Not to be confused with the 2015 version of the same name.
"And believe me, fellas, Sanchos cooks his beef in a very special way."
— Jansen

"Path of Destruction" is the second episode of Thunderbirds season 2, first broadcast on 9th October 1966.


The crew of a massive deforestation machine called the Crablogger are overcome by food poisoning while at the controls, leaving it to career through a rainforest. International Rescue are unable to stop it tearing through a nearby village, and Lady Penelope must secure the deactivation codes from the vehicles' designer before it destroys several more towns by crashing into a newly-built dam.


Main article: Path of Destruction/Storyline


Main article: Path Of Destruction/Transcript


Regular CharactersEdit


Brains and Virgil on top of the Crablogger

Guest CharactersEdit


Commander Jansen

Cameo RolesEdit

Sanchos guitar player

The Guitar Player (Sanchos Restaurant)

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit


The Mobile Crane

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit





The San Martino Dam


  • When broadcast in the half hour "cliffhanger" format, the first instalment concludes on the commercial break as Lady Penelope and Parker race to Robotics International Ltd.


  • When Lady Penelope reaches out for the bell pull, a thumb can be briefly seen against her arm.
  • According to the card that Penelope finds in the personnel files at Robotics International, Jim Lucas lives at 75 Sunnigale Road, Eppington Wood East, Somerset, but she reads it out to Parker as "20 Hazlemere Gardens, Iresham".
  • Season 1 stock-footage is used, when Scott grips the wall-lamps en route to boarding Thunderbird 1 (eg, John's portrait is different from his Season 2 one, which appears later in the episode!),
  • Also, similar stock-footage is shown of TB1 descending with its wheeled landing gear (eg, in Trapped in the Sky), although a moment later it's seen on the ground with landing skids.

Foreign TitlesEdit

  • French: Le barrage
  • German: Pfad der Zerstörung
  • Spanish: La Ruta del Desastre
  • Italian: La via della distruzione
  • Dutch: Een weg van vernietiging (TV); Spoor van vernieling (VHS); Pad van vernietiging (VHS, DVD)
  • Japanese: クラブロッガーの暴走