Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 3 Episode 43


Aired Unknown Dec 18, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary


In this special, "It's a Wonderful Life"-style story. The Turtles return to their lair, triumphant after another mission, but they are frustrated that they let Shredder slip away from them again.
They feel like giving up, and wish they had never been born -- wishing that they never had to bear the burden of fighting crime. They go to sleep still thinking these thoughts.
When they wake up, however, they find things have drastically changed. The lair is gone, Splinter doesn't exist, and New York is now known as "Shredderville". The Turtles soon realise -- to their horror that their wish has come true, and that they no longer exist!
Exploring this strange, warped Earth, the Turtles discover their friends are either slaves (April and Irma), or anarchists (Zach)
They also find out Shredder is a man tired of being the big cheese, and frustrated with the responsibility that comes with his position.
Just when things couldn't get any worse, the Technodrome (now more of a broken-down relic than a war machine) is on the verge of exploding. If it goes boom, that can only spell doom! Can the green machine escape this nightmare?


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  • Better epsiodes

    One of the better episodes
  • Turtles Are Legend

    Another of my favorate episodes this is number three in my book. This one is obviously the turtle's take on "It's a Wonderful Life" as well as slightly remonicent of the "Back to the Future part 2". The commonality between the two is they both featured a negative alternate world. This episode took a bit of an unfun turn on itself I thought was strange, dark and sort of had mean spirited fun with itself.

    We see the whole thing start out where the turtles are obviously growing weary and tired of their roles, they feel their no closer to winning the war against evil and are now feeling the effects of psycholgical burn out. In a way the adventure starts out almost similar to post apocalptic sci-fi like Richard Matherson's "I am Legend" (a.k.a. The Omega Man) and 28 Days Latter where the protagonist wakes up to a world in ruin. Well this is the same with the Turtles as they see that the world they live in now looks like Hell on Earth.

    Were sort of with them in their puzzlement, how did things get to the way they are, how did they get here, just all sorts of questions we get no answers to. We observe what they see and the results aren't pritty. From the pollution and the constant decay the earth is going though, possibly caused by one experement too many from the Technodrome. How a lot of people are become shadows of their former identity's like Zach the fifth turtle has became reduced to a juvinile hodlum, April and Irma are slave girls to Shreader (hmmmm), Shreader is well still Shreader only he is unfortunately suffering from what is called a power trip and his voyage hasn't ran out of gas yet, most of Dimention X cronies have taken over, the list goes on.

    I'll admit though I felt rather let down by the ending when it all turned out to be a dream. I just feel like that such an overused cleche and a cop out. But I guess it makes sense and is pritty obvious when you think about it so I can't complain that much. But this whole episode just goes to show why it's important to have the Turtles/good guys in this world because it's always people like them that make the world a wonderful place.moreless
  • It's a Wonderful life turtle style when the TMNT wake up in a world ruled by Shredder.

    This brilliant episode is among the best ones in the entire series. Featuring a world without the turtles it exploits what everyones life would be like in this reality. It is an interestig tyranny that makes you wondering plenty of things such as why Krang did not rule the world. What happened to Splinter, and more. I thought they gave you just enough background information on this world to make it a perfect and flawless episode. I liked how Shredder was so different from the normal worlds one but still evil. In the end the episode leaves you wondering if the events really happened or Splinter was really behind it to teach the turtles. If you must watch only one episode from this season let it be this one!moreless
  • neat episode

    this was a really good episode

    it was a take off on its a wonderful life in which the turtles wish they were not around. in this world everyone hates mutants due to shredder and he rules, but is overburndended by it

    bebop and rocksteady are humans and april and irma are slaves to them

    krang is in the technodrome with no body as the technodrome is malfunctioning and explodes in the end

    I like how they have traag get Zack for defacing the technodrome.

    It was funny of how they then realized the world is well off with them, but silly of how they blame themselves for shredder's actions.moreless
Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon


Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke


Jennifer Darling

Jennifer Darling


Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Krang/Burne Thompson

Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)/Vernon Fenwick

Renae Jacobs

Renae Jacobs

April O'Neil

Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood

Shredder (Season 3 Alternate)

Guest Star

Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

General Tragg

Recurring Role

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Zach "The Fifth Turtle"

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Android: (Malfunctioning) April! April has thirty days..unlike February which has...twenty-eight!

    • April: (Checking corridor) Okay. The coast is clear.
      Leonardo: We'll be back.
      April: Wait until things have calmed down, then we'll take you to see Shredder.
      Donatello: Thanks April, Irma. I'm glad you realise we're not the bad guys!
      Irma: Hey. For a bunch of guys with bald heads and green skin, you're..kinda cute!
      Raphael: Whatever world Irma's in, she's the same Irma!

    • Shredder: You think being emperor of the world is easy? Ohhh, it's giving me an ulcer!
      Donatello: Oh. We wanna get back to our world! A world where you don't rule!
      Shredder: A world where I don't rule? (Begging) Oh please take me with you, please!!

    • Raphael: Thanks Leonardo. Now, I'll never know how "I Love Shredder" ended!

    • Rocksteady: Lemme guess. You guys are the tooth fairy, right?
      Bebop: Naah! There ain't four tooth fairies, stupid! Them's da seven dwarves!

    • Rocksteady: Hold it, mutant wimps!
      Raphael: You again! We already sent you to the cleaners!
      Rocksteady: Yeah, well we're back again! Dirtier than ever!

    • Irma: Go away, you crazy Turtles.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Episode included on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 6 DVD.

    • This episode was released on VHS as Turtles VS the Fly.

    • In the UK, this episode was placed between Casey Jones: Outlaw Hero and Corporate Raiders From Dimension X.

    • A World Without turtles: The complete list of changes to the present

      1. The Technodrome, of course, has risen, and is the centerpiece of Shredder's monarchy. Krang, bodyless as there was no need for him to have a body with the Turtles not around, still resides in it, but it is a broken-down, crippled shadow of it's former self. It explodes at the episode's conclusion, just as the Turtles dream comes to an end.

      2. April and Irma are slaves to Bepop and Rocksteady, since the Turtles were never mutated, neither of the two were mutated to oppose them

      3. Shredder is a high ranking CEO, wearing a three-pece suite, and he still wears his helmet!

      4. Zach (The Fifth Turtle) makes a cameo, and is saved by the Ninja Turtles, after being caught spraying grafitti on the Technodrome walls.