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The Hood plants a bomb aboard the Fireflash. Can International Rescue bring the airliner down without using its landing gear?
The Army's new Sidewinder falls down a burning pit. Can International Rescue haul the machine out of the pit before it breaks up?
The episode starts with a space rocket test as a prelude to an International conference. This is yet another reminder that there is no World Government.
However, the expected story about the space rocket crew needing a TB rescue does not appear. Instead, as a refreshing change, we get a Penny-centric story. Lady Penelope travels to Paris to meet a friend who helped source components for the TB machines. His associate, who developed the rocket fuel, is missing believed kidnapped.
After Thunderbird 2 is heavily damaged in a mistaken attack, it leaves the team seemingly without a swift means to transport TB4 to New York City when a news crew is trapped underneath the collapsed Empire State Building.
A secret mission goes wrong, and a Secret Agent is trapped in a vault with a bomb. The team must get in before it blows!
The Traceys explore the ruins of a sunken temple. However, a villain is at hand with a submarine of his own.
Alan Tracy wants to get off with the EurAsian house-girl Tin-Tin. However, her BF Eddie Houseman [a macho construction boss] pops up. Later, Eddie returns to the road he was constructing and rather stupidly gets himself trapped in a perilous situation. Only International Rescue can save him - but can they do so without being recognised?
Scott has been dispatched in Thunderbird 1 to rescue a pair of archeologists who've become stranded in the desert. Little does he suspect they've stumbled into the secret pyramid lair of the mysterious and hostile Zombites!
As always, the episode stars with the official opening of some new scientific marvel - this time the new vault at the Bank of England. And as always, someone gets accidentally trapped inside. The only key is in the briefcase of the Governor, who is at dinner with Lady Penelope. They try to get back to London before the vault's air runs out, but Parker the chauffeur sabotages this at every turn.
Parker has what looks like a picture of Ursula Andress on his cell wall.
A gang of crooks posing as international Rescue have stolen the plans for the AL-4 super-fighter. It will apparently cost $25 billion to build the thing, which begs the obvious questions about the Thunderbirds!
The Government [apparently the USA government] stupidly assumes the REAL International Rescue is responsible, and tries to track them down. Either the US Government has international jurisdiction, or the One-World Government uses super-fighters for internal repression.
Lady Penelope is on the trail of criminals who have stolen important plans. However, she needs to be International Rescued!
The Traceys receive a SOS from Australia. However, it's just a couple of kids playing about on their CB radios. This comes in useful later on in the story.
A giant mechanical behemoth called the Crab Logger goes haywire. International Rescue must stop it becore it crashes into a reservoir and explodes, destroying the dam and unleashing a flood ...
Lady Penelope has to find the blueprints, and uses typically underhand means to do so. We learn a couple of things about the future:
Penelope and Parker go to South America, where a new solar collector has been built to generate electricity from sunlight. Unfortunately instead of sunlight there is a thunderstorm ...
This is the third Season's Christmas episode. A pair of robbers break into a vault beside a toy store. The Traceys have very little to actually do in the episode.
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