Recap: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 4 E 20 Return Of Savanti Part 1

When the Turtles visit a dinosaur exhibit at a museum they're alarmed to find a message from Savanti Romero, informing them that he intends to wipe out their entire timeline. Suddenly Renet turns up, and tells them that she's finally going to graduate from her apprenticeship, and her final exam is to deal with Savanti. Fearing what would happen to their timeline if Renet goes back alone, the Turtles accompany her - all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs.


This episode provides examples of

  • Anachronism Stew: Dinosaurs from all different periods are present in the Cretaceous.
  • Ascended Extra: While he was easily defeated and then Hijacked by Ganon in his first outing, Savanti becomes the sole Big Bad of this two-parter.
  • Continuity Nod: The Turtles met Savanti, Renet, and Lord Simultaneous back in "Time Travails".
    • Raph mentions the continuing mutant outbreak that began in "Outbreak".
  • Dead Guy Junior/ Call Back: Mikey names a Triceratops "Zog" after the Triceraton soldier they befriended in "Rogue In the House"
  • Dissonant Serenity: Leo's replies to Raph as listed in This Is Gonna Suck.
  • Foreshadowing: Donnie lets out a rather violent sneeze, and Leo notes he's been under the weather lately.
  • Genre Savvy:
    Leo: Alright, I know Savanti's setting a trap. You know Savanti's setting a trap.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Don starts a dinosaur stampede with one.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Discussed at the end.
    Raph: Hey, why'd they leave? You think we scared them off?
    Leo: ... Nope.
    Raph: You think something really horrible is coming now?
    Leo: Yup.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Savanti has one of these as a mount, and uses the bones of one to send a message to the Turtles in the present day.
  • You Do Not Want To Know: Splinter asks April to not tell him what's going on, as he claims it's probably better that he doesn't know.