Raphael Knocks 'em Dead
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
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Season Code: 04
Episode: 15
Original airdate September 15, 1990
Written by Jack Mendelsohn
Supervising Producer Fred Wolf
Producers: Walt Kubiak
Supervising Director  Bill Wolf
Episode chronology
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"Son of Return of the Fly II" "Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer the Universe"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 Season
September 10, 1990 - December 8, 1990
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  • Syndication
  1. "Plan Six From Outer Space"
  2. "Turtles of the Jungle"
  3. "Michelangelo Toys Around"
  4. "Peking Turtle"
  5. "Shredder's Mom"
  6. "Four Turtles and a Baby"
  7. "Turtlemaniac"
  8. "Rondo in New York"
  9. "Planet of the Turtles"
  10. "Name That Toon"
  11. "Menace Maestro, Please"
  12. "Superhero for a Day"
  13. "Back to the Egg"
  • Saturday Mornings
  1. "Son of Return of the Fly II"
  2. "Raphael Knocks 'em Dead"
  3. "Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer the Universe"
  4. "Raphael Meets His Match"
  5. "Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X"
  6. "Leonardo Lightens Up"
  7. "Were-Rats from Channel 6"
  8. "Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo"
  9. "The Big Zipp Attack"
  10. "Donatello Makes Time"
  11. "Farewell, Lotus Blossom"
  12. "Rebel Without a Fin"
  13. "Rhino-Man"
  14. "Michelangelo Meets Bugman"
  15. "Poor Little Rich Turtle"
  16. "What's Michelangelo Good For?"
  17. "The Dimension X Story"
  18. "Donatello's Degree"
  19. "The Big Cufflink Caper!"
  20. "Leonardo Versus Tempestra"
  21. "Splinter Vanishes"
  22. "Raphael Drives 'Em Wild"
  23. "Beyond the Donatello Nebula"
  24. "Big Bug Blunder"
  25. "The Foot Soldiers are Revolting"
  26. "Unidentified Flying Leonardo"

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Raphael Knocks 'em Dead is an episode of the 1987 animated series.


Donatello is just finishing up a high-tech new television with over a hundred available channels. However, the Turtles can't agree on what to watch - Donatello wants a show about brilliant scientists, Leonardo wants a kickboxing tournament, Michelangelo wants a cheesy monster movie, and Raphael wants the Laugh Channel. They decide to draw straws, and Raphael wins. However, the other Turtles decide to go have pizza rather than watch with him.

He watches comedians doing live standup at the House of Ha Ha, but is shocked when the lights cut out and the comedian Joey vanishes. Just then, April calls to ask him to go check the disappearance of the comedian at the club.

Raphael manages to infiltrate the club and begins lurking around backstage, hoping to see what happens. Comedian Shecky Schtick also vanishes from onstage, and the only other comedian flees. When the owner spots Raphael, he mistakes him for a comedian wearing a costume and throws him onstage. The Turtle starts telling jokes, which both April and his brothers see on television.

Meanwhile, Pinky Mcfingers is lurking at the back of the club, and the owner begs him not to take any more comedians. Nevertheless, the gangster orders his men to kidnap Raphael, which the other Turtles see on live TV. McFingers' men drag Raphael out to their car in a sack, and drive off to a remote mansion.

Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo head off to the House of Ha Ha to investigate further. At the same time, April begs her boss to let her cover the disappearances, but he forces her to cover a gypsy moth infestation instead. April goes to the House of Ha Ha anyway.

Raphael tears his way out of the sack and manages to subdue the three gangsters alone. He finds Joey and Shecky strapped into a strange machine, just before McFingers recaptures him in a net.

The Turtles confront the owner of the House of Ha Ha, but he vanishes without a trace, just like the comedians.

Raphael is strapped into the same machine as the two comedians, and discovers that McFingers is in league with Barney Stockman (Baxter's nearly-identical brother). The scientist has constructed a device called the gag-a-magnifier, which causes even mediocre jokes to paralyze victims with laughter. While this is happening to the entire city, McFingers and his goons will rob it.

Raphael is deemed the funniest of the three. Though he initially refuses to participate, McFingers threatens to torture the other comedians until he agrees. The bad jokes and gag-a-magnifier causes the populace to collapse with laughter, with the Turtles being the only ones able to escape the effect. Donatello manages to track down Raphael's voiceprint to the mansion.

When McFingers returns, he reveals that he's planning to expand his criminal endeavors by robbing the National Mint. The other Turtles arrive, but are struck by a paralyzing ray and about to beaten down by McFingers' goons. Raphael manages to switch on the gag-a-magnifier and orders Shecky to start telling jokes, which is enough to paralyze the criminals with mirth. April arrives with the police, and Raphael is set free.

That evening, Raphael rehearses more jokes in front of the other three Turtles, who are unimpressed. He jokingly threatens them with the gag-a-magnifier, only to have Donatello threaten him back with the House of Ha Ha's trap door.





Home media releases


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Raphael Meets His Match


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection



  • The first shot of Pinky at the House of Ha-Ha was frozen.
  • Raphael uses his sai to cut himself free of the sack he's tied up in, but he isn't seen with the sais on his belt when he's inside the castle.
  • The ties on Raphael's belt where missing when he told his first joke into the Gag-A Magnifier.
  • Barney tells Raphael that his brother Baxter turned into a fly when he botched an experiment. But in Enter The Fly, Baxter turned into a fly when Krang tried to vaporize him in his disintegration unit but got cross mutated with a fly instead and he’s always tried to get revenge on Shredder for it. It’s also never explained how Barney knew about Baxter’s mutation.
  • When Pinky and his goons left the last bank they robbed, they weren’t wearing the gag masks Barney gave them to protect them from the joke waves of the gag-a-magnifier, but they still weren’t affected by them.


  • Baxter Stockman has a brother named Barney Stockman, who takes it very personally when people mistake him for Baxter.
  • This is one of the few post-Season 3 episodes to have Michelangelo using his nunchucks instead of the Turtle Line.
  • Pinky McFingers's voice changes mid-conversation during Barney's exposition scene when Raphael and the comedians are strapped to the Gag-o-magnifier.


Raphael: You know what you call a turtle in a steam bath? A turtle-neck sweater. It's not easy for a turtle to get a job, no one wants to shell out the money.

McFinger's men are carrying Raphael while he's tied in the sack: "This guy's putting up quite a struggle." McFinger's Men throw Raphael at the trunk of the car.

Donatello: Leonardo, are you sure you know where you're going?

Leonardo: Just follow me. I know this sewer system like the back of my hand. The House of Ha-Ha is definitely this way. *Hears a groan* Or is it that way?

Michelangelo: I've got a feeling we're in deep muck.

Raphael talks while he's in a sack. "How did I get into this fix? My routine couldn't have been that bad. Those goons may have taken away my dignity, but they didn't take away my sai." Raphael cuts the sack to escape.



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