Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Season 4 Episode 33

What's Michaelangelo Good For?

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Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1990 on CBS
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What's Michaelangelo Good For?
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The Turtles go along with Michaelangelo and his pet pigeon Pete to the zoo so that Dr. Goodfellow can check the bird out. After the examination, Michaelangelo sets off on his own while the other Turtles head home. Just as they are about to leave, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael get nabbed by robots created by Dr. Lesseau. The robots take the TMNT to an island near the zoo where Dr. Lesseau is awaiting their arrival. Dr. Lesseau is a scientist who is using his robots to steal animals from the zoo. He is experimenting on them to create a single animal with the best traits of all animals combined. The mad Doc wants the Turtles for their brains.

Michaelangelo returns to the lair and finds the others missing. Splinter tells him that he had had a vision of an island while meditating and believes the other Turtles are in danger. Splinter sends MIchaelangelo to search for them even after he tells his master he has no idea where to start looking for them. When Michaelangelo arrives at the place where the Turtles were taken, he finds Pete waiting for him. Pete tells him what happened to the other Turtles. Just then Dr. Jane Goodfellow shows up. She is trying to find out who is taking the animals from the zoo. Michaelangelo tells her about the disappearance of the other Turtles and the three of them set off to find the Turtles and the missing animals from the zoo. Using the zoo's boat, they row out to an island that they think the Turtles are on.

Dodging all of Dr. Lesseau's booby traps, Michaelanglo, Pete and Dr. Goodfellow arrive at the island unharmed. They reach the doctor's lab before he has a chance to follow through with his experiment on the other Turtles. Dr. Lesseau sets his animals free and orders them to attack the Turtles, but the animals turn on the doctor and capture him. Donatello uses Dr. Lesseau's mutator laser to turn all the animals back to normal and return them to the zoo.moreless

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  • Michaelangelo's worth is tested

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    too liked Whats Michaelangelo Good For?, and thought it was the best Michaelangelo centric episode ever dedicated to him. Mostly because...well the title says it, what is he good for? This really is the crux of Michaelangelo's dynamic, in some shape or form he is over shadowed by the three other turtles and their defining niches. Leaving Michaelangelo where? It brings the fact that Michaelangelo all though compentent and smart doesn't really get to do much in the team and prove him self so his true potencial and abilities are not realized, and sadly leaving him feeling inadequate. I mean Michaelangelo him self says it: Leoanrdo is the Leader and best fighter, Donatello is the gadget guy with the plan, and Michaelangelo even goes so far as to point out that he "isn't even wise guy like Raphael". This really says some thing, because being a wise guy isn't really essentical to a teams dynamic, its more so of a social standing in a group of friends, but Michaelangelo mentioning this implies that not only does he feel inadequate professinally, he also feels socially inadequate as well, because that area of esteem is covered by Raphael. kind of says al lot about his assesment of him self and his importance to the team. And its interesting that this episode directly adresses this and has him try to over come it.



    This episode was also delivered in a rarely suble way than it usaully is. The whole plot involved some mad dude trying to extract the turtles intelligence, and the fact that Michaelangelo is absent during this gives off a real strong message about the general opinion of Michaelangelo; even when its not consciencely intended to. I think that is why the Doctors "brush-off" attitude of the the animals seems to anger Michaelangelo so much, because subconscincely its reminisent to how he has been veiwed. I think this episode proves that Michaelangelo is a straight thinking turtle who is very capable and competent if given half a chance. it aslo showed a rare ssign of his intelligence in this episode. Where all the "Sciencetific" people in the episode where disregarding the animals as "inferior" Michaelangelo over looked that and just interperting their instincts and used that information to peice together and figured out what happened from basically nothing. and then relied on his abilties and common sence to do the restmoreless
Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon

Donatello/Bebop

Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke

Leonardo/Rocksteady

Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Splinter (Hamato Yoshi)/Vernon Fenwick

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Raphael

Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman

Michaelangelo

Renae Jacobs

Renae Jacobs

April O'Neil

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