"Disappearing Act"
Synopsis and Review
Cartoon Series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - 1983-85
Producer: Filmation
Season: 1
Writer: David Chappe; Teleplay by Chappe & Robby London
Year: 1983
Director: Lou Zukor
Production No: MU003


Original Airdate: ?/?/1983

At Snake Mountain Skeletor and Beast Man watch as their latest scheme is foiled by He-Man. Angered, Skeletor reveals two "special" helmets that, when worn, will make their wearers invisible. Skeletor plans to sneak into the Royal Palace undetected and capture Prince Adam.

At the Royal Palace Orko decides to use his magic wand to clean his messy room, but the wand jets across the room, making everything it touches disappear. Meanwhile, Teela shows Adam Man-At-Arms' latest invention, a beeper that can attract anything that flies. A shout from Orko's room elicits their attention to his bedroom. Orko's wand accidentally strikes the Sword of Power causing it to vanish, seconds before Man-At-Arms enters telling them that Skeletor's Doombuster has been found in the woods.

As Man-At-Arms and Teela leave Orko tells Adam that he has no idea how to retrieve the sword. Suddenly Skeletor appears and kidnaps Prince Adam, utilizing the invisibility helmets. Skeletor tells Orko that He-Man must be sent as ransom for Prince Adam, and the two vanish to the Banshee Jungle.

In Man-At-Arms' laboratory, Orko finally tells Duncan everything. They decide to go to the Sorceress, who explains that Orko's wand sent the Power Sword back to Eternia's past, prompting Orko and Cringer to enter a time corridor. At a cave in the Banshee Jungle, Skeletor reveals his plan to Adam as Beast Man chains the Prince. When the villains leave Adam remembers that Teela gave him Duncan's beeper, and tosses it out of the cave, hoping to attract Stratos. In the past, Orko and Cringer manage to locate the Sword of Power in the hands of a giant. They retrieve the sword, with the giant and other creatures in pursuit.

Back at Castle Grayskull Man-At-Arms reveals his robotic version of He-Man to Orko and Cringer. As the heroes make their way to the Banshee Jungle, Stratos locates Adam and quickly informs them of his exact location. Stratos flies back to the Royal Palace as Man-At-Arms informs the Attak Trak to fool Skeletor with the robotic He-Man. Skeletor and Beast Man spot "He-Man" in the Attak Trak and give chase.

At the cave Adam is given the Sword of Power back by his rescuers, and transforms into He-Man. Skeletor discovers that "He-Man" is a robot, just as the real He-Man appears. A battle ensures, but Skeletor uses the invisibility helmet to gain an advantage. Without being able to see Skeletor,

He-Man is easily knocked down. He-Man borrows Orko's robe and throws it onto Skeletor's shoulders. He-Man crushes the invisibility helmet. Suddenly, a swarm of wolfbats attack Skeletor, sending him fleeing, as He-Man reveals he placed the beeper on Skeletor's belt. Orko promises to not use magic to cleaning his room.

Synopsis by Zadoc Angell

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Skeletor capturing Prince Adam.
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