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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 2 E 1 The Mutation Situation

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The Turtles go up against the Kraang as they're delivering a shipment of Mutagen. In the process, they get another enemy neither of them wanted to have.


  • Aesop Amnesia: For the third time, the Turtles forget not to be cocky or arrogant. To their credit, they stop their behavior fairly quickly.
    • This is Justified Trope as they're teenagers and it usually takes a teen a few times to really understand life lessons. The fact that they stopped the behavior rather quickly probably means the lesson is finally starting to sink in.
  • Butt Cannon: The Biotroid has two of them, much to Donnie's shock.
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  • Continuity Nod: Aside from a new rocket, the turtle gliders, Kraang orb and April's war fan all make reappearances.
  • Downer Ending: Mutagen canisters are all over New York, April's father has become a monster because of it, and since the spilled mutagen was because of the Turtles' blunder, April no longer wants anything to do with them.
  • Evolving Credits: First episode to feature the opening being reworked, which was updated to include the most up-to-date Rogues (Rat King, Snakeweed, Mrs. Campbell, Kraang Prime, among others), as well as some other characters.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mikey, seriously. The way he tells April that they were the ones who spilled the mutagen on Kirby just makes you want to punch him in the face.
  • It's All My Fault: April blamed herself for her father's mutation until Mikey let slip that it was actually the Turtles' fault.
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  • Never Trust a Trailer: Not many trailers put emphasis on the conflict in the later half of the episode (Kirby's mutation), instead focusing on the first half and the monster the Kraang use.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Turtles accidentally mutate Kirby O' Neil.
    • Mikey basically ruins the Turtles' friendship with April when he reveals it was their fault.
  • Oh, Crap!: "Butt cannons? IT HAS BUTT CANNONS!?!?"
  • Organic Technology: The Biotroid.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Kirby could have gotten both April and himself out of the way instead of just shielding April with his own body, but he may have panicked and wasn't thinking straight.
    • If it turns out April is immune to mutagen, like she is to Kraang water, that's another reason his sacrifice was pointless.
  • Shout-Out: To "Dramatic Chipmunk" in the Sequel Hook.
  • Spin Attack
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: A rare nondeadly accidental example but still pretty bad since it was due to this airlock that dozens of canisters of ooze fell out (with one landing on poor Kirby).
  • We Used to Be Friends: April cuts off all ties with the Turtles when she finds out about her father's mutation, breaking poor Donnie's heart in the process.
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  • Wham Episode: Kirby is now a mutant and April hates the Turtles because it's their fault.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In-Universe April has this episode when she found out it was the boys' fault.
    • A meta example would be the fans' reaction when it seemed Leo, Raph, and Donnie weren't going to tell April it was their fault that her father mutated.
      • Though to be fair, they might not have done it so bluntly like Mikey unintentionally did (he did say it in a sense that kinda made it seem like they did it on purpose.)

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