Monday, February 19, 2018

THE CLASSIC TV VILLAIN BLOGATHON - MEDDLIN' WITH THE MONK




"Infamy!  Infamy!
They've all got it in f' me...."
Captain Hook
"Peter Pan"*

It's been said that the role of the villain is always preferred by the actors over that of the hero.  And who can blame them?  It's more fun to play; there are no holds placed on how far over the top they go with the emoting; and usually they have the best costumes.

The villains are great and that's why Classic TV Villains are being celebrated throughout the Classic TV Blog Association this weekend.  

Here's the scheduled line-up:

February 18th
The Cybernauts from The Avengers - bare•bones e-zine
Roger C. Carmel - Captain Video
Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard - Comfort TV
The Cybermen from Doctor Who - Fire-Breathing Dimetrodon Time
Dr. Smith from Lost in Space - Michael's TV Tray
Jack Cassidy's Villains from Columbo - Once Upon a Screen
Katharine Wentworth (Morgan Brittany) from Dallas - Realweegiemidget Reviews
Bigfoot from The Six Million Dollar Man/The Bionic Woman - Some Polish American Guy Reviews Things

February 19th
Top 5 Rankin/Bass Christmas Villains - Christmas TV History
Dr. Loveless from The Wild, Wild West - Classic Film & TV Cafe
Howard Cosell - Classic TV Sports
Dandy Jim Buckley from Maverick - The Horn Section
Lt. Philip Gerard from The Fugitive - It's About TV
Bette Davis as Madame Sin - Made for TV Mayhem
Boris Badenov from Bullwinkle - Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The Meddling Monk from Doctor Who - Inner Toob

If you click on the CTVBA's button there to the left, you'll find the hyperlinks for all of the other blogs participating over these two days.

As you can see there at the end of the list, I - Yours Viewly - have my own contribution to the party: The Medding Monk, or just the Monk, the second villain from 'Doctor Who' to be showcased during this blogathon.  (For a show that's been around since 1963, there were bound to be a few bounders to be worthy of attention.)


Like other Gallifreyans - for example The Master, The Rani, The Corsair, and of course, The Doctor (who may or may not be also The Curator) - The Monk is known by that appellation rather than by his birth name. He has been identified as "Mortimus" and I rather like that even if it does come from the audio plays.

From the TARDIS DATA CORE:
Mortimus was a renegade Time Lord who had been a friend of the Doctor's on Gallifrey, until he fled Gallifrey to meddle in history under the alias of "the Monk". (TV: The Time Meddler) According to one account, it was mostly the Doctor who addressed him as such, (AUDIO: The Secret History) although Mortimus once said that most people called him "The Monk". (AUDIO: The Blame Game)


That description of the Monk as an old friend of the Doctor's is a good example of why I would rather disregard most of the information gleaned from sources outside the TV show.  In "The Time Meddler", the Doctor didn't know him, although apparently the Monk recognized him. And the Doctor assumed that the Monk was from fifty years into his Future.

As I said earlier, for the most part I don't want to take into consideration information about the Monk from the novelizations, the audio plays, or the illustrated stories.  But on occasion there is some trivial tidbit that does spark my interest.  But there's just something about that name that I like.



I'm a big believer that names should fit the person who bears it.  (Try switching the names of Laurence Olivier and Buddy Hackett.  It's just wrong!)  And "Mortimus" looks and feels like the perfect name for a monk played by Peter Butterworth.  However, just to be on the safe side, in case another writer comes along to revise his character, I'll accept "Mortimus" as an alias used by the Monk in much the same way as the Doctor uses the name John Smith while on Earth or when he sported the nickname "Theta Sigma" while he was at the Prydonian Academy.  


“The Monk” is not exactly the description of his vocation; however, the rogue Time Lord did favor the robes associated with the title.  (Those robes probably made it easier for him to blend in with wherever or whenever he was causing his temporal mischief.)

Here is the basic gist of the character from Wikipedia:

The Monk is a fictional character in the British science fiction television series 'Doctor Who'. Played by the British actor Peter Butterworth, the character appeared in two stories, "The Time Meddler" and "The Daleks' Master Plan', as an adversary of the First Doctor. They were written and co-written respectively by Dennis Spooner.

