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The Need for Speed Caper is the sixth episode of Season 2 of the Netflix Carmen Sandiego series.


Carmen and the team zoom off to a posh party in Dubai to steal a high-speed supercar before V.I.L.E. can get to it first.[1]


V.I.L.E. operative 'The Mechanic' comes from London with a plan: steal the most advanced car in the world to make a fleet of V.I.L.E. super-getaway-cars. As Shadowsan coordinates with Player, Carmen's team go to Dubai to steal the super car to keep it away from V.I.L.E. As they infiltrate a Palm Jumeirah gala, Zack and Ivy come across Trey Sterling and his father Sterling Sterling, the latter of whom is supportive of the two, unlike Trey. As the caper goes off, Zack is triggered by posters of Trey and makes a scene, stealing the car which lands him and Ivy in jail.

However, an impressed Sterling Sr. bails them out and offers them a job under him, while Carmen is angered that they risked the mission and calls them amateurs. This leads to the siblings coming to the conclusion that they weren't meant for the life of thievery and ponder on whether or not to take Sterling Sr.’s offer. The next morning, Ivy & Zack find Trey tied-up, realizing his "girlfriend" was a V.I.L.E. agent, 'The Driver', and follow her across Dubai. Clashing with The Mechanic & The Driver in a getaway blimp, Team Carmen save the car. Afterwards, Carmen waits for Zack and Ivy, who have turned down Sterling Sr.’s offer and rejoin her. As thanks, Carmen buys a warehouse to give the two roots to call home, and Player calls with a lead in Moscow; Carmen and Shadowsan go, while Zack and Ivy remodel their new home.


The full episode transcript can be seen here: The Need for Speed Caper/Transcript

In other languages[]

Language Title Meaning
Spanish Misión: Velocidad máxima Mission: Maximum Speed
French Opération As du volant Operation as of the Steering Wheel
Portuguese Missão Velocidade Máxima Mission Maximum Speed
Italian Il caso della corsa a tutta velocità The Case of the Full Speed Race
Hebrew צורך במהירות The Need for Speed
Greek Επιχείρηση: Ανάγκη για ταχύτητα

Epicheírisi: Anánki gia tachýtita

Operation: Need for Speed
Thai แรงทะลุขีดจำกัด

Ræng thalu k̄hīd cảkạd

Breaking Strength
Arabic عمليّة الحاجة إلى السرعة

emlyt alhajat 'iilaa alsre

Operation Need for Speed
Japanese スーパーカーをねらえ

Sūpākā o nerae

Aim for the Supercar
Korean 슈퍼 카 작전

syupeo ka jagjeon

Operation Super Car
Chinese 渴求速度案件

Kěqiú sùdù ànjiàn

Craving for Speed



  • The title could be a reference to the Need for Speed series of games.
  • In reply to Trey Sterling, Zack states that he's a duke and Ivy’s a rocket scientist. This is a reference to the Duke of Vermeer and Opera in the Outback capers, respectively.
  • When Carmen, Zack and Ivy almost collide in the parking lot, Carmen skids on her bike, paying homage to a similar shot in the 1988 Japanese-animated film Akira. The cultural impact of the film influenced a lot of people throughout pop culture and the animation industry.
  • When the The Mechanic says to Zack and Ivy, "A couple of Oliver Twists looking for some gruel." it is play on words from the 1968 Oliver Twist, as he had asked for some gruel, and the novel as well.