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Home Episode Summaries Season 1 The Pit of Vipers - Notes

Credits: story by Flint Dille and script by James M. Ward

Production Number: 600-51

Original Airdate: November 27, 1985

SUNBOW'S SYNOPSIS
"Watchdog" is the ultimate military computer, purchased by the Pentagon to wipe out terrorism - and especially the operations of Cobra - the world over. The only problem is, the computer may be a double-agent. [Note: The story editor for the episode was Flint Dille]

THE  PERSONNEL
G.I.Joe: Flint, Lady Jaye, Ace, Heavy Metal, Breaker, Bazooka, Airborne*, Col. Sharpe, Shipwreck, Admiral Ledger, Scarlett, Gung Ho*, Cover Girl*, Roadblock*, Frostbite*, Alpine*, Joe grunts Cobra: Cobra agents, Destro, Cobra Commander, Zartan, Eels
THE  GEAR
G.I.Joe: AWE Striker, Skystriker, USS Flagg, Armadillo, Snow Cat, Silver Mirage motorcycle, Dragonfly Cobra: Trubble Bubble, Ferret, HISS, Rattler, FANG
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

OBSERVATIONS
The episode contains several references to dogs. For example, Cobra weapon is called the Pit Viper, which is similar in name to a Pit Bull. After the new defense computer computer system, called Watch Dog, fails to find a single active Cobra base, Breaker notes to Scarlett that the system is "barking up the wrong tree." The Cobra yacht found in the Indian Ocean is called the Cerebus, which is the name of a three-headed dog with a dragon-tailed that allowed spirits to enter the underworld in Greek mythology.

Due to the presence of a computer controlling the whereabouts of the Joes, Dino Virgilio Monzon noted that the story for "The Pit of Vipers" was similiar to the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Ultimate Computer," which featured the M-5 Mulitronic unit. In the Star Trek episode, Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, explained that the M-5 unit was designed "to correlate all computer activity aboard a Starship, to provide the ulitmate in vessel operation and control."

USA  NETWORK  EDITS
I
Dialogue:
Shipwreck: So sheís a rubber duck armed to the bill. My mistake.
Ace: Those are the breaks, sailor. Itís up to us fly boys now.
Time: 15 seconds

II

Dialogue:
Scarlett: Breaker, where is everybody?
Breaker: Watch Dogís got the Joes moving all over the world looking for Cobra, only theyíre not finding anything.
Flint: This is what we slogged through 200 miles of swamp for? One crusty FANG thatís been abandoned since the early Pliocene?
Bazooka: Watch Dog goofed, huh?
Flint: Breaker! Patch me through to Watch Dog right this minute!
Time: 26 seconds
Note: In the original airing, Scarlett's line ("Breaker, where is everybody?") was a voice-over with the shot of Joe headquarters on the screen (first scene after cut). The USA Network editors cut the dialogue from the scene with Flint standing by his AWE Striker (last image in edited footage sequence) and re-created Scarlett's voice-over using Flint's order ("Breaker! Patch me through to Watch Dog right this minute!") while the shot of Joe headquarters was on the screen.

III

Dialogue:
Cobra Commander: A triumph! A masterpiece of the destructive art!
Shipwreck: Iím surprised you donít call Ďem long distance and brag.
Cobra Commander: An excellent idea. Yes! Letís reach out and crush someone! Destro, enable their communications.
Destro: Commander, no!
Cobra Commander: Never refuse me, Destro!
Time: 27 seconds

LESSONS

Snow Job
Original:
If someone falls on a frozen lake, donít walk on ice when it is cracking. Instead, Snow Job suggests that you should use a branch to pull them off the ice.
USA:
Same as above

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HIGHLIGHTS
Movie Clip: But the base begins to fall apart and the Pit Viper drives up through the base and straight up into the air. At the foot of the door, Breaker yells to Scarlett, "Jump or kiss tomorrow good bye!" The Joes parachute to the ground as The Pit Viper falls back toward the base. Explosions rip the base apart and Lady Jaye looks up and sees her friends safely parachuting to the ground. "Donít look now," Breaker happily tells his teammates, "but we won!" [1.74 mb]


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