Other than the Doctor and Susan, the Monk was the first member of the Doctor's race to appear in the program, and the second Doctor Who villain (after the Daleks) to make a return appearance.

The Monk was the possessor of a stolen Mark IV TARDIS – superior to the Doctor's and with a fully functioning Chameleon Circuit. The Doctor hypothesized that the Monk left the Doctor's then-unnamed home planet, Gallifrey, some 50 years after the Doctor did.

[At this early stage in the history of the series, the name Time Lord and the details of the Doctor's origins had not yet been devised.]

The Monk liked to meddle in history and to change it for his own amusement and for what he considered to be the better: lending mechanical assistance to the builders of Stonehenge; giving Leonardo da Vinci tips on aircraft design; making money by using time travel to exploit compound interest; and, when the Doctor first encountered him, attempting to prevent the Norman Conquest as part of a plan to guide England into an early age of technological prosperity. On that occasion he wore the guise of a monk in order to gain the trust of the 11th-century locals of Northumbria, hence the name by which he became known.

The Monk also showed a childish and petulant side to his nature, although he did have a temper, and he could get annoyed and exasperated easily, usually when he was disturbed during his plans.
 (TV: The Time Meddler)

O’Bservation: In that description, he reminds me of my all-time favorite TV character, Miguelito Quixote Loveless from ‘The Wild, Wild West’.  (And as a reminder/plug, one of my compatriots in the CTVBA is doing a showcase on the diminutive Doctor….)


The Monk, as played by the late Peter Butterworth, only appeared in two stories as far as the television series was concerned and hasn't been seen on our TV screens since January of 1966.  He has returned several times since in other metafictional universes like BookWorld, the Audioverse, and the land of comics.  But I'm a televisiologist.  It's rather a purified viewpoint but I prefer to deal only with the TV Universe.  TV Land to some, Toobworld (Earth Prime-Time) for me.  So for the most part I'm not going to bring those outside stories into play.

Here are the summaries for the two stories in which he appeared:

THE TIME MEDDLER
From the TARDIS Data Core:
The Doctor, Vicki, and new companion Steven Taylor arrive in Saxon Northumbria on the eve of the Viking and Norman invasions. It is 1066, a pivotal moment in British history. The hand of a mysterious Monk is at work in the nearby monastery, intending that history takes a different course.

Based on this picture, the Monk had a multi-step plan to alter history, in order to avoid the time wasted on Mankind’s advancement during the Dark Ages.
  • Arrival in Northumbria
  • Position atomic cannon
  • Sight Vikings
  • Light beacon fires
  • Destroy Viking fleet
  • Norman landing
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Meet King Harold.

In my opinion, bringing back the Monk on a recurring basis would have been the best way to keep faith with Sidney Newman's original vision of using the show to teach kids about History.  What better way than to show what the historical facts were if you didn't also show how wrong the timeline could have turned out?

THE DALEKS' MASTER PLAN
From the TARDIS Data Core:
In the year 4000, the Daleks conspire to conquer the Solar System. Their scheme involves treachery at the highest levels and a weapon capable of destroying the very fabric of time. Only the Doctor and his friends can prevent catastrophe — and there is no guarantee they will escape with their lives....

With his second appearance, the Monk was almost incidental to the larger picture, a somewhat comic villain on the sidelines overshadowed by the Daleks and Mavic Chen:

The TARDIS next arrives on Tygus, a volcanic planet where the Doctor has a run-in with his old enemy, the Meddling Monk, who attempts to sabotage the TARDIS in revenge for the Doctor previously stranding him in 11th century England. The Doctor is still able to fly the TARDIS to Ancient Egypt, though he has to stop there for repairs. The Monk follows him, as does the task-force of Daleks and Mavic Chen. The Monk, Sara and Steven end up being captured and used as hostages, and without time to create another fake, the Doctor is forced to hand over the real Taranium core. They are only able to escape with their lives when some Ancient Egyptians attack the Daleks which they describe as 'war machines'. Knowing that the Daleks will now carry out their invasion, the Doctor steals the directional control from the Monk's TARDIS, so that they can return to Kembel and stop the Daleks. The Monk, meanwhile, unwittingly ends up on a desolate, icy planet, and realizes he can no longer control the destination of his TARDIS. [Wikipedia]



