|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) episode|
|Guest stars||Robert Englund|
|Original airdate||November 14, 2014|
|Written by||Doug Langdale|
|Directed by||Sebastian Montes|
|Voice Direction||Andrea Romano|
|Supervising Director||Ciro Nieli|
In Dreams is the fifth episode of the third season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series), and is the fifty-seventh episode overall in the series. It first aired on November 14th, 2014.
- April O'Neil (Mae Whitman)
- Bernie (Bill Moseley) (debut)
- Casey Jones (Josh Peck)
- Donatello (Rob Paulsen)
- Dream Beavers (debut)
- Leonardo (Seth Green)
- Michelangelo (Greg Cipes)
- Raphael (Sean Astin)
The episode opens as Donatello is on the run. He appears to be in New York, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. Something monstrous is stalking him, and no matter where he runs or hides, the thing is one step ahead of him.
Meanwhile, outside the farm, the rest of the Turtles are training, with Raphael telling Leonardo he’s looking good. But he pushes himself too hard and injures his right knee, and obviously frustrated, he tries napping in the farmhouse before telling his brothers he’s going for a walk in the woods instead.
April and Casey head for the store, shooting down Michelangelo’s request for spicy gummy worms. As April puts it, the store is so small that it has peanut butter or jelly. Meanwhile, Leo has a close call with a meteor that lands nearby. It glows when he touches it, and though it releases a pulse of energy that knocks him down, his knee is healed and he feels better than ever.
At the store, April and Casey encounter a scary but friendly store owner named Bernie. The shopping trip takes a weird turn when Casey notices a book with a Latin title and is warned away from it by Bernie. He seems the prying type too, asking if they are buying food for five or six people and if any of them have been feeling real tired as of late. Needless to say, they get the heck out of dodge.
Leo’s enjoyment of his new super powers turns sour when he’s confronted by a super strong giant beaver. We see that he’s actually asleep in the real world, as Raph and Mikey have drawn on him. They also feel tired and decide to catch 40 winks. April and Casey return to find all of them asleep, including Donnie upstairs. His dream has taken a particularly scary turn inside a school with objects flying around and beaver paws coming out of doors everywhere, and even though he knows he needs to wake up, he can’t.
The humans aren’t having any luck waking any of them, and April is worried that their vital signs seems to be weakening. Noting that the Latin book had something to do with sleep or dreams, April sends Casey back to the store to check it out while she tries contacting the Turtles with her psychic powers. She appears in different forms in all four Turtles’ dreams, all of which have taken on the form of their greatest fears except for Mikey, who is stuck in a weird candy-land with a particularly dim-witted beaver.
Meanwhile, Casey gets his own surprise when Bernie comes after him with a chainsaw, ranting about how the book is all that stands between our world and total destruction. He asks if the Dream Beavers sent him, which is convenient, since the Dream Beavers have simultaneously gathered all four brothers in one dream.
Casey manages to hit Bernie's chainsaw with his baseball bat, making it malfunction and before the latter gets a chance to start the chainsaw again, knocks it out of his hands, ending their battle. Though he isn’t asked to tell it, Bernie has a whopper of a story: he used to be a physicist with a theory that our dreams take place in a dimension of their own. While testing it out, he discovered four beings of pure evil called the Dream Beavers that can feed off of the life force of people’s dreams. To keep them trapped in the dream dimension, he’s stayed awake with the book (its name means “dream plug”) so the Dream Beavers would stay on the other side. Bernie moved to the middle of nowhere to avoid endangering others, but as Casey points out, it wasn’t far enough.
The Turtles end up stuck in a dream that looks like a comic book, and their fight against the Dream Beavers is going very, very badly. they end up on a conveyor belt headed for a pizza oven and look like they’re going to be beaver food.
Casey brings Bernie back to the farmhouse, where a desperate April has resorted to slapping the Turtles since nothing else is working. In a wave of inspiration Casey suddenly realizes that the dream plug is keeping the Turtles trapped and despite Bernie’s protests, smashes the dream plug. The Dream Beavers rejoice in the fact that they’re free to enter the real world and the Turtles immediately wake up. It looks like trouble, but when the smoke clears, the Dream Beavers realize that in our world, they’re only tiny plush animals. They leave before getting their butts kicked, and Bernie (distraught that he’s stayed awake for decades for no good reason) immediately falls asleep.
