|“Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) episode|
|Original airdate||November 12, 2017|
|Written by||Peter DiCicco|
|Supervising Producer||Patrick Krebs|
|Directed by||Rie Koga|
|Voice Direction||Andrea Romano|
|Supervising Director||Ben Jones & Ciro Nieli|
"Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady" is the eighteenth episode of the fifth and final season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series), and is the one-hundred and twenty-second episode overall in the series.
Production-wise, it is the twelfth episode of Season 5, as well as the one-hundred and sixteenth episode overall. It first aired on November 12th, 2017.
When 80s Shredder and Krang appear in the 2012 dimension, they employ Bebop and Rocksteady and find their plans are succeeding better than ever. Meanwhile, the Turtles try to adjust to life without serious bad guys.
- Bebop (J.B. Smoove)
- 80s Krang (Pat Fraley)
- 2012 Ninja Turtles
- 1987 Ninja Turtles
- Rocksteady (Fred Tatasciore)
- 80s Shredder (Kevin Michael Richardson) (debut)
- Clerk (Townsend Coleman) (debut)
- Chompy Picasso
- Ice Cream Kitty (Kevin Eastman)
- 80s Bebop (Barry Gordon) (debut)
- 80s Rocksteady (Cam Clarke) (debut)
- Punk (Scott Menville) (debut)
- Space Heroes: The Next Generation
In the 1987 TMNT series reality, the 1987 Shredder is fed up with the 1987 Turtles. The 1987 Krang states that they will need to power up the Technodrome in order to conquer the world. Eventually they manage to power it up and open up a portal. Meanwhile, the 1987 Bebop and Rocksteady arrive, having got past the 1987 Turtles through their disguises as "little old ladies". They discover that the Technodrome is getting away. The 1987 Shredder orders Krang to slow down as they need those two for this mission. However, it's too late, and the 1987 Bebop and Rocksteady are accidentally left behind. They are also tracked down by the 1987 Turtles, who defeat, beat up and capture (in a comical nonviolent style, akin to how they fought in Seasons 4-6 of the original cartoon) and all tied up. The 1987 Leonardo interrogates them, asking them where did the 1987 Shredder and Krang go.
Meanwhile, the 1987 Technodrome enters the 2012 world version of the TMNT. The 1987 Shredder steps out and feels more solid. He begrudgingly asks Krang as to what happened, only for the alien to snicker that they have entered a parallel dimension 'ripe to conquer' before laughing evilly.
Meanwhile, back at the 2012 Turtles' lair, several weeks have passed since the Turtles' Halloween time-traveling odyssey with their time-traveling ally, Renet against their enemy, Savanti Romero, who plotted to turn all of New York City into a monster-filled dystopia, recruiting mankind's most infamous Universal monsters, while sending them back in time at Ancient Egypt, 1300 Transylvania, during the age of Dracula and 1818 Germany, with Frankenstein's monster. Now, all of New York City has been at peace for a prolonged while now that the Turtles are feeling bored, dull and expendable.
Mikey is lazily lying down and watching an episode of Space Heroes (where an evil Captain Ryan and Crankshaw Jr. arrive from a parallel dimension to attack Captain Ryan. After Crankshaw Jr. spazzes out, Captain Ryan smacks him and orders his evil counterpart to be sent back to their realm, only to get merged into some horrific abomination). Munching on some popcorn while Ice Cream Kitty plays cards, Mikey groans, complaining that they have seen this episode several times already. Raph is training nearby with punching bags, agreeing with Mikey, stating that "this show is way better than the original". Mikey discovers that Ice Cream Kitty has been cheating, much to his dismay.
At his lab, Donnie (who is also bored) tries to entertain himself by working on some new experiment, such as making a toaster that spouts out floating calzones. He doesn't think it's special and thinks about building an evil robot for the Turtles to train on. Throwing away his checklist, Donnie rolls across the room on his rolling chair and starts rummaging around a heap of scrap metal (mostly Kraang droid parts). He wonders if he can make a new gadget or weapon, especially upgrades to the Turtles' armor, weapons and vehicles. Flinging some of it away, Donnie sighs in frustration, as there is nothing new he can create without the presence of an evil villain or warlord.
In the dojo, Leo is quietly meditating. He has a brief vision of the universe before it fades away. Leo opens up his eyes, and lays down on the floor, sighing and groaning because of his boredom. Looking at a picture of Master Splinter (who has been gone for so long now that his spirit rarely appears in thoughts and dreams), Leo states that he has been trying his peaceful activities (such as reading magazines, meditating and sparring) for weeks now, but feels that living in a city being at peace is making him feel very bored as well.
Meanwhile, Bebop and Rocksteady, who fled from the battle against Kavaxas, are at their old hideout. They were looking for new jobs as they were broke. When Rocksteady looked for jobs, Bebop found a perfect job only for mutant warthogs and rhinos.
- This episode was released early on DVD in September 12, 2017.
- Due to the passing of James Avery in 2013, 1987 Shredder is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, the same voice actor of 2012 Shredder.
- Leonardo walks into a convenience store looking for criminal activity, while wearing a trench coat and hat, which is a homage to the original ‘87 TMNT series.
- Bebop reminds Shredder and Krang that this isn’t 1987, which was the same year the original ‘87 TMNT series premiered.
- In this episode, 1987 Raphael breaks the 4th wall (like he often did frequently) by telling 2012 Bebop & Rocksteady, "You can't kill us! This is a KIDS' show!!"
- According to the Turtles, Mikey once claimed he kissed Renet in the Wild West though he insists it did happen.
- This is the first time since the original series ended that the phrase, “Go Green Machine” is used.