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"Don't tell me you're the little ol' Viper."
- Scarlett (to Destro after she is captured inside an elevator)
Outside the Extensive Enterprises Tower, Scarlett stands in front of
Barbecue and Snake Eyes and radios Wild Bill, who is hovering around the
tower in a Dragonfly, for a status report, listens to the Joe cowboy explain
all is well, and she then turns to explain to Barbecue that Extensive Enterprises
Tower is the tallest building in the world so no one else has topped their
Inside the tower, Destro slams Major Bludd onto a desk in a ransacked
office and tells the Australian agent that he is the most likely candidate
for the Viper, but Major Bludd objects since he was almost captured by
the Joes. Tomax and Xamot support Major Bludd's position by providing an
alibi and explain to Destro, who turns to the twins and threatens to charge
them as the traitorous Viper, that they cannot be the Viper since the loss
of man-hours and finances building a recreation base make the idea of tipping
off the Joes seem quite ludicrous.
Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Barbecue enter the building and while the Joes
on the ground are left in Roadblock's care. As the three Joes travel to
the eightieth floor, gas is pumped into the elevator and the Joes are knocked
out. Breaker tells Roadblock that something has gone wrong so Roadblock
leads the generic Joe forces into the building. A guard rips off his mask,
reveals himself as Zartan and welcomes the Joes to two wings of armed Cobra
agents, who are appear after two panels on the walls are raised.
Roadblock radios Wild Bill that they have entered the building and Wild
Bill is soon attacked by three FANGs that fly out of a hidden harbor on
the side of the tower. Scarlett awakens and with her best Southern accent
she asks Destro, "Don't tell me you're the little ol' Viper." Destro grunts
a "no" and orders the other Cobra agents to disarm the Joes.
Wild Bill flies ahead of his adversaries, rotates 180 degrees and shoots
a FANG from the sky, but another FANG catches up with Wild Bill and fires
a rocket. However, Wild Bill moves out of the rocket's path and the rocket
destroys the window and wall of the office where Destro interrogates the
Barbecue grabs Destro's gun and when Cobra arms dealer orders Barbecue
to drop the gun, Snake Eyes leaps forth and punches Destro to the ground.
Tomax begins to shoot into the smoke and Barbecue hits Tomax's hand. A
bookcase swivels and Cobra troops pour into the room with guns blazing.
Alpine and Footloose climb up to the top floor and a Cobra FANG attacks
them. The rope is hit and Alpine quickly climbs up the rope before it snaps.
Wild Bill shoots down the FANG and asks if his teammates need any help.
Footloose says they have everything under control and the rope snaps but
Alpine catches him as he hangs on the remaining good part of the rope.
Wild Bill laughs and radios back that it appears that they do indeed have
the situation in hand.
Scarlett, Barbecue and Snake Eyes continue to battle Cobra and Scarlett
tells Barbecue that they really could use some help. Suddenly, Footloose
and Alpine burst through a window and the Joes' newest climber tells Scarlett,
"All you had to do was ask." Tomax, Xamot, Major Bludd and Destro retreat
via an escape shaft.
More generic Joes join Recondo and Roadblock on the first floor and
the Cobra agents surrender as soon as Zartan announces that he never surrenders
and blends with the background on the walls.
On the top floor, Barbecue explains to Scarlett that neither the captured
Cobra agent nor the top Cobra leaders know the identity of the Viper, and
Scarlett wonders if the Viper even knows who he is.
Barbecue, Scarlett, Duke, Flint, Roadblock, Snake Eyes and Footloose
watch the red phone and patiently wait for it to ring, and as soon as it
rings, Barbecue walks forward, picks the phone up from its carriage and
is told that the Viper will arrive at today at noon and that he should
FLAKs, stacked sandbags and several armed Joes surround the firehouse,
and an elderly man walks toward the Joes and asks for Mr. Barbecue. The
Joe hops down from the seat of a FLAK and introduces himself. The elderly
man tells him: "I am the viper. I've come to vipe you vindows. Five-seventy
five an hour. I start on West corner, top floor first."
Realizing the "Viper" is actually a window wiper, Barbecue points to the old man and laughs softly, and the situation is so absurd that all of the Joes are immediately laughing as well.
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