- Cobra replaces the Pentagon's top brass with artificial humans known as... synthoids!
Cobra Commander and Zartan formulate an elaborate scheme to dismantle the GI Joe team by replacing their superior US military officers with synthetic duplicates called "synthoids". When these imposters are in place, they begin to slash the Joes operating budget, depriving them of needed supplies like ammunition, fuel and replacement parts for vehicles, as well as newer and updated equipment. The Joes soon find themselves unable to battle with Cobra forces.
However, the most diabolical part of the Commander's and Zartan's plan involves kidnapping Duke and replacing him with a synthoid, an operation that succeeds. The false Duke then undermines the command structure and collective confidence of the Joe team, also acting as a spy for Cobra Commander.
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"C'mon, dollface. I know a little cafe in port were the spaghetti is great and the lights are dim. Let's you and I get together and--"
"Let's not and pretend we did, okay?"
- --Don't worry, Shipwreck, Scarlett isn't the only fish in the sea.
"From this moment on, there is no G.I. Joe!"
- --Synthoid General Franks, leaving the episode on a massive cliffhanger.
Animation and technical errors
- As Scarlett asks Rock 'n Roll to drive closer to a F.A.N.G. helicopter, the scrolling background of the Joes' base is recycled and jumps slightly as it is repeated.
- In one scene, Zartan's arms are colored the same blue as his chestplate.
- Duke, usually a stickler for detail, doesn't realize that the base is falling apart (no ammo, fuel or propane) until the other Joes point it out to him.
- Synthoids would continue to plague the Joes in "There's No Place Like Springfield."
- Duke is a sergeant, but since he holds jurisdiction over G.I. Joe operations as its field commander, he commands a higher level of respect than the normal enlisted man and holds superiority over the higher-ranked members of his team.
- The "Now you know..." attached to this episode had Mutt teaching kids how to deal with a stray dog.
|===Real world references===
- Zartan mentions Spider-Man.
- Shipwreck mentions Popeye.