April's Artifact
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode
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Season Code: S02E21
Episode: 47
Original airdate May 1, 2004
Written by Marty Isenberg
Supervising Producer Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson
Frederick U. Fierst
Al Kahn
Norman Grossfeld
Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director  Chuck Patton
Story Editor: Michael Ryan
Episode chronology
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2
November 8, 2003 - October 2, 2004
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Turtles in Space, Part 1: The Fugitoid
  2. Turtles in Space, Part 2: The Trouble with Triceratons
  3. Turtles in Space, Part 3: The Big House
  4. Turtles in Space, Part 4: The Arena
  5. Turtles in Space, Part 5: Triceraton Wars
  6. Secret Origins, Part 1
  7. Secret Origins, Part 2
  8. Secret Origins, Part 3
  9. Reflections
  10. The Ultimate Ninja
  11. The Return of Nano
  12. What a Croc
  13. Return to the Underground
  14. City at War, Part 1
  15. City at War, Part 2
  16. City at War, Part 3
  17. Junklantis
  18. The Golden Puck
  19. Rogue in the House, Part 1
  20. Rogue in the House, Part 2
  21. April's Artifact
  22. Return of the Justice Force
  23. The Big Brawl, Part 1
  24. The Big Brawl, Part 2
  25. The Big Brawl, Part 3
  26. The Big Brawl, Part 4

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"April's Artifact" is the forty-seventh episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which originally aired on May 1, 2004. It had 1.98 million views on the 4kids website as of 2007.


Major Characters

Secondary Characters

Main Locations, Vehicles and Accessories

  • April's antique shop, Second Time Around
  • Ancient Jungle Dimension
  • Ancient Jungle Temple
  • Puzzle Box, large and small


Voice-Over Introduction

April: What, you may ask yourself, is a mild mannered antique shop proprietor doing dressed like a finalist in the Miss Primitive Universe Pageant . As you may have guessed, this isn't exactly downtown New York City, or downtown Earth, or even downtown our dimension. How did we get here? Long story. How do we get home? Well, hopefully, the answer is inside this temple. Unfortunately, the way home isn't the only thing inside this temple.


Open with the Turtles, April, and Casey setting up things in April’s antique shop. The TMNT nearly caused a lot of damage with their weapons despite their good intentions, which leads April to take their weapons away. Raph finds an old puzzle box that was previously owned by April’s Uncle Augie who mysteriously disappeared years back. As O'Neil examines her uncle’s trinket, it suddenly transports her and the Turtles into another dimension, leaving their weapons and Casey behind!

Our heroes are pulled through dimensions and fall from the sky in a mysterious jungle. As the group collects themselves, a giant flying insect resembling a cross between a praying-mantis and a hornet flies in and scoops up Raph and Don. With Raph and Don being carried off, the others begin to give chase. From the air, Donatello spots a tree house. Don points out the bug's weak spot and instructs Raphael to swing him up so he can attack the creature. Raph complies and Donatello delivers a powerful kick to the giant hornet's abdomen, forcing it to let the ninjas go. Raphael and Don fall through the thick foliage, which breaks their fall to some extent. Don lands heavily just as Leo, Mike and April arrive - Raph is temporarily stuck in a tree until Leo gets him down.

Since the jungle is filled with peril, our heroes make makeshift weaponry out of rocks, sticks, and other jungle implements. Once armed, the team creates sailboards so they can travel down river more swiftly. Everyone is amazed at how naturally April has taken to the wilds and she earns the nickname "Jungle Girl". The group arrives at the base of the tree house and climb a long ladder to investigate. Inside they realize that the puzzle box must have transported April’s Uncle Augie as well, as they find a compass pendant and journal belonging to him. While the team examines things, a group of giant hornets attacks the tree house and fire their stingers into the structure. Raph gets hit in the leg by one and instantly becomes paralyzed!

