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Home Episode Summaries Season 1 The Gamesmaster - Notes

Credits: written by Steve Mitchell and Barbara Petty

Production Number: 600-23

Original Airdate: October 1, 1985

A bizarre third party intrudes on the Joe/Cobra feud. The Games Master - who possesses the brain of a scientific genius, the body of a sumo wrestler, and the emotional makeup of a very spoiled child - kidnaps Flint, Lady J, Cobra Commander, and the Baroness to his private island. In a landscape of lollipop trees and butterscotch quicksand, they battle deadly life-size toys in a game that only one will win. The one who survives.

G.I.Joe: Flint, Lady Jaye, Ace, Duke, Gung ho, Breaker, Alpine, Barbecue, Joe grunts Cobra: Cobra Commander, the Baroness, Destro, Zartan, Tele-Viper, Firebat pilot, Eel, Snow Serpent, Crimson Guard, Cobra agents
G.I.Joe: Skystrikers, AWE Striker Cobra: HISS, Rattlers

Garret Aja noted that Flint's car was a Cobra Stingray, which is a humorous choice for a member of the Joe team.

The character design for the Gamesmaster was probably based upon the character Galt, the Master Thrall from the 1960s Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion."

As Gung Ho climbs into an AWE Striker, he happily notes that Scarlett remember his gun, "Baby," which first appeared in the mini-series G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero (part 4).

If your eyes are mere centimeters away from the screen, you might catch sight of the white Cobra HISS tanks streaming across the arctic landscape outside Destro's base.

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During a pan shot at the end of the episode, the Joes and Cobras are seen conversing with one another. Since Scarlett and Zartan complemented and complimented one another in battle, seeing the two talk together begs the question: what are they talking about since they appear to be enjoying their conversation? Like Alpine's rock collecting habits in the episode "The Viper is Coming," the idea of Joes picking up souvenirs at each battle also appears in the pan shot as Ace snags one of the destroyed over-sized toy soldiers.

The episode was not part of the 1990s syndication package (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).

The episode was released as volume 8 in the FHE commercial tape series.

Duke's eyebrows are incorrectly colored while he is inside Zartan's lab and telling Destro, "Give me the lowdown."


Original: Barbecue explains that if the door knob to your room is hot, you should block the airflow at the bottom of the door and find another way out.


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Sound Clip: "Now we are playing my game - turn it off or get hurt," threatens Flint. [32 kb]

Music Clip: Heard while the camera focuses on the island and examines the children's room [209 kb]

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