Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 4 E 10 Dragons Rising

Since Hun took over the Purple Dragons they have moved on from common street thugs and become much more organized and dangerous. When the Turtles and Casey try to stop their latest heist they find this out first hand.

This episode provides examples of

  • Berserk Button: In his narration, Casey notes he's gotten better with his anger, but that some things still tick him off—Hun in particular.
  • Flashback: Casey has one of the last time he saw his father.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Leo does this to a random punk
  • Honor Before Reason: Deconstructed in the flashback. After the Purple Dragons destroyed his store, Casey's father decided to go to the cops, even though they warned him not to and his own family begged him not to. It got him killed, but the lesson left a mark on Casey.
    "Casey, sometimes, you just gotta stand up for what's right. Even if the odds are against ya, even if you're all alone, you gotta just stand up and do the right thing."
  • Manly Tears: Casey when he thinks of the last thing his father ever said to him.
  • Not So Above It All: Splinter plays poker with Raph and Casey in the beginning, and mocks them as he wins
  • Save the Villain: Casey saves Hun's life during the climax. He admits it was hard to do, but it was still the right thing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Hun transforms the Purple Dragons from a petty street gang working for the Foot into a far more sophisticated organization operating on its own.
  • Traintop Battle: The Turtles and Casey fight Hun on top a moving truck
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Leo delivers a particularly brutal one to his brothers and Casey at the end of the episode
    Leonardo: Half! We stopped half and only because we got lucky! Is that good enough for you? Is it?! We're always one step behind! We act like a bunch of amateurs! How many times are we gonna get beaten before you guys wise up and realize this isn't a game?! [storms off]
    Raphael: I hate to admit it, but he ain't wrong.
  • You Are Not Alone: In the final scene, Casey notes how he's always got good friends to stand by him no matter what.