We start this episode with Squat creeping round Billy garage(?) looking for the “power source” for Billy’s new invention. Hey, look – it’s a Shuki Levy ep! The Ranger God, himself! Expecting great things now.
He finds the machine and switches some wires around, hoping to mess with Billy’s head.
Ugh. That’s overly graphic. Wait, Squat knows what an omelette is?
That’s it – you have your moment, Squat.
Meanwhile, Rita hopes the Rangers will be too distracted by Billy’s scrambled brains to notice her monster… which is a Genie.
Cut to Kim and Billy hanging out in his garage – the most hardest to believe thing yet. How can they understand each if Trini isn’t there to translate?
Billy explains the machine is a mind reading, or “thought transfer” device.
Outside, Bulk and Skull are loitering and eavesdropping because they have nothing better to do.
They decide to test the machine out. Kim looks really sure about this.
Outside, Bulk and Skull get chased off by a neighbourhood dog that doesn’t look that scary, really.
Billy and Kim start the machine up, not knowing of course that Squat has been messing with it.
That’s right – it’s a classic body switching episode! Does Billy really still need his glasses in Kim’s body?
Lamp = Genie. Makes sense! But why don’t we get to see more of Goldar’s solo mission to Canine Four to retrieve the lamp?
So, as usual, it’s not your run-of-the-mill Genie. This one looks like a roided-out Anubis.
Back at Billy’s lab, Bulk and Skull have escaped the dog and snuck back.
Bulk is eager to test out the machine’s mind-reading powers – not knowing of course that’s now a body-swapping machine.
They hop in the machine and we get some great face jiggling as they swap bodies.
Now we get an obligatory bunch of scenes of Kim and Billy trying to live the life of the other one… and totally failing!
Kim is teaching… a kid… computer stuff?
While Billy has to cook a cheese souffle in Kim’s Home Economics class.
Somehow, both end up exploding.
WHY haven’t they told the other Rangers yet? You’d think that’d be the first thing they’d do! And why didn’t Billy instantly try to tinker with the machine and switch them back straight away? Why are they just going along with this crazy charade?!
Then we cut back to see that the Genie still hasn’t left for earth…? Why is he still faffing around at Rita’s place talking about the plan? Didn’t they decide what to do in the last cutaway? Come on guys!
That’s great, Goldar. Now just get on with it!
Back on Earth, and they FINALLY they tell the other Rangers what’s happened. Super casually too, as if this kind of thing happens all the time.
We then get a very necessary cutaway to Bulk and Skull – in each other’s bodies – enjoying some massive sandwiches at the Gym & Juice.
Cut back to Rita, and OH. MY. GOD. HE’S STILL THERE. THE GENIE HASN’T LEFT YET. THEY’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS PLAN FOR AGES NOW.
FINALLY! Squat and Baboo head down to Earth with the Genie secured in the lamp and… Oh, never mind, they’ve dropped it and everything’s gone to shit.
Zordon sends the Rangers to pick up the lamp, that the Genie has now vacated.
Zordon sends the Rangers off to fight Goldar and some putties in… a train yard?
But Zordon’s wise to Rita’s distraction tactics though and sends the Rangers over to the Genie instead. We haven’t had a preview of what he can do, so this should be interesting.
He can throw spears? Okay.
And… webbing? Like Spider-Man?
Zordon then changes his mind yet again, and teleports them home. Make your mind up, Zor’!
Good advice I guess, but pretty standard for the Rangers.
The Rangers are zapped back in the fray yet again, but Rita – sensing victory is near – makes the Genie grow. And we get a lovely shot of his fetching pink, sparkly pants.
Alpha CLEVERLY deduces the lamp is the source of the Genie’s powers. Who’d have thought?
It’s Megazord time!
He proves to be tougher than the pink pants would suggest.
Very much enjoying the hand-operated, giant drill.
Uh-oh, incoming, Rangers! This is a tight battle…
Luckily, Alpha zaps the lamp using the Morphin’ Grid under Zordon’s careful instructions.
And, the Genie is no more. Just like that. Seems a tad anti-climactic.
Later at Billy’s lab, the pair successfully switch bodies back.
