Edward Nygma arrived at his office at Competitron and found that it has been removed and that he was fired by his boss, Daniel Mockridge. Nygma told him that the company owed him the prestige for developing the game of the Riddle of the Minotaur but Mockridge told him tha
- Well, well. Bat-something or rather isn't it? Who invited you? You know what happens to gatecrashers? They have to match wits with The Riddler.
Synopsis for "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?"
Edward Nygma arrived at his office at Competitron and found that it has been removed and that he was fired by his boss, Daniel Mockridge. Nygma told him that the company owed him the prestige for developing the game of the Riddle of the Minotaur but Mockridge told him that the game was owned solely by Competitron. Furious, Nygma told him that he was nothing compared to a master mind like him, to which Mockridge replied "If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?"
Two years later, Mockridge was trying to sell his products to Wayne Enterprises to expand his market into Gotham City. Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne were listening to the man but they weren't really interested in the products. When Mockridge glanced outside of the window and saw a stock update screen addressed to him, written in a riddle and saying something about a wasteland, he became nervous and left the building without any explanation. Bruce turned to see what caused Mockridge to leave in that way and he saw the same riddle.
Later that night in the Batcave, Bruce was still pondering the solution to the riddle while Dick was playing the game "Riddle of the Minotaur". Alfred came in with their suits and stayed a while, trying to understand the game. When Dick said that his character had been trapped in the wasteland, Bruce realized that Mockridge owned a bar in Gotham called The Wasteland. Bruce told Dick to dress up because they were going to that bar to prevent Mockridge from walking into a trap.
Mockridge arrived at "The Wasteland" and he found Edward Nygma sitting on his desk. Mockridge warned him to stay away from him, but Nygma told him that he came to make an offer. Nygma tricked Mockridge and trapped him with some trick rings. At that moment, Batman and Robin arrived at the place and Nygma came out to meet them. He introduced himself as The Riddler and Batman asked him if it was a pun on his real name. Riddler told his henchmen to attack Batman and Robin while he escaped with Mockridge. Batman and Robin fought Riddler's henchmen and then Riddler started a fire in the place. Batman had to decide whether to follow Riddler and save Mockridge or stay and save Robin from being burned. Batman stayed and saved Robin and by the time they stepped out Riddler and his men were gone.
Batman and Robin were driving in the Batmobile when they realized that the city lights were flashing in a strange pattern. Batman knew that it was morse code and used the computer on his gloves to decipher the message. Riddler was manipulating the lights from Gotham's Lights Power Plant. The message said something was as high as an elephant's eye. Batman solved the riddle and went to the place were the Riddler was leading them; The Riddler of the Minotaur amusement park that featured a maze as part of its attractions.
Batman and Robin were about to enter the maze but Riddler forced them to leave their utility belts outside. Batman and Robin had to overcome many traps that resembled the oned in the game. They had only 10 minutes to figure out the maze and when they start to run out of time, Batman decided to use one of the traps in his advantage. Using "The Hand of Fate" as a vehicle, Batman and Robin arrived at the center of the maze and answered the last riddle. They freed Mockridge but Riddler told them that they must survive the attack from the minotaur and the robot minotaur came to live. Batman used the hand of fate and destroyed the minotaur. Riddler was unhappy with the results but he told them that by that time, he was far away from their reach.
In the aftermath, Wayne Enterprises acquires Competitron, bringing a surge of much-needed jobs to the city. Dick is still bitter that Mockridge, whose greed and dishonesty started the whole battle with the Riddler in the first place, made millions out of the buyout and got away scot-free. Bruce, however, is strangely satisfied, noting that neither they nor the authorities have had any success tracking the Riddler down. He wonders how well Mockridge will be able to sleep with his enemy still at large.
Mockridge was living in a constant state of fear and paranoia and, because of his guilty conscience, he wasn't even able to sleep at night.
Appearing in "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?"
- Daniel Mockridge
- This is the 40th episode to be produced and the 41st to be aired.
- This episode uses a similar riddle about corn and a maze as the one used in Riddler's first appearance in Detective Comics #140.
- The song referenced in the story is Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' from the musical Oklahoma!.
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