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The Viper Is Coming

26th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by David Carren. First aired October 24, 1985.









Previous episode: The Greenhouse Effect
Next episode: The Funhouse

Barbecue hosts a G.I. Joe party at his home, a remodeled firehouse. The party is interrupted by an odd phone call from a man calling himself The Viper, giving the numbers 5-75. Surmising this to be a tip-off to a Cobra attack at those coordinates, the Joes investigate in Antarctica and discover a hidden Cobra R&R center. After a battle, they round up the Cobras at the center as prisoners and return. A second phone call mentioning a "west corner" leads them to defend the graduation ceremonies at West Point. They are thus able to fend off a surprise attack and kidnapping attempt led by Maj. Bludd.

The Joes wait at Barbecue's home for The Viper's next phone call, which simply says, "top floor first." The team gathers around Enterprise Tower, where inside Cobra leaders are accusing one another of being the mysterious traitor. The Joes win yet another battle here and return to Barbecue's home, where a final call announces The Viper's arrival at noon the next day. When the time arrives, The Viper is revealed to be a window wiper with a European accent who has merely been advertising his services.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Scarlett299 seconds48 linesat Barbecue's party, leading attacks at R&R base, West Point, and Enterprise Tower; meeting The Viper
Barbecue222 seconds36 lineshosting party, at R&R base, West Point, and Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Roadblock169 seconds19 linesat Barbecue's party, in Snow Cat at R&R base, at West Point and Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Footloose145 seconds11 linesat Barbecue's party, at R&R base, in AWE Striker at West Point, climbing Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Alpine102 seconds12 linesat Barbecue's party, opening R&R base, climbing Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Snake Eyes94 seconds at Barbecue's party; fighting Cobra at Enterprise Tower; meeting The Viper
Gung-Ho75 seconds4 linesat Barbecue's party, at R&R base, meeting The Viper
Maj. Bludd68 seconds7 linesleading tank attack at West Point; interrogated by Destro
Lady Jaye64 seconds10 linesat Barbecue's party, locating and attacking R&R base
Destro59 seconds7 linesinterrogating Maj. Bludd, fighting at Enterprise Tower
Tomax43 seconds8 linesdenying involvement with The Viper; fighting at Enterprise Tower
Xamot42 seconds10 linesdenying involvement with The Viper; fighting at Enterprise Tower
Wild Bill17 seconds7 linesin Dragonfly at Enterprise Tower
Zartan14 seconds2 linesdisguised as security guard at Enterprise Tower
Ace11 seconds4 linesleading Skystrikers in Antarctica
 
Background Characters
Flint30 seconds (silent)at Barbecue's home and Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Recondo14 seconds (silent)fighting Cobra at West Point; at Barbecue's apt; meeting The Viper
Duke8 seconds (silent)at Barbecue's home and Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Spirit7 seconds (silent)fighting Cobra at R&R base and West Point
Cover Girl4 seconds (silent)fighting Cobra at West Point
Dusty4 seconds (silent)fighting Cobra at West Point
Breaker2 seconds1 linewith Joes outside Enterprise Tower (16:20-21)
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra181 seconds10 linesfighting at R&R base, West Point, and Enterprise Tower; in Firebats and FANGs
Greenshirt136 seconds4 linesat Barbecue's party, fighting at R&R base, West Point, and Enterprise Tower, meeting The Viper
Snow Serpent20 seconds1 linedefending R&R base
Cobra Officer6 seconds1 linerefusing to surrender at West Point
 
Vehicles Appearing
AWE Striker111 seconds used to fight Cobra at West Point
Snow Cat60 seconds used to attack Cobra R&R base in Antarctica
Dragonfly49 seconds used to scout out Enterprise Tower
FANG35 seconds used to attack Joes at Enterprise Tower
FLAK29 seconds used to defend Barbecue's home from The Viper
Skystriker24 seconds used to attack Cobra R&R base in Antarctica
HISS16 seconds used to defend Cobra R&R base in Antarctica
Firebat11 seconds used to defend Cobra R&R base in Antarctica
 
Non-Toy Characters: R&R Center robot, R&R Center director, West Point cadets, The Viper
Non-Toy Equipment: Cobra's tanks at West Point

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 7, Episode 3).