It’s time for another installment of Cartoons and Cereal, where we look at a great television show usually meant for kids, but that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Today, we are looking at another episode of TMNT, one of the best shows of my lifetime.
This episode was titled The Catwoman from Channel Six, and came from season two.
We open with Splinter meditating while the turtles watch some cheesy looking horror movie on tv. Distracted by the noise, Splinter tells them that “Too much tv rots the mind, and promotes violence,” which is a funny thing to say on a show about ninjas. Meanwhile, Shredder is working with his new matter transporter and sends his best henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to the dump for some reason or another. There, they somehow end up in the sewers, find the turtles’ lair and get into a minor altercation with them, which results in the television being broken. Shredder brings them back to their hideout and becomes furious when they don’t remember how to get back to the turtles.
Anyways, I don’t want to give away the whole plot, so I’ll move along. April investigates the matter transporter, and wouldn’t you know it, a stray cat gets zapped in it with her and the next thing you know, April’s turning catty. There are some bad puns happening, but I feel there are a few things worth pointing out. One, April’s investigation leads her to a Chinese restaurant, where people are sitting around eating in Sumo thongs. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never seen that happen in a Chinese food establishment that I’ve visited. Seems a bit off. Two, this episode is important because it is here that Irma finds out about the turtles, which comes into play in many other episodes. And three, the turtles still use their trench coat and hat disguises that somehow fool everyone, except Irma, who recognizes them instantly
So things happen, including Shredder capturing April and putting a control collar on her to track down and destroy Splinter, which she sets off to do with the help of a released zoo tiger. In the end, things are restored of course, and there are a few heartwarmingly sexist moments, like Irma thinking Splinter “sounds like a cutie” and going a bit gaga over him, until she finds out he’s really a mutated rat, and April only being worried about the fact that her nails got ruined from walking around on all fours. Oh boy.