The Monk has not been seen in Toobworld for over a half century and I would doubt that he was stuck on that icy world (perhaps the Oodsphere?  Or - this being the interconnected TV Universe - Aracta from 'Battlestar Galactica' - "Gun On Ice Planet Zero"?) since then.  The role would have to be recast, using the Gallifreyan "Get Out Of Jail Free" card of regeneration, since Peter Butterworth passed away in January of 1979.  The show has seen other characters, usually entire species, revived and revised since its return in 2005 - from the devolved Macra to a more believable and detailed look at the Silurian, as well as the return of Rassilon and lovingly, Sarah Jane Smith, with an interesting twist to the sage of the Master.  

It's about time that the Monk was given such consideration as well, since I think he could serve an important function within the framework of the 'Doctor Who' timeline.  Over the course of the show's history, there have been plenty of plot holes, revisions, and those discrepancies which I call "Zonks".  And to make it all tidy, we could claim that it's because of interference by the Monk that these Zonks occurred.

Those two stories in which the Monk appeared would probably have been the template for future jousts with the Doctor – the Monk would have altered the Terran timeline but the Doctor would derail his plans and “make right what once went wrong”.

But it wouldn’t be exactly the same as it once was.

It would be like putting together IKEA furniture – little bits would still be left over from that earlier revised timeline. 

Here’s an evaluation of the Monk from the TARDIS Data Core:

Throughout his appearances, the Monk has generally come across as a 'wannabe' rather than a true villain or hero, with his greater plans and objectives fundamentally undermined by his own inability to recognize his limitations, such as participating in an alliance with the Daleks to conquer Earth because he believed that the Daleks would be defeated eventually.


For all of his grand schemes, there would only be tidbits, scraps of a new timeline remaining to mark that he had tried to make a difference, for good or ill, for the greater good or his own benefit.

And that’s when we can call upon the meddling Monk as the reason those discrepancies could be found in ‘Doctor Who’.  For example: K-9 was left on Gallifrey with Leela, yet when we saw the tin dog again, he was now with Sarah Jane Smith. 


But if you know me, then you know I wouldn’t be satisfied with just using the Monk to clean up production slip-ups in just ‘Doctor Who’ alone.  I consider myself one of the curators of the shared TV Universe and there have been so many Zonks over the years which needed some “splainin to do”.  Nothing major, nothing radical, mostly trivial – befitting a “wannabe” like the Monk.

Like I said, it could be something trivial in the grand scheme of things – a change in a character from one episode to the next, perhaps as simple a change as the character’s name.

Here are a few examples I collected, both from ‘Columbo’:

SGT. WILSON
When we first meet the bumbling yet eager police detective in “The Greenhouse Jungle”, his full name was Frederic Wilson.  However, when we met him again in a later episode (“Now You See Him”), the Sergeant was now known as John J. Wilson. 


I once entertained the theory that John J. and Frederic were twin brothers; they could have even have been that old TV stand-by, “identical cousins”.  But both John J. and Lt. Columbo make reference to having worked together in the past, with the inference being that it was on the Goodland murder investigation.  So instead I’ll make the claim that even though the Doctor was able to revert the timeline, something still happened differently that would cause Sgt. Wilson’s parents to name him John J. instead of Frederic this time around.  Perhaps the rehabilitation of “John J. Diggs” (‘The Dick Powell Theatre’) personally affected them the second time around.  (He might not even have been “saved” in the first timeline.)

CAPTAIN AUGUST & CAPTAIN SAMPSON
This could be a case in which there was a baby in the Sampson family who grew up to be a police captain.  Now the same could hold true in the revised timeline.  However, now the Sampsons had broken up and Mrs. Sampson took her child to be raised by her second husband, who adopted him and gave him the last name of August.  Aside from the name change, I would guess his life played out as it did in the previous timeline.


