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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 2 E 6 Target April O Neil

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April tries to resume her normal life, and she realizes that she may have put her friend in jeopardy when Karai starts hunting her again to test a new invention.

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  • Absentee Actor: Rahzar and Fishface are nowhere to be seen.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Chrome Dome goes out of control after it sees April. Of course, this is due to the fact that the Kraang programmed it to capture her.
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  • Badass Normal: Casey Jones held his own well against the upgraded foot soldiers.
  • Blade on a Stick: Donnie's naginata is back. Karai uses one as well.
  • Blood Knight: Casey.
  • Callback:
    • Up until the climax, April is still mad at the turtles.
    • Bradford's suit is back as a robot, nicknamed Chrome Dome.
    • The Kraang are still after April.
    • April still can't fight against Karai with ease (though she does a bit better this time).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Princess Zee quit the team because the others forgot about her birthday.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Donnie finally got a kiss from April. Granted, it was on the cheek, but it was enough to make him happy.
    • April forgiving the Turtles in general.
  • Easily Forgiven: It takes another incident in which April is in danger to forgive the turtles. To be fair, though, part of this was due to Casey agreeing that there are things we can't control.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Casey recalls the time when he lost his friend, which was an accident beyond his control. This is how April finds it easier to forgive the turtles.
    • The Shredder warns Karai that if she makes any more dealings with the Kraang without his approval, the results will not be pleasant. When Karai orders Chrome Dome to kill April O'Neil, the Kraang override Chrome Dome's programming to capture April alive and to destroy all threats, i.e. Karai.
  • Forgiveness: Casey told April that there are some things that can't be controlled, which leads April to forgive the Turtles, and saving her life doesn't hurt as well.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Chrome Dome is destroyed via its own weapon.
  • Impossible Shadow Puppets: Mikey distracts some Kraang droids with these. The first was plausible, but they got more implausible with each one.
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  • Improbable Weapon User: Casey uses his hockey stick against the foot soldiers.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite Donnie actually helping April in her time of need, you can't deny that he left his brothers to deal with a dangerous robot on their own.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Foot Bots now have an extra set of arms.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Much like his 1987 counterpart, Chrome Dome's only weak spot is on his back.
    • After being kissed by April at the end of the episode, Donatello screams "I love being a turtle", a quote that was frequently used in the live-action films and the 2003 animated series.
  • Reality Ensues: April founds out the hard way that just because she's out of the Turtles' lives doesn't mean that she's safe from the Foot Clan targeting her. Also, it leaves her unprepared for her second fight against Karai, who manages to beat her.
  • Rejected Apology: Donnie tried to apologise to April for mutating Kirby, but she was too busy chewing his head off.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Karai outright admits this is the reason she's after April, claiming she's "returning the favor" for her mother's murder by taking someone Splinter cares for.
  • Sequel Escalation: Could be seen as one to Karai's Vendetta, which also features Karai chasing after April trying to capture/harm her. Only this time, foot robots, a foot Elite Mook and the Kraang help Karai along, with the turtles taking a more active role in defending April as well.
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  • Stalker with a Crush: Donnie still can't let go of the fact that April is gone for good.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: April uses throwing knives as steps to reach the fire escape of a building during her chasing.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Spoofed when the princess on the anime quits the team. They say she's quit about 27 times before.
    • The same can be said for April. She has been mad with the turtles since the ending of season two's first episode and yet, she forgives the turtles in the end here.
  • Title Drop: Chrome Dome makes that drop when he activates his "subroutine". Though considering what happens through the episode, it's thematic as well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Donatello, via Power of Love. Karai, who normally gives Leo problems in combat, tries to end April and gets disarmed and knocked down within a matter of Donnie.
    • April shows that she's improved as well, and though she still can't beat Karai, she was able to do noticeably better this time.
  • Whip It Good: Chrome Dome had one, along with a light-saber katana.

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