Cobra forces a scientist to create a new tank weapon, and Footloose and Dusty are dispatched to rescue the researcher. An Arabian bandit finds the Joes and assists them in infiltrating the Cobra base.



Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilians

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilian
  • Plasma cannon

Memorable quotes


=Animation and technical errors

Continuity errors

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Destro is typically the logical counterpoint to Cobra Commander. However, he orders his men into a minefield.
  • The Mauler is inferior to the Plasma cannon tank.
  • None of the land mines can kill, they only disable vehicles.
  • The "Now you know..." segment attached to this episode involved Barbecue telling kids not to pull fire alarms.
  • The official Sunbow synopsis of this episode has some substantial differences from the episode as it aired:
A Joe transport plane is caught in a storm, forcing the pilot to ditch his cargo, a valuable Mauler tank, over the desert. Dusty and Footloose volunteer to stay with the tank until it can be retrieved. They inadvertently parachute onto a Cobra proving ground and discover the evil organization's latest innovation: a metal alloy that's impervious to any conventional weapon! With tanks and planes constructed of this alloy, Cobra could attack the Joe team - or anyone else - without fear. With a battalion of Cobras hot on their heels, can Dusty and Footloose survive the track across the hostile desert to warn the Joes?

=Real world references

  • The title is a reference to the phrase "hearts and minds", where you win the enemy's loyalty.


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