|“The Good, The Bad, and Casey Jones”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV Series) episode|
|Guest stars||Josh Peck as Casey Jones|
|Original airdate||February 2, 2014|
|Written by||Johnny Hartmann|
|Supervising Producer||Ant Ward|
|Directed by||Michael Chang|
|Voice Direction||Andrea Romano|
|Supervising Director||Ciro Nieli|
"The Good, The Bad, and Casey Jones" is the eighth episode of the second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series), and the thirty-fourth episode overall in the series.
Production-wise, it is the ninth episode of Season 2, and the thirty-fifth episode overall. It first aired on February 2nd, 2014.
After encountering mutants and ninjas, Casey Jones decides to take on "pure evil" alone. When he meets Raphael, the two hot-headed fighters must put their dislike for each other aside and work together against a common foe.
- April O'Neil (Mae Whitman)
- Casey Jones (Josh Peck)
- Donatello (Rob Paulsen)
- Leonardo (Jason Biggs)
- Michelangelo (Greg Cipes)
- Raphael (Sean Astin)
- Purple Dragons
- Shopkeeper (Andrew Kishino)
- Splinter (Hoon Lee)
- Super Robo Mecha Force Five!
In a voiceover, Casey Jones courageously vows to eliminate ALL of the Mutant and crime threats that have come to inhabit New York City (as he thinks it is his calling and his destiny). He speaks about how this evil has come simply too close to harming his close friends and family members and he will not allow it to happen once more. In a time lapse, Casey begins preparing himself by exercising hard and, after a while, he dons his distinctive hockey mask, grabs his two hockey sticks, baseball bat (and many other weapons), and further prepares himself for all of the battles that are soon to come.
Down in the sewers, the Turtles commence in a disorganized, free-for-all spar with one another on the orders of their Master Splinter. They must make an improvement to their perception of finding either strengths or weaknesses. Both Mikey and Donnie are defeated surprisingly quickly and eliminated from the match, but Leo and Raph are not. The two remaining brothers then face each other. Both Leo and Raph waste no time in disarming one another of their weapons, but when Raph pursues one of his missing twin weapons, it turns out that he isn't focusing quite well enough and unknowingly leaves himself vulnerable to Leonardo, who runs right up from behind the tree and strikes Raph in the face with his knee. Raph is greatly dissatisfied with this, however, and he ends up pummeling Leo really hard in retaliation, leaving his brother lying nearly unconscious on the ground. Both his two other brothers and Splinter condemn this awfully rash action (even though Raphael claims that he was just determined to win), so he decides on leaving the lair to both think about what he has done and get a breath of fresh air. When up on the surface, Raph expresses how his brothers seem to have such a very hard time understanding what his actual motives are....
Meanwhile, Casey is surveying "his" own city from a rooftop, writing things down in a diary while doing so. He soon hears a nearby fracas, which turns out to be The Purple Dragons constructing one of their back alley operations. They are coercing a defenseless man into giving his wallet to them. The muggers do end up getting their wish, but then Casey shows up and begins to fight with them, conveniently allowing the victim to escape. Casey proves to be quite a challenge for them, and he is quickly able to subdue all of them in single combat (and use his hockey pucks). Unbeknownst to him, however, Raphael is watching this from a rooftop. Ironically, Raphael says to himself, "That guy is out of control!" Seeing how Casey is about to mercilessly take them out, Raph intervenes and grabs Casey's hockey stick away from him. Casey is kind of shocked to see yet another Mutant, but this does not intimidate him; The 'street-banging vigilante' once again springs into action. Raph and Casey's brawl unfortunately allows the three reprobates to escape, upon which Casey begins blaming Raph for actually allowing them to flee. An even more heated fight ensues, but neither seems to be able to maintain the upper hand for that long. In the end of the duel, however, Casey manages to electrocute Raph with some type of tailor-made stunner, and the former then manages to escape by jumping onto the rear end of a passing taxi cab. Raphael also retreats.
The next day, at Roosevelt High School, April and her newly introduced friend, Irma, walk up to Casey, who is sifting through stuff in his locker at that moment. When he turns around to talk with them, it is revealed that a bandage is going across his noise and bruises are situated all over his face. They then ask what happened, but to no avail - Casey lies that he received the injuries at the hockey rink, which both Irma and April have a hard time believing, as they both know that the rink was closed ever since the mysterious fight broke out there a few months back. Irma then proceeds to her next class to take a Trig exam, forcing April to come along with her (though Casey is able to reveal to April that he fought with a crazy Mutant the other night).
The following night, in the lair, Raph actually mutters an apology to Leo for his behavior a couple nights back. However, Donnie and Mikey end up getting on Raph's very last nerve and both of them humorously insult him, which once again causes Raph to become angry, and this forces/provokes him to leave the lair yet again!
