|“New Friend, Old Enemy”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) episode|
"We have so much in common!"
|Original airdate||October 13, 2012|
|Written by||Joshua Hamilton|
|Supervising Producer||Ant Ward|
|Directed by||Juan Jose Meza-Leon|
"New Friend, Old Enemy" is the fourth episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series). It premiered on October 13, 2012.
The episode opens with one of The Shredder's top henchmen (Chris Bradford) training with and defeating several Foot Ninjas in a room (which is in one of Bradford's dojos). When done, another top henchman named Xever slides open a nearby door, revealing The Shredder. Shredder then notifies to Bradford that his old sworn-enemy, Splinter, is still alive and apparently training his own ninjas, and he then tells Chris that he must hunt them down and wipe all of them out....Bradford quickly assures his master that he will most certainly not fail. Despite Bradford and Xever's 'petty rivalry', the two must work together to hunt down the Turtles...
The scene then shifts to the Turtles jumping across some rooftops in the city, challenging each other to see who can do the best flips...etc. Raph is the very last one to do so - but he instead jumps and tackles his brothers down. After getting themselves up, the group hears a noise nearby and they all quickly draw their weapons out, only to find a guileless cat...Raph then teases Leo. Mikey quickly grows fond of the cat after hearing it's owner call it's name. Mikey decides to return it to him, despite his brothers disapproval. So, he goes down and gets yelled at by the terrified man and then assaulted by the small cat, falling down a nearby latter. After a brief discussion about Mikey wanting to be friends with Chris Bradford (who is seen on a large billboard that is nearby), they are quickly ambushed by dozens of ninjas (The Foot Clan), and while the warriors are initially a challenge, our heroes manage to hold their ground at first, although they are soon attacked by a larger, masked man, who unbeknownst to them, is Chris Bradford himself. He quickly engages the four of them, and, using his brute and utter strength, he is able to gain the clear upper hand in the brief fight. After this little skirmish, the police quickly arrive and both teams escape before being spotted...
Leo later discusses the fight with Master Splinter and how the battle was not 'fair' at all, but Splinter then pins him down and tells him that he should be seeking victory, and not fairness in a fight. Meanwhile, the other Turtles are hanging out with April in the lair, while Mikey is excitedly reading a magazine which has an article in it about Bradford. April at first tries to convince him that he already has a human friend: her. But Mikey, putting in the fact that they saved her life, claims that she has to like them (this apparently makes a difference to him). Raphael then says that it's too bad that there isn't a place where "freaks can meet each other and see how hideous they are" in an attempt to frustrate Mikey. April then gets an idea - and asks if she can see Donnie's computer for a second.
She then shows Mikey a site where people can meet and become friends online so that they don't necessarily have to see each other in person. Mikey then makes Bradford his first friend and goes off to meet him...The other Turtles actually let him learn a valuable lesson, with Raph stating "The guy's gotta learn somehow, one way or another."
While Bradford is walking towards his house, Mikey surprises Bradford, whom immediately starts attacking him with multiple shurikens, but once Mikey promptly explains himself, Bradford asks him to come inside to join him...While all of the Turtles investigate where The Foot must've been observing them from, Mikey still continues to brag about his friendship with Bradford and he continues to tease Raph that the latter was wrong (spelling it "rong"), until all 3 turtles get really tired of listening to him. Mikey then goes off to meet Chris yet again. After surprising Bradford once again, he tries to get Mikey to reveal all of his secrets, in order to traitorously find Splinter's location. Bradford unwillingly teaches Mikey one of his own professional moves, "The Death Dragon", whom Mikey teaches to his brothers, revealing Bradford's true motives - when Splinter recognizes a seemingly familiar move during a sparring match between Leo and Raph. They quickly learn that their youthful brother is in grave danger (as he ONCE AGAIN heads off to meet his new "ally").
Meanwhile, Mikey is just arriving at Bradford's Dojo and is attacked once again by both Chris and Xever this time, and whilst he desperately tries to fend them off, he is eventually overwhelmed and defeated. Mikey then ponders over who his hostile assailant is and, at first, he is prompted to take a wild guess and asks if it's the man with the cat that he ran into earlier. Bradford then quickly removes his helmet, however, revealing his face, leaving Mikey completely appalled...
Leo, Raph, and Donnie soon arrive and are successful in saving their little brother, who was tied up by both Bradford and Xever. They then return to the sewer and are unkowingly being followed by Bradford and Xever, along with quite a few Foot troops. The Turtles, however, had arranged for all of this to happen and they quickly pick off all of the Foot Soldiers, and then they face off against the two masters; Bradford and Xever. The two are able to put up a really good fight against our heroes, but when they end up switching opponents, the Turtles end up gaining the upper hand. Mikey then personally defeats Chris by using the very same technique that he had taught him - and then the two dishonorable villains are truly defeated when they are flushed down the sewer drain......
After that, each of the Turtles promptly celebrate with a slice of Pizza in the lair, but Splinter is still quite wary because he now knows that Shedder knows he's alive - and even worse - The latter now knows about the existence of the Turtles as well. Splinter then tells them that this war is long from over - The struggle has merely begun....Later, Raph is seen cheering up a now very rueful Mikey by saying that he is an awesome guy and tells him that he deserves way better friends than random 'psychotic killing machines'. Mikey, rather encouraged by his brother's words, quickly un-friends Chris Bradford and smiles with a hint of revenge...
Raphael: "Are you an idiot? Wait, let me rephrase that. You're an idiot!"
Michelangelo: "Anyone wanna help me with this?" (Shows cat on his shell)
Michelangelo: (Copies Chris Bradford's pose from a billboard) "We've got so much in common."
Donatello: "Ninjas? In New York? Other than us?"
Michelangelo: "Maybe he'll show me his secret kata the 'Death Dragon'. And then I'll show him my secret kata 'The Secret Kata'..."
Master Splinter: (Tackles Leo to the ground with his staff) "Was that fair?"
April: "This guy's famous! He probably has hundreds of 'friends'!"
Michelangelo: (To Raph) "You just can't admit you were the 'R' word..."
(After Michelangelo demonstrates the Death Dragon to Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael)
(Splinter and the Turtles figure out that Bradford is Shredder's student)
Bradford: "We've already met face to face."
Raphael: "How ya doing, Mikey?"
Michelangelo: "Do you like pizza?"
- Chris Bradford's Foot Clan uniform looks very similar to The Shredder's costume from the Mirage Comics sans the trident blades on the helmet, right down to the red coloring. Bradford also bears a striking resemblance to Chuck Norris.
- The friending site which April showed Mikey is called "My Face, so-so social" - which is most likely a pun towards Facebook by both name and overall layout and MySpace.
- The other tabs Mikey was browsing through as seen during his conversation with Raph were:
- Ain't it hot news: Ninja Aliens?? - this particular title could be a reference to Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles re-boot movie and the controversy surrounding it due to Bay claiming that the movie would depict the Turtles as aliens rather than mutants.
- Plus, the video on the page had a picture of Snakeweed's concept art
- In the beginning of the episode, when the turtles are fighting the Foot, Leo is mistakenly shown with four swords: two of them he is holding, and the other two in his sheathes.
- The Billboard Breakout is a playset based on the Billboard in wich Mikey and Bradford were hanging out that has been released in 2014