Jason helps the woman he hit

The Phoenix has to retreat

Wade abandoned G-Force for Spectra

Jason brings flowers to Mrs. Wade



G-Force Defector

Written by: Jack Paritz
Alternate Title: Galactic Traitor
Production Number: 98
Airing Number: 66
Script Completion Date: 12/11/78
Episode Completion Date: 12/29/78
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Credit Version: B
Title Card Version: B
Official episode synopsis

..To test their new Ooze Bombs, developed by Donald Wade..

..To destroy Spectra's caterpillar and rescue Donald Wade.

Stay tuned! Coming up next on Battle of the Planets!
G-Force faces their most dangerous encounter against the villainous forces of planet Spectra!
"All right, get ready to make the transfer! Tiny level off. It's all yours, Jason! Jason?" (Mark)
"Whatever you say." (Jason)
But poor Jason is facing a crisis of his own!
"Why don't I stop this?" (Mark - in thought)
Will this be the end of Jason's career with G-Force?
"Ready to go!" (Jason)
"Get in there tight and we'll let 'im go!" (Mark)
"I kinda get the feeling they're not glad to see us!" (Tiny)
Can the incredible powers of G-Force bring them through victoriously? Or is Earth doomed to domination by the evil genius of Zoltar?
Be sure to watch this exciting episode, coming up next!

As Jason is responding to a call from 7-Zark-7, a bright light catches him in the eye and he begins to have vision problems. He starts to see double, loses control of his car and accidentally hits an old woman. Jason helps the woman, who appears to be mostly okay, and he notices she looks very familiar.

G-Force go out on their mission without Jason and encounter a caterpillar robot that attacks them with a bright light that disorients their vision and the Phoenix’s radar. The ship then attacks the Phoenix with corrosive ooze bombs that eat away at its outer hull. In a dire situation, Mark orders Tiny to take the Phoenix straight up at full power. The strategy works as the caterpillar robot gives up its attack.

Meanwhile, Jason realizes why the woman he hits looks so familiar; she’s the mother of Donald Wade, a man who earlier resigned from the G-Force team. It turns out her son has joined up with Spectra and he is the one who has helped them develop the new ooze bombs.

As Chief Anderson briefs G-Force about Wade’s work, Jason enters. He and Chief Anderson get into an argument which leads to Jason saying maybe the best thing to do is to resign from G-Force. Jason goes outside to sulk and Princess tries to help, but Jason tells her not to butt in where she’s not wanted. Just then another sighting of the caterpillar monster requires G-Force to respond and Jason goes along with the team.

Jason is fired in a special missile into the caterpillar robot, and once on board he waits for the Spectrans to return to their base before acting. He makes his way through the base to find Wade’s office and tells the scientist he’s taking him back home. Wade pulls a gun on him, but at that critical moment, Jason sees double again and loses consciousness. He awakes moments later to find Mark in the room. Wade had fired at Jason, but his gun was filled with blanks – even the Spectrans don’t trust him.

The three make their way out of the base after Zoltar tells Wade he’s being abandoned. Everyone gets to the Phoenix and escapes just as the base and the caterpillar robot explode. Back on Earth, Jason visits Donald Wade’s mother again and gives her some flowers and a card from her son. She thought he was on a secret mission the whole time and is looking forward to seeing him again soon. Donald has been put on probation and 7-Zark-7 and Chief Anderson agree that Don has learned his lesson and that they won't see any more trouble out of him. 7-Zark-7 explains Jason’s double vision and other problems will soon disappear. They were brought on by his imagination and concern over work.



Name: Caterpillar
Type: Giant Mechanical Monster
Body Shape: Caterpillar
Origin: Planet Spectra
Sighting: Planet Earth

Weapons: Blinding light, Perception alteration .........Ooze Bombs
Flight Capable: Yes
Crew: Yes
Status: Destroyed

Spectra's Caterpillar monster had a variety of weapons, including the ability to alter perceptions of its location and number on radar and to the naked eye. It also used a blinding light which it could emit from the front or rear section and Ooze Bombs. The Ooze Bombs contained a liquid material that would corrode metal upon contact, then give off a gas. The monster was unable to follow the Phoenix into Earth's outer atmosphere. It was eventually destroyed when Zoltar abandoned the secret base it was housed in and set everything to self-destruct.

Jason has paramedic skills

Don Wade was once part of the G-Force program.



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