"No one has been hurt and Scott will keep a check on the situation. He'll realise that this is not a job for International Rescue."
— Jeff Tracy

"Atlantic Inferno" is the first episode of Thunderbirds season 2, first broadcast on 2nd October 1966.


Lady Penelope persuades the overworked Jeff to take a vacation with her, at her Australian sheep farm. Scott takes his place in charge of International Rescue. He is chided by his father for sending the team to a fire at the oil rig Seascape, when their help was not needed - but the situation later worsens, when ignited gas starts pouring through cracks forming in the sea bed around Seascape's foundations...


Main article: Atlantic Inferno/Storyline


Main article: Atlantic Inferno/Transcript


Regular CharactersEdit

Guest CharactersEdit

Cameo RolesEdit

Crowd ScenesEdit

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit



  • Alan pilots Thunderbird 1 in this episode, due to Scott being left in charge of Tracy Island while Jeff was away, the Tracys noting that the decision makes sense as Thunderbirds 1 and 3 are rarely used on the same assignment.
  • As Season 2 begins, a number of slight modifications have been made to the character designs, their wardrobes, and even the Thunderbirds themselves.
    • One notable change is the introduction of Jeremy Wilkin as the voice of Virgil Tracy, taking over from David Holliday. While an attempt is made to keep Virgil sounding the same, Wilkin's performance is noticeably higher-pitched than his predecessor.
  • The opening shot of Australian outback was previously used for the opening shot of Cry Wolf, another story set in the land down under.
  • Parker reveals that there are 200,007 sheep on Lady Penelope's sheep farm.
  • The Mobile Control Centre makes its only Season 2 appearance (and last-ever, in the series overall) in this episode. It also appeared in Thunderbirds Are Go.


  • Penelope's sheep-counting meter only counts to five digits; she needs six digits to count 200,007 sheep!
  • When Thunderbird 4 is manoeuvring to allow the Sealing Device to land in the correct position, "THUNDERBIRD 4" is omitted from the rear of the craft.
  • When the Unnamed W.N.S. Reaper Captain says: "Okay, Lieutenant, dive!" he is voiced by Jeremy Wilkin instead of Ray Barrett.
  • When Sir Harry drives Penelope in his jeep, in the model long-shots, he's wearing his hard hat; but in the close-up puppet shots, he isn't wearing it.
  • When Seascape is being destroyed, the Thunderbird 2 model in the background has a Pod in it - despite the fact that Thunderbird 4's still under the water.
  • Virgil states that Jeff has never left them on their own before, even though he had already done so in Brink of Disaster (Although the novelisation of this episode has Jeff noting that the events of Brink of Disaster were business rather than pleasure, suggesting that the Tracys didn't count this as an absence as Jeff was only going to be away for a day or two).
  • As Hooper says "Sound the alarms!" a hand can be seen moving his legs as he gets up from where he is sleeping.

Foreign TitlesEdit


Spanish VHS video tape

  • French: Au fond de l'océan
  • German: Inferno im Atlantik
  • Spanish: Infierno en el Atlántico
  • Italian: Inferno nell'Atlantico
  • Dutch: Brand op de oceaan (TV); Zee van vuur (VHS); Atlantisch inferno (VHS, DVD)
  • Japanese: 海上ステーションの危機