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Turtles in Space - Part 3: The Big House
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode
Donatello vs a Triceraton
Season Code: S02E03
Episode: 29
Original airdate November 22, 2003
Written by Marty Isenberg
Supervising Producer Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson
Frederick U. Fierst
Al Kahn
Norman Grossfeld
Chuck Patton
Supervising Director  Chuck Patton
Story Editor: Mike Ryan
Episode chronology
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"Turtles in Space - Part 2: The Trouble with Triceratons" "Turtles in Space - Part 4: The Arena"

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2
November 8, 2003 - October 2, 2004
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Turtles in Space, Part 1: The Fugitoid
  2. Turtles in Space, Part 2: The Trouble with Triceratons
  3. Turtles in Space, Part 3: The Big House
  4. Turtles in Space, Part 4: The Arena
  5. Turtles in Space, Part 5: Triceraton Wars
  6. Secret Origins, Part 1
  7. Secret Origins, Part 2
  8. Secret Origins, Part 3
  9. Reflections
  10. The Ultimate Ninja
  11. The Return of Nano
  12. What a Croc
  13. Return to the Underground
  14. City at War, Part 1
  15. City at War, Part 2
  16. City at War, Part 3
  17. Junklantis
  18. The Golden Puck
  19. Rogue in the House, Part 1
  20. Rogue in the House, Part 2
  21. April's Artifact
  22. Return of the Justice Force
  23. The Big Brawl, Part 1
  24. The Big Brawl, Part 2
  25. The Big Brawl, Part 3
  26. The Big Brawl, Part 4

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"Turtles in Space - Part 3: The Big House" is the third episode of the second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the twenty-ninth episode overall in the series and is also part 3 of 5 of the Turtles in Space story arc. This arc also served as the Season 2 premiere. It first aired on November 22nd, 2003. It had 3.78 million views on the 4kids website as of 2007.


Major Characters

Minor Characters


Voice-Over Introduction

Professor Honeycutt: My Name is Honeycutt, although I've been reclassified as the Fugitoid. A freak accident caused my mind to be transferred into the body of a robot. I am being hunted down by some rather uncouth gentlemen from my own government who want to force me to build my intergalactic teleportal device as a weapon of mass destruction.

But I was aided by four strange looking green fellows who fortuitously materialized out of nowhere. They helped me escape the Federation ruffians only to have me captured by the Federation's sworn enemies, the Triceratons. Oh dear, what became of my friends after that, I have no idea...

Michelangelo: Ooh, ooh, I know, I know, We were trying to rescue Professor Honeycutt, we followed him into this Triceraton bunker, only it wasn't exactly a bunker, and it wasn't exactly full of air, and I'm not exactly sure how much longer we're gonna be alive!

Plot Synopsis

The Triceraton space cruiser jumps through hyper space and docks with a much larger mother ship. The Fugitoid is taken to a meeting with Commander Mozar, who informs the mechanical inventor that the Triceratons plan to get the design for the Teleportal device one way or another. Meanwhile, back on the space cruiser, the Turtles are discovered by a clean up crew. Our heroes managed to survive in the atmosphere-free chamber by sitting in the lotus position and practicing Chi Gong (internal breathing). Mikey takes a deep breath of what he expects to be fresh oxygen, but he discovers that the Triceratons breathe different gases than we Earthlings do, specifically a "hearty" mixture of Nitrogen and Sulfur. Our heroes all gasp for breath while they're taken prisoner, but to show the Triceratons are not heartless, the guards give each of the turtles an atmospheric converter, allowing them to breathe.

The mother ship blasts off into hyper space and arrives near the Triceraton Homeworld. Mozar escorts Fugitoid to the Triceraton High Council, where they come before Prime Leader Zanramon. The saurian statesman tries to appeal to the Fugitoid to make the Teleportal device by pretending to be peaceful, but the Fugitoid refuses to build them the machine. Just then a report comes in about the captive TMNT. Fugitoid asks how his friends could have gotten here, and Zanramon spots his angle. The Prime Leader threatens to kill the captive Turtles unless the Fugitoid agrees to build the Teleportal!

The Turtles are taken to a Triceraton prison, newly-outfitted with breathing apparatus. Our heroes are handcuffed and tattooed before being lead to their cell. Later, the group is escorted to lunch, and Mikey accidentally bumps into a menacing alien named Rynokk, who is enraged by being touched. A fight almost erupts, but Rynokk is content to stalk off after Mikey apologizes. Another alien prisoner named Sleeg advises the guys not to mess with Rynokk. Sleeg explains to the TMNT how the Big House operates as they file through the lunch line. We see Rynokk taking bribes from other prisoners in the form of dessert. Mikey states that no one is going to eat his dessert as he dumps a heaping pile of a gooey substance into his bowl and then takes a huge bite of it. Sleeg looks aghast and explains that Mike has just eaten floor wax (the poor ninja was standing by the wrong machine when he filled his plate). Mikey's eyes bulge and he dashes for a nearby garbage can, where he loses his lunch. Only for Sleeg to explain that what Mikey thought was a garbage can was actually the salad bar.

