He must be a collector. They're desperate men.
  -- an archaeological dig leader (to a foreman curious about their attacker's identity)
Home Episode Summaries Season 2 Computer Complications - Notes

Credits: written by David Schwartz

Production Number: 600-53

Original Airdate: September 26, 1986

Cobra attacks a top secret Joe salvage effort. The Joes realize their communications are no longer secure. Mainframe begins beefing up commo security. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander hires Zartan and the Dreadnoks to infiltrate Joe base and sabotage the new communications system. Zarana, Zartanís sister, enters the compound posing as a WAC computer specialist. She and Mainframe strike up a romantic relationship; however, she still betrays him in the end. Cobra takes over the robot deep-sea submersibles that the Joes were using and turns them against the Joe team. (Note: This is the first time Mainframe and Zarana meet; in all future meetings there will be bitter-sweet nostalgia for their doomed love affair.)

G.I.Joe: Admiral Ledger, Beach Head, Deep Six, Duke, Generic Joe*, Gung Ho, Iceberg, Leatherneck, Lifeline, Low-Light, Mainframe, Polly, Roadblock*, Sci Fi, Shipwreck, Torpedo, Wet Suit, Wild Bill*, Zap Cobra: Buzzer*, Cobra agents, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Monkeywrench*, Ripper*, Serpentor, Strato-Viper*, Torch*, Zandar, Zarana, Zartan
G.I.Joe: Conquest X-30, Tactical Battle Platform, USS Flagg Cobra: Cobra Ferret, FANG, Firebat

* indicates the character was silent during the episode


An unidentified Joe was placed next to Gung Ho.

The names of Cobra Commander's subs, Anger, Revenge and Dagger, are also elements from Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," which, like "Computer Complications," is a story about two people from feuding families who have a doomed love affair.

As Zartan leaves G.I.Joe headquarters with Zarana, he jokingly refers to Zarana as Delilah, who, according to the Bible, was a woman who betrayed Samson by selling the secret of his strength (his hair) to the Philistines.


Wet Suit's character design changes from one shot to the next three times during the episode.

Beach Head (right) is momentarily seen without his mask.


Rather than blaming someone else for your mistake, Flint recommends that you take responsibility for your own actions.


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