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Jervis Tetch is a scientist who works in Wayne Enterprises on a project on using microchips to increase the brain's potential. Tetch has developed a technology that allows him to control the minds and bodies of any animal or person he wants by using micro-chips attached t

Quote1.png You're mighty in Gotham, Batman, but in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter reigns supreme. Quote2.png
The Mad Hatter

Mad as a Hatter is an episode of season 1 of Batman. It premiered on October 12, 1992.

Synopsis for "Mad as a Hatter"

Jervis Tetch is a scientist who works in Wayne Enterprises on a project on using microchips to increase the brain's potential. Tetch has developed a technology that allows him to control the minds and bodies of any animal or person he wants by using micro-chips attached to his brain and to the other person. He was testing his invention when his secretary Alice entered the laboratory to announce the unexpected visit of the head of the WayneTech division Marcia Cates, and Wayne Enterprises owner Bruce Wayne. Tetch was embarrassed to tell them that the project wasn't complete, but Bruce Wayne thinks it is fine and gives the man more time despite Cates' displeasure. Tetch was feeling down and Alice cheered him up, but in doing so, Tetch developed a romantic feeling towards Alice which would be turned awry when he learned that she is in a relationship with a man called Billy.

Tetch fell into a depression and he started to think about forcing Alice to like him using his mind-control device. Later he learned that Alice had argued with Billy and they had broken up and took the chance to invite Alice to a spend the night with him in Gotham. Tetch used his mind-contol device to make the people in Gotham do what he wanted and pretended to be a well known man in the city. He controlled them by placing some cards in their heads that were controlled by his device installed inside his top hat, making him look like the hatter from Alice in Wonderland. When the couple were at the park, two goons tried to mug them but Tetch used his controlling cards and told them to jump to the river. At that moment, the police radio sent the message to all the units about two men climbing the Gotham bridge above the river. Batman listened to the transmission and headed towards the bridge. He arrived in time to eject the Batmobile's seat and reach the top of the bridge in just a few seconds. Batman tried to stop the thugs but they wouldn't listen. The three of them were falling to the water when batman used his glider to stop the fall and they landed on the bridge. Upon landing the men lost the cards attached to their heads and they recovered their consciousness while Batman took the cards to further examine them. Tetch walked Alice home and he was happy for the wonderful time they had that night. When Alice entered her home, Billy was waiting inside and they both reconciled.

In the Batcave, Batman examined the cards and remembered that his employee, Jervis Tetch, was working in a similar project at WayneTech. Alfred also suggested that the card was too similar with the one depicted in a book of Alice in Wonderland. Batman also remembered that he saw the same illustration at Tetch's laboratory.

The next day, Tetch arrived at his office and learned that Alice and Billy were together again and that they were going to get married. Tetch was angry and when Marcia Cates told him that Bruce Wayne was looking for him, he used one of his cards to control her. A few moments later, Bruce personally arrived at Tetch's office and asked Alice for him. Alice told Bruce that Tetch and Cates had left the building together some time ago. Alice then received a phone call from Billy and after she hung the phone, she started to cry disconsolately. Bruce was aware that all the events were a bit weird. It is later revealed that Tetch was controlling Billy and he made him call Alice and tell her what Tetch wanted.

When Alice arrived at her home, she found that it was covered with big flowers all over the place. Tetch was waiting for her but she was scared at him and at the fact that he knew about Billy when she didn't tell to anyone. Before Tetch could explain, Batman appeared from the shadows and questioned Tetch about his experiments and then Tetch called two mind-controlled men in disguise to fight Batman while he took Alice with him using his mind-controlling cards. Batman struggled with the men but after removing their masks, the mind-controlling cards dropped as well and they stopped fighting Batman.

Batman learns where The Mad Hatter got the card and goes to Storybook Land where Mad Hatter sends several of his mind control victims, among them Cates and Billy, after him. The Hatter told Batman that in order to catch him, he must first harm innocent people. Batman refused to fight them and he used a smoke pellet from his Utility Belt to create a distraction enough to remove one of the cards from them. He freed Billy from the mind control and Batman told him to take the masks off the others as they wouldn't attack him.

The Mad Hatter took Alice from there and Batman followed them into a maze of cards. After struggling for a while Batman found his way out and confronted Tetch in the tea table of Wonderland. Tetch dropped one of the maze's walls on Batman and was ready to strike Batman when the dark knight used his Batarang to cut the rope of a hanging statue above them. The statue fell to the ground, leaving Tetch trapped inside and Batman took the top hat, removed the mind-controlling device and destroyed it. Alice was free of the mind-control and she and Billy were reunited, much to the Mad Hatter's sorrow.

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| Character1 = Batman/Bruce Wayne | Actor1 = Kevin Conroy | Character2 = Alfred Pennyworth
Antoine | Actor2 = Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. | Character3 = Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter | Actor3 = Roddy McDowall | Character4 = Police Dispatcher
Security Guard | Actor4 = Steve Bulen | Character5 = Billy
Thug | Actor5 = David Haskell | Character6 = Alice Pleasance | Actor6 = Kimmy Robertson | Character7 = Doctor Marcia Cates | Actor7 = Loretta Swit

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  • This episode is the 27th to be produced and the 24th to be aired.

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  • The illustrations of the Mad Hatter are similar to the ones drawn by John Tenniel.

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