Inspector Gadget

Season 1 Episode 20

M.A.D. Trap

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MAD agent Rat begins committing crimes in an easy-to-predict pattern to lure Gadget into a steel foundry that has been turned into a deathtrap.

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  • MAD Trap is the only episode where Gadget uses all of his gadgets to saves his life, and he saves Penny and Brain's lives as well. Gadget is sent to the scene of every crime that Doctor Claw sends the Rat to commit to elimenate Gadget. Gadget knows thatmoreless

    9.5
    this is a one man crimwave. Penny was superb in this adventure as well. She investigates with her uncle the crimes commited by the Rat, who works for Doctor Claw. Doctor Claw traps Gadget in a factory. He sends Gadget to a lava vat. Penny and Brain foil Claw's plot. Then for the final blow, Claw tries to throw more lava on Gadget. Gadget escapes that as well. The building is on fire. Penny and Brain run to Gadget, who tells Penny it was a good thing all of his gadgets were working perfectly. The building is about to explode. Gadget saves himself, and he also saves his moece and their dog as well. Claw knows that Gadget wins agian. He says "Next time, Gadget, I'll get you, next time! Gadget at the end has a safety tip for everybody. He explains that we all need to be in tip top shape. This is one of the most exciting episodes of Inpsector Gadget ever made!moreless
  • Dr. Claw sends the Rat out into Metro City to commit small crimes in a such a pattern as to lead Gadget to his ultimate doom at the scene of the final crime.moreless

    1.5
    This episode was just plain awful. The story was rushed, unexciting, and nearly devoid of action.



    The only real action in the episode comes at the end when Gadget is trapped in the sheet metal factory. Dr. Claw tries to drop him in a vat of molten metal.



    But, oh dear Lord at all the problems. The voices of Dr. Claw, Brain, and Mad Cat are different. Dr. Claw isn't as frightening. Also, there was almost no use of the dramatic effect that the show's music can place on a scene. It was just all dialogue and go-go-go. As for comedy ... most of it is physical comedy that only a three- or four-year-old would find funny.



    Why would Metro Police shut down because MAD hasn't committed any crimes lately? Surely there are other crimes that occur in the city. Penny never uses her computerbook. To solve Dr. Claw's puzzle, she paints on a map in art class. To help Gadget down from the magnet, she uses her wrist watch! It seems as if the writer of the episode knew almost nothing about the characters.



    The Rat character was kind of interesting. Gadget doesn't arrest him at the end of the episode. Dr. Claw gets away and so does the Rat! Quimby didn't show up to say, "Good work, Gadget. You've apprehended the burglar." I know that this doesn't fit into the Gadget formula, and not every story has to, but the formula that was used in its stead does not work at all.



    A poor, poor episode.moreless
Cree Summer

Cree Summer

voice of Penny (1983-1985)

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

voice of Chief Quimby

Don Adams

Don Adams

voice of Inspector Gadget

Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman

voice of Corporal Capeman (Season 2)

Kathy Morse

Kathy Morse

Additional voices

Holly Berger

Holly Berger

voice of Penny (1985)

Don Francks

Don Francks

Additional Voices/voice of Dr. Claw

Recurring Role

Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey

voice of The Rat/Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is the only story where Gadget uses his smart thinking to save his life as well as Penny and Brain from the evil clutches of Doctor Claw.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Frank Welker does not contribute his voice to this episode (did he have laryngitis that week, or what?). Thus Dr. Claw was voiced by Deem Bristow, and Brain and MAD Cat were voiced by a different actor here.

      Some web sites list this episode's title as "Map Trap," which would seem to make sense given the plot.

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