“A Better Mousetrap”
Written by Marty Isenberg
Original Air Date: February 15, 2003
Supervising Producer: Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst, Al Kahn, Norman Grossfeld, Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director: Chuck Patton
Story Editor: Lloyd Goldfine
Donatello (Sam Regal)
Leonardo (Michael Sinterniklaas)
Michelangelo (Wayne Grayson)
Raphael (Frank Frankson)
Splinter (Darren Dunstan)
April O’Neil (Veronica Taylor)
Saki (Scottie Ray)
Baxter Stockman (Scott Willliams)
MAIN LOCATIONS, VEHICLES AND ACCESSORIES:
Intro: The TMNT are following a Mouser to find out where they are coming from and Don is thinking these robot rat-catchers are pretty cool, even as he seeks to destroy them. (This basic scene repeats itself later in the main action).
Mike and Don are in the lair with Splinter. Mike is setting up his video wall, a floor to ceiling stack of TVs and computer monitors, and Don is studying one of the disabled Mousers from episode one. Raph and Leo arrive on the SewerSled after getting the rest of their belongings from the old, trashed, lair. When Mike plugs in the video wall, the first thing that comes on screen is a TV report about Baxter Stockman and his latest invention, the Stocktronics Mouser. The TMNT and Splinter watch intently as Stockman talks about the very robots that destroyed the old lair and almost destroyed them. The TV report also introduces them to April O’Neil, Stockman’s assistant, for the very first time. As the report ends the TMNT want to immediately go find Stockman and put a stop to his Mouser project, but Splinter forbids another above ground adventure in light of what happened last time.
Later that night, Don gets the damaged Mouser he has been working on fixed and the guys decide to follow it home, in spite of Splinter’s warning.
Meanwhile, back at Stocktronics, April has her suspicions about the whole Mouser project and her boss’ motives, and she starts to investigate by breaking into Stockman’s private office. She discovers a secret door to a secret elevator. Being the inquisitive type, O’Neil decides to see where the elevator goes. After a long trip down, the elevator finally stops at a massive underground Mouser assembly and storage facility. There are hundreds of Mousers lined up and more being produced. This is way more Mousers than the city could possibly need to solve the rat problem! April concludes that Stockman must have some other goal in mind. As O’Neil is continuing her investigation, Baxter shows up and discovers her. The inventor confronts his assistant and then sends a group of Mousers after her as she tries to escape in the sewer tunnels.
We now have April running away from the Mousers in the sewers and the TMNT following a Mouser towards Stockman’s lab in the sewers. Inevitably the two groups cross paths and a huge Turtles Vs Mousers battle occurs. The Turtles defeat the group of Mousers that were after April, but when April finally gets a good look at her saviors she passes out from the shock of seeing four giant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The episode ends with the TMNT trying to decide what to do with an unconscious young woman. Stay tuned!