Cut to Fugitoid, agonizing over what to do.

Back to the Turtles in their cell, where Leo reveals that he was able to steal some spoons. Raph has taken a metal cup and Don got some of the floor wax... all Mikey got was sick, but he picks up a rock from the cell floor and displays it to his disappointed brothers. The guys begin making their plans for escape. Don combines the floor wax with some dirt and liquid and illustrates that the combination creates a smoke bomb. Leo declares that they'll break out that night.

Later, in the cafeteria, Don plants his smoke bomb, timing it to go off in about six hours. Unfortunately Rynokk walks up to Raph. Rynokk demands Raph to give his food to him. Raph refused and he put up a fight. At first the prisoners cheer for Rynokk, but Raph wins the early exchanges and the crowd takes his side. The Triceraton prison guards stand by and watch, figuring it will be great for the games. Raph jumps onto the end of a table, sending it shooting upwards into Rynokks jaw, knocking out the brute. The guards have enough with the fight and they use their remote control to send electrical charges through the hand cuffs and subdue Raph. He orders his men to take Raph to solitary confinement.

Back in their cell, Leonardo draws a map on the ground and explains that their escape plan will still work they'll just have to rescue Raph on their way out. Now all they need is a distraction so they can get one of the guards' remote control key cards. Leo and Don decide that Mikey should get sick the way Mikey got sick in the cafeteria. Mikey did not want to do that again. Leo and Don were having none of it, so they decided to hold Mikey down and force him to eat more floor wax.

Leonardo begins calling to the guards, and they eventually arrive to investigate. Leo tells them that Mike is very sick, and one guard states that this trick won't work and lifts Mikey up by his arm. Mikey's eyes and cheeks bulge, and he vomits on the guard's face. The angry Triceraton slaps Mikey to the ground and the guards stalk off. Leo asks Don if he managed to get the key card during the distraction, and Don says he thought Leo was going to do it! Fortunately, Mikey coughs up the remote control, which he somehow managed to swallow. Donatello is disgusted by this, so he uses his foot to control the device, opening doors and freeing our heroes from the hand cuffs and tattoos.

The guys head out to look for Raph. Don is figuring out which door he'll be locked behind and opens one with the key card, but it turns out to be a janitor's closet. The turtles then decide to use cleaning tools as their weapons. Then they look for Raph‘s cell once more. The next door is Raph's cell, and the four brothers are united once again. When Raph sees that his brother have cleaning tools as weapons, he asks if they saved him a weapon. Leo gives him the spoons he had taken from the cafeteria earlier. Raph may not be impressed with the spoons, but did not put an argument. He just shrugs, takes the spoons, and follows his brothers.

Cut to Prime Leader Zanramon telling the Fugitoid that his time’s up: since he hasn't begin to build the Teleportal, one of his Turtle friends is going to be executed. However, when the Prime Leader turns on the video screen of the Turtles cell, he discovers that they've escaped! The smoke bomb in the cafeteria goes off, and the Triceratons sound their alarms.

Cut to Turtles emerging from prison’s drainage system… the guys are excited to be outside of the facility, but they're immediately discovered by a group of Triceraton guards.

A brawl ensues. Gun-toting Triceraton guards versus Turtles, armed only with their makeshift janitorial weapons. Although they fight well, our heroes are eventually gunned down with stun lasers and hauled off in a space cruiser to another mother ship. The TMNT have been taken to “the games” – the prison’s fight Arena. The Turtles are escorted inside at gunpoint and when the Arena door opens, they see a gigantic purple monster waiting for them!


Raph:Get yer paws off me, you ugly three-horned dinosaur.

Mikey:I don't know about you guys, but I could sure go for some good old fashioned oxygen. (Inhale, and cough)
Triceraton Guard:Oxygen? We Triceratons breathe a hearty mixture of nitrogen and sulfur.

Raph:What took you guys so long?
Mikey: You try moving after losing your lunch


  • First appearance of Zanramon, in the series, the prime leader of the Triceraton Republic.
  • During the break out, Raphael yells "SPOON!" while fighting a guard. This is a common catchphrase of the superhero satire star, the Tick.


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