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Home Episode Summaries Season 2 In the Presence of Mine Enemies - Notes

Credits: written by Chris Weber and Karen Willson

Production Number: 600-85

Original Airdate: November 19, 1986

SUNBOW'S SYNOPSIS
During a mach 3 dogfight over Africa, Slipstream and a female Cobra pilot are both shot down. They crash in a mysteriously abandoned Cobra base, becoming reluctant allies when attacked by Cobra BATs. The horrible secret of the abandoned base - a monstrous, failed biological weapon - nearly ends the mission.

THE  PERSONNEL
G.I.Joe: Dial-Tone, Lifeline, Lift-Ticket*, Slipstream Cobra: AVAC, BAT*, Cobra Officer*, Dr. Mindbender, Tele-Viper
THE  GEAR
G.I.Joe: Conquest X-30, Tomahawk Cobra: Firebat, Night Raven, Stun
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

OBSERVATIONS
The episode may have been inspired by the book In the Presence of Mine Enemies, which is the story of a US Navy pilot struggling to survive in a prison during the Vietnam War after his plane is shot down. Also, the episode and book's title is from Psalm 23:5 in The Bible, which states: "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."

The shot of Slipstream flying over a Cobra Firebat was probably inspired by a scene in the film Top Gun, which premiered at movie theaters on May 16, 1986.


Before releasing his parachute into a Night Raven, Slipstream quips that it is time to play a game called "Chutes and Lasers," which is reference to the board game Chutes and Ladders. The game was created in India and released in the US by Milton Bradley, a company acquired by Hasbro.

The shot of Slipstream looking over his shoulder was recycled and slightly modified.

The sound of the doors opening on the missiles that delivered the BATs was first heard on Star Trek when the USS Enterprise's turbo lift doors opened.

Scene One
Scene Two
A scene featuring a BAT firing at the Joes was recycled in the episode.

After falling to a pool of sewage, Slipstream tells Raven, "We’ve been slimed." Like Tomax and Xamot's dialogue in the fourth part of the miniseries Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Slipstream's line is a nod to the film Ghostbusters since Bill Murray states: "He slimed me."

ERRORS
Instead of an AVAC, a BAT was seen parachuting out of Cobra Firebat.

The shot of Slipstream holding a cassette and slipping it into a pocket was recycled. However, the Firebat should not have been included in the background during the recycled shot since it was destroyed.

Slipstream's jacket should not be a solid dark brown (left image) but have dark brown sections (right image).

The shot of Raven talking to Slipstream was recycled, however, her collar, which should be black, matches the color of her neck.


The wrong color of ink was used for Raven's skin.

Dial-Tone's mouth did not move while he was talking.

Dr. Mindbender's eyebrows were not included.

After the Cobra sign falls, the animators forgot to include a doorway for the BATs (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).

LESSONS

Ripcord
Original:
Rather than giving up when facing adversity, Ripcord explains that identifying the problem and solving it is the more successful route.
USA:
Unknown

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