Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 4 E 23 Adventures In Turtle Sitting

Donatello is sick so he is staying with Casey and April. However, he starts turning into one of the mutants that the Turtles will have to fight against.

This episode provides examples of

  • Back from the Dead: Baxter Stockman, thanks to Bishop saving his brain and attaching it to a new cyborg body.
  • Big "WHY?!": Stockman's reaction to being revived yet again.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: While Donny's not quite brainwashed, he is mutated and certainly crazy enough to live up to the spirit of the trope — unwitting Face–Heel Turn included.
  • The Bus Came Back: Leatherhead makes his first appearance since "Exodus".
  • Call-Back: All the way back to "Outbreak", which is where Don picked up the mutagen in the first place. Bishop bringing Stockman back in a new cyborg body is also a reference to "Insane in the Membrane".
  • Chekhov's Gun: The tunnel to April's apartment: introduced in "The Trouble with Augie".
  • Continuity Nod: this episode features April's basement apartment, which hadn't been seen or referenced since "The King," three seasons earlier. It even had the appropriate pieces of furniture in it, like Kirby's drawing desk.
  • Downer Ending: Donatello is left a mutated, mindless monster that must be kept in a cell.
  • Metamorphosis: Don into a monster.
  • Mythology Gag: The idea of a Turtle undergoing a secondary mutation into a monstrous form has appeared in other parts of the franchise, including the Fred Wolf series and Mirage's fourth volume.
  • Resist the Beast: Donny's transformation into mindless beast is obviously painful, yet he's able to resist it for long enough to beg April and Casey to 'stay away from' him as he runs from the room, only to turn into a monster and start attacking them.
  • Shout-Out: Mikey saying, "Like zoinks!". The title is also a reference to Adventures in Babysitting.
  • The Smart Guy: Leatherhead takes up Donnie's role as this in the team.
  • Unwanted Revival: Bishop retrieves Stockman's brain and attaches it to a new cyborg body, needing him to work on a cure for the outbreak. Stockman is absolutely mortified that he wasn't left to rest in peace.
  • We Need a Distraction