Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 4 E 19 Insane In The Membrane

The Turtles are dealing with the mutant outbreak using new equipment. At the same time, Stockman has plans on transferring his mind into a body he made for himself. However, Bishop warns him not to be in a hurry to do such a thing because it will decompose like all the alien creations that made the outbreak. Stockman gets impatient and does it anyway. At first, it's fine until it goes wrong. As he thought about where his life goes wrong, he found the person who is to blame for this: April.

This episode provides examples of

  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Stockman hallucinates April as his mother.
    "The sky was the limit. You were such a good boy. You had so much potential. What happened to you, baby doll?"
  • Body Horror: Stockman's body throughout the episode.
  • Continuity Nod
  • Darker and Edgier: Even for this show.
  • Demonization: In the midst of Sanity Slippage, Stockman "remembers" April as villainous and actively plotting against him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Stockman's flashbacks with his mother.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Bishop warns Stockman not to be hurry with transferring into another body because it will decompose like all the alien creations that made the outbreak. Boy, he's right after all.
  • Fingore: What caused Stockman to realize things was going wrong was his finger.
  • Flashback: Several of Baxter's life, including his mother and her eventual death.
  • Freudian Excuse: Many of Stockman's problems can be traced back to his mother's death—taking away the one positive influence in his life.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Stockman stated this in the opening narration.
  • Meaningful Echo: "The sky's the limit."
  • Missing Episode: Because of the disturbing content, this episode did not air on TV until 2015, on Nicktoons, although it was included on the DVD.
  • Morality Chain: Stockman's mother seems to be this. As established in a flashback, as a child he was going to use a bug as a test subject. But after talking to his mother, he decided to set it free instead.
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Sort of. During the climax, Baxter hallucinates April as his mother. Just as suddenly as he tried to kill her, he tries to save her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In his more lucid moments, Stockman recognizes that he not only got himself into this mess, but also that he never lived up to his potential and (in a sense) failed his mother.
  • Narrator: Stockman, for the first time.
  • Never My Fault: As soon as his body gets decomposed, Stockman pins the blame on April for that. While it's not unusual for Stockman to blame others for his own actions, this particular case is partly the result of Sanity Slippage.
    Stockman: I finally know who is truly responsible for my downfall, and with my new body, I shall have my revenge.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Said by Young Baxter after his mother dies.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Stockman on April.
  • Sanity Slippage: Stockman after his body started decomposing.
  • Series Continuity Error: In this episode, April is working in the underground lab, but in A Better Mousetrap, she doesn't even know about it. Of course, this episode does take place from the point of view of a man slowly going insane, so it's possible Stockman's memory is faulty.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Stockman used to be a fairly benevolent and principled scientist too until his ego and arrogance got the better of him.
  • Villain Episode: About Stockman.
  • Villain Has a Point: Ignoring the fact that he was breaking the law and that he tried to kill April first, Stockman is right in a sense: had she not brought the Turtles back to his lab, his scheme never would've been foiled, he never would've been punished by the Shredder, and he wouldn't have started losing body parts.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: for Stockman. He gets a new body only for it to decompose.