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Review of the Episode "Dry Spell" in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on August 2, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

The Main Subject Covered in the Episode "Dry Spell"

In the 53rd episode of the first season of the cartoon Inspector Gadget, "Dry Spell" is an episode that is about the fact that because of a major heatwave that has struck Metro City, there is a massive drought problem and residents of the city are encouraged to conserve their water usage. However, the hero Inspector Gadget does not seem to realize how severe the drought problem in Metro City is. When he walks into the house, he tells his niece Penny that he used water bottles to wash his Gadget vehicle. Penny is shocked to even hear this and she says that the city residents don't have enough water to drink. So much for water conservation right? Inspector Gadget does not grasp the importance of water conservation.

Picture of a Desert With a Dry Riverbed

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What Scheme is Dr. Claw Up to This Time?

Dr. Claw has been able to make the reservoirs in Metro City all dry up. His plan is to sell water back to the residents of Metro City at extremely high prices. Note: in the episode itself, it is revealed that the cost of water is $50 per glass and $500 per bottle. Gadget must find the cause of the reservoirs drying up. As Penny says in the episode "only Dr. Claw would sell water to thirsty people." She is very smart for her age.

Who is the Main Agent That Assists Dr. Claw?

Rick Boulder, Dr. Claw's main agent in this episode is a very strong, muscular man that has the ability to lift large, heavy rocks and launch them at his foes. He also has two pet gremlins that assist him.

A Scene from the Episode "Dry Spell"

Inspector Gadget is seen here in a dry riverbed as he is sweating because it is so hot.
Inspector Gadget is seen here in a dry riverbed as he is sweating because it is so hot. | Source

How Good is the Episode Dry Spell?

Dry Spell like many of the 1st season's episodes is an important episode mainly because it teaches people ways that they can save water. The episode is pretty entertaining as there are chase scenes where the gremlins of the agent Rick Boulder chase Penny around while she smartly is able to figure out that Dr. Claw diverted all the water of Metro City into a huge underground lake. She is able to make sure that the reservoirs fill back up with water after she uses the powers of her computer book to override Dr. Claw's controls. When Dr. Claw sees that the water is filling back up into the reservoirs, he tries to destroy the main dam. This time however, because of chance or luck, the boulder at a place called Balancing Rock falls off of its foundation when Inspector Gadget uses his copter to fly off of it. The boulders fall into the dam, thus stopping the flow of the water. Although Penny and Gadget's dog Brain usually solve the cases, in this episode, Gadget ended up doing some of the work by chance. At the end of the episode, Gadget's boss Chief Quimby tells him that he did an outstanding job (pretty typical of the Chief to say that) and that he does not know how Gadget did the job. Gadget tells the Chief that he would rather settle for ice cream! Dry Spell is one of those episodes that is one of my favorites of the first season and it is certainly better than the episode that follows it which is Smeldorado.

"Dry Spell"

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