Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 1 Episode 3

A Thing About Rats

Aired Unknown Dec 30, 1987 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist, is showing an exterminator his new invention a rat catching robot called Mousers.

The exterminator rejects Stockman's offer however shredder decides to buy his inventions. He unleashes a dozen mousers in the sewers they are easily defeated by splinter but is no match for 1200 the turtles track to the one responsible for the mechanical rats to his hide out while there Michaelangelo encounters Krang.

Krang tells Michelangelo to destroy the master control for the mousers because Krang is angry for Shredder not hurrying up to build him a new body. He destroys it, and takes the mansion with it.moreless

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  • Baxter Stockman has created a new device called Mousers which could rid the city of it's rat problem.Everybody has rejected his idea.Shredder decides to take the idea and use it to his own gains.These ought to get rid of his rat problem once and for all.moreless

    This episode introduces Baxter Stockman, a apparent mad scientist who really had only good intentions to begin with. You see he creates these machines called mousers (which will chew through almost anything to get at rats), and he tries to sell his invention to inner city extermination companies. Of course this contraption would put them all out of business so passing on his idea seems the way of the norm. Shredder uses Baxter's invention and creates them on a massive scale. These things go after Splinter, the turtles rescue him, and they go to an abandoned building where Shredder has the mousers' master control. Mikey goes in to disable but gets captured by Shredder. Krang frees him and tells him to destroy the master control. He does so and Donnie sends all the mousers after Shredder. The house is destroyed along with the mousers and Shredder escapes back to the Technodrome.moreless
  • I guess the Mouser's out of the bag with this episode.

    Baxter Stockman is a geek with the ability to make robots that eat everything from concrete to wood, when they're supposed to kill rats! Yeah... Anyhow, the Turtles are looking for ol' Tin Grin when Splinter is attacked! So they relocate to April's and trash the place. Then they go to the mansion on Green Street, where Krang is revealed to the Turtles. I think that was the only important thing to the show that even happened here.moreless
Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon


Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke


Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Krang/Burne Thompson

Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen


Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Shredder: You will pay for that!
      Michelangelo: Will you take an I.O.U?

    • Donatello: (When the apartment begins to collapse) I don't like the sound of that one bit.

    • Michelangelo: You're no match for Michelangelo, Master of the ManrikiGusari!
      Raphael: And you're no match for Raphael, Master of the Manhole cover! (sends a Foot Soldier into a manhole) Heh. I love that!

    • (After the Turtles surprise April with a visit to her apartment)
      April: Oh no! What are you guys doing here? How did you guys get here?! Did anyone see you come in?!!
      Raphael: Any particular order you want those questions answered in?
      April: Yes! Quickly!
      Donatello: (counting on his fingers) Looking for Baxter Stockman, by the sewers, and no. Does that clear things up?
      April: (sigh) I can't even remember what I asked.

    • Baxter: I'll never talk.
      Raphael: You'd better, or I'm gonna get...sarcastic.

    • Raphael: I'd say this was hopeless, but that's too optimistic!

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode was included on the laserdisc titled "The Shredder Is Shredded/Hot Rodding Teenagers".

    • First appearence of Baxter Stockman.

    • This episode included on the TMNT VHS titled "Hot Rodding Teenagers From Dimension X."

    • This episode does have some relevance to Eastman & Laird's second TMNT comic. Although changing the villain's skin colour and using a different plotline, the writers of this episode have retained the inventor's name, the name and design of his killer robots, and the scene where he demonstrates what his robots can do in a maze. They've also adapted the passage from Mirage Volume 1 #4 in which the lair is invaded by the mousers who then attack Splinter. Only here the turtles come to his rescue in time!

    • This episode is avalible "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Season One" DVD release.

    • This five-part serial, although having the episodes released on three separate VHSs, were also released on a VHS titled "The Epic Begins". On that tape, the episodes had about five minutes of material cut from each, but this episode was cut entirely, and all references to Baxter in "Hot Rodding Teenagers From Dimension X" and "Shredder & Splintered" are edited out. Unfortunately, to viewers who started watching the show with that tape, editing Baxter's involvement in the story may have confused them to no end, because Baxter's inclusion explains the origins for the Turtlevan and the Turtleblimp.

    • Baxter Stockman was black-skinned in the original comics, but on the cartoon he's white.