|“Panic in the Sewers”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) episode|
|Original airdate||November 24, 2012|
|Written by||Jeremy Shipp|
|Supervising Producer||Ant Ward|
|Directed by||Alan Wan|
"Panic in the Sewers" is the tenth episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series). It aired on November 24, 2012.
The episode begins with Splinter having a horrible nightmare about all of the Turtles being defeated and utterly destroyed by The Shredder. Feeling that this dream of his could've been a foreboding, Splinter decides to make his sons train much harder than they have been already - instead of letting them go up to the surface to stop crime. After having them train for weeks, the Turtles are completely exhausted and their harsh sensei finally allows them to take nothing but a short break...
Leonardo uses his free time to watch Space Heroes, Raphael takes care of Spike, and Michelangelo declares a prank war and hits Raphael with a water balloon, which angers him. Donatello, meanwhile, is building a new invention; an all-terrain Patrol Buggy with detachable sidecars. Michelangelo then hits him with a water balloon, and while Donatello chases him, he announces that Leonardo will be his next target.
Meanwhile, April pretends to be a pizza delivery boy in order to sneak a listening device into the Purple Dragons' hideout (as she too is aware of the impending danger). When she meets the Turtles back in the lair, they use the device to overhear the gang conversing about The Shredder's new plan to destroy the Turtles' home in the sewers (this implies that Saki was somehow able to figure out where they live). Seeing that their home is now in great jeopardy, Splinter reluctantly allows the Turtles to go topside and find out what The Shredder's plan is.
Later that day, the Turtles follow the Purple Dragons to The Shredder's hideout, but our heroes end up running into a mutated and much more powerful Chris Bradford outside of the building (Mikey later dubs him "Dogpound"). They get into a big fight with him, but he proves to be way too strong for them - and they are forced to use a smoke bomb to escape and avoid harm's way. Back in the lair, The Turtles and Splinter begin talking about finding a new home, but April refuses to let them give up and she volunteers to spy on Shredder. At first, everyone can only disapprove, but they are forced to give in when April points out that there is no other choice...
That night, April goes up to The Shredder's hideout, with the Turtles carefully watching over her from a nearby building. She tries the same pizza delivery trick with a Foot Ninja, but it does not work. So, she comes up with a new plan and tricks a man living in the building next door to let her in (as she disguises herself as a fireman) so that she can find a way onto the roof. She manages to jump to the roof of The Foot Headquarters and she peers in through a window, just in time to hear Shredder tell his wicked plan to his lackeys once more. April put's her phone on speaker so that the Turtles can hear. They do manage to hear Shredder mention a rare chemical, but the brothers then start arguing and they unfortunately miss the rest of the plan...
As Dogpound leaves the building with his team, he manages to hear April and Leo talking on their phones. He catches April, gags her, and tosses her in the van - and the Turtles are unable to come to her rescue in time. Leo begins to panic, but Raph snaps him out of it by reluctantly quoting a line from Space Heroes. The Turtles then chase after Dogpound's van in Donnie's incomplete yet operational Patrol Buggy. Dogpound and his team then hijack a tanker truck. Just as he's about to order a foot ninja to call Shredder, the Turtles appear in the buggy. A big chase ensues, during which Donnie reads the name of the chemical on the back of the truck and figures out The Shredder's plan. The tanker is full of chlorosulfonic acid, which reacts violently with water. If it gets poured into the sewers, it will incinerate the lair within seconds, including Splinter.
Soon, the tanker truck and the van with April inside split up in different directions. The Turtles detach the buggy's sidecars in order to follow both vehicles at once. Leo and Mikey follow Dogpound, while Donnie and Raph go to save April. Leo and Mikey try to stop the tanker by using their grappling hooks to latch onto it, but they easily break. Meanwhile, Raph and Donnie stop the van by throwing a ninja-smoke bomb into it, blinding the driver, Fong, and then popping the tires with Makibishi spikes. Some Foot Ninjas quickly emerge from the back of the van, but Raph and Donnie easily defeat them; April then finishes off Fong by slamming the van's door in the thug's face...
