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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 2 E 1314 The Manhattan Project

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When earthquakes start happening around New York, the Turtles, April, and Casey go investigate what's causing them. Meanwhile, The Shredder comes back from his trip to Japan with a new accomplice: Tiger Claw.

This episode is also known as "Wormquake!" in several episode guides and broadcasting networks.

This episode contains examples of:

  • A Truce While We Gawk: When April and Casey show up in the middle of the fight between the turtles and the Foot riding a Kraathatrogon, everybody stops fighting and looks at them.
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  • Art Shift: The '87 universe is 2D animated, in comparison to the show's CGI.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Leo succumbs to Tiger Claw's requests to summon Splinter when he's about to drop Mikey in a furnace and when they're back in the lair, Leo's the one wrapping bandages around Mikey's injured arm.
  • Big Damn Reunion: The Foot is reunited and reorganized in this episode upon Shredder's return, with newcomer Tiger Claw as The Dragon.
  • Brick Joke: The Kraathatrogon ends up in the 1987 universe, which was briefly shown in the first part.
  • The Bus Came Back: Shredder, Rahzar, Stockman, and Fishface all return after being absent for several episodes, though Shredder was the only one with an excuse: being in Japan.
  • Disney Villain Death: Tiger Claw is eaten by a Kraathatrogon which is then teleported to the 1987 universe, though considering Casey survived, it was probably non-fatal. Subverted as of The Wrath Of Tiger Claw
    • Karai also gets one after Leo fails to catch her from falling, though she is shown to have survived in the ending.
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  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Karai feels this way when Shredder appoints Tiger Claw as his new second-in-command.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Karai stops Shredder from killing Splinter while he's poisoned and chained up, stating that it's better to beat him in a fair fight. Surprisingly, Tiger Claw agrees. Despite the fact they were the ones responsible for poisoning him in the first place.
  • Evolving Credits: The intro has once again been altered starting with this episode. More specifically in the Rogues Gallery section Mrs. Campbell, Snakeweed, Spider Bytez, the Rat King, and Dog Pound have been removed and replaced with a Squirrelanoid, Slash, Mutagen Man, Rahzar and Tigerclaw. Also the scene with the Turtles fighting Kraang Droids before climbing on top of a building is replaced with them firing grappling hooks and using them as zip lines.
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  • Freudian Slip: Karai accidentally calls Leonardo by his nickname when she's gloating over his capture.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: At one point while sneaking around, April tells Casey to stop what he's doing. Casey protests that he didn't do anything. April turns and sees a little Kraathatrogon nuzzling her behind. No prizes for guessing what she thought Casey was doing.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Donnie, April, and Casey are captured by the Kraang. Donnie tells them to go along with it until they're back in their dimension.
    Casey: For the record, I don't consider this a surrender!
  • Just Desserts: Tiger Claw gets eaten by a Kraathatrogon, but considering Casey's survival, it's unlikely to be permanent. And sure enough, he returns in "The Wrath of Tiger Claw".
  • Made of Iron: Tiger Claw says this of Splinter, who survived being poisoned.
  • Meet Your Early Installment Weirdness: The Turtles peek through a portal and see their 1987 counterparts, with Mikey asking why they look like dorks.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Kurtzman uses this as an analogy to the Kranng milking mutagen from the Kraathatrogons, complete with the arm gesture.
  • Mythology Gag: The title is the same as the 3rd NES game.
  • The Multiverse: Apparently canonical as of Turtles Forever.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The earthquakes caused by the Kraathatrogon allowed the turtles to save Splinter from the Foot and one of the Kraathatrogons swallows Tiger Claw.
  • Panthera Awesome: Tiger Claw, a mutated tiger.
  • Papa Wolf: Splinter shows his fatherly side to the turtles and tries to do the same thing for Karai.
  • Portal Door: It's revealed that the Kraang use them to travel to different dimensions or different points in the same dimension. One of them has a link to the '87 universe.
  • Role Reprisal: All of the original actors return to voice the '87 Turtles, but special mention goes to Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in that series, as he is also part of the regular cast as Donatello.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Stockman can be seen fleeing the room while the Foot tries to stop the Turtles from escaping with Splinter.
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  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    (after being introduced to Rahzar's new form) Shredder: You look terrible, Bradford.
  • Villainous Friendship: Fishface tries to stir up one with Tigerclaw by getting him some skim milk.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Karai is told she's really Miwa and by the end she's starting to wonder if it's true.
    • There's also the fact that the mutagen the Kraang are always carrying around is actually Kraathatrogon milk.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Raph directs this towards Leo, stating it was his fault Splinter was captured and gets this treatment from the viewers ignoring the fact that, if not for Splinter, he and his brothers would've fallen into the furnace.
  • Witch with a Capital B: April calls Karai an evil witch.
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