Recap: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 1 E 4 New Friend Old Enemy

Michelangelo wanted to find proof that the Turtles can be friends with humans as well so he makes friends with a human named Chris Bradford.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: The plot of of the episode revolves around Michelangelo going onto a social networking site to try and prove that the Turtles can befriend humans, only for the person he meets to secretly be one of the Shredder's lieutenants.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Mikey gets this from Leo and Raph.
  • Bad Boss: Bradford actually kicks down one of the people training with him after he finds out that he has to work with Xever.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Bradford can do this with just his fingers.
  • Badass in Distress: Mikey.
  • Bait and Switch / Not His Sled: Longtime TMNT fans might have thought the cat Mikey found early in the episode would be Klunk, Mikey's pet cat in some incarnations. This was not the case.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Chris starts revealing his true colors to Mikey, Mikey first assumes Chris is the owner of the cat Mikey rescued earlier in the episode.
  • Continuity Nod: Leo says that it's nice to finally be fighting people instead of alien robots and weed monsters.
  • Co-Dragons: Bradford and Xever to the Shredder.
  • False Friend: When Michelangelo attempts to befriend Bradford, he goes with it and uses the connection to attempt to learn more about the turtles.
  • Fighting Fingerprint: Justified. A Kata is a training method, with numerous different schools using varied ones. And Bradford used the Master level kata of the Shredder...which Shredder likely developed SPECIFCALLY to deal with Hamato Yoshi, alias Splinter.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In one of the shots of Bradford's billboard, a building with the TCRI logo can be seen in the background.
  • Genius Bruiser: Bradford.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Mikey tries to return a cat to its owner because he wants to make friends with humans, despite his brothers' warnings that humans would freak out if they saw him. Not only does said human freak out at the sight of a giant talking turtle with ninja weapons, he thinks he's trying to hurt his cat. And then the cat, who'd been cute and friendly moments ago, attacks Mikey.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Chris teaches Mikey the Death Dragon, and Mikey uses that against him in the end.
  • Honor Before Reason: Inverted. Splinter calls Leo out for fighting fair because it gives the enemy a chance to win.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Mikey's motivation in this episode.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mikey towards April. Look at her face while this exchange occurs:
    April: Mikey, you already have a human friend; me!
    Mikey: April, you don't count. We saved your life! You have to like us!
  • It's All My Fault: Mikey says after he realizes Bradford, his new friend, actually works for the Shredder and that he's accidentally revealed the existence of himself and his family to their worst enemy.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While not so much meant to be Jerkass-ish, Splinter gets a little harsh and physical on Leo when Leo tries to justify what's fair and what isn't in battle.
    Splinter: (Tackles Leo to the ground and is pinning him with his staff) Was that fair?
    Leonardo: (On the ground) No!
    Splinter: Did I win?
    Leonardo: I see your point.
    (Splinter helps up Leonardo)
    Splinter: Seek victory, not fairness.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bradford is blatantly manipulating Mikey. The price of this, is that he has to deal with Mikey.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Bradford.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bradford's look is based on Chuck Norris, and he shares his name with a martial artist who wrote the Young Samurai books.
  • Opponent Switch: During the fight in the sewer.
  • Salt and Pepper: Bradford and Xever.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The preview commercial for makes no attempt to hide that Chris Bradford works for Shredder. They actually say it outright.
  • You're Insane!: A non-villainous example.
    Raphael: Are you an idiot? Wait, let me rephrase that. You're an idiot!