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Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 2

21st of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Christy Marx. First aired October 8, 1985.









Previous episode: Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 1
Next episode: Spell of the Siren

Rock 'n Roll allows Mutt and Junkyard to escape from Joe HQ. Mutt soon encounters Destro, who uses sleeping gas on him and Junkyard. Meanwhile, Duke escapes his restraints on a Cobra-controlled island, and Cobra Commander's communications with the synthoid replica of Gen. Franks confirm some renegade Joes' suspicions of Cobra involvement in the disbanding of the G.I. Joe Team. The Joes make a nighttime raid on their own Headquarters to spring Quick Kick from jail and steal back their equipment for an assault on Cobra's island base. Destro aids their escape from the forces of Gen. Franks, explaining it as his revenge for Cobra Commander and Zartan creating a synthoid Destro to mock him earlier.

Mutt and Junkyard awaken on Cobra's island and are soon joined by Duke, who offers to lead them to Cobra's launch base. Led by Scarlett but with the reluctant synthoid Duke in tow, the Joe Team assaults the island at about the same time. The island's defenses lay waste most of the Joes' Skystrikers, but Scarlett and the synthoid Duke make it inside the base on foot, where they run into Mutt and the real Duke. Junkyard chases the synthoid to Cobra Commander, who uses a device to destroy him for the insolence of returning against orders. However, the Commander does so without limiting the device's range, resulting in the destruction of all the synthoids, including Gen. Franks and the other officers. The Joes free the real officers as Cobra flees, and the entire team is reinstated with highest military honors.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Duke355 seconds37 linesreplaced by synthoid, stranded on island base
Scarlett242 seconds32 linessecretary for Gen. Franks, leading Joe revolt against top brass
Mutt144 seconds16 linesescaping Joe HQ, taken to Cobra island base by Destro
Junkyard107 seconds taken to island base by Destro, attacks Copperhead and the Duke synthoid
Destro104 seconds15 linesusing drone jets and his Valkyrie carrier to aid G.I. Joe
Cobra Commander85 seconds15 linesat island base, accidentally destroying all synthoids
Breaker77 seconds6 linestracing Franks' transmission, at briefing, on Destro's ship
Flash61 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing and on Destro's ship
Cover Girl59 seconds2 linesat briefing, disguised as civilian to steal fuel trucks, attacking island base
Recondo59 seconds2 linesat briefing, stealing fuel trucks, on Destro's ship, attacking island base
Flint57 seconds2 linesat briefing, on Destro's ship, flying Skystriker against island base
Ace52 seconds7 linesat briefing, stealing fuel trucks, flying Skystriker against island base
Zartan52 seconds3 linesat island base with Cobra Commander
Gung-Ho48 seconds1 lineat briefing, stealing fuel trucks, flying Skystriker against island base
Rock 'n Roll46 seconds2 lineshelping Mutt escape, at briefing, rescuing Quick Kick, on Destro's ship
Adm. Ledger44 seconds3 linesreplaced by synthoid, held at island base until rescued
Wild Bill42 seconds5 linesat briefing, stealing fuel trucks
Clutch42 seconds4 linesat briefing, stealing fuel trucks, driving APC, attacking island base
Airborne42 seconds2 linesat briefing, stealing fuel trucks, flying Skystriker against island base
Stalker42 seconds1 lineat briefing, stealing fuel trucks, on Destro's ship
Copperhead39 seconds4 linesdriving Water Moccasin, chasing Duke, jumped by Mutt & Junkyard
Roadblock38 seconds (silent)at briefing, stealing fuel trucks, flying Skystriker against island base
Col. Sharp26 seconds1 linereplaced by synthoid, held at island base until rescued
Quick Kick24 seconds4 linesrescued by Rock 'n Roll, attacking island base
 
Background Characters
Rip Cord29 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing, attacking island base
Dusty18 seconds (silent)among the Joes returning to Headquarters
Spirit18 seconds (silent)at briefing, on Destro's ship, attacking island base
Grunt17 seconds (silent)among the Joes returning to Headquarters, on Destro's ship
Doc16 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing and on Destro's ship
Thunder14 seconds (silent)at briefing, stealing fuel trucks, on Destro's ship
Tripwire14 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing, on risers at reinstatement (miscolored) behind Doc
Zap11 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing, on risers at reinstatement
Short-Fuze10 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing, on risers at reinstatement
Snake Eyes9 seconds at Scarlett's briefing, on risers at reinstatement
Lady Jaye7 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing, on risers at reinstatement
Steeler6 seconds (silent)at Scarlett's briefing, on risers at reinstatement
Blowtorch5 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement
Airtight4 seconds (silent)possibly on risers at reinstatement (miscolored green?) behind Rock 'n Roll
Alpine4 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement behind Blowtorch
Buzzer4 seconds (silent)capturing Duke (flashback)
Deep Six4 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement next to Breaker
Frostbite4 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement behind Rock 'n Roll and Roadblock
Heavy Metal4 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement behind Doc and Short-Fuze
Ripper4 seconds (silent)capturing Duke (flashback)
Snow Job4 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement behind Airborne
Torch4 seconds (silent)capturing Duke (flashback)
Cutter3 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement next to Shipwreck
Barbecue2 seconds (silent)on left end of risers at reinstatement (21:19-20)
Shipwreck2 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement behind Scarlett (21:28-29)
Tollbooth2 seconds (silent)on risers at reinstatement behind Shipwreck (21:28-29)
Bazooka1 second (silent)on left end of risers at reinstatement (21:19)
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra62 seconds6 linespatroling island base in Water Moccasins, manning cannons
Crimson Guard27 seconds escorting the captive Duke at island base
Tele-Viper19 seconds1 lineplacing island base on alert, activating defenses
 
Vehicles Appearing
Skystriker125 seconds stolen from air field, flown from Destro's ship to attack island base
Water Moccasin101 seconds used to patrol island base
APC18 seconds driven to transport Joes to steal fuel trucks
Firebat11 seconds used by Cobra Cmdr and Zartan to flee island base
Silver Mirage11 seconds driven by Rock 'n Roll to help Mutt escape HQ
 
Non-Toy Characters: Gen. Franks, Army soldiers and MPs, Gen. Howe
Non-Toy Equipment: fuel trucks, Gen. Franks' forces, Destro's drone jets, the Valkyrie

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 5, Episode 5). The menu screen displays the title as "The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 2."
  • First appearance: Heavy Metal.
  • The huge number of background appearances is the result of a slow pan shot at the end of the episode showing nearly the entire Joe Team. A few of the characters are hard to identify due to numerous coloring errors and sloppy artwork. The figure next to Rock 'n Roll appears to be Tripwire with Torpedo's coloring (though some believe Torpedo is intended), and Airtight is colored like Rip Cord, who is standing nearby. The only cartoon Joes definitely not appearing are Timber, Sparks, Freedom, Polly, Footloose, and Crankcase.