Joe sustains a life-threatening head injury after rescuing a puppy from a Galactor mecha.
When Galactor’s giant mole mecha attacks a city, the Science Ninja Team is on the scene!
Each team member hooks their vehicles up with the God Phoenix, but wait, where’s Joe?
He veers off course to rescue a puppy whose mom was killed in the mole’s attack. But in doing so, he sustains a major injury – shrapnel from one of the mole’s missiles gets embedded in his skull!
The team takes their injured friend to Dr. Nambu, who gives a grim prognosis…but wait, what if they stick Joe in a centrifuge? Maybe that’ll jiggle the shrapnel loose!
No, didn’t work.
Mole Fight, Round 2
The mole attacks again and the team launches in the God Phoenix, but without Joe they can’t use all their weapons – no firebird, no Bird Missiles.
Joe stumbles out of bed and into his car, joining his comrades in the battle. They’re destroy the mech, but the ensuing shockwave from its destruction spins the God Phoenix out of control. The shrapnel is knocked out of Joe’s head and he’s going to be fine!
And Nambu calls to let everyone know that the puppy Joe rescued is going to be fine too.
An enjoyable episode because it was different from the norm – when Gatchaman does something new, it gets extra points in my book. Instead of focusing on Galactor’s nefarious plans or yet another base that needs to be destroyed, all attention in this episode is on Joe’s injury and how the team responds to it. We learn a bit more about him, too: the reason he saved the puppy was because it reminded him of his past (his parents were killed by Galactor too).