At first, Pinstripe is startled by the crack shot of the kid cop he vaguely remembers from Monacus. Chopper transforms, lying on his back, shaking his cranium.
In the next instant, Pinstripe is making a swipe for the spark chamber as Minerva sneaks a tamper in on Galvatron's body and Blackjack dodges the volley from the maniacal Decepticon triplechanger. Suddenly, the room seems to rumble from large overhead engines... Pinstripe begins to think his gig is finally up. Stupid rust ball planet... no wonder his ancestors left it for Licis. Suddenly, he realizes that there is an even lower rumble... Dirge's infamous Dirge. A puny psychological weapon. If those worked on Pinstripe, he'd be a broke gambling junkie on Monacus. Unfortunately, Tux almost WAS a broke gambling junkie on Monacus. Pinstripe remembers sharply as Tux and Drive-By both trip over each other as they bolt from the room to burn rubber, scared out of their circuits. Fleetside, too, falls under the spell, raising his hands to the back of his head and facing away from Blackjack, ready to surrender to the authorities.
I knew we couldn't make it forever, Fleetside groans.
Pinstripe's fuel pump sinks as his team is dismantled by the weapon of this ordinary Decepticon soldier. The room starts to fall still as the other Transformers sink into their own horrific visions. Deuce mumbles something about Unicron overhead and crawls under a work table. Keeping one optic on the unphased kid cop, Pinstripe notices Chopper going into a trance, but is having a different reaction to the psych warfare.
Youse not gonna do it again...
Dirge tries to remember when he ever used his weapon on this Decepticon.
Youse not gonna leave me AGAIN, ya exhaust poahts! I rememba last time youse did dis! Youse lef' me on MONACUS, youse doity rotten skid plates! Youse tink cus ya can FLY, an' cus ya get sent on the best missions by Megatran, youse mugs don' need me anymoah?
Chopper. CHOPPER. It's ok. We'll fix him for what he did to ya. But let's see what this nice kid here wants. C'mon Chopper, if we help this fella maybe he'll let us wax this skid-plate seeker.