Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) (season 3)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Season 3
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 47
Original channel Syndication
Original run October 19, 1989 (1989-10-19) – December 22, 1989 (1989-12-22)
Season chronology
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The third season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired in syndication. For most of this season, the Technodrome is located at the Earth's core. Transport modules with drills are used to travel between the Technodrome and the Earth's surface.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date TV broadcast
19 1 "Beneath These Streets" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves October 19, 1989 (1989-10-19) S03E01
The Turtles learn the cost of slacking off when Splinter is badly hurt during a confrontation with Shredder.
20 2 "Turtles on Trial" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves October 20, 1989 (1989-10-20) S03E02

The intentions of the Ninja Turtles are put to the test when a controversial TV-figure portrays our heroes as menaces to society. The Turtles forego publicly clearing their name to defeat Krang and his new robotic weapon.

Note: First appearance of Krang's "bubble walker"
21 3 "Attack of the 50-Foot Irma" Bill Wolf Rowby Goren October 23, 1989 (1989-10-23) S03E03

Irma accidentally becomes gigantic and her naturally clumsy nature makes her a danger to the city. The Turtles and April O'Neil hide her and search for her cure.

Title Reference: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
22 4 "The Maltese Hamster" Bill Wolf David Wise October 24, 1989 (1989-10-24) S03E04

Gangsters are swiping all the antiques in town. And when they swipe most of our heroes, it's up to Donatello and April to find out why. Could Shredder be behind this?

Title Reference: The Maltese Falcon

Note: Krang is not in this episode.

Note: In this episode, Burne Thompson is voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Pat Fraley.
23 5 "Sky Turtles" Bill Wolf Reed Shelly and Bruce Shelly October 25, 1989 (1989-10-25) S03E05
The Turtles go flying when the Shredder invents a gravity-altering device. Soon it extends to the surface and effects all of New York City.
24 6 "The Old Switcheroo" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves October 26, 1989 (1989-10-26) S03E06
The personalities of Shredder and Splinter are switched when a device is accidentally activated during a battle between the Turtles and their enemies. As Shredder plans the Turtles' demise and Splinter plans on how to get back to his body, everyone else is clueless.
25 7 "Burne's Blues" Bill Wolf Bill Wolf (story)
Gordon Bressack (teleplay)
October 27, 1989 (1989-10-27) S03E07

In the middle of a summer heat wave, someone is destroying all the air conditioners and taking all the city's freon. In the meantime, Vernon and Burne go looking for the Turtles, but find something else.

Note: First appearance of Don Turtelli, who makes a brief cameo.
26 8 "Zach The Fifth Turtle" Bill Wolf Francis Moss October 30, 1989 (1989-10-30) S03E08

A 13-year-old boy tries his best to help out the Turtles, but with some not so optimal results. In the end, he proves himself to be a great asset to the Turtle team.

Note: First Appearance of Zach and his brother Walt.
27 9 "Enter the Rat King" Bill Wolf Buzz Dixon October 31, 1989 (1989-10-31) S03E09

A mysterious, sewer-dwelling man has an unnatural ability to put rats under his control. Can Splinter resist, or will he destroy the Turtles at the bidding of the Rat King?.

Villain: The Rat King mysterious-dwelling man

Note: This is the very first episode not to feature Shredder.

Note: First Appearance of the Rat King.

Note: In this episode, Burne Thompson is voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Pat Fraley.
28 10 "Turtles at the Earth's Core" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves November 1, 1989 (1989-11-01) S03E10

After witnessing a living dinosaur wander in the city and disappear abruptly, the Turtles follow its tracks into a large hole, where they discover a shocking revelation: A land frozen in a stage where dinosaurs roam the land. Meanwhile, Shredder and his mutant goons, Bebop and Rocksteady, are also there, but to collect a crystal needed by Krang to recharge the power cells of the Technodrome. The Turtles discover that the crystal is the life force for the entire dinosaur population and must get it back before they are all destroyed.

