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Haul Down the Heavens

6th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Buzz Dixon. First aired October 4, 1985.

Previous episode: Jungle Trap
Next episode: The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 1

The Joes escort a science team to the Arctic Circle to investigate a disturbance in the Northern Lights that may indicate Cobra is using them to melt the polar ice cap. Haywire equipment plagues the team until an encounter with a polar bear leads Flint and Snow Job to stumble on Cobra's base. Cobra is alerted to their presence by one of the scientists, who turns out to be the Baroness in disguise. Flint, Lady Jaye, and the other scientists are all captured, while Snow Job escapes on foot but collapses after being pricked with tranquilizer darts.

The real Dr. Entwhistle is found tied up in a motel room, confirming Cobra's involvement for those at Joe Headquarters. But Firefy sabotages the jet fuel, leaving the Joes there grounded except for one Skystriker. An Inuit man who has found Snow Job radios the base, and Rip Cord takes the remaining plane to rescue him as the Joes use hovercraft to assault the base. Meanwhile, Flint and Lady Jaye have been placed in an arena with the polar bear, also captured by Cobra, but they escape as the Joes' attack begins. Flint sets Cobra's ion attractor to full power to melt the ice directly beneath the base. The base and Cobra's vehicles sink into the water, ending the threat, while the Joes are safe on their hovercraft.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Flint358 seconds46 lineson airfield, in Snow Cat escorting science team, captured at Cobra base, escaping
Lady Jaye279 seconds32 linesin Skystriker, escorting science team, captured at Cobra base, escaping
Snow Job235 seconds30 linesin Polar Battle Bear escorting science team, stealing F.A.N.G., recovering at Indian village
Duke107 seconds18 lineson airfield debriefing Entwhistle, at HQ during sabotage, leading W.H.A.L.E.s against Cobra base
Rip Cord86 seconds7 linesdebriefing Entwhistle, at HQ during sabotage, in Skystriker to rescue Snow Job
Cutter74 seconds5 linesdebriefing Entwhistle, at HQ during sabotage, driving W.H.A.L.E. against Cobra base
Cobra Commander73 seconds11 linescapturing Lady Jaye, overseeing Cobra base, in arena, escaping in sub
Destro60 seconds8 linesin charge of ion attractor at base, in arena, escaping in sub
Baroness44 seconds12 linesdisguised as Dr. Entwhistle, with leaders at base, in arena, escaping in sub
Firefly26 seconds2 linessabotaging Skystrikers by pumping acid into fuel line
Wild Bill21 seconds1 linecaptured by Firefly while refueling Skystrikers
Breaker10 seconds1 linedebriefing Entwhistle, receiving message about Snow Job
Background Characters
Gung-Ho18 seconds3 linesat HQ during sabotage; in W.H.A.L.E. turret against Cobra base
Roadblock3 seconds1 linein W.H.A.L.E. turret against Cobra base
Grunt1 second (silent)abandoning a wrecked W.H.A.L.E. (18:55)
Mutt1 second (silent)abandoning a wrecked W.H.A.L.E. (18:55)
Rock 'n Roll1 second (silent)abandoning a wrecked W.H.A.L.E. (18:55)
Troops Appearing
Cobra Officer95 seconds5 linesin and F.A.N.G.s chasing Joes, operating Cobra base
Cobra20 seconds guarding Flint and Lady Jaye (drawn as Officers in some shots)
Greenshirt16 seconds preparing reinforcements at HQ during sabotage
Snow Serpent15 seconds guarding prisoners, in and on foot defending Cobra base
Viper Pilot2 seconds guarding Flint and Lady Jaye (10:36-37) [coloring error]
Vehicles Appearing
Snow Cat110 seconds loaded onto cargo plane, used to escort science team; one sabotaged
Killer W.H.A.L.E.85 seconds seen at HQ; used to assault Cobra base
Polar Battle Bear84 seconds used to escort science team and stop sabotaged Snow Cat
Skystriker65 seconds flown by Lady Jaye; destroyed by Firefly; flown by Rip Cord to Indian village
F.A.N.G.61 seconds used to pursue Joes; destroyed by Killer W.H.A.L.E.s
H.I.S.S.44 seconds used to pursue Joes, capture science, team, and defend Cobra base
V.A.M.P. Mark II6 seconds seen on Joe airfield during Firefly's sabotage
A.P.C.2 seconds seen on Joe airfield during Firefly's sabotage (11:53-54)
Dragonfly2 seconds loading equipment for science team (2:26-27)
V.A.M.P.2 seconds seen on Joe airfield during Firefly's sabotage (11:53-54)
Non-Toy Characters: Dr. Johannsen, Dr. Entwhistle
Non-Toy Vehicles: crane

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 5, Episode 3).
  • First appearance: Snow Serpents; the Snow Cat.
  • The Snow Cats in this episode appear to be an earlier, boxier design, usually with six wheels instead of a rear tread, and with less detail than those used later in the series, indicating this episode was produced prior to The Pyramid of Darkness.
  • Instead of their usual coats, several of the Cobra troopers and officers in this episode wear Snow Serpent outfits with trooper/officer blue helmets.