The Impossible Desert
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) episode
Season Code: 519
Episode: 116
Original airdate September 22, 2017 (United States)
September 14, 2019 (Japan)[1]
Written by Peter DiCicco
Supervising Producer Patrick Krebs
Producers: Brandon Auman
Ant Ward
Directed by Sebastian Montes
Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Supervising Director  Ben Jones & Ciro Nieli
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Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 5
March 19, 2017 - November 12, 2017
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Scroll of the Demodragon
  2. The Forgotten Swordsman
  3. Heart of Evil
  4. End Times
  5. When Worlds Collide, Part 1
  6. When Worlds Collide, Part 2
  7. Yojimbo
  8. Osoroshi no Tabi
  9. Kagayakei! Kintaro
  10. Lone Rat and Cubs
  11. The Wasteland Warrior
  12. The Impossible Desert
  13. Carmageddon!
  14. The Curse of Savanti Romero
  15. The Crypt of Dracula
  16. The Frankenstein Experiment
  17. Monsters Among Us!
  18. Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady
  19. The Foot Walks Again!
  20. The Big Blow-Out!

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"The Impossible Desert"[2] is the twelfth episode of the fifth and final season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series), and is the one-hundred and sixteenth episode overall in the series.

Production-wise, it is the nineteenth episode of Season 5, as well as the one-hundred and twenty-third episode overall. It first aired on September 22nd, 2017.


An older and weathered Raphael battles road gangs in a post-apocalyptic mutant wasteland.

Appearing in The Impossible Desert

Major Characters

Minor Characters


In the hope that the hermit "Holy Chalupa" could actually be their long lost brother Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and Mira continue their journey towards the impossible desert. Mira is mainly interested in finding the legendary Oasis, to which she can lead the map, which is tattooed on her arm; and only the Holy Chalupa is able to identify the drawing.

However, in order to find there way, the three friends must take an extremely dangerous path, because the impossible desert consists of a huge drifting sand surface, which is only interrupted by some rocky platforms and ruins of the fallen human civilization. Raphael dares to drive through, but the drift sands is far more treacherous than expected, as the rock slabs that he drives over, begin to sink in the sand due to the weight of the Shellraiser. Only by escaping to the front and to the remains of a highway can the friends just escape danger. Only a little later, however, the car is caught by a phenomenon that moves through the sand at unimaginable speed and is brought to a standstill.

Raphael, Donatello and Mira evacuate the Shellraiser and try to get to safety, but the unknown creature picks up the the pursuit and catches up with Raphael. Before it can devour the turtle, the monster is whipped back by a strange figure. This person turns out to be Michelangelo, and the monster, which had almost eaten Raphael, is none other than his old (and now very grown up) lap animal Chompy. The three Turtle brothers celebrate their reunion, and after that, Michelangelo brings them to his home-a still standing restaurant of a Mexican version of Antonio's Pizza-Rama-where there is also a reunion with Ice Cream Kitty. There Michelangelo immediately throws a reunion party, but when the language comes to the last of their brothers, Leonardo, he can only tell Raphael and Donatello that Leonardo was in the midst of the epicenter of the mutagenic explosion and must therefore have perished with it. Then Mira shows him the map on her arm, and Michelangelo immediately recognizes it as a map to the Oasis, which he himself made, but subsequently lost.

However, Verminator Rex has not remained idle; to get Mira and the map into his hands, he has entered into an alliance with the leader of the Scale Tail Clan, Imperius Reptilicus. With the reptilian mutants as reinforcements, he picks up again the trail of his fugitive enemies and pursues them to the restaurant, in which he breaks with his allies and demands Mira's surrender. There is a fight in the restaurant, and the four friends defend themselves to the best of their ability; but in the end they can not prevent Mira from being caught and carried away by the ravagers. Raphael snatches a motorbike from a straggler and pursues the escaping looters. Verminator Rex sends some of the Scale Tails against him, but Raphael hijacks their cars. One of the Scale Tails then fires a rocket at him; Raphael dodges the projectile, but the rocket hits the restaurant and blows the building to pieces. Full of rage about the recent loss of his family, Raphael now goes into full attack mode, but his mobile base is destroyed by Reptilicus.

The Ravager retreat to the fortress of the Scale Tails, where Mira is thrown into a cell; but the Ravagers cannot decipher the map, and Mira refuses to cooperate with them. Later in the night Raphael, who has survived his accident, sneaks into the complex and takes Mira out of her cell. Unfortunately, however, one of the guards he has done on the way regains consciousness and triggers the general alarm; the two are quickly overwhelmed by the growing predominance of their enemies and are brought to a battle arena in the fortress, where as punishment for his invasion, Raphael must serve as an involuntary participant in a cruel gladiatorial game...