G.I. Joe

Season 2 Episode 10

Once Upon a Joe

Aired Weekdays 3:00 PM Oct 01, 1986 on



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Beachhead approaches Zartan (disguised as Shipwreck) to have him look after the orphans, his face can be briefly seen as his mask is missing, as well as his black vest.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The Big Ugly Giant in Shipwreck's story was probably based on two characters. 1.Elmer Fudd from various Warner Bros. cartoons(since both characters share the same speach impediment) and 2.Bluto from Popeye(because the character was about to be defeated thanks to a can of spinach).

  • Allusions

    • Shipwreck's story character finding a can of spinach is a gag to Popeye the Sailor Man, who's been featured in various comics and cartoons since his debut in 1929.

    • Beach Head, Shipwreck, et. al.: N/A
      The McGuffin Device in this episode is adequately named. A McGuffin Device is something that serves as a deus ex machina plot device. The origin of the term is generally attributed to Alfred Hitchcock. McGuffins pop up when they are needed to help a story or prompt it along. Hence why the McGuffin Device in this story literally creates things out of thin air from the imagination. G.I. Joe has a long history of McGuffin driven stories, usually the mini-series penned by Ron Friedman. In the MASS Device serial, the McGuffins were the searches for the three catalytic elements, and the MASS Devices themselves. In The Revenge Of Cobra, the McGuffins were the three Weather Dominator parts. In G.I. Joe: The Movie, the McGuffins are the BET, Serpentor, after he is captured, and Roadblock when he becomes lost. In all these cases, the McGuffins spur on the story. The characters are led into chasing each other and the clock to secure some plot device, in many cases here, actual physical mechanical devices.