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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 3 E 1 Within The Woods

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The Turtles retreat from New York with an injured Leonardo, and afraid of the fact he may not get better. Meanwhile, Raphael is captured by a Creep in the woods.


  • All Animals Are Dogs: After Raphael becomes a swamp plant mutant, he behaves like a dog. At first, he attacks Donnie and Mikey like a blood thirsty beast, but when The Creep has them captured in his lair he acts like a stupid friendly mutt with his tongue hanging out, etc, and when The Creep shows up, he backs away and whimpers in fear like a dog who has been abused.
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  • Blood Knight: Mikey's new favorite show, Crognard The Barbarian, shows the hero and his cohorts beating the tar out of peaceful Slug People.
  • Continuity Nod: While Donnie and Mikey are looking for Raph, Mikey theorizes he was eaten by squirrels, it's obvious, he was thinking about The Squirrelanoids who happen to be his worst fear. They then Come across some squirrels with really bad acne, which freak them out.
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted. Leo is in bad shape after the last episode. While he rises to the occasion, he's still pretty weak and struggles. His vocal chords also took a beating.
  • Internal Homage: Several times over. The Turtles talking shelter at a farmhouse with April monologuing, Casey fixing an old truck, and Leo recuperating in a bathtub with Raph watching over him take cues from "True Stories" from issue #11 of the original Mirage comic. This material was also seen in the 1990 movie (though it swapped Leo and Raph's roles note ). The episode also invokes "Cousin Sid," an episode of the 2003 series, where the Turtles retreated to a farmhouse after being injured in a battle with Shredder.
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  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Casey notes how Leo's voice now sounds different—acknowledging that Seth Green has taken over the role.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If Leo hadn't vomited the mutagen medicine, the Creep wouldn't have come into existence. Matter of fact, if Donnie hadn't made the medicine unpalatable (or tinkered with mutagen for medicine in the first place), Leo might not have thrown up. note 
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Befitting the slasher movie aspect of the character, at one point The Creep goes from following April to being right in front of her while chasing her in the woods.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: The Creep can reattach his arm.
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  • Vampiric Draining: While it does not use fangs, The Creep appears to drain the mutagen out while simultaneously turning the victim into a plant.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Probably because Leo vomiting the medicine was crucial to the plot.

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