Never Say Xever
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) episode
Never Say Xever title
Season Code: 108
Episode: 8
Original airdate November 10, 2012
Written by Kenny Byerly
Supervising Producer Ant Ward
Producers: Ciro Nieli
J.R. Ventimilia
Joshua Sternin
MacGregor Middleton
Peter Hastings
Directed by Michael Chang
Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Supervising Director  Ciro Nieli
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 1
September 29, 2012 - August 8, 2013
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Rise of the Turtles, Part 1
  2. Rise of the Turtles, Part 2
  3. Turtle Temper
  4. New Friend, Old Enemy
  5. I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman
  6. Metalhead
  7. Monkey Brains
  8. Never Say Xever
  9. The Gauntlet
  10. Panic in the Sewers
  11. Mousers Attack!
  12. It Came From The Depths
  13. I, Monster
  14. New Girl in Town
  15. The Alien Agenda
  16. The Pulverizer
  17. TCRI
  18. Cockroach Terminator
  19. Baxter's Gambit
  20. Enemy of My Enemy
  21. Karai's Vendetta
  22. The Pulverizer Returns!
  23. Parasitica
  24. Operation: Break Out
  25. Showdown, Part 1
  26. Showdown, Part 2

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"Never Say Xever" is the eighth episode of the 2012 TV series. It first aired on November 10th, 2012.


Leonardo fears his act of mercy has come back to haunt him when Xever holds a local noodle shop owner hostage.

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The episode begins with The Shredder expressing his disappointment with Chris Bradford and Xever Montes (primarily Bradford) due to their failure of their mission to locate Splinter and eliminate the Turtles once and for all. Bradford then laments that his foes are unusual, man-sized terrapins that have been taught ninjutsu. Chris believes that there is more than enough room for some redemption and begs The Shredder to give him one more chance and says that he will not fail him once more, as he desperately does not want to disgrace his own master at all or to be disgraced by him either. The Shredder is prompted to put Xever in charge this time around due to his punctilious attention to detail and Bradford is forced to reluctantly accept this Xever reveals that he has already taken the precaution of putting the word out on the streets to keep a very sharp eye out for the turtles (hinting towards his connection with the Purple Dragons) Xever then ensures that, when he finds the creatures, he will peel all of them out of their shells and drop them at Shredder's feet.

Meanwhile, April and the Turtles are out of the sewer on their way to a noodle restaurant that April recently found. When she asks them to speed it up a little, Donnie goes "Are you saying that Turtles are SLOW?" revealing that the turtles not only kept up with her just fine but also already passed her by. Mikey is personally offended by the comment that April makes and taking her sentence as an utterly hurtful stereotype. April then says that the brothers will be fine in the shop because the chef that works there, Murakami, won't care or know what they even look like because he is blind. But when they soon arrive at Murakami's shop, they discover that The Purple Dragons, a group of random street thugs temporarily allied with/recently employed by Xever, are wrecking the restaurant and hurting the defenseless chef. The Turtles are forced to engage the Dragons in a fight so that April can get Murakami momentarily out of harm's way. Leo is about to deliver a final blow on Fong, but he chooses no to do so, as an act of mercy. Raph is then outraged at Leo for showing mercy to a nefarious criminal who was responsible for beating up a blind man. Murakami shows his debt of gratitude to the Turtles by making a dish called "Pizza Gyoza" that is a dumpling with pizza ingredients in it. He then reveals that the reason the Dragons rough him up is because that they demand protection money from him, but he always refuses to pay.

Later, at the lair, Raph proceeds to intentionally tease Leo for his act of mercy. Splinter enters the room and corrects that, to show mercy is actually both a sign of true strength and compassion not being "soft". The intelligent ninja master ultimately uses Raph as quite a good example by hitting Raph in the shoulder with his cane, leaving Raph flabbergasted and regretful The group then vows to try and send The Purple Dragons a message, because the chances are that they will persist in their highly violent ways. However, this prompts Donnie to briefly wonder how they're gonna' track some one down without revealing themselves and being able to communicate with anyone that they don't truly know.

So, they order April to ask a local in Chinatown where the Dragons are. At first, the man hesitantly responds with a "No", to which April replies, stating that she is an "undercover cop" and that she can protect him if the situation calls. She is then asked to show a badge, but she denies, stating that that would blow her "cover". So, the man shows her where the Dragons hang out sometimes The Tattoo Company building, where, as expected, a Purple Dragon (Fong) exits out of. The Turtles manage to follow Fong to a place called the Fortune Cookie Factory, where the hoodlum tells Xever and Bradford where they saw the Turtles previously, just as, coincidentally, our heroes burst in through one of the windows and engage in a brief fight, which they soon are forced to back out of, due to the unforeseeable arrival of dozens and dozens of Foot ninjas.

