Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) s06e16 Episode Script

9062-9212 - Sleuth on the Loose

[theme] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Heroes in a half shell Turtle power They're the world's Most fearsome fighting team We're really hip.
They're heroes in the half shell And they're green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hey, get a grip.
When the evil Shredder attacks These Turtle boys don't cut him no slack Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Splinter taught them to be ninja teens He's a radical rat.
Leonardo leads Donatello does machines That's a fact, Jack.
Raphael is cool but rude Gimme a break.
Michelangelo is a party dude Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Heroes in a half shell Turtle power Master Splinter, you have taught me much about the ways of the ninja, but I know that there is one combat maneuver you have yet to teach any of us.
Very well, Leonardo.
I will teach you the one technique for which there is no defense: the viper maneuver.
The, uh, viper maneuver? To accomplish this move, you must first let your whole spine become flexible, like a snake's.
This draws your opponent toward you.
Then you must transform your spine into solid steel, striking like a cobra.
Now you try it.
Spine like serpent, then like steel, strike! Ah, I guess I need a little practice.
Spine like serpent, then like steel, strike! I do not understand, Leonardo.
You're my most gifted pupil, yet this maneuver seems beyond your ability.
Ah, maybe I'm just having a bad day.
Perhaps you have some hidden fear which prevents you from accomplishing the maneuver.
What? That's not true, Master Splinter.
I'm not afraid of anything.
If you say so, my pupil, but you will not be able to accomplish the viper until you have faced your darkest fear and overcome it.
Leonardo, you're just in time to check this out.
[April] Perhaps the most baffling robbery in the city's history was committed yesterday.
Police don't have a clue as to who the guilty party is, or why anyone in their right mind would commit such a robbery, yet as you can see, every one of the 600 snakes in the city zoo's reptile house has been stolen.
Ah, snakes? What kind of a nut case would steal 600 snakes? Uh, now I'm not in the mood for television.
Maybe I'll read a good book.
Hey, that's a good idea, Leonardo.
Maybe we'll find a clue about the robbery in my illustrated guide to snakes.
On the other hand, maybe I would rather watch TV.
It's high time we did these dishes, Michelangelo.
Aw, major gross-out.
This sink is stopped up again.
Yo, Donatello, where'd you put the snake? S-S-Snake? There's a snake in here? Yeah, here it is.
What's the matter with you, Leonardo, you're as jumpy as a cat lately.
Yeah, dude, maybe you ought to switch to decaf.
Fellow turtles, this baffling mystery deserves our undivided attention.
That's right.
Snake lovers everywhere are counting on us.
What am I going to do? I'm terrified of snakes, but the guys look to me for leadership.
Now, the first thing we should do is check out the snake house for clues.
Hey, guys! Maybe we should stop for a slice of pizza.
Not now, dude.
We're hot on the snake case.
Uh, anyone for hopscotch? What has gotten into you, Leonardo? Yeah, we've got to get to the bottom of this baffling disappearing snake mystery.
Uh, dudes, speaking of baffling mysteries.
Uh, do you see what I see? Come on! Locked.
We can get in through that air vent.
[clanks] Let's check out that console.
Snakes.
Yow! Don't let that one get away.
Gotcha! Don't tell me snakes stole all this stuff.
Well, it would explain why that piece of equipment seemed to be moving under its own power.
What do you think, Leonardo? Uh, Leonardo? Did you ever notice what intricate craftsmanship these old buildings have? Craftsmanship? Will you get down from there? We've got work to do! Uh, I'd really rather not.
Oh, come on, quit clowning around.
This must be one of the snakes that was stolen from the zoo.
Stolen snake stealing electronic equipment? Makes sense to me.
But what would snakes want with all these high-tech gizmos? Well, obviously they aren't doing it for themselves.
Someone must be using some form of snake mind control.
[gagging] What's the matter, Leonardo? Oh, nothing, just a slight headache.
Whoa, this scaly, little dude sure wants to go home.
It must be under a thought control command to return with the others.
If we can slip on this homing device, we can follow it back to its base of operations, and catch the mastermind behind all of this.
Leave it to Donatello to have a homing device that fits a snake.
Okay, Raphael, you help out.
[hissing] There! Now let him go.
Okay, let's follow it.
[sighs] This is gonna be a long night.
[Vernon] April? It's late.
I'm tired, and I want to go home.
Come on, Vernon.
Where's your journalistic spirit? We've got to pin down this missing snake story.
[glass smashing] What was that? [April] Somebody's breaking into that sporting goods store.
Oh, I hope they don't see us.
I just hope we can see them.
Okay, boys, you know what the orders are.
We gotta swipe some diving gear.
Right, Pinky.
Leave us get out of here before the cops arrive.
It's Pinky McFingers.
This is great! Oh, yeah, swell.
I have to go now.
Stay put, Vernon.
