|Home Episode Summaries Season 1 Synthoid Conspiracy: Part I
"Does Popeye like Spinach?"
- Shipwreck (to Scarlett, who asks if he could sink a Cobra hydrofoil for her)
Deep Six finds Duke on his sonar and radios Torpedo that Duke is directly
underneath his parachute. Swimming toward the parachute, Torpedo finds
Duke, slips a mask over him and grabs him before grasping a railing on
the bottom of the SHARC, which escorts them to safety before a shark attacks
them. Zartan signals Cobra Commander that the first phase is complete and
the synthoids are placed upon a platform on the Cobra sub.
Scarlett radios Shipwreck and asks if he could sink a couple of Cobra Morays
for her, and he happily replies, “Does Popeye like Spinach?” As another Moray explodes,
the two remaining ships dump canisters into the water which release a smokescreen
around the command ship. In the midst of the smoke, the Cobra submarine
surfaces and deposits the synthoids in the command ship’s control room
via a crane with a flexible and retractable arm that returns to the sub
after the sythoids place the top brass on the platform and Zartan climbs
on. Meanwhile, Wild Bill destroys the last two hydrofoils.
The submarine dives and both Duke and Scarlett are scolded by General
Franks for their inadequate performance against Cobra and orders them to
return to the Joes land base. Duke tries to convince Col. Sharp that the
Joes should investigate the purposeless attack. However, the request is
denied and as Duke and Scarlett walk out, Duke suggests that they not tell
the others about the General’s reaction. Scarlett reluctantly agrees.
Cobra Commander explains that the next step in the plan will involve
the creation of a Joe team member but first Cobra Commander and Zartan
have a surprise for the arms dealer: a synthoid of Destro himself who bows
when commanded. Destro demands the destruction of the synthoid and Cobra
Commander pulls out a device called the neutralizer and is about to push
the destruction button when Zartan rushes forward to stop him. He reminds
Cobra Commander that the range of the neutralizer is set to destroy all
of the synthoids. Readjusting the range with a lever, the device destroys
the synthoid of Destro. Cobra Commander apologizes for almost ending all
of the synthoids’ lives and then tells Destro that even Cobra’s weapons
dealer can be replaced.
At the next budget meeting, a committee member asks General Howe if
he is sure about his recommendation to cut funding for the G.I.Joe program
in half. General Franks is asked for his opinion and announces that he
agrees with Howe and even believes that they should get rid of the entire
team. The committee decides to put the budget changes into effect immediately.
Cover Girl and Clutch fail to replace a tread on an Armadillo due to
a lack of parts and Rock ‘n’ Roll finds only a hand full of cartridges
available for target practice. As Duke and Scarlett mull over Cobra’s senseless
attack, Junkyard rushes up to Duke and begins to lick the First Sergeant
after he scratches him on the head. Mutt calls Junkyard back and suddenly
Joes are running toward Duke explaining that there’s not enough fuel for
one Skystriker and the Joes are running out of oil and gas for the other
vehicles. In short, the base is falling apart.
Duke tries to reason with Col. Sharp, however, Duke is told that he
should contact General Franks, who is on his way to inspect the base as
they speak. As soon as Sharpe signs off, a screen filled with Cobra Rattlers
flying toward the Joes’ headquarters appears. Breaker patches Duke into
the base intercom system and Duke announces that all airplanes have been
grounded so they should prepare for a surface to air attack.
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