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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode
Season Code: S03E09
Episode: 60
Original airdate November 27, 2004
Written by Ben Townsend
Supervising Producer Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson
Frederick U. Fierst
Al Kahn
Norman Grossfeld
Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director  Roy Burdine
Story Editor: Michael Ryan
Episode chronology
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
October 9, 2004 - April 23, 2005
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. The Christmas Aliens
  2. Space Invaders, Part I
  3. Space Invaders, Part II
  4. Space Invaders, Part III
  5. Worlds Collide, Part I
  6. Worlds Collide, Part II
  7. Worlds Collide, Part III
  8. Touch and Go
  9. Hunted
  10. H.A.T.E.
  11. Nobody's Fool
  12. New Blood
  13. The Lesson
  14. The Darkness Within
  15. Mission of Gravity
  16. The Entity Below
  17. Time Travails
  18. Hun on the Run
  19. Reality Check
  20. Across the Universe
  21. Same As It Never Was
  22. The Real World, Part 1
  23. The Real World, Part 2
  24. Bishop's Gambit
  25. Exodus, Part 1
  26. Exodus, Part 2

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"Hunted" is the sixty-first episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which originally aired on November 27, 2004. It had 2.12 views on the 4kids website as of 2008.


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Voice-Over Introduction

Leatherhead: We spend all our lives building walls, in order to keep us safe. But the walls do not work when the enemy is within. When you are defenseless, the enemy shows himself and he is a monster. It is our fate that the thing we fear the most is the thing we carry deep within ourself.

Plot Synopsis

Open in Turtle lair with Leatherhead and Splinter drinking tea. The Sensei informs the croc that he is welcome to live with them. As the Turtles come in and enthusiastically ask Leatherhead to join them for various activities, Leatherhead accidentally breaks the tea cup and pot. As the giant fumbles around and tries to pick up the pieces, Raph nudges him and teases him. The joke does not amuse Leatherhead and he gets extremely angry and violent, pushing Raphael backwards. Leatherhead totally loses his cool and runs through a door to escape. The Turtle are shocked by the croc's overreaction, and they pursue their friend to see what's wrong.
Raph and Leatherhead 1

Leatherhead reveals he can not control his temper

Raphael apologizes to Leatherhead, who in return apologizes to Raph for his rash behavior. Leatherhead explains that he's been having serious problems controlling his temper ever since Bishop performed gruesome experiments on him.

In the sewers we see a man with a large gun accompanied by a waist-high robot. The hunter is named Mr. Marlin, and he's found Leatherhead's tracks in the mud. The robot hands the man a newspaper clipping with a headline regarding a giant croc being seen in the city's sewers. Marlin is pleased that he's found the trail.

Back at the lair, everyone is sleeping. Leatherhead is having nightmares that feature grotesque versions of Bishop, Shredder, Baxter Stockman, and even the Turtles. All of the ghouls are attacking Leatherhead - until eventually a monstrous Michelangelo begins to call out to him to wake up. As Leatherhead awakens, the real Mikey is standing over him, looking worried. Leatherhead jumps up in a rage, grabs Mikey, slams him into a wall and then onto the floor.

As the rest of the Turtles and Splinter run in, Leatherhead (thinking he killed Mikey) runs out ashamed and angry with himself. As Mikey comes to, the Turtles decide that they had better go find their troubled friend.

Cut to sewers, where Mr. Marlin finds a fresh croc print. His robot side-kick plants a group of sensors that are linked to the hunter's wristband computer.

As the Turtles follow the tracks, the sensors are activated. Marlin picks up infrared pictures of the Turtles on his wristband, so he doubles back to check it out. The hunter discovers the unique prints left by the Turtles and decides to add some extra surprises for his treasured prey.

The Turtles continue following Leatherhead's trail when Raph inadvertently triggers a trip wire. Robotic guns burst from the ground and begin firing lasers at our heroes. The Turtles leap into action and quickly destroy all of the weapons. The Turtles realize that they'll have to be extra cautious. Raph notice the land mines hidden in the sewer water, but just when he's telling the others to be careful, Leo steps on one.

Using a shuriken and Don’s bo staff, the Turtles are able to free Leo and take cover as the mines go off in a domino-like effect.

Leatherhead is now in another part of the sewer, traumatized and crying over what he's become. As the not-so-gentle giant sits there and laments his condition, he is met by the sound of Marlin cocking his gun. As the hunter gets ready to fire, Leatherhead openly welcomes his death, stating that he deserves to die because he's nothing but a monster. At the sight and sound of a talking crocodile, Marlin pauses in amazement. Talking to his gun (which he named Betsy), the hunter proclaims that he will be famous for not only bagging a talking croc, but also capturing four giant turtles. With this, Leatherhead’s demeanor changes from docile to violent, as he will not let anyone hurt his friends. LeatherHead attacks and grabs Marlin’s gun in his jaws. The man cries out protectively of "Betsy" and then activates an electroshock in the weapon that knocks the mutant unconscious. With the croc incapacitated, Marlin gets an idea to how he can trap the Turtles.

