Recap: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 1 E 9 Garbageman

A mysterious garbage truck is abducting homeless people and the Turtles look to find out why.

First appearance of The Professor

This episode provides examples of:

  • Disposable Vagrant: The Garbageman is taking homeless people to work on his island as slaves because, as Don points out, most people don't notice, or care if vagrants go missing.
  • Fat Bastard/ Fat Slob: the Garbageman is literally a ''big'' bad...
  • Island Base: The Garbageman's home/base of operations is a literal island of garbage in the city harbor. As Leo puts it, he could be up to anything he wants to and no one would notice.
  • King of the Homeless: The Professor
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Mikey just can't seem to find a good catchphrase in this episode. Even the Garbageman wants to shut him up...
  • The Bait: Mikey bemoans the fact that he's always the bait
    Mikey: ...especially when we're hunting 'shark'!
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Leo assumes that this is how the Garbageman has been able to operate unhindered. A few payoffs to the right people, and as long as he doesn't draw too much attention to himself, his island is off the radar.