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Perspective on Inspector Gadget Episode 3 "Down on the Farm"

Updated on December 23, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

How Does the Episode Down on the Farm Begin? What Does It Show About Inspector Gadget's Character?

Here is some more perspective about the cartoon Inspector Gadget but this time, the focus will be on one of the earliest episodes of the show called "Down on the Farm." Early on, viewers see that the main hero Inspector Gadget is highly disorganized and he has failed to secure his luggage. With the start of this episode, you will see a few of the common themes that occur throughout the series. He is stuck in a big traffic jam in Metro City (the name of the city in this cartoon). After Inspector Gadget picks up his entire luggage, he still fails to secure it and he puts the entire luggage on top of his Gadget van! You would think that he would have the sense to put all of the luggage in the van where it would be secure but it shows Inspector Gadget’s lack of real intelligence especially in this case. He tells his niece Penny that he was in such an anxious mood to leave the house that he failed to secure the luggage. But in reality, he was disorganized and he probably just rushed to leave the house. What also is in this analysis is a few other common themes or occurrences in the history of Inspector Gadget.

Inspector Gadget in the episode Down on the Farm as he is in the control room wondering how it works.
Inspector Gadget in the episode Down on the Farm as he is in the control room wondering how it works. | Source

Common theme #2: Chief Quimby and the self-destructing assignments

In the series Inspector Gadget, at the beginning of each episode, Inspector Gadget receives a phone call from Chief Quimby, his boss and head of the Metro City police force. The Chief hands Gadget a piece of paper that has a message or a mission that his top agent Inspector Gadget is expected to accomplish.

Common theme #3: Dr. Claw’s agents do what they can to try and get rid of Inspector Gadget but it does not work because Gadget’s dog Brain usually saves him.

Common theme #4: There is always a plan by Dr. Claw to try and impose his will and dominate the world

However, he does not succeed in his plans because the inspector’s very smart niece Penny saves the day.

In the episode Down on the Farm, Dr. Claw gathers the parts for an experimental missile and Inspector Gadget must locate that missile in time. Meanwhile, Penny and Brain are actually the two characters that notice that the cables that connect the ignition switch to the main booster are what powers the missile. Inspector Gadget ends up in the control room and actually stops Dr. Claw from being able to launch the missile. However, it is Brain that cuts the main cable that powers the ignition switch thus ending Dr. Claw’s plot for world domination. This sets up another common theme in the series in which Dr. Claw escapes and he remains angry because his plans have been foiled.

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Memorable Quotes from the Episode Down on the Farm

“Fools! Where is now?”

“Well if he followed our directions, he should be miles away.”

“Get out there and make sure!” Dr. Claw instructs his agents what to do to find Inspector Gadget.

Final Thoughts About the Episode Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm represents one of the early exciting moments in the history of Inspector Gadget and we notice that the main character actually showed some analytical skills to a degree. Even though we cannot really call it a victory, Inspector Gadget was able to delay Dr. Claw’s plans for a brief moment as the timer was counting down for the missile launch.

Final rating of the episode Down on the Farm: 90 points out of 100 A

"Down on the Farm"

© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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