East Meets West, Part 5
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation episode
Season Code: S01E05
Episode: 5
Original airdate October 10, 1997
Written by
Producers: Haim Saban
Lance H. Robbins
Rosanne Milliken
David Richardson
Photographed by Henry Chan
Production  Collete Aubin
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Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
September 12, 1997 - October 11, 2003
List of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation episodes


  1. East Meets West, Part 1
  2. East Meets West, Part 2
  3. East Meets West, Part 3
  4. East Meets West, Part 4
  5. East Meets West, Part 5
  6. The Staff of Bu-Ki
  7. All in the Family
  8. Silver and Gold
  9. Turtles' Night Out
  10. Meet Dr. Quease
  11. Windfall
  12. Truce or Consequences
  13. Trusting Dr. Quease
  14. Mutant Reflections
  15. Sewer Crash
  16. Going Ape
  17. Enemy of My Enemy
  18. King Wick
  19. The Good Dragon
  20. The Guest
  21. Like Brothers
  22. Unchain My Heart, Part 1
  23. Unchain My Heart, Part 2
  24. Unchain My Heart, Part 3
  25. Unchain My Heart, Part 4
  26. Who Needs Her

"East Meets West, Part 5" is the fifth episode of the live action series Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, which originally aired on October 10, 1997.


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Plot Synopsis

Realizing that the Turtles somehow know his warriors' every move, the Dragon Lord decides to set a trap for the TMNT by sending his five strongest Rank to the Bronx Zoo for an ambush. The vile reptile augments his soldiers' formidable strength with the last five doses of the Serum of Invincibility. The Turtles, meanwhile, having analyzed a sample of the serum taken from the previous battle with the Rank, are righteously angered when they discover that the substance is composed of powdered rhino horn, tiger bone and turtle shell! With both sides fired up, the next confrontation at the Zoo is long and furious, a true-life death struggle. As the battle progresses, the TMNT discover that the serum is but a placebo, having no real invincibility power other than to make the user think that he is invulnerable and thus overcome his fears. With this knowledge, the Turtles hand the Dragon Lord and his minions a most crippling defeat! Also, the simmering differences of opinion between Leonardo and Raphael reach a climax, as the Turtles realize that while their differences set them apart, it also makes them the same... as pieces of the same puzzle. And moreso: as turtles they are part of an ancient tapestry of life, of a lineage stretching back to the age of the dinosaurs. Above all, turtles are survivors... and there is much wisdom in survival.

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