Breaking Purple
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode
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Season Code: 059
Episode: 4A
Original airdate April 24, 2020
Written by Josh Riley Brown
Supervising Producer Alan Wan
Producers: Vladimir Radev
Directed by JJ Conway
Voice Direction Rob Paulsen
Storyboard Artist: Christine Liu
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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2
October 12, 2019 - August 7, 2020
List of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Many Unhappy Returns
  2. Todd Scouts
  3. Goyles, Goyles, Goyles
  4. Flushed, but Never Forgotten
  5. Lair Games
  6. Breaking Purple
  7. Repairin' the Baron
  8. Air Turtle
  9. Pizza Puffs
  10. Sidekick Ahoy!
  11. The Hidden City Job
  12. Always Be Brownies
  13. Mystery Meat
  14. Donnie vs. Witch Town
  15. Raph's Ride-Along
  16. Hidden City's Most Wanted
  17. Bad Hair Day
  18. Fists of Furry
  19. The Clothes Don't Make the Turtle
  20. Battle Nexus: New York
  21. E-Turtle Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  22. Shreddy or Not
  23. Anatawa Hitorijanai
  24. Rise

Season 1Season 2

"Breaking Purple" the sixth episode of the second season (Episode 4A) of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the fifty-second episode of the series overall. It first aired on April 24th, 2020.


Donnie's "parenting style" causes S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N. to run away from home.


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Donnie is sick and tired of S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N's rebellious and careless attitude he developed after his thirteenth upgrade. Mikey wants to teach Donnie healthy ways to express his emotions towards S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N, as he points out that Donnie's parenting style of yelling "because I said so" is becoming similar to that of Splinter's. Horrified by that realization Donnie tries to tell S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N it frustrates him whenever S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N destroys his stuff when he drone races in the lair. S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N however has no interest in listening to him, and growing frustrated again Donnie grounds the drone literally by attaching a restraining bolt to his wing, stating that he's not allowed to do anything without his permission from now on.

That night S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N runs off and while wandering through the city he meets the Purple Dragons, who are running tests with their drone to join the drone race to win a powerful device as the first place. The trio recognizes S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N as Donnie's drone and decide to befriend him, releasing him from the restraining bolt. After having fun with each other that night and declaring S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N a member of the Purple Dragons they persuade him into joining the drone races for them.

The next day Donnie discovers S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N ran off and infuriated heads out to find him back. At the junkyard he overhears a conversation between Repo Mantis and Loose Lips Malinowski, the latter got scrap metal from the destroyed drone race contestants, a place where "wayward teen drones go when they run away from home after a fight with their misguided parental figures" according to him. Donnie realizes he made a big mistake and fearing the thought of S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N being destroyed at the drone races he sets off to stop him.

At the races, S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N and the other contestants are all lined up for the start, but Donnie joins the race too being badly dressed up as a drone. He pleads S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N to come home stating that he's sorry, but S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N is bound to win the race for the Purple Dragons. Donnie crashes and he realizes he needs to show S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N the Purple Dragon's real nature by winning the race. S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N loses to Donnie who crashed through the whole obstacle course with his jet-pack and the Purple Dragons kick S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N out of the club. Donnie reunites with S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N and apologizes for his harsh behavior towards him, and remembering Mikey's advice he hugs it out with S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N, moving the whole audience to tears.


  • Donnie: You are grounded, young man! Literally!
  • S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N.: Zero-one-zero-zero-one you!
  • Donnie: You watch your mouth, young man!
  • Mikey: D҉r҉.҉ D҉e҉l҉i҉c҉a҉t҉e҉ T҉o҉u҉c҉h҉ f҉e҉e҉l҉s҉ n҉o҉t҉h҉i҉n҉g҉.҉
  • S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N.: Hey… wait! You’re the Purple Dragons! You’re bad guys!
  • Kendra: Us? No, we’re just misunderstood teens who don’t play by the rules.

  • Donnie: Because I said so, emailed so, and texted so!
  • S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N.: I’m sick of this Shellpression!
  • Mikey: Good morning! I’m Dr. Feelings. Welcome to my seminar, Hug It Out!


  • The episode was first posted on Brandon Mychal Smith's Instagram story.
  • The title is a reference to the AMC television series, Breaking Bad.
  • S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N. hollers "Booyakasha!" after Kendra frees him, which is a direct nod to Mikey's signature catchphrase in the 2012 TV series.
  • In this episode, it is revealed that Kendra and Jase are step-siblings.
  • This is the first episode to air in 2020.
  • The brief scene where Jase adjusts his glasses and C code is reflecting off his lenses, is recycled from the first season episode "The Purple Jacket", but this time it is with a different color palette.
  • A dwarf version of Andy Suriano makes an appearance ...taking a dump. One of the few scenes Donnie is calling for S.H.E.L.L.D.O.N. to come home.
  • Ice Cream Kitty and Mrs. Cuddles make an appearance as stuffed animals seated at Dr. Positive's seminar.




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