The Turtles discover a passage way blocked with deadly lasers. Leonardo acrobatically leaps through the maze of deadly lights and his brothers soon follow. The guys come across a huge room with a bridge that connects five separate tunnels . Hanging from a catwalk in the middle of the cavern is Leatherhead. As the Turtles move in to rescue their friend, we see Marlin hidden above, and he has Mikey in his sights.

As the hunter is about to shoot Mikey, Leo spots a reflection from the gun and pushes his brother out of the way. Jumping off the catwalk and onto sewer pipes that clutter the space, the Turtles counter-attack Marlin. The hunter fires wildly, missing the Turtles but hitting the ropes that are holding up Leatherhead. The croc plummets into the whirlpool below.

Mikey, Don and Raph dive into the water to save the unconscious mutant while Leonardo grapples with the man. Marlin is no match for the ninja, and the hunter is tossed down onto the bridge where he's knocked unconscious (and his gun is broken). Leo dives into the water to assist his brothers, who cannot get free of the pull of a giant fan at the bottom of the pool. With Leonardo's assistance, Don is now free to attack the fan blades - the crafty Turtle plunges his bo into the blades, which slows down their rotation and eventually stops them (although the staff is half destroyed in the process). The Turtles help Leatherhead to safety and Leo cuts the ropes that are binding him. Leatherhead recovers and sees Michelangelo. The croc is ecstatic to discover that he didn't kill his friend.

As our heroes prepare to depart, they discover that Marlin is gone. As the group begins to cross the bridge, Marlin arrives, holding his gun, which is now sparking and about to explode. The hunter explains that the explosion will kill everyone. With that, Leatherhead attacks Marlin. Both fall over the side of the bridge (along with the gun) and crash into the pool below. A massive geyser of water indicates that the weapon has, indeed, exploded with tremendous force.

The Turtles see no sign of their friend. Don observes that Leatherhead gave his life to save theirs - but then the croc pulls himself up from under the bridge to reveal that he did not fall into the pool with Marlin and the gun. Everyone is very happy and they head for the lair. As the group progresses, Leatherhead states that he cannot live with them, as his temper is too much of a threat. The Turtles protest and state that they can help Leatherhead learn to live with his condition, but the croc is insistent. Donatello gets an idea...

The Turtles take Leatherhead to an abandoned subway station. The place is elaborately decorated and Leatherhead finds it to be beautiful. Don reveals that it's only three minutes from the Turtles' lair, so they'll be nearby if he ever needs their assistance. Leatherhead is overcome with joy and thanks his friends. Mikey states that no thanks are necessary - mutants have to stick together, just like family.


  • Michelangelo: Leatherhead, wake up. Leatherhead, wait! It's me! Mikey! 
  • Leatherhead: I'm a monster... A horrible monster! Get back! All of you! Stay away from me! I'm not safe! NOT SAFE! *Runs down tunnel* I'M A MONSTER!
  • Raphael: Mikey...C'mon, bro. No... Ah, please, Mikey, say somethin'!
    Michelangelo: ...I guess I'm lucky you didn't give me mouth to mouth!
    Raphael: *Growls* He's fine. *Drops him*
    Michelangelo: Ow!
    Splinter: Someone, PLEASE, tell me what happened?!
    Michelangelo: Well...Leatherhead was having some kinda nightmare... and then he totally wigged out! Where is he?! I gotta see if he's okay!
    Leo: He disappeared into the sewers!
    Donatello: I think he thinks you're... ya know...
    Michelangelo: Aw man. Poor LeatherHead...
    Raphael: We gotta find him! Let him know Mikey's okay!
    Splinter: Yes, but be careful! There are parts of his nature he can no longer control. He may see you as brothers... Or as enemies!
  • Raphael: Next time Leo, watch where you're putting those big feet of yours.
  • Michelangelo: Leatherhead! You okay?
    Leatherhead: *Coughing* Michelangelo? Is it... YOU? You're alright!
    Michelangelo: Sure, I'm alright.
    Raphael: We're a pretty thick-skinned group.


  • This episode is based on Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6, which oddly in the comic, was the debut of Leatherhead.
  • Sleeping arrangements of the four turtles:
    • Raph - Sleeps in a hammock. His room is mostly filled with ninja posters, sports trophies and weaponry. There are pillows underneath his hammock, which may suggest that he sometimes falls out. He also snores.
    • Don - Sleeps in a platform bed. His bed is in one of the top corners of the bedroom and there are several desks and pieces of equipment below it.
    • Leo - His room is not seen, but he seems to sleep with his katana next to him in a stand of some sort.
    • Mikey - Sleeps on a platform bed. His room is filled with musical equipment - namely a drum kit -  a video game console and sports equipment.


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