So, at last the truth about International Rescue is revealed! They are not selfless heroes, but filthy spying weasels, fighting a dirty underhand war! Under the guise of rescuing trapped miners, they have in fact... robbed a bank! And stolen some papers about a high-powered jet plane! Exactly why an organisation that includes an aircraft capable of Mach 22.6 and clearly as rich as Croesus would bother robbing a bank is glossed over by the General in charge of the organisation - International Rescue must be stopped!
With a global manhunt for their secret base, International Rescue is forced to shut down, hoping to clear their names before their cover is blown. Sadly, however, it's not to be. The satellite covering the South Pacific is damaged, and one of the crew is blown clear of the station by his jetpack. With only a few hours of air left, International Rescue must choose - launch this mission and blow their cover, or sacrifice this man to the vast emptiness of space.
- Absentee Actor: In a way. This is the only episode from which Thunderbird 2 is absent.
- The Alleged Car: Subverted by Tuttle's truck. It's ramshankle, doubles as a chicken pen and is outdated by some 150 years. It also has a turbo drive that leaves a fancy sports car biting the dust.
- Clear My Name: Lady Penelope and Parker's mission to capture the imposters before it is too late.
- Deep South: where the imposters are hiding. IR's local agent, Jeremiah Tuttle, there is a typical hillbilly.
- Dramatic Space Drifting: one crewmember of the damaged satellite ends up drifting into space when he pushes the wrong button of his jetpack.
- Inspector Javert: General Lambert.
- Honor Before Reason: Of course, the Tracys eventually choose to save the astronaut over lying low.
- Lethal Chef: Maw, who's explosive beans are feared far and wide.
- Rock Beats Laser: the nameless driver doesn't like it at all when his fancy sports car is overtaken by Jeremiah Tuttle's old carriage.
- Sadistic Choice: although there is no villain to present it, IR faces one nonetheless.
- Space Is Noisy
- Values Dissonance: This has the most sexist depiction of Lady Penelope in the series. We're expected to believe that this top agent of IR is so superficial that she would go on a field mission with the stereotypical mountain of luggage. Furthermore, she operates in an rural area she knows has swampy terrain in a dress and high heels without carrying weapons. Today, it would be far more believable to have her change into tailor made outdoorwear and proper boots along with custom machined small arms for the situation.