Batman and Robin are waiting for some hoodlums who plan to sabotage a construction site in order to extort money from the owner. When the mobsters arrive, Batman and Robin leap into action and take all of them down. One of the crooks is left hanging
- I'm sure revenge can be deliciously sweet. However, at the moment, he needs a friend. Isn't that what you needed, sir?
Synopsis for "Robin's Reckoning, Part I"
Batman and Robin are waiting for some hoodlums who plan to sabotage a construction site in order to extort money from the owner. When the mobsters arrive, Batman and Robin leap into action and take all of them down. One of the crooks is left hanging from a beam and Batman questions him about his boss. The man tells them that it was a man called "Billy Marin" and after hearing that name, Batman tells Robin to go and bring the Batmobile while he stayed and questions the guy further.
Later, Batman dropped Robin in the Batcave and told him that he must go in this mission alone. Robin complains but Batman goes away without him. Robin wonders what happened for Bruce to act that way and he decided to investigate about Billy Marin in the Batcomputer's files. Robin discovered that Billy Marin is an alias used by Tonny Zucco; the man responsible for the deaths of John and Mary Grayson; Robin's parents.
Robin then remembers his days at Haley's Circus where he would perform as an acrobat part of the team The Flying Graysons. He remembered the day he saw Tony Zucco threatening Mr. Haley to pay for protection money and how he recognized the same man the night that his parents died. Zucco partially saws through a trapeze rope to be used in the Graysons act and when it was the time, both Graysons fell to their deaths, leaving Richard Grayson an orphan. Bruce Wayne was among the audience and he couldn't leave after the tragic events and he decided to take Dick into his custody.
Robin was mad at Batman for trying to take him away from Zucco. At that moment, Batman remembers how bad he looked for Zucco after the deaths of the Graysons and how he failed in the past. Batman would look for him every night and after he discovers that Zucco is hiding in Arnold Stromwell's house he goes there looking for him. Stromwell deceives Batman and tells him that Zucco is not there anymore, but Batman placed a bug to hear any suspicious activity after he leaves. Zucco entered the room as soon as Batman was gone and Batman knew that he has been cheated. Batman tried to get back in the house but he was attacked by Stromwell's bodyguards. Zucco then used a car to get away from the place leaving Batman clueless of his whereabouts. Batman returned to Wayne Manor still obsessed about Zucco, but Alfred convinced him to turn his attention to more important matters; such as the kid Dick Grayson, who was in need of a friend now more than ever.
Robin called Batman and told him that he deserves to apprehend the man who caused him so much pain but Batman refused to let him in the case. Robin decided to get into the action by himself with or without Batman's approval.
Appearing in "Robin's Reckoning, Part I"
- Tony Zucco (Flashback and main story) (First appearance)
- Eugene Dolan
- Arnold Stromwell (Flashback only)
- Haley (Flashback only)
- Harvey Bullock (Flashback only)
- Flying Graysons (Flashback only)
- Thomas Wayne (In a photograph only)
- Martha Wayne (In a photograph only)
- This episode and the second part won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Half Hour or Less Program.
- The episode was the 32nd to be produced and the 51st to be aired.
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