This episode mixes together a vacation adventure with a kidnapping mystery, all revolving around a dying little girl we’ve never met before and probably won’t ever see again. In other words, it’s the perfect blend of disparate ideas that leads to some of Super-God Masterforce’s best, most bizarre dialog. We begin in Prince Cab’s tree fort, where he’s playing with his pets.
There you have it. He’s going to visit his home, the Karin Islands. It excites him so much that he tosses his animals in the air and screams the name of his homeland. Let’s do this.
While Cab is cheerfully singing about visiting home, Blood teleports in and kidnaps doctors from all over the world. He just grabs ’em and vanishes. As far as evil plans go, I suppose it’s pretty good. He isn’t killing the doctors. Just… taking them.
Minerva and Shuta are traveling with Cab for a vacation. I believe this is the second vacation the Headmaster Jrs have taken so far this season. Apparently they can even afford first class tickets because look how roomy those seats are! I would kill or at least maim for seats that great. Minerva reveals that it’s always been her dream to live on a tropical island. You’d think it may have come up before, since she and Cab are teammates but no, they must not talk much.
While Minerva drones on about how excited she is to go to a tropical island, Shuta daydreams about letting crabs bite her feet. That’s pretty messed up. Shuta’s got some weird fetish stuff going on.
Shuta comes back to reality and suggests Cab could just give Minerva an island some time. And yeah, I guess he could. Minerva flips out. All it took to get her interested was to display vast amounts of wealth!
Over on the Karin Islands, Cab’s old caretaker, Donq, is checking on a sick girl named Copo. The people of the Karin Islands live like it’s hundreds of years in the past, but at least they allowed Doctors without Borders or some similar organization to build a hospital with actual electricity. Dr. Dado is the sole doctor for the islands and doesn’t have advanced resources, but it’s better than nothing.
Dr. Dado pulls Donq aside and explains that Copo has a serious circulatory disease and she needs to go to a bigger nearby island where an expert, Dr. Rhodan, could help her. Oh, you’re supposed to really care about Copo’s health, so start doing that.
Just then, Gilmer smashes in, announces his name, and kidnaps Dr. Dado right in front of Donq. I guess the Decepticons are theoretically kidnapping EVERY DOCTOR IN THE WORLD if they’re even grabbing one in the remote South Pacific.
The Headmaster Jrs arrive by seaplane to the islands and Cab’s parrot and armadillo run away into the forest, never to be seen again.
Donq is there to great Cab and is very happy the island’s prince is back. Cab reintroduces Shuta, who made sure to dress like a complete idiot. He’d look less flashy in his robot-ed up Headmaster suit. Also, why is Cab only a prince? There seems to be no king, so is it just an age thing? Does he have any relatives? Donq is not related to him, though he has the honorary title of “Gramps.” That’s a nickname I’m sure anyone would love.
Cab introduces Minerva and Donq shows off his Karin Islands manners by not greeting her and instead yelling at Cab that he shouldn’t even associate with someone so beautiful. The Japanese have some weird issues with women, if the Transformers cartoon is representative at all of how they feel. Women are never really allowed to do much of anything and are to be feared.
Donq further ingratiates himself by chastising Cab for having such a nice truck. Apparently when Cab left with the Autobots, no one told him that it was because he was joining them. Cab might want to let the closest thing he has to family know that he’s fighting a war against giant robots, but that’s only if he wants to use common sense. Also, why did he think he’d need his firetruck on his vacation on an island without roads? I suppose it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it, but it seems a bit odd anyway.
Cab goes to check in on Copo, who he apparently cares about like a sister. Only then does he finally learn that Dr. Dado has been kidnapped, Copo is very sick and Donq didn’t tell him any of this. Donq’s excuse? He didn’t want to worry him. Well, good job. Five minutes of not worrying accomplished.
The Headmaster Jrs call up Hawk at Autobot headquarters and tell him about the Decepticons kidnapping Dr. Dado. The four Godmasters step up to investigate. Last episode Ginrai was promoted to leader, but the Headmasters still called Hawk, the old leader. The Autobot command structure is apparently more of a suggestion than a rule.
The Decepticons are keeping all the doctors in the world (about 2 dozen, apparently) on another island, Atlan. The Pretenders remind each other that they should be successful.
Lady Mega is also there and explains the Decepticon plan: They will remove all doctors from the world and that will rob humanity of their will to live when they realize the fleetingness of life. Because humanity only got this far thanks to knowing doctors are always around to fix any and everything. Otherwise, we just give up and die. So it’s the perfect plan.
