Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode
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Season Code: 03
Episode: 43
Original airdate November 22, 1989
Written by Francis Moss
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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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"Shredderville" is an episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.


The Shredder gets away once again, and the Turtles are depressed by the damage done during their battle with him. Donatello darkly suggests that the world might have been better if they hadn't been mutated, since Shredder causes so much destruction trying to get rid of the Turtles. Splinter warns them to be careful what they wish for.

Later that night, the Turtles find themselves in unfamiliar sewers rather than their bedrooms, and set out to find the lair. When they go up into the streets, they find that the buildings and cars are decaying, and the sky is thick with pollution. Even worse, a loudspeaker declares that all mutants are to be hunted down as enemies. This is reinforced when they try to buy disguises, and are shunned by the shopkeeper - and are shocked to see that he has money with Shredder's picture on it. New York City has been renamed "Shredderville."

They head to Channel 6, only to find the building ruined, and April and Irma are wearing harem girl outfits. Even worse, April has no idea who they are. Worst of all, Bebop and Rocksteady - still human - are lurking there, but the Turtles dispose of them quickly.

A horrified Donatello realizes that they got their wish - this is some kind of alternate world where the Turtles never lived. As a result, Shredder was able to conquer New York, and presumably the entire world.  

Rocksteady and Bebop return and begin shooting, and as the Turtles descend the outside wall, they spot the Technodrome sitting in the midst of the city and getting closer to exploding. Donatello posits that Krang is responsible for them being in this alternate world, but when they get closer, they find that the Technodrome is a wreck. They rescue a child from a Rock Soldier, and discover that it's none other than Zach. Grateful for their help, he provides them with disguises as repairmen, allowing them to bluff their way inside.

They confront Krang - who is powerless and has no robot body - and accuse him of being responsible for the city being a mess, only for him to respond that it's Shredder's fault. Donatello also spots that the power generators on the Technodrome are on the verge of overheating, since Shredder is diverting all the coolant to his headquarters at Channel 6.

After escaping the Technodrome, the Turtles head back to Channel 6 and try to convince April and Irma that the real enemy is Shredder. While Donatello explains this, Raphael and Leonardo are waylaid into "audience duty", which involves watching Vernon narrate the "I Love Shredder" show. Leonardo's anger bests himself and accidentally exposes himself as a mutant, causing a panic. The two are then cornered by two Rock Soldiers as well as a very hostile Vernon and Burne.

Donatello and Michelangelo arrive to back up their brothers, and they receive some unexpected help from April and Irma. After leaving briefly to let things cool down, they spot that the Technodrome is on the verge of exploding, and Krang has finally abandoned it.

As they rush back to Channel 6 with April and Irma to escort them to Shredder's office to confront him before its too late, they have another tiff with Bebop & Rocksteady and their weapons start deteriorating like everything else in that world. But thankfully part of the ceiling fell on top of Bebop and Rocksteady so the Turtles and the girls can get away. They finally reach the doors of Shredder's office but the doors were made of solid bronze and a foot thick to get them opened until Michelangelo put his shoulders by the doors and they fell easily since everything is falling apart anyway and they make way inside. Inside, Shredder's office was pitch dark and he Turtles, April and Irma can hear his amplified voice warning until Leonardo found a light switch and they find Shredder to be overwhelmed by the problems of serving as administrator for the entire world, especially since "everything is broken". When he hears that he doesn't rule in the Turtles' world, he begs them to take him back with them.

Just then, the side of the building blows off and Shredder flees. The Technodrome is just about to explode. The floors collapse under the Turtles, leaving them hanging by their fingertips. As they strain to climb up again, seemingly about to fall. April and Irma hang on to them trying not to fall. They suddenly wake up to find Splinter there. To their surprise, they realize that not only was Shredderville a dream, but it was one they all four shared.  They think twice before they wished they did not exist.



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  • The Technodrome in the Turtles' dream varies in size throughout the episode, sometimes it's as shown as its standard size and others it's only as big as an office block.
  • When the Turtles confront Shredder in his office, Donatello is seen with his staff on his belt in a couple of shots, even though the Turtles weapons fell apart in the fight with Bebop and Rocksteady beforehand.
  • The first shot of Dave shows him without his mustache.
  • Michelangelo is seen at the end of the episode with no nunchucks on his belt even though it was his grappling hook that had broken instead,
  • When General Traag and the Rock Soldiers pursue the Turtles outside the Technodrome, they are seen in the doorway with pink spray paint on them even before Zach had even applied it.
  • Raphael remarks to Bebop and Rocksteady that they had already sent them to the cleaners (in reference to the Turtles tossing them into the Channel 6 basement) but they had already encountered the two afterwards before they escaped the building.
  • Bebop and Rocksteady's stun laser pistols are drawn over-sized during their first fight with the Turtles.
  • The sky looks polluted during the day, but normal at night.
  • When Raphael and Leonardo are fighting Rock Soldiers on the stage, Leonardo has his katanas drawn, but after the commercial break, he draws them again.
  • Bebop's boots were colored grey instead of black when he and Rocksteady lay on the floor after the ceiling fell on top of them.
  • Donatello walks over to find a light switch while searching for Shredder in the dark but when the lights come on it's shown as Leonardo flipping the switch.
  • The ties on Raphael and Michelangelo's belts were missing after Leonardo turned on the lights in Shredder's office.
  • The Rock Soldiers appear to serve both Krang and Shredder, despite the pair of them severing their ties to each other.
  • Shredder's skin tone flashes from dark to light when he runs away during the Channel 6 building's collapse.
  • When Raphael opens the door to April's office, there is a crudely drawn picture of a face sticking out it's tongue, but the drawing disappears when Michelangelo leaves the room to investigate the disturbance outside.


