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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"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.




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Episode 1
Mystic Mayhem
Episode 2A
Origami Tsunami
Episode 2B
Donnie's Gifts
Episode 3A
War and Pizza
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Episode 3B
Episode 4A
Repo Mantis
Episode 4B
Down with the Sickness
Episode 5A
The Fast and the Furriest
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Episode 5B
Mascot Melee
Episode 6A
Shell in a Cell
Episode 6B
Minotaur Maze
Episode 7
Bug Busters
15 14 13 12-0
Episode 8A
The Longest Fight
Episode 8B
Hypno! Part Deux!
Episode 9A
The Gumbus
Episode 9B
Mrs. Cuddles
17 18 20 19-0
Episode 10A
Stuck on You
Episode 10B
Al Be Back
Episode 11A
The Purple Jacket
Episode 11B
Pizza Pit
22 23 21 24
Episode 12A
Smart Lair
Episode 12B
Hot Soup: The Game
Episode 13
The Evil League of Mutants
Episode 14A
Late Fee
25 26 27 30
Episode 14B
Episode 15A
Mind Meld
Episode 15B
Nothing But Truffle
Episode 16
Shadow of Evil
28 29 32 31
Episode 17A
Portal Jacked!
Episode 17B
Warren & Hypno, Sitting in a Tree
Episode 18A
Operation: Normal
Episode 18B
Sparring Partner
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Episode 19A
You Got Served
Episode 19B
How to Make Enemies and Bend People to Your Will
Episode 20A
Mystic Library
Episode 20B
The Purple Game
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Episode 21A
Man VS. Sewer
Episode 21B
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Episode 22A
Turtle-dega Nights: The Ballad of Rat Man
Episode 22B
The Ancient Art of Ninja Hide and Seek
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Episode 23A
One Man's Junk
Episode 23B
Snow Day
Episode 24A
Cloak and Swaggart
Episode 24B
Jupiter Jim Ahoy!
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Episode 25
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Episode 26
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Episode 1
Many Unhappy Returns
Episode 2A
Todd Scouts
Episode 2B
Goyles, Goyles, Goyles
Episode 3A
Flushed, but Never Forgotten
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Lair Games
Episode 4A
Breaking Purple
Episode 4B
Repairin' the Baron
Episode 5A
Air Turtle
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Pizza Puffs
Episode 6A
Sidekick Ahoy!
Episode 6B
The Hidden City Job
Episode 7A
Always Be Brownies
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Mystery Meat
Episode 8A
Raph's Ride-Along
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Donnie vs. Witch Town
Episode 9A
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Episode 10A
Fists of Furry
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Episode 11
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Episode 13A
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