Title Reference: Tarzan at the Earth's Core
29 11 "April's Fool" A.K.A. "April Foolish" Reg Lodge Michael Reaves and Brynne Stephens November 2, 1989 (1989-11-02) S03E11
Emperor Aleister of Malicuria comes to the United States with a sample of Lydium 90, which gets noticed by Krang as a way to power up the Technodrome, which has constant brownouts. To celebrate relations between Malicuria and the US, the Emperor hosts a masquerade ball in New York, but his daughter Mallory sneaks out for a night on the town. April crashes the party and gets mistaken for Princess Mallory, but the masquerade is also crashed by Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady, who plans to kidnap Princess Mallory in order to get the Lydium 90 shard.
30 12 "Attack of Big MACC" Bill Wolf Francis Moss November 3, 1989 (1989-11-03) S03E12

A robot warrior, known as the Mobile Armored Computerized Combatant (M.A.C.C.), arrives from 400 years in the future in 20th-Century New York. He befriends the Turtles, but Shredder and Krang are looking to bring him to their side, at any means necessary.

Note: In this episode, Ace Duck is briefly seen on the Turtles' television screen, marking this as his only on-screen appearance in the series.
31 13 "The Ninja Sword of Nowhere" Bill Wolf Michael Edens and Mark Edens November 6, 1989 (1989-11-06) S03E13

Shredder gains possession of an ancient ninja sword that is crafted from an alien metal, allowing it to 'cut' through dimensions.

Note: In this episode Raphael is voiced by Thom Pinto instead of Rob Paulsen.
32 14 "20,000 Leaks Under the City" Bill Wolf Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07) S03E14

Krang and Shredder's plan to flush out the Turtles from the sewers leaves the city flooded with water (and creatures!) from the ocean.

Title Reference: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Note: Final Appearance of Tiffany.

Note: In this episode, both Donatello and Bebop are voiced by Greg Berg instead of Barry Gordon.
33 15 "Take Me to Your Leader" Bill Wolf David Wise November 8, 1989 (1989-11-08) S03E15
Worried that Shredder will soon win, Leonardo takes some time off, doubting his leadership. Meanwhile, Krang and Shredder drain solar energy from the Sun for the dual purpose of powering the Technodrome and capitulating Earth into another Ice Age. Without Leonardo, the three other Turtles try to thwart Shredder while taking turns as leader, but each realizes they need to overcome their own flaws, such as Raphael sticking to a decision, Michaelangelo becoming more serious and Donatello needing to analyze even the most obvious facts.
34 16 "Four Musketurtles" Bill Wolf Doug Molitor November 9, 1989 (1989-11-09) S03E16

A bump on the head leaves Leonardo thinking that he is in 17th century France, and that he and his comrades are Musketeers.

Title Reference: The Three Musketeers

Note: In this episode, both Donatello and Bebop are voiced by Greg Berg instead of Barry Gordon.
35 17 "Turtles, Turtles, Everywhere" Bill Wolf David Bennett Carren and J. Larry Carroll November 10, 1989 (1989-11-10) S03E17
Shredder programs the city's new garbage collecting super-computer to collect the Turtles. But when Shredder doesn't specify 'Ninja' Turtles, the super-computer collects them all! Turtles of the city of every shape and size are not safe.
36 18 "Cowabunga Shredhead" Bill Wolf Duane Capizzi and Steve Roberts November 13, 1989 (1989-11-13) S03E18

The Shredder thinks he's Michelangelo after a computer malfunction.

Note: In this episode, Krang is voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Pat Fraley.
37 19 "Invasion of the Turtle Snatchers" Bill Wolf Francis Moss November 14, 1989 (1989-11-14) S03E19

Aliens abduct Donatello and Rocksteady.

Title Reference: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
38 20 "Camera Bugged" Bill Wolf Michael Edens and Mark Edens November 15, 1989 (1989-11-15) S03E20

A visit to Earth from a Polarisoid results in havoc when Shredder (and later, April O'Neil) comes into possession of the alien's camera, because it does more than just take pictures.

Note: First appearance of Frip the Polarisoid.
39 21 "Green with Jealousy" Bill Wolf Reed Shelly and Bruce Shelly November 16, 1989 (1989-11-16) S03E21

Shredder and Krang engineer a love potion that makes Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael all fall in love with Irma. Donatello races for an antidote before Shredder drains a naval submarine of all its power.

Note: In this episode, both Krang and Burne Thompson are voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Pat Fraley.
40 22 "Return of the Fly" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves November 17, 1989 (1989-11-17) S03E22

Baxter Stockman returns for revenge against the Turtles and Shredder, while our heroes attempt to stop Shredder's plan to siphon water from an underground reservoir.

Note: In this episode, both Donatello and Bebop are voiced by Greg Berg instead of Barry Gordon.
41 23 "Outlaw Hero – Casey Jones" Bill Wolf David Wise November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20) S03E23

An eager vigilante is causing a stir in the city, while Krang and Shredder take control of all the machines in the city. Maybe this new 'hero' can help the Turtles.

