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The Most Dangerous Thing in the World

22nd of 30 episodes in Sunbow season 2. Written by Buzz Dixon. First aired October 29, 1986.

Previous episode: G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece
Next episode: Ninja Holiday

While Hawk is away in Europe, Cobra sends forged orders promoting Shipwreck, Dial-Tone, and Lifeline to the rank of colonel. Shipwreck's aggressiveness, Dial-Tone's ineptitude, and Lifeline's pacifism and overcaution send the Joe Team into disarray, beginning with a near-fatal accident during an armor drill. Cobra takes the opportunity to attack a research institute next door to Joe Headquarters.

As Mainframe sends word to General Hawk, the three colonels thoroughly botch their response to Cobra's attack, and Serpentor sets his eyes on Headquarters itself. As Cobra makes its way inside, Hawk arrives and takes charge of a team of Joes on the roof. With his leadership and coordination, the Joes easily drive off Cobra. Hawk discloses that all Joe promotions require his approval, and the colonels are returned to their previous ranks.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Shipwreck212 seconds31 linespromoted to colonel on forged orders; leading W.H.A.L.E.s; firing particle beam gun during HQ attack
Lifeline187 seconds23 linespromoted to colonel on forged orders; disarming Maulers; leading Tomahawks
Serpentor170 seconds23 linesapproving Mindbender's plan; in Air Chariot for lab and Joe HQ attacks
Leatherneck170 seconds16 linesnearly injured by equipment; hurt in live-fire exercise; defending Joe HQ; stealing Stun
Wet-Suit156 seconds17 linesnearly injured by equipment; hurt in live-fire exercise; defending Joe HQ; stealing Stun
Dial-Tone152 seconds17 linespromoted to colonel on forged orders; leading H.A.V.O.C.s; helping retake Joe HQ
Beach Head133 seconds24 linesgiving promotion orders; rebuking new officers; driving Killer W.H.A.L.E.; stealing Stun
Hawk109 seconds16 linesaway for NATO summit; leading Joes in retaking Joe HQ
Dr. Mindbender89 seconds11 linesforging Joe promotion orders; with Serpentor during attacks on lab and Joe HQ
Roadblock79 seconds4 linesbreaking up fights; using Mauler to rescue Leatherneck and Wet-Suit; defending Joe HQ
Mainframe69 seconds9 linesrescuing Dial-Tone; informing Hawk of promotions; driving H.A.V.O.C. in lab attack
Cross-Country22 seconds1 linequestioning Dial-Tone; driving H.A.V.O.C. in lab attack; helping retake Joe HQ
Thunder20 seconds1 linequestioning Lifeline's order to disarm Maulers during live-fire exercise
Background Characters
Recondo48 seconds (silent)on exercise range; running from Tomahwaks; helping defend Joe HQ; following Hawk
Duke38 seconds (silent)ID'd by Mindbender as a Joe leader; defending Joe HQ; following Hawk
Gung-Ho29 seconds (silent)running from crashed Tomahawks; defending Joe HQ
Bazooka25 seconds (silent)with Maulers; fighting tanks in HQ attack; firing on Cobra; following Hawk
Alpine23 seconds (silent)with new officers as attack begins; defending HQ; greeting Hawk; stealing a Stun
Sci-Fi19 seconds (silent)firing on Cobra during HQ attack; following Hawk
Snow Job18 seconds (silent)in H.A.V.O.C. during lab attack; following Hawk to retake Joe HQ
Low-Light17 seconds (silent)retreating to Joe HQ after lab attack; following Hawk
Cutter8 seconds (silent)driving Killer W.H.A.L..E during lab attack
Lift-Ticket6 seconds3 linesflying a Tomahawk in lab attack
Flint5 seconds (silent)identified by Mindbender as a Joe leader; defending Joe HQ during attack
Quick Kick5 seconds (silent)running from crashed Tomahawks
Sgt. Slaughter4 seconds (silent)identified by Mindbender as a Joe leader
Slip-Stream3 seconds (silent)running from crashed Tomahawks; guarding entrance to Joe HQ
Snake Eyes2 seconds retreating from Cobra attack on Joe HQ (15:05-06)
Blowtorch2 seconds (silent)fighting tanks in HQ attack (15:17-18)
Breaker2 seconds (silent)at Joe HQ when Mainframe contacts Hawk (10:10-11)
Crankcase2 seconds (silent)with H.A.V.O.C.s when Dial-Tone modifies guidance systems (6:19-20)
Rip Cord2 seconds (silent)running from crashed Tomahawks (13:45-46)
Spirit2 seconds (silent)running from crashed Tomahawks (13:45-46)
Wild Bill1 second (silent)helping Hawk cut off Motor-Vipers to retake Joe HQ (19:10)
Troops Appearing
Motor Viper48 seconds10 linesattacking lab and Joe HQ in submarine tanks and Stuns and on foot
Greenshirt40 seconds patrolling Joe HQ; in Killer W.H.A.L.E.s and H.A.V.O.C.s during lab attack; defending Joe HQ
Tele-Viper17 seconds2 linesplanting false promotion orders
B.A.T.13 seconds defeating Killer W.H.A.L..Es during lab attack
Viper9 seconds flying Trubble Bubbles; operating submarine tanks in Joe HQ attack
Vehicles Appearing
Mauler78 seconds used but disarmed during live-fire exercise
Stun61 seconds used to attack lab and Joe HQ; one stolen by Beach Head's team
Air Chariot59 seconds flown by Serpentor during lab and HQ attacks
H.A.V.O.C.47 seconds guidance systems altered for live-fire exercise; used to defend lab
Tomahawk39 seconds used to defend lab
Killer W.H.A.L.E.28 seconds used to defend lab
H.I.S.S.8 seconds models used in Cobra simulation
Trubble Bubble3 seconds flown outside Terror Drome
Non-Toy Equipment: Cobra submarine tanks

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 2.0 set (Disc 3, Episode 8).