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"Truth, Justice, and What?" is the 36th episode of the second season of Teen Titans Go!, and the 88th overall episode of the series.

Summary

Pizza is the source of the Titans' goofy humor.

Plot

The episode begins at the Titans Tower, where the Titans arrive back home after another mission, and Robin congratulates them on not singing, dancing, or making him look foolish on the battlefield. As a reward, and after a lot of miss communication, the Titans start blurting out what type of toppings they want on their pizza reward. But, when Robin finally gets the Titans' attention, he tells them he couldn't afford any toppings. The delivery guy arrives, and after grabbing the pizza and kicking the deliver guy into the elevator, Robin throws the pizza onto the computer.

Of course the Titans start drooling all over the pizza. After a mess of acting crazy, Robin sighs and says that acting crazy was what pizza has done to the Titans. He says that when he formed the Titans, he was going for truth and justice. But when he was desperate, he turned to TMNT to help him. Mikey shows him that he needs to add pizza. After the other Titans try to tell Robin that pizza is important, Robin establishes a pizza ban. The ban causes the other Titans to quit the team and join the TMNT, just for their pizza. Robin tells them that they are not mutants or turtles. The other Titans drink toxic ooze and form into scary looking mutated turtles, while Robin watches in horror as the Titans fell on the ground, leaving Robin with no choice but to take them to hospital.

The Titans wake up eventually, still in bed but slowly recovering while Robin is standing there, saying that he hoped that something stronger than pizza was holding the Titans together. But since he sees that pizza is the only thing holding the Titans together, Robin calls to order a pizza. But, apparently, no pizza places had any pizza left. Robin tells the Titans that there was only one group who could have done this.

The Titans journey down into the sewers, full of disgusting waste, and walk towards the TMNT's hideout. First, they needed a password in order to enter. Robin spoke it out by randomness and it was correct. The Titans met up with TMNT as they admitted there weren't any pizza left for them since the Titans took it all so they did the same thing. TMNT weren't satisfied to eat only sandwiches as they claim those aren't cool but Robin tells them that they are good. Still inconvenient, both teams engaged in a fight for the pizza however the Titans were defeated temporary due to their goofy moves until Robin claims that they can run around silly and everything as he shoots out his grappling gun which it hooked down the mountain of pizza stacks making it falling over the Titans. As they ate a large amount of pizza, the Titans got out full of goofy energy enough to fight back against the TMNT which they won the battle eventually. Finally, Robin claims that truth and justice mean nothing without some pizza after a job well done. When Starfire was wondering what they should do with the knocked out TMNT, Robin has a plan by stealing their turtle shells, masks and skateboards to start rolling around the sewers in the same way as TMNT did, obviously with slices of pizza prepared by Beast Boy transformed into a rat resembling Splinter for their next adventure.

Characters

Trivia

  • This episode aired one year after "Missing".
  • This is the third crossover episode in the series. The other ones are "The Best Robin," and "Let's Get Serious".
  • The pizza box that Beast Boy shares with the Titans at the end reads "Pizza in a Half-Shell" which is a reference to "Heroes in a Half-Shell", a phrase used in the 2012 "Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles" theme song.
  • Michelanglo is voiced by Beast Boy's voice actor, Greg Cipes, who actually does voice Michelanglo in the current TMNT series on Nickelodeon.
  • Animation from "Let's Get Serious" is reused.

Continuity

  • Robin mentioning that the Titans didn't embarrass him on the mission for once, may be a reference to "Let's Get Serious", where the Titans were messing around.
  • This is the second appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, this is their official debut aside from their cameo. Also, in "Mas y Menos", Cartoon Network was sued for the reference, but in this episode, they weren't.
  • This is the second time Cyborg has complained about someone else using a catchphrase similar to his, the last time it happened in "Uncle Jokes" when Starfire wanted to use "Boo Ha Ha" as her catchphrase.
  • Robin talks about sandwiches being cool, possibly referencing his sandwich obsession from "Sandwich Thief."
  • This is the second time in which other TV characters are shown. ("I See You")
  • Beast Boy's "suprised face" look from "Real Boy Adventures" is recycled.

References

  • The premise of this episode is very similar to an issue of the Teen Titans Go! comic, "Truth, Justice, Pizza!". The exact words even appear at the end.
    • It is also from a quote from an old Cartoon Network promo of the original Teen Titans show, where the narrator says that they're fighting for "truth, justice, and the last slice of pizza".
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles make an official debut in the series, as opposed to the cameo they had in "Más y Menos".
    • However, they are only referred to as "turtle dudes" in the episode, and none of their names are ever said.
  • Splinter, the Turtle's martial arts teacher from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, makes a cameo when Robin looked into Donatello's shell, and he kicks Robin.
  • The poster Robin uses to attract Teen Titan recruits features a picture of him as he appeared in the original Teen Titans series.
  • Whenever the Titans act crazy, it is a reference to the black and white Flickering Funnies that aired back in the early 1950's.
  • The Turtle in the beginning says "Booyahkasha," Mikey's catchphrase from the Nickelodeon show.
    • As well as the Titans saying "Cowabunga", which was the Turtle's original catchphrase.
  • As Robin bans pizza from the Titans, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Starfire decide to join the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but, as Robin points out, they're not mutants or turtles. So they drink some toxic ooze to become mutant turtles. In this scene, they're all wearing bandanas with the same color as the original Mirage turtles, and belt buckles with their initials, as a reference to the 1987 TV series.
    • After their mutation, Cyborg shoulder pads are replaced by turtle shells, much like the ones the 1987 TV series Bebop wore.
  • The manhole through which the Titans go through to get to the Turtles lair is near a pet shop, as a reference to the Turtles origin as pet turtles.
  • References in the turtle's hangout location:
    • A graffiti of one of the turtles' faces with lips is a reference to the 2014 film turtles.
    • A "D+A" inscription on the wall is a reference to Donatello's crush on April in the 2012 TV series.
    • A punch bag with a drawing of Bebop's face on it.
    • A drawing of the Nickelodeon's Rat King face, next to the word "Rats", on the wall.
    • The computer screens display resembles the one in the 2014 film.
  • When the Titans dress up as the Turtles in the living room, Starfire says "it is just the mask" referencing a line from the 2014 TMNT film.

