|Home Episode Summaries Season 1 An Eye for an Eye - Notes
Credits: written by Steve Mitchell and Barbara Petty
Production Number: 600-42
Original Airdate: November 8, 1985
Version One: Charlie Fairmontís home is destroyed and his family injuried (sic) in the course of a battle between the Joes and Cobra. Furious, he sets out to even the score - with or without the Joesí help.
Version Two: Civilian Charlie Fairmontís home is destroyed and his family injured in a battle between the Joes and Cobra. Furious, he sets out to even the score -- with or without the Joesí help.
* indicates the character was silent during the episode
When Charles Fairmont is met at the airport by two men wearing trenchcoats
and sunglasses, one of the men sounds like Alpine and the meeting presents
the viewer with an interesting situation. In episodes such as "Twenty
Traitor - Part II" and "Not
a Ghost of a Chance" the Joes are portrayed as an anti-terrorist group
known to the public. But what if certain members of the G.I.Joe team were
more widely recognized than others? Would they be forced to wear trenchcoats
and sunglasses so that they would not be besieged by fans whenever they
go out in public?
Lady Jaye, Bazooka, Alpine, Gung Ho, Snow Job, Airtight*, Recondo, Shipwreck,
Roadblock, Dusty*, Polly, Zap*, Thunder*, Breaker, Bazooka, Joe grunts
||Cobra: Snow Serpent, Cobra Commander, Major Bludd, Cobra agents
|G.I.Joe: Snow Cat, Skystriker
||Cobra: Rattler, FANG
If you watch the recreation room scenes carefully, you may notice a few
oddities. For example, in one shot, Flint and Lady Jaye's couch is missing
(image one) and you can later hear the announcer on the television explain
that a contestant has just won an all-expense paid trip to the Everglades,
which was the Zartan's base in the mini-series "The Weather Dominator." During a pan shot later in the show, you can also
see a close-up of an issue of TV Grind (image two) in Shipwreck's
hand (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes). The title of
the magazine is more than likely the series staff's opinions of TV Guide,
which, like most parents, probably believed that G.I.Joe was nothing
more than a 30-minute commercial. Also, if you examine the cover of the
magazine closely, you will also see the words "Go See Cal" and a picture
of a cowboy. The line "Go See Cal" was part of a song from a series of used car television
advertisements starring Cal Worthington, a salesman who wore a cowboy hat,
traveled across the United States and assembled commercials for various used car dealers. The chorus from his commercial's song was:
|If you want a new car or truck
and you want to save a buck
go see Cal
go see Cal
go see Cal
The episode was released by Kid Rhino as volume
two and included the episode "Twenty
A blister-raising error occurs when Mrs. Fairmont removes a hot tray
of cookies from the oven with her bare hands (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).
Lady Jaye: Well, fella, this is where I get off.
Flint: Was it something I said?
Cobra Commander: FANGs - attack from three sides! Split their
Alpine: My great-grandmother shoots better than these Cobras
and she died in 1957.
Lady Jaye: They're missing on purpose. Flint, get us in close
for a nice clean shot!
Flint: Can and will do!
Young boy: Wow! Mom! Come quick!
Cobra Commander: If Cobra cannot have the fighter and its fusion
engine, no one will! Destroy them! Cobra!
Time: 75 seconds
|General Hawk explains that you shouldn't try to outrace trains when
the guard gate is being lowered.
Description - Lady Jaye attempts to break the news to Charles
Fairmont about the disintegration of his home, however, he ends up yelling
at the Joes: "You bring a war to my door, involve my family, cause the
destruction of my home and everything I have worked for - AND ALL YOU CAN
SAY IS YOUíRE SORRY?" [866 kb]
Commentary - This moment in the episode is pivotal for two reasons;
one, the husband lashes out at the Joes and breaks the viewer's mindset
that the Joes are appreciated by everyone; two, Lady Jaye's
guilt begins to fester inside her conscience as she ends her explanation
by bowing her head and awaits the verbal assault from Fairmont.
Music Clip: Heard while outside the Cobra base as Charles Fairmont
knocks out a Cobra agent out with a punch and then sneaks into the installation [285 kb]