Dick comes out to the Batmobile to return the ID slides, Batman quietly tells Dick to head to the Batcave and wait for him there.

The Joker reconvenes with Nick and Two-Bits at their hideout, the office and workshop for the One-Armed Bandit Novelty Company, hidden in the back of the Easy Living Candy Store, which is two blocks from the high school. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Susie is also a member of the Joker's gang. As chief cheerleader, she has an automatic seat on the Student Council, which gives her access to things non-council member students do not, and she is able to swipe some important exam papers for Joker.

Batman, having found no evidence at the lounge, returns to the Batcave. He and Robin discuss what to do next; They already know that Joker is behind the tricked machines, but they need evidence. Batman is convinced that the rigged machines at the high school are only a part of a much bigger scheme Joker has cooked up. They need to find out how Joker is getting into the school to fix the machines, so they decide to stake-out the school. At the school, Susie is rigging up another machine when she hears the Batmobile approaching. In a panic she calls Joker and asks what to do next.

Outside, Batman activates a remote radio pick-up and an anti-crime recorder in the trunk before they head into the school, where Susie pretends to be surprised and also glad to see the Duo. She tells them she saw someone suspicious lurking in the gym, where Robin shows Batman the rigged milk machine. Thinking that whoever rigged it is still there, Batman puts a dime in the machine, but instead of giving out silver dollars, the machine locks them in shackles and emits knockout gas.

When they come to, Batman and Robin have been moved to the inside of a mobile slot machine torture van, where they are strapped to electric chairs. Over a radio mic, Joker, sitting in the truck cab with Susie sitting next to him, announces to them that in a moment the three reels on the slot machine will start spinning. If three liberty bells come up, they will win their freedom and fifty thousand dollars. If three oranges come up, they will win only their freedom. But if three lemons come up (which Batman knows is the more likely), they will be instantly dispatched by 50,000 lethal volts of electricity. Joker guarantees the machine is honest, but when the reels start spinning, the first two stop on lemons...

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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 The Way 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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