Mikey and Leo finally catch up to the tanker truck, and they take on Dogpound, but are unable to defeat him once again. They smoke bomb away, and then see one of the Foot Ninjas put a hose into the sewers. Leo orders Mikey to stop him, which he does while Leo attempts to distracts Dogpound, which results in one of his katana blades puncturing the tank. Leo quickly remembers what Donnie said about the chemical and tells Mikey to throw the water balloon that he was going to hit Leo with. Mikey throws the balloon at the leaking tanker, causing the entire truck to explode. Leo is about to congratulate Mikey when the latter throws another water balloon in his face, much to Leo's surprise...
At the Shredder's Lair, Dogpound promises that he will not fail the next time, but Shredder is very skeptical, and he slices off a piece of Dogpound's shoulder spike as punishment, attempting to say that he will kill Dogpound at the next failure...
Back at the sewer lair, Splinter congratulates the Turtles and apologizes for working them to the bone earlier. He says that there will be no more arduous training that day - unless Mikey throws a water balloon at Splinter (Mikey was actually about to do that). All of the other turtles then playfully attack Mikey, while the latter screams...
Raphael: "Donnie, you're crowding me."
Donatello: "Sorry..." (Donnie walks backs into some trash cans, making them to get knocked over and it startles Mikey, causing him to smack Raph in the face)
Mikey: "Sorry! All that Splinter talk about how we aren't ready has me thinkin'. Maybe we're in over our heads..."
Raphael: (Pounds on Mikey's head) "You're always in over your head."
Mikey: "I'm saying now we all are! And that scares me."
Leonardo: "It's okay to be scared Mikey. Raph is scared too."
Raphael: "I'm not scared!" (Leo taps the back of Raph's head and Raph freaks out)
Raphael: "AHH! (realises) Oh, uhm... ahem."
Raphael: "I can't believe I'm gonna say this..." (Imitates character from Space Heroes) "Get it together captain! You're our leader, so act like one!"
Leonardo: (Calms down) "You're right Raph, that was the anxiety ray talking."
Raphael: "That's it? You're not gonna slap yourself?"
Leonardo: (Leo strugs) Let's save April!
Raphael: And our home!
Leonardo: (Watching Space Heroes and then Raph turns the TV off with a with a shruiken, making Leo mad) What? Hey, what are doing?!
Raphael: Oh sorry, it was Spike's idea. He said Space Heroes is too stupid for him.
Leonardo: That's saying something considering he hangs out with you all day.
Raphael: Oh nice going Leo! You made him angry so I'm gonna mop the floor with your face!
Leonardo: Alright Raph, cool off.
Michelangelo: I can help with that! (Mikey throws a water balloon at Raph's face) Doctor Prankenstien strikes again! (Raph comes up to him, really mad)
Michelangelo: Dude, you should see your face right now. You look SO mad!
Raphael: Okay Spike, you'll like this show. It's called 'Does Mikey BEND That way?'! (Mikey screams and runs away) Come here, you! (Mikey screams in pain)
Leonardo: Mikey! Throw the water balloon!
Michealangelo: Uh, what water balloon?
Leonardo: The one you were gonna hit me with!
Michealangelo: (looks at water balloon) Dude! You are good. (throws the water balloon, Leo and Mikey take cover, and the van explodes in seconds)
Leonardo: Nice shot, Mikey.
Michealangelo: (hits Leo with a water balloon) Doctor Prankenstien for the win!
Leonardo: You had two? Where do you keep them? (Donnie and Raph come running up)
Raphael: Well, looks like we missed the fireworks!
Leonardo: Donnie, the go cart worked great, nice job!
Donatello: Thanks Leo. And it's a patrol buggy.
- This episode was originally titled "Mojo Rising".
- First appearance of the Patrol Buggy.
- Michelangelo gives Dogpound his name in this episode.
- According to April's student ID card, she is in the ninth grade, goes to Roosevelt High School and used to wear glasses and braces.
- Leo's caller ID on April's phone is "ichiban turtle", which means "number one turtle", and his picture is Captain Ryan.
- April is tied up and gagged with duct tape during the chase scene. When she gets out of the van later, her hands are still tied, but her mouth is uncovered.
- When Michelangelo throws a water balloon at Donatello, it is yellow, but when it hits Donatello, it is blue.