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.
  • Berserk Button: The Shredder is this for Leatherhead since he was an enemy of the Utroms.
  • 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"
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Turtles are able to beat the Turtle-bot because Splinter had trained them to use all sorts of weapons. The Turtle-bot can't keep up with the altered fighting styles.
  • Driven to Suicide: With the lair collapsing, Leatherhead holds it up so the Turtles can escape, but he won't even try to save himself. Next season would reveal that he survived the collapse, though, and was found by Bishop.
  • Evil Knockoff: Baxter Stockman's Turtle-bot.
  • Foreshadowing: In the beginning, Leonardo and Splinter watch a newscast on increasing gang activity, which will come to a head in "City At War".
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Due to Leatherhead's rages at the beginning, the Turtles and he come to blows at first. It's only after Leatherhead is pinned down by all four do they talk and befriend each other.
  • Metamorphosis: Leatherhead's back story and mutation are revealed
  • Mythology Gag: The Turtle-bot looks like Metalhead.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Stockman's gloating causes Leatherhead to learn about his connection to the Shredder and leads to him freaking out.
  • Not So Different: The Turtles and Leatherhead both being accidentally mutated by the ooze.
  • 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
  • True Companions: After seeing the Bittersweet Ending play out, Donny notes how the Turtles always have each other in the good times and the bad.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Leatherhead admits that losing his temper leads to this. It takes all the Turtles tackling him to hold him down long enough for him to calm down.
  • You Are Not Alone: Inverted. Leatherhead comes to this conclusion in the end, despite Mikey's desperate efforts to talk him out of it.