Back on the Karin Islands, Donq explains that Copo can only be healed by Dr. Rhodan. Shuta says he’s heard of him. I call bullshit. Name one world-famous surgeon. No one can do that. Shuta is trying to impress everyone but it’s all LIES!
Copo is getting worse and worse and the next plane to the islands is a day away, so Cab and Minerva decide to take her to Viscas Island where Dr. Rhodan works. They opt to use a boat before they run out of time.
As soon as they hit the open sea, their boat is attacked and destroyed by a Gulf Seacon. Just as they think all hope is lost, the Godmasters show up in a huge hovercraft and blow up the Gulf. For some reason, the Headmasters’ cars don’t sink to the bottom of the ocean.
The Autobots get to Viscas Island and find out that Dr. Rhodan was also kidnapped. What a day. Must be a Monday. They drop Copo off at the nicer hospital but without any doctors, it isn’t doing her much good.
On Atlan Island, Dr. Dado recognizes Dr. Rhodan and tries to talk to him, but Dauros is guarding them and tells them no talking. Dr. Dado goes for plan B – running. He simply runs out of the cave and jumps off a cliff into the ocean below. Dauros elects not to fly out and make sure he’s dead, declaring that he’ll end up being fish food. The Decepticons are lazy.
The Autobots head back to the Karin Islands and bump into Dr. Dado in the middle of the ocean. Apparently the Pacific Ocean must not be very big. I haven’t checked lately. Dado tells them about the Decepticons holding all the doctors on Atlan Island. Shuta takes Dr. Dado to Viscas Island to maintain Copo while the Godmasters go to Atlan Island to rescue Dr. Rhodan and the other doctors. There’s a lot of fake islands to remember this episode, sorry.
The Godmasters use their hovercraft which apparently can also become a submarine. Life is good for these guys!
Ginrai comes up with a plan. Road King will create a distraction to draw the Decepticon Pretenders out of the cave and away from the doctors. Ranger will attack from behind to further confuse the enemy. Lightfoot and Ginrai will enter the cave and free the doctors. I guess they’re counting on only the Decepticon Pretenders being there. They don’t bother to scout ahead, anyway.
Road King begins the distraction and Blood transforms into a jet and orders Road King to eat.
Gilmer and Dauros head out and are attacked by Ranger. Ranger and Dauros pair off and Gilmer hangs back by the cave entrance. Lightfoot engages him and Ginrai slips into the cave in his little robot-y form. So far their plan is working pretty damn smoothly. Some real Ocean’s Eleven shit going down.
Ginrai explains to the doctors (who are all white dudes) that he’s there to rescue them but that time is running out to save a specific girl and he needs Dr. Rhodan’s help. The other doctors are all completely selfless, not a coward among them, and they tell Dr. Rhodan to go with Ginrai and they’ll just hope for the best.
Blood insists that Road King eat his axe and throws it at him.
Road King shoots it out of the sky and also blasts Blood who looks like he fell into a pile of soot.
Dauros demands that Ranger eat his kick but instead Ranger just catches him and mid air and beats him up. The Pretenders are not even close to a match for the Godmasters.
Gilmer tells Lightfoot to eat his rolling bomber attack. He does not eat it. Instead he beats Gilmer up a bunch.
While the fight goes on, we see that the Autobot Headmaster Jrs are standing around Copo’s body, doing jack shit. Eh, it’s their usual “stay behind and guard blah blah blah” job.
The Decepticon Pretenders get needed reinforcements when some Seacon drones arrive. A Gulf, Tentakil, Overbite and Lobclaw show up. Not enough to form King Poseidon, but enough for the Godmasters to use a never-before-seen ability.
Each of the Godmasters calls on a power that is sort of related to the elements. Lightfoot calls up a wave of water, which makes a Tentakil explode. Why water hurts a Seacon, I really can’t say. Road King calls up a Rotary Burst Typhoon which makes him spin into the Gulf and blow it up. Ranger uses a Heat Sand Attack which completely vaporizes the Overbite. Finally, Ginrai shoots Atomic Fire Guts and destroys the Lobclaw. As usual, the Decepticons have no chance.
The Pretenders retreat and the doctors are all saved. Dr. Rhodan fixes up Copo and it’s so wonderful the scenes are rendered in illustrations instead of being animated. Guess they used up their budget on that awesome beatdown of the Decepticons.
Back at the Decepticon base, Hydra and Buster yell at the Pretenders for failing. Apparently it was their plan. Maybe they all should have participated.
Lady Mega tells them to stop fighting because they are teammates. She then tries to convince everyone that they didn’t fail and that it was the first step of their plan. I don’t know what episode she was watching, but I’d call it an epic fail. So if getting your asses handed to you is part of your plan, congratulations. Step one accomplished.