This is news.
[April] Hmm.
Since when are those hoodlums into aquatic sports? He's up to something, and we're going to find out what it is.
Must we? They went thataway! What is this place? It's the old botanical garden.
It's been closed for years.
[whistling] Boy, talk about your urban jungles.
I know, the air is almost tropical.
Don't sweat it, compadres.
We'll find those snakes in the grass.
Whoa.
Dudes, where's the Leo-meister? Anything wrong, Leonardo? No, everything's just snake-- I mean great.
Oh, boy.
Looks like the snakes found us first.
Dudes, they're everywhere.
There are too many of them.
Leonardo! Help us! But snakes scare the living daylights out of me.
Oh, terrific.
Fellow dudes? I think the scales are tipped against us.
I've got a snaky suspicion we're in big trouble.
Oh, what happened? I must have fallen through the floor.
Those snakes.
They got the guys.
I've got to find them.
But there are 600 s-snakes somewhere around here.
On second thought, I think I'll chicken out.
Leonardo, what were you doing in there? And what were you running away from? Uh, I'll explain it to you sometime.
What are you two doing here? Pinky McFingers and his goons stole a bunch of scuba gear and came straight here.
What's going on in there? Well, it all started when we were passing this scientific supply building, and there was this machine.
Do you have to have all these snakes around, Cobrato? They give me the creeps.
Serpents are my friends.
Yeah, sure, okay.
So we swiped the diving gear like you asked.
So now what? Thanks to my snake'' stealthful robberies of the scientific equipment, I have completed this thermal device.
Your men are to use the scuba gear to place it at the bottom of the East River.
What good's that gonna do? I will activate the device, heating up the water, so that my serpents can thrive in the tropical atmosphere.
You're saying that Pinky McFingers is in there, with someone who's been using mind control to make the stolen snakes steal scientific equipment? Why, that makes about as much sense as-- as-- As what we're doing here.
[car door opening] [April] Now what is that thing? I don't know, but we'd better find out.
Wait! You said the other turtles were trapped in that building somewhere! Aren't we going to rescue them? Uh, right.
Well, you see I-- If three turtles couldn't get past those snakes, what chance would one turtle and two humans have? Right.
Right.
Good thinking, Vernon.
Now follow that limo! [engine starting] My inner vision tells me that Leonardo stumbled upon his greatest fear and lacks the courage to confront it.
The lesson he must learn is that to conquer one's fears, one must face them, not run away.
Now make sure you plant that thing at the very bottom of the river.
Forget it, McFingers! Your underwater caper is all wet! Why, you rotten reptile.
It's curtains for you.
Thanks, but I prefer Venetian blinds! That ought to hold you.
Uh-oh.
Two more fish for today's catch.
All right, Pinky.
What was that device your men just dropped in the river? It's got something to do with the guy in the botanical gardens, a guy with a snake fixation, doesn't it? Yeah, that's right, but I don't know what the gizmo does.
Who's the guy? His name is Rudolph Cobrato, and I ain't saying anything else without a witness protection program.
[Cobrato] McFingers must have placed the device in the river by now.
[hissing] Now, my beloved serpents, I will activate the device, heating up the water, so that you can take your place as the rightful rulers of this city! [beeping] Soon, the city will be ours! Did you hear that? Yeah.
It sounds like that gizmo's about to make things hot for the citizens.
We've got to stop him.
But, like, how do we do that when we're stuck in this humongous reptile cage? Well, there's got to be a way out somehow.
Hey, maybe Leonardo will come rescue us.
With his fear of snakes? Forget it.
The poor guy won't come anywhere near this place.
Hey, hold on.
There may be a way out after all.
This cage has no base.
It's merely bolted to the floor.
If we can get all these bolts loose, we could just pick the whole thing up and get out of here.
Great.
Anybody got a screwdriver? Uh, no.
Hey, how about my grappling hook? Well, it's better than nothing.
Aw, dude, it's like you'll have to unloosen a bazillion of these things just to get us loose.
Look, will you stop worrying? We'll get out of here.
Oh, sure, in a couple of weeks.
I don't think the police will get anything more out of Pinky than I did.
I've checked with the newsroom files on this Rudolph Cobrato.
He was a famous herpetologist.
What, you mean he studied herbs? No.
A herpetologist is a scientist who specializes in reptiles and snakes.
Uh? Snakes? But last year, Cobrato vanished after a lab accident with some snake venom.
No one's heard from him since.
Until now.
Leonardo, the only way we'll get to the bottom of this is to go back to the botanical gardens.
Uh, back? It's the only way we'll rescue the other turtles.
Uh, rescue? Leonardo, what in the world is the matter with you? I hate to tell you this, but I have this paralyzing fear of snakes.
The last time I saw one, I fainted.
Ha ha ha ha! You're a scaredy turtle.
Ha ha! That's rich.
