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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 3 E 3 Buried Secrets

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A Kraang Ship and April's Mother are discovered underneath the farm house.

  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Casey is...rather blunt when April's mom asks what happened to Kirby, and Raph elbows him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Take a wild guess. Although "sheep's clothing" may not be entirely accurate.
  • Cassandra Truth: Mikey quickly senses that there's something "off" about April's mother, but nobody listens. To be fair, he is Mikey.
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  • Darker and Edgier: Easily the most horrific episode of the season so far and one of the darkest of the series, right along with episodes featuring the Rat King or the like.
  • The Dreaded: The Kraang themselves thought that Mom-Thing was too dangerous and uncontrollable, and put it in stasis.
  • Evil-Detecting Cat: Ice Cream Kitty, who had just been happily playing with Mikey, starts hissing at the window when it notices Mrs. O'Neil is outside.
  • Foreshadowing: Mom-Thing has green eyes, just like Irma.
    • At the end of the episode, some frogs are shown getting into the mutagen that was spilled when Mikey and Mom-Thing first fought.
  • Gorn: Much like the original Thing, the true form of April's mom is incredibly grotesque and resembling guts and muscles being torn inside out.
  • Halloween Episode: While Raph is watching TV at one point, a flashing pumpkin is on-screen, placing the events of this episode somewhere in October, appropriately around Halloween. This makes the creepy stuff that goes down in this episode all the more frightful.
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  • Hero with Bad Publicity/What the Hell, Hero?: Mikey's distrust towards Mrs. O' Neil causes some problems. However, it turns out he was right.
  • Hope Spot: The ending reveals Mom-Thing is a krong experiment combing Krang DNA with Mrs. O'Neil's, and that it was a defective clone like seen when the Krang captured April. Meaning there is a possibility of the real Mrs. O'Neil is still alive somewhere.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Casey is far too flippant about Kirby's recent mutation when Mrs. O'Neil asks about him.
  • I Told You So: At the end of the episode, Mikey has to rub it in that he was right.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The gang's chores around the house are turned into an epic combat situation.
  • One Bad Mother: Who do you think?
  • Person as Verb: Raph refers to Casey's Innocently Insensitive moment as "pulling a Mikey".
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  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The turtles react to Mikey attacking April's mom about as well as you'd expect.
    Donatello: Michaelangelo. You. Attacked. April's. MOTHER?!
  • Remake Cameo: April's mom is played by Renae Jacobson, aka April's voice actor in the 1987 show.
  • Villain Ball: Mom-Thing had April completely on its side until it grew impatient and threatened her.
  • Villain of the Week: Much like the first two episodes of the season.
  • Whole Plot Reference: With the assimilation of the Turtles and Casey, themes of trust and paranoia, an Eldritch Abomination with an inhuman moan as its' true sound, and the overall gruesome Gorn, this episode is a full homage to The Thing (1982). And boy does this description not even begin to describe it.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: April reunites with her mom, only to discover its a malicious Kraang experiment.


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