Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 3 Episode 45

The Big Rip-Off (1)

Aired Unknown Dec 20, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary


In a last ditch attempt to gain power for the Technodrome, Krang sends Rocksteady and Bebop to steal a newly created set of energy modules from a hi-tech science lab located at Fort Charles.
But the bungling duo are halted by a super-computer, CY-CLOMPS, which is protecting the modules. Not one to be denied his spoils, Shredder re-programs CY-CLOMPS from the technodrome, and commands it to trap April (present at the lab to do a live broadcast) in an airtight vault!
When the Turtles arrive at the scene, they find themselves locked in combat with various robots and defences activated by
CY-CLOMPS to prevent them from reaching April. The Turtles eventually succeed however in pulling CY-CLOMP'S plug , and they rescue the reporter.
However, whilst the turtles were locking horns with CY-CLOMPS at Fort Charles, Shredder was able to locate another lab, which contained a similar set of energy modules, and quickly acquired them. The Technodrome is re-energized, and now has enough power to rise to the surface!


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  • The trilogy begins!

    In the big rip off 'Shredder and Krang become desperate for power for the technodrome and the creators of this episode couldn't pull off this plot much better. It's full of action and excitement and shows how desperate Krang can get. I thought the part at Fort Charles was well done and I liked the beggining of the subplot with April fighting to prevent switching jobs with Vernon. The scene where he is a reporter shows some character development for him and really shows his personality. I liked how it ended with Shredder and Krang, in a way, winning for what is the first time since the last parter story in season 2. The Big Rip Off is definetly an episode worth watching.moreless
  • very nice start leading up to the season finale

    very good episode. it had a lot of action like April getting locked in an air vault and time running out as the turtles had to fight the fort\'s robots. that was mean of vernon saying how he will gain if April \"Expires\".

    also the technodrome was desperate to get power at this point because it at this point there is no power left as all the lights are out and it is over a ledge over a lava pit that is about to go. thrilling for everyone

    bebop and rocksteady finally succeed and shredder and krang now have power for hte tehcnodrome.moreless
Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon


Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke


Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley


Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)/Vernon Fenwick

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen


Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman


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