Daily Cartoon: Teenange Mutant Ninja Turtles S03E14: “20,000 Leaks Under the City”

What’s up everyone and welcome to another week of classic TMNT recaps! Hope you’re strapped in and ready to have your mind melted because this show promises to be an edge-of-your…eh, who am I kidding?

Look, let’s just keep going and try to find the good in all of this. Maybe make some funny jokes along the way. I like to think I’m pretty funny. Maybe I’ll say something good. See how easy that was? Now let’s watch TV.

S03E14 (Episode 32): 20,000 Leaks Under the City

Original Air Date: October 12, 1989

The Plot:

Krang’s plan for today is to build a giant pump that will transfer water and marine life from the ocean into the sewers to flush out the Turtles. Donatello also has an invention: a tubing boat with a motor so the Turtles can zip around the sewers in style.

Krang and Shredder turn on the pump and it sends a violent flood through the sewers that sweeps away the Turtles and Splinter. Things get dicey for a moment as it looks as if Splinter could meet his maker, but he’s rescued at the last second by Michelangelo who’s not only able to save his sensei, but also reach a ladder so him and his brothers can climb to the surface.

Donatello brings the Turtle Van around with floating tubes replacing the tires as the flooding now reaches the streets and…this doesn’t sound like the right Donatello. So just like in the last episode where there was a different actor playing Raphael, I have to look this up to see if that’s the case here as well.

Survey says: YEP! It looks as if Barry Gordon was the recognizable voice of Donatello from this run as it appears he did 186 of the 193 episodes in the series, but in today’s presentation we have Greg Berg who provides the voice of Donatello (and Bebop which was another of Gordon’s roles on the show) for the seven episodes  that Barry Gordon wasn’t involved in. There has to be a story around how and why things like this happened, but I’m sure that if I really look into it, the answer will be a very controversial “scheduling issue” or something boring like that. It’s just very strange and very noticeable while watching it back.

Where were we? Oh yeah, Krang flooded the city because he can’t turn off the water pump so he’s just emptying the Atlantic Ocean onto the streets of NYC. This includes all sea life including a giant squid that Shredder controls using a brain neurolizer device. Because you never speedboat around the city without bringing a neurolizer with you.

The Turtles and Shredder eventually have their confrontation with Shredder putting the giant squid to work to keep our heroes at bay, but April – now driving the Turtle Van while Splinter sits shotty – drives the van into Shredder’s boat knocking the control for the squid into the waiting hands of weird-voiced Donatello who uses it to attack Shredder and the mutants until Michelangelo decides he wants to play with it. He touches all the buttons and the squid releases the baddies who are able to escape while the other Turtles look at him with a giant WTF.

The squid heads back to the ocean where there isn’t supposed to be any water and the Turtles head back to the sewers which should still, in theory be flooded with water, but hey, facts never stopped anyone before, right? All that water and all those sea animals just magically disappeared just like Trump said COVID-19 would. Everyone goes home happy and disease free. Yay!

The Thoughts:

I know we’re just on this plot of the day format, but even knowing that this was an especially weak show. Literally they used a hose that you would use to drain a small swimming pool to empty the ocean and transfer it all to the NYC sewers. Also, apparently nobody is out in midtown Manhattan during the day besides April, the Turtles and the bad guys. No people, no one running scared, drowning or anything. If Shredder and Krang want to be taken seriously, they shouldn’t run these schemes unless they’re going to be causing maximum harm on innocent civilians. That’s just bad guy 101.

Main Man Standings:

Weak story, poor execution. Literally what happens when someone tells you to turn in your term paper by a certain time and you’ve spent the weeks before smoking pot and having corn fritters sent to you by the dozen on Uber Eats. Single main man, one star. Lame.

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