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CDRR Episode Guide:

To the Rescue (all five parts)

Episode #01: To the Rescue (all five parts)

Rating: (Not Rated)

AD: September 1989 (5-part version). The stations had some leeway in when this 2-hour special was aired. Jeff Pierce was kind enough to double-check the CDRR "Calendar of Events" in the station promotion kit and narrow it down to September 15-17, 1989.
D: John Kimball, Rick Leon, Jamie Mitchell, Bob Zamboni
SEd: Jymn Magon, Tad Stones, Mark Zaslove
S: Kevin Hopps, Tad Stones
W: (Part One) Jymn Magon, Tad Stones, Mark Zaslove
(Part Two) Jymn Magon, Tad Stones, Mark Zaslove, Kevin Hopps
(Part Three) Jymn Magon, Tad Stones, Mark Zaslove, Julia J. Roberts
(Part Four) Jymn Magon, Tad Stones, Kevin Hopps, Julia J. Roberts
(Part Five) Jymn Magon, Mark Zaslove
RSC: Kirby, Muldoon, Spinelli, Fat Cat, Mepps, Mole, Wart, Professor Nimnul, Mrs.  Clutchcoin [one of them - MP]
Voices: Corey Burton -- sailor, lawyer
Peter Cullen -- police captain, sailor
Jim Cummings -- Chinese cat, fisherman, guard dog
Tress MacNeille -- policewoman, Siamese Twins
Alan Oppenheimer -- Plato, Aldrin Klordane
Rob Paulsen -- Detective Donald Drake, Percy, Frenchy
Maureen Schrum -- Sheila


["Donald Drake" - subtle reference to Donald Duck?]

Nice bit of continuity - the badge Plato gave them at the end of the story is seen hanging in the living room during the actual series. Next to it is a news clipping of a policeman, most likely one about Detective Drake's retirement.
Chip's hat magically appears on his head in the Chinese Laundromat and is never commented on by either Chip nor Dale. Oooookay. Missing scene, maybe? In the comics, they had him find it at the bottom of a full pail when he and Dale fall in - not much of better explanation but an explanation nevertheless.

Only reference ever to Gadget's father, Geegaw Hackwrench.

The entire story was an example of the type of cases that the Rangers would become well-versed in; a small case with a simple objective mushrooming out into an adventure on a grand scale.

Good job of establishing the interpersonal relationships from the outset. Monterey and Gadget's "family" ties, Chip and Dale smitten by Gadget while she remains oblivious, Monterey bringing out the more chaotic side of Dale, Chip and Monterey's clashing over planning, etc.

Plato also gave the group it's name: "...you chipmunk challengers. You tiny troopers. You... Rescue Rangers!"

Monterey shows no fear of Fat Cat (or Mepps) from the outset, despite his legendary fear of cats. It could be explained, however, as Monterey was too angry over losing his home to be afraid. - MP]

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