Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Season 1 Episode 2

A Better Mousetrap (1)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 15, 2003 on FOX
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A Better Mousetrap (1)
The Turtles discover the source of the Mouser robots that trashed their old lair: Dr. Baxter Stockman — a noted technological genius/inventor, who tries to pass off the Mousers as a means to eradicate the city's rat problem. Donatello gets one of the broken Mousers working and the Turtles chase it through the sewers. Meanwhile, Stockman's lab assistant April O'Neil uncovers a secret subterranean facility where hundreds of Mousers are being manufactured and stored for some nefarious purpose. Stockman catches April and sics his Mousers on her. April escapes to the sewers, where she is rescued by the Turtles, who battle the Mousers. But once April gets a clear look at her four saviors, she faints dead away.moreless

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  • The turtles discover where the mouser robots came from. Baxter Stockman, a scientist who has more than just rodent control on his mind. Donatello gets one working and they follow it, and run into even more mousers! They defeat those and end up rescuingmoreless

    This was another good episode, a little slow in the action department, but it was well written, an awesome blend of humor and seriousness. My favorite part was when they got done training and Mikey mimicks Splinter then Splinter says "I heard that." It was a cute episode. I really liked the "Can we keep her" line Mikey says, it reminds me of TMNT the movie. I really liked this episode, even though it was character developement, but then again I like taking a break from the action and learning more about the turtles.moreless
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Terence Archie

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Michael Alston Baley

Michael Alston Baley

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Greg Carey

Greg Carey

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • -First appearance of Dr. Baxter Stockman, who has been restored to his original comic design, he is once more black, and is more composed and self-confident, and also borders on delusions of his own importance.

      -First appearance of April O'Neil, also restored to her original comic roots, no longer a reporter for Channel 6 as depicted in the original cartoon, but a well-meaning scientist working with Baxter.

    • Villains: Oroku Saki, Baxter Stockman, and Mousers

    • Prologue Narrator: Donatello

    • When the repaired mouser runs past Leo and Raph Raph is lying on the ground facing the door to the lair but when he jumps up he's facing the other way.

    • When Raphael says "Great, just great," his mouth doesn't move.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Raphael: Look, I'll go through you if I have to.
      Leonardo: I'd like to see you try, hothead!
      Raphael: Careful what you wish for, Splinter Jr!

    • Raphael: (about a Mouser getting away) So, you're just gonna let the Mouser roam free?
      Leonardo: Master Splinter is so going to kill us. Well, you coming or what?
      Raphael: If you insist.

    • Donatello: Turtle Cave? That is so lame.
      Michelangelo: What would you call our new digs? The Shellter?
      Donatello: Uh, how about the Sewer of Solitude?
      Michelangelo: Turpin Station?
      Donatello: The School For Gifted Reptiles?
      Michelangelo: The Hall of Ninjustice!
      Splinter: We will call this place, Home.
      Michelangelo: Hmm, catchy.

    • Stockman: You can run, Ms. O'Neil, but you cannot hide from my Mousers.

    • April: (pointing a fire extinguisher to a mob of steel-eating mousers) Keep back! I know how to use this. (Mousers are moving closer. April fired the fire extinguisher but it's already out of carbon dioxide, so she whacks a Mouser with it.) Ha!

    • Donatello: Great job, guys. Let's just make sure to leave someone intact. (Raphael gives a blow to the last mouser and stomps it.) So much for tracking for their source.

    • (The Turtles jump into a pit of sewer water.)
      Donatello: Guys, you OK?
      Raphael: (after vomiting sewer water) Peachy.

    • April: Rat problem, my eye. What are you really up to, Stockman?
      Stockman: Now, now, Ms. O'Neil, that would be telling. Suffice it to say my army of Mousers will make me a very rich and powerful man. (robotic arm reaches to a window)
      April: But, aren't you already a very rich and powerful man?
      Stockman: Ah, Ms. O'Neil, so brilliant, yet so naive. I will truly miss working with you.
      April: What?! You mean I'm fired?!
      Stockman: In a manner of speaking. (hits a button on a remote and the robotic arm grabs April which throws her to the Mousers) I'm afraid I can't let you live, Ms. O' Neil. You've seen far too much already and well, let's just say I have trust issues.

    • Stockman: The Mousers will be ready when I decide they're ready. My first field test was...
      Saki: Was a complete failure. I do not tolerate failure.
      Stockman: Which is why you would make a lousy scientist. The test was supposed to expose any possible design blowouts. As a result, I already upgraded the Mousers for greater irrability. (April was shown eavesdropping on Stockman) And I assure you they will perform flawlessly for the next phase of the plan.
      Saki: They had better, Dr. Stockman. For your faith.

    • Splinter: We will resume your training in the morning.
      Michelangelo: (imitating Splinter) We will resume your training in the morning.
      Splinter: I heard that.
      Donatello: Busted!
      Raphael: I'd like to bust a few heads.

    • (with April in his arms)
      Michelangelo: Hey, so... can I keep her?

    • Michelangelo: I'd sure hate to be a rat in this town, huh? Oh, sorry, Sensei.

    • Leonardo: Guys! The only way to stop them is to slice their heads off!
      Michaelangelo: Well, aint that great news, for the turtles with the BLADES!

    • Donatello: (while thrashing the mousers) These mousers are incredible! The servo mechanics, the circuitry, the articulation...!
      Raphael: Geez, Donny, why don't you just marry one already!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Spider-man
      Michelangelo: Next time, let's leave the wall-crawling to the dude in the blue and red tights.

      Michelangelo is making a reference the the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-man, a man with spider-like abilities, such as wall-crawling.

    • Star Trek
      Michelangelo: I need more power, captain!

      Michelangelo's dialogue, especially with his emphasis on the Scottish accent, is a reference to Scotty from the Star Trek television series.

    • Sewer Names:
      When Michelangelo and Donatello are thinking up names for their new home, they reference several superhero hideouts.

      The "Turtle Cave" is a reference to Batman's Bat-Cave, "Sewer of Solitude" is Superman's Fortress of Solitude, and "School for Gifted Reptiles" is the X-Men's "School for Gifted Youngsters". The "Hall of Ninjustice" is a reference to the Justice League's "Hall of Justice."

    • The canister that mutated the turtles from the second movie is TGRI and the canister from this series is TCRI