|“Take Me to Your Leader”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode|
|Original airdate||November 8, 1989|
|Written by||David Wise|
Take Me to Your Leader is a season 3 episode of the 1987-1996 series.
As the story opens, Shredder is scheming to steal the world's cheese danishes when the Turtles burst in and attack. But suddenly Leonardo is seized by indecision, and it's revealed to be an increasingly surreal dream in which all of the Turtles are disposed of through bizarre means.
In the morning, Leonardo is plagued by self-doubt, believing that his dream was a warning or omen of failing judgement. It doesn't help when he immediately knocks himself down during practice. Believing that he can't lead the team, Leonardo leaves the lair, believing that they would be better off without him.
Meanwhile, Shredder and Krang leave a robot sentry below a building they are breaking into. At the penthouse, they set up a "solar siphon" that will quickly freeze the entire planet as it sucks up the solar energy.
The Turtles immediately notice the shrinking sun and cooler temperatures, which quickly leads to snow in the middle of July. They are forced to choose a new leader by playing Spin the Pizza, which selects Raphael. Unfortunately his decision-making is immediately called into question when they surface in a polar bear habitat, from which they only escape because of Michelangelo's quick thinking.
Fortunately Donatello has an energy-drain tracker, which will take them to the source of the solar drain. Raphael orders Donatello to be the leader now, but quickly discovers that Donatello is too analytical to be effective.
Meanwhile, Leonardo is moping in a park, and worrying about what's happening to his brothers.
Michelangelo and Raphael have a snowball fight while Donatello continues calculating which way is east. But when they find their destination - a schoolhouse - they find that they've been expertly duped with a fake signal. The fake signal is also a bomb that nearly kills them all and effectively destroys the building and the energy tracker. Michelangelo is deemed the new leader.
Leonardo is planning to leave the city when he's told by a stranger that "nobody's doing anything" about the crisis, and comes to the conclusion that he's been selfishly thinking only of himself. He runs off to find his brothers.
Raphael and Michelangelo are greeted by Shredder's hostile robot, but Michelangelo's tactical thinking turns out to not be so good. Fortunately Leonardo shows up and destroys the robot, his confidence restored.
The reunited Turtles head up into the building and climb up the elevator cables, where they fight Krang, Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady. Donatello reverses the solar ray and then destroys it, as the four villains parachute out and escape to the Technodrome.
The temperature returns to normal, as the Turtles discuss what they've learned with Splinter.
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- Splinter (Peter Renaday)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Burne Thompson (Pat Fraley)
- Irma Langinstein (Jennifer Darling)
- Shredder (James Avery)
- Krang (Pat Fraley)
- Bebop (Barry Gordon)
- Rocksteady (Cam Clarke)
- First Policeman (Rob Paulsen)
- Second Policeman (James Avery)
- Robot Guard (Peter Renaday)
- Bridge attendant (Peter Renaday)
- Turtles' Lair
- City streets
- Mile High Towers
- City Zoo
- School Building
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- In Leonardo's nightmare, Raphael refers to Rocksteady as "hog-breath" which is the common insult for Bebop. To be fair, it is a surreal experience.
- When the Turtles slide on the ice while running from the polar bear, Leonardo can be heard screaming as well, and the same would happen when Donatello slips on the snowy stairs and crashes on Raphael and Michelangelo, but Leonardo isn't in either of these scenes.
- After Donatello falls down the snowy stairs in the schoolhouse, the Turtles (except Leonardo) gain snow boots.
- When Leonardo leaves the Turtles, he wears his winter disguise, but when returning, he wears his blue colors, and the snow boots the others got suddenly in the snowy schoolhouse.
- During Leonardo's nightmare, a dog clearly bites Leonardo's foot, but he shows no response. This may be due to the bizarre, unrealistic nature of the dream, though.
- Leonardo was seen with no swords in his hands in the close-up shot of him charging towards Bebop and Rocksteady but the swords appeared when he knocked the pair when they turned into giant punch bags in his dream.
- Shredder's skin is almost orange in this episode and the lenses on Bebop's shades are colored purple.
- Raphael expresses surprise at the cold temperature because it's the middle of July, yet Leonardo was dressed in a winter outfit before the temperature began to drop.