Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) (season 5)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (season 5)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 14 (1991-09-14) – November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
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List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) episodes

The fifth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired in 1991. First being located on the Volcanic Asteroid in Dimension X where it remained throughout season 4, for most of this season, the Technodrome is frozen at the North Pole.[1] The transport modules from season 3 are reused, this time to drill underneath Canada and into New York City.

Episodes #125 and #126 originally ran as a 1-hour prime-time special titled "Planet Of The Turtleoids". When reran, it was split into two parts.

Episodes[edit]

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1071"My Brother, the Bad Guy"Bill WolfDennis O'FlahertySeptember 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)S05E01

A family secret is revealed when Lieutenant Kazou Saki of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrives from Japan to arrest his brother Oroku Saki, who turns out to be the Turtles' greatest enemy. Shredder and Krang send the Technodrome from Dimension X to Earth, but Donatello re-programs it to crash in the Arctic.

Villain: Shredder
1082"Michelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko"Bill WolfGary GreenfieldSeptember 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)S05E02

Michelangelo's strange dreams lead him to seek out Mondo Gecko, a lizard who was caught in the same ooze as the Turtles. Gecko eventually rebels against his boss, Mr. X, and his bombing campaign.

Note: First Appearance of Mondo Gecko.

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villain: Mr. X
1093"Enter: Mutagen Man"Bill WolfDavid WiseSeptember 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)S05E03

A delivery man accidentally falls into Krangs new unstable Mutagen and becomes able to transform into anyone he chooses. Shredder tricks him into helping him launch the Mutagen into space and mutate the world, but this "Mutagen Man" has other ideas.

Villain: Shredder
1104"Donatello's Badd Time"Bill WolfMisty TaggartSeptember 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)S05E04

Donatello has tricked out the Turtle Van, but while taking it for a test drive, it's stolen from him by a family of robbing hillbillies. Can Donatello get the Van back in time before his brothers find out?

Note: in this episode Master Splinter is voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Peter Renaday.

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villains: The Badd Family
1115"Michelangelo Meets Bugman Again"Bill WolfDavid WiseSeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)S05E05

When the city is hit with a sudden termite infestation, the only superhero who can help—Bugman—is too at peace with himself to aid the Turtles in defeating it.

Note: Final Appearance of Bugman.

Note: Final episode where both Master Splinter and Vernon are voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Peter Renaday.

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villain: The Swatter
1126"Muckman Messes Up"Bill WolfFrancis Moss and Ted PedersenSeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)S05E06

An accident causes two garbagemen to mutate into Muckman and Joe Eyeball. Muckman's slime is found to weaken the Turtles, and Shredder tricks him into working with him.

Villain: Shredder
1137"Napoleon Bonafrog: Colossus of the Swamps"Bill WolfDennis O'FlahertyOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)S05E07

While testing an experimental Muta-Shooter invented by Krang, Shredder unexpectedly turns Napoleon Bonafrog into a muscular, monstrous version of himself.

Note: In this episode Shredder is voiced by Jim Cummings instead of James Avery.

Note: In this episode Napoleon is voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Pat Fraley

Villains: Shredder and Big Louie
1148"Raphael Versus The Volcano"Bill WolfCarole MendelsohnOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)S05E08

A malfunction of Donatello's latest invention ultimately results in Raphael believing he is about to die, and ultimately trying to save the world by himself.

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villain: Wilhelm Vanilli

Title Reference: Joe Versus the Volcano
1159"Landlord of the Flies"Bill WolfGordon BressackOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)S05E09

Baxter Stockman leads a swarm of flies in an attempt to conquer New York and prove his worth to Shredder and Krang so he can become human again.

Villains: Shredder and Baxter Stockman

Title Reference: Lord of the Flies
11610"Donatello's Duplicate"Bill WolfJack Mendelsohn & Carole MendelsohnOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)S05E10

Tired of fixing everything in the lair, Donatello decides to clone himself so he can work on his other inventions. However, Donatello's clone turns against him and joins the Rat King in an attempt to conquer the city with a rat infestation.

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villains: Pinky McFingers and Rat King

Note: In this episode Pinky McFingers is voiced by Cam Clarke instead of Peter Renaday.
11711"The Ice Creature Cometh"Bill WolfDavid WiseOctober 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)S05E11

Bebop and Rocksteady botch another mutagen experiment, resulting in a giant ice creature who Bebop dubs "Frosty", and Shredder uses this monster to freeze New York solid, preoccupying the Turtles long enough for him to steal thermal explosives needed to melt the Technodrome free from the ice.