  • This episode is one of the few times during this series Shredder is pictured outside his battle armor. He wears only the helmet and face mask from his combat armor, and is clad in a business suit.
  • Dorian Harewood voices Shredder in this episode.
  • This is the second episode where Shredder was shown as a baby, at least in one scene.
  • Obviously, the plot of the episode is a parody of the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, where both the film and this episode have shown what the world would be like without their main characters. Not only that, but when the Turtles were about to confront Shredder in his office; for example when the Turtles, April and Irma entered Shredder's office in the dark with the characters eyes shown, they overhear Shredder's scary voice saying "What fools dare disturb the all-powerful Shredder!" and then telling Leonardo (or Donatello) not to touch that light switch before the lights came on and they see a miserable Shredder by his desk. Some of the plot was taken from the parody of another classic film, The Wizard of Oz, event though the plot in this episode was different from that in the film.
  • Interestingly enough, Splinter is nowhere to be seen in the alternate reality. One can assume that in this reality, the mutagen succeeded in killing Hamato Yoshi as The Shredder intended.


Rocksteady: Lemme guess. You guys are da tooth fairies right?
Bebop: Naahhh! Dere ain't four tooth fairies stupid! Dem's da seven dwarves!
Leonardo: Bebop! Rocksteady! They're not mutants!
Donatello: And they don't recognize us either!
Michelangelo: Doesn't anybody recognize us?
Rocksteady: Oh, whoever you geeks are, you ain't welcome!
Bebop: Yeah! You scared away our soiving goils!
Michelangelo: April and Irma? Rocksteady and Bebop's serving girls? What a totally bogus concept!
Leonardo: (to Bebop and Rocksteady) We happen to be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Rocksteady: Turtles huh? We like turtles!
Donatello: Oh that's a relief!
Bebop: Yeah! We like you for lunch!

Shredder: Why are you mutants here?
Donatello: To warn you to divert the cooling back to the Technodrome before it goes kablooey!!
Shredder: I've only got two hands, look at all these repair requests! Everything is broken!
Irma: Tell me about it, you should see my hairdryer.
Shredder: You think being emperor of the world is easy? Ohh, it's giving me an ulcer!
Donatello: Oh great! We wanna get back to our world where you don't rule!!
Shredder: (jumping over desk) A world where I don't rule? (groveling) Oh, please take me with you, please!!!

Raphael: You again?! We already sent you to the cleaners!
Rocksteady: Yeah, well we're back again! Dirtier than ever!
(Rocksteady fires off a succession of blasts from his stun laser, Donatello then uses his bo to catapult himself towards the two punks but the weapon snaps in two and he lands at their feet)
Leonardo: I'll take care of them!
(He draws his swords but the blades fly of them and imbed themselves into the ceiling, Cut to Michelangelo twirling his grappling hook above his head after which the hook comes away from the rope)
Michelangelo: What's going on...or coming off?
(Cut to Raphael drawing his sais, but the weapons become warped as he does so)
Raphael: Even our weapons are falling apart in this world!
Donatello: What do you expect? It's Shredderville!

Leonardo: April?
Donatello: Irma?
Michelangelo: whoah, are you dudettes going to a costume party?
April: Ahh! Mutants!!
Irma: What are you doing in here? Garbage pick up isn't until Thursday!
Donatello: Don't you know who we are?
April: Of course not! We don't socialize with mutants!
Irma: We're not that kind of harem girls!
(April screams and she & Irma run away.)

(Inside Shredder's office and its pitch dark as six pair of eyes from the Turtles, April and Irma are moving.)
April: (V.O.) It's so dark in here.
Irma: (V.O.) Yeah, so I see.
(Suddenly the set of eyes stop moving and camera angle focus on April and Irma's eyes and their eye pupils look at each other as they all hear Shredder's amplified voice booms out.)
Shredder: (V.O. ã la Wizard of Oz) What fools dare disturb the all-powerful Shredder!
(The next angle on all six set of eyes, one of them heads off camera.)
Donatello: (V.O.) Let's see, there should be one (light switch) here somewhere.
(Thud sounds while camera focus on the other five set of eyes)
Shredder: (V.O. ã la Wizard of Oz) Do not touch THAT! I forbid it!
(Another angle has seven set of eyes, then a click sound and lights come on and the Turtles, April and irma see Shredder behind his desk in a business suit and face him.)
Leonardo: Shredder?
(Shredder punches his tape recorder on his desk)
Shredder: I told you not to touch that!
(Suddenly his tape recorder spits out film and he is covered with film.)
Shredder: Ugh, nothing works around here!


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