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Perspective on the Cartoon Inspector Gadget "Greenfinger" Episode 24

Updated on November 21, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Some Basic Statistics About the Episode Greenfinger


  • Original Air Date: October 12, 1983
  • Theme: the episode is about weeds, gardening, and proper lawn care.
  • Main characters: Inspector Gadget, Penny, Brain, Dr. Claw, Mr. Greenfinger, an imposter posing as Mr. Greenfinger, Chief Quimby

Inspector Gadget is seen here in the speed boat wondering why he has been pursued by Dr. Claw's agents.
Inspector Gadget is seen here in the speed boat wondering why he has been pursued by Dr. Claw's agents.

What is the Best Part of the Episode Greenfinger?

“Greenfinger” may not be one of the best episodes in the history of the Inspector Gadget series but in this episode, there is a speed boat scene where Inspector Gadget goes on a fast speed boat ride through the water and he is attacked by two agents of Dr. Claw but he thinks that they are his allies!

Inspector Gadget Saves the Fake Greenfinger

In the meantime, the impostor ends up being dragged through the water and almost drowns before the Inspector saves him. Greenfinger is one of those episodes that tries to show the importance of getting rid of weeds in your garden. Similarly, it is said that thoughts are like the garden of our minds but that’s a different story altogether.

Greenfinger Brief Synopsis

Inspector Gadget is assigned to report for duty at Greenfield Institute, a botanical compound. Gadget must prevent a special formula from getting into the hands of Dr. Claw and his agents but he arrives there too late because the real Mr. Greenfinger has been captured and the formula which transforms weeds into giant killer vegetable stalks has now been perfected.

Penny Gets Captured

When Brain contacts Penny, by this point in the episode, Inspector Gadget is being suffocated by a giant stalk of weeds and if it wasn’t for his dog Brain’s clever help, the Inspector might have been eliminated. Penny herself gets captured and put into the basement where the real Mr. Greenfinger is being held.

Dr. Claw Thinks That He Has Beaten Inspector Gadget

The one interesting thing about the episode Greenfinger is that at the end, Dr. Claw thinks that he has won this time because the Inspector helped him out by leaving behind one barrel of the formula. But as it turns out, the formula that made these plants grow into giant plants and weeds was only temporary.

Final Thoughts About the Episode Greenfinger

As Penny is able to override the controls of the blimp, bringing the blimp into the water, all the vegetables that were of a huge size because of that formula now return to their normal size. The episode also features the use of a Venus Fly Trap which almost swallows Brain and Inspector Gadget but it is not good enough to make the episode any more than average.

One thing that I can say is that Chief Quimby unfortunately always has to deal with the message self-destructing and in this episode he is hiding in a fire hydrant as the message self-destructs causing him to fly into the air as the water really comes out. But this still means that Greenfinger is one of the weakest episodes of the first season of Inspector Gadget.

Rating for the episode Greenfinger: 70 out of 100 points


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© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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