|Season 1, Episode 23|
|Air date||October 11, 1983 (US)|
"Gadget's Replacement" is the 23rd episode of Inspector Gadget.
SynopsisThe Metro City Police Force have activated a new and powerful Crime Computer. Chief Quimby informs Gadget that unfortunately he has been retired, his abilities replaced by the computer. Gadget is upset and tries to find another job, but he gets fired from every job he gets because of his bumbling. Worried about Gadget's depressed state of mind due to his firings, Penny has Brain tag along with Gadget in order to provide support. Meanwhile, Claw orders his agents to sabotage the computer to confuse the police and M.A.D. will be able to have a crime spree in Metro City. Walking home from school, Penny tries to contact Brain to see how her uncle Gadget is coping, but a strange signal is jamming her communications with Brain. Becoming very worried Penny tracks the signal, and finds the M.A.D. control van behind Police Headquarters pumping evil information in to the computer. Sneaking up to the van, Penny takes a compact listening device and earphone out of her pocket, which she attaches to the side door of the van. Penny then overhears Dr. Claw telling his agents that M.A.D will have stolen all of Metro City's wealth shortly. Realizing that Uncle Gadget can redeem himself and stop Dr. Claw with this information Penny tries to call Brain, but before she can reach him Claw's henchmen overpower and kidnap Penny..
Worried about Penny's interrupted transmission, Brain leads Gadget to police headquarters. Gadget finds no one there, and trying to work the Crime Computer Gadget instead ends up damaging it. M.A.D. agents continue their crime spree, robbing gold bullion vaults. When M.A.D. agents try to reactivate the Crime Computer, they are unable to due to Gadget's fumbling. Dr. Claw send two M.A.D. agents, disguised as repairmen, to fix the computer. The control van pulls up in front of Police Headquarters and the agents rush inside to fix the computer, leaving their captive Penny Gadget securely bound and gagged inside the truck. While she is alone, she manages to wiggle free of her ropes, remove her gag and then send a false signal to Claw's other henchmen to return to the Crime Computer Van for new orders. Quimby realizes his forces have been responding to false orders all day, and orders the entire force back to the office. The M.A,D, agents try to fix the computer, but Gadget accidentally drenches it with water, destroying it for good. Chief Quimby puts the agents into custody for destroying Police Property, hence the computer and rehires Gadget.