“The People’s Choice”
Written by Baz Hawkins
Original Air Date: September 17, 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:
Casey’s farm in Northampton, MA
The old mill
Intro: Michelangelo narrates as we open near old saw mill. As Mike lies on his back looking up at the sky, a gigantic, rocky fist crashes down towards him. Having narrowly escaped the attack, the ninja vaults to his feet to see that his brothers are now in the middle of a fight with some strange looking aliens. With that, we see an enormous rock foot is now coming straight down towards Michelangelo!
Act 1: Open at night with the Turtles camping out in the deep woods of Northampton, Massachusetts, still recovering from their injuries sustained in their final battle with the Shredder (Episode #78). After building their campfire, the guys decide to head out to do some exploring. Leo lags behind brooding as Mike, Don and Raph investigate an old saw mill. Once inside, they decide to race to the roof.
Back at Casey’s farmhouse, we see Jones, April and Master Splinter sitting on the porch swing. Casey asks the Sensei if it’s time for his nightly meditation and Splinter catches on that Jones wants to spend some time alone with April and departs. Casey yawns and stretches, slipping an arm behind April. The two lean into each other and kiss as a shooting star falls from the sky.
Upon reaching the roof of the mill, the Turtles (now joined by Leo) spot the shooting star. Only this isn’t a star at all, it’s some type of ship and its heading right for them! The ship crashes into the old mill, smashing it to pieces, as the TMNT dive into the nearby lake for safety. A large robot emerges from the water and the Turtles prepare themselves for trouble. Don intercedes and tries to talk peace, but the mechanical menace transforms its arm into a large energy cannon and attacks!
Act 2: After defeating the robot (Leo is particularly zealous in his assault), the Turtles find an unconscious alien woman inside. The ninjas carry her back to their camp.
Cut to the farmhouse, where Casey speaks with Master Splinter in the attic. Jones wants to tell “someone” that he has feelings for her – but he’s afraid that he’ll mess things up, so he’s seeking wisdom from the rodent Sensei. Splinter explains that he has no experience in these matters, but suggests breakfast in bed and many, many flowers. Casey is psyched to have the advice and rushes off.
In the morning, the alien woman awakes and attacks. Once again the guys try to talk, and they’re happy to discover that she has a universal translator, making speech possible. The group exchanges stories over breakfast. The alien, Jhanna, explains that she was elected to take over rule of her planet through the traditional elector process: mortal combat with the current ruler. However, the current ruler, Moriah, tried to kill Jhanna by ambushing her ship before the scheduled battle. Jhanna was forced to make an emergency landing on Earth. The TMNT offer to help the woman, but she states she must do this alone to preserve her honor. She sticks a signaling beacon into the ground and waits for her political adversary to arrive.
Soon enough another blue-skinned alien female arrives… only she plans to cheat once again and has brought a group of four monsters with her to defeat Jhanna!
Act 3: A battle ensues and the TMNT decide to help Jhanna since Moriah is cheating. Jhanna is swallowed whole by one creature, but Leo and Don free her. As the Turtles fight the creatures, Jhanna tries to take the attack to Moriah, but she is caught by a huge rock monster that tosses her into the woods. Jhanna lands roughly and hits her head on a rock, knocking her senseless.
Back at the farmhouse, Casey brings breakfast (not a pretty sight) to April in bed and tells her how he truly feels about her.
In the woods, the Turtles eventually defeat all but one of the monsters. The huge rock creature punches its fist into the foundation of the old mill, collapsing the wall onto Mikey, trapping him. As Leo and Raph try to free their brother, the beast throws a grenade at them.
Act 4: Don leaps into the explosive’s path and swings his bo like a baseball bat, knocking the grenade back at the monster. The canister is sent right into the creature ’s mouth where it explodes, blowing the baddie to bits – unfortunately they’re very large bits, and they shower our heroes with rocks and boulders, knocking them unconscious.
Jhanna is finally able to face Moriah in one-on-one combat. Jhanna eventually defeats the trickster Moriah in a close fight. The champion uses her staff to capture the former leader in a stasis bubble.
Later that night, everyone is sleeping by the campfire. A brilliant light awakens Jhanna and a disembodied voice tells her it’s time to come home. The alien warrior is pleased to assume her new role, but before leaving she cuts her braided ponytail and places it on Donatello’s chest as a memento. With that, both alien women vanish.
At sunrise, Donatello announces forlornly that Jhanna has departed. April and Casey arrive in the van to pick up the guys. Don lags behind as the others pile into the vehicle, carefully packing the gift he was given.