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No Small Problem
Season 5, Episode 10
Air date February 11, 1995
Episode guide
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No Small Problem is the tenth episode in the fifth season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

Main Characters[]

The main characters featured in this episode are:

Plot Synopsis[]

The Planeteers investigate Sly Sludge's latest claim of solving the world's garbage problem and find him at a farm where he uses a shrink ray from Dr. Blight to shrink garbage to reduce its space-taking. He then turns the beam on them, shrinking them to the size of bugs and dumping them on his farm's garbage site. At their size, it is an endless sea of garbage with many hidden dangers.

Episode Summary[]

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Planeteer Alerts[]

First Planeteer Alert

All: Go, Planet!

You can turn grass and leaves into great soil.

Building a composter to do this is fun and easy.

Check with your library or garden center to find out how.

Lots of stuff can be composted --

eggshells, vegetables, coffee grounds.

The important thing is to get started

so you cut down on what you send to the dump each week.

We must all do our part

to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

All: The power is yours!

Second Planeteer Alert

All: Go, Planet!

Gi: We are all products of the world around us.

Teachers, friends, TV shows,

and especially our parents

all make strong impressions on our minds.

Kwame: It is up to all of us to put our differences aside

and learn to communicate.

Ma-Ti: At home, school, play, or work.

Everyone appreciates respect and kindness.

So let's treat others the way we want to be treated.

-The power is yours! -The power is yours!

Significant Moments and Facts[]

  • Sly Sludge reforms and gives up his polluting ways, thus, this is the last appearance of Sly Sludge, Ooze and Tank Flusher III. The only other villains to ever reform were Don Porkaloin, Hoggish Greedly Jr, MAL and Rigger.
  • Dr. Blight is mentioned in this episode and even plays a major role in the scheme, but she is never seen. She gets away scot-free with selling to Sludge the shrink ray without warning him that the effect was only temporary. This episode and Whoo Gives a Hoot are the only occasions in which an Eco-Villain wins.


  • Wheeler: Okay, nobody panic! As long as we don't start suddenly gaining weight, we'll simply glide there!
  • Gi: Funny you should say that, because either this cockpit is getting smaller, or we're growing!
  • Ma-Ti: Sludge's shrink ray must be wearing off!
  • Wheeler: Great news! Lousy timing...
  • Ooze: HELP! Captain Planet! You gotta save us!
  • Captain Planet: Hmmm...that's a switch.


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