The hornets continue to assault our heroes inside the tree house, while other bugs outside destroy some boards that cause the building to tilt and collapse. As the group escapes, they manage to grab Uncle Augie’s pendant and journal and the still paralyzed Raph. The team manages to defeat the attacking hornets on their way to the ground. Later that night, the Turtles and April are seated around a campfire. Raph recovers from his paralysis while April finds a map to an ancient temple in her uncle’s journal.

O'Neil reads from the journal and we see a flashback sequence as Augie finds a giant version of the puzzle box in the temple. The rest of the journal is filled with August's calculations on how to operate the giant puzzle box in effort to return back home. The next morning our heroes hike to the temple - where they discover that the giant hornets have built their nest around the temple. Don dives into the river and covers himself in stinky muck, explaining that the bugs have a heightened sense of smell, so they'll have to disguise their scent if they want to get inside the building. April and others dive in and cover themselves in mud to camouflage themselves from insects nesting outside the temple. The group sneaks into the structure undetected. Inside the temple, our heroes find hundreds of cocoons filled with giant hornet pupae that are about to hatch. Mike nervously spins his makeshift nunchaku, sending the stone from its end flying into one of the pods - thus waking the hornet inside. In seconds, hundreds of the pupae begin to emerge from their cocoons and attack!

As a futile battle begins, April spots a circular stone door that leads into a central chamber. The team makes it inside the chamber and shuts the door on the attacking bugs. Inside the room, the Turtles and April find the giant puzzle box and more of Augie’s notes. April thinks that her uncle must have used the puzzle box to return home, but Don studies the paper and notes that the settings on the mechanism are wrong (and thus couldn’t have taken him back home). They wonder what could have went wrong when the monstrous queen hornet attacks! As April and Don work the box using Augie’s notes, the other three fight off the queen. In the battle, Mike then Leo and then Raph all get paralyzed! April leaves Don and faces off with the giant bug. O'Neil bravely tosses her spear through the creatures neck! Don finishes rotating the puzzle to the right coordinates, and he and April drag Leo, Mike and Raph towards the device as it begins to surge with energy. Unfortunately the queen wasn't killed and she swoops in to attack, but at the last second our heroes are teleported out. Cut to the antique shop where the group is transported back. Casey walks in and is appalled by the stench of his comrades. April and the Turtles wash up and tell their adventure to Jones. April is wearing her uncle's pendant, and vows to find him some day.


April: "That's it! You two, away from the breakables! Garbage duty! NOW!"
Raphael: (meekly) "Yes ma'am"...
Casey: (meekly) "Sorry, ma'am!"

Raphael: "Great, more bugs. Show yourself you lousy garbage eating gnat!"
Leonardo: "Uh, you're gonna need a bigger flyswatter."
Raphael: (Softly) "Oh crud."

Leonardo: "I think you may be taking this Jungle Girl thing a little too seriously". *he promptly gets a face-full of mud*

Donatello: "It's the queen!"
Michelangelo: "I don't care if it's Queen Latifah"

Casey: (walks in after the Turtles and April return back from the dimension) "Pew! What died in here?" (notices the others) "I leave for two seconds and everybody's covered in crud?"

Leonardo: "Feeling back to your old self, bro?"
Raphael: "(grumbles to himself) Bugs. Must. PAY!"


  • First appearance of Uncle Augie.
  • First appearance of the Giant Wasps and their Queen.
  • April's new shop makes its first appearance.
  • In this episode April isn't seen wearing a belly shirt instead she wears a normal shirt of the same color. However it is later ripped when she arrived in the other dimension.
  • When they first arrive, April rips her pants into shorts, however in the next instant the pieces of pants are missing on the ground.
  • When fighting the Wasp Queen, there are several homages to Aliens (1986)
  • When meeting the Wasp Queen, Mikey mentions celebrity Queen Latifa when he says "I don't care if it's Queen Latifah, You guys need to get that cube fired up." 
  • When Leonardo asks who is the man next to her dad, it appears he's next to her mom.
  • Raphael's line; "Ya had to ask?" Is used again by the 2012 Raphael in the episode 'Rise of the Turtles part 1'.
  • This is the second episode to feature a song other than the theme song, It's a jungle out there.



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