The Quest family goes to India to investigate the source of fake gold, but Dr. Zin is determined to stop them.

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Mike Road ...
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Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
Don Messick ...
Danny Bravo ...
Hadji (voice)
Vic Perrin ...
Dr. Zin (voice)
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Maharaja / Corbin / Gunderson (voice)
Marvin Miller ...
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Doug Young ...
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A long-dead mine in Jahilipur, India, suddenly spits out more gold that ever before, and suspicious Mr. Corbin of Intelligence One wants Dr. Quest to look into it. Turns out it's not gold but a rare metal called zanium. Only two scientists in the world can identify it - Dr. Quest and Professor Gunderson - and Gunderson died recently in a plain crash in Jahilipur. Or did he? With so many events and shady characters tied to Jahilipur, the Quest party investigates under the pretext of attending a tiger hunt with the local maharaja. Though outwardly welcomed, numerous attempts are made on their lives. Eventually, their suspicions of an old nemesis behind it all proves correct. Written by statmanjeff

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16 October 1964 (USA)  »

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First appearance of the series' recurring villain, Dr. Zin. See more »

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Kaseem intends to blow up the Quest party with a keg of gunpowder. They're bound at wrists and at ankles but aren't tied to anything, just leaned up against a wall with the trail of gunpowder on the floor before them. Any one of them could break the gunpowder trail leading to the keg with their feet, yet they totally rely on Bandit, a mere dog, to understand the dilemma enough to put out the fire. See more »

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Roger T. 'Race' Bannon: Now, Hadji, how do you spell Mississippi?
Hadji: M... I... S... uh... Did you want the state or the river?
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The introduction of Dr. Zin
4 December 2008 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

In "The Riddle of the Gold", the Quest gang heads to India to check out a mine that has suddenly started producing a large quantity of gold. The problem, as Dr. Quest has discovered, is that it's not real. Who's behind this attempt at passing-off a worthless mineral as gold? And what dangers lay ahead for Dr. Quest, Race, Jonny, Hadji, and Bandit in India?

The single best thing "The Riddle of the Gold" has going for it is the introduction of Quest nemesis Dr. Zin. When I was younger, Dr. Zin represented the ultimate in bad guys – seemingly unlimited resources, grand evil plans, and a desire to do harm to anyone standing in his path. Other than that, there's really not a lot to get overly excited about in this episode. The tiger hunt, one of the episode's main set pieces, never really worked for me.

One thing about this episode that I find odd is seeing Dr. Quest and family on a commercial airline. Why not take the private jet they always flew in? I suppose the writers did it to pad the script and create a few comedic moments with Bandit on the airplane. There's really no other good explanation.


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