The Big Rip-Off
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
Season Code: 3
Episode: 45
Original airdate December 20, 1989
Written by Michael Reaves
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Season

List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. "Beneath These Streets"
  2. "April Fool"
  3. "Sky Turtles"
  4. "Cowabunga Shredhead"
  5. "Invasion of the Turtle Snatchers"
  6. "The Old Switcheroo"
  7. "Turtles on Trial"
  8. "Attack of the 50-Foot Irma"
  9. "The Maltese Hamster"
  10. "The Fifth Turtle"
  11. "Camera Bugged"
  12. "The Ninja Sword of Nowhere"
  13. "Green With Jealousy"
  14. "Take Me to Your Leader"
  15. "Enter the Rat King"
  16. "Turtles at the Earth's Core"
  17. "Burne's Blues"
  18. "20,000 Leaks Under the City"
  19. "Beware the Lotus"
  20. "Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp"
  21. "Super Bebop & Mighty Rocksteady"
  22. "Blast from the Past"
  23. "Attack of Big MACC"
  24. "The Turtle Terminator"
  25. "The Grybyx"
  26. "Mutagen Monster"
  27. "Casey Jones - Outlaw Hero"
  28. "Michelangelo's Birthday"
  29. "Turtles, Turtles Everywhere"
  30. "Return of the Fly"
  31. "The Making of Metalhead"
  32. "Four Musketurtles"
  33. "Usagi Yojimbo"
  34. "Shredderville"
  35. "Corporate Raiders from Dimension X"
  36. "Usagi Come Home"
  37. "Leatherhead Meets the Rat King"
  38. "Case of the Hot Kimono"
  39. "Pizza by the Shred"
  40. "Bye, Bye, Fly"
  41. "The Gang's All Here"
  42. "The Missing Map"
  43. "The Great Boldini"
  44. "Mister Ogg Goes to Town"
  45. "The Big Rip-Off"
  46. "The Big Break-In"
  47. "The Big Blow Out"

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The Big Rip-Off is a season 3 episode of the 1987-1996 series. It is the first episode of the "Big Trilogy".


  • Michael Reaves

Character voices


  • Research Development Plant
  • Turtles' Lair
  • Technodrome
  • Fort Charles
  • Missile Plant



Home media releases


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Big Rip Off


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 6
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection



  • As Shredder's Transport Module crashed through the door of the portal chamber at the end of the episode, the modules drill tip was coloured pink, plus the damage sustained to the door disappears as it comes to a stop.
  • Bebop's shoes are colored white when Shredder contacts him at the plant and when he and Rocksteady grab hold of the hook to escape from the sticky oil.
  • Bebop's bandolier is colored brown instead of black in certain parts of the episode.
  • The door on Vernon's news van is coloured red and the "6" logo is colored red in the middle.
  • When Leonardo dodges Rocksteady's dagger, the strapping in his sword is colored gray.
  • Both buttons on Shredder and Rocksteady's Com Links are colored yellow instead of being yellow and red.
  • Rocksteady's image in Shredder's Com-Link is animated differently to how he is supposed to look in this episode.
  • The drill tip on Shredder's module is coloured pink as he crashed through into the Technodrome's control room.
  • The Turtles eye masks and belt letters were missing when they walked through the doors of CY-CLOMP's chamber
  • The rear top tread of Shredder's module was missing as it surfaced at the Fort.
  • When Bebop and Rocksteady flee the power plant, the seats and control panel inside their Transport Module are missing.
  • After Bebop and Rocksteady crashed through the wall at the power plant the outside shot showed a broken window instead of a broken wall.
  • As Donatello and Michaelangelo watch Bebop and Rocksteady crash through the wall, their shells are colored green.
  • The Transport Module is missing it's rear top tread and window as it surfaces at the missile plant.
  • When Raphael looks at himself in robot drone garb in the rest room mirror, he is missing a sai from his belt and his letter is not reversed in his reflection.
  • The Turtles weapons are smaller than normal when they are wearing their robot drone disguises.
  • The buttons of Rocksteady's Com-Link are both colored yellow when Shredder contacts him at the missile plant.
  • Michaelangelo's right leg and the bottom of his left were not drawn in when Donatello spoke upon arriving the Fort.
  • At the beginning, when Bebop and Rocksteady escape in the module, the back of the module appears to be spinning.
  • When the Turtles and April ran after Bebop and Rocksteady after the fight at the beginning, Leonardo was seen with Donatello's bo-staff.
  • Donatello is seen putting on the Killer Drone helmet twice.
  • When Bebop is seen on Shredder's monitor screen at the beginning, Bebop isn't seen with the comlink.
  • When the Technodrome is out of power, the monitor screen still shows the image of Bebop from the beginning.
  • When Bebop backs away from the Turtles after they gang up on him at the plant, some of the strapping on Donatello's bo is missing.
  • The top of Donatello's head flashes from purple and back when Rocksteady pounces on him.
  • The walls of Bebop and Rocksteady's module were colored dark gray instead of light gray when they were at the development plant and the inside of the door was colored white.
  • When Michaelangelo is talking just before Shredder arrives at the Fort, Leonardo is seen with Donatello's colors.
  • The trylithium crystal constantly switches colors from blue to pink when the Turtles play "keep away" with it with Shredder.
  • When the two robot drones throw April inside the vault, their stomach area is coloured green.
  • When the Turtles drive off from the Research Development Plant, the Turtle Van's "TURTLES" logo is misspelled as "TURTLE" and the teeth on the bumper are colored green.



  • Bebop: '[after he and Rocksteady return to the now-unpowered Technodrome] Hey, why are all da lights out?
  • Rocksteady: Maybe it's a surprise party. [Shredder enters, holding a candelabra] YEOW! It's Frankula!
  • Bebop: Uh, no way, it's Dracenstein!
  • Shredder: It's me, you idiots!
  • Rocksteady: Oh. Hehe, hi boss.

  • Rocksteady: Rocksteady here. Is that you, boss?
  • Shredder: No, it's the Tooth Fairy.
  • Bebop: Hey, lemmie talk to that crook! I left my little baby tusk under my pillow, and didn't get nothin'!

  • Shredder: Oh, I can't stand just sitting here in the dark, not knowing what's happening.
  • Krang: That's because you're usually sitting in the light, not knowing what's happening.

  • April: Gosh! I wonder what the explosion did to Shredder!!
  • Donatello: Nothing good I hope!

  • CY-CLOMP: [after Shredder give it his new orders] External signal detected, Password override accepted, New programming input, acknowledged!

  • Donatello: [after being run down by a robot drone] "Now I know how a highway feels!"


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