Elsewhere, Casey is sitting on a fire escape that is seemingly near the exact same rooftop that he was on before, taking numerous notes (and drawing), thinking about Raph, and commenting that he is quite a worthy opponent. Coincidentally, he spots Raph kicking stuff around on another rooftop not long after and goes into the sewers. Casey decides to follow Raph by following the sound of his petulant yells and comments. But unbeknownst to Casey, however, a squad of Foot-Bots are following him too.
In the lair, the Turtles are all watching TV. Unbeknownst to the turtles, however, Casey discovers the Turtles' lair, and becomes aghast when he sees more turtles. However, he accidentally reveals his own presence by dropping a metal fork, and all of the Turtles are soon onto him. At that moment, April comes out of a room after training with Splinter when she too is stunned to see Casey because the Turtles are bound to make the connection that she knows him, which they do. April then bluntly inquires what Casey is doing there, and in turn, he asks what she is doing with a bunch of Mutants. She grudgingly explains that the Turtles were the 'friends' that she told him about much earlier, and then, she introduces all of them. Due to their names, Casey inquires if they are Italian, but Splinter then appears, saying that he chose to name them after his favorite sculptors & painters from the Italian renaissance. Casey is so stunned to see an enormous rat that he passes out. He is soon woken up by April. She introduces Casey to the peaceful Splinter, which makes the teenager nervous to see a "giant-talking rat." Raph is then prompted to laugh at Casey because he has a fear of rats, while Mikey points out that Raph has his paralyzing fear of of cockroaches. Just then, April suddenly senses the Foot-Bots' nearby presence with her very acute hearing sense. The Foot-Bots then disturb the sanctity by showing themselves and beginning to invade the lair, much to everyone's utter shock and dismay....
The team manages to hold their ground pretty well, and they slowly begin to defeat some of the robots, one by one, though more keep entering. One robot stands alone from the fight, apparently scanning the location of the lair. Fearing that he will inform somebody else of their location, Splinter advises them to keep the robot from escaping, so Raph and Casey ultimately decide to put their hostility towards each other behind themselves and go after the robot (who is now running out of the lair) together, while the others stay behind to defeat the other Foot-Bots. During this side-adventure, both Casey and Raph actually rescue each other (Raph, from getting run over by a train - and Casey from getting thrown off the top of the train by the robot), which further strengthens the two's budding friendship. After numerous attempts to subdue the wild robot, Raph gives Casey a boost and the latter finally manages to incapacitate it by electrocution. He does this only seconds before the robot can successfully reach the streets, and Raphael then throws his sai directly into it's head, finishing it off.
The two then head back to the lair and find that all the Foot-Bots there have already been destroyed as well. The two then engage in a miniature celebration due to their victory, showing that they are now best buds. Splinter sees that Raph now has a new ally and thanks Casey for his efforts to help his family. Casey doesn't mind because now he has someone to help him in "cleaning the scum off of the streets." Poor Donnie then begins to realize that now they have "two Raphael's" -- and the two new best friends then head up to the streets looking for a wide variety of skulls to bust....
Casey: Mutant monsters and robot ninjas are taking over my city. How long before those freaks hurt somebody close to me? Like my dad. My little sister. April… Well, I'm not waitin' around to find out. All my life I knew I was meant for something greater. THIS is my call. My destiny. A true warrior's gotta be prepared. Hm… Who do you…? Who do you think you are? A ninja? Bring it, punk! Scum-sucking, mutated freaks of the world, prepare to meet… Casey Jones.
Raphael: Looks like you've leveled up to the boss fight…
Donnie: RAPH! What are you DOING?
Casey: You boys picked the wrong night…
Casey: Another mutant?
April: Well, well… Casey Jones finally makes it to class. What a surprise. You ready for the big trig exam?
Casey: Trig exam? Oh, yeah… I was up all night… studying…
Raphael: I thought I had my anger under control. Turns out, I didn't. But now, I do. Seriously!
Casey: It's been three days and my body STILL feels like a punching bag. That turtle's a worthy opponent, I'll give him that.
April: Casey Jones, meet Leonardo… Donatello… Michelangelo…
Raphael: You're the one who did this!
Raphael: You're a pretty good fighter, Jones. Sure, you're raw, unfocused, CRAZY… But not bad.
Donatello: Great, you know what this means, right. Now we have TWO RAPHAELS!!
- The Mirage Comics scene, 90's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie scene, and 2003 TV series scene where Casey Jones meets Raphael is replicated in this episode.
- The episode's title is a reference to the 1966 Italian Western film The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
- Casey makes a drawing of himself defeating Raphael in the Mirage comics style.
- This episode was aired out of order.
- The name "Eastman" written on Casey's hockey stick is a nod to Kevin Eastman , co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Casey's "Who do you think you are" bit is loosely based on Travis Bickle's monologue in front of a mirror in Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver, appropriate given Bickle was one of the 70's and 80's action heroes who inspired the original Mirage comics character.
- Super Sentai is spoken by Mikey while preparing to watch Super Robo Mecha Force Five Team 5. Super Sentai is a long-running Japanese live-action TV show franchise whose footage is used for its American equivalent, Power Rangers.