Bulk and Skull bust in, explain what happened to them, and beg Billy to do the same for them. Wait a second – Billy said he and Kim couldn’t switch back straight away because the machine was broken, but we know it was working because Bulk and Skull managed to switch fine after they did… Hmm.
You know Billy, you could have a pretty sweet racket going on there with that idea. “Borrow-a-Brain, Inc.?” Has a nice ring to it.
Another ep, another uncle! Let’s assume this the Uncle Howard the synopsis referred to, and he’s hard at work on an invisibility formula.
More writers is always an assurance of quality right? Right..?
Meanwhile at the G&J, Jason is earning some pocket money teaching karate.
Trini is miming along at the back of the class for some reason.
Why. Is. Bulk. Dressed. Like. A. Gimp.
Billy lusts over Jason’s sweet moves.
Bulk and Skull run out of money for the arcade machine they’ve been playing on and decide to engage in some classic ‘shake down the nerd’ fun.
Trini eventually helps Billy out of his predicament and tries to cheer him up.
WOAH. He must be seriously depressed.
So, Billy decides to take action. You go, girl!
We get a SUPER quick cut to Uncle Howard, who puts the formula into a jar and bumbles off.
From what? Seeing an old scientist scoop some green goop into a jar and bustle off somewhere?
Rita places her order with Finster for a monster.
This must be the Dark Warrior then. So, what Finster described translates into a ninja version of Blank Panther with Medieval Knight armour (so pretty accurate to the description) but the bad-ass-ness is kind of ruined by the inclusion of Fred from Scooby-Doo‘s necktie but in blue. WHY does he need that?
Trini tells the gang she’s excited for them to meet Uncle Howard and his “new secret formula.” Jason is more psyched about Howard’s martial arts skills though.
Meanwhile, the man of the moment shows up looking for Trini at the G&J, not looking AT ALL out of place as an old, confused man bumbling around a Youth Centre clutching a jar of mysterious green goop. Then, he promptly loses the goop (of course) in the most unconvincing way possible. He plonks it down on Ernie’s counter, spins around, knocks into someone, and then just carries on going – sans jar.
Ernie then picks it up, shrugs, and just adds it to his inventory. Does Ernie just assume everything that gets left at the G&J is something edible he can claim? Did Uncle Howard leave it deliberately to try and get it accidentally tested on a bunch of unsuspecting kids? SO many questions.
Trini spots Uncle Howard and greets him… by rubbing his belly..?
Aww, Billy. Uncle Howard decides to put his martial arts skills to charitable use and give Billy some one-on-one training.
Rita sends the Dark Warrior with the Idiot Squad to steal the secret formula from Howard’s lab. Baboo stealthily asks if anyone is home, like any good burglar.
Naturally, Goldar makes Baboo and Squat drink the only potion on the table that is labelled “Do Not Drink!” And by ‘makes’ I mean he literally just hands it to them and they swig it without question. It’s not the right potion, of course, and they all get really sick. Back at the Moon base, Rita yells at them: “How many times have I told you not to drink from bottles with no labels!” Good advice. Do they do this a lot then?
Don’t worry, Rita. Dark Warrior is on the case! Oh, is that cammo print? And his sash is actually green? Wow, he looks super different with better lighting.
Then, we cut to a scene from the Karate Kid.
Putties ambush them – and we get to see Howard in action. Go on, old man! But, it’s not long before putties overwhelm and capture him, and the way they carry him away is BIZARRE and HILARIOUS.
Dark Warrior has the putties tie Howard up to a bomb in the cave and demands the formula. Wow, this guy is beyond a brainless monster – he’s like the Lex Luthor of Power Ranger monsters.
100% telling the truth here.
Dark Warrior speculates that his niece has it. He says Trini has one hour to deliver the formula or Howard will “disappear from the face of the earth”. Again, legit supervillain stuff.
Dark Warrior pulls a classic Joker-esque move, sending the ransom note to Trini at the G&J in the form of some black balloons.
Kim is so not a fan of the colour.
The balloons explode, and a ransom note with frankly lovely calligraphy drops out with Dark Warrior’s demands.
Trini is understandably panicked as she doesn’t have the formula. Jason suggests they teleport over to the HQ to get Zordon’s advice. Meanwhile in the background, they teleport away, Ernie continues to puzzle over the mystery jar of goop. ERNIE, just throw it away already!