Villain: Shredder

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode. However, he was mentioned.
11812"Leonardo Cuts Loose"Bill WolfDavid WiseOctober 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)S05E12

A nerd-turned-muscleman captures three of the Turtles, and a reluctant Leonardo must ask Casey Jones for help in rescuing them.

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villain: Wally Airhead
11913"Pirate Radio"Bill WolfMisty TaggartNovember 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)S05E13

Using a hypnotic microphone and speaker, Shredder takes over a radio station and broadcasts a signal that sends the population of New York City sailing into a dimensional limbo dubbed "Krang's Chasm".

Villain: Shredder

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode.

Note: Despite the Technodrome being in the Arctic, Shredder and co. use the portal twice to get around in New York instead of the Transport Modules.
12014"Raphael, Turtle of a Thousand Faces"Bill WolfDennis O'FlahertyNovember 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)S05E14

Raphael's latest study of disguises leads the Turtles to attempt a rescue when he is mistaken for a mobster named "Mad Dog McMutt".

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villain: Mad Dog McMutt

Note: First Appearance of Mad Dog McMutt.
12115"Leonardo, the Renaissance Turtle"Bill WolfDennis O'FlahertyNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)S05E15

A mad professor named Mindbender creates a law-enforcement robot named "LEX" to clean up crime in New York, but LEX ultimately starts arresting numerous innocent people for the smallest infraction. With the other Turtles unreachable, Leonardo must discover his own innate skills to stop this rogue robot before he and Mindbender declare themselves dictators of the city.

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villain: Dr. Mindbender

Note: Final appearance of Rex-1.
12216"Zach and the Alien Invaders"Bill WolfFrancis Moss and Ted PedersenNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)S05E16

Zach, the Turtles' young friend, is put into military camp by his parents after making numerous false reports of aliens, only to find two real aliens—Wingnut and Screwloose—brainwashing the cadets to be their army and must call in the Turtles to defeat them. Title Reference: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villains: Wingnut and Screwloose

Note: Final appearance of Zach's older brother Walt

Note: First and only appearance of Zach and Walt's parents.
12317"Welcome Back Polarisoids"Bill WolfMisty TaggartNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)S05E17

Frip the Polarisoid arrives back on Earth with his family for a visit, and must ultimately ask the Turtles for help in reclaiming his camera while helping them stop Krang's latest plan to conquer the city.

Villain: Shredder

Note: Final appearance of Frip the Polarisoid.
12418"Michalangelo, the Sacred Turtle"Bill WolfDennis O'FlahertyNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)S05E18

While on a visit to an Egyptian Exhibit, Michelangelo is mistaken for a Pharaoh named "Amun Turt-El", also known as "The Sacred Turtle".

Note: Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady are not in this episode.

Villain: Sir Percival

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode.
12519"Planet of the Turtleoids: Episode 1"Bill WolfDavid WiseAugust 31, 1991 (1991-08-31) (prime-time)[2]
October 26, 1991 (Saturday)
S05E19

After clashing with the mutant bull and mole duo Groundchuck and Dirtbag, the Turtles and their new enemies are taken to Shellri-La by an alien "Turtleoid" named Kerma, where our heroes must help defend his planet from a two-headed dragon named Herman the Horrible.

Villain: Herman the Horrible and shredder

Note: First Appearances of Kerma, Groundchuck, Dirtbag, and Chrome Drome.
12620"Planet of the Turtleoids: Episode 2"Bill WolfDavid WiseAugust 31, 1991 (1991-08-31) (prime-time)[2]
October 26, 1991 (Saturday)
S05E20

With Herman the Horrible defeated and exposed as two renegade Turtleoid delegates on Shell-Ri-La, the Turtles return to Earth, where they must destroy Shredder's new Technodrome Mark II and then defeat Chrome Dome.

Villain: Shredder

Notes[edit]

"Planet Of The Turtleoids" is included in the season 10 DVD as a bonus episode uncut as well as "Once Upon A Time Machine"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Pellegrini (29 April 2014). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Season 5, Part 1 Review". Adventures in Poor Taste. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b TV Guide, August 31 – September 6, 1991

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