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A Real American Hero, Part 4
Duel in the Devil's Cauldron

4th of 10 Sunbow episodes before Season 1. Written by Ron Friedman. First aired September 15, 1983.






Previous episode: A Real American Hero, Part 3
Next episode: A Real American Hero, Part 5

With Timber's help, Cover Girl disposes of the explosive canister, but a test of the Joes' MASS Device using only two elements is unsuccessful. While Stalker stalls Cobra with a fake surrender announcement, the Joes travel to the volcanic Ring of Fire to recover the meteorite that contains the third element. Suspicious, Destro leaves to obtain more of the third element for Cobra's own weapon.

Once the Joes' ruse is discovered, Cobra Commander tries using the MASS Device to destroy New York City, but the slave Selena uses a pitcher of water to damage the machine, foiling the attempt. Destro confronts the Joes over the volcano and captures the meteorite aboard a helicarrier. The Joes storm Cobra's craft, but Destro escapes on a small shuttle with some of the meteorite and Scarlett as a hostage. Scarlett proves a difficult passenger, fusing the shuttle's controls and sending it out of control.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Gung-Ho172 seconds18 lineslosing rifle in MASS test, interrupting surrender, leading Dragonflies at Ring of Fire
Scarlett170 seconds8 linesat MASS test and surrender, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire, captured
Cobra Commander165 seconds20 lineseavesdropping on Stalker's surrender, using MASS to destroy NYC
Destro138 seconds22 linesskeptical of surrender, leading Rattlers at Ring of Fire, capturing Scarlett
Duke117 seconds11 linesat MASS test and surrender, flying Skystriker at Ring of Fire
Stalker81 seconds8 linesannouncing surrender, with reinforcements at Ring of Fire
Snake Eyes72 seconds at MASS test and surrender, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
Timber57 seconds saving Cover Girl, with Snake Eyes at Ring of Fire
Clutch52 seconds4 linesat HQ for MASS test and surrender, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
Rock 'n Roll47 seconds2 linesin studio, assaulting helicarrier, threatening Destro
Baroness40 seconds3 linesoperating MASS Device to destroy NYC
Wild Bill38 seconds1 linein Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
Cover Girl37 seconds3 linesusing VAMP to remove bomb from HQ
Breaker32 seconds6 linestracking Cobra's eavesdropping, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
 
Background Characters
Short-Fuze26 seconds4 linesin studio, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
Zap24 seconds5 linesat HQ for surrender, helping Breaker monitor Cobra's eavesdropping
Steeler20 seconds2 linesin Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
Airborne15 seconds2 linesreacting to surrender, in studio, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
Tripwire15 seconds (silent)in studio, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
Ace13 seconds6 linesin Skystriker leading reinforcements at Ring of Fire
Flash11 seconds1 lineoperating Stalker's camera, in Dragonfly and JUMP at Ring of Fire
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra66 seconds aboard helicarrier, many captured by boarding party
Cobra Officer59 seconds guarding dining hall, escorting Ramar and Selena
 
Vehicles Appearing
Dragonfly173 seconds used to retrieve meteorite from Ring of Fire; models used in fake surrender
JUMP107 seconds worn by Stalker in fake surrender; used to board Cobra helicarrier
Skystriker59 seconds reinforcements at Ring of Fire; models used in fake surrender
MOBAT44 seconds models used in fake surrender
Wolverine44 seconds models used in fake surrender
HISS22 seconds used to defend helicarrier
VAMP21 seconds used by Cover Girl to dispose of bomb; models used in fake surrender
FLAK8 seconds blue-grey Cobra version used on helicarrier
APC4 seconds models used in fake surrender
FANG2 seconds in helicarrier bay (16:23-24)
 
Non-Toy Characters: Dr. Vandermeer, Army MPs, Selena, Ramar,
Non-Toy Equipment: gladiator robot, proto-Rattlers, Cobra helicarrier, Cobra forklift, Cobra rocket sleds, Destro's shuttle

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 4).
  • First appearances: Ace; the APC.
  • Though they are markedly different from the Rattler toys released, animation of the Cobra jets in this episode was used for the first Rattler commercial.
  • One of the series' most glaring animation errors occurs in this episode, as Timber is seen in two places at once in the same shot, both inside and in front of the VAMP as Cover Girl runs to it.
  • The five DVD figure sets released in 2008 each came with a piece of the MASS Device featured in this miniseries, and several of 2008's figures came with element canisters.