Inside Job

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Challenge of the GoBots ep 58
(Broadcast Order)
Challenge of the GoBots ep 57
(Story Order)
"Inside Job"
Production code 0142-8557
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Airdate December 4, 1985
Story by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and J. Larry Carroll
Teleplay by J. Larry Carroll
Animation studio Wang Film Productions

"Come out to the Command Center, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."



The Command Center is searching for a distress call in a quadrant of space that has been received by UNECOM. Scooter is yet to find anything, but Leader-1 says the search has to continue, while Turbo and Van Guard take an oil pool bath. However, Cy-Kill, Crasher and Cop-Tur are lurking nearby on Thruster, preparing to launch "Operation: Inside Job". Thruster blasts the Guardian ship, damaging its' power cells and sending the ship haywire. Leader-1 orders the remaining power diverted to the shields as they plunge through an asteroid field. Unable to bring things under control they call in Professor Von Joy by Astrobeam, and he is able to bring the emergency systems online. He diagnoses the computer as suffering from an electromagnetic infestation, and modifies the Astrobeam so the Guardians can be sent inside the computer. After informing them they have an unsure amount of time and warning them they could cause further damage he returns to GoBotron. Leader-1, Turbo and Van Guard go into the Astrobeam, leaving Scooter in charge. They find themselves appearing in an electronic world but Cy-Kill returns and attacks the ship again; Scooter is unable to contact anyone for help. Inside the computer the Guardians come under attack from the system's cleaner drones, eventually losing them after a chase. Van Guard finds debris suggesting there might be more to the system's problems than mere electromagnetic infestation. Meanwhile Thruster finally takes out the Command Center's shields, allowing the Renegades to board the ship. They find it empty - Scooter has hidden himself with a hologram, but has no idea what to do next.


Inside the computer the Guardians are attacked by a magnetic vortex, and Turbo falls deep into the system. Out in the ship Crasher is unable to find any Guardians and is further held up when Scooter masquerades as Cop-Tur, insulting her and running off; Crasher then finds the real Cop-Tur and attacks him. Leader-1 and Van Guard meanwhile find the disabled Turbo and try to lift him to safety when Vamp, Pincher and Scorp appear - the real source of the sabotage. Despite being under fire Turbo is rescued, with a stray shot from the Renegades takes out the magnetic field that was restricting Turbo. However, Cy-Kill works out what has happened to the Guardians and separates his squabbling minions to tell them he believes the Guardians slipped past them and are hiding onboard Thruster. Once they go to check it out "Cy-Kill" reveals himself to be another of Scooter's impressions, however. Meanwhile the Monster GoBots trap the other Guardians in a dead end and collapse the roof on them, before heading towards the exit port as their time inside the computer is running out. The Guardians escape but on the ship the real Cy-Kill prevents Crasher and Cop-Tur from leaving and correctly deduces where their enemies are and decides to lay in wait. Meanwhile Van Guard is able to bait the Monster GoBots before Turbo arrives.


The Guardians lead them into a trap, tricking Vamp, Scorp and Pincher into attacking the cleaner drones. Both groups then escape the system, and the Renegades are able to attach neural locks to the Guardians; the Monster GoBots are down for the count, however. Scooter then sneaks to the Astrobeam and miniaturises himself as the Renegades prepare to fly the Command Center to Roguestar. He is able to hack into the ship's computer and trick them into believing the other Guardians have revived, before trapping Cy-Kill's leg in a door, pumps gas in, magnetises and demagnetises the roof and covers them in oil - which Cy-Kill assumes is due to Vamp, Pincher and Scorp having taken their sabotage too far. Scooter is then chased off by the cleaner drones but the Renegades have already evacuated, believing the ship to be on the point of self-destruction. Returning to normal size, Scooter revives his friends as Cy-Kill berates Vamp, Pincher and Scorp - still unaware that Scooter was behind it all. The tiny Guardian then regales his weary comrades with the story of his unlikely victory.

Featured characters[edit]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)


"I can't find them anyway!"
"It figures, you couldn't find your head with a map."

Crasher and Scooter disguised as Cop-Tur.


  • GoBotron's Spa Moon contains oil pool baths, as seen in "The GoBot Who Cried Renegade".
  • Crasher suggests saving the disabled Guardians for one of Zod's "snack attacks".
  • The plot seems to confuse and combine the idea of "shrinking" with "digitizing". Leader-1's team is clearly making their way through a Tron-like digital world, not just a relatively enormous computer system.

Continuity notes[edit]

  • Gadgets and Powers:
    • Scooter is in rare form with his holograms this episode, disguising himself as a computer console, Cop-Tur, and Cy-Kill. He's also ballsy by his admittedly low standards.
    • Pincher fires energy blasts from the spikes on his shoulders

Continuity and plotting errors[edit]

  • Professor Von Joy is clear he has no idea when the Astro Beam shrinking will wear off, but Cy-Kill seems to know the Guardians will restore to normal "soon".

Animation and technical errors[edit]

  • As is typical in his appearances, Van Guard's forehead regularly switches from black to gray and back again over the course of the episode.
  • Instead of flying Superman-style like normal, the Renegades' "standing posture" animation cel is just dragged across the screen from Thruster to the Command Center.
  • Crasher is missing her red rectangles when they enter the Command Center's bridge.
  • Scooter's legs are all red when he drops the Cop-Tur disguise.
  • Pincher's eyes flash like Vamp's when he first talks, instead of using his mouth like normal.
  • "Cy-Kill" has an extra set of pupils as he watches Crasher and Cop-Tur go back the Thruster.
  • The Guardians somehow locate a tunnel made of rocks inside the digital world inside their state-of-the-art spaceship.
  • The footage of the Monster Renegades attacking the Guardians in the tunnel is blatantly reused from their attack on the cliff-side minutes earlier, and then flipped and used again when Van Guard confronts them.

Real-world references[edit]

  • The digital world inside the computer takes its' visuals wholesale from Disney's 1982 film Tron.


  • This is one of only two episodes not to feature any of the human characters; the other is "The GoBots That Time Forgot".
  • Cop-Tur walks right into Cy-Kill, who seems used to that sort of thing.
  • The lead cleaner drone taps Scooter on the shoulder to get his attention before chasing him.

Foreign localization[edit]

Home video releases[edit]


2015 — Challenge of the GoBots — The Series, Volume Two (Warner Archive Collection)

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