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"