(The actor involved was Bill Zuckert, who also appeared in the ABC reboot of ‘Columbo’ as a third character in “Murder With Malibu”.  That time he was credited as “Father”, but I think I’d just want to make a clean break of it all with the network change.  Let that character be separate from the other two.)

As you can see, those are trivial changes, making them perfect to be the sad legacy of the Monk… as things stand now.  Certainly those aren’t temporal alterations on the scale achieved by Helen Cutter of 'Primeval', who reshaped American History for one thing, besides causing thousands of recastaways - like the woman who employed ‘Phyllis’ in San Francisco, Julie Erskine, and the fathers of Jerry ‘Seinfeld’ and George Costanza.  But still he could have had a more powerful impact on the TV World than we are aware of from viewing it from the outside looking in.


Remember, the Monk only had two adventures sparring with the Doctor… that we saw.  Within the “reality” of the ‘Doctor Who’ universe, think of all the other times he caused havoc and what might have been altered.

This is the Time Lord who helped in the construction of Stonehenge using an anti-gravitational lift.  He has all of Time and Space at his beck and call to help him rewrite our past.  He's not one to be taken lightly!



In his Peter Butterworth persona, perhaps his first incarnation, maybe he was a let-down as a villain.  But bring him back, regenerated into a new actor (or actress.)  Let’s see what chaos he could pull off in his next lifetime!

Just a side note: Last year I ran a "What If?" post about what the regenerations of the Doctor would have looked like had the US TV networks ripped off the 'Doctor Who' concept.

So let's take it a step further.  What would the Monk have looked like if he had been part of an Americanized 'Doctor Who'?  And what if he had been in for more than just two stories, regenerating along the way?

LAWRENCE DOBKIN
DENVER PYLE
JAMES GREGORY
ALBERT SALMI
BUDDY HACKETT
PHIL LEEDS
TONY RANDALL
Just a little bit o' "Wish-Craft" fun on my part.  Sorry about that, Chief.....

As for who could play the Monk should 'Doctor Who' bring him (or her) back from the Big Hiatus?  When the news broke last summer that Jodi Whitaker was hired to be the 13th Incarnation after weeks of speculation that Kris Marshall might get the nod, I thought there should be some sort of reward for being the distraction needed:


Next year, besides being the 40th anniversary of Peter Butterworth’s passing, it also marks his centenary on February 4th.  I think I could come up with a theoretical argument based on this post for the Monk’s inclusion in the TVXOHOF to celebrate. 

BCnU!

* The header quote is attributed to Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar in "Carry On Cleo", but it was Danny Kaye's utterance which first brought it to my attention.  And besides that, my source is from the greater Toobworld Dynamic and not the Cineverse.  (According to the IMDb, the movie got it from Jimmy Edwards' radio show "Take It From Here".)  But it's also an apt quote since Peter Butterworth who played the Monk could also be found in the "Carry On" franchise.





Sunday, February 18, 2018

VIDEO SUNDAY - THE DEAN MARTIN ROAST OF SAMMY DAVIS, JR.


I wasn't ready to stop celebrating the career of Sammy Davis, Jr. on the Video Weekend.  So here we have the Dean Martin Roast of the Candy Man......



BCnU!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

VIDEO SATURDAY - BLACK TOOBWORLD



"What if you could find brand new worlds right here on Earth?
Where anything is possible.
Same planet, different dimension...."
Quinn Mallory
'Sliders'

Toobworld Central has run with that concept; it had to.  There were far too many Zonks found in various TV series which prevented them from sharing the same dimension with the majority of shows.  For instance, Earth Prime-Time could never hold 'The Walking Dead'.  (Although 'iZombie' is a possibility for inclusion so long as it's kept contained.  The same held true for 'True Blood' until the vampire "reality" got out of hand.)

