Season 3 Episode 30

The Return of Optimus Prime (2)

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Mar 03, 1987 on ABC Family
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The Return of Optimus Prime (2)
Optimus is back, but with the Hate Plague spreading, there is no time to rejoice. The Quintesson provides further aid – giving Optimus some extra numbers on a mission to retrieve the stolen, crucial ship alloy on Charr. Given the current situation, Galvatron must also help, but there are still great dangers between them and the ship alloy. More fall to the Hate Plague, as Optimus acquires the ship alloy. Once it is grafted onto his body, Optimus is ready to battle the infected Rodimus for the only real cure to the Hate Plague – the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Will Optimus succeed, or is it already too late?moreless

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  • The Touch

    This is my favorate episode/two parter in the entire show. The epsode just had an emotional and epic feel to it and a good message on the evil of hate, it might seem a bit preachy but a good message all the same. And also it's another one of the only animated episodes where the world ended or almost anyway making it pritty dark, and thats a great thing that doesn't happen often only other shows that had end of the world scenarios were "Ducktales" and "Pritty Soilder Sailor Moon".

    We just see the character Optimus Prime at his best which reminds me why he's my favorate character, I love the fact that in this he has to work side by side with the person that killed him Galavatron/Megatron, I liked some of that uneasy interplay with both of them; like in one scene Galavatron recalls killing Prime and remembers how good it felt and then Prime says he remembers as well there was almost a small tense anger when he said that. Good guys and bad guys working together always seems to make big differences and accomplishments, and that's another good message the episode has how it's better to make friends than enimies.

    I also really liked the conflict between both Rodimus and Optimus it's one of my favorate fights ever. In a way it's sort of the classic conflicts, good and evil sibiling or even old and young. We see that even though Rodimus does outmatch him a little, Optimus is better, I loved it when he won I cheered. And the ending gave me a good feeling inside from that song from the film when Optimus the sole survivor used the Matrix for the last time, down to the interactions at the end when the scientist realizes he was wrong, seeing Galavatron and his Deceptacons save their war with the Autobots for another day, but best of all seeing Optimus with his autobots saying his famous quote "Autobots Roll Out", it was a great feeling knowing things were back to where they were again, as a saying goes more things change more they stay the same. Optimus Prime truly does have the Touch.moreless
  • The resurrection of Optimus Prime and rational Megatron in the wild Galvatron coupled with the song 'Touch' makes this episode the best one of the "post-1986 movie" series..

    It starts from when Sky Lynx gets the Quientessan judge to repair and bring back to life Optimus Prime. And as expected, he gets down to business, the moment he is reactivated to, you know.. save the world and all. First of all, Optimus regroups the survived un-infecting Autobots (including Bumble-bee who is rechristened as Gold Bug) and gets down to find good old wild Galvatron and appeals to the Megatron in him (incidentally Optimus Prime is the only autobot to recognize that Galvatron is Megatron). Galvatron unwillingly agrees considering he has no other option with Cyclonus and the other Decepticons hunting him. He takes him to his secret cave to get the metal coating that Prime needs to protect himself from the madness plague when he is to remove the matrix from the infected Rodimus. While Galvatron is his usual self harassing the autobots with his traps and all, he protects them from any series damage and keeps the infected decepticons at bay. After realizing the potential of the metal coating, he tries to put out Optimus only to be thwarted by Sky Lynx, who forces him to work and put the protective metal coating in the transformed Optimus and later gets infected. Optimus then coats himself with the metal and has an interesting duel with Rodimus before securing the matrix and traveling into the matrix to get in touch with his predecessors to work out a cure and then decides to use all of the wisdom of the matrix to cure all of the infected folks in the Galaxy, the song 'The Touch' from the Transformer movie adds a dramatic "touch" to the scene establishing Optimus as the true hero of the series and in the end the humans apologize for the misgiving and Galvatron promises that there will be no more war which I am sure Prime wouldn't be paying much attention to. In the last scene we get Prime using his trademark command 'Transform and Roll Out' with the Touch song playing in the background. Very Good Episode indeedmoreless
  • Optimus Prime saves the Universe again!

    I really like this episode because shows up who is the best Transformers. Even when all is lost Optimus Prime can win where others fails (in example: Rodimus). My favourite scene of this episode is when Optimus Prime go to the Matrix and must defeat Rodimus (again). When Rodimus shoots and try some dirty tricks against Optimus, Optimus has only punch the face of Rodimus to knock him down and recover The Matrix, saving the entire Universe from the hate plage. In this episode is, it can be seen Galvatron alittle more reasonable. Maybe the return of Optimus Prime makes him remember his old personality as Megatron.moreless
John Moschitta Jr.

John Moschitta Jr.

Blurr / Punch

Aron Kincaid

Aron Kincaid

Sky Lynx

Stephen Keener

Stephen Keener

Hardhead / Hun-Grr / Fortress Maximus / Mindwipe / Scattershot / Scorponok

Jack Angel

Jack Angel

Astrotrain / Omega Supreme / Ramjet / Smokescreen / Ultra Magnus

Buster Jones

Buster Jones


Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Bumblebee / Hot Spot / Rollbar / Snapdragon / Goldbug

Jered Barclay

Jered Barclay

voice of Dr. Gregory Swafford

Guest Star

Joy Grdnic

Joy Grdnic

voice of Jessica Morgan

Guest Star

Jack Angel

Jack Angel

voice of Cyclonus

Recurring Role

Tony Pope

Tony Pope

voice of Mark Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (20)

    • Goofs: When Optimus orders the Autobots to transform and roll out, all do so, moving forward, except Kup, who faces the other way and moves in reverse.

