The Autobots are busy constructing a huge shield generator for Earth, as chief engineer Ironhide oversees the project. Ironhide and Cliffjumper then head off to check up on another project when Tidal Wave appears and ambushes the two! Cliffjumper is knocked out and Ironhide is forced to confront his POW past during the Autobot/Decepticon war. Tidal Wave then forces Ironhide to reveal the location of Megatron's seismic doomsday warheads. Ironhide does so, but it turns out that Ironhide had sabotage the warheads, rendering them useless! The two fight, Tidal Wave flees and Ironhide finds out what it means to be an Autobot.

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