Does Pavlov Ring a Bell

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Gadget attempts to reprogram Buzz

Writing Credits: Kevin Hopps

First Aired: October 16, 1989

Title reference: In reference to the psychologist Pavlov and his experiments with conditioning of dogs to a bell.

Episode Number: 31

Season: 2

Production Number: CDRR 1218


The show opens at the First Federal National City Bank where a night watchman answers the phone. There is no on there, but soon after a large robot bores through the floor into the bank. Later, and Ranger HQ, we find Gadget putting the finishing touches on the new Rangermobile (and nearly hitting Monty with the fan blade). After Chip & Dale make amorous advances toward Gadget which go unheeded, the Rangers leave for a picnic and drive in the Rangermobile. After the fighting chipmunks short the battery, the Rangers stop at a hardware store for parts. Here, they meet Sparky who hits it off quickly with Gadget. They all return to HQ where Sparky continues to work with Gadget & make the chipmunks jealous. At one point when a bell rings, Sparky falls into a trance and damages equipment. Gadget believes it is due to the chipmunks showing off again. Gadget then goes to Sparky's lab to meet Buzz and watch the two lab animals use the glass tube maze. The other Rangers follow and discover that the "professor" in charge of the lab is Norton Nimnul. The Rangers figure out that Nimnul is using the glass maze to train Buzz to run through the sewer system to a bank while in the robot. Gadget, Zipper & Monty go with the "motivated" Buzz in the robot while Chip & Dale try to stop Sparky. They all meet up at the City First National Federal Bank. Chip & Dale stop Buzz by setting off an alarm clock (as Buzz is trained to home in on a ringing bell). The chipmunks run out and put the still ringing clock on Nimnul, who runs away while being chased by the robot. In the end, Sparky & Buzz come by Ranger HQ to say goodbye, Gadget affirms that she likes Chip & Dale better than Sparky, and the two chipmunks end up fighting over her once again.


The Rescue Rangers

Norton Nimnul





Nimnul's Guinea Pig robot.

Gadget's Automatic Plunger Popper Prototype


Gadget: (Fixing the Rangermobile) One little adjustment and this will run with no problems!

Monty: (Yells and hides behind a box)

Gadget: What are you doing?

Monty: Sorry Gadget love, it's a reflex. Every time I hear no problems it usually means anything but. (As the propeller comes off and almost impales Monty and Zipper)

Gadget: Golly you work in a science lab?

Sparky: I do?

Gadget: Well you just said you did.

Sparky: Oh. That explains this voltage buildup.

Monty: Sounds like a short circuit between the ears to me.

Gadget: Push a button and it works with no problems.

Monty: Crikey she said 'no problems'.

Sparky: How about a little demonstration of maze running Buzzy old boy?

Buzz: Sure Sparky. Hey what about my motivators? I need them to run the maze.

Sparky: Why would you want to run the maze?

Gadget: Uh because you asked him to?

Sparky: I did? Well then he'll need his motivators!

Sparky: Never get in the way of a motivated guinea pig.

Sparky: Action without thought, the professor says thinking wastes time.

Gadget: I think you better turn it off now.

Sparky: Good idea! Unfortunately the professor never taught us how to do that.

Sparky: Evil, don't be ridiculous. Nimnul's a scientist, a real genius. Why he told me so himself.

Monty: Crikey there's one guinea pig I wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. Course I wouldn't want to meet him in a sunny alley either.

Monty: No problem. Did I say that?

Chip: Look Sparky, I know you think we don't like you. But if Gadget likes you how bad can you be huh?

Sparky: Using science for evil purposes? Why I'll pulverize his robot into atomic particles.


  • Even though the title is a question, there's no question mark.
  • This episode has frequent explicit references to Chip & Dale's attempts to vie for the affection of Gadget, even to the point that Monty makes a comment near the beginning about it.
  • Observant pros will enjoy the scene where Chip has a picture of Gadget. Dale asks where he got it implying Dale doesn't have one and Chip responds "Where do you think" implicating he got it from Gadget herself.
  • Another pro argument is found at the end of the episode where in response to Chip stating it was okay if Gadget liked Sparky better than them she replied pointing to him and said, "...No one could replace you!"
  • Although this could just as easily be an anti argument as well as the dual hug she gives both Chip and Dale implies a shared response.