Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 3 Episode 16

The Four Musketurtles

Aired Unknown Nov 09, 1989 on CBS
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Episode Summary


At the local Mardi Gras parade, April, dressed as a 17th century noblewoman "right out of the Three Musketeers", suggests that the Turtles, who are walking the street "au natural", should be in costume and should also read Dumas' book. She just happens to have a copy on her and gives it to Leonardo, who reads it at the first opportunity, is enthralled by it and tries to convince the other Turtles of the striking similarities between themselves and the Three Musketeers.
Meanwhile, down in the Technodrome, while watching April O'Neil's coverage of the Mardi Gras parade, Krang learns that the priceless Star of Brazil diamond, is, in fact, the long lost element of Impervium: a substance found only in Dimension X and was "sent" to earth as part of an experiment. Krang tells Shredder that with the Impervium once again in his possession he could create weapons unknown to the likes of man. Shredder wastes no time sending Rocksteady and Bebop up to the Earth's surface to steal the gem.


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  • Average

    Leonardo becomes a 1700s French hero due to an injury, and goes to stop Shredder from getting a gem on his own. Will he do it by himself? Mediocre. The previous episode had the other Turtles try to stop Shredder without Leonardo, and now Leonardo is trying to stop him without the other Turtles. What a lack of originality. And Donatello and Bebop's voices are different again.
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

Renae Jacobs

Renae Jacobs

April O'Neil

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Rocksteady was holding the Force Field Generator, the Impervium gem was already on it, even though Irma still has it.

    • If Leonardo thinks he's D'Artagnan, then he should be speaking in a French accent, not an English one.

    • This is one of the few times in the series we see April dress up into another costume (previously in "April Fool").

    • The worst mistake in the whole animated series happens during Krang's flashback, which reveals him as a member of a race of beings just like him. This pretty much contradicts everything we know about Krang, right down to his origin which clearly states he was the disembodied brain of a Dimension X warlord, not part of a race of giant alien brains.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Vernon: April, I'm not getting any younger!
      April: Or any nicer.

    • Leonardo: (while amnesiac) Come, my comrades. There are wrongs to be righted and damsels to be saved, and you musketeers aren't even dressed.
      (Leonardo passes the other turtles musketeer outfits)
      Donatello: My fault, guys. I put the costumes April sent over in Leonardo's room.
      Raphael: Clever move, brainiac.
      Splinter: Actually, Donatello did the right thing. You must humor him by putting on these costumes.
      Michelangelo: Pretend we're musketeers? Bogus, dude.
      Raphael: Look, I'd give Leonardo the shell off my back, ok? But I am not wearing lace with feathers, and that's final.
      Donatello: Same here.
      Michelangelo: Ditto.
      (Scene switches to the turtles wearing the musketeer costumes)
      Raphael: I feel pretty stupid.
      Donatello: Same here.
      Michelangelo: Ditto.

    • Krang: Seize that traitor!
      Shredder: I can explain Krang... err.. I... I wanted to save you the trouble of lugging the generator all the way back here.
      Krang: How very thoughtful! Perhaps I'll save you the trouble of growing old!I heard your rehearsal, I have one note : CAST CHANGE !... I will be the ruler of the world!

    • April: And now, introducing the new ruler of the entire world ... emperor Shredder.
      Shredder: Then I'll say: greetings, my subjugated subjects!

    • April: It's Shredder! Poor Irma doesn't know the danger she's in!
      Vernon: Poor Irma? How about poor him?

    • Vernon: Yuuuh, where did you people ever get those ugly turtle costumes?
      Raphael (pointing at Vernon's face): Probably the same place you got that ugly mask.
      Vernon: But I'm not wearing a...now just a darn minute.

    • (Leonardo isn't all right in the head, and is seeing Irma's face on the van's screen)
      Leonardo: That lady! Inside that box!
      Raphael: Look, her name is Irma, and she is NOT inside that box!

  • NOTES (4)