Any TV show with a President of the United States different from the Real World got relegated to an alternate TV dimension.  Most TV series are going to make references to the current POTUS, either in plot points or as the butt of jokes.  So 'The West Wing', 'Commander-in-Chief', 'Agent X', 'Designated Survivor', 'Hail To The Chief', 'Nancy'..... all are shipped off to their own Toobworlds.  And the same goes for TV shows which remake earlier series or recast characters in new situations - this is especially true of Superman, who is spread out across the multiverse in a handful of TV shows.

So besides the main Toobworld of Earth Prime-Time, there are all of these other alternate Toobworlds - Toobworld2 and Toobworld3 (the Lands o' Remakes), the Tooniverse (all cartoons), Toobstage (dramatized theatrical plays), Skitlandia (where comedy sketches are put out to pasture), many international Toobworlds (where established characters known to speak English - Holmes & Watson, for example - instead are fluent in the native tongue of the country which produced the show and speak nothing but.  TV shows dubbed into those languages would be relegated to those worlds while the original remains in Earth Prime-Time.)  And then there are all the Comic Book Toobworlds to be found in the current spate of superhero shows on the CW.

One of these alternate Toobworlds, and the focus of Video Saturday today, is Black Toobworld.  It is the world in which old TV shows are remade with black actors now playing the parts.  It's not a very populous dimension so far and a movie from the Cineverse has been dragged into the mix to bolster the population, but based on that premise, we might assume that other TV shows are in there with all black characters, but we just haven't seen them yet - 'The Beverly Hillbillies', 'Rhoda', 'Batman', 'Gunsmoke', 'Marcus Welby, MD' and 'I Love Lucy', which I assume would now be titled 'I Love Lucille' (with BB King as a guest star?.)  And some of those shows would have token white characters instead of the black ones - Link from 'The Mod Squad' would be white, as would Alexander Scott from 'I Spy'.  (Speaking of Cosby, I'm sure all of those shows which did have predominately black casts would remain the same in Black Toobworld - 'The Cosby Show', 'The Jeffersons', and 'What's Happening?')

So let's take a look at the verified black remakes of TV shows which populate Black Toobworld......

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK



THE ODD COUPLE 



KOJAK


IRONSIDE


S.W.A.T.

And multi-dimensional demon Mr. Sweet visited Black Toobworld to infect the black version of a sitcom powerhouse with song.....

FRIENDS


Here's a case where the original premise was a movie, but which was first transformed into a short-lived TV series with Kevin Meaney before being absorbed into Black Toobworld:


UNCLE BUCK





A movie absconded directly from the Cineverse was relocated to Black Toobworld....

THE HONEYMOONERS

O'Bservation: One show not included in this mix is 'Sanford & Son', even though it was "Americanized" from the Britcom 'Steptoe & Son'.  Since the names of the characters were changed, unlike all the examples above, then both sets of characters can exist in the same Toobworld.

BCnU!


Friday, February 16, 2018

TVXOHOF, FEBRUARY 2003: REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.


In February of 2003, the Television Crossover Hall of Fame inducted the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a multiversal historical figure.  There have been several portrayals of Dr. King in the Tooniverse, including a "What If?" scenario and two from Skitlandia.  He's been cloned; he's come back as a ghost; he's been transported into his own future; he survived the shooting.

Until some established TV character encounters King, I think the portrayal of Paul Winfield in the mini-series "King" will stand as the definitive televersion.  (There are advantages to being the first.)

"Boycott"
Jeffrey Wright


'King'
Paul Winfield

"Betty and Corretta"
Malik Yoba


'Clone High'
Donald Faison

'Epic Rap Battles'
Jordan Peele

'Parting The Waters'
Courtney B. Vance


"The Rosa Parks Story"
Dexter Scott King
 

"All The Way"
Anthony Mackie


'The Boondocks'
Kevin Michael Richardson


"Our Friend Martin"
Jaleel White


'Saturday Night Live'
Kenan Thompson

BCnU!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH - THURSDAY IS HER DAY: TINA MARA, THE FOURTH CATWOMAN




Normally, I try to steer clear of conflation, claiming that one TV character is the same character in another show.  Usually there will be even just one line of dialogue that I'm unaware of which would put the Zonk to the whole concept.