Errors

  • Robin claims to not have enough money for toppings, yet could afford to buy dozens of plain ones all at once. Though it's possible he was lying just to get out of purchasing the toppings the other Titans' wanted.
  • The Turtles are all about the same size, but when the Titans put their shells on, the shells respectively change sizes.
  • Despite Robin's assertion, Beast Boy is, strictly speaking, classified as a mutant (a human child whose genetic code was chemically altered).
    • Since the TMNT are Turtles, Beast Boy didn't have to drink toxic ooze to become one, as he could simply shapeshift into a Turtle, and since Beast Boy can transform into any animal, as long has he has seen it before, he could theoretically transform into a Mutant Turtle, as he had met the TMNT (which are revealed to exist in the same universe as Teen Titans Go! and are thus neither fictional or mythical).
  • Cyborg flings his butt out, but in "Gorilla" it's revealed he doesn't have one, as his rear end only contains cogs and an exhaust port (this is also seen in "Tower Power").
  • The mutagen that the Titan's use should not have mutated them into turtles. It's confirmed in most incarnations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that you'll mutate into any animal judging by the last non-human DNA you touched.

Running Gags

  • Robin kicking the pizza guy over.
  • Beast Boy mishearing the phrase "pizza ban", and getting excited over something else.
  • The Titans going crazy when eating pizza.

Gallery

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The image gallery for Truth, Justice, and What? may be viewed here.


v - e - d Episode Guide

Season 1: April 23, 2013 - June 5, 2014
Legendary SandwichPie BrosDriver's EdDog HandDouble TroubleThe DateDude RelaxLaundry DayGhostboyLa larva de amorHey Pizza!GorillaGirl's Night OutYou're Fired!Super RobinTower PowerParasiteStarliarMeatball PartyStaff MeetingTerra-izedArtful DodgersBurger vs. BurritoMatchedColors of RavenThe Left LegBooksLazy SundayStarfire the TerriblePower MovesStaring at the FutureNo PowerSidekickCaged TigerSecond ChristmasNose MouthLegsBreakfast CheeseWafflesBe MineOppositesBirdsBrain FoodIn and OutLittle BuddiesMissingUncle JokesMás y MenosDreamsGrandma VoiceReal MagicPuppets, Whaaaaat?

Season 2: June 12, 2014 - July 30, 2015
Mr. ButtMan PersonPiratesMoney GrandmaI See YouBrianNatureSalty CodgersKnowledgeSlumber PartyLove MonstersBaby HandsCaramel ApplesSandwich ThiefFriendshipVegetablesThe MaskSerious BusinessHalloweenBoys vs. GirlsBody AdventureRoad TripThanksgivingThe Best RobinMouth HoleHot GarbageRobin BackwardsCrazy DaySmile BonesReal Boy AdventuresHose WaterLet's Get SeriousTamaranian VacationRocks and WaterMultiple Trick PonyTruth, Justice, and What?Two Bumble Bees and a WaspOil DrumsVideo Game ReferencesCool SchoolKicking a Ball and Pretending to Be HurtHead FruitYearbook MadnessBeast ManOperation Tin ManNeanCampfire StoriesAnd the Award for Sound Design Goes to RobThe HIVE FiveThe Return of SladeMore of the SameSome of Their Parts

Season 3: July 31, 2015 - October 13, 2016
Cat's FancyLeg DayDignity of TeethCroissantSpice GameI'm the SauceHey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your MemoryAccept the Next Proposition You HearThe Fourth Wall40%, 40%, 20%Grube's FairytalesA FarceScary Figure DanceAnimals, It's Just a Word!BBBDAY!Black FridayTwo ParterThe True Meaning of ChristmasSquash & StretchGarage SaleSecret GardenThe Cruel Giggling GhoulHow 'Bout Some EffortPyramid SchemeBeast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck, and It's BadThe Teen Titans Go Easter Holiday ClassicBatman v. Teen Titans: Dark InjusticeBottle EpisodeFinally a LessonArms Race with LegsObinrayWally TRad Dudes with Bad TudesOperation Dude RescueHistory LessonThe Art of NinjutsuThink About Your FutureTTG v PPGCoconut Cream PiePure ProteinOpen Door PolicyCrazy Desire IslandThe Titans ShowBooty ScootyWho's Laughing NowOregon TrailSnuggle TimeOh Yeah!Riding the DragonThe OverbiteThe Cape

Season 4: October 20, 2016 - TBA 2017
Shrimps and Prime RibHalloween v ChristmasBooby Trap HouseFish WaterTV KnightTeen Titans Save ChristmasBBSFBDAY!The StreakThe Inner Beauty of a CactusMovie NightBBRAEPermanent Record

Unconfirmed and Upcoming Episodes
The Titan Who Smelt ItA Dirt Nap in the FamilyHeart of Ice CreamNewest 52Batman Forever (ish)Man of Steel of Cut Oats

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