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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 5 E 11 The Curse Of Savanti Romero

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Savanti Romero returns to wreak havoc on New York with an army of monsters, and Renet recruits the Turtles to help her travel back in time to stop it from happening.


  • Continuity Nod:
    • April remarks that after dealing with foes such as aliens (Dregg, the Triceratons, etc.), demons (Kavaxas), and super-mutants (too many to list), it's nice to enjoy Halloween.
    • The Turtles helped Renet banish Savanti to the past back in "Turtles In Time".
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    • Mikey references how Raph was forced to wear a fairy princess costume for Halloween.
    • Raph is spooked by a hieroglyphic of Anubis, as it reminds him of the late Rahzar.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Dracula briefly appears at the beginning of the episode, watching April and Casey from an alley; he will be properly introduced in the next episode.
    • Frankenstein's monster briefly appears towards the beginning of the episode; he will be properly introduced two episodes from now.
  • Evil Gloating: Savanti pulls this off once the Turtles and Renet lead him to the Pharaoh's tomb.
    Savanti: I must thank you for doing all my hard work for me. You led me right into the tomb and even stumbled into the curse! Now, the Mummy of the Pharaoh is mine to command!
  • Face–Monster Turn: Both April and Casey are vampirized and turn on the Turtles almost immediately.
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  • Halloween Episode: The episode begins on Halloween.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: April and Casey get this treatment from the Turtles after they've been turned into vampires.
  • Legion of Doom: Savanti begins to form one of the monsters he recruits, starting with an ancient reanimated pharaoh.
  • Monster Mash: Savanti's monster army consists of such creatures as vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Mummy: The Turtles and Renet encounter several of them in the tomb.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Past stories in the mythos often establish that Halloween is the one day of the year in which they can roam the streets freely without scrutiny, and Raph affirms it in this series.
    • This episode confirms that Savanti was sent back to the Mesozoic Era, a fate that has befallen both of his past incarnations and similarly failed to stop him for good.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
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    • Renet accidentally enabled Savanti's escape from the Cretaceous Period.
    • The Turtles and Renet also end up clearing Savanti's way to the Mummy of the Pharaoh and activating the curse, allowing Savanti to take control of the Pharaoh. Savanti even takes the time to rub it in their faces.
  • Painful Transformation: Judging by April's reaction, being converted into a vampire is not pleasant.
    April: It feels like my blood is boiling!
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Raph runs up to the Pharaoh, punches him in the gut repeatedly, and even lands a solid kick to his face. The Pharaoh doesn't even flinch, and sends Raph flying with a single backhand.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Renet takes the Turtles back in time to stop Savanti from recruiting his army of monsters. However, the group only inadvertently helps Savanti recruit them as they go along.
  • Shout-Out: This episode, and the rest of the arc, is basically the show runners' excuse to really glut themselves with horror references.
    • The tombstones seen shortly after the end of the opening titles reference famous directors such as John Carpenter and Sam Raimi.
    • The lieutenant in the Spaces Heroes episode has been infected by a "Xenowolf virus." The only solution to the problem, putting him down, as well as the name of the virus, bear obvious resemblance to Xenomorph infection in the Alien franchise.
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: Mikey wards off the vampirized Casey with a slice of garlic pizza.
  • You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: Nothing the Turtles do can faze the Pharaoh; even Leo chopping his head off doesn't keep him down for long.
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