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The Pit of Vipers

49th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Story by Flint Dille; script by James M. Ward. First aired November 27, 1985.

Previous episode: The Wrong Stuff
Next episode: The Invaders

An isolated, heavily armed fortress near Joe Headquarters launches a mass of Cobra forces. The Joes scramble and easily win the battle, but the retreating Cobras vanish and a computer voice announces the end of the simulation. Inside the fortress, the Joes are notified by Col. Sharp and a computer designer that the installation is home to the computer system Watchdog, which has been placed in command of the Joe Team. Watchdog's first assignment is to locate a Cobra ship, which disappears after sinking. Watchdog calls off the Joes, but a suspicious Shipwreck investigates the disappearance and finds an underwater Cobra base.

Watchdog begins sending the Joes off on wild goose chases, leaving on Breaker and Scarlett at Joe HQ. Shipwreck is captured as Cobra sends a drill machine to tunnel through the ground and attack Joe Headquarters from underneath. Shipwreck goads Cobra Commander into contacting the Joes to brag, allowing them to recall their forces and strike Watchdog's installation. Once Watchdog is finally defeated, Col. Sharp apologizes to the Joe Team, who points out the system's supposed designer died in 1978.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Flint210 seconds30 linesdriving A.W.E. Striker and Armadillo to attack Watchdog, sent to Everglades
Shipwreck179 seconds28 linesleading S.H.A.R.C.s against Cerebus, finding undersea base, captured
Breaker158 seconds17 linesmonitoring Joe missions, hijacking the Pit Viper
Cobra Commander127 seconds18 linesdirecting Pit Viper's mission, ruining the mission by gloating
Destro124 seconds13 linesdesigner of Watchdog, operating Pit Viper by remote
Scarlett108 seconds11 linesat HQ during Pit Viper attack, hijacking Pit Viper
Lady Jaye95 seconds11 linesin Skystriker and A.W.E. Striker against Watchdog, leading team in arctic
Bazooka71 seconds7 linesriding with Flint to attack Watchdog and in Everglades, in final battle
Heavy Metal63 seconds7 linesat HQ, driving Armadillo in desert, attacking Watchdog
Zartan49 seconds9 linesdisguised as Dr. Hamler, selling Watchdog, awakening Shipwreck
Ace45 seconds6 linesflying Skystrikers against Watchdog (twice) and the Cerebus
Col. Sharp39 seconds5 linesplacing Joes under Watchdog's command, apologizing for Watchdog
Adm. Ledger13 seconds4 lineslaunching S.H.A.R.C.s and Dragonflies to attack Cerebus
Background Characters
Airborne23 seconds (silent)entering Watchdog with Lady Jaye
Frostbite10 seconds (silent)driving Snow Cat with Lady Jaye's team
Alpine5 seconds (silent)driving A.W.E. Striker to attack Watchdog
Gung-Ho5 seconds (silent)in A.W.E. Striker with Flint's team in Everglades
Cover Girl4 seconds (silent)driving A.W.E. Striker with Flint's team in Everglades
Recondo2 seconds (silent)in A.W.E. Striker with Flint's team (in Red Rockets Glare shirt, 9:27-28)
Roadblock2 seconds (silent)in A.W.E. Striker with Flint's team in Everglades (9:27-28)
Troops Appearing
Cobra50 seconds2 linesdefending Watchdog, manning undersea base
Cobra Officer34 seconds restraining Shipwreck at undersea base
Greenshirt24 seconds driving A.W.E. Strikers against Watchdog, flying Dragonflies against Cerebus
Eel4 seconds defending undersea base
Vehicles Appearing
S.H.A.R.C.104 seconds used to attack Cerebus, by Shipwreck to find undersea base
Skystriker88 seconds used to attack Watchdog, destroyed at HQ
A.W.E. Striker69 seconds used to attack Watchdog, investigate Everglades
Armadillo38 seconds used by Heavy Metal on desert mission, used to attack Watchdog
H.I.S.S.30 seconds used to defend Watchdog, abandoned in desert
Trubble Bubble25 seconds used to defend Watchdog
U.S.S. Flagg23 seconds base for attack on Cerebus
Dragonfly19 seconds used to attack Cerebus
Rattler14 seconds used to defend Watchdog
Ferret13 seconds used to defend Watchdog
F.A.N.G.10 seconds abandoned in Everglades
Snow Cat8 seconds used to find abandoned Cobra base
Silver Mirage3 seconds destroyed at HQ
V.A.M.P.3 seconds used to attack Watchdog
M.O.B.A.T.2 seconds used to attack Watchdog (20:20-21)
Non-Toy Characters: blueshirts
Non-Toy Equipment: Cerebus, Cobra submarine, Pit Viper drill machine, grey Joe cargo plane

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.3 set (Disc 11, Episode 1)