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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 2 Episode 8

Invasion of the Punk Frogs

2
Aired Unknown Nov 19, 1988 on CBS
8.9
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Episode Summary

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Shredder's latest scheme is to acquire more mutagen and create more mutants. But due to an ion storm in Dimension X interfering with the dimensional portal, Krang is forced to transport the mutagen canister "blind-folded" , it lands in a Florida swamp rather than the Big Apple. Shredder heads south to recover the canister and discovers four mutant frogs.

He realizes their potential and makes plans to return to New York City with them. Meanwhile, April notifies the Turtles of the discovery of four frog monsters, but before they can also head to Florida, they must take care of Rocksteady and Bebop, who are causing problems during Shredder's absence.moreless

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  • Series classic. Great storyline.

    9.5
    Invasion of the Punk Frogs debuts four new characters. The four new additions are all frogs, which makes a get competition for the four turtles. I have always enjoyed episodes in which clones, or mirror images of the main characters are featured, but this episode does it in a unique manner, as the frogs arent exact copies of the turtles, but a ninja turtle fan could easily tell which frog matches up with which turtle. The frogs are packed with comedy such as the turtles, and this episode provides many laughs and entertainment. Although the frog names may not be rememberable, the plot of the episode is surely a classic amongst the series.moreless
  • Twice the mutants...

    9.0
    Okay, so Shredder needs some mutagen and wants to make his own mutants. Fair enough... but frogs? They are weird, because after a few hours they're not gonna be master ninjas, and they certainly weren't when they fight Leatherhead in Season 3. But enough about my opinions. Like the rest of Season 2, the episode was very dark, had a shrouded, unforeseen plotline, and ended with another pizza joke.
  • I love episodes like this. Two times the characters, what an idea for such a great show such as this.

    9.5
    I like this episode very much. The frogs, which are almost like the turtles mirror images, are great characters to this series. Atila, Rasputin, Genghis and Napoleon are the new frog characters and they are very cleverly made. The turtles and the frogs team up like they have known each other for years. Both the turtles and the frogs make a great team. I hope I see more episodes in the future with these frogs. This is an excellent episode, and having these frogs in it was brilliant. The only bad part is the frogs had to leave at the end of the episode, and they don't like pizza! Maybe the turtles wouldn't get along so well with the turtles after all.moreless
Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon

Donatello/Bebop

Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke

Leonardo/Rocksteady

James Avery (I)

James Avery (I)

Shredder (Oroku Saki)

Jennifer Darling

Jennifer Darling

Irma

Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Krang/Burne Thompson

Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)/Vernon Fenwick

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Genghis Frog

Recurring Role

Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke

Attila/Rasputin

Recurring Role

Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Napoleon Bonafrog

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Krang: (about the mutagen mixture) Now, all it needs is a pinch of Nyotrinaline.
      Shredder: Nyotrinaline? You never mentioned that!
      Krang: I thought I'd save it for a surprise, to keep you on your toes.
      Shredder: Krang, you are unspeakably cruel!
      Krang: Thank you!

    • April: Those unknown mutants have broken into the Mallory chemical plant.
      Donatello: What could they want there?
      Raphael: Maybe Shredder's looking for a new metal polish for his face!

    • Leonardo: It's Rocksteady and Bebop!
      Donatello: I wonder why the temper tantrum?
      Raphael: Beats me. Maybe they passed a mirror and saw what they looked like!

    • Donatello: That's right, Tin Face, and now you're taking the fall!
      (Looks at camera) Now where'd I learn to say stuff like that?

    • Leonardo: Hold on, fellas, we can't leave the frogs like that!
      Donatello: Maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, Leonardo; they aren't exactly on our side.
      Leonardo: Even so, they are mutants, just like us!

    • Michaelangelo: (to the Punk Frogs) Hey, wait a sec, dudes! I almost forgot. (Picks up box of pizza)) This ought to tide you guys over before you get back to bug city.
      Genghis: Pizza? Ugh! Thanks, but no thanks.
      Rasputin: Yeah, we hate pizza.
      Donatello: Do you believe it - they don't like pizza?
      Michaelangelo: Yeah, some mutants are just plain weird, ya know.

    • Raphael: (To the Punk Frogs) Give up, you guys, or it'll be sautéed frog legs for everybody!

    • Shredder: (Introduces the Punk Frogs to Bebop and Rocksteady) As Splinter has done with the Turtles, I have named them after personal heroes of my own -- Atilla the Frog, Genghis Frog, Rasputin the Mad Frog, and Napoleon Bonafrog.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Origins of the Punk Frogs Names

      The Punk Frogs all have names that are allusions to great historical figures:

      Attila the Frog: Atilla the Hun, leader of a group of Indo-Europeans that sacked the Roman Empire in the fourth century C.E.

      Genghis Frog: Genghis Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire that included almost 80% of Eurasia. The Russian Empire, Ming China, the Ottoman Empire, and the Mughal Empire were remnants of the Khan's regime.

      Napoleon Bonafrog: Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France from 1800 to 1815. Bonaparte added the Benelux countries, the Confederation of the Rhine, most of Italy, and the Illyrian Provinces to the French Empire. He invaded Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

      Rasputin the Mad Frog: Rasputin the Mad Monk, a controversial figure in the era of the collapse of the Romanov dynasty of Russia before the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (his full name) was seen as a traitor to the czar's government, a charlatan that tried to dominate affairs, and was eventually assassinated.

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