Bug Busters
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode
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Season Code: 013-014
Episode: 7
Guest stars Lena Headey
Original airdate November 17, 2018
Written by Ian Busch, Russ Carney,

Ron Corcillo & Jesse Gordon

Producers: Vladimir Radev
Directed by Abe Audish, Brendan Clogher & Jamie Vickers
Voice Direction Rob Paulsen
Supervising Director  Alan Wan
Storyboard Artist: Julia Braid
Christopher Luc
Episode chronology
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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 1
September 17, 2018 - November 16, 2019
List of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Mystic Mayhem
  2. Origami Tsunami
  3. Donnie's Gifts
  4. War and Pizza
  5. Newsworthy
  6. Repo Mantis
  7. Down with the Sickness
  8. The Fast and the Furriest
  9. Mascot Melee
  10. Shell in a Cell
  11. Minotaur Maze
  12. Bug Busters
  13. The Longest Fight
  14. Hypno! Part Deux
  15. The Gumbus
  16. Mrs. Cuddles
  17. Stuck on You
  18. Al Be Back
  19. The Purple Jacket
  20. Pizza Pit
  21. Smart Lair
  22. Hot Soup: The Game
  23. The Evil League of Mutants
  24. Late Fee
  25. Bullhop
  26. Mind Meld
  27. Nothing But Truffle
  28. Shadow of Evil
  29. Portal Jacked!
  30. Warren & Hypno, Sitting in a Tree
  31. Operation: Normal
  32. Sparring Partner
  33. You Got Served
  34. How to Make Enemies and Bend People to Your Will
  35. Mystic Library
  36. The Purple Game
  37. Man VS. Sewer
  38. The Mutant Menace
  39. Turtle-dega Nights: The Ballad of Rat Man
  40. The Ancient Art of Ninja Hide and Seek
  41. One Man's Junk
  42. Snow Day
  43. Cloak and Swaggart
  44. Jupiter Jim Ahoy!
  45. Insane in the Mama Train
  46. End Game

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"Bug Busters" is the twelfth episode (Episode 7) of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It first aired on November 17th, 2018.


The Turtles look for a way to eliminate New York City's Oozesquito problem.


Major characters

Minor characters

  • Atomic Lass (image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Battle Nexus arena clown (debut) (cameo)
  • Battle Nexus competitors (debut)
    • Mutant dog warrior (debut)
    • Mutant lizard warrior (debut)
    • Mutant boar warrior (debut) (cameo)
  • Bellhop (Dave Foley) (debut) (mutates)
  • Big Mama's hotel guests (debut)
  • Big Mama's hotel staff (debut)
  • Clem (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Gus (Fred Tatasciore) (debut)
  • Hypno-Potamus (image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Meat Sweats (image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Mutant Silverfish (image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Repo Mantis (image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Stewart (cameo; also in image on Big Mama's screen)
  • Todd Capybara (image on Big Mama's screen only)


The turtles are on their way to the Nexus hotel after hearing the news that it's full of Oozequitoes. Having arrived at the hotel they find that all the visitors have fled - except for one bellhop. Leo introduces themselves as 'unlicensed amateur' bug catchers and suggests to the Turtles that they should bring the bellhop to safety first. However Raph insists that they should stick to the plan to zap, smash, bash and otherwise catch the Oozequitoes. They fail miserably however, partly due to Raph and Leo's bickering and the continuous intervention of the bellhop, and the Turtles end up being stuck in one of Donnie's high-tech trap together. Just as the bellhop thinks peace and quiet has returned he gets stung by an Oozequito and mutates into a clumsy bull, and flees the hotel in panic. We then see a pink skinned woman who has witnessed the whole scene through the security cameras.

Just as the Turtles are about to leave the extremely damaged hotel the woman arrives with a whole entourage of bellhops and janitors, who amused says they "turned [her] hotel in quite the fizzydo". The turtles try to pass themselves off as humans, but she reassures them they are among their own kind, after which the janitors reveal themselves to be mutants. The woman offers the Turtles a tour which Raph, Donnie and Mikey gladly accept, but Leo seems skeptical of following someone they've never met before.

The woman, or Big Mama as she is called, explains that her kind prefers to call themselves yōkai, who have lived for thousands of eons. Through a hidden entrance the team gets to see the real Nexus hotel, a place where yōkai can rest and watch the Battle Nexus, a series of violent battles fought by yōkai warriors. Hugin and Muninn are in the hotel too, who recognize the Turtles as the ones that destroyed Baron Draxum's laboratory and set all his Oozequitoes loose.

In her office Big Mama tells that the Oozequitoes are causing trouble by creating new mutants. She then reveals her true identity, being a giant spider-like yōkai. The Turtles are initially rather shocked, but tell Leo off for "hurting a nice spider-lady's feelings" after he makes a comment about the situation. Big Mama states she wants to help them catch the bugs to avoid the creation of new mutants. She encourages Donnie to build a device that uses her webs to trap the Oozequitoes, who takes full pride in her flattery. Ignoring Leo's protests Raph accepts the offer to bring the captured bugs to Big Mama.

