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A Real American Hero, Part 5
The Stake in the Serpent's Heart

5th of 10 Sunbow episodes before Season 1. Written by Ron Friedman. First aired September 16, 1983.

Previous episode: A Real American Hero, Part 4
Followed by: The Revenge of Cobra Opening Sequence

Destro regains control of his shuttle and returns to Cobra's temple, placing Scarlett in the dungeon with Selena. Informed of the failed attack on New York, Destro usurps command of Cobra but is unable to bully the captured world leaders into surrendering. His own attempt to destroy New York is blocked by the Joes' now-functional M.A.S.S. Device, and Scarlett and Selena lead a slave revolt that is quickly put down.

As Destro threatens to begin executions, Doc helps Duke recover his memory and recalls that he gave Selena a ring containing a homing device. The Joes immediately use their M.A.S.S. Device to beam troops and equipment to the mountain beneath Cobra's temple. Scaling the mountain, they raid the fortress, free the slaves, destroy Cobra's M.A.S.S. Device, and round up Cobra's leaders - minus Destro, who escapes unnoticed. Breaker uses the last of the M.A.S.S. elements to return the stolen Eiffel Tower, but mistakenly transports it to London.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Destro283 seconds27 linesreturning to temple, usurping Cobra Cmdr., stopping slave revolt, escaping
Scarlett254 seconds23 linesslave in Cobra temple, leading revolt, present at last use of M.A.S.S., cheering
Duke204 seconds15 linesat HQ, recovering memory, in J.U.M.P. during assault, cheering
Cobra Commander185 seconds17 linesusurped by Destro, deploying robot Cobras, captured by Timber and Gung-Ho
Baroness89 seconds2 linestelling Destro of Cobra Cmdr's failure, watching battle, led captive by Clutch
Snake Eyes76 seconds returning to HQ, at M.A.S.S. uses and Duke's procedure, in Falcon Glider, cheering
Stalker74 seconds1 linereturning to HQ, at Duke's procedure, in M.O.B.A.T., at last use of M.A.S.S., cheering
Breaker71 seconds6 linesat HQ, fighting at Cobra base, leading Bludd captive, transporting Eiffel Tower
Cover Girl53 seconds (silent)greeting Joes with meteorite, at HQ, in Wolverine during assault, cheering
Gung-Ho53 seconds5 linesguarding captives, at HQ, in J.U.M.P. during assault, capturing Cobra Cmdr., cheering
Wild Bill48 seconds3 linesreturning to HQ, at HQ for M.A.S.S. use and Duke's procedure, in Skystriker, cheering
Doc38 seconds6 linesrecovering Duke's memories, at top of Cobra mountain
Background Characters
Steeler42 seconds (silent)at first use of M.A.S.S. and Duke's procedure, in J.U.M.P. and F.L.A.K. at Cobra temple
Clutch42 seconds1 lineat HQ for Duke's procedure, in J.U.M.P. and V.A.M.P., leading Baroness captive
Rock 'n Roll34 seconds (silent)returning to HQ, at M.A.S.S. test, in J.U.M.P. for mountain climb, cheering
Tripwire24 seconds (silent)returning to HQ, at first successful use of M.A.S.S. and Duke's procedure
Flash23 seconds (silent)at HQ for Duke's procedure, in J.U.M.P. during mountain climbing
Short-Fuze20 seconds (silent)at first successful use of M.A.S.S., in J.U.M.P. during mountain climb
Airborne19 seconds (silent)at HQ when M.A.S.S. used, weaing a J.U.M.P. while climbing mountain
Zap17 seconds2 linesat HQ for Duke's procedure, in J.U.M.P. for mountain climb
Timber14 seconds guarding captives, capturing Cobra Cmdr., with cheering Joes
Torpedo8 seconds (silent)one of the first inside Cobra's temple, at last use of M.A.S.S.
Snow Job4 seconds (silent)one of the first inside Cobra's temple
Maj. Bludd2 seconds (silent)led captive by Breaker (20:32-33)
Troops Appearing
Cobra Officer168 seconds4 linesprocessed as prisoners, guarding slaves, defending temple
Cobra32 seconds1 lineat Destro's return, escorting Flagg, flying Viper Gliders to defend temple
Vehicles Appearing
J.U.M.P.35 seconds used by Joes to climb mountain
M.O.B.A.T.24 seconds transported up mountain by Joes
F.L.A.K.21 seconds transported up mountain by Joes
Viper Glider20 seconds used by Duke in flashback and by Cobra to defend base
Whirlwind13 seconds transported up mountain by Joes
Falcon Glider12 seconds used by Snake Eyes to reach Cobra base
Skystriker12 seconds used against Cobra base
F.A.N.G.10 seconds used by Destro to escape
Wolverine9 seconds transported up mountain by Joes
H.I.S.S.6 seconds targeted by Skystrikers and by Scarlett just after her release
V.A.M.P.6 seconds transported up mountain by Joes, overturned by snake robot
Dragonfly5 seconds used to escort Eiffel Tower
H.A.L.2 seconds at base of mountain (13:06), on mountain as Cobra gun platform falls (14:13)
Non-Toy Characters: Selena, Army soldiers, Dr. Vandermeer, Gen. Flagg, Ivan Balankov, hooded Cobra slavemaster, Ramar
Non-Toy Equipment: Destro's shuttle, mountain-climbing vehicle transports, Cobra gun platform, snake robots, Ballistic Attack Trike

Misc. Notes

  • This miniseries, originally aired as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, was retitled G.I. Joe: The M.A.S.S. Device for the 2008 DVD figure set and A Real American Hero: The M.A.S.S. Device for the Shout!Factory DVD release.
  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.1 set (Disc 1, Episode 5).
  • Time references for this episode do not include the opening recap. For recordings with the recap, add 1 minute, 49 seconds.
  • First appearances (in order): the H.A.L., Whirlwind, and Falcon Glider.
  • The five DVD figure sets released in 2008 each came with a piece of the M.A.S.S. Device featured in this miniseries, and several of 2008's figures came with element canisters.
  • The blue Cobra three-wheeler tossed by Ramar is very similar to concept art dated 4/29/83 for an unreleased Ballistic Attack Trike (B.A.T.).