There are easy ones, to be sure, which are too tempting to let slide.  On 'Batman', when the Riddler looked like Gomez Addams, that's because it was Gomez Addams.


As happened once in 'The Addams Family', Gomez must have been conked on the head and gone bad.  And since "The Riddler" is more of a job description than an actual identity, he must have purloined the costume usually worn by Lew Rydell as the Riddler while Rydell was in prison again.

Today, in continuation of our tributes for Black History Month, we're going to take a look at another TV character who took advantage of a job opening in 'Batman'....



'MISSION IMPOSSIBLE'
"THE TRAITOR" (1967)
AS TINA MARA
 A U.S. intelligence operative has defected to an Eastern Bloc country and is currently housed at that nation's embassy in Washington. Briggs devises a plan in which a contortionist is needed to navigate through the ventilation system of the embassy and break into a top-security portion of the facility. What's more, Rollin will pose as an official of the nation while Barney, Willy and Cinnamon also play key roles.



Good morning, Mr. Briggs. Edward Hughes, an American Intelligence officer, has defected to the enemy and taken refuge in their embassy here. Hughes took with him a top-secret message before we had a chance to decode it. We believe the information in that message to be vital. The sender of the message has died. Hughes himself does not know the code so Victor Belson, one of the enemy's best cryptographers, is on his way to the embassy now. Belson is unknown to the personal there. Your mission, Dan, should you decide to accept it, would be to get the message back before the enemy deciphers it and get Hughes out of the embassy in a way to discredit any other information he may have given them. As always, should you or any member of your IM Force be caught of killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowlage of your actions. This recording will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Dan.


Tina Mara was a professional contortionist who was appearing at the New Hippodrome when the Impossible Mission Force, led by Dan Briggs, recruited her services to infiltrate an enemy state's embassy.  Her mission was to maneuver through the vents and retrieve a stolen coded document and discredit the traitor who had originally stolen it.



But after just that one call to duty, the IMF never asked for her services again.  What nobody expected, least of all Tina, was that the adrenaline rush from the mission would prove to be a highly addictive narcotic for her.  Without the venue of the IMF to serve as a sanction for her proclivities, Tina Mara now risked going down the dark path to a life of crime......


By the summer of 1966, the word was spreading in the criminal underworld that Catwoman was dead, a victim of her own greed.  There were rumors that when the Dynamic Duo had searched the bottom of the chasm where she fell, Selina Kyle's body was not to be found, only a small black cat.  


So now there were challengers hoping to gain the coveted alias of The Catwoman, with the first appearing that summer.  She teamed up with the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin but their alliance proved to be no match for Batman and Robin.  Soon she ended up in jail, where she fell in love with one of the detectives assigned to the case.  She reformed while in prison and married the detective after she got out.  Now going by her married name of Elizabeth "Betty" Jones rather than her other alias of the "Russian" Miss Kitka, her happiness was short-lived - her husband was killed during an investigation, prompting her father-in-law Barnaby to come out of retirement as a private eye and Betty went to work for him as a secretary.

But that's another story for another Bat-time.

By that September, it appeared that Selina Kyle had not died in that chasm fall after all and she resumed her previous career as the Catwoman.  However, this was someone who had taken her form and was in fact an Egyptian goddess known as Bastet.  The goddess wanted to explore life as a mortal and chose Selina Kyle's form and her memories as a tribute to one of her favored acolytes.  (It would be an idea which the Lord of Hell, Lucifer himself, would dabble in nearly fifty years later.)


But again, another story for another Bat-Time.

Once Bastet tired of playing the mortal and relinquished her earthly body, it became apparent that once again there was a void to be filled by a new Catwoman.  And so Tina Mara decided that the time was right to make her debut in the role.  December of 1967, Tina Mara made her debut as a super-villain.


'BATMAN' 
AS THE CATWOMAN #3
1] "THE BLOODY TOWER" (1967)
Eartha Kitt has a cameo at the end of the episode to set up her appearance as Catwoman in the next episode.


