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Home Episode Summaries Season 1 The Traitor: Part I - Notes

Credits: written by Buzz Dixon

Production Number: 600-30

Original Airdate: November 25, 1985

Dusty, the youngest member of the Joes, needs money to care for his ailing mother. Cobra offers to foot the bill -- in exchange for certain information. Will one of the newest additions to the Joe team turn out to be its betrayer? [Note: The last sentence was removed in one version of the episode synopsis]

G.I.Joe: Duke, Shipwreck, Flint, Gung Ho, Grunt*, Roadblock*, Dusty, Stalker*, Ripcord*, Wild Bill*, Cover Girl*, Scarlett*, Snake Eyes, Lady Jaye, Alpine*, Snow Job*, Deep Six, Spirit*, Zap*, Cutter*, Footloose*, Clutch*, Torpedo*, Rock 'n' Roll*, Ace*, Short-Fuze*, Steeler*, Mutt*, Joe grunts Cobra: Cobra Commander, Tomax, Xamot, Cobra agents
G.I.Joe: Mauler, Armadillo, Transportable Tactical Battle Platform, SHARC, Dragonfly, Slugger, VAMP Cobra: Trubble Bubble, Rattler, Hydrofoil, FANG
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

On an interesting note, Dusty's mother refers to her son as "Dusty" the entire time he is with her.

Because of the appearances of Clutch, Grunt and Steeler, this episode occurs before "Worlds Without End - Part I."

The music at the Stumble Inn was first played in "Pyramid of Darkness" while Dusty was singing for a Fatal Fluffy in Space Station Delta.

"The name given to Dusty in this two-part episode is 'Ronald W. Rudat.' The name on the back of the G.I.Joe action figure package for Dusty is 'Ronald W. Tadur.' The sign in the front of the chemical plant reads: 'H.S. Thompson Pharmaceuticals.' Hunter S. Thompson is the notorious real-life dope-crazed 'gonzo' journalist who wrote for Rollling Stone. He was also the basis for Uncle Duke in the comic strip Doonesbury" (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes). Diana also informed me that Hunter Thompson also wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and according to The Complete Encyclopedia of G.I. Joe, Ron Rudat, who designed the first run of 3 3/4" figures, was the source for Dusty's civilian name.

Unless you have a either a really large TV and sharp eyes or a video capture card you may have never noticed the small writing found on a card that appeared during a Joe briefing and states: "Special Edition" and "Motorcycle people enjoy sports."

After Cobra's successful raid on a chemical laboratory, Duke disgustedly comments, "No, we're the dummies. Suckered by dolls firing lasers." Only a writer could insert such a witty remark which pokes fun at parents who believe the show is nothing more than a 30-minute commercial filled with armies and lasers.

After Dusty is found guilty at a court martial, Flint sentences the traitor to a life sentence of hard labor located at Fort Wadsworth. In the first issue of the Marvel comic book series, Fort Wadsworth was introduced as the location of the Joes' underground base.

Tomax: It’s those bloody Joes!
Xamot: Caught you off guard, didn’t they, brother?
Cobra Commander: G.I.Joe!
Cobra Rattler pilot: Attaaaack!
Time: 27 seconds


Customer: All right!
Waitress: Boys! Boys! Stop it! I said stop it!
Xamot: We’d best be going.
Time: 20 seconds


Duke: This proves Cobra was here.
Shipwreck: What’s this? Hey, they’ve even got a medical plan.
Duke: If it won’t take time out of your busy schedule, check below.
Shipwreck: Uh, aye-aye, Duke.
Time: 26 seconds


Lady Jaye
Lady Jaye explains that a little creative problem-solving can prevent you from hurting yourself when facing an obstacle.
Same as above


Barbie and the Rockers

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Movie Clip:
Duke: This proves Cobra was here.
Shipwreck: What’s this? Hey, they’ve even got a medical plan!
Duke: If it won’t take time out of your busy schedule, check below.
Shipwreck: Uh, aye-aye, Duke.
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Movie Clip:
Suddenly, Tomax and Xamot, wearing business suits, approach Dusty and greet the Joe. Dusty recognizes them and states that they are with Extensive Enterprises.
Tomax: "No, we are - "
Xamot: " - Extensive Enterprises."
Dusty: "Look, I don't talk to creeps who do business with Cobra. Take your - "
Xamot (jabbing Dusty's ribs with gun held under the table): "Don't you think your mother -"
Tomax: " - has enough medical bills?"
Xamot: "Why burden her - "
Tomax: " - with funeral expenses as well? Yours!"
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