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It Came from Beneath the Sewers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
It Came From Beneath The Sewers
Title Card
Season Code: 2
Episode: 3
Original airdate October 15, 1988
Written by Larry Parr
Episode chronology
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"The Incredible Shrinking Turtles" "The Mean Machines"

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1988 Season
October 1, 1988 - December 26, 1988
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. "Return of the Shredder"
  2. "The Incredible Shrinking Turtles"
  3. "It Came from Beneath the Sewers"
  4. "The Mean Machines"
  5. "Curse of the Evil Eye"
  6. "The Case of the Killer Pizzas"
  7. "Enter The Fly"
  8. "Invasion of the Punk Frogs"
  9. "Splinter No More"
  10. "New York's Shiniest"
  11. "Teenagers from Dimension X"
  12. "The Catwoman from Channel Six"
  13. "Return of the Technodrome"

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"It Came from Beneath the Sewers" is an episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. It is the second episode of season 2 (1988). This episode was written by Larry Parr. It originally aired on October 15, 1988. It is available on DVD in the box set released on April 26, 2005.

Plot Summary

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and April O'Neil use the "Crystal Converger" as they are driving around in the Turtle Van in search for the three Fragments of the Eye of Sarnath.

Meanwhile in the Technodrome, which is located in Dimension X, Krang and Shredder use the high tech equipment inside to locate the Fragment just outside New York City, near where a travelling carnival show has arrived.

The Crystal Converger has led the Turtles and April to the same carnival, but before they can find the Fragment, it's found by two small boys. While April unsuccessfully tries to buy it from them for three dollars, the Turtles are mistaken for performers and find themselves entertaining an audience, earning enough money to buy the Fragment from the small boys. But just then, Shredder and Baxter Stockman arrives and steals the fragment from the boys.

Back at their hideout, Shredder and Baxter Stockman discover another aspect of the fragment's power: as the crystal makes contact with residue from Dimension X on Shredder's boot, the crystal is able to create a mutating spore. Shredder believes that this will enable him to obtain the other two Fragments and defeat the Turtles.

Later in the sewers, the Turtles tell Splinter how they lost the Fragment to Shredder. Suddenly, a giant plant breaks the wall and attacks the Turtles. The Turtles defeat the plant, which retreats deeper into the sewers. The Turtles are convinced that the plant originates from Dimension X.


Mikey probably never heard the end of this.

At April's apartment, April and Irma are drinking coffee when someone knocks on the door. When April looks out, she finds a note containing only an address, signed "the TMNT." April goes alone to the address, which turns out to be an empty warehouse. Shredder, who had set the trap, captures April, ties her to a chair and gags her with a cloth, and uses her Turtle Com to contact the Turtles. He dares them to rescue April. The Turtles, disguised as pizza delivery boys, arrive at the warehouse. When Shredder and Baxter Stockman refuse to open the door, the Turtles throw pizzas at them until they run away. As the Turtles are untying April, a TV in the warehouse shows breaking news: a giant plant is destroying the city. As the plant escapes its way down into the sewer system, the Turtles' home, Splinter tells the Turtles to "start at the root of the problem." The Turtles follow the tracks from the plant, and Michelangelo is dressed as a female plant decoy to distract the giant plant, as the other Turtles attack it. Leonardo recalls Splinters word, and uses his katana swords to attack the "root of the plant", causing it do die.


  • Larry Parr

Character voices


  • Turtle Lair
  • Sewers
  • Technodrome
  • Carnival
  • Streets of New York
  • Shredder's hideout/423 Dock Street
  • April's Apartment



  • Crystal Converger
  • Turtlecoms

Home media releases


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Incredible Shrinking Turtles


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection


  • First appearance of April's new apartment since her old one was destroyed by Mousers in "A Thing About Rats".


  • The black piping on Irma's jumper disappears and reappears in some shots in April's apartment.
  • April's Turtlecom looks like the Turtles version when Shredder uses it to call the Turtles to rescue her, and it was cream coloured when Shredder pulled out out of her purse.
  • Raphael is on the side of the Turtle Van shooting at vines, but when the Turtle Van goes through an alley, Michelangelo replaces Raphael.
  • April's Turtlecom was coloured white with a blue inside when Shredder told Baxter to answer the door. 
  • The colours on Donatello's bo and strapping where switched after Shredder pulled Baxter through the window during their escape. 
  • Right before Shredder takes the Crystal from the kids, the kid's skin tones are swapped.


Shredder: Good catch, Baxter!

Baxter: You must admit, I do have soft hands.

- Somewhere off-screen, somebody's gay-dar has just gone off.

Shredder: A mutant plant! The perfect way to flush out those mutant turtles!

- One of Shredder's better plans?

Shredder: (hearing knock at door) Go see who that is!

Baxter: (looking through window in door to see the Turtles dressed in pizza delvery boy garb) It's four green pizza delivery boys.

Shredder: I don't remember ordering any pizzas. Especially green ones!

Raphael: (busting through door) Well you're gettin' em whether you want 'em or not!!!

(Baxter sneaks up behind Raphael before Michaelangelo splatters him with a pizza)

Baxter:I... I can't see!

Michelangelo: Well like, that was the plan dude!

- One of the Turtles better plans.
Shredder: It will take more than a pizza with extra olives to stop me!!


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