Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

The Shredder Strikes Back (1)

Season 1, Ep 17, Aired 6/7/03
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  • Episode Description
  • On a training run Leo is ambushed by a major Foot attack force, including Foot Tech Ninjas, their old enemy Hun, and a new threat: the Foot Elite! At their temporary home at April's apartment, Don, Raph and Mikey wait for Leo to get back, deciding to go search for him just before Leo's limp form is hurled through the window! With his last breath before losing consciousness, he tells them that the worst has happened: the Shredder is back!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Veronica Taylor

    April O'Neil

  • Dan Green

    Additional Voices

  • Darren Dunstan


  • Wayne Grayson


  • Frank Frankson


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Intense and edgy but not without moments of humour, this is one of the best episodes of season 1.

    By SimonTC1, Jun 08, 2009

  • All about the comedy relief leading up to Leo getting whomped by the Shredder.

    By BTRAV, Sep 30, 2005

  • This is the fist episode I ever watched and it is my absolute favorite. It is why the TMNT sucked me in. You have the hilarious antics of the turtles at April's apartment and great fight scenes with Leo against the Foot.

    By Nofear777, Jun 15, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Raph: Panthers, rams, bats. They even have dolphins. You'd think they'd have room for something a little more reptilian. Donny: The turtles? My friend, unfortunately the turtle has been staled by society with the stereotype of being slow. Raph: Say what?

    • (Mikey slaps himself on the head while he slept, he screams and wakes the others.) Raph: What? What is it? Mikey: Oh man. I slept on my hand and it got numb and hit my face and I thought someone slapped me. Don't you hate that? Raph: (Walks away) Words fail me.

    • Leonardo: There are times in your life when you draw everything you have. When you know you gotta give it all you got, because anything less won't get the job done. It's in times like these that you found out who you really are. That is, if you live long enough.

    • (Raphael and Donatello are washing dishes.) Michelangelo: You guys need any help? April: (off-screen) Keep him away from the dishes! Michelangelo: Yes! (runs off) Raphael: (to Donatello) Is it just me, or is he getting worse?

    • Mikey: Well, dig in! (starts eating scrambled eggs noisily) Raph: Say what you will about Mikey. The guy knows how to scramble an egg. (starts eating just like Mikey) April: So one would think that table manners were a part of their training? Master Splinter: One would think.

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    Notes (5)

    • First time Leo's katana broke.

    • Villains: Foot Ninjas, Foot Tech Ninjas, Hun, Elite Foot Ninjas, Shredder

    • Prologue Narrator: Leonardo

    • Fox Box used the promo title "Shredder Double Header" for this episode.

    • This episodes is based on "Leonardo #1"

    Trivia (4)

    • Leo single-handedly faced 41 sword-wielding Foot Ninja, three Foot Tech Ninja, the Purple Dragon leader Hun, the four Elite Ninja, and the Shredder himself in this episode.

    • Mikey landed four plates of scrambled eggs and a plate of pancakes on the dining table. A few seconds later, Master Splinter, April, Raph, Don, and Mikey each has a plate of scrambled eggs, making it five.

    • When Leo takes out his other sword, it looks short, but in the next shot, it's large.

    • When Leo fights the Foot Tech Ninjas, it is raining. If it was the rain would have outlined the ninjas, making them useless.

    Allusions (2)

    • The title of this episode Shredder Strikes Back comes from the title Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.

    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Many events are similar to the 1990 movie. Like Leonardo in this episode, Raphael had an encounter with the foot ninjas. He was "delivered" to the others through April's apartment skylight. Then came the fight scene, which we see in the next episode. Plus, Casey joins the fight towards the end of it.

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