Recap: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 2 E 12 What A Croc

Mikey encounters a giant crocodile in the sewers. When the Turtles track it down, they discover a big surprise...

First appearance of Leatherhead

This episode provides examples of

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Michelangelo is the first to encounter Leatherhead, and when he tells them, the rest of the Turtles disbelieve him. At this point in the series, they have already encountered/know the existence of ninjas, criminal organizations, superheroes, cryptids, aliens, and mystical forces, yet a giant crocodile (mutated in the same way they were) is unbelievable.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ends with the turtlesí old lair caving in on Leatherhead and Mikey pities him for being alone.
  • Continuity Nod: When Mikey tells his brothers he's seen a giant croc in the sewers, Leo reminds Raph that they encountered a giant albino crocodile when they were children, a reference to the Season 1 episode "Tales of Leo"
  • Evil Knockoff: Baxter Stockman's Turtle-bot.
  • Metamorphosis: Leatherhead's back story and mutation are revealed
  • Shout-Out: Mikey imitates Steve Irwin when he goes searching for Leatherhead
  • Reluctant Monster: The Turtles initially mistake Leatherhead for a mindless monster, until they learn the truth