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The episode begins with a episode of ''The Gray Ghost'', a television series Bruce watched as a boy. In this particular episode ("The MadBomber") a series of bombings rock the city, with a ransom of a million dollars demanded otherwise there will be future attacks.

Cut to present day Gotham, where a series of bombings rock the city, with a ransom of a million dollars demanded otherwise there will be future attacks. Batman realizes that the bombings are the same as the ones in ''The Gray Ghost'' and he begins to investigate what the connection is.

His attempts to locate the old episode fails, as he learns the studio behind it burned down in a fire that also destroyed the entire ''Gray Ghost'' archive. He instead tracks down the show's main actor, Simon Trent, who is now a broke recluse who cannot find work since the role typecast him for life. In fact, he's just had to sell off almost all his ''Gray Ghost'' memorabilia to a toy collector just to pay the rent.

Batman buys back his merchandise as a goodwill gesture, along with a note to meet. When Trent realizes it's ''The Dark Knight'' looking for him, he's understandably nervous, but agrees. No sooner do they meet than another bombing strikes Gotham, with Trent taking the opportunity to flee. Batman is not deterred however and waits for Trent at his apartment. Angry at being stalked, Trent threatens to call the police, but Batman believes Trent knows something about the bombings and convinces him to help. Trent reveals he has copies of ''all'' the old show episodes and reluctantly gives them to Batman, before telling him to leave him alone.

Bruce watches the film Trent gave him, with fond memories of watching ''The Gray Ghost'' with his father. Watching the "Mad Bomber" episode, he discovers toy RC cars delivered the bombs, something Bruce finds unbelievable. Nonetheless, Batman calls Commissioner Gordon with the information, who positions police and SWAT outside Gotham library, the next bomb target.

Sure enough, the toy cars appear. The first one is sniped. Batman takes out the second with a flamethrower, but the third escapes. Batman chases it down but finds it was only a decoy. More bomb-cars are sent after Batman, but someone drops a rope for him to escape: it's Simon Trent, dressed as The Gray Ghost. Batman shows him the toy car and asks for his help in investigating. Intrigued, Trent agrees.

Trent is taken to the Batcave, which leaves him in awe, as it is modeled after The Gray Ghost's lair. Batman had in fact used him as an influence, and shows Trent the memorabilia he had collected in a shrine. The computer picks up fingerprints on the toy car belonging to Simon Trent, but he denies being involved. Under interrogation he realizes that the toy collector he sold his merchandise to earlier must be The Mad Bomber.

Batman confronts the collector, who sets more bombs after him. Trent smashes through a window and knocks him into a bookshelf, which causes the toyshop the collector uses as a lair to catch fire and explode. Batman saves him, before the collector breaks down in front of Batman and Trent over losing his precious toys.

The incident hits the papers and Trent is filled with new purpose at his revitalized image, he also hands over his film reels of ''The Gray Ghost'' to be published to video. At a later signing event, Bruce asks Trent for his autograph and hints that he is really Batman.

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!!Tropes:

* ActorAllusion: Natural given it's Creator/AdamWest.
* AdamWesting: With the real Creator/AdamWest, no less, playing a character very similar to Live-TV Batman.
* AscendedFanboy: As a kid Batman was a big Gray Ghost fan. It was a lot of his influence that he used for The Dark Knight.
* BadassLongcoat: The Gray Ghost sports one.
* BrokenPedestal: Batman was such a fan of the fictional Gray Ghost, even ''he'' has a hard time with the realization that his childhood hero was just an actor in a role who's become a bitter and jaded man.
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: An in-universe example: Simon Trent played a Batman-like superhero named Gray Ghost in an immensely popular TV show which little Bruce was a big fan of. Decades later, Trent is now facing poverty partly because he cannot get any roles because [[IAmNotSpock everyone still thinks of him as the Gray Ghost]]. Then Batman comes along on a case and ropes him in to assist him. Much to his own surprise, Trent makes a passable superhero (and more importantly, learns that the Big {{Badass}} Batman was primarily ''inspired'' by his portrayal of one). A fairly meta example, when you consider the [[AdamWesting actor voicing Trent]] is none other than Creator/AdamWest.
* CaptainErsatz:
** The Gray Ghost is inspired by Radio/TheShadow, who himself also inspired Batman.
** The Gray Ghost is also a CaptainErsatz of early DC pulp-hero ''The Crimson Avenger'', who wore a Shadow-like costume. Unfortunately, Batman supplanted him a year or so after his debut.
* CrackIsCheaper: An in-universe example.
* CoolOldGuy: Simon Trent, who in turn is voiced by real life CoolOldGuy Creator/AdamWest.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Simon Trent/The Gray Ghost, who is not only less concerned with criminal's welfare than Batman, but is darker than Creator/AdamWest's portrayal of Batman.
* DescendedCreator: The toy collector is played by series creator Creator/BruceTimm.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: The HiddenVillain MadBomber is [[ChekhovsGunman the young toy collector that bought Simon Trent's Gray Ghost memorabilia earlier in the episode.]]
-->'''Simon Trent:''' What did you find?\\
'''Batman:''' Fingerprints on the toy car. And they belong to you, Simon Trent.\\
'''Simon Trent:''' That's not possible.\\
'''Batman:''' Your prints are on this car. You had the only copy of the show. The Mad Bomber followed the show step by step.\\
'''Simon Trent:''' But I'm not the Mad Bomber, Batman. I'm not. I sold my Gray Ghost cars months ago to pay for my... ''[[BeneathSuspicion No, it can't be him.]]''
* EurekaMoment: Simon realizes the toy collector is the Mad Bomber, before ''Batman'' no less.
* FreezeFrameBonus: At the end of the episode, look at the top of the blown-up ''People'' magazine cover when they pan up to show it clearly, and you'll see "Matt Hagen: Man of a Thousand Faces" across the top above the People logo.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The Gray Ghost (a thinly veiled black and white ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show copy) is voiced by Adam West.
* InkSuitActor: The toy collector-cum-Mad Bomber is one for ''Bruce Timm himself'', who also voices the character!
* JadedWashout: Simon Trent, the typecast actor who played the Gray Ghost, years after the show was cancelled.
* KillItWithFire: Batman bursts out of the Gotham library with a flamethrower to destroy one of the car bombs.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Subdued, as is most of Batman's emotion usually, but Batman and Gray Ghost aren't this trope's image for nothing.
* MadBomber: Played straight
* OldSuperhero
* RageAgainstTheReflection: When Trent learns he's just been turned down for a role again, he smashes most of his ''Gray Ghost'' memorabilia collection in a rage, before collapsing in the corner of his apartment, [[TearJerker sobbing]].
* RedHerring: The show makes it look like the video store manager is a suspect.
* ShoutOut: While The Gray Ghost is similar to Batman, his appearance and style is closer to Radio/TheShadow.
* TheUnmasking: When Batman shows Trent the Gray Ghost shrine he says, "As a kid, I used to watch you with my father. The Gray Ghost was my hero." He says the same thing as Bruce at a autograph signing.
* TypeCasting: In-Universe: Simon Trent was unable to get any parts since a lot of people (the ones who still even remember) still see him as the Gray Ghost. But after helping Batman, he very likely went back to stardom.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Bruce's reaction to the toy cars.

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