Gadget in Chains

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Writing credits: Loneheart

Written: Over seven years until summer 2006.

First released: Gadget in Chains was written in a serial format with new installments released at irregular intervals. The first installment was simultaneously released on the Acorn Cafe's "Story Board" and on on 2nd February, 2002. The story was also published on his website, which was created in December 2004. The last instalment was released on 17 August, 2006.

Title reference: Taken from the Simpsons episode "Marge in Chains" which in turn was taken from the movie title "Women in Chains".

Part of series: Stand alone story. (Though other fan works are referenced as "in jokes" in the story – e.g. As a little girl Gadget has a doll called Widget, which is the name of her long lost sister in the works of John Nowak.)

Length: 402,670 words.

Rating: PG (Note: The author has rated the story as PG on his own website and on though some readers feel the story should be PG-13. Many cuts have been made to the version published on the Acorn Café in order to meet the Café's strict content guidelines. The versions on the author's website and are uncut.)


Lawhiney, Gadget's "evil twin", returns to impersonate Gadget once again. When Lawhiney is injured in circumstances that make her appear to be a hero, Gadget is mistaken for the impostor, arrested, tried and convicted for all Lawhiney's crimes.

Lawhiney has a near death experience and is warned to change her ways before being returned to Earth with a guardian angel to help reform her. Meanwhile Gadget finds herself tormented by bullying prisoners, corrupt guards and a mysterious, demonic figure who seems to be trying to lead her astray.

A riot and a prison break leads to a dramatic confrontation, but even then it is unclear whether order can be restored to the lives of the Rescue Rangers.

Important Characters

Canonical (CDRR)

Gadget Hackwrench


Geegaw Hackwrench



Monterey Jack

Shaka Baka

Canonical (Basil: The Great Mouse Detective)

Professor Ratigan


Fidget the bat


Bubbles McGee

Margo Haggs

Gertrude Phelps

Marion Cedar

Jennifer Talbert-Hall

Doctor Schadenfreude

Franklin Kafka



Doctor Bell





2004 Golden Acorn Awards: Best Drama, Best Narrative Description, Best Original Villain (Margo Haggs).

2005 Golden Acorn Awards: Best Drama, Best Narrative Description, Best Original Villain (Margo Haggs).

2006 Golden Acorn Awards: Best Story, Best Drama, Best Mystery/Thriller, Best Use of a Recurring Series Character (Gadget)


Professor Ratigan's first name is given as "James" in the story. His name is not given in the movie "Basil: The Great Mouse Detective" but the movie is based on a series of books by Eve Titus in which the Professor's first name is Padraic.

The name of Gadget's double is spelt "Lawhiney" throughout the story. There is some confusion as to the correct spelling of this character's name. Lahwhinie, Lahini, Lu'whinii and Luwhinie are just four of the various spellings used on the net and Disney itself has allegedly used inconsistent spellings in different media.

Gadget's father's name is given as Geegaw Hackwrench. The canon does not supply a spelling for the name but it obviously comes from the word "Gewgaw" meaning bauble or trinket. While geegaw is a valid alternate spelling of the word gewgaw according to Merriam Webster On-line, it could easily be the wrong one.