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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 3 E 8 Vision Quest

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After receiving a message from a spiritual messenger, the Turtles go on a quest for spiritual refinement in preparation for what's ahead.


  • Astral Projection: Splinter clarifies he is not dead, but his spirit has left his body.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: This flaw of Mikey's is faced head on in this episode. As Master Spliner puts it, he must be calm and still "like the Forest."
  • The Bus Came Back: Splinter and the Foot Clan make their first appearances since the second season finale.
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  • Don't Think, Feel: Splinter advises this to Donnie. He says Donnie relies not enough on his body and he must stand his ground to be "strong like the Mountain."
  • Elements of Nature: Each turtle is assigned one by Splinter for purposes of their individual vision quest themes. Leo is Air, Raph is Fire, Don is Mountain, and Mike is Forest. Each one correlates to how they need to improve and perfect themselves.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Turtles face off with their evil counterparts during their quest.
    • Leo Vs. Shredder: The leaders of their respective clans.
    • Mikey Vs. Rahzar: The Butt-Monkey's of their teams who have a minor rivalry.
    • Donnie Vs. Tigerclaw: Mostly Pair the Spares. Though Tigerclaw is not the Evil Genius of the Foot, he is still highly intelligent and is The Dragon. Donnie has been seen in a Number Two position to Leo before, even if it's usually Raph's role. Furthermore, both are associated with technology the most in the team.
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    • Raph Vs. Fishface: The Boisterous Bruiser's of the team, a fact acknowledged way back in the first season.
  • Evil Laugh: Tigerclaw enjoys quite a few of these when fighting Donnie.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Rahzar first appears to Mikey.
    Rahzar: Been a long time…
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After seven episodes of almost pure filler and bizarre mutants and foes, this episode puts the series back on track to return to New York.
  • The Marvelous Deer: The spirit deer is the herald that kicks off this whole adventure. It also has a humanoid form.
  • Mythology Gag: Splinter's spirit appearing to the Turtles around a campfire in the woods has appeared a few times in the mythos and is yet another direct link between this arc and the second act of the original live action movie.
    • Shredder kicking in Leo's leg is reminiscent of when he did the same to Mikey in the third season finale of the 2003 cartoon.
  • Out of Focus: April and Casey are left out of the spirit quest, as the former has not completed her training and the latter has not trained in ninjutsu at all.
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  • The Voiceless: The spirit deer who guides the Turtles, Leo in particular, on their spirit quests.
  • Wham Episode: Leo has fully recovered physically and emotionally, the Turtles have attained spiritual refinement, and decide the time has come to return to New York to face the Foot and the Kraang.
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