|“H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets!”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode|
|Original airdate||October 15, 1994|
|Written by||David Wise|
"H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets!" is the fifth episode of the eighth season of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.
The H.A.V.O.C. mutants Mystic and Seizure break into an aerospace plant, only to find the Ninja Turtles lying in wait. Now that they're fully aware of H.A.V.O.C., they been trailing them for days. Raptor breaks in as the fight starts, and Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael are all struggling. Michelangelo, who has been unusually spacey lately, starts messing around with a jet engine, causing enough mayhem that the H.A.V.O.C mutants are able to escape.
At the H.A.V.O.C. HQ, the mutants report the failure of their mission, and Titanus reveals that he is trying to locate a device called a Flux Transformer, which is stored in a heavily guarded military base. The only way to seize it is to built a Sky Platform, but he won't be able to do that if the Turtles keep interfering. He decides to take advantage of the Turtles' weakness for humans, breaking free a criminal they once apprehended and turning him into an energy-based mutant bent on revenge, Synapse.
The other three Turtles berate Michelangelo for messing around instead of taking their missions seriously. While Donatello is researching the aerospace plant, Synapse appears on his computer and begins destroying things with blasts of energy. When he leaves the lair, the Turtles immediately rush to the surface and find him destroying buildings with a wrecking ball. Donatello explains that he is made of pure energy, and it allows him to control anything mechanical.
Unfortunately destroying the machines he's controlling does no harm to Synapse. He simply switches to a truck, which Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael all ride through the city, but Michelangelo is too distracted by a comic book to join them. They conclude that until he starts taking the mission seriously, he's more a hindrance than a help.
Synapse arrives at a phone company and uses its lines to infiltrate Channel 6 and start causing mayhem. The Turtles arrive and (much to Burne's outrage) destroy the equipment Synapse is possessing before being dragged away by the news helicopter.
Michelangelo, having no idea where his brothers are, decides to double back to the aerospace plant and finds the H.A.V.O.C. mutants creating the Sky Platform. He's immediately caught by Amok and Seizure, but manages to break free and steal a jet.
The Turtles meanwhile get stuck in a recycling plant, and are nearly killed by a circular saw, compactor and grinder. Leonardo manages to free them, and in the commotion they discover that the energy blasted at his reflective swords can be reflected back at Synapse, injuring him. Raphael and Leonardo continue injuring the energy mutant while Donatello gets to a nearby ham radio station, and uses the transmitter at a high frequency to "broadcast" Synapse into outer space, where he will "ride the radio waves forever."
A newly focused Michelangelo appears with his (fortunately four-seater) jet, and flies them to the Sky Platform. While the military opens fire on the Platform, the Turtles provoke the enemy mutants into destroying their own engines, and manage to steer the crashing vehicle into a nearby cliff before bailing out into the river.
Michelangelo apologizes for goofing off in the past, while the other Turtles discover the existence of the Flux Transformer. Donatello confirms that it can warp time and space, and Leonardo states that they will have to stop him.
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Burne Thompson (Pat Fraley)
- Channel 6 Newscopter
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 8
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- Donatello's bo staff is broken in some machinery, but he has it again later in the episode.
- When the Turtles jump out of the jet, Donatello and Raphael have swapped seats.
- Mystic is seen inside the Sky Platform when left to confront the Turtles and isn't seen again afterwards.
- This episode partially takes place at the temporary Channel 6 news station.
- This is the last appearance of Burne Thompson and Vernon Fenwick, though Burne has one line over the phone in "Cyber-Turtles".
- The convict that Titanus mutates into Synapse is the same criminal that the turtles apprehended in "Get Shredder!"
- Magma and Overdrive are the only H.A.V.O.C. mutants who are absent.
- Shredder and Krang are mentioned in this episode.
- Splinter does not appear in this episode.