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A Real American Hero, Part 2
Slave of the Cobra Master

2nd of 10 Sunbow episodes before Season 1. Written by Ron Friedman. First aired September 13, 1983.

Previous episode: A Real American Hero, Part 1
Next episode: A Real American Hero, Part 3

Following Duke's battle in the Arena of Sport, the slave Selena slips him a metal fragment that allows him to disrupt Cobra's mind control. Dr. Vandermeer directs the Joes to sites across the globe to obtain rare elements to power their own M.A.S.S. Device to fight Cobra's. As Cobra kidnaps an entire Soviet Army parade, Scarlett leads the first team to a crystal mine in the Sea of Ice, but Cobra booby-traps and an attack by Maj. Bludd lead to a radioactive explosion. Snake Eyes brings down a protective shield, allowing the team to escape but sealing himself in.

Duke uses Selena's help to escape Cobra but is injured. He is somehow transported back to Joe Headquarters in Doc's care but with no memory of his captivity. World leaders assemble at Tanu Island to meet with Cobra, including Gen. Flagg and Soviet Premier Balankov, but are captured by Cobra's M.A.S.S. Device and turned into slaves. Destro hijacks the live news broadcast of the event to announce this will be the fate of the world if they do not submit to Cobra.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Duke282 seconds11 linesescaping temple in Viper Glider and H.I.S.S., injured with loss of memory
Scarlett191 seconds18 linesat briefing, leading Sea of Ice team, at HQ for Tanu Island broadcast
Cobra Commander183 seconds18 linesin arena, broadcasting captures, leading pursuit of Duke
Destro157 seconds15 linesin arena, criticizing Cobra Cmdr., joining Tanu Island broadcast
Snow Job123 seconds9 linespart of Sea of Ice team
Snake Eyes120 seconds at briefing, part of Sea of Ice team, separated from the team
Tripwire102 seconds4 linespart of Sea of Ice team
Flash95 seconds1 linepart of Sea of Ice team, at HQ for Tanu Island broadcast
Stalker54 seconds4 linesat briefing, in command in Duke's absence, at HQ for Tanu Island incident
Breaker38 seconds2 linespresent at briefing on first element, witnessing Tanu Island broadcast
Maj. Bludd25 seconds3 linesleading team at Sea of Ice
Doc16 seconds1 linetransporting injured Duke
Background Characters
Rock 'n Roll9 seconds1 lineat HQ for Tanu Island broadcast
Cover Girl6 seconds1 lineassisting Doc in transporting injured Duke
Zap18 seconds (silent)at HQ for Tanu Island broadcast
Gung-Ho11 seconds (silent)at HQ for Tanu Island broadcast
Baroness6 seconds (silent)planting homing device in Moscow
Steeler4 seconds (silent)assisting Doc in transporting injured Duke
Troops Appearing
Cobra Officer154 seconds4 linesguarding temple, escorting Duke, operating cameras, chasing Duke
Cobra48 seconds5 lineswatching Duke's fight, reporting to Cobra Cmdr., aide to Bludd, chasing Duke
Vehicles Appearing
Viper Glider73 seconds used by Duke and Cobras during Duke's escape
S.N.A.K.E.63 seconds used by Cobra to defend crystal element
Polar Battle Bear59 seconds used by Joes to reach Sea of Ice
Non-Toy Characters: Ramar, Dr. Vandermeer, Selena, hooded Cobra slavemaster, Ivan Balankov, Gen. Flagg.
Non-Toy Equipment: various Soviet Army equipment, crystal mine monorail car, prototype Water Moccasin, prototype Chameleon, medical helicopter.

Misc. Notes

  • This miniseries, originally aired as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, was retitled G.I. Joe: The M.A.S.S. Device for the 2008 DVD figure set and A Real American Hero: The M.A.S.S. Device for the Shout!Factory DVD release.
  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.1 set (Disc 1, Episode 2).
  • The Shout! Factory DVD titles this episode in the plural, as "Slaves of the Cobra Master."
  • First appearances (in order): Snow Job, Doc, and Cover Girl; the Polar Battle Bear, S.N.A.K.E., and Viper Glider
  • Since all the characters on the animated series use laser rifles, Flash is given a flamethrower in this episode to distinguish himself from the other Joes. Also, whereas the default rifle for the Joes has the design released with the Snow Job figure, Snow Job himself uses a pistol.
  • Although the S.N.A.K.E. was marketed as brainwashing battle armor, S.N.A.K.E.s in the cartoon are battle robots.
  • The five DVD figure sets released in 2008 each came with a piece of the M.A.S.S. Device featured in this miniseries, and several of 2008's figures came with element canisters.