Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) (season 2)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run October 12, 2013 (2013-10-12) – September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
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List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes

The second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired on Nickelodeon from October 12, 2013 to September 26, 2014. On October 2, 2012, Nickelodeon ordered a second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[1][2] Casey Jones and Slash made their debut in this season. Executive producer Ciro Nieli has confirmed that the Mutagen Man will have a large role in the second season and an hour-long episode featuring the voice actors of the original TMNT series (Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, Barry Gordon, and Rob Paulsen) in their respective roles for a cameo.[3][4]

Production[edit]

On October 21, 2009, a press release was made indicating that Viacom had bought the complete rights of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from Peter Laird for $60 million, and would be developing a CGI animated TV series for its Nickelodeon family of channels for broadcast in 2012. A feature film, released by Paramount Pictures (also a division of Viacom), debuted in 2014.[5]

Jason Biggs voices Leonardo and Rob Paulsen voices Donatello.[6] In June 2011, it was confirmed that Sean Astin is playing Raphael and Greg Cipes is Michelangelo.[7] In August 2011, it was revealed that Mae Whitman would be the voice for April O'Neil.[8] In April 2012, it was announced that Phil LaMarr would be playing the role of Baxter Stockman and Nolan North would be playing a race of aliens known as the Kraang,[9][10] while Roseanne Barr was confirmed to voice their leader, Kraang Prime.[11] Actress Kelly Hu confirmed her role as Karai in May 2012.[12] Corey Feldman was confirmed to play the role of Slash.[13] Recurring TMNT character Casey Jones was confirmed to appear in the second season of the series, where he is voiced by Josh Peck.[14][15]

Production art was leaked on the Nickelodeon website before it was taken down. The images showed the designs of all four Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, a teenage April O'Neil and the Kraang, an alien race that combines elements of both Krang and the Utroms.[16] A trailer for the series was released on June 21, 2012, on Nickelodeon USA.[17]

