The Maltese Hamster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
Season Code: 3
Episode: 4
Original airdate October 24, 1989
Written by David Wise
Episode chronology
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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 Maltese Hamster is a season 3 episode of the 1987-1996 series.


  • David Wise

Character voices


  • Turtles' Lair
  • Channel 6
  • The Meat Rack
  • City Streets
  • Schlavackni's (???) Antiques


Home media releases


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



  • First episode in which Shredder hires gangsters to help him locate various objects and artifacts to help him take over the world.
  • Krang is not in this episode.
  • Townsend Coleman takes over voicing Burne Thompson in this episode, which is the first time another voice actor takes over voicing characters temporarily when the main voice actor is absent.
  • The episode is loosely based on the classic Humphrey Bogart crime film The Maltese Falcon.


  • When the Turtles were in disbelief at April finding the Maltese Hamster in the antique shop window, Donatello and Raphael's voices were switched. The same happened when they ran in the antique shop searching for Michelangelo.
  • Rocksteady was seen with a live fish in his mouth in the shot following him falling out of the Module but in the previous shot there was nothing there.
  • When Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello run into the antique shop looking for Michelangelo, the mass on the floor looks like snow.
  • When Tony Vivaldi said Donatello must have come back to life, his mouth didn't move.


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