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Computer Complications

8th of 30 episodes in Sunbow season 2. Written by David Schwartz. First aired September 26, 1986.









Previous episode: Let's Play Soldier
Next episode: Sink the Montana

A G.I. Joe Battle Platform uses robot subs to try retrieving a downed space probe containing a vital antimatter pod. Cobra attacks, but the subs are reprogrammed to drive them off. Cobra then recruits the Dreadnoks to steal the subs' control codes from Joe Headquarters. Zandar's effort fails, so Zarana poses as computer specialist Sgt. Carol Weedler. Mainframe saves her from an accident, and she develops feelings for him, but Zartan attacks the Joes' diner to hurry her mission, so she reluctantly electrocutes Mainframe and reprograms the subs for Cobra.

The Dreadnoks break in to extract Zarana and leave a bomb on Mainframe's unconscious body, but she returns to save him, and he allows her to escape. An impatient Serpentor has Cobra's main helicarrier attack to destroy the antimatter sub, as the robot subs begin chewing through the hull of the USS Flagg. The battle concludes with the helicarrier colliding with the Flagg and both sinking to the bottom of the ocean.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Mainframe372 seconds44 linesfooled by Zarana's disguise; reprogramming robot subs; misdirecting search team
Zartan119 seconds14 linesat Dreadnok camp; driving Ferret to assault diner and Joe HQ
Shipwreck105 seconds14 lineson Battle Platform retrieving space probe; on USS Flagg
Deep Six97 seconds9 lineson Battle Platform retrieving space probe; on USS Flagg
Wet-Suit87 seconds11 lineson Battle Platform retrieving space probe; on USS Flagg
Cobra Commander86 seconds15 linesattacking probe retrieval team; commanding helicarrier; evacuating in Firebat
Zandar84 seconds5 lineschased away from infiltrating Joe HQ; driving Ferret to assault diner and Joe HQ
Torpedo69 seconds4 lineson Battle Platform retrieving space probe; on USS Flagg
Zarana66 seconds9 linesdisguised as Sgt. Carol Weedler to infiltrate Joe HQ; falling for Mainframe
Duke61 seconds6 linesordering Mainframe to reprogram robot subs; visiting Mainframe after battle
Polly48 seconds3 lineswith Shipwreck on Battle Platform and USS Flagg
Beach Head43 seconds5 linesmonitoring secret and top secret rooms; fighting Dreadnoks at Joe HQ
Leatherneck37 seconds7 linesguarding Joe HQ
Low-Light27 seconds2 linesguarding Joe HQ
Serpentor25 seconds5 linesoverseeing Cobra Cmdr's progress; communicating with helicarrier
Adm. Ledger23 seconds5 linesdirecting retrieval of space probe; ordering evacuation as the Flagg sinks
Iceberg20 seconds4 linesguarding Joe HQ; playing cards at diner; misdirected by Mainframe during HQ attack
Lifeline18 seconds2 linestreating Mainframe after electrical shock
Sci-Fi16 seconds2 linesguarding Joe HQ; playing cards at diner
Gung-Ho16 seconds1 lineat diner during Dreadnok attack
Dr. Mindbender13 seconds2 lineson helicarrier during its assault on USS Flagg
 
Background Characters
Monkeywrench37 seconds (silent)at Dreadnok camp; driving Ferret to assault diner and Joe HQ
Buzzer30 seconds (silent)at Dreadnok camp; driving Ferret to assault diner and Joe HQ
Ripper28 seconds (silent)at Dreadnok camp; driving Ferret to assault diner and Joe HQ
Torch28 seconds (silent)at Dreadnok camp; driving Ferret to assault diner and Joe HQ
Roadblock7 seconds (silent)with greenshirts outside Joe HQ; at diner during Dreadnok attack
Rock 'n Roll7 seconds (silent)at diner during Dreadnok attack
Wild Bill5 seconds (silent)at diner during Dreadnok attack
 
Troops Appearing
Greenshirt53 seconds with Roadblock outside HQ; at diner and on USS Flagg
Cobra29 seconds manning manta subs and helicarrier; one flying FANG to evacuate
Cobra Officer10 seconds guarding Serpentor's throne room
Strato-Viper7 seconds flying Firebats to retrieve space probe
 
Vehicles Appearing
Battle Platform161 seconds used to retrieve space probe
USS Flagg113 seconds used to retrieve space probe; sunk during Cobra helicarrier attack
Ferret89 seconds used by Dreadnoks to assault diner and Joe HQ
Firebat40 seconds used to attack Joe retrieval effort and evacuate helicarrier
Conquest X-3010 seconds on deck of USS Flagg; destroyed by Firebats
FANG5 seconds used to evacuate helicarrier
 
Non-Toy Characters: owner of Joe's Diner; Generic Joes in Ace's outfit, Cobra armorer
Non-Toy Equipment: robot subs; Cobra manta subs Anger, Revenge, and Dagger; Army jeep; Cobra helicarrier

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 2.0 set (Disc 1, Episode 7).
  • The connection between Mainframe and Zarana reappears in Grey Hairs and Growing Pains.
  • The episode's production number places it between The Invaders and Cold Slither, so it may have originally been conceived as a season-1 episode with different featured characters.