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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 2 E 9 The Kraang Conspiracy

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April feels left out and insists on joining the Turtles on a mission to TCRI and a secret about April's past is revealed.


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  • Absentee Actor: Splinter does not appear in this episode.
    • Casey doesn't appear. Normally it wouldn't be noticeable except he made his official debut in the previous episode.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Kraang have been on Earth for 1000 years.
  • And Call Him "George"!: "April (Derp) hug turtle!"
  • Ass Kicks You: April Derp butt-bumps Leo when he tries to get Mikey away from her.
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  • Body Horror: April Derp is a highly deformed April clone, with a normal-looking head growing out of a larger head, mismatched limbs, and extra eyes and mouths placed randomly about.
  • Clones Are Expendable: Once the initial shock has passed, the Turtles have no problem dispatching the April clones. Though, to be fair, the first clone did lead the turtles into a Gas Chamber.
  • Clone Degeneration: April Derp, which is said to come from the Kraang's "reject bin".
  • Conspiracy Wall: Kurtzman has a corkboard full of pictures of the Turtles, mutants and the Kraang.
  • Damsel in Distress: April reveals that she is aware she's a part of this trope and does not like it.
  • The Elevator from Ipanema:
  • Gasshole: April Derp farts several times.
  • Grappling-Hook Gun
  • Half-Human Hybrid
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  • Innocently Insensitive: Mikey once again. He happily welcomes April to "the family" after they discover she's a mutant, while she is very obviously distressed by the news.
  • Killing for a Tissue Sample: The Kraang attempt to do this with April.
  • More Dakka: A Kraang appears in a machine that has a gatling gun attach to it.
  • Never Say "Die": As they're about to extract April's DNA, the Kraang say she's going to "expire."
  • No Body Left Behind: The April clones turn to black goo when killed.
  • Overly Long Tongue: April Derp has one coming from the mouth on her back.
  • Pokémon Speak: Except for one line (April hug turtle!), all April Derp says is "Derp."
  • The Reveal: April has psychic powers and is actually a half-Kraang mutant.
  • Shout-Out: Jack Kurtzman is modeled after Carl Kolchak, the paranormal investigator from the cult TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Raph even refers to him as a "stalker". The name "Jack Kurtzman" was a pseudonym once used by comic book artist Jack Kirby.
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  • Spot the Impostor: The turtles wind up surrounded by a crowd of nearly-complete April clones, one of which grabs the real April. The turtles have trouble telling which April is real until she produces her war fan and starts attacking the clones; only she has the fan and the training to use it.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The turtles attack April Derp unprovoked. She doesn't start attacking them until they attack her.
  • Where's the Fun in That?: The Kraang admit they could just use a strand of April's hair as a DNA sample, but it's not as entertaining.
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