Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 5 Episode 4

Michaelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko

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Aired Unknown Sep 14, 1991 on CBS
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Michaelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko
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Michaelangelo awakes in the middle of the night from a bad dream. Unable to remember what it was about, Splinter assists him through hypnotism. Mikey vividly recalls the day that he and his brothers fell into the sewer and landed in the green ooze but he also sees a small lizard crawling through the contaminant and then something picks up the lizard and carries it away. That is all the Michaelangelo can remember. Splinter advises the Turtles to go back to sleep as he returns to his own bed chamber.

Unable to sleep, Michaelangelo ventures down into the sewers, trying to locate the tunnel from his dreams. No sooner does he find it, then a burglar alarm sounds from above the streets and he "beats feet."

Up on the street, Michaelangelo encounters three punks running away from the Second City Bank with bags of money. He tries to stop them, but is less than successful. On his way back through the sewers, Mikey is run down by one of the bank robbers riding a skateboard. Michaleangelo chases the bandit into a dead-end, only to discover that the punk is a mutant known as Mondo Gecko. Something about Mondo is very familiar to Michaelangelo. But before the puzzled Turtle can decipher it all, Mondo Gecko strings him up like fresh meat and leaves him hanging while he makes his escape.

An embarrased Michaelangelo manages to untie himself and proceeds to follow the mutated lizard. Mondo Gecko's skateboard tracks lead him to an abandoned warehouse where Michaelangelo overhears Mondo Gecko and the other two punks, Basher and Sluggo. The robbers are getting their crime orders to hijack an Army truck carrying a top secret explosive from a voice identified only as Mr. X.

Michaelangelo attempts to stop Gecko but once again finds himself in another embarrasing situation. Mikey is once again captured. Basher and Sluggo want to feed him to the sharks but Mondo Gecko decides that they should take him to Mr. X and let him decide what to do with him.

Afther the hijacking, Michaelangelo attempts to contact the other Turtles via his TurtleCom, but before he can give his exact location, Basher destroys it. Immediately afterwards, April contacts the Turtles with news of the same hijacking.

At Mr. X's hideout, Mondo Gecko goes inside to deliver the top secret explosive and instructs Basher and Sluggo to watch the truck and the Turtle. They do -- only they watch it go over a 1,000 foot cliff. Mondo Gecko returns in time to save Michaelangelo's life but, he doesn't know why.

Mondo delivers him to Mr. X who has just finished blackmailing the Army for the return of the top secret explosive -- if they do not deliver $5 billion in seven minutes he will set off the bomb.

Michaelangelo realizes that Mr. X was the guy in his dreams. Mr. X realizing that Michaelangelo knows too much, orders Mondo Gecko to "finish him off." When Mr. X leaves the room, Michaelangelo fools Mondo Gecko with Splinter's pendant and hypnotizes him. Mondo tells his life story of how he remembers being in a dark sewer with some turtles crawling around in some green ooze and how some guy picked him up and took him back to his place where he taught him everything he knows about being a criminal.

Michaelangelo has heard enough. He snaps Mondo Gecko out of his trance and tells him that he is not bad -- that Mr. X made him that way. Mikey goes on to tell Mondo that they came from the same sewers and that they were born to be "best buds", not enemies.

Mr. X re-enters the room to discover Michaelango still alive. He now orders Basher and Sluggo to finish the job. Mondo Gecko protects Michaelangelo and causes the two incompetent punks to knock the top secret explosive off of the desk, which activatea the timer.

As Mr. X is about to do the job himself, the other three Turtles arrive and save the day. Mondo Gecko ends his life of crime and moves into the sewers where he becomes "neighbors" to the Turtles and Master Splinter.moreless

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  • After a sleepless night Mike meets a skate boarding hoodlem who rivals him in every way...But Michaelangelo is convinced he's know him from somewhere

    9.1
    I think that MondoGeko is a great character with a pretty good back ground. I liked how his character was handled. But what really made this episode great was the chemistry between Michaelangelo and Mondo. These two are so alike but so diffrent, Michaelangello although a warrior/ninja master is pretty innocent and honorable and Mondo by comparison is sneaky and street smart, and how they where raised/trained on how to do things comes into stark contrast with each other. Their scenes where interesting and I enjoyed the slight rivalary that existed between them (although it really only lasted for one or two scenes). The Mondo vs. Michaelangelo dual was nice and you got to see an aggressive and competive side from Michaelangelo that is very rare, when he was trying to fight him. I thought the plot was pretty good and had some suspence in it, and I liked seeing Mondo's show of uncertainty of doing something bad when he really didn't have his heart into it. I also enjoyed how Michaelangelo hypnotised him and got him to tell him about his life, and how Michaelangelo was able to convince him to stop following that bad guy. It was cool because Michaelangelo finnally got the upper hand over Mondo but he used his advantage to help Mondo instead of taking him out. I liked how Mondo and Mike became best friends after this and wished they had shown them more and developed their friendship more. Since Mondo is the perfect best buddy for Michaelangelo.moreless
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Rob Paulsen

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Townsend Coleman

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