Bad Day
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode
Season Code: S04E08
Episode: 86
Original airdate November 5, 2005

August 30, 2005

Written by Brandon Sawyer
Supervising Producer Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson
Frederick U. Fierst
Al Kahn
Norman Grossfeld
Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director  Roy Burdine
Story Editor: Michael Ryan
Episode chronology
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4
September 10, 2005 - April 15, 2006
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Cousin Sid
  2. The People's Choice
  3. Sons of the Silent Age
  4. Dragon's Brew
  5. I, Monster
  6. Grudge Match
  7. A Wing and a Prayer
  8. Bad Day
  9. Aliens Among Us
  10. Dragons Rising
  11. Still Nobody
  12. All Hallows Thieves
  13. Samurai Tourist
  14. The Ancient One
  15. Scion of the Shredder
  16. Prodigal Son
  17. Outbreak
  18. Trouble with Augie
  19. Insane in the Membrane
  20. Return of Savanti, Part 1
  21. Return of Savanti, Part 2
  22. Tale of Master Yoshi
  23. Adventures in Turtle Sitting
  24. Good Genes, Part 1
  25. Good Genes, Part 2
  26. Ninja Tribunal

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"Bad Day" is the eighty-sixth episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which originally aired on November 5, 2005.

Appearing in Bad Day

Major characters

Secondary Characters



Objects and vehicles

  • April's van



Donatello: "OK, pop quiz: If a dozen of Agent Bishop's deadly commandos are chasing you at ninety miles an hour from points A, B, and C, what are the odds you're gonna survive the next five minutes?"

Agent Bishop greets our heroes.

Open inside the Turtles' lair where the TMNT and Splinter are working on their meditation practices by a circular pool. The Sensei disappointed with his students' distracted behavior. However the distractions are just the tip of the iceberg. Leo’s cantankerous attitude really troubles Splinter. Suddenly Splinter collapses in pain as the pool begins to erupt like a geyser. Raph and Leo grab Splinter and escape the flooding lair by diving into the water and making a break for it by swimming. Klunk is drowning and Mike jumps in to save him, only to be struck by a television set and knocked unconscious. Donatello dives in and pulls Mikey to the surface before attempting to swim out. Don dives with Mike in his arms, but he blacks out before he makes it to the exit.

Fortunately, Leo and Raph were able to save Mike and Don. The guys climb out of the sewers to seek medical help for their Master, but as they emerge to the surface they're met with a horrible surprise. Bright lights and TV cameras focus on our heroes and reveal them to an astonished audience of people. The cameras broadcast the images of the Turtles on every TV channel for all the city to see. As the TMNT look around in panic, one figure emerges from the darkness, Agent Bishop!

Luckily, April and Casey are in a nearby alley with April’s van. The Turtles and Splinter battle Bishop's guards and escape to the vehicle and the group takes off. Bishop sends an assortment of military trucks and black choppers to chase the Green Team. As April is gunning around corners and dodging missile attacks, Leo jumps out of the van onto the hood of one of Bishop’s trucks. The ninja shatters the windshield, tosses the commando out and then takes the wheel and peels off, buying the van some time to escape.

As April turns down an alley, a helicopter fires hooked cables into its roof. The chopper begins to lift the van off the street. Leo catapults his truck off of a parked car directly into the path of the whirlybird - just before the two vehicles collide and explode, Leo jumps to safety and quickly reenters the van.

The explosion provides a distraction and our heroes escape their pursuers. Leo attempts to call Angel on his Shell Cell, but the copters circling the city are waiting for the signal to lock in on. Suddenly our heroes are being chased by even more choppers and April guns the van down the street.

Leo directs April to park in a tunnel and allow the Turtles to get out of the vehicle. Casey and April protest, but the Turtles convince them it's the only way they have hope that someone will escape (and be able to save those that are captured, if that happens). After the Turtles and Splinter get out, April takes off in the other direction, but as soon as the van hits the street, it's destroyed by missile fire!

The Turtles can't believe their eyes - Master Splinter motivates them to escape through an air duct in the tunnel. The TMNT and their Sensei make their way through the maintenance tunnel still in shock over recent events. As they emerge on another street, Donatello blames himself for allowing Bishop to track them. Splinter senses that it’s not the Shell Cel that lead Bishop to the lair. As they ponder who could be in an alliance with Bishop, their answer appears right before them, Shredder! The four turtles attack Shredder, but it quickly appears that he's too powerful for them. Defeating all four with ease, Shredder then unveils the evil alliance he has assembled. With that, Bishops appears with his men, as does Hun, Karai, Stockman, the Foot Elite, a Foot Mech, Dragon Face, and the Purple Dragons!

