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Marsha, Queen of Diamonds

"Marsha, Queen of Diamonds" is the fifty-seventh episode of the Batman television series. It originally aired on ABC, on November 23, 1966 and guest starred Carolyn Jones as Marsha, Queen of Diamonds

Plot Synopsis

At Chief O’Hara’s orders, police officers are stationed outside U. Magnum Diamonds, in lookout for Marsha, Queen of Diamonds’ possible attack. A motorcade approaches the officers where Chief O’Hara steps out of the car with Marsha, stunning the officers. O’Hara and Marsha enter the jewelry store, taking the Prince of Diamond from the jewelers inside the store, while O’Hara continues to profess his undying love with The Queen. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin, along with Alfred Pennyworth, are testing a gigantic Bat-Diamond in the Batcave when they get the call from Commissioner Gordon about the burglary as well as O’Hara’s alleged involvement. It turns out that Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, has O’Hara in a birdcage, and under her magic spell, along with at least two other victims. In order to get her victims, Marsha uses Cupid, a foot tall statue that throws darts equipped with a love potion, each dart is activated with a remote controlled device. Marsha now tries to find out the whereabouts of the Bat-Diamond, and is eager to break into the Bat cave, where the diamond is stored. Commissioner Gordon does not wait for the Dynamic Duo to arrive at Police HQ, instead he visits Marsha, asking about the whereabouts of O’Hara. Marsha activates the love dart, sending Commissioner Gordon under her spell and in captivity. Marsha visits her basement where Aunt Hilda, a witch specializing in new potions, resides; she asks Hilda about a special potion for Batman, knowing he is more resistant to ordinary potions.

Batman and Robin visit Marsha, where she activates the special potion dart on Batman. Using “every ounce of willpower”, Batman resists the potion and escapes the clutches of The Queen of Diamonds. An infuriated Marsha sends her men to do battle with the Dynamic Duo, during the fight Marsha plants another dart on Robin. Marsha extorts Batman by holding Robin hostage in exchange for the Bat-Diamond, including a visit to the Batcave. Batman refuses Martha’s demands, where he vows not to allow anyone else in the Batcave. But Marsha, gives the Caped Crusader an ultimatum by giving another “vow”, she proposes marriage to Batman; thus allowing her to enter the Batcave. Should Batman refuse the marriage offer, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and Chief O’Hara would all be under her captivity, forever. Thus, in order to save them, Batman has no choice to marry the Queen of Diamonds.

As the marriage is being televised on Gotham City TV, Alfred and Aunt Harriet ponder what to do about the impending marriage. The final scene shows the wedding ceremony between Marsha and Batman, where Marsha says “I Do” but Batman is holding out whether he will say “I do” (and have the location of the Batcave revealed), or say “I don’t”, and lose the Boy Wonder for the rest of his life.

Cliffhanger Text

MR AND MRS BATMAN ??!!

THE DYNAMIC DUO MAY BECOME A TRIO!!

THE QUEEN OF DIAMONDS AIMS HIGH !

FIND OUT TOMORROW, WHETHER SHE MISSES. . .OR MRS. !!

SAME BAT-TIME, SAME BAT-CHANNEL. AND HANG ON TO YOUR RICE!

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