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"You are International Rescue, are you not?"
— The Hood attempting to persuade Scott to rescue him

"Brains vs. Brawn" is the 26th episode and season finale of Thunderbirds Are Go! season 2. It was first broadcast on the 16th of December, 2017.


The Mechanic finally completes Project Sentinel, and aims to test its destructive capabilities by making the Hood his first target. As the International Rescue team scrambles to save an old foe, Brains embarks on a dangerous mission to neutralise the Mechanic once and for all.


Regular Cast

Guest Cast

  • Biker - Adjoa Andoh


Kayo: Hello, Uncle. I can honestly say this is the first time I'm happy to see you.
The Hood: Kayo, why don't we continue this family reunion somewhere a little more comfortable?
Kayo: Sorry, Uncle. No can do. Besides, this is way too much fun.

Kayo: Goodbye, Uncle. I do hope that thing's waterproof.
The Hood: What d'you mean? Where are you taking me?
[Thunderbird Shadow drops the capsule to the water]

Scott: To be honest, I'm looking forward to some good old-fashioned rescues for a change.
Gordon: Sea quakes.
Virgil: Rock slides.
Alan: Runaway asteroids.
Kayo: Petty thieves stealing classified technology.
Lady Penelope: Unruly ambassadors.
Parker: Dog-sitting.
Brains: And fused p-power relays.

International Rescue Equipment Used

Non International Rescue Equipment Used



  • This is the only episode Colonel Casey makes an appearance in the latter half of Season 2 following a lack of plot involvement with the GDF.
  • The Hood was arrested for the second time, however it appears the Chaos Crew had hijacked the GDF flyer, allowing him to be free.
  • This is the first time The Mechanic was arrested, however, it wasn't initially his fault for his actions.
  • This is the first time The Hood is seen onboard a Thunderbird.
  • This episode is the first to show Thunderbird 5's Space Elevator being able to act independently from Thunderbird 5 and can be used as a (very small) space vessel.
  • This episode hints that The Mechanic will become an ally to International Rescue, and possibly shining light on certain mysteries.
  • This is the first episode to directly use the name one of the main characters in its title, i.e. "Brains", and the "Brawn" part of the title could be attributed to The Mechanic as he is shown to have large muscles, and of course, the episode focuses on the two of them.
  • This episode marks the first appearence of the Chaos Crew.
  • This epsiode in the latter part of Season 2 is the first not to feature both The Mechanic and his getaway ship Magna Prime. It is assumed that the aircraft cannot fly into space explaining why The Mechanic had no escape procedure.