Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto



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Episode name english:

 Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto

Episode name german:

 Der Überfall in der Glühwürmchengrotte

Episode name german alternative:

 Die Grotte der Glühwürmchen

Episode name french:

 Un tatouage précieux


 55 in season one 


 55 of 75 overall in 2 seasons 

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54 - Fog On Boulder Hill

Next Episode:


56 - Stone Trees

01 - The Deathstone

02 - The Star Chariot

03 - The Book Of Power

04 - Highway To Terror

05 - Video VENOM

06 - Dinosaur Boy

07 - The Ultimate Weapon

08 - The Roteks

09 - The Oz Effect

10 - Death From The Sky

11 - The Magma Mole

12 - Solaria Park

13 - The Creeping Terror

14 - Assault On Liberty

15 - The Sceptre Of Rajim

16 - The Golden Goddess

17 - Mystery Of The Rings

18 - Bad Vibrations

19 - Ghost Bomb

20 - Cold Fever

21 - Mardi Gras Mystery

22 - The Secret Of Life

23 - Vanishing Point

24 - Counter-Clockwise Caper

25 - The Plant Show

26 - Secret Of The Andes

27 - Panda Power

28 - Blackout

29 - A Matter Of Gravity

30 - The Lost Riches Of Rio

31 - Deadly Blue Slime

32 - The Currency Conspiracy

33 - Caesar's Sword

34 - Peril In Paris

35 - In Dutch

36 - The Lippizaner Mystery

37 - The Sacred Rock

38 - Curse Of Solomon's Gorge

39 - Green Nightmare

40 - Eyes Of The Skull

41 - Stop Motion

42 - The Artemis Enigma

43 - The Chinese Scorpion

44 - Riddle Of The Raven Master

45 - The Spectre Of Captain Kidd

46 - The Secret Of The Stones

47 - The Lost Fleet

48 - Quest Of The Canyon

49 - Follow The Rainbow

50 - The Everglades Oddity

51 - Dragonfire

52 - The Royal Cape Caper

53 - Patchwork Puzzle

54 - Fog On Boulder Hill

55 - Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto

56 - Stone Trees

57 - Incident In Istanbul

58 - The Creeping Desert

59 - The Scarlet Empress

60 - Venice Menace

61 - Treasure Of The Nazca Plain

62 - Disappearing Act

63 - Gate Of Darkness

64 - The Manakara Giant

65 - Raiders Of The Orient Express

66 - Demolition Duel To The Death

67 - Where Eagles Dare

68 - Homeward Bound

69 - Battle Of The Giants

70 - Race Against Time

71 - Challenge Of The Masters

72 - For One Shining Moment

73 - High Noon

74 - The Battle For Baja

75 - Cliffhanger

First aired in US:

 Friday December 13th, 1985 on A&E

First aired in Germany:

 1988 at RTL


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Bruce Sato



Mask -


 Co-Pilot & 



Dusty Hayes



Mask -



Gloria Baker



Mask -



Julio Lopez



Mask -



Matt Trakker



Mask -





Scott Trakker



•Chief Kaitaia
•Te Kaha

M.A.S.K. Technologies:

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M.A.S.K. has its headquarters at a gas station in Boulder Hill. Boulder Hill Gas works as a functional gas station, complete with gas pumps and a repair garage. Buddie "Clutch" Hawks, M.A.S.K. agent in charge of upkeep on the fleet of transforming vehicles, also maintains the gas station's cover as a working facility. If under attack, the gas station has offensive and defensive transformation abilities, including freeze cannons and armor plating.

Inside, M.A.S.K.'s headquarters is far from ordinary; M.A.S.K.'s vehicles are stored inside, as well as theenergizing device that powers the team's masks. Matt Trakker has a subterranean transportation system that shuttles him between his mansion and M.A.S.K. headquarters. All this is supplemented by an incredibly powerful computer.

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The M.A.S.K. Computer is housed at both Matt Trakker's mansion and at Boulder Hill. Trakker often uses voice commands to ask the computer to analyse objects and photographs and has programmed the computer to select the most suitable M.A.S.K. agents for each mission.

Occasionally, Trakker uses a portable version housed in a suitcase that has the same capabilities.

The computer is also connected to all MASK vehicles. So Matt uses it regularly in Thunderhawk to let the computer choose the best agents for the mission.

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Every MASK agent had it, every fan wanted it, the iconic MASK watch.

With the watch, today we would say smartwatch, the agents were informed that they were selected by the M.A.S.K. computer for a mission.

A flashing mask, similar to Matt's Ultra Flash mask, appeared in the watch's display, signaling to the agents that they were needed.

These left thereupon everything and drop, and hurried to the mission.

The watch was silver / red with a metal bracelet.

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The M.A.S.K.Transport Jet is an enormous transport plane used by M.A.S.K. to fly their vehicles to other locations.

In the episode Caesar's Sword, Gloria Baker is seen piloting the Transport Jet with Hondo MacLean as her co-pilot.

In the episode Green Nightmare, Alex Sector and Dusty Hayes are at the controls, with Brad Turner serving as navigator. Alex and Dusty are again seen piloting the vehicle in the episode The Everglades Oddity, while Ace Riker, who is an ex-test pilot, looks over their shoulders.

Alex is once more seen piloting the jet in The Creeping Terror, with Jacques LaFleur as co-pilot and Matt & Scott Trakker in passenger seats while T-Bob is blow drying Scott's hair.

In the episode Plunder of Glowworm Grotto, the pilot is Bruce Sato, with Dusty once again serving as co-pilot and Gloria in the navigators position. However, Bruce boards Julio Lopez's vehicle Firefly and exits the Transport Jet while still in flight. Then Dusty saves Bruce's life using his Backlash mask from inside the Jet's hangar bay door. Thus leaving Gloria allone to pilot the vehicle.

