|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode|
Battling the Mousers.
|Original airdate||February 8, 2003|
|Written by||Michael Ryan|
|Supervising Producer||Lloyd Goldfine|
|Frederick U. Fierst|
|Supervising Director||Chuck Patton|
|Story Editor:||Lloyd Goldfine|
Things Change is the first episode of the 2003-2009 animated TV series. It originally aired on 8 February 2003.
- Donatello (Sam Regal) (Debut)
- Leonardo (Michael Sinterniklaas) (Debut)
- Michelangelo (Wayne Grayson) (Debut)
- Purple Dragons (Debut)
- Raphael (Frank Frankson) (Debut)
- Splinter (Darren Dunstan) (Debut)
- Foot Ninja (Debut)
- Oroku Saki (Scottie Ray) (Debut)
Main Locations, Vehicles and Accessories
- New lair (Debut)
- Sewer tunnels (Debut)
- City streets and rooftops (Debut)
- Purple Dragon warehouse (Debut)
- Saki’s rooftop palace (Debut)
- Old lair (Debut)
- Armored truck (Battle Shell pre-mods) (Debut)
- Mousers (Debut)
- Shell Cell (Debut)
Leonardo: My name is Leonardo. And right now, my brothers and I are in a mess of trouble. Our backs are up against the wall in some trash strewn alley, cornered by the toughest street gang on the East Side.
Leonardo: "He's wrong. We're not wearing costumes."
This season opens with the TMNT enduring another one of Splinter’s training sessions in their lair, in which Leonardo is the only one to succeed. Raphael and Leonardo nearly get into a skirmish, but Splinter interrupts and gives his sons a lecture on the nature of ninjutsu and what they must learn.
Then the lair starts to shake and crumble. Suddenly, a horde of small robots burst through a wall, chewing their way through solid concrete and brick. A battle ensues between the mechanical menaces and the Turtles, who smash them to bits. Just after the Turtles and Splinter have defeated their robotic foes, the wall that the Mousers entered through collapses.
Leonardo is initially fearful that Splinter has been killed by the rubble, but Donatello successfully contacts Splinter via Shell-Cell. The fallen wall has only separated them, and all are unhurt. They agree to rendezvous in another part of the sewer system, but on their way, the Turtles find that another wall has collapsed, cutting them off. To get to the rendezvous point, the TMNT are forced to go above ground, and in doing so, they stumble upon a robbery taking place by The Purple Dragons. During the course of this side adventure, Raph is unintentionally locked inside the Dragons' armored truck. The rest of the guys can only watch and follow as Raphael gets hauled off, along with the stolen loot.
Meanwhile, Splinter is attacked a second time by the Mousers, this time at the rendezvous area. He ends up falling into a different level of the sewers, and finds a mysterious glowing doorway.
By taking rooftop shortcuts, the other three turtles are able to see where the truck stops to unload. Michelangelo drops down, dispatches a thug named Two Ton, and Don frees Raph by disabling the truck'selectronic lock. But, just as they are about to make their exit, the Turtles are cornered by a large number of Purple Dragons. They easily defeat them, but soon after their victory over the street thugs, numerous ninjas show up, surround our heroes, and face them in combat. The Turtles fare well against these mysterious ninjas at first, but they begin to get outmatched after awhile, mainly due to the sheer number of ninjas that keep coming. Therefore, the mutants decide to "borrow" the Purple Dragons' armored truck and get the shell out of there...
After ditching the truck in an abandoned sewer tunnel, the Turtles finally rendezvous with Splinter, who has a discovery to share with them. The Sensei has stumbled across an old abandoned chamber in the sewer system, and has decided that this will be their new home and headquarters. After inspecting the cavernous space, the turtles couldn’t agree more, and we leave them as they are beginning to make things tidy for living.
Meanwhile, in The Foot Headquarters, John, the leader of the Purple Dragons, is apologizing to his mysterious "boss", and swears to him that he won't fail again. Oroku Saki acknowledges this and says that John won't fail him again...ever, before approaching John and mercilessly killing him (off-screen); we hear John scream, and Saki sadistically laughing.
Splinter (after Leo extinguishes the flame): Well done Leonardo.
(Donny calls Splinter on the ShellCell)
(A Purple Dragon van is parked right over a manhole cover)
Mikey: Hey, this is a no-parking zone. Here's your ticket (holds up paper) and here's your fine! (kicks Two-Ton in the face)
Mikey: Don, are we beating them, or are they beating us? (Donny pulls Mikey into the van and shuts the door just as it gets riddled with shurikens)
(The guys throw bags of stolen money on the hood of a police car)
Mikey: No offense Master Splinter, but this place doesn't seem so great.
- This is the first appearance of the Turtles on television since the Saban 1997-1998 series, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.
- The introduction to the episode begins with a voice-over by Leonardo where the Turtles are cornered in an alley by the Purple Dragons. This sequence is identical to the opening of the first issue of the Mirage comic book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.
- The first episode of the 1987 TMNT series also had the Turtles fighting a street gang who took orders from the Shredder.
- The Turtles' original lair also looks similar to the lair in the first issue of the Mirage comic book.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Mouser robots in the 2003 series.
- This episode marks the first appearance of the Purple Dragons and Foot Ninja in the 2003 series.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Ch'rell, though his true identity is not yet made clear.
- The two cops in this episode are modeled after series creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
- This is the first episode where Mikey attempts to say his 1987 counterpart's famous catchphrase "Cowabunga!", but is stopped by Raph before he can finish.
- Despite accurately describing the Turtles by their species (albeit thinking they were costumes), the Purple Dragon leader in this episode calls them "frogs" when pleading for mercy before Oroku Saki.
- This episode is ranked #2 on the TMNT Top Ten.