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Skeletons in the Closet

53rd of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Flint Dille. First aired December 11, 1985.

Previous episode: The Great Alaskan Land Rush
Next episode: There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 1

Destro and the Baroness are gathering funds to retire from Cobra together. The Joes raid Destro's auction of old Cobra equipment, but Destro escapes with the help of a mysterious admirer. Destro denies being close to the Baroness and tells the woman his family's story, indicating that an annual gathering was approaching. At Joe Headquarters, Lady Jaye receives word that she has inherited a mansion in Scotland.

Lady Jaye visits the mansion and is told by the housekeeper that it is haunted. That night, she follows a ghost down to a cellar and sees figures in animal masks in the midst of a cultic ritual. She is captured and about to be fed to an octopus-like creature when Destro stops the ritual and reveals the mansion to be his ancestral home. She is rescued by Flint, who calls in a Joe strike team. Cobra troops defend the castle as Flint and Lady Jaye flee the cult members. Once inside the mansion, Barbecue finds a projection room and creates images of ghosts that scare off the Cobras. The house burns, and the Baroness reveals she arranged the situation out of jealousy, and that Lady Jaye and Destro are actually related.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Lady Jaye393 seconds38 lineschasing Destro; inheriting manor house; captured by cultists; rescued by Flint
Destro284 seconds35 linesflirting with female trooper; selling arms; rescued by mystery woman; leading cult at manor house
Flint136 seconds21 lineschasing Destro; disguised as traveler to rescue Lady Jaye; running from cultists
Baroness70 seconds9 linesjealous of Destro; disguised as mystery woman; admitting luring Joe to manor house
Snake Eyes45 seconds flying Falcon Glider; hijacking Trubble Bubble; inside manor house; at tavern
Gung-Ho45 seconds3 lineschasing Destro; at HQ receiving notice of past-due car payment; on U.S.S. Flagg; at tavern
Roadblock35 seconds3 lineschasing Destro; at HQ receiving secret admirer letter
Barbecue25 seconds4 linesflying Falcon Glider to manor house; leading greenshirts; discovering holoprojector
Spirit25 seconds4 linesflying Falcon Glider; sensing evil inside manor house
Firefly24 seconds6 linesflying Trubble Bubble; using flamethrower inside manor house
Alpine22 seconds3 linesdelivering mail at Joe HQ
Background Characters
Freedom16 seconds with Spirit during manor house battle
Col. Sharp3 seconds (silent)on U.S.S. Flagg
Duke3 seconds (silent)on U.S.S. Flagg
Breaker3 seconds1 lineon U.S.S. Flagg
Troops Appearing
Cobra69 seconds3 linesfemale flirting with Destro; flying Trubble Bubble and Ferrets at manor house
Greenshirt5 seconds led by Barbecue inside manor house
Vehicles Appearing
Falcon Glider41 seconds used by Joes to reach manor house
Trubble Bubble40 seconds used to fight Joes at manor house
Rattler23 seconds for sale in arms deal
H.I.S.S.15 seconds for sale in arms deal; used in battle at manor house
U.S.S. Flagg6 seconds radioed by Flint to launch strike force
Ferret5 seconds used to fight Joes inside manor house
Non-Toy Characters: Solicitor Nichols, housekeeper
Non-Toy Equipment: grey Joe cargo plane

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.3 set (Disc 11, Episode 6)
  • Lady Jaye's file name is mentioned in this episode.
  • The episode does not make explicit whether the housekeeper is the Baroness in disguise, but both are voiced by Morgan Lofting, and it fits the pattern the viewer has come to expect.
  • Likewise, some viewers have speculated that Solicitor Nichols is Firefly, since he seems to be voiced by Gregg Berger.