Tower of Power is episode number 143 of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. The episode is a part of the Vacation in Europe series from 1992-1993. The Vacation in Europe series takes place during season 4, so the Technodrome is still in Dimension X. This episode of the show was written by Michael Edens. It originally aired on September 11, 1993, in Syndication. For the duration of the vacation arc, Hal Rayle temporary voices Raphael.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Splinter win a boat trip to Europe, which delights the Turtles, and after some apprehension, Splinter agrees that this would be good for them. However, the trip starts off on a rough note when they find that their boat is a small, rusty one rather than a luxury liner. Splinter is eagerly anticipating their arrival in Paris, but the Turtles suffer from severe seasickness.
Krang has sent Shredder equipment to create a giant electromagnetic antenna, which can be used to pull the Technodrome through a dimensional portal to Earth. The only structure on Earth that will suit their needs is the Eiffel Tower.
The Turtles and Splinter arrive in Paris and end up checking out the Parisian sewers, although the Turtles are unenthusiastic. They practice their ninja skills, but Splinter easily trounces them.
April O'Neil, Vernon Fenwick and Irma from Channel 6 are also in Paris, to report from the celebrations of Bastille Day, when The Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady arrive and wire the Eiffel Tower, transforming it into a massive electromagnet. Every metal object nearby is immediately drawn up to the Eiffel Tower, including Vernon's microphone.
The Turtles' weapons are also affected by the sudden magnetic pull, and they go topside to investigate. As they run towards the Eiffel Tower, they hear April screaming from a nearby kitchen, where she's being menaced by flying cutlery. After rescuing her, they make their way to the Tower, which has drawn countless metal objects, including Shredder's armor. He orders Rocksteady to shut the generator down, and all the objects fall to the ground - including Vernon and Irma, who are barely saved by Michelangelo.
Donatello thinks it was a freak atmospheric occurrence and the Turtles go about their sightseeing. They spend some time sightseeing at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, where they are mistaken for gargoyles, and then to the Louvre, where they examine some great art.
April finds Shredder and his mutants preparing the generator for another attempt, and is caught when she slips off a ledge. She manages to transmit a message about what Shredder is doing, tipping off the Turtles to what is happening at the Eiffel Tower. The Turtles rush to the Tower just as it's about to be remagnetized, and fight Shredder and his mutants.
Shredder manages to momentarily triumph over the Turtles and switches on the generator, which begins yanking the Tower off of the Earth instead of pulling the Technodrome. The Turtles manage to get on board and free April, while also destroying the generator. The Tower crashes back down to Earth once again.
That night, there are fireworks in celebration of the Tower's return, but the Turtles have had enough excitement and want to return to the sewers.
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Raphael (Hal Rayle)
- Splinter (Peter Renaday)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Burne Thompson (Pat Fraley)
- Vernon Fenwick (Peter Renaday)
- Irma Langinstein (Jennifer Darling)
- Shredder (Jim Cummings)
- Bebop (Barry Gordon)
- Rocksteady (Cam Clarke)
- Krang (Pat Fraley)
- French Cafe Customer (Barry Gordon)
- First Sailor (Peter Renaday)
- Second Sailor (Pat Fraley)
- Turtles' Lair
- New York City Harbour
- Paris Streets
- Paris Sewer System
- Eiffel Tower
- A' Escargot Slimee French Restaurant
- Au Deux Croissants Cafe
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Neutronic Generator
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- Hal Rayle voices Raphael for this episode and the entire Vacation In Europe season.
- Jim Cummings voices Shredder.
- This side season was made in 1992 and was shown in the UK during Christmas of that year before being shown prior to the proper Season 7 run a year later.
- When Vernon walks to the Channel 6 newsvan after Burne drops April from the Bastille Day ceremony coverage he is seen walking straight through the rear door instead of around it.
- Vernon's jacket disappears when he falls into the giant cake.
- Irma's watch disappears from her wrist when she pulls out the scissors when she and Vernon are stuck on the tower.
- The "Stop" sign in the Turtles' lair is coloured green with orange letters.
- Donatello reads the letter from Greasy Eddie's Pizza but in Plan Six From Outer Space it was Michelangelo who originally read it.
- When the Turtle Van is first seen in the French sewer, the inside of it is not colored in.
- When all the weapons go flying at Donatello, even the wooden part of Michelangelo's nunchuks go flying at him, but wood isn't magnetic, plus Leonardo is seen with his swords back on his belt afterwards even though they are still seen attached to the wall.
- After Leonardo was thrown into the Turtle Van in practice, he was seen with Raphael's colours.
The origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' names
- In this episode, the turtles visit the Musée du Louvre in Paris, which includes paintings from the four Renaissance artists who gave the name of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Michelangelo mentions that it was a dude named Leonardo (Leonardo da Vinci) who drew the Mona Lisa painting.
- Irma: OK Vernon, You're on!
- Vernon: (nervously) Bonjour! We're coming to you (gulps) live from Paris. Uh, that's in France, you know...where the Bastille Day ceremonies are about to start, uh, uh...commence, uhhh...begin. (laughs nervously and adjusts collar) It's terrible when you know a lot of words!