2] "CATWOMAN'S DRESSED TO KILL" (1967)
The Catwoman targets the fashion industry by first terrorizing a banquet honoring Batgirl and then attacking a fashion show. During the attack on the fashion show, Catwoman captures Batgirl and takes her back to her hideout where she threatens to kill her with a pattern cutter. She then tells Batman that if he attempts to rescue her that it will leave the visiting Queen Bess of Bellgravia vulnerable for attack. Now the Caped Crusader must find a way to save Batgirl and prevent any harm to Queen Bess. 



3] "THE OGG COUPLE" (1967)
Eartha Kitt and Cesar Romero's cameo at the end of the episode to set up their appearance as Catwoman and the Joker in the next episode. 



4] "THE FUNNY FELINE FELONIES" (1967)
The Joker, just released from prison, teams up with Catwoman. They follow the clues of an ancient riddle to retrieve a nightshirt and an antique crib, which together form a map to a hidden cache of gunpowder which they plan to use for their next crime. Batman and Robin, together with Batgirl, follow their trail, little knowing that they are about to walk right into an ambush.
—Twenty Penguins


5] "THE JOKE'S ON CATWOMAN" (1968)
Following a tip from Batgirl, the Dynamic Trio meet up at the Grimalkin Novelty Company, hideout of the Joker and Catwoman. There, they overhear the arch-criminals' plot and secretly trail them to a stash of hidden gunpowder. A careless mistake spoils the villains' evil plan, however, and they are captured and brought before the Gotham City judge. But when the jury seems less than interested in justice, courtroom mayhem ensues.
—Twenty Penguins


'I SPY'
"THE LOSER"
 (1965)
AS "ANGEL"
When Scotty is captured by a local gangster he encounters a beautiful drug addict working for the mobster. Their attempts to escape invariably lead to recapture. And, of course, Kelly is of no help when he also joins this endless game of cat and mouse.
—David Foss

Scotty is kidnapped by drug dealers and held for the $3,000,000 in heroin he and Kelly had intercepted earlier. Ring-leader General Chu orders nightclub owner Ramon to hold straight-jacketed Scotty in Angel`s dressing room until Kelly surrenders the huge cache of heroin.

I'm sure the most O'Bservant among Team Toobworld noticed that this 'I Spy' episode aired two years earlier the episodes from 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Batman'.  But Toobworld doesn't need to adhere to broadcast timelines, only those established within the framework of Toobworld.  So "The Loser" was shown two years before it actually happened.  This is not a Zonk for Toobworld, however, just as it's not a Zonk for this little fantasy realm that 'Star Trek' takes place 400 years after we saw it.  What's two years among friends in comparison to four hundred?

Eventually, Tina Mara's crime spree as the Catwoman came to an end.  By January of 1968, Tina Mara's adrenaline fix was cut off as she and the Joker were nabbed by Batman and Robin for the last time.  But being the contortionist that she was, Tina was able to escape Gotham Prison quickly and then she fled the country. 


She wound up in Hong Kong, falling in with another criminal - a drug smuggler named Ramon Pauley (anglicized from "Pauli".)  Assuming the name "Angel" to cover her tracks, she took a job as a singer in the nightclub/gambling den which Pauley used as the base of his operation. Tina was hoping to use the role of a chanteuse as a cover for her intended resumption of her career as a cat burglar, now in Hong Kong.  However, she made a dreadful choice by sampling the drugs Pauley was dealing as a means to assuage her adrenaline addiction but soon became hooked.  International spies Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott tried to rescue her from that den, but she was too far gone and knew her life was forever ruined by drugs.


The cops were called by Kelly and Scott and they quickly invaded the place, arresting everyone - including Pauley and the warlord financing the operation, General Chu (rumored to be the son of Fu Manchu.)  Hopefully Tina "Angel" Mara got the help she needed, but she was never seen again in Toobworld......


O'BSERVATION:
The character played by Albert Paulsen in that 'I Spy' episode was only known as "Ramon".  It is my own theory of relateeveety that his last name should be "Pauley", making him the brother of Vincent Pauley as seen in "The Conspirators", a 'Columbo' episode.  (Also played by Paulsen)

BCnU!