Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 2 Episode 1

Return of the Shredder

Aired Unknown Oct 01, 1988 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Just when the Turtles believe themselves rid of Shredder, tin-grin is able to persuade Krang to return him to earth. But, as an excuse to see Shredder suffer for his incompetence on earth last time, Krang strips his ally of all weapons and footsoldiers; He's on his own this time! Using the trans-dimensional portal to return, Shredder quickly reunites with Baxter Stockman, and recruits a local ninja school to disguise themselves as the half-shelled heroes so as to keep them busy long enough for him to kidnap Splinter. Whilst the turtles fight their impostors to clear their names, Splinter is captured by Baxter's new ratcatcher machine and placed in a deadly trap by Shredder. The green machine succeed in taking out the Faux turtles and, following clues, are lured to Shredder's lair, after a decisive battle with Baxter's Rat-catcher, the ninjas are able to rescue splinter, but shredder and his scientist sidekick escape to fight another day..moreless

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  • Good Episode.

    Good Episode. What I really relate this one to is one time I was having a seizure, back in '96 or so (basically a visual epileptic, where my vision would black out and I saw patterns and other weird stuff. It was not brought on by the show, since I am not photosensitive, they're under control now). My mom video taped it because she wanted some footage of one of my seizures. Unbeknown to me, (until I saw the playback), I passed gas during the seizure!. You can hear me groaning, along with the part where Shredder enters the dojo, then *FRAAP!*moreless
  • Baxter's second appearance on the show.

    This is my review for the TMNT episode "Return Of The Shredder". It is an episode that I remember seeing on TV and video when I was a kid. It is about the Turtles relaxing after defeating Shredder and Krang by sending them and the Technodrome into Dimension X, where Krang is from. But then, Krang decides to teleport Shredder back to Earth, only without any weapons or henchmen at his side. Shredder decides to free Baxter Stockman from the asylum that he was kept after being defeated in the first episode he appeared in so that Shredder can use his assistance. Shredder also decides to train a bunch of students at a karate dojo to pose as a criminal group called "The Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang" and get the real Ninja Turtles in trouble. While the Turtles go out to deal with Shredder, Baxter captures Splinter with a new rat-catching machine he invents. To make a long description short, the Turtles defeat Shredder, save Splinter, and deal with the imposter Turtles on the same episode. A memorable classic.moreless
  • Shredder Returns!!! What will Season 2 hold??

    Leonardo and Michelangelo take out some thugs in a grocery store, come back to the lair, and Shredder is sure that Shredder is back. Well, he is!!! And he wants revenge!! So he recruits some random dojo guy "Slash for Cash Dojo," to be exact, and brings up the "Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang" to ruin their reps. Well, guess what! It didn't work!! And Baxter came back with his "Rat-catching machine" which the Turtles trashed. Baxter is a wuss! He fainted, and Shredder took him and fled. Krang will not give him any help until he destroys the turtles.moreless
  • What a great episode.

    This is one of my favorite Ninja Turtle episodes. I loved the plot of this episode, and it was good to see Bebop and Rocksteady back in the show. I noticed a few mistakes in coloring in this episode, and I found that amazing. This is a great way to start off a second season.
Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon


Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke


Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Krang/Burne Thompson

Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)/Vernon Fenwick

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen


Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman


Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

Slash (Dojo Master)

Guest Star

Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Baxter Stockman

Recurring Role

Jennifer Darling

Jennifer Darling


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Leonardo says "Shredder, if you dare touch a whisker on his head," the Turtles eyes looked like they were drawn like the Turtles in the original comics.

    • When Donatello says "Shredder? But that's impossible; we saw him stuck in Dimension X", his teeth were red.

    • The Slash-for-Cash Dojo lives up to its name, low on operating funds. it's rundown with dead light bulbs and cracked plaster. The only things that seem to be in good shape, in most of the shots, are the mats. (This could possibly have something to do the increased regulations, put on the show during its second season.)

    • Based on the uniforms its students are wearing, the Slash-for-Cash Dojo clearly teaches karate, not Ninjitsu, the marital art that ninjas practice. In spite of this, the Shredder is able to instruct them and improve their skills in karate, and turn them into the Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang. (It appears that the writers of this episode, did not know that these were two different martial arts.)

    • When this episode was released on VHS the title screen showing the episode name was removed.

    • This episode had many edits in the UK airings in the 1990's. The gang was re-named to "The Crooked Turtle Gang" and scenes of nunchaku were trimmed.

    • The Technodrome is now sitting on a vast stretch of rocky landscape, but in the last episode, it was floating in a dimensional limbo.

    • The letters on the Turtles' belts are white instead of grey.

    • At one point while the turtles are eating their pizzas, Leo is coloured as Raph.

    • Right when the TMNT see the footage of the "Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang," Raphael's color changes from red to blue like Leonardo's.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Robber: Okay lady, put all your money in a bag.
      Cashier: Will that be paper or plastic?

    • Krang: Until you prove yourself, you will not get one shred of help from me.

    • Irma: April! Thank heavens you're back! There's a terrible emergency.
      April: What is it, Irma?
      Irma(holds up hand, points to finger): I chipped one of my nails, and I'm all out of this color polish.
      April: Please, Irma, I've got a problem.
      Irma: You've got a problem? What if some hunky guy calls me for a date?

    • (Leo and Mike rummaging through food on shelves)
      Leonardo: Come on, Michaelangelo, think healthy for a change. You had peanut butter and jelly on your pizza last night.
      Michaelangelo: No way, bud! I had chocolate chips and caramel fudge.

    • (Rocksteady and Bepop attempt to follow Shrdder through the portal to earth, but Krang cuts them off.)
      Rocksteady: Hey, why'd you do that?
      Krang: Because I like seeing both people AND animals suffer, and you my friends are both. (Laughs)

  • NOTES (14)