Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 4 E 17 Outbreak

An outbreak occurs in New York as the Turtles come to encounter the mutants. This is all because the mutagen that Bishop used for faking an alien invasion has been spreading around the sewers.

This episode provides examples of

  • Area 51: the site of Bishop's base
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: the mutant bugs
  • Call Back: When Raph attacks a giant cockroach and it spews fluid all over him, he mentions Bishop's aliens in "Aliens Among Us"
  • Didn't See That Coming: Stockman admits that the alien clones' genetics were more potent than expected, as was how hard the Turtles fought them off. The leftover genetic material entered the sewers and mutated the local animals.
    "It was impossible to anticipate."
  • Discussed Trope: Mikey mentions that creepy voices/glowing eyes in the shadows is "never good" in monster movies
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he is the one who started the fake alien invasion, Bishop is not really pleased at finding out about the outbreak.
    "Doctor, my life's work is to defend humanity from extraterrestrial threat, and now you're telling me that I've unleashed this-this plague?!"
  • Foreshadowing: During the fight, the mutated sewer worker hits Donatello with one of its spiky tendrils. For the next several episodes, Donny will wear a bandage and feel progressively worse until he mutates into a monster.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • While Donny and Mikey collect raw materials, Leo and Raph stand guard for any Foot Ninjas that might come passing by, which does occur. Leo also says they'll eventually deal with the Foot, but on their terms—not Karai's.
    • When Stockman shows him pictures of mutated animals, Bishop immediately suspects these are the result of their phony invasion.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Bishop, when he's starting to transfer his mind to a cloned body.
  • The Greys: Bishop's abductors in the opening narration
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: The Turtles get beaten and injured all the time, but we rarely see them bandaged or wounded unless its after a big fight. So when Don is scratched by the mutant bug, and the camera makes sure the audience sees it, you can be sure that little scratch will be an important plot point later...
  • Narrator: Bishop's third time.
  • Oh Crap!: Mikey when the mutated sewer worker starts talking.
    "Please, tell me that thing didn't just talk."
  • The Reveal: The Teaser depicts Bishop's abduction and shows it occurred during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: When Todd, the city worker, is taken by the mutant bugs and mutated himself.
  • Sound-Only Death: when the mutant ticks are being incinerated by Bishop's men
  • Start of Darkness: The opening shows how Bishop become the Well-Intentioned Extremist he is in the present.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Occurs to Agent Bishop's body after his mind is transferred into a new one.
  • The Unreveal: Why Bishop was abducted and released.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The mutated sewer worker cutting Donatello with one of its tendrils will have consequences for the rest of the season.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Raph really hates bugs, although this is more to the point of 'being the crap out of them' rather than being paralyzed with fear because of them

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