Trust is the eighteenth episode of Armada. It first aired in the United States on January 17, 2003 on Cartoon Network.
Which side is Scavenger really on?
At the Autobot base, Carlos sits down to enjoy a drink of milk. The kids discuss Hot Shot's determination as he trains with Scavenger as his new instructor and Alexis suggests the kids go see Hot Shot in action. Rad and Alexis rush off and Carlos struggles to catch up, and none of them really seems to care that they left their breakfast behind. So much for the most important meal of the day. The trio look for Hot Shot, but find only Scavenger, fast asleep, after they initially mistake his snores for the growls of an animal. Alexis jokes that Carlos also likes to take naps. As Scavenger, oblivious to the kids, continues to nap, Hot Shot practices his dramatic punching and kicking. Surprisingly, Scavenger has no commentary to offer. Seeing Scavenger's sloth, Carlos ponders on the matter of Scavenger's allegiance and advises Hot Shot to be apprehensive. Elsewhere, Carlos overhears similar misgivings regarding Scavenger from Smokescreen, who compares Scavenger to Sideways. Meanwhile, on the moon, Starscream puts forward the idea that Scavenger has switched sides. Because Scavenger deserted the Decepticons, Megatron declares him an enemy and puts the call out for his head. Starscream interjects, and Megatron responds by standing and slapping a panel off his head. Back on Earth, the kids inquire after Scavenger with Optimus. Before Prime can explain, the Autobots' Mini-Con detection alarms go off. In a snowy area, the Autobots and Decepticons square off and battle head-on. Most of the battles are evenly matched, but Scavenger completely out-maneuvers and over-powers a Mini-Con enhanced Cyclonus. Moments later, when the battle nears a chasm, Scavenger is abruptly missing in action, leaving Hot Shot to reconsider his previous faith in his instructor. The battle continues, with Optimus and Megatron moving ever closer to the deep chasm, while Scavenger doesn't respond to any calls for him. Back at the Autobot base, Alexis spots Scavenger on the video broadcast from Laserbeak. Megatron is ready to finish Optimus when Optimus surprises the Decepticon by ejecting his own legs and grabbing hold of Megatron in a move apparently designed to plunge both warriors into the chasm. But before Optimus can plummet heroically to his and Megatron's mutual doom, Scavenger leaps off the other side of the canyon and, in mid-air, manages to fling Optimus to safety. When the kids express their amazement at how much faith Optimus places in Scavenger, Red Alert patiently explains that Optimus and Scavenger came to trust each other long ago on Cybertron. Why didn't Red Alert enlighten them earlier? For suspense, of course. Red Alert also points out that Scavenger never really switched sides; he was only on the Decepticon side to gain needed strategic information. While Red Alert schools the kids, on the battlefield, the Autobots take some time to taunt the outnumbered Decepticons. As the Decepticons consider their less-than-ideal situation, Sideways and Megatron emerge dramatically from the chasm, and Sideways sends Megatron flying directly at Scavenger. Unfortunately for the airborne Decepticon leader, Optimus is quick to protect Scavenger and blasts Megatron away. Megatron swears vengeance as the Decepticons beat a hasty retreat. The battle at last concluded, Smokescreen and Hot Shot tender their apologies to Scavenger, who graciously accepts.
In the episode
English dub changes
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Characters (in order of appearance): Carlos, Rad, Alexis, Scavenger, Hot Shot, Smokescreen, Red Alert, Starscream, Megatron, Demolishor, Cyclonus, Sideways, Air Defense Mini-Con Team, Drillbit, Rollbar.
"I don't like showing off, but I think you'll agree that that high-flying wacko needed to be grounded permanently."
- -- Scavenger, after shooting down Cyclonus
"Oh, my aching motherboard!"
- -- Cyclonus, after being shot
"Your mine you traitor!!" --Megatron attempting to attack Scavenger "Don't think you defeated me Optimus! I'll get you! And you Scavenger, next time I'll take care of you PERSONALLY!!"
- -- Megatron after being shot down and before retreating
Animation and/or technical glitches
- None known.
- While Crumplezone is Cyclonus' regular Mini-Con, in this case he Power-links with Drillbit, but still calls out Crumplezone's name. Cyclonus is the only Armada toy with a "gear-gimmick" that lets him take full advantage of Drillbit's drill mechanism, but not in the fashion Cyclonus wore Drillbit in this episode.
- Shortly before teleporting away, Megatron mentions Optimus' treachery, when context suggests that he meant Scavenger.
- During the flashbacks, Optimus is seen using a gun in similar design to Optimus Prime (G1).
- None known.
- Unlike previous episodes, the Autobots' fridge is no longer full of tools.