Note: First Appearance of Casey Jones.

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode.
42 24 "Mutagen Monster" Bill Wolf Michael Edens and Mark Edens November 21, 1989 (1989-11-21) S03E24

A train accident produces gallons of mutagen that drench nearby cattle. The result is a super bull with a temper!

Note: In this episode, both Donatello and Bebop are voiced by Greg Berg instead of Barry Gordon.
43 25 "Corporate Raiders from Dimension X" Bill Wolf David Wise November 22, 1989 (1989-11-22) S03E25

White-collar criminals give new meaning to the term 'hostile take-over.' Casey Jones helps the Turtles uncover who's behind a new wave of corporate crime.

Note: Krang is not in this episode.
44 26 "Pizza by the Shred" Reg Lodge Michael Edens and Mark Edens November 23, 1989 (1989-11-23) S03E26
Michelangelo gets a job as a pizza delivery boy. But who's his new boss?
45 27 "Super Bebop & Mighty Rocksteady" Bill Wolf David Carren and Larry Carroll November 24, 1989 (1989-11-24) S03E27
Shredder and Krang produce hi-tech versions of Rocksteady and Bebop to keep the Turtles busy while they install a mind-controlling Mesmerizer at the top of the broadcast tower at the Channel 6 building. However, little do they know that the Mesmerizer was damaged when the real Bebop and Rocksteady attempted to install it.
46 28 "Beware the Lotus" Bill Wolf Doug Molitor November 27, 1989 (1989-11-27) S03E28

A skilled, and lovely, ninja warrior is hired by Krang to defeat the Turtles. Shredder's replaced, Leonardo's met his match.

Note: First Appearance of Lotus.
47 29 "Blast from the Past" Reg Lodge David Wise November 28, 1989 (1989-11-28) S03E29

Splinter suffers amnesia as the Turtles try to remind him that he is the true leader of the Foot Clan.

Note: This episode is mainly a clip-show.

Note: Final episode where Krang is voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Pat Fraley.
48 30 "Leatherhead Terror of the Swamp" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves November 29, 1989 (1989-11-29) S03E30

Our old friends, the Punk Frogs, are being terrorized by a mutant alligator in the Florida Everglades. Leatherhead teams up with Shredder to battle the Frogs and the Turtles.

Note: First Appearance of Leatherhead.

Note: In this episode, both Donatello and Bebop are voiced by Greg Berg instead of Barry Gordon.

Note: In this episode, Shredder is voiced by Dorian Harewood instead of James Avery.
49 31 "Michelangelo's Birthday" Reg Lodge Bill Wolf (story)
Eliot Daro (teleplay)
November 30, 1989 (1989-11-30) S03E31
It's Michelangelo's birthday, but none of his brothers seem to remember, and it frustrates him greatly. Meanwhile, Shredder and Krang discover what is possibly an "anti-mutagen" that, after testing it on three rock soldiers, can undo mutations. Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady are sent to use it on the Turtles, and our heroes have a few close calls. Moth balls have never been so useful.
50 32 "Usagi Yojimbo" Bill Wolf David Wise December 1, 1989 (1989-12-01) S03E32

A rabbit ronin warrior from an alternate dimension is lost in our world. While the Turtles help him adjust, Shredder steals a dragon egg to unleash it on the city. Usagi Yojimbo's unwavering sense of bushido helps save the day.

Note: First Appearance of Usagi Yojimbo.

Note: Bebop and Rocksteady are in not this episode.
51 33 "Case of the Hot Kimono" Bill Wolf David Bennett Carren, J. Larry Carroll December 4, 1989 (1989-12-04) S03E33

Someone is stealing all the kimonos in the city. After Master Splinter's favorite kimono is stolen, April's famous detective aunt helps the Turtles retrieve it.

Villain: Don Turtelli

Note: First Appearance of Agatha Marbles.

Note: Second appearance (and first major appearance) of Don Turtelli.
52 34 "Usagi Come Home" Bill Wolf David Wise December 5, 1989 (1989-12-05) S03E34

Shredder tricks Usagi Yojimbo into battling the Turtles.

Note: Final Appearance of Usagi Yojimbo.
53 35 "The Making of Metalhead" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves December 6, 1989 (1989-12-06) S03E35

Even a case of Turtle Pox cannot stop our heroes from an attempt to take down Shredder and Krang after they unleash Metalhead, a robotic fighting machine programmed to seek and capture the Turtles.

