EPISODE SEVENTY FIVE
“The Real World” Part Two
Written by Michael Ryan
Original Air Date: April 2, 2005
Supervising Producer: Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst, Al Kahn, Norman Grossfeld, Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director: Roy Burdine
Story Editor: Lloyd Goldfine
Donatello (Sam Regal)
Leonardo (Michael Sinterniklaas)
Michelangelo (Wayne Grayson)
Raphael (John Campbell)
MAIN LOCATIONS, VEHICLES AND ACCESSORIES:
The Battle Nexus
The Cursed Battle Nexus
Lord Simultaneous’ Time Scepter
Ultimate Daimyo’s War Staff
Intro: Leonardo recalls how he and his family were assaulted in their lair by Ultimate Drako. The villain used the Time Scepter to send Leonardo across time and space to Usagi Yojimbo’s homeworld. After thwarting a kidnapping there, the two friends traveled to the Battle Nexus to seek the Ultimate Daimyo’s help…
Act 1: Open with Leo and Usagi arriving at the Battle Nexus. All is quiet and the stadium is abandoned, as there is no tournament going on. The friends enter the Ultimate Daimyo’s palace. As they approach the Daimyo, he seems old and weak. The Daimyo is accompanied by the Gyoji and has his War Staff on display. Leo and Usagi kneel before the Daimyo and Leo begins to tell him about Ultimate Drako’s treachery and asks for help in finding and rescuing his family. During the request, the Daimyo is sleepy and inattentive, but Gyoji urges Leonardo to continue.
As Leo finishes his story, the Daimyo stirs and suddenly grows angry. The Battle Nexus overseer blames the Turtles and Splinter for the loss of his son and orders his guards to lock Usagi and Leonardo in the dungeons forever. With this, the Daimyo’s personal guards rush into the chamber and surround our shocked heroes.
Act 2: As the guards attack, Usagi and Leo reluctantly defend themselves. The two warriors get the upper hand quickly and escape through a paper window. Leonardo uses his ninja claws to cling to the sheer walls of the castle while Usagi clings to his ally. The guards peer over the precipice. Thinking that the pair have jumped into the river below, the Daimyo’s soldiers rush off to see if their quarry survived the fall.
A bit later, Leonardo and Usagi reenter the palace. Leonardo decides that they will need to steal the Daimyo’s War Staff in order to save Splinter and the other Turtles. Usagi notes that they’ll also have to help the Daimyo, who clearly isn’t in his right mind.
Cut to the Palace hall, where Leo and Usagi have snuck into. They stealthily take out two cloaked guards and use the very same cloaks to disguise themselves. Reentering the Daimyo’s throne room, Leonardo and Usagi quickly dispatch three more guards and grab the War Staff as the Daimyo continues in his fretful slumber. Suddenly, the Gyoji appears. Leonardo tells the aide that he doesn’t wish to fight, but surprisingly, Gyoji states that he wishes to help them and beckons the two heroes to follow him.
In a nearby antechamber, Gyoji instructs Leo on how to use the War Staff. While doing so, the Daimyo’s assistant summons a scrying window to view Splinter and the other Turtles. The window reveals an unconscious Splinter who is being held the very dungeons of the palace! Leo tries to summon his Sensei, but is unsuccessful. Gyoji tells Leonardo to try to save his brothers instead, but his attempts keep failing. Mike, Raph and Don simply phase momentarily (as seen on the scrying window via flashbacks of earlier episodes). Frustrated, Leo hands the Gyoji the War Staff for help. With this, the Gyoji erupts in laughter as he transforms into Ultimate Drako, now holding both the War Staff and the Time Scepter.
Act 3: As Ultimate Drako reveals himself, Leo and Usagi attack, but their efforts are futile as Ultimate Drako simply uses the Time Scepter to freeze them. The villain then uses the staff to transform the palace into a harsh, rocky desert. Leo and Usagi stand on a plateau where they’re surrounded by a torrent of purple wind and hulking enemies. As our heroes unsheathe their blades, the zombie warriors of past Battle Nexus champions begin to attack. Usagi is knocked to the ground and Leonardo is left alone to defend him.
As Ultimate Drako watches Leo struggle, he uses the War Staff to summon the Daimyo and Splinter and prepares to finish them off as well.
Act 4: As Ultimate Drako is about to slay the Daimyo; he suddenly has a moral dilemma (after all, half of him is still the Daimyo’s son). As he argues with himself over what to do, he doesn’t realize that Splinter has awakened. Master Splinter attacks the evildoer, grabbing onto the War Staff. As they fight over possession of the staff, Splinter somehow activates its powers. Splinter summons his sons to him, and Raph, Mike and Don appear in a flash of green energy. The three brothers attack Ultimate Drako, who drops the Time Scepter and relinquishes the War Staff to Splinter. As Mikey and Raph grab the Time Scepter, energy begins to leap between it and the War Staff and then shoots out all around the cursed Battle Nexus. The palace reappears around the group while Leo and Usagi find themselves standing in the stadium. As the energy hits Ultimate Drako, it separates the being back into its two original forms (Drako and the Ultimate Ninja). The two then turn into statues and crumble into dust.
The heroes begin to look around in puzzlement – no one knows how the staves did these things. Suddenly, Lord Simultaneous appears and takes his Time Scepter. Simultaneous explains that the Scepter has a mind of its own, and naturally put everything the way that it should be (with a little help from the War Staff). The Daimyo is still dozing, moaning about the loss of his son. Simultaneous looks at the Turtles and tells them that he will demonstrate the good that the Time Scepter can do, when wielded by virtuous hands. With that, the time lord turns the pile of ash that was the Ultimate Ninja into his eight-year-old self. The boy rushes to his father, crying about having an awful nightmare. The awakened ruler hugs his son and explains that he too was having a bad dream, but now everything was going to be all right.
Usagi tells Leonardo that it has been an honor to fight with him, and the two bow to one another. Our heroes bid farewell to their samurai friend and Simultaneous sends everyone back to their appropriate time and place.
The Turtles and Splinter arrive back in their lair. Casey arrives and states that he’s been looking for them for the past ten minutes and asks them if they’ve been playing some kind of ninja hide ‘n’ seek game with him. The Turtles smile and declare that it’s good to be home.