Season four of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is split into two sub-sections that aired concurrently: thirteen episodes which aired daily in syndication, and twenty-six episodes that premiered in hour-long double-bills on Saturday Mornings on CBS, which would serve as its home for the remainder of the whole series. A brief "Turtle Tips" segment aired between the two episodes which served as PSA about the environment or other issues. There were a total of 20 "Turtle Tips" segments produced and aired. The syndication episodes featured the original title sequence, while the CBS episodes deubted a new title sequence, and also did away with the show's title cards. During this season, the Technodrome is back in Dimension X, having been launched through a portal at the conclusion of season three. The season premiere, "Plan 6 from Outer Space", aired in syndication, and detailed how the villains' battle fortress crash-landed on an asteroid; in the later episode, "The Dimension X Story" a volcano on the asteroid erupted, immobilizing the Technodrome by surrounding it with molten lava. "The Dimension X Story" was evidently intended to be the first episode of the CBS run, as many other episodes which aired before it from both the syndication and CBS episodes refer to the Technodrome being trapped in lava, but wound up airing very late in the season. Note that the Vacation in Europe episodes take place between the first two episodes of this season. Some episodes from this season were based off titles from other works. "Plan 6 from Outer Space" was from Plan 9 from Outer Space a 1956 film. "Four Turtles and a Baby" came from Three Men and a Baby a 1987 film. "Turtlemaniac" was from Listomania an intense fan frenzy. "Planet of the Turtles", was like Planet of the Apes but with other turtles. "Name That Toon" came from Name That Tune a game show from December 1952 to 1985 in September. "Turtles of the Jungle" had many reference to the King Kong film. "Menace Maestro, Please", Shredder dressed up like the Phantom of the Opera. "Super Hero for a Day" was from King for a Day. "Back to the Egg" was a title from a 70s song.
Michaelangelo was reading a Bugman comic Splinter interrupts and tells him you are late for your practice. During their practice the power suddenly goes out. While Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael goes to check the electricity Michaelangelo continues to read his Bugman comics. Suddenly he hears someone screaming and thinks the other turtles are in the wrong path. However he again someone screaming and checks it out. It was a man named Brick Bradley been tied up on a chain in a piece of wood. Michaelangelo dives into the water to rescues him. Later Brick wakes up and sees Michaelangelo holding his chain and tells him to get rid of it. Michaelangelo is confused and tells him it's only a chain but he tells him it's List the night. He quickly throws it away after realizing he's weakness. Michaelangelo notices him and his weakness and tells him that you are Bugman. And he tells him that i am Bugman and tells him that he had many enemies and he tells him that i have all the comics about him and his enemies. Brick explains to him how he become Bugman while working in a science lab experimenting some insects he trips on a cable landing on his experiment and screams. After his accident while on his way back home a group of bank robbers robs a nearby bank and nearly hits him with their truck but manages to jump out of the way while walking through the road he slowly turns into Bugman and how he defeats the robbers by carrying their truck into a prison. Michaelangelo shows his comic about Electrozapper and he tells him he's in the power plant. After watching April's news about Bugman beating Electrozapper Michaelangelo tells the other turtles that April has gone buggy leading the other turtles to beat him using their pillows. Michaelangelo tells them that he's only kidding and begs them to stop and they continue beating him and he yells in pain.
Character voices Edit
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Michaelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- Splinter (Peter Renaday)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Burne Thompson (Pat Fraley)
- Brick Bradley/Bugman (Dan Gilvezan)
- Electrozapper (Pat Fraley)
- Doctor Dome (Peter Renaday)
- First appearance of Brick Bradley/Bugman
- Doctor Dome's (one of Bugman's enemies) name is a parody of the Marvel supervillain Doctor Doom.
- The plot of this episode loosely resembles the episode "Captain Steel Saves the Day" from The Real Ghostbusters but in this episode the Bugman comic book characters exist in the TMNT universe.
- Leestanite, the substance to which Bugman is weak to, is named after famed Marvel Comics author Stan Lee. Bugman's powers and origin story were inspired by Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, both of whom were created by Lee. The villain Electrozapper may also have been based off the Spider-Man villain Electro.
- When Raphael and Donatello free April from the fire at the power station Donatello's bo disappears like magic when it's laying on the ground.
- When the Turtles are practicing their ninja skills, Michelangelo is seen with Donatello's colours and Donatello's letter in a shot.
- When Leonardo asked where Michelangelo is, his mouth didn't move.