Recap: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 1 E 4 Meet Casey Jones

After losing his temper in a fight with Michelangelo, Raphael goes to the surface to let off some steam. Instead he runs across a masked vigilante named Casey Jones. His temper turns out to be worse than the turtle's, leading the two to butt heads. When Casey challenges Raph to a rematch, the Purple Dragons plan to get the drop on both of them.

Meanwhile, Mikey bugs Donatello to build the guys a "Battle Shell".

First appearance of Casey Jones (duh)

This episode provides examples of:

  • Adventure Rebuff: Splinter tries this, albeit unsuccessfully.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Raphael. Also the first episode to focus primarily on one turtle, rather than the whole group.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Earlier in the episode, Leonardo is training with Splinter to master the split kick. In the episode's climactic battle, Leo shows his brothers that he's mastered it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Casey tells Raph that when he was a kid, the Purple Dragons burned down his father's shop. Later episodes imply he was killed by the Dragons not long after that.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Normally when Casey goes into battle, he shouts "Goongala!". He ironically does not in his debut appearance.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Casey with Raph and, eventually, the other Turtles.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Casey Jones. He gets better though.
  • Precision F-Strike: Well, the best they could do for a kids' show at least.
    Raph: Hockey season's over. (knocks the hockey stick out of Casey's hands)
    Casey: Yeah? (takes out two baseball bats) Well baseball's in season. And so are you, you freaky, freakin' weirdo! Batter up!
  • Rule of Three: Leo performs the aforementioned split kick technique three times in a row.
  • Single Tear: Casey, after he tells Raph the story about the Purple Dragons threatening his dad.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Leo and Don call Raph out when he loses his temper and almost attacks Mikey with a metal pipe.
    Leonardo: Raphael! Have you lost your mind?!
    Donatello: You OK, Mikey? What were you thinking, Raph?!