All That Glitters
Season 1, Episode 12
Air date September 26, 1983 (US)
June 20, 1985 (UK)
Episode guide
"A Star is Lost"
"Movie Set"

"All That Glitters" is the 12th episode of the first season of Inspector Gadget.


Inspector Gadget is sent to South America where, deep in the jungles of Peru, he is to guard a recently-discovered city of gold from the clutches of Dr. Claw. Worried that her uncle may be in over his head, Penny and Brain tag along.

Once in Peru, Gadget hitches a ride down a river with an English archaeologist who, unbeknownst to Gadget, is working for Claw. The archaeologist's attempt on Gadget's life backfires and the inspector ends up saving his life instead. Finally arriving at the new-found city, Gadget sets up camp, the archaeologist goes about his other business for the time being, and Penny starts investigating. She's startled at what she finds inside the main pyramid: M.A.D. is replacing the gold bricks of the city with painted Styrofoam blocks, crushing the gold into dust, and smuggling it out as sugar. Things get further complicated when outside, a busload of tourists arrive. Gadget has his hands full trying to prevent these lookie-loos from setting off any of his booby-traps, which is nothing compared to what Claw is demanding if his harried archaeologist: Get rid of Gadget, stop his niece from snooping around, and continue with the smuggling operation.

Penny is briefly captured, but she soon escapes, and then uncovers something that even Claw didn't know: The "gold" he's been stealing is nothing more than Fool's Gold: Worthless iron pyrite. She calls the local authorities ― who arrive and congratulate the inspector for foiling Claw's plan ― but she's not done yet: With Brain's help, Penny triggers a mechanism that sends the fake city of gold crumbling to dust as one of real gold breathtakingly rises up in its place.


  • This is the only episode where Chief Quimby doesn't talk.


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Inspector Gadget All That Glitters

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