|“Blast from the Past”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode|
|Original airdate||November 3, 1989|
|Written by||David Wise|
Blast from the Past is a season 3 episode of the 1987-1996 series.
Down inside the Technodrome, Krang is arguing with Shredder about going to the surface, as Shredder has found out that the urn containing the ashes of the Foot Clan's founder is being displayed New York. Shredder explains that he possesses the scroll that could awaken the founder's spirit.
Meanwhile Splinter and the Turtles see the same news report. Splinter tells his four students that he must get to that urn before Shredder does, but they arrive too late. Shredder does something that causes Splinter to lose his memory. Then Shredder reads the scroll and the ghost of the founder of the Foot Clan appears. Raphael stays while the other Turtles take Splinter back home to find a way to get his memory back.
When Leonardo and the others get their master back home, they talk to him to try to bring his memory back. Leonardo tells his master that he really is a man named Hamato Yoshi who once lived in Japan and was the head teacher of the Foot Clan, until an evil student named Oruku Saki made a move to get him thrown out of the martial arts school. He had moved to America and, due to poverty, was forced to live down in the city sewers, making pets of rats. A boy walking along on the street above dropped a glass bowl that had four turtles in it, and the turtles landed in Hamato Yoshi's lap. Splinter starts to regain some of his memory but asks for more information. Leonardo then continues on, talking about how they all were mutated and they had then met April O'Neil after saving her from some thugs. Then after the meeting of April how they started searching around and learned about Shredder, Krang, and the Technodrome.
Splinter asks "Who is this shredder and is he linked to Saki?" Leonardo continues the story, explaining how they had the first encounter in person with Shredder and he revealed that he was Oruku Saki and that he has his own mutants, Rocksteady and Bebop. Then Leonardo told him the origin of Krang. After the whole story, was told their master fully regained his memory.
Splinter explains that there is a move that only the true leader of the Foot Clan knows, which can convince the ghost to turn against shredder.
Meanwhile, Shredder has been using the ghost's supernatural powers to turn Bebop and Rocksteady into ninjas, allowing them to successfully attack Raphael. But Splinter intervenes, pointing out that only the true leader would know the Kur-li maneuver. He demonstrates it on Shredder, proving his identity to the ghost.
The ghost takes away the fighting abilities it gave to Rocksteady and Bebop, and the villains flee. The scroll ends up in Splinter's hands, and the ghost thanks him for stopping Shredder.
Then as he told the ghost to go back to rest the ghost told them to come back and visit and as they started to leave the ghost's voice also said "Save the last slice of pizza for me!" That caught all five of them off guard that the ghost of Japanese man who has been dead for over 100 years would mention pizza. Then the five of them returned home knowing the scroll is in safe hands now.
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- Hamato Yoshi/Splinter (Peter Renaday)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Oroku Saki/Shredder (James Avery)
- Krang (Townsend Coleman)
- Krang (Pat Fraley) (archive footage)
- Bebop (Barry Gordon)
- Rocksteady (Cam Clarke)
- Shibano Sama (Rob Paulsen)
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles vs. Rhinoman
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 5
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- Features flashback clips from Season 1's "Turtle Tracks" "Enter the Shredder" and "Shredder & Splintered".
- Leonardo claims Hamato Yoshi named himself Splinter, however in "Turtle Tracks" Splinter says the Turtles are the one who nicknamed him.
- The Foot Clan's secret move, the Cur-ly Manuver, was a reference to Curly Howard of The Three Stooges.