“Darkness on the Edge of Town”
Written by Marty Isenberg
Original Air Date: March 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)
Saki (Scottie Ray)
Hun (Greg Carey)
Foot Ninjas and Technicians
MAIN LOCATIONS, VEHICLES AND ACCESSORIES:
City streets and rooftops
East River Pier
Intro: Don is in the East river explaining the situation that brought he and his brothers here to battle the Foot. (This basic scene repeats itself later in the main action).
The guys are engaging in some extreme sports activities in the lair, when suddenly the lights go out. Splinter suggests they go topside to check things out. The Turtles use this opportunity to do a little above ground shreddin’ and thrashin’ on their boards, bikes, skates and scooters. The teens pick an area around the Metropolitan Museum of Art to get extreme. In the midst of their fun and games they notice a couple of Foot Ninjas breaking into the museum. They obviously can’t let this go uninvestigated, so into the museum they go.
The TMNT discover a group of Foot Ninjas trying to steal a particular sword from a Japanese artifact exhibit. The Turtles fight the Foot, but the bad guys end up making off with the sword as police sirens approach the museum, forcing our heroes to retreat into the sewers. The TMNT managed to snag an insignia off one of the Foot Ninja’s costumes during the skirmish, and when they show the logo to Master Splinter he acts very mysterious and forbids them to investigate further until he has meditated on the matter.
Back at Saki’s palace, Hun enters carrying the mysterious sword in his gloved hands. The weapon gives off some type of powerful vibration that requires all but Oroku Saki to wear gloves when handling it. After examining the sword, Saki tells Hun to take it to the Foot Tech division.
Not being able to conduct further investigations into the theft of the sword, the TMNT are kicking back in the lair, when suddenly the power goes out again. Don consults his computer and discovers that the center of the power outage is the South Street Seaport. Rationalizing that Splinter did not forbid them from investigating another power failure, the guys go topside to check into the blackout.
What they discover is a group of Foot technicians setting up a cannon like device with the stolen sword at its center. Upon activation, the sword starts to vibrate and tremble, emitting a powerful energy ray that the Foot then use to sweep at the river causing the water to part, thus exposing the river bottom. This activity also causes various other structures in the area to shudder violently. Fearing that the buildings will collapse, the Turtles decide to take matters into their own hands and shut down the “magic” sword. As the TMNT battle the Foot Ninjas protecting the area, the Foot technicians continue their sweep of the river.
As the battle rages on, the Foot technicians seem to find what they were looking for on the river bottom and call in a helicopter to haul it up and way. With their prize claimed, the Foot Techs prepare to shut down the cannon, but the Turtles interrupt them and a skirmish erupts. One of the Techs fires a laser that gets blocked and damages the cannon, causing the machine to go out of control. The TMNT rush to shut the sword-cannon down before it causes massive destruction on the waterfront. The Turtles manage to shut things down and grab the sword just as the city police arrive on the scene.
The TMNT bring the sword back to the lair where Splinter deems it a genuine mystery, putting it next to the TCRI canister for further study. In the meantime, back at Saki’s palace, he is incredibly angry at his troops for two things. First, the item they recovered from the river bottom was not what he was looking for and, second, they lost the sword. The troops explain about the intervention of these weird ninja frog, lizard, turtle beings, and we close with Saki vowing to get these unexplained pests out of his hair.