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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Season 4 Episode 19

Insane in the Membrane

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Unknown on FOX
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Episode Summary

Insane in the Membrane
When Stockman decides to clone himslf, a new body everything goes wrong. The body's rapid decomposition causes its mind to deteriorate, and he goes after April in revenge to the destruction of his mousers.

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  • Disturbing, sad, graphic, and amazing

    This episode is perfect. It tells the tale of how a brilliant man (Stockman) falls apart literally and figuratively. I loved his relationship with his mother. This episode really makes Baxter a sympathetic character.
  • Exactly why I watch this show

    I don't see why America should have not shown it on TV. I live in the UK and I saw it on one of it's first world viewings and if I was 4Kids I would have shown it. The only "distubing" thing is that when his finger and arm fell off and him trying to nail his arm back on. Now that you think about it, it does sound distubing but not that much for them to not show air it. Luckily for those who live in America they released along with the other 13 episodes from the second half of season 4.moreless
  • man that was grafic

    man that was graffic. I am not surprised that they banned this episode. baxter\\\'s body parts like his jaw and fingers were coming off. this episode was on teh gory side. nice twist of baxter getting angry when his body decomposed and him wanting to get revenge on who caused it april. I lovede how baxter narrated. I am surprised april seemed sad over baxter\\\'s apparent demise and not surprising the turtles say he may come back as he has cheated death many times before.

    they had baxter\\\'s mother. good twist. she always told him the skies the limit. She died after the double shifts (that brought bad memories to me because my mother died 2 months ago; she died of pancreatic cancer). baxter got delusional about his mother and got more delusional as he kidnapped april. it was nice to show how baxter feels about not being in a normal body ofr so long. he even belched when he ate food. Also agent bishop showed concern for stockman and warned him about it. Bishop and Baxter seemed to get a long far better than baxter did with the shredder.moreless
  • Brilliant horror with very disturbing scenes. Unsuitable for young children indeed.

    This episode was like a big punch in the face, it was truly shocking. I have to say that i'm not the biggest TMNT fan out there, and i only watch the show when i'm bored. But this episode grabbed hold of me instantly with a tragic and weird story and kept me interested throughout. I can see why Kids WB refused to show it at daytime. This is the kind of stuff that would have scared the living hell outta me when i was a kid. The infected finger scene and the jaw crushing scene was like having a football player kicking me in the balls. "Did i just see what i saw?" was one question i kept asking myself. A brilliant horror themed episode that's the best TMNT episode i've seen so far.moreless
  • Quite disturbing

    This ... is ... very ... disturbing. Stockman ... falls ... apart ...... ewww! O mi god it was so GROSS!! Dr Stockmanstein, as Mikey refers to him. It is so creepy that Stockman goes after April like that! STALKER!! And I also find it quite funny that this episode has not been shown in America. HAHA!! Sorry, I just had to do that. But it is quite funny that Australia actually showed a tv show before America.

    We are also introduced to Stockman\'s mum, who unfortunately died when he was a kid (he sees her in a halucination). All in all, it was great, but I was very disturbed for a long while after, I STILL AM!! I do NOT reccomend his to little kiddies!moreless
Marc Diraison

Marc Diraison

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Dan Green

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Jason Griffith

Jason Griffith

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In Stockman's first flashback, his mother comes home and closes the door. Later, when she gives Stockman a chemistry kit, the door is open.

    • Why, in the first scene, is April in Stockman's underground mouser lab? She didn't know about it back then in 'Attack of the Mousers'!

    • On the new battle shell, the side says 'Since 1984'. 1984 was when the turtles first arrived in comic books. The title, Tortuga Brothers, translates to Turtle Brothers.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Stockman: Come, April, dear; you have a little appointment regarding retribution. (laughs sinisterly)

    • Baxter Stockman: You'll not get away easily, April. (tosses April aside) You have a date with the dissection table.
      Raphael: Hey, doc. (jumps on Stockman) How about a second opinion?

    • Baxter Stockman: (after April kicks his mouth and puts it back) You've been a very naughty girl.

    • Baxter Stockman: Now, Ms. O'Neil, time for you to pay for what you've done. You ruin my work for the Shredder, you bought those turtles into my life. Because of you, I have been thorn apart. Well, Ms. O'Neil, now it's your turn to go to piece.

    • Agent Bishop: It's a rush mistake, Dr. Stockman.
      Baxter Stockman: Ah, Agent Bishop, I can only assume you come here to witness my genius at work?
      Agent Bishop: I'm here to warn you one last time. It's foolish to go through with this.

