In the second season, writer Robert Mintz came up with a bizarre series of easter eggs for the Batman episodes "The Black Widow Strikes Again"/"Caught in the Spider's Den" starring Tallulah Bankhead as the nominal Black Widow, who brainwashes people to rob them.
You see, the entire two-parter contained references to all of Batman's then-current sponsors.
First up, Black Widow goes to rob her first bank. Before she reveals her evil intent, she seems to just be making a deposit. The bank manager notes that that doing so is "An excellent way to start your day," which was the then-slogan (and actually is STILL the slogan) for Kelloggs, a sponsor of the series.
Later, Batman wants to test the brain of one of the bank managers who was brainwashed and robbed. He is naturally worried...
but Commissioner Gordon notes to a worried bank owner "You can be sure if it's Batman," which is a reference to Westinghouse's slogan at the time.
She then robs a Beneficial Savings and Loan bank, also a sponsor.
The brianwashed bank manager gives their slogan, "At Beneficial, we're here to benefit you"...
Later, while Batman and Robin are staking out the Black Widow's next bank to rob, Aunt Harriet comes by and tries to open a savings account for Dick. She is offended by the manager and leaves, noting, "There's always Beneficial."
Batman notes, "Good for you, Aunt Harriet."
Black Widow eventually captures Batman and Robin. Batman access the Bat-Computer remotely and Alfred uses the computer to back-trace the signal and discovers that the signal came from 411 Lava Drive...
Lava Soap was another sponsor.
At the end, a captured Black Widow remarks "And only Batman knows for sure"...
a reference to Clairol's then-slogan ("Only her hairdresser knows for sure")...
I have no idea what Mintz's POINT was, exactly, but it is still pretty darn neat!
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