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"Although population numbers in less-developed nations may be greater, a child in a developed country uses up to 30 times more resources than a child in a less-developed nation."

--Voice-over at the environmental theme park

Numbers Game
Season 5, Episode 11
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Dr. Blight applying her product on a customer
Air date February 18, 1995
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Numbers Game is the eleventh episode in the fifth season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

Main Characters[]

The main characters featured in this episode are:

Plot Synopsis[]

Wheeler rides in the Tunnel of Love with Linka and falls asleep. As soon as he wakes up, he finds himself as a middle-aged man, and married to a pregnant Linka! The other Planeteers have also grown into middle-aged citizens. Wheeler also finds out that other things have drastically changed: he has eight children and one on the way, some of the eco-villains are salespeople, Gaia has become a moody old woman, and Captain Planet seems to no longer care about the Earth. In short, this is not the kind of future life Wheeler was expecting.

Episode Summary[]

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Planeteer Alerts[]

The Planeteers discuss planning a family if you're married.

First Planeteer Alert

All: Go, Planet!

Every 10 years, our planet's population grows

by nearly a billion people.

Soon, there will be more than 6 billion of us

sharing Earth's limited resources.

So not only do we need to make thoughtful choices

about family size, but we must start conserving now.

Get together with your friends and family

and think of ways to reduce your consumption,

as well as reuse and recycle.

And start doing them.

So we can all have a green tomorrow.

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

Second 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!

Significant Moments and Facts[]

  • This is the second episode where it was all a dream for Wheeler, the first being Population Bomb. It's weird that Wheeler didn't really learn a lesson from Piebald and still has many children with Linka.

Trivia[]

  • Wheeler and Linka's future kids Joey, David, and Kath are references to David Coburn, Joey Dedio, and Kath Soucie the voice actors of Wheeler, Linka, and Captain Planet.

Quotes[]

  • Wheeler: What do we do?
  • Gaia: Beats me, honey.
  • Kwame: The same thing we always do, let our powers...
  • Wheeler: Hey, where's Linka?
  • Linka: Be right there, dear.
  • Kwame: As I was saying, let our powers combine. Earth.
  • Wheeler: Fire!
  • Linka: Wind.
  • Gi: Water.
  • Ma-Ti: Heart.
  • Captain Planet: By your powers combined, I am...! What do you want now, huh?!
  • Ma-Ti: Wheeler, wait.
  • Kwame: We need to talk.
  • Wheeler: Ma-Ti, Kwame, I can’t believe how…
  • Ma-Ti: Wheeler, you and Linka have too many kids.
  • Kwame: It must stop!
  • Kwame: You are consuming too many resources.
  • Wheeler: You mean like your 40-foot TV?
  • Kwame: Uh, yeah, but so what? I only have two children.
  • Gaia: Planeteers… (coughing) … we have another Eco Emergency.
  • Kwame: Not again.
  • Gi: Where?
  • Gaia: Right here, as usual.
  • Wheeler: Gaia? Gaia. What’s the Eco Emergency?
  • Gaia: Oh, yes. Sly Sludge’s sewage plant has overloaded again; it’s about to blow.
  • Wheeler: What do we do? Gaia: Beats me, honey.
  • Kwame: The same thing we always do, let our powers…
  • Wheeler: Hey, where’s Linka?
  • Linka: Be right there, dear.
  • Kwame: As I was saying, let our powers combine. Earth.
  • Wheeler: Fire!
  • Linka: Wind.
  • Gi: Water.
  • Ma-Ti: Heart.
  • Captain Planet: By your powers combined, I am…! (groans) What do you want now, huh?!
  • Linka: The sewage plant’s gonna blow.
  • Wheeler: You gotta help us.
  • Captain Planet: You know, I wouldn’t have to deal with all this stuff if they just cut down on consumption and cut down on waste. I don’t know how many times I have to (muttering).
  • Wheeler: Go, Planet! Uh, something wrong?
  • Kwame: What isn’t, Wheeler?

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