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Episode Review: "Busy Signal" in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on February 16, 2024
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A rotary phone, one of the inventions that is used in the episode "Busy Signal."
A rotary phone, one of the inventions that is used in the episode "Busy Signal."

The Significance of the Episode "Busy Signal" and Episode Synopsis

There are episodes that are so memorable in a work of entertainment that people still remember the original work many years after it was aired and or released. One example of this is the episode Busy Signal in the animated cartoon Inspector Gadget. Busy Signal is an episode in which Dr. Claw along with his assistant or man in command Dr. Spectrum has devised a plan that allows the organization M.A.D. to steal valuables from the homes of the elite of Metro City using telephones. Dr. Claw’s agents can use phone circuits to transport themselves from location to location by the number that they use to program where they will end up. However, for these agents to use the phone circuits effectively, the phone must be off the hook. Anything that is sent to one location can be re-materialized by the push of a red button. This red button if it is pushed can return the items or persons to their original locations. But the hero Inspector Gadget thinks that mansions are being burglarized. He also thinks that the ray that Dr. Spectrum uses is a remote control for changing channels on the TV!

A Special Note About the Episode "Busy Signal"

Note: in this episode the term de-materialize is used to describe what happens when a person or object is zapped by the use of Dr. Spectrum’s beam style weapon.

What Happens in the Rest of the Episode "Busy Signal?"

In this episode, both Dr. Spectrum and the agents have the upper hand on the hero as they are able to carry out their plan at least for a while. An owner of a mansion upon being robbed contacts the police and tells them his story. However, he gets taken to a hospital for observation because the medical staff think that he has gone crazy. After Inspector Gadget gets hit with the beam by the device used by Dr. Spectrum, he ends up at 1918 Estate Drive where that large mansion is. Meanwhile, his niece Penny is captured by Dr. Spectrum while she is investigating. Dr. Spectrum and one of the agents think about sending her to Dr. Claw. However, Penny uses a clever tactic to distract those two agents and she is able to kick the device out of Dr. Spectrum’s hands and eventually escape.

"Busy Signal" Full Episode

A Very Memorable Quote from the Episode "Busy Signal" and a Brief Explanation

"I had no idea the Chief was so patriotic."

The Chief and Inspector Gadget are in this scene after the message has self-destructed and the Chief is still hanging onto the flag pole.

You Could Say That Inspector Gadget Solves This Case Due to Being Lucky

The episode Busy Signal ends in a rather interesting of bizarre fashion. Inspector Gadget gets a hold of the beam style weapon and inadvertently presses the red button, sending all the valuables back to where Gadget was standing. The looted material is saved thanks to Inspector Gadget. However, Dr. Spectrum escapes using the beam style weapon. However, Busy Signal still remains one of the finest episodes in the history of Inspector Gadget.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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