This one gets weird.
The Joes put a spy satellite in orbit, but Destro pulls it back down to Earth with a tractor beam and crashes it somewhere in Africa. Dusty and Spirit happen to be flying over Africa at the time, where Dusty's babbling about some explorer called MacIntosh who supposedly lives in the region like a hermit. They find a hut on fire and land, only to be confronted by Storm Shadow, which means Spirit and Storm Shadow can renew their intense courtship ongoing fight. But Spirit has to rescue someone calling for help inside the hut and Dusty's too... well, he's not good at fighting ninjas. No points if you guessed the guy in the hut was MacIntosh. There's an economy of characters here.
MacIntosh says, rather ominously, that even with a lead on the satellite, Cobra will never get past the Primorts, proto-humans more ape than man. They meet up with a Joe team led once again by the insufferable Lady Jaye, and another joke/lesson about sexism occurs. The Cobras take out a bridge, so someone has to go wake Tollbooth up from his nap. Boy, Hasbro really wanted to sell some Bridgelayers, didn't they? Third appearance in eight episodes. Spirit, Lady Jaye, and MacIntosh are separated from the others and resolve to meet Flint and the other Joes at the satellite, due west.
Meanwhile, Cobra Commander is having a hissy fit over not getting the satellite yet. Destro just sits there silently and watches, figuring the little guy will tire himself out and then take a nap.
Storm Shadow attacks with some Crimson Guards, and he and Spirit get some more time to roll around together. But then those Primorts show up, straight out of a Tarzan novel, and capture everyone. Freedom tries to get away, but a Primort knocks him out with a bola.
Back at the canyon, Tollbooth still hasn't shown up. Maybe he figured he had time to go and grab a bite in town. Great exchange:
Dusty: "Relax, Flint. Rome wasn't built in a day."
Flint: "Who needs Rome? All I want is a bridge."
He's gettin' testy without Lady Jaye to take the edge off.
In typical pulp fashion, the prisoners are tied to posts. (I thought someone might enjoy the Lady Jaye bondage.) Storm Shadow is grumbling about not getting an honorable death when everyone notices that the Primorts are worshiping the downed spy satellite like a god. And the first person they're going to sacrifice to it is Lady Jaye. Man, I hope they do.
With Tollbooth finally showing up and a bridge laid, Flint and the Joe team rushes across the bridge and finds Freedom on the ground. Freedom leads them in the direction of the captured Joes, while Flint tries not to cry about whether or not he'll find Lady Jaye, who is remaining as smug and desperate for validation in the face of death as she always is. Freedom arrives and scares the Primorts just as Spirit is convincing Storm Shadow that they need to work together. Lady Jaye sadly lives and breaks out fighting, rescues Spirit and MacIntosh, and then Spirit, with his stereotypical honor code, frees Storm Shadow and quips(?) "As my tribal shaman would say, let us depart this condition of being." That's what passes for humor with you, Spirit? I love you, but you need more laughing gas.
There are more Primorts, and Storm Shadow decides it'll be cool to pick up a Primort kid and start beating the shit out of it. Lady Jaye objects, so he tries to blow up everyone, Primorts and Joes, and then rushes off, breaking the deal he made with Spirit, who seems hurt. The other Joes arrive, and Flint and Lady Jaye get all lovey and shit. Blurgh.
Well, the Primort kid is the chief's son, and he's happy the Joes saved the kid, so everyone makes up and the Joes are going to get their satellite back. But Storm Shadow returns, leading Cobra forces, so the Ewoks--er, Primorts help the Joes fight them. Spirit and Storm Shadow have another intense moment, during which Spirit breaks Storm Shadow's centuries-old sword with a club. You tell me what that means. You just tell me.
So the Cobras get the satellite, but the Joes destroy it before they can make off with it, and Storm Shadow escapes. They still get the memory chips with the data intact (whatever), and the Joes, in the best tradition of white racist explorers among a new civilization, leave them a new god: TV. I don't know what the hell signal it's picking up and what the hell it's even plugged into, but the chief doesn't like it at all and smashes it, sending a mixed message to the kids at home about the value of the television Hasbro needs them to keep watching.
I guess all's right with the world.
Not the best episode--in fact, my least favorite so far, if only because I'm so damn sick of Storm Shadow and Not-Scarlett. Different characters next time, please.