In several episodes, such as Curse of Solomon's Gorge; The Lost Fleet and Follow the Rainbow the Transport Jet lifts off immediately after dispatching the M.A.S.K. vehicles and agents with no indication who could be flying it.

In the episode Panda Power, an unidentified pilot drives a forklift carrying a crate out of the transport, deposits the crate on the ground and leaves.

In the episode Dragonfire, Scott Trakker mistakingly calls the Transport Jet a "hovercraft".

In the episode Stone Trees, the Transport Jet is unable to land in the Canadian forest, so Condor flies out and Volcano dives off the ramp with a parachute. It is unclear if Volcano is being operated by remote control or has an unseen driver since Jacques LaFleur was already on location. It is also unclear who piloted the jet during this mission.

Similarly, in The Scarlet Empress, Raven exits the Jet while it still in the air and the transport pilot is never referenced.

In the episode 'Treasure of the Nazca Plain, Bruce Sato is manning a communication station aboard the jet with Brad Turner and Julio Lopez looking over his shoulder. Who is piloting at this time remains unknown.

In Gate of Darkness, Brad Turner seves as pilot and Buddy Hawks is the navigator. Matt requests that Brad makes a video scan of the Gate of Darkness using a multi-headed camera that deploys from the bottom of the jet. Matt then orders Brad and Dusty to do a Trans-Drop, ejecting their vehicles Condor and Firecracker from the plane while it hovers in mid-air.

Two of the same projectors used as a camera in Gate of Darkness are used to create a magnetic barrier over a ship in The Manakara Giant. Once again, the M.A.S.K. vehicles, in this case Thunderhawk and Raven exit the hovering Transport jet.

In Raiders of the Orient Express, Slingshot, Condor and Thunderhawk are seen boarding the Transport Jet. It remains unknown who opens the landing doors for them. All of them exit the Transport in flight.

T-BOB technologies, activities, outfits:

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Like all MASK agents' vehicles, Scott's vehicle can transform T-Bob. In this, and many other episodes, T-Bob's default mode can be seen.

T-Bob has a wheel on which he can ride after his transformation, like a one-wheeled scooter.

Scott uses T-Bob very often as a means of transportation, transforming T-Bob into scooter mode.

This mode was also part of the toy, but rather poorly implemented, as T-Bob had 3 wheels here.

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In order for Scott to communicate with his father Matt Trakker, T-Bob has installed a communication system.

The keypad, microphone and speaker are located on the back of T-Bob's head. Covered with a flap.

The communication system often helps Scott and T-Bob out of trouble, but Scott has also used it to save a mission or two.

Scott can contact the M.A.S.K. team with it, or he is contacted over it by the M.A.S.K. team.


Floyd Malloy



Mask -


 (get destroyed) Pilot

Miles Mayhem



Mask -



Sly Rax



Mask -


 (takes damage) Pilot

Voice Cast:

Doug Stone


Matt Trakker


Bruce Sato


Dusty Hayes


Mark Halloran


Sly Rax

  and  Māori 

Brendan McKane


Miles Mayhem


Floyd Malloy

  and  Chief Kaitaia 

Graeme McKenna




Julio Lopez

  and  Paparoa 

Sharon Noble


Gloria Baker


M.A.S.K. Computer

  and  Te Kaha 

Brennan Thicke


Scott Trakker


Summary of Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto

Location of the episode*: North Island, New Zealand
Short summery*: Julio is visiting a village in New Zealand. He’s checking on a project of the Matt Trakker Foundation which helps the people preserve the natives way of life. During the welcoming ceremony everyone is knocked out, and when they awaken, the chief’s back has been covered with some kind of paint. The painting on the chief’s back appears to be a treasure map leading to a cave that has giant sea shells that hold giant pearls.  

Safety tip*
T-Bob lights a match while the gas is already on and causes an explosion in the kitchen. Scott tells him he should 'run and tell an adult' instead.

Facts worth knowing about Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto

Particularly in this episode*:

•One of only a very few episodes in which Thunderhawk is selected by the M.A.S.K. computer during agent selection and also shown.
Julio Lopez gets knocked out again, just like in the episode Dragonfire, this time by sleeping gas.
Bruce Sato is assigned to be Thunderhawk's co-pilot by the M.A.S.K. Computer but is also seen piloting the M.A.S.K. Transport Jet and Julio's Firefly vehicle.
•The M.A.S.K. Computer states that Gloria Baker has a black belt in Karate instead of Kung Fu this time.
Bruce uses the expression Ke-mo sah-bee, usually associated with the fictional character Tonto from The Lone Ranger.
Matt Trakker communicates with the M.A.S.K. Transport Jet through his M.A.S.K. watch.
•As Mayhem treatens Paparoa with a bomb he supposedly left in the village, he holds up a cigarette lighter and pretends it is a detonation device.  

Small mistakes in the episode*:

•When Sly Rax says "I'll share one with you guys", Floyd Malloy's voice is heard instead.
•Te Kaha first refers to Paparoa as her great-uncle, which matches the Chief's description of her being his niece and Paparoa her uncle. But after arriving at his hut she keeps referring to Paparoa as her grandfather.  

Other publications from Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto:

•In Germany, a VHS cassette with the episode was released. It was episode 7 of the series.
•In Germany, a tape with the episode was released. It was episode 5 of the series.
•A paperback based on the episode, written by Kenneth Harper and Bruce Hogarth, was published by Knight Books in 1986. It was number 06 in this series. The book was available in English, German, and Spanish (as far as currently known)  




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