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Home Episode Summaries Season 2 Once Upon a Joe - Notes

Credits: written by Buzz Dixon

Production Number: 600-64

Original Airdate: October 1, 1986

SUNBOW'S SYNOPSES
When an orphanage is accidentally damaged during a Joe vs. Cobra battle, Shipwreck and several other Joes volunteer to help repair it. While doing so, Shipwrecked is dragooned into telling the children a fairy tale - a typically cockeyed Shipwreck extravaganza with Joe and Cobra characters substituting for traditional fairy tale figures. In the “real world,” however, Cobra is planning a retaliatory attack against the Joes at the orphanage.

THE  PERSONNEL
G.I.Joe: Alpine*, Bazooka*, Beach Head, Cover Girl*, Cross Country, Dial-Tone, Flint*, Generic Joes*, Lady Jaye*, Leatherneck, Lifeline, Lift-Ticket, Low-Light*, Mainframe*, Polly, Roadblock*, Scarlett*, Shipwreck, Wet-Suit Cobra: BAT, Buzzer, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Strato-Viper, Thrasher, Torch, Torch, Zandar, Zarana, Zartan
THE  GEAR
G.I.Joe: Armadillo, HAVOC, LCV Recon Sled, Mauler, Silver Mirage Motorcyle, Tomahawk Cobra: Firebat, Night Raven, Swampfire
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

OBSERVATIONS
The breath mint vs. candy mint argument, which was heard within the Dreadnok's camp and Shipwreck's tale, parallels the 1980s "Tastes Great - Less Filling" Miller Lite commercials, which featured several sports celebrities.

Although G.I.Joe was broadcasted long before Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, it is interesting to note that the two series share one name in common, Sunnydale, which was the name of the orphanage in the episode and the name of the city where the slayer resides.

The janitor's face bears a striking resemblence to the disguise used by Zartan in "The Viper is Coming."

The McGuffin Device may be a nod by writer Buzz Dixon to Alfred Hitchcock, who coined the term "The McGuffin" to describe "the gimmicks (missing papers, stolen gems, uranium deposits) that motivate the plots of his thrillers" (All Movie Guide by Hal Erickson).

The Big Ugly Giant in Shipwreck's tale was probably based on a two characters Elmer Fudd from various Warner Bros. cartoons (since both characters share the same speach impediment) and Bluto from Popeye (because the character was about to be defeated thanks to a can of spinach).

ERRORS
Probably the most well-known error in the episode is the sudden disappearance of two kids while Shipwreck was telling his story.

As noted by Matthew Pak, Beach Head appears twice in the episode without his mask (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).



Another inconsistency in Beach Head's character design is his gloves, which appear and disappear from one shot to the next throughout the episode.

While Zartan is disguised as Shipwreck, his mouth moves at the same time as Jenny's, however, he does not say anything.

LESSONS

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

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