Lap of the Gods
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode
Season Code: S05E01 (Lost Season)
Episode: 105
Original airdate August 7, 2006 (on demand), February 16, 2008 (TV)
Written by Christopher Yost
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
Ninja Tribunal

August 7, 2006 - May 4, 2008
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Lap of the Gods
  2. Demons and Dragons
  3. Legend of the 5 Dragons
  4. More Worlds Than One
  5. Beginning of the End
  6. Nightmares Recycled
  7. Membership Drive
  8. New World Order, Part 1
  9. New World Order, Part 2
  10. Fathers and Sons
  11. Past and Present
  12. Enter the Dragons, Part 1
  13. Enter the Dragons, Part 2

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"Lap of the Gods" is the first episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5th/ Lost Season and the 105th episode overall. The episode takes place after Season 4 of the series but aired before its sequel Fast Forward.

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Voice-over introduction

Kon-Shisho: "Like the serpent eating its own tail, as one journey ends, another begins. But now, after centuries of vigilance, we of the Ninja Tribunal see that journey's end with no new beginning. The end of all things is coming. And so, we prepare for battle. The Tribunal has chosen eight acolytes. Eight warriors from around the globe. Each of different disciplines, and skills. Each who has shown potential. A spark which must now be fanned into a flame. The flame to combat the heralds now free to fulfill their hideous mission: the summoning of the one we have feared all these years. Eight acolytes. If they fall before the oncoming darkness, so shall we all."

Plot Synopsis

Intro: Open as the Ninja Tribunal Ship passes over the ocean at day. The Turtles are on board, along with four other Acolytes who have been chosen to fight in a great battle.

Act 1: The Tribunal Ship arrives at its destination in Japan - a harbor filled with an array of steep cliffs. The Turtles and other Acolytes are given cargo packs and ushered off the pier by the Tribunal. Their journey begins with climbing a steep dragon staircase to the top of a jagged mountain. The Tribunal stays on the ship, which begins to float up and away. As the staircase ends, the Acolytes cross an old bridge and enter a dragon-themed monastery. In the monastery courtyard, they enter a large building, the Oratory…

Act 2: Open as the four members of the Tribunal greet the Acolytes.The four members reveal their identities: Kon Shisho (ninjutsu master of spirit), Juto Shisho (ninjutsu master of weapons), Chikara Shisho (ninjutsu master of strength) and Hisomi Shisho (ninjutsu master of stealth). The Tribunal gives each of our heroes an Amulet of the Acolyte that will help them focus and amplify their chi. With that, training commences, as the Acolytes must diligently study, train, and focus to prepare for an evil they cannot comprehend.

Cut to the Tribunal later where the Acolytes are berated by the Tribunal. The Tribunal is frustrated and unimpressed with the Acolytes' slow progress. Master Splinter arrives, but as he enters the building, he is surrounded by twenty Mokusei-no-bushi!

Act 3: The Tribunal dismisses their wooden warriors and Splinter states that he has come to take his sons home. The Ancient One arrives late, breathless from the long climb to the monastery (it was the Ancient One that lead Splinter to this secret place). The Tribunal is angered over Splinter's presence but they decide to explain a little of what they know about the oncoming threat. The Mystics are coming to reawaken their master by using three artifacts, two of which are already in their possession. The final is hidden in the Tribunal's monastery - and the acolytes are training to protect it. Suddenly the facility is attacked, much to everyone's shock. Black smoke seeps through the room and captures each member of the Tribunal. Now only the acolytes remain to battle the attacker, a demon-like Akuma Toori (fire demon).

Act 4: As the demon attacks, a falling piece of the ceiling buries Splinter and the Ancient one. The demon begins attacking and soon defeats everyone. But just as it appears the great battle is over before it begins, everything suddenly turns back to the way it was before the attack. With this we find that the Tribunal created this vision in everyone's mind, illustrating that perception is not always truth, and that the battle ahead with be fraught with unforeseen dangers...


Kon-Shisho: The Dark One is clever, and will strike when he finds you distracted.

Juto-Shisho: Without hesitation, without remorse, you must strike your enemies, and strike true, or suffer.

Chikara-Shisho: Oh, do you tire? The Dark One never tires. EVER!!

Chikara-Shisho: We had hoped for more, Acolytes.

Kon-Shisho: Their efforts are unimpressive, perhaps we were mistaken, perhaps they are hopeless.

Juto-Shisho: Perhaps they are weak. Do you not understand what is at stake?

Splinter: How can they possibly understand what is at stake, when you have told them nothing?!

Donatello; Raphael; Leonardo: Master Splinter!

Leonardo: Protect Master Splinter!

Raphael: Bring it on, blockheads! I've been aching to break something all day!

Kon-Shisho: Enough!

Juto-Shisho: The rodent is not permitted here, as it well knows.

Chikara-Shisho: How did you come to find this monastery?

Anicent One: Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh.

Juto-Shisho: Pathetic.

Raphael: Turtle luck running true to form.

Adam: (talking about Raphael and Michelangelo) Sheesh, are they always this way to each other?

Leonardo: No. They're usually a lot more annoying.




  • The demon dragon conjured up by the Tribunal is identified as "Hayashi-Aki" by Splinter, but the casting sheet and old official site called it "Akuma Toori".
  • Sean Schemmel is credited as "Metal" in the original casting sheet, but the Mystics did not speak in this episode.
  • Andrew Paull is credited as "Commando #1" in the casting sheet, a character who does not appear.

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