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Home Episode Summaries Season 2 The Spy Who Rooked Me - Notes

Credits: written by Susan K. Williams

Production Number: 600-67

Original Airdate: October 13, 1986

The Joes find themselves mixed up in a fast-paced, incredible adventure with a dashing secret agent...only the agent seems willing to sacrifice the Joes to accomplish his mission.

G.I.Joe: Beach Head, Cross Country, Dial-Tone, Flint, Lift-Ticket*, Lifeline*, Generic Joes*, General Hawk, Lady Jaye Cobra: Buzzer, Dr. Mindbender, Monkeywrench, Motor-Viper*, Ripper, Thrasher, Torch, Viper*, Zarana, Zartan
G.I.Joe: Armadillo, HAVOC, Tomahawk Cobra: Night Raven, Stun, Swampfire, Thunder Machine
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

The title of the episode is a nod to the James Bond story The Spy Who Loved Me, which was published in 1965 and released as a film in 1977.

While confronting a crime boss and Dr. Mindbender, Mathew Burke, a character based heavily on the spy James Bond, strikes a pose similar to Roger Moore in the James Bond film poster for The Man With the Golden Gun (1974).

Due to his height and immense strength, Dr. Mindbender's bodyguard may have been based on the James Bond villains Jaws and Oddball.

The rods that extended from secret agent Matthew Burke's car parallel those from James Bond's car in the film Goldfinger.

Although cities found in the real world were not mentioned in the first season, the rule was reversed in the second season and then expanded; real world products, such as a Mercedes Benz car, were included. And if you read the car's series like a word, "SEL" sounds like one of the production materials used in the show, an animation "cel."

Flint's credit card number is C-C No. 68. The organization "Auntie," which is frequently mentioned by Burke during the episode, is a nod to the spy show The Man from UNCLE (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).

During a conference between a scientist, Mathew Burke and General Hawk, the Rocky Mountain Chemical Arsenal, which was robbed by Cobra in "Twenty Questions," was mentioned as the closest and most secure location for the nerve-paralyzing liquid.

After exiting his car, the secret agent introduces himself to the Joes: "Burke. Matthew Burke." The pattern of introduction was the same approach used by Sean Connery in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No (1962).

The second time the fourth wall breaks down between the audience and the characters occurs when Dial-Tone tells the audience, "Now thatís what I call one tough TV critic."


Flint's gloves disappear and appear between shots and even during a scene (as seen in the images in the bottom row).

Dr. Mindbender's gloves disappear between shots.

The blasts from the HAVOC are not lined up with the vehicle's cannons.


Cross Country (left)
and Beach Head (right)
Cross Country and Beach Head urge a motorbike driver to wear a helmet.


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