Pizza by the Shred
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
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Season Code: 3
Episode: 26
Original airdate October 30, 1989
Written by Michael Edens
Mark Edens
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"Corporate Raiders from Dimension X" "Super Bebop & Mighty Rocksteady"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Season
October 19, 1989 - December 22, 1989
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. "Beneath These Streets"
  2. "Turtles on Trial"
  3. "Attack of the 50-Foot Irma"
  4. "The Maltese Hamster"
  5. "Sky Turtles"
  6. "The Old Switcheroo"
  7. "Burne's Blues"
  8. "The Fifth Turtle"
  9. "Enter the Rat King"
  10. "Turtles at the Earth's Core"
  11. "April Fool"
  12. "Attack of Big MACC"
  13. "The Ninja Sword of Nowhere"
  14. "20,000 Leaks Under the City"
  15. "Take Me to Your Leader"
  16. "Four Musketurtles"
  17. "Turtles, Turtles Everywhere"
  18. "Cowabunga Shredhead"
  19. "Invasion of the Turtle Snatchers"
  20. "Camera Bugged"
  21. "Green With Jealousy"
  22. "Return of the Fly"
  23. "Casey Jones - Outlaw Hero"
  24. "Mutagen Monster"
  25. "Corporate Raiders from Dimension X"
  26. "Pizza by the Shred"
  27. "Super Bebop & Mighty Rocksteady"
  28. "Beware the Lotus"
  29. "Blast from the Past"
  30. "Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp"
  31. "Michelangelo's Birthday"
  32. "Usagi Yojimbo"
  33. "Case of the Hot Kimono"
  34. "Usagi Come Home"
  35. "The Making of Metalhead"
  36. "Leatherhead Meets the Rat King"
  37. "The Turtle Terminator"
  38. "The Great Boldini"
  39. "The Missing Map"
  40. "The Gang's All Here"
  41. "The Grybyx"
  42. "Mister Ogg Goes to Town"
  43. "Shredderville"
  44. "Bye, Bye, Fly"
  45. "The Big Rip-Off"
  46. "The Big Break-In"
  47. "The Big Blow Out"

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Pizza by the Shred is a season 3 episode of the 1987-1996 series.


One day, the Turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello) are seen working on the Starcruiser that was left to them by the Neutrinos. However, when Michelangelo returns with a pair of Fuzzy Dice as an accessory piece for the Starcruiser, the other turtles scold him for not doing his part in taking care of it. When Michelangelo explains that he was admiring a Belly Board for sewer surfing and thus would like to purchase it, he is unable to get any money from his brothers and quickly becomes fearful that he will need to get a job. Michelangelo's predicament worsens when the other turtles remind him that can't get one due to him being a Mutant, leaving Michelangelo broken-hearted. While watching Television, Michelangelo sees a job listing for a Pizza Parlour known as "Weird Pizza To Go," and becomes elated to get it in order to get his Belly Board.

Unknown to Michelangelo however, Weird Pizza To Go is actually a false Pizza Parlour being run by the Shredder, Bebop, and Rocksteady, as a trap to catch the Turtles in. While disgused as a human, Michelangelo applies and receives the job after informing Shredder (whom he does not recognize since Shredder is hiding behind a door and using a hatch to see through) that he has a car. Michelangelo takes the Starcruiser as his vehicle and proceeds to delivering pizzas to many customers, including Vernon (who tips his rudely). While trying to overpass a Traffic Jam, Michelangelo tries to use the flying capabilities of the Starcruiser to deliver Pizzas faster, but is shocked and horrified to learn that Donatello didn't finish fixing the vehicle's "Air Brakes". Fortunately, the Starcruiser's engine stalls while in mid-air before it can crash into the ground, and thus Michelangelo is saved.

While contemplating why Michelangelo would steal the Starcruiser, the other Turtles decide to order Pizza after their homemade blender fails. They notice an ad for Shredder's Weird Pizza To Go, and decide to order from there. When Shredder recognizes it's the Turtles ordering when Donatello mentions his name, he plants his trap's bait on their pizza by using a homing device disguised as an Anchovy in order to find their lair. When Michelangelo returns (with the Starcruiser somehow repaired), he is given the order to deliver the Turtles's pizza to them. Fearing how his brothers would react to him getting a job against their wishes, Michelangelo asks April O'Neil if she can deliver their Pizza to them instead. Unknown to Michelangelo and April however, Bebop and Rocksteady have been ordered to follow Michelangelo in order to track where the Turtles live. To the Turtles misfortune, their phone booth is picked up and taken away, therefore they decide to show up at Weird Pizza To Go in person. Believing it'd be better to pick it up there. Just as the Turtles leave though, April shows up too late and does not see the other turtles or a phone booth, and so believes Michelangelo mixed up the street address for an avenue address.

April shows up at a different address altogether with a different phone booth to deliver the Pizza. To her shock, she is greeted NOT by the turtles, but by the Rat King. When the Rat King is enticed by the Pizza's aroma, he steals the Turtles's Pizza for himself. April is quick to warn Michelangelo, who in turn is quick to try and inform his boss. However, upon arriving back at the Restaurant, Michelangelo eavesdrops to find out that his boss was Shredder (who is explaining to some Foot Soldiers his plan,) and so goes off to inform the other Turtles, only for them to find him first. When Michelangelo tells the truth about what he has been doing, as well as explains the situation to the rest of the Turtles, they all agree to follow after the Shredder to make sure he doesn't find his way into their lair.

Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, and the Foot Soldiers follow the Homing Device to the Rat King's Lair (all while the Turtles silently take out the Foot Soldiers without being noticed). Upon confronting the Rat King, (who is equally confused and provoked by Shredder's appearance) Shredder demands where the Turtles are, only for the Turtles to reveal themselves to him. Shredder and the Mutants make a hasty retreat, with the Turtles in tow. When everyone returns to the surface, Shredder and the mutant notice the Turtles's Starcruiser, and so they steal it to make their escape. The Turtles lament at the loss of their Starcruiser, and are begrudged by a snide comment by Michelangelo that the Fuzzy Dice is all that's left to remember it by.

Character voices




Home media releases


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pizza by the Shred


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 5
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection


  • Running gag: The Turtles recognizing Shredder's hand, eyes, and voice.


  • When Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo were cleaning the star cruiser at the beginning, it was colored red, but the last time it was seen (Shredder & Splintered), it was colored blue.


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