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Recap: The Adventures of Batman & Robin E1 "Sideshow"
aka: The Adventures Of Batman And Robin Sideshow

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  • Conjoined Twins: May and June
  • Continuity Nod: "Almost Got 'Im" has a bit where Killer Croc claims to have hurled a rock at Batman — this happened in this episode (which was made and aired after "Almost Got 'Im"). Also in "Trial", when the inmates were yelling for Batman's execution, Croc yells, "Hit him with a rock!"
  • Driven to Villainy: A theme of the episode, and subverted. Croc plays his (partially fabricated) rough origins for sympathy with the former carnival freaks he stays with, as well as to avoid blame for his crimes. One of the reporters riding along in the train transferring him to prison even comments on this—Croc's being moved from the asylum because the courts deemed him responsible for his actions. In the end none of the performers are willing to go the lengths that Croc would, and he admits that being a villain, even to those that helped him, is just who is.
  • The Farmer And The Viper: Killer Croc escapes while escorted by train to a prison, Batman in hot pursuit. They fall off a cliff and are knocked out. Croc wakes up in a secluded home owned by former circus performers. It's Croc's perfect chance to start a new life. Naturally Croc claims Batman is evil to get their help in capturing him. Then Croc captures everyone and plans to kill them and run off with their retirement money. When he's eventually foiled, he does seem a little regretful as he's taken away.
    Billy the Seal boy: [Why'd you do it, Croc?]
    Killer Croc: You said you could be yourself out here, remember? I guess that's what I was doing. Being myself.
  • Instant Sedation: Averted. A tranquilizer dart takes a few minutes to affect Killer Croc at all, and he has plenty of time to stumble about looking for a place to hide before finally passing out.
  • Not So Different: The circus freaks see Killer Croc's true nature.
  • Shipped in Shackles: Opens with Killer Croc being transported to prison with his arms and legs in shackles. He escapes by biting through the chains. After Batman recaptures him he is taken away chained, straight jacketed and muzzled.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Killer Croc did this to a bunch of circus freaks who had hidden themselves away from the outside world so they could be themselves. They were willing to let him join them on their farm, but when Killer Croc heard they had $50,000, he couldn't resist. When asked why after he's captured, Killer Croc solemnly admits he had to be himself.


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alternative title(s): The Adventures Of Batman And Robin Sideshow
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