Raphael Versus the Volcano
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode
Season Code: 5
Episode: 8
Original airdate October 5, 1991
Written by Carole Mendelsohn
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1991 Season
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. "Planet of the Turtleoids, Part 1"
  2. "Planet of the Turtleoids, Part 2"
  3. "The Turtles and the Hare"
  4. "Once Upon a Time Machine"
  5. "Donatello's Badd Time"
  6. "Donatello's Duplicate"
  7. "My Brother, the Bad Guy"
  8. "Enter: Mutagen Man"
  9. "Napoleon Bonafrog: Colossus of the Swamps"
  10. "Michelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko"
  11. "Michelangelo Meets Bugman Again"
  12. "Leonardo Cuts Loose"
  13. "Muckman Messes Up"
  14. "The Ice Creature Cometh"
  15. "Zach and the Alien Invaders"
  16. "Raphael Versus the Volcano"
  17. "Raphael, Turtle of a Thousand Faces"
  18. "Pirate Radio"
  19. "Landlord of the Flies"
  20. "Leonardo, the Renaissance Turtle"
  21. "Welcome Back, Polarisoids"
  22. "Michelangelo, the Sacred Turtle"

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"Raphael Versus the Volcano" is an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Plot Synopsis

Donatello has created a new invention called the Healthometer, which can instantly gauge the health of anyone with a simple finger scan. Splinter insists that all the other Turtles undergo an examination by the machine, which Raphael is reluctant to do. Much to his horror, the Healthometer says that he's going to die soon, and promptly explodes.

Meanwhile, Burne Thompson has assigned Vernon to cover the eruption of a volcano on the Island of Poppalua and April to cover the dedication of a new species of lily at the local Flower Society Club. Both are displeased by this arrangement. April is bored even when Professor Wilhelm Vanilli storms in, angry that LaVerne Portside, president of the Flower Society Club, named the recently cultivated species (discovered by Professor Vanilli himself) of lily after herself. He vows revenge on the whole world.

Raphael's anxiety over his health grows more intense as he starts worrying that he's dying. He comes back just in time to hear Michelangelo bursting into tears and discussing the "death" of the pizza oven, which Raphael misinterprets as grief over his own impending death. He decides to spend his remaining time on Earth to making the world a better place, with no regard for personal safety.

Just as Donatello discovers the malfunction in the Healthometer, Raphael leaves the lair for good, after leaving a note saying goodbye to the other Turtles.

"The Green Defender" promptly dashes into a bank being robbed and apprehends the robbers, saves a kitten from a ledge, and runs into a burning building filled with TNT. April and the Turtles quickly determine that the Green Defender is none other than Raphael, and begin searching for him.

Meanwhile, Vanilli has vowed to kill every plant on the planet, which he is going to do by dropping a canister of a toxic chemical into the Toppapoppalua volcano. He uses Vernon's microphone to declare what he's done to the world.

Raphael sees the message and takes the Turtle Blimp to Poppalua. Fortunately for the other Turtles, April is taking a helicopter there, and they are able to come aboard. They spot Raphael poised on the edge of the volcano, trying to get to the canister of chemicals. Donatello glides down to tell the terrified Raphael the news about his good health, just as the rock under his feet crumbles away. However, Michelangelo manages to pull him back to safety, and the volcano erupts as they fly away.

Professor Vanilli is arrested as he flees from the erupting volcano, and Raphael takes great pleasure in destroying the Healthometer.


Home media releases


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



  • When Raphael escapes the dynamite factory, he uses smoke to make his cape fly, this would not work as Raph would be too heavy, and the cape had nothing supporting it to catch the air even if he had been light enough.
  • After reading Raphael's farewell note, Michelangelo shows us Raphael's discarded red mask. The problem is, his red mask can clearly be seen behind his Green Defender mask.


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