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Warrior is the sixth episode of TUGS.
Captain Star has given Warrior and Big Mac the job of taking stone from the quarry to the old quayside. Warrior takes the first load and starts his journey with his barge bumping into the back of him as he pulls off. Then, he nearly collides with some Shrimpers. After that, he meets up with Izzy Gomez. Warrior asks Izzy if he would like a tow, but Izzy tells him that he is going to try to get into port on his own for free. Warrior tells him that it is against the law, and leaves in a huff, and as he leaves, he accidentally hits and scrapes Izzy with his barge.
Warrior goes through the estuary, where Sunshine is working with Little Ditcher and Pearl. Warrior tells them about his new job, but then as he is leaving, his barge hits Little Ditcher and causing him to spin on the spot, like a merry-go-round. Sunshine and Pearl find this very funny.
Warrior arrives at the old quayside, where Ten Cents, Zip and Zug are pulling down old buildings. The Coast Guard is also there keeping watch. As Warrior pulls up, his rock-filled barge bumps into the back of him, much to Zip and Zug's amusement. Since he is the first one to bring the rock barge in, Warrior has to go back to the quarry to pickup another one since there are no empty barges. Ten Cents also says that Warrior is too quick for them, to which Warrior thinks is great, saying he will do a couple more rock deliveries before he goes back, thus meaning getting more payment for Captain Star.
Meanwhile, Big Mac is making his way to the quarry to collect his load of stone. He meets up with a sleeping Izzy, who tells him that he doesn't want a tow, so Big Mac goes off. The Z-Stacks pass by and show no interest in towing Izzy. Izzy decides to go into port without a tug in tow.
At the quarry, Big Mac's barge is being loaded with stone from the loader. Zorran, Zebedee and Zak arrive to collect their load (they are doing the same job as Big Mac and Warrior, only they are doing it for Captain Zero) and notice Big Mac is taking on a large load of stone. Zorran tries to sabotage Big Mac's delivery by talking badly of Warrior, so that Big Mac will get angry, and forget about his barge still being loaded, and getting dangerously low in the water. It isn't until Grampus shows up and warns Big Mac that his barge is overloaded and low in the water. Big Mac notices this, but goes off out of the quarry anyway with the Z-Stacks encouraging him to do so, with Grampus close by. Zorran knows that with Big Mac's barge being overloaded, it could sink by any wave washing over it.
Back at the old quayside, Ten Cents, Zip and Zug are still pulling buildings down, when Izzy comes in, without a tow. Ten Cents tries to warn him about the bay, but Izzy thinking he wants to tow him in, ignores him. Suddenly, he goes out of control, and crashes into the rock foundations. Ten Cents quickly runs up to Izzy and pushes against him. He asks Scuttlebutt Pete and Mighty Mo, who are close by, to hold onto Izzy. Zip offers to give Ten Cents to help, but Zug refuses, as it is not their salvage, as Zug blatantly tells Ten Cents. Zip knows that they really need to help Ten Cents, as he can see that Ten Cents is struggling. But Zug knows that Captain Zero won't approve.
Big Mac is now taking his barge slowly along the route to the old quayside. Grampus watches him to make sure his barge is okay. So far, Big Mac has done well, but suddenly, Warrior comes rushing straight towards them. Grampus ducks out of the way just in time, but as Warrior rushes past Big Mac, he causes a big wave, which washes over Big Mac's barge, and causes it to sink due to being overloaded. Big Mac, angry with Warrior, tells him to go and get a crane, and backs to mark the spot where the barge sank.
Meanwhile, Ten Cents is still making sure Izzy is okay. He has thrown a few ropes to keep him upright. Suddenly, Izzy starts sinking. Ten Cents pushes against him to keep him upright, but his efforts aren't proving much good. He pleads to Zip and Zug to help him, but they still refuse. The Coast Guard goes off to find Big Mac to help. Just then, Top Hat arrives with Lord Stinker. He can see Ten Cents needs help, and is angry with Zip and Zug for not helping him, saying that he will report them for this. Zug blatantly tells him it was Ten Cents who said it was his salvage, even though he was the one who blatantly said it, as Ten Cents put it.
