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Repo Mantis
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode
Repo Mantis title
Season Code: 106
Episode: 4A
Original airdate September 20, 2018 (Nickelodeon)
September 18, 2018 (Nicktoons)
July 20, 2018 (online)
Written by Russ Carney
Ron Corcillo
Producers: Vladimir Radev
Ant Ward
Andy Suriano
Directed by Jamie Vickers
Voice Direction Rob Paulsen
Supervising Director  Alan Wan
Storyboard Artist: Christoper Luc
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"Repo Mantis" is the sixth episode (Episode 4A) of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It first aired on September 18th, 2018 on Nicktoons.

Synopsis

After learning that the Jupiter Jim Moon Buggy has been repossessed, Donnie and Mikey need to do a job to get it back.

Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Plot

Donnie and Mikey are going through a car trunk in a junkyard when they are accidentally sent falling down a stack of wrecked cars. When they land, they see that the Jupiter Jim Moon Buggy is being towed into the yard.

As they try to figure out how to get the car for themselves, they encounter Repo Mantis, a mutant praying-mantis who owns the salvage yard before his mutation. They attempt to "play it smooth" as Donnie attempts to cut a deal, but they don't have enough money. Repo Mantis offers them a deal; if they do some repo work for him, he'll let the brothers have the Moon Buggy. Donnie is dubious about Mikey's ability to be sufficiently mean as a repo man, but Mikey is determined to obtain the Moon Buggy.

Their assignment is to reclaim an RV from another mutant who lives in the forest, which Donnie and Mikey easily get to. Donnie is worried that their target might be the "Spine-Breaking Bandit", and the two are frightened when the mysterious mutant ends up behind them. However, he turns out to be the genial Todd Capybara, who lives in the forest and runs Cuddle Cakes Puppy Rescue.

After Todd offers the two brothers some lemonade, Mikey is won over by the puppies and finds it difficult to be "hard as nails". Even Donnie is finding it difficult to resist Todd's niceness. The genius demands to take Todd's RV for repo, upsetting the mutant capybara. Rain begins falling as Todd weeps about the impending homelessness of himself and the puppies, and when Mikey finally buckles, Donnie suggests that he build Todd a new home in place of the RV.

The next morning, Donnie and Mikey get to work, and over the next few days, they construct a new home for the puppies and Todd, who are overjoyed. They finally take the RV back to Repo Mantis' yard, only for the mutant mantis to declare that he isn't gonna give the Moon Buggy to the Turtles. Instead, he's decided that it's more profitable to keep it as an attraction for Jupiter Jim nerds who wish to sit in it.

When Repo Mantis attacks Donnie, Mikey uses an electromagnet from one of the construction vehicles to temporarily trap the villain. They hop into the Moon Buggy and drive it out of the lot, but Repo Mantis is in hot pursuit in his tow truck. Mikey tries to use some of the Moon Buggy's advanced weaponry without success, only to remember that it has a fake dashboard. The real dashboard allows them to access the "turbo mode" and move at great speed, as well as aid from an oil slick and finally a bug zapper. Repo Mantis is finally defeated as Mikey and Donnie drive away. Outside the city, Todd and his puppies watch the two brothers from a distance.

Quotes

Donatello: "I can't shake him!"
Michelangelo: "I'll try the Gravity Grease 3000!" (pushes a button and oil gushes out from the sides of the buggy, getting more on passersbys on the sidewalk than on the road)
Donatello: "I think we got a buncha people pretty oily!"

(Repo Mantis rams the Moon Buggy multiple times from behind until the roof dome pops off.)

Michelangelo: "Maybe the bug-zapper button?"
Donatello: "Really? There's a bug-zapper but- WHY DIDN'T YOU TRY THAT FIRST?!"
Michelangelo: "It didn't have a 3000 after it!!"
Donatello: (uses one of claw arms to write "3000" under the Bug-Zapper button in a red marker) "There, happy?!"
Michelangelo: Why, thank you! (presses the button and effectively defeats the villain as our sci-fi loving dorks ride off into the sunset)
Donatello and Michelangelo: "HARD AS NAILS!" (high-threes as a jaguar growl sound effect goes off to show their fierceness and a mission accomplished)

Jupiter Jim would be proud.

Trivia

  • This episode, along with four other episodes, were posted early on July 20th, 2018 as a sneak preview on Nick.com.
    • This episode first aired on Nicktoons on September 18th, and then it aired two days later on September 20th on Nickelodeon.
  • This is the first episode where all four Turtles don't appear; in this case, Leo and Raph did not make an on-screen appearance.
  • When Mikey and Donnie first arrived at the Long Island Forest, a boy in a yellow raincoat and a chubby man with whiskers were briefly seen standing at the bus stop. This is reference to the popular Studio Ghibli movie, My Neighbor Totoro.
    • Another reference of Studio Ghibli is seen when Mikey is holding a puppy while holding an orange umbrella with holes on it. This is a reference to Grave of the Fireflies, another popular Studio Ghibli movie. Both Grave and the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro were originally released in Japanese movie theaters as a double feature.
  • The Turtles receive the Jupiter Jim Moon Buggy in this episode, which will later become the Turtle Tank.
  • The events of this episode supposedly occur simultaneously with "Hypno! Part Deux!", for there were puppies in the background when Donnie received April's phone call in said episode.
  • The full text on the repossession order for the recreational vehicle:
RV CAMPER   $20,000

REG. OWNER:  TODD CAPYBARA
             CUDDLE CAKES PUPPY RESCUE
             702 SHADY LN. LOT 2279
             LONG ISLAND WOODS, NY 80017

DELINQUENT PAYMENTS:  RV CAMPER 74' TAN/WOOD PANEL
5 MONTHS
REQUIRES IMMEDIATE RECOVERY

TIE LINE 1298 NTT COMMUNICATIONS REF: PER/MAS/U232

Errors

  • When Mikey and Donnie first notice the Jupiter Jim Moon Buggy through a car's rear view mirror, the truck towing the buggy has the "Repo Mantis Salvage" logo shown unmrirrorred. If viewed reflected through one mirror, the text should have appeared mirrored.
  • The ZIP Code for Todd's Long Island address is 80017, but addresses with this ZIP Code are actually located in Aurora, Colorado.

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