Bug Busters
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode
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Season Code: 112
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
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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 (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Battle Nexus Competitors (debut)
    • Mutant Dog Warrior (debut)
    • Mutant Lizard Warrior (debut)
  • Bellhop (Dave Foley) (debut) (mutates)
  • Big Mama's Hotel Guests (debut)
  • Big Mama's Hotel Staff (debut)
    • Laundry Yōkai (Ian Busch) (debut)
    • Mutant Bellhops (debut)
      • Ape Bellhop (debut)
      • Badger Bellhop (debut)
      • Bird Bellhop (debut)
      • Cat Bellhop (debut)
      • Fox Bellhop (Eric Bauza) (debut)
      • Frog Bellhop (debut)
      • Indian Rhinoceros Bellhop (debut)
      • Lion Bellhop (debut)
      • Lizard Bellhop (debut)
      • Lobster Bellhop (debut)
      • Otter Bellhop (Nolan North) (debut)
      • Owl Bellhop (Fred Tatasciore) (debut)
      • Water Buffalo Bellhop (debut)
    • Octopus Elevator Operator (Nolan North) (debut)
  • Clem (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Gus (Fred Tatasciore) (debut)
  • Hypno-Potamus (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Meat Sweats (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Mutant Silverfish (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Repo Mantis (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)
  • Stewart (cameo, also image on Big Mama's screen)
  • Todd Capybara (cameo; image on Big Mama's screen only)


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  • 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! Come and 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.


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