Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 4 E 8 Bad Day

The Turtles and Master Splinter are having a very bad day. But as events spiral out of control, they realize this day is not all in seems...


This episode provides examples of

  • All Just a Dream: Well, mystical illusion.
  • And This Is For...: Mikey, Don and Raph attack the Shredder whilst screaming that that it's vengeance for April, Casey and Klunk.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Invoked. As he realizes the trick, Splinter says the grief he's experienced is actually quite hollow.
  • Bad Boss: Karai is less than respectful to the five Foot Mystics.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Though they would later insult his species, the Foot Mystics note that they appreciated that Ch'Rell had a healthy amount of respect for them, unlike his daughter. Not that Karai cares what they think.
  • From Bad to Worse: Invoked as part of the plan. Everything that can go wrong for the Turtles and Splinter does, and it only gets worse from there.
  • Genre Savvy: Splinter senses that something is not right with any of this. Concentrating on this gut feeling allows him to figure out the truth.
  • Losing the Team Spirit: The Foot Mystics try to invoke this trope in the Turtles by making it seem as though everything they care about has been destroyed or killed.
  • The Reveal: The Turtles haven't been battered by the Shredder and endured a horrible day; it was all an illusion created by the Foot Mystics. The ending also reveals that Karai is back and out for blood.
  • Rousing Speech: Splinter's appeal during the climax.
    "My sons, hear my voice! You are not injured! You are not battered! And most importantly, you are not beaten!"
  • Underestimating Badassery: One of the Foot Mystics admits that they underestimated Splinter's capabilities.
  • Villain Team-Up: The Shredder shows the Turtles that he's united their enemies against them. Of course, this is simply an illusion...
  • Why Won't You Die?: Mikey remarks that no matter what they do, the Shredder keeps coming back:
    Michelangelo: How many times do we have to get rid of this guy?

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