Note: In this episode, Shredder is voiced by Dorian Harewood instead of James Avery.

Note: First Appearance of Metalhead.
54 36 "Leatherhead Meets the Rat King" Bill Wolf David Wise December 7, 1989 (1989-12-07) S03E36
Leatherhead arrives in New York seeking revenge for his defeat only to run into the Rat King who captures him and reveals his plans for world domination. The two villians end up arguing, then finally fighting each other instead of the Turtles.
55 37 "The Turtle Terminator" Reg Lodge David Bennett Carren and J. Larry Carroll December 8, 1989 (1989-12-08) S03E37

Irma is kidnapped by Bebop and Rocksteady and is replaced by a robot that looks just like her that is programmed to eliminate the turtles. However, things seem a bit wrong as whenever the word "turtle" is said it instantly "zaps" whatever causes the word to be said with a laser. Meanwhile, the turtles try to rescue Irma from the Shredder's clutches.

Note: Final episode where Raphael is voiced by Thom Pinto instead of Rob Paulsen.

Note: In this episode both Donatello and Bebop are voiced by Greg Berg instead of Barry Gordon.
56 38 "The Great Boldini" Bill Wolf Francis Moss December 11, 1989 (1989-12-11) S03E38

The Turtles must clear their names when they are believed to be jewel thieves who stole a priceless emerald during a magic act run by a wizard named Boldini.

Villain: Don Turtelli

Note: Final Appearance of Don Turtelli.

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode.
57 39 "The Missing Map" Bill Wolf David Wise December 12, 1989 (1989-12-12) S03E39
Zach's big brother, Walt, steals a rare pouch containing the only map to the Turtles' lair.
58 40 "The Gang's All Here" Bill Wolf James A. Davis December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) S03E40

Bebop and Rocksteady put on an act to get the Turtles to eat cookies, but not any ordinary cookies, because these cookies could turn them into humans! Tempted to find out what being a human is like, Michelangelo eats one and becomes one. While the effects wears off from time to time, they still kick back in. Meanwhile, the Turtles search for Michelangelo with an antidote for the anti-mutagen before it destroys him, while Shredder's two mutant goons ask for help from their old gang to rob a ship. And during it all, April attempts to "join" the gang to get a story for Burne.

Title Reference: Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here
59 41 "The Grybyx" Reg Lodge Michael Reaves December 14, 1989 (1989-12-14) S03E41
Kala's pet Grybyx, which has a really bad temper whenever it gets hungry, escapes from Dimension X through a portal to Earth, causing trouble for the Turtles.
60 42 "Mister Ogg Goes to Town" Bill Wolf David Wise December 15, 1989 (1989-12-15) S03E42

An impish alien comedian from Dimension Z (who has mannerisms similar to Pee Wee Herman), escapes to Earth to cause big trouble for the TMNT.

Title Reference: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
61 43 "Shredderville" Bill Wolf Francis Moss December 18, 1989 (1989-12-18) S03E43

The Turtles have entered an alternate universe in which they thought had never existed and The Shredder rules the city as Emperor.

Note: In this episode, Shredder is voiced by Dorian Harewood instead of James Avery.
62 44 "Bye, Bye, Fly" Bill Wolf David Wise December 19, 1989 (1989-12-19) S03E44

An interdimensional alien spacecraft leads Baxter Stockman to his latest vengeful plot to destroy the Turtles and Shredder.

Note: Final episode where Shredder is voiced by Dorian Harewood instead of James Avery.
63 45 "The Big Rip Off" Bill Wolf Michael Reaves December 20, 1989 (1989-12-20) S03E45
After several failed attempts to get the Technodrome re-energized, Shredder and Krang run one last-ditch distraction for the Turtles at Fort Charles while Bebop and Rocksteady steal energy fuel cells from the neighboring space research center.
64 46 "The Big Break In" Bill Wolf David Wise December 21, 1989 (1989-12-21) S03E46
The Technodrome is up and running again, and it is up to the Turtles to hinder Shredder and Krang from getting to the surface.
65 47 "The Big Blow Out" Bill Wolf David Wise December 22, 1989 (1989-12-22) S03E47

After several setbacks, Shredder and Krang steal all of New York's electricity and charge it into a giant transdimensional gateway, designed to send Earth into Dimension X. The Turtles must defeat their enemies once and for all before Earth is destroyed by Krang's Rock Soldier army.

Note: This is the last episode to air before the release of the first live action film adaption.

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