Like any show running spanning ten seasons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had some weird episodes. The adventures of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Master Splinter, and ace reporter April O'Neil were were among the most popular of the Saturday morning cartoons in the '80s and '90s. From their battles with Krang and Shredder to their subterranean feuds with the Rat King, Leatherface, and many a weird mutant, the Turtles' action-packed escapades never got tired... Or did they?
While it's easy to put on nostalgia blinders and remember TMNT as the Citizen Kane of action cartoons, it's occasionally important to settle back into reality and realize that some episodes of that classic cartoon show were weird as hell. Don't believe it? Grab a bowl of sugary cereal and revisit some of the craziest and weirdest episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to ever grace your TV screen.
"Michelangelo's Birthday" starts out like your classic cliché birthday episode: Mikey thinks his brothers forgot about his big day, when they were, in fact, planning a surprise party. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when Krang unleashes an anti-mutagen that he believes will return the turtles back to their previous pet-sized turtle forms.
When exposed to the spray, Leo, Raph, and Don don't "de-mutate," they just blow up into giant party balloons. After Michelangelo and Splinter chase off their foes, Splinter unveils some mystical mothballs that somehow return the other turtles back to themselves just in time for Mikey's surprise party.
After reports of mysterious UFO sightings, Leonardo and April head upstate to the town of High Falls to investigate. Things there certainly are suspicious, but the duo discover there's no UFO at all - just a an experimental helicopter created by a mad scientist cowboy. His evil scheme involves using laser beams to grow humongous crops, leading to a scene where Leonardo is chased by giant celery stalks!
Shredder's most ingenious plan takes the form of killer pizza monsters, which hatch from meatball-shaped eggs disguised as pizza toppings. Resembling yellow xenomorphs from the Alien movies, the monsters break free of Baxter Stockman's control, forcing the Turtles to team up with Shredder and Stockman to stop the pizza monsters once and for all.