The next day the Turtles are seen catching the Oozequitoes with Donnie's newest invention called the Bug Slapper, a hoover-scooter that shoots Big Mama's web goo as projectiles. They return to the hotel with a big jar filled with bugs, but Leo senses that things are off. The Turtles proudly show Big Mama their haul, and she is in turn amazed by the device Donnie built 'for her'. The large yōkai bellhops then take away the bugs and the Bug Slapper from the Turtles, and Big Mama reveals she is the one that runs the Battle Nexus. She intents to use the Oozequitoes to create new mutant warriors and even wants to put the Turtles to work in the battle - as arena clowns, much to their dismay. Raph then admits that Leo was right not to trust Big Mama, but everyone realizes Leo has already fled the scene. Enraged, Big Mama sends Gus after Leo, a large goofy yōkai dog. The other captured Turtles are send to the Battle Nexus gateway.

Meanwhile Leo has made his escape through the ventilation shafts and from there he sees one of the yōkai bellhops bringing the Oozequitoes and the Bug Slapper into Big Mama's hidden vault. Just as Raph, Donnie and Mikey arrive at the gateway Leo saves them by making a portal that brings them back to the human departement of the hotel. However Gus has found them and is ready to attack, but Mikey distracts him by trowing away a tennis ball. Leo states this is their chance to escape, but Raph doesn't want to leave till they get the bugs and Donnie's invention back. Reluctantly Leo leads them back to Big Mama's office, where the vault is hidden. They take back the bugs and the Bug Slapper, but Big Mama shows up, restraining them with her webs.

At that moment Baron Draxum bursts into the office, He is furious that Big Mama stole his Oozequitoes, stating that they were meant to annihilate the human treat to yōkai and knocks her down after a fight. Hugin and Muninn take the bugs and plan to release them on the rooftop of the hotel. During their fight the Turtles were able to free themselves, and Leo and Raph follow Draxum to the rooftop through Leo's portal. Just as Mikey and Donnie wonder what they are supposed to do they are reminded that Big Mama is still there. Donnie furiously states that "this will teach [Big Mama] to compliment [his] work and give [him his] first positive reinforcement of a parent-aged adult ever" and flees with Mikey on the Bug Buster.

Draxum, Hugin and Munnin arrive with the Oozequitoes on the rooftop, but Raph and Leo burst through their portal and take back the bugs. Draxum attacks the two with his purple tentacles and just as Raph catches the bugs, Draxum catches Leo and dangles him high above the streets. He states that he isn't afraid to destroy his own creation, and tells Raph to choose between his brother or the bugs. Just as Raph tells Leo how "these villains are all talk" Draxum indifferently lets go of Leo to fall to his death. Panicked, Raph jumps after Leo, losing the jar of bugs in the process. He saves Leo by using the mystic power from his tōnfa's to create a giant duplicate of himself to catch him, although he had no idea how he was able to do that. Back on the rooftop Draxum releases the bugs and returns to the Hidden City.

Meanwhile Donnie and Mikey are still being chased by Big Mama, who catches onto Mikey. Donnie hits Big Mama with the last remaining web-shot, which causes her to be thrown back into her own vault and locked up inside. The Turtles meet each other again and ponder over the things that happened and the revelation that they were created by Draxum, though Leo states that Draxum probably isn't very attached to them.


  • Leo: Do not fear, sir! We are unlicensed amateurs and we have this situation mildly under control!
  • Raph: You are a poor winner, Leo.
  • Donnie: I see what's going on here. You're trying to flatter me... with the truth! And it's working!
  • Mikey: I'm soooo sweet, baby! Come get me!


  • This is the second episode of the series to be presented as a "30-minute special" after the premiere episode "Mystic Mayhem."
  • Mikey, Donnie and Raph are heard humming the theme song while in the elevator.
  • The episode's title is a reference to the Ghostbusters franchise.
    • Also, the scene where the Turtles fail to catch the Oozesquitoes while causing damage is similar to how the Ghostbusters attempt to catch Slimer in the Dining Hall.
      • The only difference is that the Ghosbusters caught their target, unlike the Turtles.
  • This episode reveals that Baron Draxum created the Turtles.
    • The Turtles also find out about this revelation in this episode.
  • Mutants resembling Bebop, Rocksteady, Leatherhead, and Halfcourt can be seen during Baron Draxum and Big Mama's argument about the handling of mutants.
    • Additional mutants seen include a shark (potentially Armaggon), a bull in a matador's outfit, and a creepy-looking anteater that shares a resemblance to one of the Evil Demon Monkeys from the mobile game Temple Run.
  • A midget version of Andy Suriano can be seen taking a dump when the Mad Dogs jump into Leo's portal during their escape.



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