Cobra’s going to pay for this.
  -- Gung Ho (after learning his vacation was cancelled because of Cobra)
Home Episode Summaries Season 1 Money to Burn - Notes

Credits: written by Roger Slifer

Production Number: 600-14

Original Airdate: October 14, 1985

A Cobra device causes every slip of the U.S. paper currency to burst into flame - plunging the nation into economic chaos. But never fear: a new hard currency is available. Gold coins with Cobra Commander’s own face minted on one side and a coiled snake on the other. All you have to do to obtain these coins is turn in everything you own at any of Cobra’s conveniently located exchange centers! [Note: The snake side of the coin was not seen in the episode]

G.I.Joe: Ace, Ripcord, Roadblock, Thunder, Alpine, Breaker, Flint, Lady Jaye, Joe grunts, Joe air corps, Spirit* Cobra: Tomax, Xamot, Cobra Commander, Destro, the Baroness, Snow Serpents, Cobra agents, Crimson Guard, Firefly*
G.I.Joe: Skystriker, Silver Mirage motorcycle, Sky Hawk, Armadillo, Snow Cat, Slugger, Mauler Cobra: ASP, Trubble Bubble, CLAW, Rattler
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

During the battle at Cobra's vault, several unknown Joes appeared. Two characters, however, do bear a resemblance to Duke and Spirit.

The sound for the elevator door opening and closing at Extensive Enterprises was sample from the 1960s science fiction series Star Trek. And although you never see Gung Ho at the Cobra vault battle, his voice is heard as part of Joes crew after they are flooded.

The television size watch, a gimmicky electronics device that also appeared in the 80s film Dragnet and the episode "The Germ," returns as one of the employees at the Department of the Treasury informs his boss that Cobra Commander has returned to the airwaves.

The Blinks armored truck parody appears and the van nearly runs over Tomax and Xamot in the middle of the night (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).

Looking into the sky, Roadblock asks, “Pennies from heaven?” The Joe's question references a Bing Crosby movie Pennies From Heaven, which won an Oscar for the song "Pennies from Heaven." Below is an excerpt from the song:

A long time ago
A million years BC
The best things in life
Were absolutely free.
But no one appreciated
A sky that was always blue.
And no one congratulated
A moon that was always new.
So it was planned that they would vanish now and then
And you must pay before you get them back again.
That's what storms were made for
And you shouldn't be afraid for
Every time it rains it rains
Pennies from heaven.
Similar to Shipwreck's Trubble Bubble in "Lights! Camera! Cobra!," a three-engine Flight Pod appeared, which contains one more than the toy.

Tomax: We’ll be out for awhile.
Xamot: We have an appointment.
Time: 47 seconds


Snow Serpent: Hey! What’s the racket?
Lady Jaye: I don’t know. Why don’t you have a look!
Lady Jaye: This is one time I don’t mind getting the boot.
Time: 11 seconds


Time: 10 seconds


Doc explains that you should never take someone else's medicine, and if you need help, ask either your parents or a neighbor for help.
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Movie Clip: While Tomax and Xamot take turns talking to the Joes, Flint and the others attempt to follow the train of thought by watching the twins, however, the Joes look like they are watching a tennis match. [1.05 mb]

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