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Cobra Stops the World

4th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Steve Gerber. First aired September 26, 1985.

Previous episode: Cobra Soundwaves
Next episode: Jungle Trap

Cobra Commander's latest broadcast boasts of capturing nearly all the world's energy sources and threatens to destroy oil tankers in the ocean. Thanks to a diamond-powered cloaking device, the source of Cobra's transmission is untraceable, so the Joes follow every lead they have. Torpedo and Deep Six sink a floating Cobra base but find no clues to the tankers' location. Ace and Duke scout an Amazonian jungle near a diamond mine but are shot down and captured by Major Bludd. Scarlett busts a Cobra safehouse but learns that the tankers' location is known only to Cobra Commander and Destro.

Cobra explodes one of the tankers by remote and threatens to destroy another every hour, but Sparks begins preparing a tracking device that will reveal where Cobra's base is when they send out the next remote signal. Ace and Duke escape near a Cobra-run diamond mine and steal a Cobra Rattler, and Scarlett leads a Joe assault on Cobra's base as soon as Sparks determines its whereabouts. The battle is won when Ace and Duke enter the fight with their stolen Rattler. Cobra's operation is foiled, but Cobra Commander manages to escape.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Duke256 seconds37 linesgiving orders, shot down & captured in Patagonia, fighting at Cobra base
Ace221 seconds19 linesshot down & captured in Patagonia, flying Rattler at Cobra base
Scarlett212 seconds19 linesoverturning Cobra townhouse hideout, leading fight against Cobra base
Cobra Commander152 seconds17 linesmaking broadcasts, escaping Joes during base attack
Sparks95 seconds10 linesmanaging communications at Joe HQ, building scanner to trace Cobra
Maj. Bludd93 seconds12 linescapturing Ace & Duke at Cobra mining operation
Deep Six90 seconds14 linesflying S.H.A.R.C. against off-shore Cobra base, fighting Eels
Col. Sharp84 seconds12 linesin charge at Joe HQ
Torpedo82 seconds13 linesin S.H.A.R.C., fighting at Cobra off-shore base
Destro66 seconds6 linesat Cobra base, critiquing Cobra Cmdr's plans, activating defenses
Cutter15 seconds2 linesdriving W.H.A.L.E. against Cobra base, capturing Cobra troops
Background Characters
Rock 'n Roll8 seconds (silent)deployed from W.H.A.L.E. at Cobra base near Patagonia
Roadblock4 seconds (silent)deployed from W.H.A.L.E. at Cobra base near Patagonia
Grunt3 seconds (silent)deployed from W.H.A.L.E. at Cobra base near Patagonia
Troops Appearing
Cobra70 seconds8 linesat drilling sites, townhouse hideout, flying Rattlers, fighting at Cobra base
Crimson Guard53 seconds1 lineat Cobra base and mining operation
Cobra Officer38 seconds4 linesin charge of townhouse hideout
Eel18 seconds fighting Deep Six & Torpedo at undersea base
H.I.S.S. Driver7 seconds driving at Cobra base near Patagonia
Greenshirt6 seconds fighting at Cobra base near Patagonia
Vehicles Appearing
Skystriker135 seconds used near Cobra mining operation, against Cobra base near Patagonia
Rattler91 seconds stolen by Duke & Ace, flown against Cobra base near Patagonia
S.H.A.R.C.83 seconds used against off-shore Cobra base
H.I.S.S.21 seconds used at Cobra base near Patagonia
R.A.M.20 seconds driven by Scarlett at beginning of episode
F.A.N.G.17 seconds used at Cobra base near Patagonia
Killer W.H.A.L.E.17 seconds used to offload troops at Cobra base near Patagonia
A.S.P.10 seconds used at Cobra base near Patagonia
Stinger6 seconds used at Cobra base near Patagonia
Dragonfly1 second used at Cobra base near Patagonia (17:42)
Non-Toy Equipment: Cobra helicopters, cloaking device, Cobra fighter jets

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.1 set (Disc 4, Episode 4).
  • First appearance: Deep Six, Eel, H.I.S.S. Driver.
  • This episode appears to have been produced before The Pyramid of Darkness, since the only post-TROC 1985 appearance is from the Eels, whose color scheme is inconsistent.