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The Germ

30th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Roger Slifer. First aired October 23, 1985.









Previous episode: Lasers in the Night
Next episode: Captives of Cobra, Part 1

A Crimson Guard steals experimental bacteria. Conflict between Destro and the Crimson Twins leads to a fight in which the bacteria and some growth serum are dropped, resulting in a giant blob-like organism that consumes Cobra's lab and begins rampaging through the countryside. Alerted by Col. Sharp, a team of Skystrikers finds the germ, which spews back the missiles and insecticide they drop onto it, and Ace is temporarily incapacitated by the insecticide. The Joes reconnoiter on the USS Flagg, where Airtight introduces a needle-nosed jet to fly into the germ and deliver explosive antibodies.

Inside the germ, Airtight encounters explosive debris from the Cobra lab and corrosive enzymes that threaten the ship. Meanwhile, the doctor who created the bacteria finds the Joes. At the nucleus, Airtight comes under fire by two Cobras who were sucked inside at the lab. He fights them off, plants his explosives, and returns to the ship, which he and the Crimson Guard agent use to escape the germ. The delivered antibiotics only cause the germ to split into, with half of it heading toward New York City. Recognizing that apple seeds contain a small amount of poison, Skystrikers drop missiles to lead one germ into an orchard, where it is destroyed. A Joe armor unit assembles in New York, ready to fire apples there. The armor unit is overrun by the remaining germ, but the Skystrikers arrive to drop orchards full of apples. It explodes, sending the two Cobras inside flying into Joe custody.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Airtight233 seconds26 linesflying hypodermic plane into germ, planting antibodies inside, capturing CG
Ace146 seconds30 linesat HQ, flying Skystrikers and biplane against germ
Shipwreck111 seconds17 linesat HQ, observing Airtight's mission, in Flint's convoy with Cover Girl
Flint106 seconds21 linesflying Skystriker against germ, leading convoy to attack it
Scarlett87 seconds13 linesflying Skystrikers against germ, observing Airtight's mission
Cover Girl73 seconds9 linesin Flint's convoy with Shipwreck
Dusty67 seconds11 linesat HQ, flying Skystrikers against germ
Roadblock59 seconds6 lineson Flagg, observing Airtight's mission, in Flint's convoy, capturing Eels
Destro27 seconds3 linesreceiving supergerm but balking at orders regarding it
Tomax26 seconds6 linesordering theft of supergerm and diverting its delivery
Xamot26 seconds5 linesordering theft of supergerm and diverting its delivery
Tollbooth9 seconds1 lineusing Bridgelayer to allow Flint's convoy to cross a river
Col. Sharp7 seconds2 linesalerting Joes to the germ
 
Background Characters
Breaker26 seconds1 lineat HQ, driving Armadillo in convoy, at germ battle
Snake Eyes25 seconds at HQ, flying Skystriker against germ, prepping Airtight's plane
Gung-Ho23 seconds1 linein Flint's convoy, capturing Eels in last scene
Rock'n Roll5 seconds (silent)manning AWE Striker against germ
Mutt4 seconds (silent)manning AWE Striker against germ
Grunt3 seconds (silent)loading apples into Roadblock's launcher
Crankcase2 seconds (silent)in Flint's convoy (19:38-39)
Quick Kick2 seconds (silent)manning AWE Striker against germ (20:07-08)
Wild Bill2 seconds (silent)in AWE Striker as part of Flint's convoy (18:15, 19:44)
Bazooka1 second (silent)manning AWE Striker against germ (20:04)
Footloose1 second (silent)manning AWE Striker against germ (20:07)
Spirit1 second (silent)with Flint's team as germ explodes (21:05)
 
Troops Appearing
Crimson Guard110 seconds15 linesstealing supergerm, absorbed by it, captured by Airtight
Eel79 seconds1 lineabsorbed by supergerm, fighting Airtight inside
Cobra71 seconds10 linesdefending Destro's lab, flying Trubble Bubble
Greenshirt31 seconds1 linedriving convoy of Armadillos, AWE Strikers, and apple trucks
Tele-Viper4 seconds1 linedetecting theft of supergerm from Destro's lab
 
Vehicles Appearing
Skystriker161 seconds used to attack germ
Viper Glider45 seconds used by CG to steal supergerm
AWE Striker33 seconds used in Flint's convoy to shoot apples at supergerm
Water Moccasin33 seconds used at Destro's lab, absorbed by germ
Moray29 seconds used to defend Cobra's lab
Mauler17 seconds used in Flint's convoy to shoot apples at supergerm
Armadillo14 seconds used in Flint's convoy to shoot apples at supergerm
Bridge Layer13 seconds used to allow Flint's convoy to cross a river
Trubble Bubble12 seconds used to defend Cobra's lab
Slugger10 seconds used in Flint's convoy to shoot apples at supergerm
MOBAT2 seconds used in Flint's convoy (19:35-36)
USS Flagg2 seconds used to launch Airtight's hypodermic plane (8:18-19)
Dragonfly1 second seen as Flint's convoy loads up (16:19)
 
Non-Toy Characters: Crimson Guard Agent X-99; unnamed bacteriologist.
Non-Toy Equipment: Airtight's hypodermic jet.

Misc. Notes

  • First appearance: Crankcase.
  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 7, Episode 2)