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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninjaturtles 2012 S 3 E 5 Dream Beavers

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When each of the Turtles fall asleep and cannot wake up, April & Casey race desperately to revive them before they fall victim to the Dream Beavers

This episode is also known as "In Dreams."

Spoilers beware.

  • Actor Allusion: Robert Englund as a malevolent entity who stalks the protagonists in their dreams.
  • Affably Evil: Dave Beaver gets along well with Mikey at first and seems more of a playful Care Bear than anything, but he's soon shown to be just as evil as his brethren.
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  • All for Nothing: Turns out the Dream Beavers are all-but-powerless plushies when they are released into the real world, making the storekeeper's efforts to keep them off of Earth for 40 years completely pointless and counterproductive.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Bernie managed to stay awake for 40 years. In real life, he would be dead within a month.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dave Beaver, who is the recipient of several "SHUT UP, DAVE!"s over the course of the episode.
  • Chainsaw Good: Bernie chases Casey around his store with one when the latter attempts to take the Obturaculum Somniorum.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The above chainsaw is seen hanging on the wall behind the counter the first time Casey visits Bernie's store.
  • Continuity Nod: The Turtles, when being knocked through their dreams, go through almost every single environment they'd been to over the course of the show (Including Dimension X and the meat storage room they fought Tiger Claw in).
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Even after the turtles figure out they're in a collective dream, the Dream Beavers pretty much wipe the floor with them until Casey breaks the key locking the beavers in the dream dimension and the beavers decide to take their leave, even when they had the turtles completely at their mercy.
  • Disney Death: Donnie actually stops breathing at one point. Lucky for him, Casey breaks the key a few seconds later, which saves all four of them.
  • Doing In the Wizard: The Obturaculum Somniorum initially seems to be a Tome of Eldritch Lore, but turns out to be merely a hiding place for a mechanical device which keeps the Dream Beavers sealed in the dream realm.
  • Level Ate: Mikey's dream.
  • Monster of the Week: The fifth consecutive one.
  • Mythology Gag: The Turtles, while dreaming together, end up in comic book panels, once again referencing the fact the franchise started in comic books.
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  • Running Gag: Dave Beaver saying something, only for his brothers to tell him to shut up.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Dream Beavers entered the dimension of dreams forty years ago, but are only trapped there by Bernie's book. Turns out, they're harmless in our world.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Dream Beavers are of course big walking shout outs to Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, with the invading dreams, sharp claws, etc. Robert Englund even voices two of the four. The title is a shout out to the song that inspired that movie, "Dream Weaver", noted for an eerie intro and outro. The song, film, and this episode are all stories revolving around Dream Weaver's that are all very creepy indeed.
    • Bernie's chainsaw has "The Saw is Family" engraved on its blade.
    • Raph's dream involves giant albino snakes trying to eat him while dream-versions of his brothers play hard rock. You have exactly one guess as to what this is a giant reference to.
  • Smooch of Victory: A relieved April gives a big kiss on the cheek to Donny just as he and his brothers start coming out of their Dream Beaver-induced comas, thanks to Casey breaking the key keeping the beavers locked in the dream dimension.

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