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Money to Burn

18th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Roger Slifer. First aired October 14, 1985.









Previous episode: Satellite Down
Next episode: The Phantom Brigade

After paying thieves to steal jewelry, paintings, and other valuables, Cobra uses a new device to remotely incinerate American currency. G.I. Joe is called in as public disorder erupts and Cobra begins offering its own currency. With some difficulty, the Joes break through the long line of citizens waiting to exchange their valuables for Cobra money at Extensive Enterprises and find Tomax and Xamot meeting with a wealthy woman interested in investing her riches with Cobra.

With the woman's eventual cooperation, Lady Jaye takes her place via disguise and is escorted to Cobra's secret base inside a holographic mountain. She is quickly discovered, but Rip Cord surmises the mountain's illusory nature, and reinforcements are parachuted in. The Joes assault Cobra's base while Lady Jaye flees the Crimson Twins. A tide of melted snow slows the team's progress and causes a long stalemate, until Rip Cord plants a bomb destroying the base, and Cobra is distracted by the resulting rain of Cobra currency. Cobra's leaders escape, but the plan is foiled and order is restored. Five of the Joes celebrate by resuming a game of poker that had been interrupted by Cobra's scheme, and Rip Cord ends up winning the pot.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Tomax204 seconds36 linespaying thieves, meeting with Henderhaunch, with Lady Jaye at Cobra base
Lady Jaye197 seconds26 linesin Silver Mirage; disguised as Miss Henderhaunch at Cobra base; fighting Twins
Rip Cord194 seconds17 linesplaying poker at HQ; parachuting to Cobra base; planting bomb to destroy base
Roadblock175 seconds16 linesplaying poker at HQ; in Silver Mirage; in Armadillo against Cobra base
Flint161 seconds17 linesin Silver Mirage to Enterprise Tower; in Snow Cat and Sky Hawk leading attack on Cobra base
Xamot148 seconds25 linespaying thieves, meeting with Henderhaunch, with Lady Jaye at Cobra base
Alpine127 seconds3 linesplaying poker at HQ; in Silver Mirage; saving Lily; in Armadillo against Cobra base
Thunder122 seconds6 linesplaying poker at HQ; in Silver Mirage; in Slugger against Cobra base
Ace91 seconds18 linesplaying poker at HQ; flying Skystriker over mountain
Cobra Commander48 seconds10 linesat base for transmitter test; making broadcasts; fleeing in Trubble Bubble
Baroness33 seconds3 linesdirecting ASPs to defend Cobra base; fleeing in Trubble Bubble
Destro26 seconds3 linesat base for transmitter test; directing Firefly from Trubble Bubble
Firefly13 seconds (silent)melting snow to stall Joe vehicles
 
Background Characters
Breaker6 seconds1 lineat HQ receiving Cobra Cmdr's broadcast
Wild Bill2 seconds (silent)seen at end of battle against Cobra base (20:41-42)
Spirit1 second (silent)attacking Cobra base (20:23)
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra89 seconds3 linesescorting Henderhaunch; outfits worn by Joes; defending Cobra base; captured
Snow Serpent12 seconds1 lineguarding Cobra base
Cobra Officer5 seconds given orders by Crimson Guard; in Trubble Bubbles defending base
Crimson Guard3 seconds3 linesleading Cobra Officers to secure Cobra base
 
Vehicles Appearing
Skystriker49 seconds used to fly over Cobra's mountain base
Armadillo46 seconds parachuted into battle against Cobra base
Sky Hawk44 seconds parachuted into battle against Cobra base
Trubble Bubble38 seconds used to defend Cobra base; used by Cobra Cmdr and Baroness to flee battle
Snow Cat29 seconds parachuted into battle against Cobra base
Slugger26 seconds parachuted into battle against Cobra base
ASP23 seconds used to defend Cobra base
Mauler22 seconds parachuted into battle against Cobra base
Rattler12 seconds used by Crimson Twins to reach Cobra base; seen briefly in battle
CLAW11 seconds used to defend Cobra base
Silver Mirage10 seconds used to drive to Enterprise Tower
HISS5 seconds seen near end of battle at Cobra base
 
Non-Toy Characters: various thieves, Secretary of the Treasury, Lily and her father, EE head secretary and security agents, Madeline Henderhaunch, Joe paratroopers ("blueshirts")
Non-Toy Equipment: Blinks truck, thermomolecular ignition transmitter, EE planes and refueling truck, green Joe cargo plane

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 6, Episode 2).
  • This episode includes several generic Joes at the end of the mountain battle instead of the usual greenshirts.