Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 3 Episode 19

Invasion of the Turtle Snatchers

Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The Turtles throw April a surprise party to celebrate her first anniversary as a reporter at Channel Six News, but April is not feeling very celebratory -- it seems that Burne Thompson has suggested that she will not be celebrating her second anniversary if she does not find a story soon. Donatello and Irma rush out to get a special pizza in an effort to lift her spirits.
Meanwhile, Krang and Shredder send Rocksteady and Bebop up to the Earth's surface to locate "a new source of energy generated by the Nuclean Fission Reactor at the University." But the mutants think that Shredder is sending them "fishing" and when they finally learn their mistake, a bright ray of light, coming from out of the sky, zaps Rocksteady and he disappears.


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  • Rough

    Donatello and Rocksteady are abducted by aliens, and Shredder wants their weapons. Can the Turtles stop him from getting them? Rough episode. Except for the fission and fishing joke.
  • Pretty exciting. Nice 1989 episode.

    Ninja Turtles had some pretty classic episodes dished out in their year of fame, '89. This particular one featured aliens who came back to claim a deadly weapon. A good story line to start, but the addition of Shredder, Krang, and the mutants gave the story energy to feed off of. The "fission-fishing joke" with Bebop and Rocksteady made me bust a gut. I love word misusage like that; it's hysterical!

    Then to move the story along, Donatello is abducted by aliens. A good choice-- I'm sure none of the others would have figured out the situation and cooperated with Rocksteady that well. But when Donatello makes friends with the aliens, he should have never turned his back on Rocksteady. Once he relayed the coordinates to Shredder, Donatello had to spring into action to stop Shredder. Perfect action at the glue factory fight: classic Turtle action. But when Nikto's toy was about to blow at the fission reactor, Shredder made his move. A dumb one, since Chernobyl Part II was about to happen in New York. But, a very corny ending-- the toy was out of batteries? LOL, that's so cheesy and cartoony that the entire situation boiled down to that one fact. But, it's the show that we've come to expect this zany humor from.moreless
Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon


Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke


James Avery (I)

James Avery (I)

Shredder (Oroku Saki)

Jennifer Darling

Jennifer Darling


Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Krang/Burne Thompson

Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)/Vernon Fenwick

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Donatello: Irma, I need you.
      Irma: Oh...
      Donatello: Easy, Irma. It's only to help me pick up a pizza.

    • (April runs to Nikto's toy)
      Leonardo: What's she doing?
      Raphael: Oh, with women you never know.

    • Michaelangelo: (to Leonardo) Hey, dude, what goes quack, quack?
      Leonardo: A duck?
      Michaelangelo: Exactamundo!!
      (They duck, and two foot soldiers tackle each other.)

    • Shredder: I give you two imbeciles a simple assignment, and you can't even carry it out!
      Bebop: But boss, somethin' awful happened.
      Krang: What, you lost Rocksteady?
      Bebop: Uh yeah, dat also.
      Shredder: "That also"?! What else went wrong!!?
      Bebop: We didn't catch a single fish.
      (Shredder groans loudly.)

    • Shredder: Well, did you find it?
      Rocksteady: No, boss. We've been fishin' here for three hours, and we ain't had a nibble!
      Shredder: Fishing? I sent you out for fission, not fishing!

    • Shredder: This will locate the energy source. Now go!
      Rocksteady: Right away, boss. Um, where we goin' to?
      Shredder: To the fission plant! THE FISSION PLANT!
      (Scene changes to show Bebop and Rocksteady fishing.)
      Rocksteady: Y'know, this fishin's the easiest job we ever had.

    • Bebop: Heh heh, this glue factory sure makes a neat hideout, boss.
      Shredder: Fail me, and I'll be making glue out of both of you!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Donatello asks for the names of the aliens, the one he meets is named Klaatu and is introduced to Klaatu's wife, Barada, and is told about Nikto. The name are from the phase said by Helen Benson to Gort in the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still Earth.

    • The title Invasion of the Turtle Snatchers is a reference to the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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