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The Traitor, Part 1

34th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Buzz Dixon. First aired November 25, 1985.









Previous episode: Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent
Next episode: The Traitor, Part 2

Cobra uses a disguised attack boat to try to steal a shipment of poisonous gas, only to find it defended by Joe tanks that are impervious to laser fire. While Dusty is on leave to care for his sick mother, he is approached by Tomax and Xamot, seeking information on G.I. Joe's new armor treatment in exchange for paying his mother's medical bills. After a briefing revealing the Joes' intent to ambush Cobra's next attack, Dusty calls Cobra, not yet ready to reveal the armor formula but disclosing the ambush plans. Cobra then launches a decoy attack that allows them to steal a key ingredient for a mind control gas. Duke openly suggests Cobra has an inside informant.

Duke tells Flint the traitor is Dusty, and he sets a trap by allowing him to overhear plans to attack an abandoned Cobra oil rig. Dusty relays the plans, and the Joes find the oil rig booby-trapped with explosives. They evacuate, but the explosion leaves Duke in a coma. Shipwreck then catches Dusty photographing classified information. A fight and chase ensue, ending with Dusty's arrest. He is court-martialed and found guilty of treason, but Cobra rescues him before he can be transported to prison.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Dusty433 seconds35 linesselling secrets to Cobra, caught while in Mauler, tried but rescued by Cobra
Shipwreck210 seconds25 linesat briefing, part of failed ambush, raiding oil rig, confronting Dusty
Duke194 seconds25 linesdefending chemical, briefing Joes, suspecting Dusty, in coma after raiding oil rig
Tomax138 seconds20 linesflying Trubble Bubble to capture chemical, recruiting Dusty
Flint117 seconds12 linesbriefing Joes, raiding oil rig, trying Dusty as a traitor
Xamot115 seconds20 linesflying Trubble Bubble to capture chemical, recruiting Dusty
Cobra Commander77 seconds13 linesusing Dusty to acquire armor formula and ordering his rescue
Deep Six75 seconds11 linesflying SHARC to raid oil rig, doubting Dusty's guilt after trial
Gung-Ho73 seconds3 linesat chemical attack, briefing, failed ambush, oil rig raid, and Dusty's rescue
Lady Jaye66 seconds5 linespart of failed ambush, capturing Dusty, at Dusty's trial and rescue
 
Background Characters
Grunt37 seconds (silent)rounding up Cobra prisoners, at briefing, present when Dusty is rescued
Roadblock35 seconds (silent)rounding up Cobra prisoners, at briefing, capturing Dusty, at Dusty's rescue
Snake Eyes33 seconds part of failed ambush, raiding oil rig, present when Dusty is rescued
Stalker31 seconds (silent)at briefing, raiding oil rig, capturing Dusty, at Dusty's trial and rescue
Scarlett30 seconds (silent)part of failed ambush, present when Dusty is rescued
Spirit27 seconds (silent)raiding oil rig, capturing Dusty, at Dusty's trial and rescue
Alpine24 seconds (silent)part of failed ambush, present when Dusty is rescued
Wild Bill22 seconds (silent)at briefing, at Dusty's trial, present when Dusty is rescued
Cover Girl17 seconds (silent)at briefing and Dusty's trial
Clutch14 seconds (silent)at Dusty's trial, present when Dusty is rescued
Rip Cord14 seconds (silent)at briefing
Torpedo13 seconds (silent)present when Dusty is rescued
Blowtorch11 seconds (silent)at briefing, part of failed ambush
Cutter11 seconds (silent)on panel with Flint at Dusty's trial
Rock 'n Roll10 seconds (silent)raiding oil rig, present when Dusty is rescued
Footloose9 seconds (silent)rounding up Cobra prisoners, at Dusty's trial
Snow Job9 seconds (silent)returning weapons after failed ambush, present when Dusty is rescued
Short-Fuze8 seconds (silent)at briefing
Mutt7 seconds (silent)present when Dusty is rescued
Ace6 seconds (silent)present when Dusty is rescued
Breaker6 seconds (silent)at briefing
Zap5 seconds (silent)raiding oil rig
Steeler2 seconds (silent)present when Dusty is rescued (20:49-50)
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra70 seconds3 linestrying to steal chemical, rescuing Dusty after trial
Greenshirt16 seconds collecting weapons at HQ, defending stockade when Dusty is rescued
Cobra Officer4 seconds guarding throne room in Cobra temple
 
Vehicles Appearing
Mauler44 seconds used to defend chemical and in Dusty's escape attempt
Battle Platform36 seconds used as base for raid on Cobra oil rig
Moray28 seconds used in attempt to capture chemical
SHARC26 seconds used to scout Cobra oil rig and retrieve Duke
Trubble Bubble26 seconds used in attempt to capture chemical
Armadillo22 seconds used to defend chemical and capture Dusty
FANG18 seconds used to rescue Dusty
Dragonfly14 seconds used to capture Dusty
Rattler7 seconds used in attempt to capture chemical
Skystriker5 seconds seen during Dusty's escape attempt
Slugger2 seconds used to capture Dusty (19:16-19:17)
VAMP2 seconds used to capture Dusty (19:16-19:17)
 
Non-Toy Characters: Gladys Rudat, Mrs. Vasquez, Mr. Smiler
Non-Toy Equipment: Cobra attack boat, Cobra twin-rotor copters, grey Joe cargo plane, green Joe copter, regular Cobra helicopter

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.3 set (Disc 10, Episode 6)
  • While most of the Joes' families in Captives of Cobra addressed them by their real names, Dusty's mother consistently calls him by his code name here.
  • Dusty's rarely-seen hair is blond in some shots and black in others. It was black at the end of Lights! Camera! Cobra!, and is red in the DiC series.