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A Real American Hero, Part 3
The Worms of Death

3rd of 10 Sunbow episodes before Season 1. Written by Ron Friedman. First aired September 14, 1983.

Previous episode: A Real American Hero, Part 2
Next episode:A Real American Hero, Part 4

As Cobra Commander threatens the United Nations, Snake Eyes makes his way out of the crystal mine, carrying a canister of the M.A.S.S. element but glowing with radiation. He befriends a timber wolf and is nursed back to health by a blind hermit. Duke, still unable to recall his captivity, leads an undersea mission to obtain the M.A.S.S. Device's heavy water element. The Baroness leads an ambush of the underwater team but is interrupted by giant tubeworms, forcing a stalemate. Joe and Cobra divide the water element between them. The Joes fail to destroy the Relay Star satellite using a "killer sat," but Snake Eyes returns to Joe Headquarters with the first element. Unfortunately, the canister is booby-trapped with a bomb and unleashes knockout gas as it prepares to detonate.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Duke218 seconds30 linesleading undersea mission, launching killer satellite
Snake Eyes183 seconds spared by Bludd, meeting Timber, saved by blind man, returning to HQ
Scarlett161 seconds7 lineswith Duke on undersea team, greeting Snake Eyes at HQ
Timber135 seconds rescued by Snake Eyes, taken in by blind man, returning to HQ
Torpedo115 seconds11 linesguiding undersea team, negotiating with Baroness, in jeans at HQ
Stalker105 seconds3 lineswith Tripwire on undersea team
Baroness91 seconds12 linesreassuring Destro, leading undersea team
Destro84 seconds8 linescriticizing Cobra Cmdr., transporting shock troops to Relay Star
Tripwire80 seconds1 linewith Stalker on undersea team
Breaker68 seconds2 lineswith Clutch on undersea team, greeting Snake Eyes at HQ
Short-Fuze62 seconds4 linespresenting killer satellite
Clutch58 seconds3 lineswith Breaker on undersea team, presenting killer satellite
Cobra Commander54 seconds4 linesbroadcast to UN, present for crystal delivery and defending the Relay Star
Maj. Bludd45 seconds6 linesusing robots to retrieve crystals, delivering crystals to Destro
Steeler40 seconds3 lineson aircraft carrier, presenting killer satellite
Cover Girl38 seconds2 linesassisting Dr. Vandermeer, meeting Snake Eyes in Wolverine
Doc14 seconds1 linedebriefing Duke aboard carrier
Background Characters
Flash26 seconds (silent)working on Joes' M.A.S.S. Device, greeting Snake Eyes at HQ
Zap4 seconds (silent)working on Joes' M.A.S.S. Device
Gung-Ho1 second (silent)working on Joes' M.A.S.S. Device
Troops Appearing
Cobra Diver66 seconds on sea sleds as part of undersea team
Cobra31 seconds2 linesoperating cameras for Cobra Cmdr, sending repair droid into crystal mine
Cobra Officer24 seconds at Cobra temple when Bludd delivers crystals
Vehicles Appearing
Wolverine10 seconds used to deliver Snake Eyes into Joe HQ
V.A.M.P.3 seconds seen inside Joe HQ
Non-Toy Characters: Selena, blind man, Dr. Vandermeer, Cobra shock troops
Non-Toy Equipment: Cobra repair module, search androids, aircraft carrier, two-man sub, Torpedo's submarine, Cobra sea sled, spherical Cobra sub

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 3).
  • First appearances (in order): Torpedo, Timber, and Cobra Divers; the Wolverine and V.A.M.P.
  • Despite appearing in other episodes, Cobra Divers did not receive an action figure until fall 2008.
  • 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.