Unbelievable! And I thought you were weird!
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Home Episode Summaries Season 2 The Most Dangerous Thing in the World - Notes

Credits: written by Buzz Dixon

Production Number: 600-78

Original Airdate: October 29, 1986

While General Hawk is in Europe at a top secret NATO conference, Cobra taps into the Joe Department of Defense computer line and introduces Dr. Mindbender’s bogus promotion orders for Shipwreck, Lifeline and Dial-Tone in an effort to create utter pandemonium at Joe Headquarters! And it does!

G.I.Joe: Alpine*, Bazooka*, Beach Head, Blowtorch*, Breaker*, Crankcase*, Cross Country, Cutter*, Dial-Tone, Duke*, Flint*, Generic Joes*, General Hawk, Gung Ho*, Iceberg*, Leatherneck, Lifeline, Lift-Ticket, Low-Light*, Mainframe, Quick Kick*, Recondo*, Ripcord*, Roadblock, Sci Fi*, Sgt. Slaughter*, Shipwreck, Slipstream, Snow Job*, Spirit*, Thunder, Wet-Suit, Wild Bill* Cobra: BAT*, Dr. Mindbender, Motor-Viper*, Serpentor, Tele-Viper*
G.I.Joe: HAVOC, Mauler, Tomahawk, WHALE Cobra: Air Chariot, HISS, Stun, Trubble Bubble
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

If look closely at the center of the screen, you will see the first of two appearances made by Crankcase, who never said a word in the series and was packaged with the AWE Striker, which first appeared in "Red Rocket's Glare."

The title of the episode is from a line of dialogue spoken by Leatherneck to Wet-Suit: “We got a saying in the Marines - the most dangerous thing in the world is a green officer in the dark with a book of matches.”

If you were ever curious about what happened to the Skystrikers in the second season, it would appear that the blueprints or the planes were given to NATO.

Typically, the scene before and after a commercial break either share the same dialogue or fit together due to the flow of action. However, Serpentor's dialogue at the end of the second act and the beginning of the third were quite different in tone.
Dr. Mindbender: Our raid was a complete success!
Serpentor: No, not complete. There's still one thing I must do to make this night perfect. Attack Joe headquarters and eradicate them utterly from the face of the earth. This - I command!
[Commercial break]
Serpentor: Brilliant inspiration is my divine right - and I am inspired to track G.I.Joe down and wipe them out!

While fixing Cross Country's HAVOC, Dial-Tone's moustache disappears and reappears three times.

Although Shipwreck was standing behind a window in an observation command post, which would place the sky behind him, the background behind Lifeline should have included some part of the command post structure, not the sky, which may have been recycled to save time and money.

At the bottom of the image is a Joe who looks like Shipwreck or Cross Country, so the character was included by accident or inked with the wrong colors.

As seen in the left image, Serpentor's neck was inked with the wrong color.

Shipwreck's lips don't move while saying "Both of us! Colonel!" (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).

Like several episodes in the second season, Roadblock's head and arms were inked incorrectly.


Dial-Tone explains that a ventilation system and wearing masks while spraying painting prevents hazards to your health.


He-Man VI
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Bubble Yum II
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Sound Clip: Like "G.I.Joe and the Golden Fleece," during the closing sequence, Victor Caroli, who is best known to Sunbow fans for his voiceover work as the narrator of The Transformers, urged kids to help UNICEF during Halloween (53 kb).

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