|The Japanese Connection|
|Season 1, Episode 30|
|Air date|| October 21, 1983 (US)|
September 16, 1986 (UK)
"The Bermuda Triangle"
"The Japanese Connection" is the 30th episode of the first season of Inspector Gadget.
Penny has left for Japan after winning the Metro City computer contest. While sending a letter to her, Gadget finds Chief Quimby inside the mailbox and receives another assignment: Claw has stolen the Pip-1 computer chip and plans to team up with his Japanese counterpart Iji-Waruda-san. Gadget has to recover the chip before Claw and Waruda use it for evil purposes.
On the way to Japan, Waruda's agents try to eliminate Gadget, but with Brain's interference, they fail. Arriving in Japan, Gadget reunites with Penny and meets her new friend Atsuko. After finding out why her uncle is in Japan, Penny goes with Atsuko to Waruda's hideout while Gadget goes to the sports hall, thinking that Waruda might be there since he's a fan of sumo wrestling. The sumo wrestlers, who are Waruda's agents, try to do Gadget in, but with Gadget's dumb luck, they fail.
Meanwhile, Penny sneaks to Waruda's hideout while Atsuko gets back home. Penny finds out that Claw and Waruda are planning to use the chip to power a laser beam and fire it to the satellites, reflecting the beam to valuable goods to transport them to Waruda's hideout. Penny finds the control room and begins to scan the chip, but she gets captured. Luckily, she has managed to scan the chip and sends the information to Atsuko, who invents the anti-Pip-1 chip and she goes with Brain to Waruda's hideout to rescue Penny. Penny, Brain, and Atsuko switch the Pip-1 chip with the anti one, making the beam go haywire and destroy Waruda's hideout. Claw and Waruda break off their partnership and, before returning home with her uncle and dog, Penny and Atsuko go separate ways, promising to see each other again.
As Penny and Gadget prepare to fly home, Gadget has trouble with his seat belt and decides not to bother. Brain, dressed as a stewardess, helps him out. Gadget and Penny then stress the importance of buckling up to stay safe.
- It is unknown if Gadget and Brain have Japanese counterparts just like Claw and Penny.
- This is one of the few episodes where Quimby does not appear to congratulate Gadget.
- The Sumo Wrestlers that greet each other are actually saying "O-heyo" not "Ohio". More interestingly, "O-heyo" is considered informal and rarely used in Japan, they actually say "O-heyo gozaimasu"