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The Spy Who Rooked Me

16th of 30 episodes in Sunbow season 2. Written by Susan K. Williams. First aired October 13, 1986.









Previous episode: Iceberg Goes South
Next episode: Grey Hairs and Growing Pains

Dr. Mindbender procures a deadly nerve gas, but it is immediately seized by secret agent Matthew Burke. He visits the Joes on training maneuvers, and a small team is assigned to deliver the toxin to the Rocky Mountain Chemical Weapons Arsenal for safe keeping. In disguise, Zarana overhears and informs Cobra of the mission. The Dreadnoks attack the Joes on a canyon trail, but Matthew Burke arrives and rescues them. The team camps out in a cave, but the next day Burke and the chemical are both gone.

The Joes steal a Stun and trace Burke to a motel. Behind the motel's facade they find a Cobra base. Cobra leaves the Joes tied up, and Burke quickly frees them. They attack Cobra's Night Ravens, and Burke rams his car into Mindbender's craft just as Joe reinforcements show up. Mindbender tosses the chemical at the Joes and runs, whereupon Burke reveals the vial is just a decoy. The real chemical was safely delivered the previous day. Later, the TV news gives Burke credit for "single-handedly" protecting the chemical.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Flint436 seconds56 lineson Armadillo to deliver nerve gas; stealing Stun; captured; attacking Dr. Mindbender
Lady Jaye321 seconds40 lineson Armadillo to deliver nerve gas; captured; attacking Dr. Mindbender
Cross-Country313 seconds26 lineson Armadillo to deliver nerve gas; stealing Stun; captured; returning with HAVOC
Dial-Tone183 seconds12 lineson Armadillo to deliver nerve gas; captured; returning with HAVOC
Dr. Mindbender145 seconds17 linespurchasing nerve gas; fighting Joes to retrieve chemical
Thrasher48 seconds6 linesdriving Thunder Machine against Joes (twice)
Zartan34 seconds4 lineson motorcycle and Swampfire attacking Joes; searching Burke's car
Torch31 seconds1 lineon motorcycle attacking Joes; searching Burke's car
Buzzer27 seconds1 lineon motorcycle attacking Joes; searching Burke's car
Ripper27 seconds1 lineon motorcycle attacking Joes; searching Burke's car
Monkeywrench25 seconds2 lineson motorcycle attacking Joes; planting explosives; searching Burke's car
Hawk24 seconds2 linesapproving Burke's plan to escort nerve gas (different voice)
Zarana14 seconds3 linesdisguised as secretary and motel clerk; in underground base
Beach Head7 seconds1 linedelivering mission orders to Flint and Lady Jaye
 
Background Characters
Lifeline1 second (silent)in Tomahawk picking up Cross-Country's HAVOC (4:59)
Lift-Ticket1 second (silent)in Tomahawk picking up Cross-Country's HAVOC (4:59)
 
Troops Appearing
Motor Viper68 seconds5 linesdriving Stuns to attack Joes; in underground base; at Night Raven site
Viper9 seconds manning underground base; fueling Night Ravens
Greenshirt2 seconds near Rocky Mountains for survival training (4:45-46)
 
Vehicles Appearing
Armadillo178 seconds at survival training; used to escort nerve gas
Stun102 seconds seen in Cobra underground base; used to attack Joes; stolen by Flint and Dial-Tone
Night Raven57 seconds summoned to transport nerve gas, destroyed by Joes
Thunder Machine51 seconds used to attack Joes
Swampfire19 seconds used by Zartan to direct Cobra forces and pursue Joes
Tomahawk11 seconds used to transport HAVOC and as reinforcements against Night Ravens
HAVOC10 seconds airlifted for repairs; returned with reinforcements
Stinger1 second seen in Cobra underground base (4:27)
 
Non-Toy Characters: Nerve gas seller, Matthew Burke
Non-Toy Equipment: purple Dreadnok motorcycles, Burke's car, Cobra tunneling machine, A.U.N.T.I.E. delivery truck

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 2.0 set (Disc 3, Episode 1).
  • The Rocky Mountain Chemical Weapons Arsenal was featured in the episode Twenty Questions.
  • The HAVOc is being airlifted to Fort Huachuca, an Arizona military base that is listed as the birthplace of Armadillo on his filecard.