Afterward, Xever is seen punishing Fong for leading the Turtles straight to their hideout, and then asks where he and his gang managed to see them much earlier. Fong replies that it was a noodle shop owned by a man named Murukami. Xever then devises a plan. Bradford is then prompted to ask how they make sure that the Turtles don't manage to make a quick escape once again. Xever replies that the task ahead of them is very simple He will give them a good reason to stay.

Later, April goes to the noodle shop yet again and notices that Murakami was taken and that a note was left behind, stating that Murakami is currently being held hostage at the very top of the Fortune Cookie Factory. Leo then decides that it's "No more Mr. Nice Turtle" time. Thus, they then find, trap, and lock Bradford inside of a handy garbage can and take him to the apparent location where both Xever and the Purple Dragons are holding Murakami hostage by hanging him on a rope. The Turtles then tell Xever to let the poor man go or else Bradford will get tossed off of the building. However, Xever unexpectedly says that he does not care about his friend's well-being, Xever then slowly begins cutting the rope holding Murukami up. Raph then seems like he's about to toss Bradford but he cannot bring himself to do so. Then, after Xever successfully exploits the circumstances, a TON of Foot Ninjas show up out of nowhere (on command) and are ordered to attack. Our heroes are engaged in yet another this time, quite a lengthy fight and at the end, when the Turtles seem to be practically defeated by sheer numbers (just like last time), Fong mercifully throws down one of Leonardo's Katana blades (as Leo was the one who spared him earlier) and Leo seizes the opportunity to slice a water front, washing all of the bad guys off the building, just in time to rescue Murakami, and they soon return with him to the restaurant. The thankful chef then gives to them a huge supply of Pizza Gyoza He then reveals that he knows who saved him (turtles), due to his sense of smell because it is implied that Mikey's armpits smelled pretty bad. When Leo asks if they are not huge and scary to Murakami, but the latter assures them that they saved his life two times and he shouldn't complain about them. As a graduation Michelangelo hugs him, with Murakami smiling.

Back in the sewer, April take a liking to the Pizza gyoza after Donnie offers some to her, while, Raph finally comes to and admits that Leo was right about the whole 'mercy thing' after all.

Meanwhile, in The Shredder's lair, Shredder finds the two's failure completely unacceptable, and he now makes a personal vow to deal with the four Turtles by himself.

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April: (Annoyed) "You guys wanna speed it up a little?!"
Donatello: "Are you saying turtles are slow?"
Michelangelo: "That's a hurtful stereotype."
Leonardo: "Trust us, April, we are better off keeping a low profile. We find people treat us better when they don't know we exist."
April: "Sorry, I'm just so excited to get you out of the sewer for a change."
Raphael: "What are you talking about? We go out all the time.
April: "Yeah, but tonight your gonna do something besides hitting people."
Raphael: (disappointed) "Aww..."
April: "Don't worry. You're gonna love this noodle place I found."
Donatello: "And you're sure we'll be welcome?"
April: "Oh yeah. Mr. Murakami doesn't care what people look like. In fact, he won't even know what you look like. He's blind!"
Michelangelo: "Awesome!-" (Raphael slaps his head) "For us, I mean..."

Raphael: (While lifting up Bradford in a trash can with Mikey) "Dang, this sucker's heavy!"
(He and Mikey drop the trash can)
Michelangelo: "Sorry!"
Raphael: "Don't apologize to him."
Michelangelo: "I mean... Sorry I didn't drop you harder!"
Raphael: "There you go!"


  • When Mikey says he wants a tattoo of himself so he can wear it as a mask, his face from the 1987 series appears.
  • The episode's title is a pun on the phrase, "Never say Never".
  • The sign above the door of Murakami's restaurant contains Japanese kanji, 村上, which translates to Murakami's name.
  • Amongst the weapons that appear in this episode is the jitte, a Japanese martial arts truncheon, as seen imbedded in the punching bag Leo's seen using after sparing Fong.
  • Donatello mentions in passing that he suspects he and his brothers were mutated from either diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) or common box turtles (Terrapene carolina), the two most common pet turtle species in North America. Although, it is commonly assumed they are of the widely available red-eared slider species throughout their various incarnations.
  • Splinter mentions about a Daimyo in 16th century.