EPISODE TWENTY ONE
“Return to New York” Part One
Written by Marty Isenberg
Original Air Date: September 27, 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 (Veronica Taylor)
Casey (Marc Thompson)
Saki/Shredder (Scottie Ray)
Hun (Greg Carey)
Various Foot Divisions
Three Mutant Shredder Clones
MAIN LOCATIONS, VEHICLES AND ACCESSORIES:
Sewer Lair and tunnels
Foot Razor Jet
Intro: Raph is flying one of the Foot hover-gliders while describing the battle they engage in while infiltrating the Foot HQ.
The team returns to the sewers of New York City after spending three months recuperating in Northampton and warily approaches the sewer lair. After stealthily entering their old home, the Turtles happily discover that no one has been in the place since they last left it. Our heroes conclude that the Shredder called off the search for the lair when he assumed that they had been killed in the explosion and fire at April’s apartment. Master Splinter states that being “dead” will give them a distinct advantage in their battle with Shredder this time.
By accessing city building records, Donatello and April develop a fair picture of the Foot HQ building, although there are some mysterious gaps in the information about several floors in the building. The brainy pair manage to hack into the Foot Clan’s computers, offering an opening to a mutant offensive. Don establishes a communication link with April as she and Casey will stay in the lair and provide information about the building to the invading mutants. The guys pack all their weapons and Leonardo is designated to be the one to carry the Sword of Tengu, which they figure might come in handy in battling the Shredder.
The first part of the plan is to gain entry to the basement garage of the Foot’s base by crashing the Battle Shell through the security gates. After the truck smashes into the garage it encounters heavy fire from a variety of Foot and robotic weapons, including laser canons and a grenade tossed by Hun, which finally cripples the vehicle. But when the massive Purple Dragon goes over to see who has been so audacious as to attack the mighty Foot fortress, he finds the vehicle empty! Donatello has been piloting the Battle Shell by remote control all along, and while the Foot has been busy dealing with it, the Turtles and Splinter have snuck into the building through a sewer pipe.
Hun reports the incident to the Saki and tells him that the vehicle belonged to the Turtles. Shedder is stunned, but quickly realizes that Baxter Stockman had given him false evidence of his enemies’ demise. Saki summons Stockman via a video com link, but the scientist ignores the order and continues working on a project. Shredder tells Hun to begin an immediate search for the TMNT. Meanwhile, April infects the building’s communication system with a computer virus and the Foot lose their ability to communicate electronically. The Turtles begin to make their way up through the building, floor by floor. At the same time, Hun begins the floor-by-floor search and destroy mission.
The Turtles soon find themselves in a huge hangar, filled with a variety of deadly looking weapons and vehicles. Don takes a moment to appreciate the technology involved in creating the machines when Splinter warns his students that he senses a presence in the room. Suddenly, the Sensei and Turtles are attacked by a group of invisible Foot Tech Ninjas. At first the battle goes badly for Splinter and the boys, but the tide starts to turn when Raph hops on one of the Foot vehicles and starts blasting away with its laser, which hits two of the Tech Ninjas and short circuits their suits, briefly disabling their invisibility capabilities. Don pulls a couple of tricks out of his hi-tech goodie bag, namely some electro-magnetic shurikens, which cause their enemies cloaking devices to short out (and as a bonus, the shock knocks out the wearers). Only a few invisible Foot Tech Ninjas remain and the Turtles eventually reveal their presence by using fire extinguishers. Once Donatello can see his adversaries, he quickly disposes of them with more perfectly thrown shurikens.
With another battle won, the Turtles climb up numerous floors and an operational Foot genetics laboratory. The lab contains a number of large clear tanks that are filled with liquid and some strange looking creatures. As the guys study the tubes and alarm goes off and several tanks suddenly open, spilling out their contents. The TMNT stand gawking as three rather bizarre looking Shredder clones come walking menacingly towards them…