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Pigskin Commandos

7th of 19 episodes in DiC season 1. Written by Roger Slifer. First aired October 9, 1990.









Previous episode: The Nozone Conspiracy
Next episode: Cold Shoulder

While visiting his sister, Sgt. Slaughter stumbles upon some Cobras constructing a base, including a Range-Viper with an old football-related grudge against Grid-Iron. Slaughter is captured, and Cobra challenges the G.I. Joe Team to a football match in which the winner gets both Slaughter and Grid-Iron. The Joes accept without hesitation, but midway through the game, Cobra deploys vehicles onto the field. The Joes respond in kind and drive the Cobras off with Sgt. Slaughter.

Grid-Iron gives chase through the streets of New York and, with Lady Jaye's help, retrieves Slaughter before escaping into the subway. On the other side, Grid-Iron and Slaughter are both recaptured by the Range-Viper, who uses his Hurricane to fly them on a winch past the Statue of Liberty to show off. This allows Grid-Iron to tie the Hurricane to Liberty's torch. The trapped Cobra is quickly captured. Grid-Iron, Lady Jaye, Slaughter, and Slaughter's sister celebrate with a double date at a fancy club where Cobra Commander is turned away as a "weirdo."


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Sgt. Slaughter305 seconds26 linesat sister's apartment, captured by Cobra, held in minisub, retrieved but recaptured, entering club with sister
Capt. Grid-Iron288 seconds37 linesat Joe HQ, playing football, driving Avalanche, flying hoverjet, pursuing Sarge, retrieving him, recaptured, entering club
Cobra Commander160 seconds21 lineschallenging Joes, playing football, driving Rage, flying Hurricane, turned away from club
Lady Jaye83 seconds11 linespursuing Sarge in limo, driving Avalanche, on shore after battle, entering club
Bullhorn63 seconds7 linesat Joe HQ, playing football, driving Mobile Battle Bunker, on shore after battle
Metal-Head45 seconds4 linesbuilding Cobra base, in Rage on football field
Pathfinder40 seconds4 linesat Joe HQ, playing football, driving Avalanche
 
Background Characters
Salvo28 seconds1 lineat Joe HQ, playing football
Rampart22 seconds(silent)at Joe HQ, playing football
Ambush14 seconds(silent)playing football
Hawk7 seconds(silent)on football field when vehicles appear, in Joe huddle, running to vehicles
Stretcher4 seconds(silent)playing football
Rock 'n Roll3 seconds(silent)on football field when vehicles appear
Freefall2 seconds(silent)said to be flying cargo plane, driving Mobile Battle Bunker (14:52-53)
Gnawgahyde2 seconds(silent)trying to tackle Grid-Iron (5:11-12)
Scoop2 seconds(silent)running to Joe vehicles (7:12-13)
 
Troops Appearing
Range-Viper316 seconds41 linesbuilding Cobra base, capturing Sgt. Slaughter, playing football, in Hammerhead, Rage, and Dominator
SAW-Viper76 seconds5 linesbuilding Cobra base, playing football, in Hammerhead, flying Hurricane
Undertow16 seconds driving Piranha to rescue Range-Viper, captured
Orangeshirt8 seconds at Joe HQ, jumping from exploding Mobile Battle Bunkers, on shore after battle
Greenshirt6 seconds playing football
Laser-Viper3 seconds driving Rage on football field
 
Vehicles Appearing
Hurricane VTOL158 seconds used to pursue Grid-Iron and recapture Sgt. Slaughter
Avalanche138 seconds dropped from cargo plane, used on football field and to attack Grid-Iron's pursuers
Hammerhead106 seconds used on football field, split into modules to transport Slaughter
Dominator68 seconds used to pursue Grid-Iron
Rage60 seconds used on football field
Mobile Battle Bunker52 seconds dropped from cargo plane, used on football field and to attack Grid-Iron's pursuers
Piranha14 seconds used to try to rescue Range-Viper
 
Non-toy equipment: Lady Jaye's limo

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Series 2, Season 1 set (Disc 2, Episode 7)