    • Baxter Stockman: (after transferring his consciousness into his cloned body) At last, I'm back! Baxter Stockman is back, in the flesh! A superb mind now housed within a superb body!

    • Stockman: How I missed having a physical body. The site, the smell, and the sensational cool breeze. I have goose bumps. Goose bumps! (the skin acts weird but returns to normal) The skin is just settling. Yes, that's all. Simple tissue acclamation.

    • Stockman: This experiment is a catastrophe! How could I've been so stupid? Why am I such a rush? Why didn't I listen to Agent Bishop? Why?! Why am I a failure? My whole life! Oh, Momma, I started with such promise. Where did it all go wrong? Where? The horrible degretation at the nads of the Shredder, his horrific thug Hun, or those despicable turtles? No, no. Before them, it was her! I trusted her and she betrayed me! She wanted those turtles to ruin everything. My glorious Mousers failed because of her and that failure has what brought the Shredder's wrath down upon me! Yes, she's responsible. She did this to me (throws a desk aside) and she is the one who will pay!

    • Bishop: Do what you will, doctor, but don't damage that brain of yours. It is still some of use to me.
      Stockman: Maybe the dullard should try getting a brain of his own.

    • Mikey: You guys think that's the end of Stockman?
      Leo: Don't know. We've seen him come back from worse before.
      Raph: I say good riddance! That guy's given us nothing but grief ever since we met him.
      Don: Not quite. He did give us this cool helicopter. Now if only I can find a place to park it.

    • Mikey: You asked for it Dr Stockman-stein!

    • Raph: So? What's the big surprise already?
      Don: After months of work, I give you… the new battle shell! (unveils Tortuga Moving brothers van)
      Mikey: Where? Inside the moving van?

    • Stockman: Hello, Ms O'Neil. We have some catching up to do, back where this all started…

    • Stockman: This…experiment…is a catastophe!

    • Stockman: Baxter Stockman, you are beautiful!

    • Stockman's Mama: "The sky's the limit for you, baby doll. The sky's the limit"

    • Bishop: "Do as you will, but don't damage that brain of yours. It is still of some use to me."
      Stockman: (when Bishop has left) "Maybe the dullard should try getting a brain of his own!"

    • Stockman: Please, you'll even proof that my body transplant proceed your works. Why should I have to wait for my new body?
      Bishop: Why? Your genetic miscalculations caused an outbreak in New York that's turned the city into a cesspool of mutations!
      Stockman: As if it wasn't one already!

    • Don: (grabs toad with retractable arm) "Got him!"
      (toad pulls him along)
      Don: "WOAH!!!!"
      Raph: "Uh Don I think he's got you!"

    • Raph: (to mutant toad) "Alright ugly, down boy! That's a good mutant toad!"
      (the toad hits him)
      Raph: (grabs it with retractable arm) "I said stay! You know this would be a lot easier if I could use my sais on these slimballs!"

    • Stockman: Once, long ago, I, Dr. Baxter Stockman, was a whole man. A brilliant mind, and an able body. In the Science community, I was unequaled. Throughout the world, I was renowned, revered, worshiped! But it all went wrong, horribly, horribly wrong. My genius fell under the control of cruel minded brutes! They willed me away, piece by piece, limb by limb, until I was reduced to nearly nothing. But those simpletons aren't to blame. I finally know who is truly responsible for my downfall. And now, with my new body, I will have my revenge!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Aired for the first time on American broadcast or network television on August 2, 2015, on Nickelodeon's Nicktoons Channel.

    • Though not initially aired in the U.S., it is included on the Season 4 DVD (Region 1), released September 12, 2006.

    • This episode was originally planned to be show before Return of Savanti, but due to problems with editing the episode's content, it was not aired on American commercial television until 2015. However, Portugal, Australia, Canada, and the UK have aired it.

    • Villains: Stockman and Bishop

    • Prologue Narrator: Baxter Stockman

    • Explaination why the episode didn't air¨from Lloyd Goldfine;

      "The final edited and mixed version of the notorious 'Insane in the Membrane' was deemed unsuitable for air by Fox Broadcast Standards and Practices. Apparently, in between the time the episode was written, storyboarded, animated and edited (all stages approved by Fox BS&P), and the time the show was mixed for air, there was a change of personnel in the Fox BS&P offices, and no one involved in the original approvals was still employed at Fox. Upon seeing the episode, they were said to be 'horrified' and that there was no way they could air the episode. I'm not sure I disagree with them - had there been BS&P comments earlier in the process, we certainly would have handled the show differently. But as it was approved at every stage, we went full steam ahead. In the end, I was told it was bad judgment on my part... so there you have it.

      I believe this episode will eventually be available, but plans have not been finalized."