Jason Biggs departed the role of Leonardo after the 19th episode of season 2 and was temporarily replaced by Dominic Catrambone.[18] Seth Green assumed the role beginning in season 3.[19]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date[20] Production
code[20]
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
27 1 "The Mutation Situation" Sebastian Montes & Ciro Nieli Brandon Auman October 12, 2013 201 2.68[21]
The Turtles' mission to prevent the Kraang from delivering a shipment of mutagen to Shredder causes the mutagen canisters to scatter into the city, where one of them hits Kirby O'Neil, causing him to transform into a mutant bat. Blaming the brothers for her father's mutation, April walks out on them.
28 2 "Invasion of the Squirrelanoids" Michael Chang Todd Garfield October 19, 2013 203 2.61[22]
While searching for the missing mutagen, the Turtles encounter a squirrel forcing its way down the throat of a homeless man. After taking him back to their lair for study, the Turtles are shocked when the creature multiplies within the man's stomach and escapes.
29 3 "Follow the Leader" Alan Wan Eugene Son November 2, 2013 202 2.49[23]
Shredder heads to Japan to get more forces for his army, leaving Karai in charge of the Foot. Meanwhile, Leonardo is having a hard time getting his brothers to listen to him, but when he gets captured by Karai's new weapon, the Foot-bots, which can adapt to their moves, the others must rescue him and find a way to counter the Foot-bots.
30 4 "Mutagen Man Unleashed" Sebastian Montes Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt November 9, 2013 204 2.67[24]
Donatello becomes very jealous of a student April is tutoring in math named Casey Jones and vents his sorrows to Timothy. The mutated Pulverizer, affected by this, then begins feeding on the experimental mutagen, enabling him to form sludgy arms and legs, transforming him into what Mikey later dubs "Mutagen Man." The former teen then escapes to find April.
31 5 "Mikey Gets Shellacne" Alan Wan Thomas Krajewski November 16, 2013 205 2.67[25]
Michelangelo plays with some rejected retro-mutagen samples and contracts a dangerous acne infection that mutates out of control. The Turtles head to the remains of TCRI to find a molecular centrifuge to make an antidote for the infection and find Baxter Stockman with the only one in his possession. Without the centrifuge to help with the cure, Michelangelo is doomed, so he does whatever it takes to retrieve it, later running afoul of Dogpound and witnessing the birth of an enemy both old and new.
32 6 "Target: April O'Neil" Michael Chang Nicole Dubuc November 23, 2013 206 2.54[26]
The Kraang and Karai continue their pursuit of April and unleash an advanced Foot Bot later dubbed "Chrome Dome" by Michelangelo. With no other choice, April must put aside her grudge against the Turtles and ally with them to take down both Chrome Dome and a squadron of Foot Bots. Eventually, she decides to forgive the Turtles and repair her friendship with them,sealing it with a kiss to Donnie.
33 7 "Slash and Destroy" Sebastian Montes Gavin Hignight November 30, 2013 207 2.51[27]
After Raphael's pet turtle Spike drinks some mutagen, he mutates into a spiky, hulking turtle, renaming himself "Slash." Slash offers Raph a chance to join with him and form an ultimate ninja team, to which Raph happily accepts, thrilled by the idea of fighting crime side-by-side with his newly mutated buddy. However, Slash's true motives eventually emerge....The elimination of Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo.
34 8 "The Good, the Bad, and Casey Jones" Michael Chang Johnny Hartmann February 2, 2014 209 2.69[28]
Casey Jones establishes a new motive to protect New York from any future attacks from ninja and mutants. Casey ends up meeting Raphael (who is learning about anger control from Splinter) and since he is both a mutant and a ninja, Casey considers him a threat. Casey ends up following Raph to the sewer lair and discovers the existence of Splinter and the other three Turtles, as well as their friendship with April. However, he unintentionally leads the Foot Bots to the lair. Raph and Casey have to set aside their differences before their location is revealed.
35 9 "The Kraang Conspiracy" Alan Wan Brandon Auman February 9, 2014 208 2.87[29]
April feels left out and insists on joining the Turtles on a mission to a newly-rebuilt TCRI. During this time, a secret about April's origins is revealed by a mysterious man.
36 10 "Fungus Humungous" Sebastian Montes Mark Henry February 16, 2014 210 2.81[30]
When the spawns of mutated sentient mushrooms spread through the sewers, their spores cause April, Casey, and the Turtles to experience their worst fears. Leonardo must face his greatest fear of losing his team in order to stop the Fungus.
37 11 "Metalhead Rewired" Alan Wan Peter Di Cicco February 23, 2014 211 2.66[31]
After Donnie upgrades Metalhead's artificial intelligence, the other Turtles become suspicious of the new, sentient Metalhead. At the same time, the Turtles stumble upon the Kraang's plot where they have been capturing the mutants so that they can control them.
38 12 "Of Rats and Men" Sebastian Montes Todd Garfield March 2, 2014 212 2.7[32]
When the Rat King returns, Splinter must overcome his fears of being controlled by Rat King in order to defeat his enemy. Meanwhile, Michelangelo adopts a stray cat that April found after it unknowingly eats ice cream and mutagen transforming it into "Ice Cream Kitty."
39–40 13–14 "The Manhattan Project"[33]
"Wormquake!"[20][34]
Michael Chang & Alan Wan Brandon Auman & John Shirley March 14, 2014 997 2.36[35]

When Shredder returnes with a new assassin called Tiger Claw, Leo considers asking Splinter for help. Meanwhile, Donnie must put aside his rivalry with Casey in order to uncover a Kraang plot, which is causing earthquakes all over New York.

Note: This episode was released 12 days early (March 2, 2014) on official distributors for the series, including Nick.com. Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, Barry Gordon and Rob Paulsen (who plays Donatello in this series) reprise their roles as the 1987 counterparts of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, respectively, at the end of the episode. Promotional material listed this episode as "Wormquake!", while the title used within the episode itself is "The Manhattan Project".
41 15 "Mazes & Mutants" Michael Chang Eugene Son April 27, 2014 215 2.67[36]
The Turtles try to relax by playing a role-playing game called "Mazes & Mutants," but the game becomes real when a mutant Sparrow named "Sir Malachi" sends the Turtles into the game in order to make it through the maze, defeat the dragon, and save Princess April.
42 16 "The Lonely Mutation of Baxter Stockman" Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman May 4, 2014 216 2.32[37]
Baxter Stockman gets mutated into a fly by Shredder for his consecutive failures. Meanwhile, Donnie finally discover a retro-mutagen that can restore Kirby O'Neil to his human form. When Stockman-Fly finds out about the retro-mutagen, he kidnaps April and demands that the Turtles hand over the retro-mutagen in exchange for April.
43 17 "Newtralized!" Alan Wan Gavin Hignight May 11, 2014 217 2.03[38]
Tension arises between Raphael and Casey Jones due to Casey's inability to handle bigger mutant threats. This issue is truly put to the test when Raph and Casey cross paths with Slash and his new partner: The Newtralizer.
44 18 "Pizza Face" Sebastian Montes Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt May 18, 2014 219 2.29[39]

