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Home Episode Summaries Season 1 The Viper is Coming - Notes

Credits: written by David Bennet Carren

Production Number: 600-22

Original Airdate: October 24, 1985

SUNBOW'S SYNOPSIS
A mysterious series of telephone tips ("This is the viper.. Iím coming for youÖfive-nine-five...six hours...maybe seven") sends the Joes on a Ďround-the-world mission, raiding one Cobra operation after another in an attempt to aver the threatened attack. But Cobra isnít making the telephone threats - and doesnít know who is. Only after the mayhem is over do we discover the truth. The doorbell rings. At the door stands a little man in overalls, carrying a bucket and squeegee. "I am the viper. The vindow viper. Iíve come to vipe your vindows..." [Note: Some of the dialogue mentioned in the synopsis did not appear in the episode]

THE  PERSONNEL
G.I.Joe: Barbecue, Scarlett, Alpine, Footloose, Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Gung Ho, Joe grunts, Flint*, Duke*, Snake Eyes, Spirit*, Cover Girl*, Dusty, Recondo, Breaker, Wild Bill Cobra: Destro, Major Bludd, Tomax, Xamot, Cobra agents, Zartan, Snow Serpents
THE  GEAR
G.I.Joe: Snow Cat, Skystriker, FLAK, AWE Striker Cobra: Firebat (grey), FANG, HISS
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

OBSERVATIONS

As seen during the episode "The Gamesmaster" when Ace picked a toy soldier up from the ground, Alpine continued the tradition of collecting knick-knacks when he explained to Footloose that he wanted to grab a rock for his collection while in Antarctica.

If there was ever a line that foreshadowed the punch line to the show, Barbecue said it after Roadblock crashed through a window: "Guess I won't need that window cleaned."

During the opening sequence of the MTV television Aeon Flux, the main character catches a fly with her eyelashes, and the shot bears a striking similarity a close-up of Scarlett while she is on the telephone. The MTV show's creator, Peter Chung, may be the same Peter Chung who was listed in the second season credits of the Sunbow series The Transformers.

Upon entering the Cobra recreational base, a robot similar to Robby the Robot greets the Joes. Robby the Robot, who is mimicked with the spinning circles on the side of his glass head, appeared in the film Forbidden Planet and the television series Lost in Space and The Twilight Zone.

ERRORS
The canopy for the Snow Cat toy opened in the opposite direction.

USA  NETWORK  EDITS
I
Dialogue:
Barbecue: And donít forget to take a burger with ya! (all the hamburgers are grabbed) Hey! Howabout leaving one for the chef?
Time: 8 seconds
Note: Editor cut into part of the background music

II

Dialogue:
Roadblock: What could Cobra attack down here?
Barbecue: Whatever it is they can have it.
Time: 5 seconds

III

Dialogue:
Robot: The floor show starts promptly at 7 P.M. in the Zartan entertainment center. Tonight we feature the Cobra Cuties.
Time: 10 seconds

IV

Dialogue:
Lady Jaye: Barbecue, this is getting heavy!
Barbecue: No question about it! Iím not joining this gym!
Lady Jaye: I donít know. Weíre getting a pretty good workout.
Time: 10 seconds

V

Time: 23 seconds

VI

Dialogue:
Wild Bill: Come back, Roadblock! Your transmission was garbled.
Time: 7 seconds

VII

Time: 2 seconds

LESSONS

Roadblock
Original:
Roadblock strongly discourages two kids from playing around electrical wires since there is enough power to fry an elephant according to the Joe.
USA:
Same as above

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