Leo remarks that even though they’re now awake, his knee still feels better. As Casey and Donnie drag Bernie out of the farmhouse, Donnie wonders if April really kissed him when he woke up. Casey tells him to keep dreaming.
April: Hey guys? We're heading down to the store.
Leonardo: Okay let's do this. Aaa!!
Leonardo: I'm a super... hero!
Michelangelo: Naps are nature's hugs.
Dark Beaver: I am Dark Beaver, may I eat you? You look salty.
Dread Beaver: I am Dread Beaver and your soul is mine!
Dave Beaver: I'm Dave Beaver, I'mma supposed to scare you.
Dire Beaver: Well, aren't you gonna answer?
Michelangelo: Man, this ping pong is really wearing me out...
Donatello: This is a dream.
Dave Beaver: I like chocolate chip cookies.
Bernie: What? I can't hear you... Over the chainsaw...
Michelangelo: Whew! Back in the real world at last!
Dave Beaver: I spy with my little eye... Something green!
Dire Beaver: Now you see me, now you don't.
Bernie: Oh my gosh! Is that TV set an astro view?
Bernie: The Obturaculum keeps the beavers trapped in the dream world, and as long as they're there their dream powers are unbeatable, that's why I don't sleep! Got any coffee by the way?
Michelangelo: Hi Dave!
- This episode was inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street.
- The plot of this episode and the Dream Beavers feeding off their victim's life is similar to the 1984 film in both plot and how the main villain Freddy Krueger, visits people in their dreams and feeds on their fear.
- Robert Englund, who plays Freddy Krueger also voices both Dark and Dire Beaver.
- Dark Beaver's fur has the same shade of dark red as in Freddy's sweatshirt.
- The beaver's long claws are also a reference to Krueger's famous bladed glove, Dark uses them to menace his victims more than the other Beavers.
- A musical track similar to the film's main theme plays during the scenes where Bernie is telling the Dream Beaver's back story.
- In Donatello's dream, he is menaced in a locker room. This is a nod to the first Nightmare on Elmstreet movie in one of Freddy's earlier nightmares of the film.
- The final dream stage is that of a furnace where the turtles are going to be burned into turtle meat. This is a clear tribute to Freddy Krueger's standard nightmare, where it takes place in a boiler room, furnace, or burning/burned building.
- John Kassir is well-known for providing the voice of the Crypt Keeper in the Tales from the Crypt TV series, and he voices both Dave and Dread Beaver in this episode.
- There are a few references to Evil Dead & Army of Darkness as well.
- The main characters are secluded in a cabin in the woods being attacked by supernatural creatures, The Dream Plug is similar to the Necronomicon, Bernie uses a chainsaw and is voiced by an actor in Army of Darkness (Bill Moseley) and the scene where Mikey fights Dave Beaver is similar to how Ash fought smaller versions of himself in Evil Dead.
- Bernie himself is a parallel to Ash Williams. They both work\worked in retail, they use chainsaws, defend the earth from the paranormal and they even wear similar shirts.
- The scene where the Turtles are in a black & white comic book setting is a reference to the original 1984 Mirage comic books.
- In Bernie's store, there are cans with an image of Ray Fillet and a magazine with an image of the Spy-Roach's second mutant form.
- There are also cereals who share a large resemblance to the Count Chocula and Boo Berry cereals.
- There's also a poster of Chris Bradford's unmutated form on the wall that says "Got Curd?", this image first appeared in the back of a magazine in "The Manhattan Project" episode.
- Got Curd? is a reference to the "Got Milk?" slogan.
- There are Space Heroes, It Came From The Sewers and Tales from the Cosmos horror comics.
- Bernie is voiced by Bill Moseley, whose first big role was in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, coincidentally enough Bernie uses a chainsaw as his primary weapon.
- Bernie's chainsaw has "This Saw is Family" engraved on the blade. Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre also has this engraved on his Chainsaw.
- Leonardo's dream may be a reference to Meteor Man, as Jefferson Reed touches a meteor to get powers just like Leonardo.
- This episode's ending homages an episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, "Fear Itself", where Gachnar, the fear demon, is revealed to only be a few inches in height in the real world.
- Seth Green, voice of Leonardo, played one of the main characters in the series, Daniel "Oz" Osborne.