When living pizzas begin turning people into zombies, including Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Splinter, and April, it's up to Michelangelo to save them from their leader, a mutant pizza chef named "Pizza Face".

Note: In this episode, Leonardo is voiced by Dominic Catrambone instead of Jason Biggs.
45 19 "The Wrath of Tiger Claw" Michael Chang Christopher Yost June 8, 2014 218 2.30[40]
Tiger Claw returns and vows revenge on the Turtles. He works with Karai on a ruse to locate their lair, but it fails when the truth about her and Splinter is told. Jason Biggs voices Leonardo for the last time.
46 20 "The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto" Alan Wan Doug Langdale June 15, 2014 220 1.87[41]
A thief named Anton Zeck is hired by Steranko (one of Shredder's weapon dealers who appeared in a previous episode) to steal Shredder's helmet, the "Kuro Kabuto." Meanwhile, the Turtles try to plan a rescue mission for Karai. When they accidentally come into possession of the Kuro Kabuto, however, they decide to use it to their advantage and trade it for her, eventually leading to an all-out war between them, Zeck, and Shredder's forces to claim it. Leonardo is voiced by Dominic Catrambone for the rest of the season.
47 21 "Plan 10" Michael Chang Henry Gilroy June 22, 2014 221 2.13[42]
When Raphael accidentally switches minds with a Kraang after one of their Earth infiltration devices is damaged, he must find a way out of the Technodrome and back to his body without being discovered before "Plan 10" goes into full effect.
48 22 "Vengeance is Mine" Sebastian Montes Peter Di Cicco June 29, 2014 222 2.17[43]
Leo stages a rescue for Karai against Splinter's wishes. While the mission is a success, Karai's knowledge of the truth makes her rush out to take her revenge on Shredder for killing her mother and lying to her for so long, leading to an unexpected turn of events. Karai falls into a vat of mutagen, turning her into a snake-like creature when Shredder originally planned to have the Turtles turned into snakes.
49 23 "A Chinatown Ghost Story" Alan Wan Randolph Heard September 12, 2014 223 1.33[44]
An evil spirit named Ho Chan (James Hong) is released by the Purple Dragons. He uses them to kidnap April and Irma to drain their power. Donnie and Casey have to work together to rescue the two and face Leo, Raph, and Mikey when Ho Chan turns the latter three into his brainwashed-soldiers.
50 24 "Into Dimension X!" Sebastian Montes Doug Langdale September 19, 2014 224 1.70[45]
After receiving a message from an aged Leatherhead that the Kraang have perfected the mutagen, Mikey heads to Dimension X to rescue him by using the portal the Turtles have. The others follow him, and they will need Mikey's expertise to figure out the Dimension, rescue Leatherhead, and stop the Kraang's terraforming plot.
51 25 "The Invasion" (Part 1) Michael Chang Brandon Auman September 26, 2014 225 1.63[46]
As a last resort at getting back at the Turtles and Splinter for Karai's mutation, Shredder and the Kraang join forces as the Kraang launch a full-scale Invasion on Earth. With the Kraang now attacking New York, Leo and Donnie argue over strategies for defeating the Kraang.
52 26 "The Invasion" (Part 2) Alan Wan John Shirley September 26, 2014 226 1.63[46]
With their home destroyed, and the mutagen perfected, the Turtles, April, and Casey must survive the ongoing assault of the Kraang Invasion, while Leo goes head to head with Shredder's men and his army of foot-soldiers. Meanwhile, Splinter (and Leatherhead) go one-on-one with the Shredder himself.

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