    • When Galvatron is threatening Optimus, his cannon has a trigger on it.

    • In the final scene after Optimus shakes hands with Galvatron, he says 'Autobots transform and roll out', in the scene after that we see in vehicle modes Optimus (who is not white), Kup, Goldbug and Blurr driving off into the sunset away from a deactivate Metroplex. But the scene before that had Hot Rod and Magnus present, while Goldbug and Blurr weren't present. This final scene was most likely meant to be near the beginning of the episode when Optimus tells the Autobots to transform and roll out as they're getting ready to go to Charr to get the metal, since Blurr and Goldbug were present back then, this is most likely a production order error.

    • Although Blaster appears in this episode, he doesn't speak even once. Very unusual considering the talkative nature of this character.

    • After the decision is made to go to Charr and take back the metal and Optimus gives the order "Autobots, transform and roll out," Kup transforms and then drives off backwards.

    • When Jessica reacts to seeing the spider, she isn't wearing her exo suit.

    • Supposedly Kup, Steeljaw, Bumblee and Wheelie were the only Autobots besides Skylynx himself to escape being infected, but we see Blaster in Optimus's party a few times.

    • Goldbug and Blaster were infected with the hate plague even though nobody touched them.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Optimus is seen removing wires/tubes from himself. In the last episode, he didn't have any wires or tubes attached to him when he was revived.

    • In Aerial Assault, a device installed in all combat Transformers called a weapons console is discussed. It can make their guns appear from nowhere and controls their inbuilt weapons (as demonstrated by Slingshot, who needed to replace his missing console).

      So, therefore, combat Transfomers do not need to be given their own guns.

    • Sky Lynx gives Optimus a summary of what happened after Optimus is revived. However, most of the events Sky Lynx describes occured while he was searching for the Quintesson, and Rodimus never briefed Sky Lynx when he was assigned his mission.

    • How did Kup know that Rodimus had been contaminated since he was deactivated by Superion before Rodimus was.

    • While Rodimus is struggling with Optimus in the factory Rodimus's aura disappears when he kicks Optimus off him.

    • When Rodimus is standing behind some scrap metal out in the Scrap yard his Aura is shining through it.

    • The Autobots Sky Lynx lists as not being contaminated by the hate plaque are Kup/Wheelie/Blur/Steal Jaw and Bumblebee. Yet when they are repaired by the Quintesson, Wheelie is not among them but Blaster who was not mentioned is.

    • When Optimus and Sky Lynx are escaping from Char with the metal Optimus is already grey.

    • Optimus Prime is supposed to be back to his regular colors during the last scene, but he is seen going back and forth between being all white and colored.

    • Jessica's aura is gone when she grabs onto Sky Lynx's tail.

    • Goofs: When Optimus and SkyLynx escape after Jessica and Galvatron become infected,Sky Lynx doesn't become infected when Jessica grabbed onto his tail and Optimus looks as if he was coated with the special metal before undergoing the process.

    • After Optimus removes the Matrix from Rodimus, Rodimus doesn't revert back to Hot Rod.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Autobot Elder: The plague you speak of has visited us once before. A wise man was able to contain the spores and send them into the sun, but no one was able to destroy them, no one had the power to do that. The only way to fight such madness is with wisdom! Unfortunately, not one person now has the wisdom to contain the spores... much less destroy them now that they spread across the galaxy.
      Optimus Prime: Perhaps there does exist a source of wisdom powerful enough to destroy the spores and cure the entire world... The accumulated wisdom that resides within the maxtrix.

    • Rodimus: (sing-songy) Come out, come out where ever you are. (shouts) I know you're in here! Can Optimus come out and play?

    • Galvatron: Come on, Optimus, tell me. What's so special about the metal? How will it be used? Why's it so important?
      Optimus: I've already explained it to you.
      Galvatron: You told me it was important, but you didn't tell me why.
      Optimus: That's because I know you all too well, Galvatron.

    • Cyclonus: Join us, Galvatron.
      Galvatron: Die, you worthless piece of slag!

    • Quintesson: No, please! Stop!
      Galvatron: Never, Quintesson! This world is ours now! Optimus Prime shall die again! ( Lights start coming out of Optimus. Galvatron backs up)
      What is this?
      Optimus Prime:( Rising and opening the matrix) Now light our darkest hour.

    • Optimus Prime: No more games, Rodimus! Innocent lives are at stake!
      Rodimus Prime: No one is innocent!

    • Galvatron: There will be no war today, Optimus Prime. You have earned Galvatron's respect.

    • Hot Rod: The wisdom of the ages? It's lost.
      Optimus Prime: No, not lost. We're all a little wiser now.
      Hot Rod: But the matrix is empty?
      Optimus Prime: It's up to all of us to fill it again. With the wisdom we accumulate from this moment on. Autobots! Transform, and roll out!

  • NOTES (10)


    • Optimus Prime: Now light our darkest hour!

      This is probably from The Trasnformers: The Movie, where Rodimus Prime said the exact same line before the destruction of Unicron.