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A Crimson Guard steals a bacteria vial, but the vial eventually breaks and combines with an experimental growth serum, creating a monstrous blob-like germ that eats everything in its path.



Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilians Others

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilian
  • Crop duster
  • Hypodermic plane

Memorable quotes

"Ace, I can hear you perfectly well, I was just ignoring you."

"Now this is what i call a good old fashioned, high-tech food-fight."
--Roadblock, he also does contradictions.

"If you leave now, I'll go out with ya."
"Anchors away!, When are we gonna go out?"
"The sooner, the better!"
"What'll we do?"
"Go swimming!"
"This is the best date I've had in weeks!"
--Cover-Girl and Shipwreck.


Animation and technical errors

  • A bacterium does not have a nucleus. Or undergo mitosis.
  • Since when does the nucleus of anything pulsate and glow like a disco ball?
  • Right before Ace blows up the dam to "drown" the germ, Dusty comments that they are all out of missiles. A shot of the Skystriker squadron, however, shows that all the jets have a full complement of missiles.

Continuity errors

  • Ace has his goggles and air-mask, yet declines to put either one on when he sprays the germ with pesticides. Not surprisingly, Ace is overcome and nearly poisoned when the germ spits them back out at him. He is also unharmed when his canopy shatters.
  • Airtight drops enough explosives into the nucleus of the germ to level a city block. He then makes a point of making sure to fly out of the germ so as to not get killed in the explosion. Yet the two Cobra Eels in the nucleus, mere inches from the explosives, survive without a scratch when the germ explodes.
  • Apparently G.I. Joe Maulers, M.O.B.A.T.s, and A.W.E Strikers can fire apples out of their cannons with no modifications.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • For the first time, we see the interaction between the Crimson Guard soldiers and the regular blueshirts, showing that the blueshirts consider the Crimson Guardsmen elitist snobs.
  • Shipwreck gets a shot to the solar plexus from Cover Girl when she doesn't take too kindly to his flirtations. See also "The Synthoid Conspiracy (Part I)".

Real world references

  • Apples seeds do, in fact, contain cyanogenic acids; but, like the doctor explained, one would need to ingest massive amounts of seeds in order to do any harm.


  1. Unexpectedly, the name of the doctor who developed the germ is never given in the episode.
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