Wedding Bells and Bytes (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 2003)
"Wedding Bells and Bytes" is the thirteenth and final episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the Sewer season. It was followed up with TV Movie, Turtles Forever and Mini Episodes, "Mayhem from Mutant Island" in March 2010.
The Turtles finally have collected all of Master Splinter's data-bits. Donnie uses the cyber-portal to return their master from the digital world back to the physical world, just in time for April and Casey's wedding. They immediately head to Casey's grandmother's farm, where the wedding will be hosted, with Raph acting as the best man and Mikey as the maid of honor. In addition, all the Turtles' friends show up as invited guests, including Casey's mother and cousin Sid, Angel, the Professor, Usagi and Gen, the Ninja Tribunal, the Acolytes, the Utroms, Leatherhead, Karai and Dr. Chaplin.
Unfortunately, there are some uninvited guests which Splinter found while searching for April: the Foot and the Cyber Shredder. Cyber Shredder had modified a line of code in Splinter's data bits to be brought into the physical world with Splinter, allowing him to reconstitute himself by copying the same process the Turtles used to restore Splinter. Immediately, a brawl breaks out between all attendants. The Shredder kicks the Turtles out of the barn, then orders all his troops out while he slashes the supports of the barn roof, causing the building to collapse on everyone else, much of the Turtles' shock. However, Hisomi and Leatherhead are able to hold up the debris, and everyone makes their escape outside and continues the fight, which is soon joined - and finished in short order - by the Justice Force.
In the meantime, Donnie searches for the homing device in Splinter's ear, determining that since the Shredder is made from Viral's properties, he can be destroyed by the decompiler. However, the Shredder puts up a force field that can't be penetrated by the decompiler beam. Splinter penetrates the field, combats the Shredder and disables his shield generator, enabling Donatello and Serling to obliterate him. The wedding resumes by the lake side, and to the joy of all Casey and April are finally married, with the Rat King, Renet, Bishop, Cody, and the Daimyo and his son watching the ceremony as secret sideline spectators.
Why It Rocks
- The episode officially marked the end of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 4Kid's most iconic show that saved the channel and company from receiving even more hate. The way they decided to end it was perfect, much like Turtles Forever.
- The episode finally sees Casey and April marry and it's not forced since it has been presented throughout the entire series. How both characters showed distaste for each other in the beginning, character development for both of them, and how they are a couple now.
- The humor is funnier and much better than what was used in Season 6.
- The characters are still likable, especially the Turtles, Splinter, Casey and April.
- Seeing Splinter come back after being attacked by Viral who shattered him into countless bytes of data scattered across the Internet.
- The animation is once again, pretty good, especially with the action scenes. Even if it is weaker than seasons 1-5.
- Great voice acting as usual with the highlights coming from Scottie Ray's performance of the Cyber Shredder.
- Excellent action between the heroes, foot clan and Shredder.
- Seeing the characters from the show for one last time and all together for a wedding is very touching and a nice love-letter to the fans
- The ending was heartwarming and nice as Casey and April kissing was very emotional to watch and seeing characters from other universes watching, only makes this even more sad to see the show end.
- The follow up TV Movie, "Turtles Forever" helps with ending the series on a magnificent note.
The Only Bad Quality
- It is never explained what happened to Serling after this episode since Turtles Forever did air nine months later so his character didn't have the best ending.
"Wedding Bells and Bytes" received acclaim from critics and fans alike with many fans calling it the best episode of Season 7, as well as one of the best episodes of the entire series. It received a 9.2/10 on IMDb, being among the highest rated.
- This is the fifth time April gets captured in the 2003 series.
- This is the finale of the sub-series and, not counting Mayhem From Mutant Island and Turtles Forever, is the series finale of the 2003 series.
- This episode is ranked #5 on the TMNT Top Ten.
- When this episode aired during the Top Ten, a different opening sequence was featured. While re-using the same theme music, different clips were featured.
- Almost all the characters of the series are present for the wedding.