Inspector Gadget

Season 1 Episode 1

Winter Olympics

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Aired Weekdays 7:30 AM Sep 10, 1983 on
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Winter Olympics
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Dr. Claw tries to disrupt the Olympic Games at the Winterland Resort, while at the same time attempting to rub out Gadget.

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  • Claw is disrupting the Winter Olympics and Gadget is sent to stop him.

    4.5
    Why have a moustached Gadget for the pilot episode? The storyline was very disjunct. At first Gadget is taking in the festivities, then he decides he wants private ski lessons, then he wants skating lessons. The Mad Yodeler was a silly character. When Brain is sent to help Gadget against the huge robot, it takes him seconds to get from the cabin to Claw's secret hideout, when earlier Gadget, Penny, and Brain are show having to drive there. The exploding letter gag was used multiple times. The main characters aren't properly introduced. I don't understand why the first episode took place in Winterland and not in Metro City. Why Claw wants to disrupt the Olympics isn't explained.moreless
  • Moustached Inspector Gadget!

    10
    Wow, Penny sounds so different. Gadget ACTUALLY discovered a M.A.D. agent! Another feature? The moustache! They removed it because it looked to much like Inspector Clouseau from Pink Panther. MGM threatened to sue them, so they removed it. Not only does Gadget have it in the episode, but even in the intro as well! Gadget looked alright with one, but I am happy they removed it. He didn't look too good with it. The intro was also alittle different, including different scenes at some parts. This episode was alright. I mean, it was the pilot episode. Only some things to say: GO-GO-GADGET PILOT EPISODE!moreless
  • Go-Go-Gadget Pilot!

    5.0
    Well, if you've seen this one you've seen It: the Moustache. Yes, the character designers originally drew Gadget with a thick black handlebar-esque moustache - it's even in the opening sequence (which differs slightly from the sequence used for the rest of the series). But apparently children everywhere Objcted Heavily to the facial hair, as Gadget remaind clean-shaven for the rest of the series. I kind of like the Moustache personally - Gadget doesn't look bad with one - but I'm glad they didn't keep it.



    In this, the pilot episode, not only does Gadget have a moustache but a few other things are different. For one, Gadget is actually slightly competent: for insance he recognised a M.A.D. agent once! Also, Brain accompanied him on much of his mission. And Chief Quimby got blown up not once but *three* times - lucky or him they decided to cut that gag down to only once an episode. Penny sonds SO wimpy-girly in this episode as well, I'm glad Summer ironed out her performance after recording Gadget In Winterland, otherwise I think her character would have been unbearable for the rest of the season.



    Dr. Claw and Madcat however started the series off as the same evil characters we came to count on week after week. Go-Go-Gadget Pilot; this one delivers a pretty solid Inspector Gadget experience...with bonus facial hair!moreless
Cree Summer

Cree Summer

voice of Penny (1983-1985)

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

voice of Brain / Dr. Claw / Mad Cat (pilot only)

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

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Penny (this episode only)

Guest Star

John Stephenson

John Stephenson

Chief Quimby (this episode only), Olympics Announcer (uncredited)

Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

voice of Brain / Dr. Claw / Mad Cat (pilot only)

Recurring Role

Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey

Additional Voices/voice of M.A.D Agent

Recurring Role

Don Francks

Don Francks

voice of Professor Frumpkin

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the only time Gadget wears a moustache.

    • Three versions of the pilot were produced. The first one used a different opening and closing sequence featuring Gadget with his moustache (though using the same theme music) and had Jesse White voicing Gadget. This can be seen on the "Inspector Gadget: The Original Series" DVD set. The second was nearly the same, but had Gary Owens as the voice of Gadget and some different music. This can be seen on the Australian Inspector Gadget DVD set. The third version used the regular opening and closing sequences and had Jesse White's Gadget voice, though one scene had Gadget and Penny's dialogue dubbed over explaining Gadget had a fake moustache on so nobody would recognize him. This version was used in reruns.

    • Throughout this episode, Inspector Gadget sports a big black moustache. It is even seen in the opening and closing credits! After this episode, once the project was greenlighted, due to a call from MGM to DiC threatening to sue due to a slight resemblance to Inspector Closeau, Gadget's moustache was never seen again, and the opening and closing sequences were altered/remade to remove the moustache.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Only episode where Penny is voiced by Mona Marshall rather than Cree Summer, who would voice the character beginning with the next episode until the end of the first season.

    • Although this episode is titled "Winter Olympics" in the 2006 box set, it had always been identified as "Gadgets In Winterland" up until that point.

    • This episode is the only one in the entire series to sport a green background on the show's title. Throughout the rest of the series, the show's title is shown on an orange background.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Doctor Claw: n/a
      Throughout the whole serie we never get to see the villian's, Dr. Claw's, face. We only see his hands patting his pet cat. This is exactly how the face of the Bond villian Ernst Stavro Blofeld was hidden.

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