Temple Fugate is a very tight person always going through a routine with a tight schedule. Certain day, the once attorney-at-law Hamilton Hill noticed how stressed out Fugate was and told him to relax and to take his coffee break 15 minutes later. Fu
- When it comes to clocks, I am king.
Synopsis for "The Clock King"
Temple Fugate is a very tight person always going through a routine with a tight schedule. Certain day, the once attorney-at-law Hamilton Hill noticed how stressed out Fugate was and told him to relax and to take his coffee break 15 minutes later. Fugate took Hill's advise and went on his coffee break later than usual but due to some unfortunately circumstances, he was delayed to an appointment at the courthouse, by the time he arrives the judge rules that the verdict will stand. When Fugate protests that his company will be ruined, the judge advises "that this will teach you to be on time for a change". That moment is the breaking point for Fugate's mind.
Seven years later, Hamilton Hill is major of Gotham City. One day, while Hill was going through the streets of Gotham, the traffic lights went crazy causing a big jam. While Hill and all the people were stuck in the street, someone releases a poster of Hill's campaign, graffitied to make him look like a devil, sending the populace into uncontrollable laughter. Bruce Wayne, who happened to be at the place, went straight into the rooftop of the building to look for the responsible. Bruce Wayne arrived at the rooftop but dressed as Batman, and faced a strange man who used a pocket clock as a bomb to escape. Batman dodged the bomb and cornered the man, and this, instead of surrendering himself, rolls off the building's edge, to land neatly on a passing commuter train.
Batman later investigates the main control of the traffic lights to find a clue that lead him to the strange man. Batman found another clock bomb and searched the manufacturer's information and found that the clock was sold to a man called Temple Fugate and also discovered his address. Batman went there and discovered a secret lair full of clocks and information on the clock tower. After hearing of a small blackout localized to a block where the Gotham Mutual bank's main branch is located, Batman goes to investigate, but it is a trap: as soon as he enters the vault, the door slams shut behind him, and a machine on the floor begins humming. A tape recorder on top of it plays a message from Fugate, explaining that the machine is a vacuum pump that is slowly removing all the oxygen from inside the vault. It will also detonate before Batman can burn the door open. Batman's gas masks are thus pointless, and the pump's box is rigged with a motion-sensitive bomb.
At the Subway Station, Mayor Hill gives Gotham the new first fully-automated line of trains, but after a few minutes, the train didn't come. Suddenly, the noises from incoming train approached but from both sides of the same rail track. People ran away in fear as the two trains collide into one another. After the events, Hamilton Hill went missing.
Batman devised his way out of Fugate's trap by making the machine explode near the door's vault with a Batarang. When he was out, he learned of Hill's supposed abduction and he headed straight to Gotham Clock Tower. Fugate was already there and had Hill tied to the end of the hour hand on the face of the city's clock tower. He intended to kill Hill at the same time he was supposed to take his coffee break seven years ago. Batman arrived and struggled with Fugate for a while. The fight caused the clock to stop working and is started to collapse. Batman tried to save Fugate but the man was seeing gone with the falling pieces of the clock. Batman managed to save Hill and bring him down to safety.
In the end, Batman tells Commissioner Gordon that it is unlikely that Fugate died in the collapse and that it was just matter of time until they hear about him again.
Appearing in "The Clock King"
- The Clock King (Temple Fugate) (First appearance)
- Summer Gleeson (On a TV or computer screen)
- This was the 25th episode to be produced and the 14th to be aired.
- No trivia.
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