Okay, then, you go deal with those 600 snakes.
On second thought, that's quite understandable.
What are we going to do? Last time, we rescued you.
Now it's your turn.
Leonardo, I think you'd better talk to Splinter about this.
Maybe he'll have some kind of solution.
I hope you're right.
[Leonardo] Drop me off at the sewers.
I'll get in touch with you later.
[Splinter] So I was right.
You do have a hidden fear: a fear of snakes.
Yes, Master Splinter.
I never realized the fear was so deep.
And this is what prevented you from performing the viper maneuver correctly.
Oh, I don't care about the viper maneuver anymore.
I just want to save the others.
Couldn't you just hypnotize me into not being afraid of snakes? No, my pupil.
If the hypnotic effect should wear off, you could be in grave danger.
Then it's hopeless.
On the contrary, Leonardo.
You have been given the opportunity to confront your deepest fear.
Seize it, and you will be free of it forever.
If I don't pass out from fright first.
I like warm weather as much as the next guy, but this is ridiculous! Oh, it must be that device of Cobrato's in the river.
I only hope Leonardo found the courage to deal with him.
[Raphael] Come on, Donatello, hurry! I'm going as fast as I can, but we're still only halfway through.
Well, work mondo fast, dude.
While we're stuck in here, the city's going to the snakes.
What am I going to do? I want to confront my fear, but I'm afraid to.
Hey, what's going on? How come it's so hot? I don't know, but I'm getting scared.
Hey, look! Whoa, it's one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Leonardo, you've got to save the city! I can't.
I'm sorry.
But the whole city is boiling hot.
You've got to do something.
Please, just leave me alone.
And you call yourself a hero.
Yeah, you're just a big chicken.
Me? Chicken? No way! Now you kids stay cool while I go bust some bad guys! All right! That's the Leonardo we know.
Go Green Machine! Turtle power! Okay, Leonardo, don't be afraid.
After all, snakes and turtles are both reptiles.
Why should I be afraid of a fellow species? Because they're totally scary, that's why! Yee-ow! [Splinter] Only by confronting your fear can you be free of it.
Of course, I could get strangled by a python.
No.
I won't let you frighten me.
I did it! I made it past all those snakes! I'm not afraid anymore.
All right, Cobrato! Prepare to get busted.
Oh, really? Since when could a mere turtle defeat a snake? I d-don't believe it.
[hissing] Does my appearance disturb you? I've looked this way ever since my snake venom experiment.
[hissing] Now I no longer study snakes.
I am one with them.
They obey me.
I am their ruler, and, like any good ruler, I want the best for my subjects.
Thanks to my thermal device, the entire city will soon be turned into a tropical swamp.
The humans must flee or perish, leaving behind a perfect environment for me and my snake legions.
As for you and your three friends, well, snakes are superior to turtles in every way.
What? All right, buddy.
I've had just about enough of your lip! No! I won't let you do this to the city! The viper maneuver.
Spine like a serpent, then like steel, strike! Try slithering your way out of this, snake eyes.
Hah! Come quickly, my snakes.
I need you, all of you.
Whew! There, that's the last one.
Triumphant! Now let's get out of this thing.
Okay, guys.
Everybody lift! Relax, guys.
Why don't you just use the door? It sure took you long enough.
Leonardo.
How did you make it past all those snakes? I made an important realization.
Fears are just in our minds.
We have the power to overcome them.
Righteous, dude.
Can you really lift up that cage and carry it around? Sure, now that we went to all that needless work.
We may have a use for that thing yet.
You and Michelangelo carry it into the lab.
Donatello, you come with me.
We've got to shut down the controls to that thermal device before the whole city gets parboiled.
I think they're over there.
Now to put this thing out of commission.
Ahh! No, I won't let you.
No! Augh! Get this crawling creep off me.
Clear out, slime ball! No, I'm normal again.
Yeah.
It's a regular miracle.
But I loved being a snake.
[Donatello] Uh, I think we have a little problem.
No, my faithful followers.
Not me.
Them! [hissing] I don't think he can control them anymore.
Listen to me.
I only wanted the best for you.
Hang on, amigos.
Here comes the cavalry.
[Donatello] Move it with that thing, guys.
My snakes.
[crying] How could you betray me? Well, maybe they didn't like being bossed around by a jerk like you.
Hit it, Donatello.
Ah, Cobrato? I'd say your little plan for conquest just came up snake eyes.
[Splinter] This is a moment of triumph for you, Leonardo.
From now on, you will never fear snakes again.
Thanks to you, Master Splinter.
After today, I'm glad that none of us even has to think about snakes again.
And now, for tonight's movie-- Hey, where are you guys going? It looks like a pretty cool movie to me.
Yeah, maybe I'll just snuggle up with a good book.
Aw, just because I'm not afraid of snakes anymore doesn't mean I have to like them.