"The Mad Hatter Goes Straight!": The Mad Hatter, disappointed that crime isn't giving him a kick anymore, reminisces about his youth, when he would fantasize about being a white-hatted sheriff or a plume-hatted cavalier, or wearing the hat of a Foreign Legionnaire.
- From this moment on, I cast aside the black hat of banditry-- for the white hat of heroism!
Appearing in "The Mad Hatter Goes Straight!"
- Linda Sue (Single appearance)
- Judge Harkness (Cameo)
Synopsis for "The Mad Hatter Goes Straight!"
The Mad Hatter, disappointed that crime isn't giving him a kick anymore, reminisces about his youth, when he would fantasize about being a white-hatted sheriff or a plume-hatted cavalier, or wearing the hat of a Foreign Legionnaire. Since his fantasies were always about fighting on the side of law and order, the Hatter decides to give up crime and go straight.
On his first caper, Hatter begins by mimicking a cowboy-hatted sheriff on horseback, and stops two muggers from robbing Bruce Wayne and his date in the park. However, his evil impulses get the better of him, and he robs the woman himself. After a quick switch, Batman tries to capture him, but winds up knocking him into a passing truck.
Moments later in his hideout, the Hatter reasons that choosing a hat too closely connected with the law may have stymied him. He begins anew, using more benign headwear, but in each case, his avaricious impulses win over, and he commits more thefts.
Finally, Batman hatches a trap for the Mad Hatter, throwing a party at which Jason Bard announces his candidacy for district attorney-- "throwing his hat into the ring." The Hatter crashes the party in a chef's hat, but Batman defeats and captures him.
In the aftermath, Bruce Wayne returns his date's stolen necklace to her, pulling it out of a handsome cab driver's top hat like a magician and spends a lovely night in the park with her.
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