Shipwreck's a crook! Shipwreck's a crook!
  -- Polly (after Flint asks Shipwreck how he knows so much about an old smuggler's hideout)
Home Episode Summaries Season 1 The Wrong Stuff - Notes

Credits: story by Flint Dille and Stanley Ralph Ross and script by Stanley Ralph Ross

Production Number: 600-49

Original Airdate: November 28, 1985

When Cobra launches a satellite into deep space, somebody has to go get it, and the members of the G.I.Joe are the likeliest candidates. But which one? The Joes undergo an arduous program to separate the "pudknockers" from the potential astronauts, and a fierce competition erupts to win the honor of being the first Joe into space. [Note: The story editor for the episode was Flint Dille]

G.I.Joe: Snake Eyes, Duke, Scarlett, Lady Jaye, Gung Ho*, Wild Bill, Ace, Roadblock, Col. Sharpe, Shipwreck, Alpine, Mutt, Flint*, Tripwire*, Barbecue*, Cover Girl*, Bazooka* Cobra: Zartan, Cobra Commander, Destro, the Baroness, Tomax, Xamot, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch
G.I.Joe: Skystriker Cobra: none
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

One of Cobra's television series is The C-Team, a parody of the The A-Team - complete with a Mr. C who mimics Mr. T to the point that he misstates Mr. T's famous line: "I pity the fool who doesn't join Cobra" (Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes). Also, the Cobra second television series, Father's No Beast, pokes fun at the show Father Knows Best and the title of the episode is a nod to the 1983 film The Right Stuff.

Like Charlie Chaplin in the film The Great Dictator, Cobra Commander dances with a globe before placing it on the ground. The over-sized globe also appeared in the first season's opening sequence as well as the animation for the toy of Serpentor.

On the note of a "not too cool" scene, Mr. C tells Scarlett, "“Outta my way, woman" and then brushes her aside. The moment would have been more infinitely more interesting if a Scarlett would have lashed out at him with a lethal kick, releasing a fiery temper built around years of suppressed frustration about being called a "mere girl" on the Joe force.

The episode was the first of three shows included with volume 12 of the FHE series.

Ripper is seen wearing Destro's gloves when Cobra's weapons dealer takes over the Dreadnok's control panel.


Roadblock strongly discourages two kids from playing around electrical wires since there is enough power to fry an elephant according to the Joe.


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