*The Winds of War was an epic 1983 ABC miniseries, a huge hit based on a Herman Wouk novel (though not, I would presume, a huge winner in the young-boys-who-play-with-action-figures demographic).
*The G.I. Joe Aircraft Carrier, the U.S.S. Flagg, is now worth $400-$800 mint and up to $1,400 mint in original packaging according to http://www.gijoepriceguide.com/. My unofficial assessment of it is that it looks freakin' awesome.
*Monchichis was a 1983 ABC cartoon show based on a toy line that originated in Japan; Shirt Tales was a 1982 NBC cartoon show based on Hallmark greeting card characters. Neither show was any good.
*The figure Hector Ramirez of Twenty Questions reminds us an awful lot of is the iconic Geraldo Rivera.
*I tried to research the Joe chain of command to clarify the issue, but after reading Wikipedia, I'm more confused than ever! Suffice to say that apparently the cartoon was vague on leadership hierarchy, possibly intentionally, and it looks like toy considerations drove some of those decisions.
*Cover Girl was indeed a fashion model before joining the team, but she is also an expert in "diesel mechanics and gas turbine technology"!
*Sean Penn interviewed notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo--a wanted fugitive at the time--for Rolling Stone.
*The William Perry figure was 'The Fridge" and was available direct from Hasbro as a mail-order exclusive.
*The episode Mike mentions near the end is Season 1's "Lights! Camera! Cobra!"
*Knowing is half the battle skating gung ho
*Sgt. Slaughter theme song
*G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (including this episode) is currently available for streaming on TubiTV. The series is on DVD from Shout! Factory, and it includes some of the "Knowing is half the battle" PSAs as bonus features.
*Remember to check out our YouTube page for a playlist of videos to accompany this episode!