Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode
Season Code: S02E17
Episode: 43
Original airdate April 3, 2004
Written by Eric Luke
Supervising Producer Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson
Frederick U. Fierst
Al Kahn
Norman Grossfeld
Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director  Chuck Patton
Story Editor: Michael Ryan
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2
November 8, 2003 - October 2, 2004
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Turtles in Space, Part 1: The Fugitoid
  2. Turtles in Space, Part 2: The Trouble with Triceratons
  3. Turtles in Space, Part 3: The Big House
  4. Turtles in Space, Part 4: The Arena
  5. Turtles in Space, Part 5: Triceraton Wars
  6. Secret Origins, Part 1
  7. Secret Origins, Part 2
  8. Secret Origins, Part 3
  9. Reflections
  10. The Ultimate Ninja
  11. The Return of Nano
  12. What a Croc
  13. Return to the Underground
  14. City at War, Part 1
  15. City at War, Part 2
  16. City at War, Part 3
  17. Junklantis
  18. The Golden Puck
  19. Rogue in the House, Part 1
  20. Rogue in the House, Part 2
  21. April's Artifact
  22. Return of the Justice Force
  23. The Big Brawl, Part 1
  24. The Big Brawl, Part 2
  25. The Big Brawl, Part 3
  26. The Big Brawl, Part 4

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"Junklantis" is the forty-third episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which originally aired on April 3, 2004. It had 1.31 million views on the 4kids website as of 2007.


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Voice-Over Introduction

Donatello: They say the sea is the last unexplored frontier on Earth, and I would have to agree. Because what we're looking at is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. And that's saying a lot coming from five foot tall talking turtle. What started out as a test run of the new shell-sub quickly turned into a discovery of bizarre proportions. Of course, all exploratory missions should be undertaken with great caution; If you venture into new territory unprepared, it can really come back to bite you in the shell.

Plot Synopsis

Open on a fog bound ship in New York Harbor as it is attacked by the same mechanical whale-like submarine. The ship goes down.

Cut to the Turtles lair and a TV news update reporting the sinking of the vessel, an event that has been happening far too often over the past month. Donatello unveils the Shell Sub to his brothers and Master Splinter. Michelangelo is really psyched to see the sub and can't wait to get his chance to ride in it. Don and Mike go off on their maiden voyage, traveling through the underwater tunnels that lead from the TMNT lair to NY Harbor. The Shell Sub heads out into the Hudson River where the guys see an old sunken whaler ship. While the ninjas marvel at this site, they spot an “underwater car” approach and start salvaging metal parts from the old wreck. Don decides to follow the "car" and the Turtle brothers see numerous other underwater cars coming in and out of a domed underwater city. Don pilots the Shell Sub towards the monstrous structure to investigate when the Turtles' are attacked by the strange whale contraption seen in this episode’s preview…

The Shell Sub is captured in the whale ship's mechanical arms and "eaten". The Turtles eventually surface inside the whale ship and are met by guards armed with electric prods. Don tries to make peace, but the guards aren't interested in talk and take the ninjas prisoner. Mike wants to fight, but Donny convinces him to stay cool until they find out what's going on. The mutants are lead through the huge underwater complex, where they see tons of salvage being brought in and worked on. The Turtles eventually arrive at a staircase, on the platform above is their old enemy the Garbageman! The villain states that he's happy to see the Turtles, as they're the ones that gave him the idea to build his underwater city after they defeated him in episode nine. The Garbageman then tells his guards to throw the TMNT into a prison cell, as he plans to dissect them later to find out what they are.

Mike and Don are lead to a cell when Donatello tells Mikey that t's time for them to take action. The Turtles defeat the guards and lock them in the cell, dressing in bulky guard uniforms as a disguise. The TMNT arrive at a rally lead by Garbageman, who is telling his men that their ship-sinking operations are going terrific and their next target is arriving soon - a cruise ship loaded with riches! Don and Mike decide they'll have to save that cruise ship and all the innocent people on board.

Disguised as Junklantis guards, Mike and Don are aboard the whale vehicle as it prepares to attack the cruise ship. The Turtles discard their disguises, take out the nearby guards and head to the bridge of the ship! On the bridge they meet the Garbageman and more of his men. The TMNT easily defeat the guards and Garbageman is forced to attack - his mechanical arms capture Donatello easily, but Don calls out for Mike to use a nearby oxygen canister to save him. Mikey grabs the tube and sets it under the Garbageman, knocking off it's lid - the blast of air jettisons the villain into the air and smashes his head into the ceiling. Garbageman falls to the floor, knocked loopy. Don and Mike rush over to the ship's controls and figure out (with only seconds to spare) how to steer the strange vehicle away from the cruise ship. Donatello then sets the whale ship on a collision course for Junklantis - to kill two birds with one stone. Garbageman recovers and attacks again, this time his claws smash into a control board and he gets electrocuted. Having set the whale ship on its crash course, Don and mike retreat to the Shell sub. Don jumps in the ship and orders Mikey to get the doors open so they can escape. The Sub doesn't want to start and Mike has a hard time with the controls! Mikey finally decides to do things the old fashioned way and grabs a pipe, smashing the control panel - this actually works. Michelangelo joins his brother inside the Shell Sub, which finally roars to life. The TMNT escape in the knick of time, as the whale ship smashes into Junklantis, creating a monolithic underwater explosion. The blast rocks the Shell Sub, but Donny is able to get in under control and the ninjas head for home. Unfortunately for them, the Garbageman also escaped in a small ship and is chasing them!

The Garbageman's small vessel is also armed with long mechanical arms, which the villain uses to smash the Shell Sub, causing it to breech water. The submarines begin a battle, Donatello using depth charges and torpedoes to defeat his enemy. After absorbing the blast from the torpedoes, the Garbageman's ship plummets over the edge of a vast undersea cliff... never to be seen again?

The Shell Sub makes its way back to the TMNT lair. Leo and Raph ask what's been going on. Raph notices the damage that the Shell Sub took and asks what happened, and Donatello replies that it's a long story.


Michelangelo: Uh... Donnie, what's that? (points to running car on riverbed)
Donatello ... It's a... car...

Michelangelo: Um... what's that car doing on the bottom of the river?
Donatello ... About twenty miles per hour?

Michelangelo: Figures that New York has a traffic problem, even at the bottom of the river!
Donatello: but where are they all, Whoa
Michelangelo: You... you don't suppose that could be Atlantis, do you Donnie?
Donatello: Atlantis is a myth, and even if it isn't, I don't think it's a suburb of New York.
Michelangelo: That's not ATlantis, it's JUNKlantis!

Donatello: : Uh...we come in peace?

Michelangelo:(to Don) You're wicked - I like it!

Michelangelo: Aren't you a little short to be a junk trooper?
Donatello: Very funny.

Michelangelo: ...I think I left my stomach back there!
Donatello: No sweat, I can build you a new one!

Michelangelo: (Singing) Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves! I don't know the rest of this stupid song! All I know is Britannia!


  • Second appearance of the Garbageman.
  • In the beginning when Don says "Five foot tall talking turtle" this is implying that the Turtles are indeed about 5'. A more precise measurement would be 5' 2".
  • Mikey's line to Don, "Aren't you a little short for a junk trooper?" is a reference to Princess Leia's line to Luke Skywalker from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Once Mikey calls Don "Boy Wonder," which is a reference to Robin, Batman's sidekick.
  • This is the second time Garbageman falls off a cliff, this time underwater.


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