Return of the Fly
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
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Season Code: 03
Episode: 22
Original airdate October 24, 1989
Written by Michael Reaves
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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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Return of the Fly is a season 3 episode of the 1987-1996 series.


While the Turtles are sparring, Splinter has the strange feeling that they are being watched. And they are: Baxter Stockman, out of sync with the world, is flying through their lair. He's been plotting to destroy them, along with Shredder and Krang, for several months.

He overhears that the latest issue with the Technodrome is that the ballast tanks are almost empty, and they're planning to raise the Technodrome and tap into a reservoir. To restore himself to the normal dimension, he grabs a lightning rod during a storm and is zapped back into our world.

The Turtles notice the Technodrome moving towards the reservoir, and set out to stop it. April wanders off by herself and promptly gets kidnapped by Baxter. The Turtles are just about to leave to find her when Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady (the latter two of whom have been doing self-improvement tapes) arrive, armed with freeze rays. A fight breaks out, and eventually Shredder withdraws.

As the Turtles search for April, they run into the Rat King, and reluctantly accept his help in finding her. He eventually tips them off where April can be found.

Meanwhile, Shredder and his feuding mutants are starting to drain the water when Shredder recognizes Baxter and successfully catches him. Shredder pretends to be Baxter's friend, and promises to make him a normal human again if he traps the Turtles.

As the Turtles free April, Shredder and Baxter arrive, and the Turtles are inundated in toxic gas that Baxter created. Michelangelo manages to stay conscious enough to pull the valve shut, allowing them to recover.

They get back to the reservoir just as Shredder and the three mutants are departing. But the module was accidentally damaged by Rocksteady having a temper tantrum, causing it to careen wildly through the reservoir area and carve the walls full of holes. An irate Bebop and Rocksteady fire their freeze rays at each other, causing the guns to fire randomly and constantly, freezing the reservoir, the equipment, and finally Baxter. As the entire reservoir prepares to blow, the ceiling collapses.

Shredder and his mutants have to leap down the hole that leads to the Technodrome, and the iced Baxter falls down as well. The Technodrome's control room is full of ice. Krang makes one final fly joke, which enrages Baxter and sends him flying out of the Technodrome.

As the story ends, Michelangelo is offered ice for his bruises, only to drop it and injure himself further.

Character voices



Home media releases


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pizza by the Shred


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection


Animation errors

  • The Technodrome is missing it's top left cannon's tip when it briefly moves forward at the Earth's core.
  • When Raphael says "Naaaahhh," his mouth doesn't move.


  • At the end of the episode, Shredder tries to make light of his recent failure by telling Krang that he brought Baxter, the "Most brilliant criminal mind since Einstein" to work for them. When in reality, it was Baxter's failures that got him sent to Dimension X to be vaporized and accidentally cross mutated in the first place.


  • Shredder: "The Turtles!! What does it take to stop you?!!!"
  • Raphael: Whatever it is, You ain't got it!



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