It’s a new day which means a new episode of TMNT over her at Car JoeMez! Now that we’ve finally collected all the fragments of the Eye of Sarnath and then destroyed said fragments, we move on to the next chapter in the saga between our heroes in a halfshell and their nemesis.
Yesterday, I speculated that Shredder’s most recent failure would lead to some renewed tension between him and Krang. Krang has to come back to Earth at some point. I feel like he does. I don’t remember him just staying in Dimension X forever, but what do I know? It’s becoming very apparent that I don’t remember this show very well at all.
So, we keep watching…
S.2,E.6: “The Case of the Killer Pizzas”. Original Air Date: 11/05/1988
We open in Dimension X with Krang giving Shredder “the eggs he asked for” since he was unable to defeat the Turtles on his own. Basically, they send three little meatball-looking things through a portal and these will be what spells certain doom for the Turtles.
Baxter ponders how they’ll get the eggs to the Turtles, but Shredder is way ahead of him. He throws a pile of flyers advertising a pizza bake-off competition down the sewer and opens a fire hydrant to carry said flyers into the Turtles’ living room. Let’s conveniently forget that flyers don’t necessarily absorb water too well. Whatevs.
Splinter is able to tell from the scratch marks on the flyers that haven’t been at all damaged by being submerged in a fuck ton of flowing water that Shredder obviously is trying to lure the Turtles into a trap. Instead of thinking sensibly and maybe sitting this one out, Michelangelo is hyped that he’ll get to work up an appetite before getting to dine on all the pizza samples at the bake-off. Morons.
Once again, if Shredder always knows where to find the Turtles, why doesn’t he just kill them in their sleep? I don’t know. I have no answers. I’d say maybe because there’s no honor in that, but Shredder isn’t exactly constructed of the highest moral fiber.
Meanwhile, April and Irma are actually checking out the pizza bake and the Turtles pull April into a dark alley to slip into her DMs.They hand her a fistful of coupons to grab them some of the freebies and then decide to take a look for Shredder since that’s probably in the same realm of importance as free pizza.
Baxter is walking around and puts one of the eggs on each of the three premium prize pizzas that are about to be raffled off. But before they can be awarded, the pizzeria hosting the event gets a call for a delivery and decides to take two of the prize pies for that while they make fresh ones for the drawing.
The Turtles spot Shredder and chase him into the Leaning Tower of Pizza where Shredder fights valiantly against the foursome before being smashed in the face by a pizza topped with anchovies which knocks him clear out of the kitchen. Shredder HATES anchovies, for what it’s worth.
Back to the pizza raffle apparently being hosted by a Prince impersonator, they have Baxter pick the three winning tickets from the bingo tumbler and he announces three of the Turtles as winners despite there clearly being different names on the winning tickets. April delivers the pizzas to the boys and they give her a pie as a thank you for putting in their raffles.
She brings it back to Irma’s place for a little girl time and Irma pops it in the microwave. Turns out, the girls got the last pizza with the egg planted on it by Baxter and, once heated, the egg grows into a little red alien devil thing.
She calmly calls the Turtles and makes it seem like she’s under attack, when really, the little devil creature is fucking adorable. They wrap the monster in a carpet, but he burns his way out and hides in the rafters like he’s fucking Sting or something.
April amazingly knows the story about the pizzas getting switched out and already has all the info as to where the other two pizzas were being delivered so they take off in the Turtle Blimp and track down Mario the delivery boy who still hasn’t delivered them.
The Turtles can’t stop him before handing the pizzas off to two kids who immediately pop them in the microwave and, despite warnings still open the pizzas and free the creatures. April and Vernon luckily had enough time to meet up, get the news truck and follow the Blimp so they’re able to make a story out of all this chaos at the very least. Good for them.
The creatures head for the sewers (as well as the one that finally leaves Irma’s apartment) and we learn that water transforms them into much larger, less adorable monsters that resemble the aliens from ALIENS only in a yellow hue.
Down in the sewers the TMNT come across Shredder and Baxter who have a device that summons and controls the creatures so obviously they set them against the Turtles. Donatello is super smart, though, and knocks the device from Baxter and into the sewage which makes them uncontrollable. Luckily, Baxter has the instruction booklet and reads that zapping the monsters with an even larger burst of energy will turn them back into eggs. How convenient.
Michelangelo jumps in to try to recover the controller as the other three try to help out Shredder and Baxter because Splinter taught them honor or some other bullshit. Leonardo sees an electrical box and cuts the line to jolt the beasts back into eggs as Shredder and Baxter again escape.
The Turtles celebrate a good day’s work by having pizza where Michelangelo mixes up the meatballs meant for his pizza with the meatball eggs that turn into monsters. Everybody has a laugh.
Well, this was certainly something. I give the writers of the show a lot of credit. They certainly weren’t lacking in creativity as this is fucking out there.
Pretty typical fare for a TMNT episode. Overcome the odds, Shredder bails to fight another day. A nicely placed bit of humor. It’s a fine little episode.
A lot of the fun with this show is laughing about just how preposterous so many of these things are, but the whole show is based around four turtles who grow into mutants because they got slimed. It’s terrific.
Quote of the Day:
(After throwing his sai to unplug a villainous washing machine and being complimented by Splinter)
“Thank you, sensei. I’ve always been great against household appliances.” – Raphael in his best Chandler Bing
So that wraps up the 11th episode overall in this series. We’ve barely scratched the surface, but we roll on for another episode tomorrow. Thanks for reading.