As the Turtles lay wounded on the ground, Splinter finally realizes what is actually going on. With Shredder and his evil alliance approaching, Splinter sits down and closes his eyes. He has realized that the enemies standing before him aren’t real. The entire situation has simply been a mind game. The Foot Mystics have fabricated the entire flood, chase, and face off! The Turtles and Splinter are actually still sitting in the lair meditating!

As Splinter closes his eyes he enters a gray, cloudy realm where he sits in a circle with the Turtles in meditation. Above them float the Foot Mystics. As the villains try to overpower our heroes with evil Chi, the Turtles prepare to meet the attack - but the Sensei orders them to remain seated and go back into meditation. The TMNT reluctantly do as they're told and join Splinter in the mental battle of wills. As the Turtles focus their energy, they overpower the Mystic Ninjas and defeat them at their own game.

Karai holds the Heart of Tengu.

The astral realm of meditation dissolves and we once again find Splinter and the Turtles sitting in the lair just as they had been. Klunk arrives much to Mikey's delight and Donatello calls April and is delighted to discover that both she and Casey are fine, but master splinter thinks if they can attack in the mystical plain what will be next.

Karai vows vengeance against the TMNT.

Cut to the Mystic Ninja Chamber inside Karai's Foot headquarters. The five Foot Mystics stand, observing the Turtles in the lair via a magic portal. Karai enters the chamber and the Mystics inform her of their failure. It seems all is not lost though, as they have obtained valuable information for their next strike. Karai is angry and ill tempered regarding the failure. We discover that whoever wields the Heart of Tengu controls the Foot Mystics. The Mystics observe that the Shredder respected their powers, but Karai sneers that she does not respect them, and as long as she holds the Heart, they will do as she bids. The Mystics bow in reverence of the Heart's power as Karai vows vengeance against the Turtles.


  • Master Splinter: Let your minds become pools of stillness, my sons. Break the surface, explore the depts. For that is where the true wonders lie.
  • Mikey: I wonder if you can combined burgers and nachos into one tasty treat. Mmm... burchos.
  • Master SplinterMichelangelo!
  • Raph: We've been at this for hours!
  • Mikey: Yeah. I'm starving! Why has it gotta be all minds all the time?
  • Master Splinter: Because you have not been using them enough. Your behavior has become increasingly sloppy. A symptom of unfocused minds. This lair is a reflection of those who live within it. What does it's current state say about us?
  • Mikey: We really like casual Fridays?
  • Master Splinter: Our safety depends on keeping our presence a secret. Yet you roam the city, as if no threat existed! And Leonardo, your behavior is most troubling of all. There is a new hardness to you. One that strays from the true path of ninjitsu.
  • Leo: I do what I have to protect this family!

(Raph, Donnie and Mikey all look at Leo, surprised that he would talk back Master Splinter like that)

  • Master SplinterAs do I. Back to meditation!

(Suddenly, Master Splinter collapses!)

  • Leo: Master Splinter!
  • Donatello: (After checking to see if Master Splinter is breathing) His breathing's shallow! He needs medical attention!
  • Leo:  Get the Battleshell ready! Mikey, get April on the phone! Tell her we need a doctor, now!
  • Raph: And what? Take a 65 pound talkin' rat to the hospital?
  • MikeyAnybody know a veterinarian who can keep his mouth shut?

(Suddenly, Mikey notices something wrong with the water)

  • Mikey: 'Uh...guys? I think something funny's goin' with the-!
  • Raph: What the shell?!
  • LeoHang on, Master Splinter!
  • Mikey: So, I think we've got a little clog in the drain.
  • Raph: Yeah we got that part.
  • Donnie We'll have to ride the current out. Hope the whole system isn't like this.
  • LeoWe'll swim you out, master. Can you hold your breath?
  • Master Splinter: (weakly) ...Yes...
  • Leo: Now.
  • April: Is everyone alright, Leo?
  • Leo: 'We've been better.
  • April: Casey and I are on our way!
  • Leo:' Thanks April. We're almost to the surface. We'll look for you and Casey in the van.
  • Leo: This isn't like you, Bishop! I thought you Black Ops thugs like to keep to the shadows!
  • Bishop: Extreme cases require extreme measures. The world is now my ally. There's nowhere you can hide where a responsible citizen won't "rat" you out. Pardon the expression. And now, let's get down to business.
  • Master Splinter: Still they search for us.
  • Donnie: They have every bridge covered. We'll never make it out to the farmhouse!
  • Leo: We'll have to hide in the city. I'll call Angel and see if she has any- Ugh!


  • Final appearance of the original Foot Elite design, starting with Scion of the Shredder they would get a new design.
  • Final appearance of the Foot Mechs introduced in Rogue in the House, Part 1.
  • The Foot Mystics reappear after being destroyed by Master Splinter in Return to New York, Part 2 without any explanation how they've returned.
  • When Shredder comes and is speaking, in the background you can see Bishop as an outline, but he isn't colored in, just a white outline of him, and you can see a few other characters are like this.


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