Transformers

Season 2 Episode 31

The Gambler

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Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1985 on ABC Family
8.0
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The Autobots are eager to put recent experiences behind them, but rest-and-relaxation isn't likely to happen. An alien trap leaves everyone but Smokescreen powerless, as well as the ship itself. A little energon can fix this, but the only way to get some presents certain challenges. He is even forced to trust an alien that helped get him into this mess. Now, can Smokescreen master the art of gambling and win big? And can Dirge, Ramjet and Astrotrain be kept at bay throughout all of this?moreless

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  • Smokescreen takes up gambling, and makes some new friends.

    8.4
    Good evening, I'm Roy Stantz, and this my quick review of the Transformers episode "The Gambler".



    Hot on the heels of "Child's Play", Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Smokescreen, Perceptor, and Inferno are suddenly captured by an alien gambler named Bosh, who deactivates all Autobots of their Energon, except Smokescreen, whose pod malfunctions. Smokescreen shows Bosh how to cheat at gambling properly by hooking a wire from his wrist up to Bosh's slot machine, and they strike a deal to win some much-needed Energon on Monicus, the casino planet, if Bosh uses it restore the other Autobots.



    The duo meet Lord Gyconi, and trade the deactivated Autobots to him as collateral for 50 Energon chips to use as currency in his casino. Smokescreen uses the device in his wrist to cheat his way through the slot machines and racks up more than enough Energon to save the Autobots. However, he gets overconfident in the action and bets all their winnings on one slot. An employee catches Smokescreen's wrist-device and detaches it. Smokescreen loses the bet and all the Energon.



    Back at Gyconi's pad, the tubby mobster gives Smokescreen and Bosh two tickets to see the other Autobots fight the brutal Animaliens. Later, as Smokescreen and Bosh drown their sorrows at a bar, Gyconi sends an abused lizard creature named Sleezardo to keep tabs on them. At the bar, Sleezardo is hassled by two thugs and is rescued by the sudden appearance on an Autobot named Devcon. Smokescreen and Devcon get to talking and become fast friends; Devcon is a bounty-hunter who has tracked Astrotrain, Dirge and Ramjet to Monicus.



    Speaking of which, Dirge and Ramjet find Gyconi and bully him into giving them a cut of his Energon profits. The two Decepticons then discover his captive Autobots and let it slide.



    That night, at the auditorium, Gyconi and Sleezardo fill Prime and the other Autobots with unstable Energon so that they'll perform wildly in the match against the Animaliens, then lay down for them. The fight doesn't go very well for the Autobots, so Smokescreen transforms into his racecar mode and fills the auditorium with smoke. The fight is cancelled, but the real fight begins when Dirge and Ramjet attack Smokescreen and Bosh, only to have Devcon arrive and scare the Decepticons away. Smokescreen thanks Devcon and offers to let him join the Autobots. Devcon politely declines, and Sleezardo shows up to tell Smokescreen, Devcon, and Bosh that Gyconi has taken the other Autobots to Astrotrain as prisoners for Megatron.



    Smokescreen, Devcon, Bosh and Sleezardo attack the Decepticons as they load Energon into Astrotrain. After a huge firefight, Gyconi and the Decepticons flee in terror. Devcon gives chase by transforming into his spaceship mode, and offers a partnership to Sleezardo, who readily accepts. The two fly off, never to be seen again.



    Sometime later, Smokescreen and Bosh use the Energon the Decepticons left behind to restore the other Autobots to normal. Smokescreen then requests that the Autobots take a little rest and relaxation at the casinos, and Optimus Prime concedes "Why not?" Better hope Prime doesn't gamble away the Autobot Matrix of Leadership...



    A surprisingly enjoyable episode. I never knew Smokescreen could be a fun character, since I own his toy. Unfortunately, he was never given a spotlight again in the series. Devcon had some character-potential, but since there was no toy, he never showed up again in the show, though Devcon would show up in the Transformers Universe: Wreckers comics released through the Official Transformers Collector's Club. The whole gambling angle was the most interesting part; it definitely could've used some more attention. But Smokescreen blows it all in the first 5 minutes and gambling has little to do with the plot after that. The episode is alright, not a bad one, but nothing very special.moreless
  • Boring!

    2.0
    What does exactly this episode has that contains at least a little bit of Transformers spirit? Nothing! For me, this episode is one of the most boring and uncreative episodes of pre-movie seasons. This was written by one of those annoying writers who writes literraly anything he can think of, even though it's the stupidest idea on Earth! The second half of the second season is a lot like this - the plots are rather pointless and only invidual characters are in the spotlight in order to promote their toys. Space Cassinos and bounty hunters, give me a break here! And is Smokescreen really that crazy to use his friends as stake for gambling? And what's with Devcon? I really don't get it what were they try to do with his character! He never appeared again, and as I remember, he had no toy. Avoid this episode - one of the worst 5 of the series!moreless
Bud Davis

Bud Davis

Dirge / Metroplex / Predaking

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Bumblebee / Hot Spot / Rollbar / Snapdragon / Goldbug

Jack Angel

Jack Angel

Astrotrain / Omega Supreme / Ramjet / Smokescreen / Ultra Magnus

Paul Eiding

Paul Eiding

Perceptor

Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

Optimus Prime / Iron Hide / Slugslinger / Wingspan / Streetwise

Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

Inferno

John Stephenson

John Stephenson

Bosch

Guest Star

John Stephenson

John Stephenson

voice of Devcon

Recurring Role

Paul Eiding

Paul Eiding

Lord Gyconi

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