The Moons of Thalos 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV Series) episode episode
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Season Code: 402
Episode: 80
Original airdate November 1, 2015
Written by John Shirley
Supervising Producer Ant Ward
Producers: Brandon Auman
Directed by Michael Chang
Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Supervising Director  Ciro Nieli
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"Beyond The Known Universe" "The Weird World of Wyrm"

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4
October 25, 2015 - February 26, 2017
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Beyond The Known Universe
  2. The Moons of Thalos 3
  3. The Weird World of Wyrm
  4. The Outlaw Armaggon!
  5. Riddle of The Ancient Aeons
  6. Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind
  7. The Arena of Carnage
  8. The War for Dimension X
  9. The Cosmic Ocean
  10. Trans-Dimensional Turtles
  11. Revenge of the Triceratons
  12. The Evil of Dregg
  13. The Ever-Burning Fire
  14. Earth's Last Stand
  15. City at War
  16. Broken Foot
  17. The Insecta Trifecta
  18. Mutant Gangland
  19. Bat in the Belfry
  20. The Super Shredder
  21. Darkest Plight
  22. The Power Inside Her
  23. Tokka vs. The World
  24. Tale of Tiger Claw
  25. Requiem
  26. Owari

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"The Moons of Thalos 3" is the second episode of the fourth season of the 2012 TV series, and is the eightieth episode overall in the series. It first aired on November 1st, 2015.


When the Turtles, April, Casey and Fugitoid crash land on an ice moon along with an unexpected enemy, they must put their differences aside to survive.


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Coming across a battle between the Salamandrians and the Triceraton Empire, the Fugitoid's ship comes under fire and is sent crashing down into a nearby moon near Thalos 3. During their descent they also cause a Salamandrian ship to crash as well. The Turtles and Fugitoid land on the freezing moon with no power to the ship, meaning they only have a limited amount of heat and oxygen within their suits before they run out and they succumb to the subzero conditions.

They located irrilium metal, which is necessarily to power up and repair the ship. The two stranded Salamandrians of the ship the Turtles hit, a commander named G’Throkka and a lieutenant named Y’Gythgba, are angered by the Turtles' actions for the damage of their vessel and the dishonor they caused for removing them from the battle. They fight the Turtles (due to mistaking Leonardo's offer of collaboration as a cue to fight), during which Raph is impressed by Y’Gythgba's strength and combat prowess. The Salamandrians leave them when they're buried under ice to go after the irrilium.

After escaping the ice, the team makes fun of Raph's crush on the Salamandrian woman and attempt to race them to the top. Raph separates from the group when they disagree with Raph's plan to team up with the Salamandrians, and they are cornered by a group of Ice Dragons. Raph tries to convince the aliens to co-operate, but Y’Gythgba refuses. However, when Raph saves the two from Ice Dragons, Y’Gythgba accepts Raphael's offer and they properly introduce themselves. Raph has a hard time pronouncing her name, so he decides to name her Mona Lisa, based on the painting of one of the most beautiful women in art. After they thaw out the frozen G’Throkka, they save the rest of the gang from more Ice Dragons, where Mikey decides to call him Sal Commander.

The group makes it to the irrilium, which is in the form of a Triceraton space mine. They are cornered by the Ice Dragons, leading them to hurry the mine over to the spaceship as fast as they can, successfully warding off the beasts thanks to Casey's photons pucks.

At the ship, everyone's suits start losing their power as the Fugitoid attempts to repair the ship. Raphael tries to tell Mona his feelings for her as they pass out. They reawaken on the ship, which has been repaired and is operational again, as well as the Salamandrians' ship. The Salamandrians thank the Turtles as Mona also reveals her affections for Raphael through a kiss. The aliens leave as Raphael hopes that he'll get to see Mona Lisa again someday.


  • An illustrated book based on this episode was released much before the season 4 premiere.


It is revealed in this episode that the extended hand gesture, such as that of a handshake, is the Salamandrian gesture for combat. However, in Operation: Break Out when Slash extended his hand to Newtralizer, a Salamandrian, for a handshake, Newtralizer apparently took no offense and even shook his hand as a gesture of their new partnership and camaraderie, which is the general human response.

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