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The Greenhouse Effect

25th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Gordon Kent. First aired October 3, 1985.









Previous episode: The Gamesmaster
Next episode: The Viper Is Coming

A Crimson Guard agent steals a new nitrogen-based fuel and, pursued by the Joes, stashes it in a greenhouse only to be arrested by the overprotective owner of the property. Cobra is unable to retrieve the gas, and combined with the gardener's homemade growth spray, it causes his plants to grow to enormous size. The plants' unpredictable behavior causes chaos at the county fair, alerting the Joes and drawing Destro's attention. Destro returns to Cobra with a giant bean as evidence of the plants' destructive potential. Initially dismissive, Cobra Commander is persuaded to support Destro's giant plant scheme when the discarded bean grows into a huge beanstalk that damages Cobra's base.

The Crimson Twins begin seeding Chicago with giant plants and the Joe Team is called in. They fight for time as Airtight works to develop a counter-formula that will return the plants to their normal size. The Joes are outmatched until Airtight arrives with his formula and eliminates the threat of Cobra's new weapon. Returning to the county fair, the Joes find the gardener claiming credit for the team's victory. Appalled, Airtight disguises himself as a giant cob of corn to put the man in his place.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Alpine197 seconds25 lineschasing CG, fighting vegetables at fair and in Chicago, stealing CLAW
Destro186 seconds17 linesflying FANGs against Joes, stealing Dragonfly, reporting to Cobra Cmdr
Bazooka139 seconds12 lineschasing CG, fighting vegetables at fair and in Chicago
Wild Bill127 seconds14 lineschasing CG, flying Dragonfly to fight vegetables at fair and in Chicago
Barbecue126 seconds10 lineschasing CG, fighting vegetables at fair and in Chicago
Cobra Commander71 seconds12 linesordering theft of rocket fuel
Xamot62 seconds13 linesflying a CLAW and using vegetables to attack Chicago
Tomax54 seconds14 linesflying a CLAW and using vegetables to attack Chicago
Airtight54 seconds4 linesmaking weed spray at HQ, flying Sky Hawk to Chicago to shrink plants
Shipwreck50 seconds6 linesfighting vegetables in Chicago
Polly46 seconds3 linesfighting vegetables in Chicago
Breaker4 seconds2 linesreporting Chicago vegetable assault
 
Background Characters
Dusty21 seconds (silent)fighting vegetables in Chicago
 
Troops Appearing
Crimson Guard20 seconds22 linesstealing rocket fuel, canvassing greenhouses, guarding throne room
 
Vehicles Appearing
Dragonfly117 seconds used to fight vegetables at fair and in Chicago
FANG80 seconds flown by Destro at fair and in Chicago
Silver Mirage66 seconds used to chase Crimson Guard and at fair
CLAW35 seconds flown by Tomax and Xamot in Chicago, stolen by Alpine
Sky Hawk10 seconds flown by Airtight to Chicago
Mauler3 seconds used to fight vegetables in Chicago
 
Non-Toy Characters: Prof. Bullock, Crimson Guard Nine, Army soldiers, Harvey Lathrop.

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 5, Episode 2).