Since Top Hat is too tall to get in to push Izzy, he pushes Lord Stinker against him, to keep him upright; Izzy feels he would "rather sink" than suffer Stinker's smell. Zip and Zug are then prepared to go in, when Warrior appears, and can see Ten Cents needs his help. Ten Cents warns Warrior that it is too dangerous. Warrior refuses to abandon him, and starts to push. Sure enough, Izzy starts to move. But then, one of the ropes holding Izzy snaps, and Izzy starts to go over. But Warrior keeps pushing him, and firmly says, "I'm not gonna mess this up." Big Mac arrives to help, and can see Warrior is doing a great job. Then, Warrior tells Scuttlebutt Pete and Mighty Mo to pull. The two cranes do so, and the Star Tugs give one last push, and at last, Izzy is back to safety.
The Coast Guard and Grampus arrive, and can see that Izzy is safe. Everyone is proud of Warrior; he has saved the day. "I reckon this makes up for sinking my barge Warrior," says Big Mac. "I reckon it makes up for everything," Ten Cents agrees. Just then, Zorran, Zebedee and Zak arrive. "What's up here? Another one of Warrior's disasters, eh?" asks Zorran. The Coast Guard explains that it wasn't Warrior's fault, and about Zip and Zug's despicable behaviour, and how they caused the Z-Stacks to lose the rock contract. He then tells Izzy that he will report him for attempting to come in without a tow.
Warrior feels very tired, and goes to make his way home, but on his way, he falls asleep and, still moving, he bumps into the tramper, Old Rusty, making him very cross. Warrior finally apologizes, "Sorry, it's been a long day, and I must have dozed off." As Warrior leaves, Old Rusty states that life would be rather dull without him around. Then Captain Star says that even though Warrior bumps into things, he still considers him to be an asset to the Star Fleet. ("A striker, you might call him.")
- Captain Star (narration only; mentioned)
- Ten Cents
- Big Mac
- Top Hat
- Izzy Gomez
- Mighty Mo
- Scuttlebutt Pete
- Little Ditcher
- Coast Guard
- Old Rusty
- The Quarry Master
- Zak (cameo)
- Big Mickey (cameo)
- Lord Stinker (does not speak)
- Captain Zero (mentioned)
- This is the only episode written by Robert D. Cardona.
- This is the second and final episode to named after a character, first being Sunshine.
- There is a deleted scene of Big Mac balancing precariously on his sunken barge after it loses its load and comes back up. This scene can be seen in the book Warrior's Longest Day.
- O.J. and Hercules do not appear in this episode.
- Izzy insults the tugs by calling them "gringos", a Spanish slang word for whites.
- The Japanese title translates to "Lead Footed Warrior".
- Zak is the only Z-Stack who does not speak in this episode.
- This marks the only appearance of Old Rusty, The Quarry Master and Pearl.
- The sneak peak for this episode in TV Times uses a promotional image from Up River.
- According to Chris Tulloch, this was the fifth episode filmed.
- When Izzy Gomez hits the rocks and comes out of the water, just above the black and red strip the silhouette of two heads and an arm appear.
- After the tugs rescue Izzy, there appears to be an audio error in Mighty Mo and Scuttlebutt Pete's voices, as Mighty Mo speaks with a different voice, and Scuttlebutt speaks with Mighty Mo's voice.
- In a picture with Warrior and Izzy, Warrior's hat is crooked.
- When Big Mac first complains about his barge being overloaded, the eye mechanism behind his face can be seen moving.
- When Warrior runs into Old Rusty, his head bounces slightly.
- When Warrior tells Mighty Mo and Scuttlebutt Pete to strain the ropes to get Izzy Gomez back on the water, The background changes behind him, and in addition he is seen pulling a barge when yet in the scene he wasn't pulling a barge, which makes this a continuity error. The same thing happens when Warrior says, "Look here you guys, it wasn't..."
- The narrator said that Izzy was saved by three Stars, but Izzy was actually saved by four Stars.
- The Shrimpers' megaphones are missing.
- Warrior comes out of the water when he starts to push Izzy.