The Return of Optimus Prime (1)

Season 3, Ep 29, Aired 2/24/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Ship alloy testing leads Jessica Morgan and the Transformers hating Gregory Swafford to inadvertently stumble upon two things – the ship Optimus was last seen on and the Hate Spores. The former Autobot leader's body is still intact, and while this is knowledge worth sharing with the team, Gregory has other ideas. When a later battle involving Protectobots, Technobots and Terrorcons injures Jessica, her father comes around to the same thinking. Thus, they lure the Autobot team to Optimus' body and release the Hate Spores. This works too well, however, as the infection rate grows exponentially. Among the few uninfected is Sky Lynx, who works to revive the only one that can end the Hate Plague – Optimus himself.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff MacKay


  • Jim Cummings

    Afterburner, Rippersnapper (uncredited)

  • Johnny Haymer

    Highbrow / Swindle / Caliburst

  • Danny Mann

    Lightspeed / Freeway / Cloudraker

  • Laurie Faso

    Divebomb / Rampage / Skydive

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • He come back!

    By Max-01, May 21, 2007

  • This episode, along with the next three were very painful to watch.

    By Opt1mus_R, May 04, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Abominus: (Only line) Computron think too much!

    • Sharkticons: Infect them all! Sky Lynx: Need a lift, Quintesson? Quintesson: Let me in. Sky Lynx: Not so fast. I'll only let you aboard if you agree to bring Optimus Prime back to life. Quintesson: I'll do it! Sky Lynx: Wise choice.

    • Quintesson: I did it! Optimus Prime lives! Sky Lynx: It's true. Our leader is back. Optimus Prime: Yes, Sky Lynx, and this time no force in the universe is going to stop me.

    • Sky Lynx: A Quintesson? But they're in hiding on the far edges of the galaxy. Rodimus: What's a' matter? Don't you think you can do it? Sky Lynx: Of course I can do it! But what on Cybertron do you want with a Quintesson? Rodimus: I need a Quintesson to help revive Optimus Prime! Sky Lynx: Optimus Prime! Then I shall not rest unitl I find you a Quintesson!

    • Wreck-Gar: Ayayayayay! Lucy, Lucy, what have you done now? Rodimus Prime: Wreck-Gar! Help me see if there's anything that can be done with Optimus! Wreck-Gar: I'm a doctor, not a forklift! His engines, they cannot take the strain! Rodimus Prime: Wreck-Gar! Any hope the Junkions can repair him? Wreck-Gar: He's dead, Jim.

    Notes (11)

    • This is the first and only episode where all five individual Stunticons appear but don't combine to Menasor.

    • When Optimus Prime was rescued by Jessica and Gregory, he shows his left arm intact and in the episode 73, Dark dawn, he lost that arm in the fight with Rodimus Prime. This is probably because the transformers have some kind of program for repair a limited amount of damage, and before his death, Optimus may took his arm and reassemble it to his body in a possible necessity to take his ship under control.

    • This is the first of five episodes that Jack Angel provided the voice of Cyclonus. Roger C. Carmel who provided his voice throughout the series was too ill to complete the series and died soon afterwords.

    • The hate plague is spread by contact. Yet, when Ultra Magnus invades Metroplex, Metroplex is not affected, even though Magnus is always in contact with him. One could argue the reason being that the plague needs to infect Metroplex's brain, which would explain why Rodimus Prime deactivated him. Still, it leaves one to wonder, especially if it was possible that Trypticon, the Decepticon City, could've been affected as well.

    • Last appearances of Computron, Defensor, Ratbat, Soundwave, Superion, Wheelie, and Wreck-Gar.

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    Trivia (35)

    • Goofs: When Dr. Morgan rushes to the hospital to see Jessica after coming out of surgery, he runs by the Combaticon Swindle standing alongside two Protectobots. And later, even though the hate plague started on Earth, somehow a number of Sharkticons were infected on the planet where SkyLynx rescued a Quintesson. It's doubtful the plague could have already spread that far.

    • When Mark says 'Pleased', it looks like he IS pleased; his lips are smiling!

    • There is a noticeable delay when Ultra Magnus infects Wreck-Gar that doesn't happen when anyone else is infected.

    • When Rodimus is warning everyone not to touch any red dust, Defensor's mouth is moving.

    • Right after Rodimus and the Autobots arrive at the lab and he sends Bumblebee, Wheelie, Blurr, and Steeljaw on patrol, we see Goldbug standing in front of Superion and Defensor, despite the fact that Bumblebee, who has just been sent away, hasn't even been rebuilt into Goldbug yet.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Wreck-Gar: I'm a pepper. Wouldn't you like to be a pepper too? These lines are from the famous ad jingle for Dr. Pepper soda.

    • Wreck-Gar: Well excuuuuuuse us! This alludes to Steve Martin's famous bit, "Well excuuuuuuuse me!"

    • When Rodimus shows up with Optimus for repairs, Wreck-Gar references one line from I Love Lucy and three from the original 1960s Star Trek series.

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