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Recap / Thunderbirds S 2 E 2 Path Of Destruction

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The One with... the humongous runaway machine.

The new Crablogger, a vast self-propelled logging and wood-processing machine, is about to undertake its first job; a straightforward processing run through the South American rainforest. However, the crew is struck down by some truly terrible cooking and the system can only be shut down manually. Filled with highly-explosive fuel, the Crablogger is on a collision course with the village of San Martino and the nearly-complete San Marino Dam! While Scott, Virgil and Brains try to save the unconcious drivers, Lady Penelope is charged with finding Jim Lucas, the creator of the Crablogger and the only other man who knows the complex shutdown procedure, before it's too late.


  • Abandon Ship: Virgil and Brains's first job on gaining access to the runaway Crablogger is to administer first aid to the crew and evacuate them as there is no guarantee Lady Penelope will get the shutdown sequence in time to stop the machine before it crashes.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Crablogger. Sure, it's good at what it does, but there are just too many dangers involved.
  • Big Dam Plot: The Crablogger threatens to blow up a dam.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite thousands of lives depending on her finding the Crablogger's inventor and retreiving the shutdown procedure from him, Lady Penelope can't help herself to stop along the way to help the victim of a car crash.
  • Continuity Nod: Parker's days as a burglar are brought up again when he and Lady Penelope need access to Jim Lucas' house.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: what kicks off the entire plot.
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  • Hairpin Lockpick: When they finally reach Jim Lucas' house, Parker requests one of Lady Penelope's hairpins to give them access. A Continuity Nod since he used the same trick in "Vault of Death".
  • Lethal Chef: Though, more a Lethal Kitchen, than Chef.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The Crablogger is an atomic-powered logging machine which will blow up if not shut down properly and can only be shut down through a complicated procedure that is known by only three men (not to mention, it takes upwards five minutes to complete the procedure). It makes you wonder who the heck approved of this design and why a red "emergency stop" button was too simple, then anyone could have stopped it should it have been about to smash through a village or destroy a dam.
  • Runaway Vehicle: The Crablogger.

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