|“Raphael, Turtle of a Thousand Faces”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode|
|Original airdate||November 2, 1991|
|Written by||Dennis O'Flaherty|
"Raphael, Turtle of a Thousand Faces" is an episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.
Raphael's ego is bruised when the other Turtles refuse to take him seriously when he informs them that he is taking a correspondence class in the art of disguise, so he challenges his brothers to go to Central Park and pick him out of a crowd. If they can-- they all get free pizza. This is an offer that Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello cannot refuse.
Raphael goes to the nearest post office, grabs a wanted poster, and makes up his face to appear as none other than big time criminal Mad Dog McMutt and heads for the park. What Raphael does not know is that the real Mad Dog is taking a walk in the very same park and, after an encounter with a stray dog over a bone, is knocked unconscious and left hidden in the bushes.
Meanwhile, April O'Neil fears that her job is on the line and that she must find a news story by the end of the day or find a new job. When she sees Mad Dog McMutt strolling through the park she sees a golden opportunity. She convinces Irma to go with her as they attempt to follow McMutt.
The other three Turtles, who have been following Raphael, enter the park, find the McMutt wanted poster and realize that Raphel is disguised as the notorious crime figure. But elsewhere in the park, McMutt's thugs encounter Raphael as McMutt and take him back to their hideout so they can commit the "caper of the century" with April and Irma following close behind.
A few minutes later, the other three Turtles find the real McMutt who they believe to be Raphael -- only he has lost him memory and cannot remember who he is. The Turtles convince him that he is Raphael until he is attacked by the same stray dog, knocked down and regains his memory. McMutt pretends to be Raphael until he learns that the real Raphael is impersonating him and that his thugs believe that Raphael is McMutt.
Meanwhile, April and Irma have been caught by McMutt's thugs when they break into McMutt's hideout. Raphael reveals his true identity to them but his ruse is soon discovered when the real McMutt shows up.
April, Irma and Raphael are taken along for the ride when McMutt and his thugs "commit the crime of the century" which is literally stealing the Museum of Natural History -- it seems that McMutt has a thing for bones -- especially dinosaur bones.
His plans go awry when Irma and April get peeved enough to take on McMutt himself. And thanks to April and her video camera, Burne Thompson renews her contract at Channel 6 News.
However, a case of mistaken identity occurs when the Turtles mistake the real McMutt for Raphael and McMutt's goons mistake Raphael for McMutt. Even worse, his goons take him back to their hideout so they can commit the "caper of the century"!
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Splinter (Peter Renaday)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Irma Langinstein (Jennifer Darling)
- Mad Dog McMutt (Townsend Coleman)
- First Mad Dog goon (Peter Renaday)
- Second Mad Dog goon (Cam Clarke)
- Vice president of a bank (Rob Paulsen)
- First bank guard (Cam Clarke)
- Second bank guard (Peter Renaday)
- Police sergeant (Cam Clarke)
- Turtles' Lair
- Central Park
- Mad Dog's house
- Metro Bank
- Mad Dog's helicopter
- Museum of Natural History
- City post office
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 5
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- First appearance of Mad Dog McMutt
- Raphael's impersonation of Mad Dog sounds like Sylvester Stallone.