Great reaction face there, Trini. Top notch.
The Rangers teleport over to the cave where Howard is being held captive, and are ambushed by putties. They easily shake them off though, and head inside.
Naturally, the gang turn to Billy for some science-solving powers to diffuse the bomb. Uncle Howard assures him with some sage, karate-related advice to emphasise the theme of the episode.
Billy does it! And Uncle Howard bumbles away as if nothing happened… Classic Howard.
With Howard safe, the Rangers teleport over to the park to face off against the Dark Warrior.
But his Panther-speed, Toad-strength and wrist bazookas(?) prove to be way too much for them.
As usual, Rita gets cocky, and makes him grow to escalate the fight. And, as the theme song to this show dictates, if the monster steps thing up, so do the Rangers. It’s Megazord time!
He whips out his katana and even a kunai with chain! Classic ninja weapons.
But, once the Megazord calls in the Megasword, it’s all over.
Back at the G&J, Howard is chillin’ with a smoothie and wondering where his jar is.
Billy takes on Jason in a karate test and passes. Jason gives him a new belt for the next level up.
Howard looks on proudly.
Of course, Bulk and Skull rock up decked out their little, customised karate outfits and harassing Billy again.
Ernie accidentally hands the invisibility formula back to Uncle Howard.
And he decides to put it to good pranking use.
Bulk and Skull – presumably assuming that Billy must have crazy physic abilities like Proff X and was able to attack them with his mind – scurry off with their tails between their legs.
Is no-one that impressed by an invisibility potion? No-one? Not even a little bit? Oh well. What a lovely family picture of Howard with all the Rangers. I’m sure we’ll see him every week now as one of the gang. Right? Right..?
And here’s the title of the ep- Oh. OH. Well hello there…
Is this the Uncle Steve from the episode synopsis? Is there an equivalent DILF acronym for hot uncles? Let’s just call him HUS (Hot Uncle Steve).
So, back to the story, and as the synopsis suggested – HUS is taking Kimberly up his plane.
Cut to the G&J, and we learn that Power Rangers executive producer Shuki Levy wrote and directed this one. But more importantly, we learn that Jason can beat the shit into a punching bag. Also, ARMS. It’s gonna be a thirsty, ep guys.
Speaking of thirsty…
Zach tries out his best line on a hula-hooping girl. (Presumably he was attracted to her because they were both wearing all the colours.)
Cut to Rita, who has noticed through her usual obsessive spying has noticed that Kim is going flying. “Well, what goes up, we can push down, eh?” Isn’t the phrase, what comes up must come down? I guess English isn’t her first language though. And by that I mean some kind of alien language – not Japanese. She plans to put a sleeping potion in uncle Steve’s drink before the flight, and while Kim is separated from the group, send in a monster as per to try and wipe them out.
Goldar is super psyched for the Snizzard.
Back at the airbase, Squat beams down to spike HUS’ soda with the sleeping potion. This is the second date-raping theme episode we’ve had this season, which is probably two too many for a children’s show.
Bulk and Skull are skulking around the outside of the airbase, presumably because… I have no idea why.
Yeah, me too Kimberly.
Bulk and Skull get really excited when they see Kim and rush over to beg to go on the plane too. Why they thought she’d be okay with this when they spend every week trying to either beat her up or sexually harass her is beyond me.
Kim’s facial expressions here are amazing.
HUS nicely let’s them on board. Another great facial expression from Kim.
Oh dear. Here comes the fat joke.
Really, Kim’s face in this episode is Emmy award-winning. Or at the very least, Amy Jo Johnson deserves a nomination.
And, they’re off.
Fair point, Bulk.
Uh-oh, HUS is chugging back the poisoned soda. It’s also got to be pretty warm after sitting out in the sun for so long too.
Hey look, a bird’s eye view of the G&J! Can you see Ernie?
After that handy update from Goldar, we get a sexy breakdown of the the Snizzard’s best moves.
“Why no, I’ve never flown over these mountains… in a PLANE that is.” Geez, Kim just tell him you’re the Pink Power Ranger already.
Yes. Happy, uh, memories.
While HUS loses consciousness, Finster fires up the old Monster-making machine and Snizzard is born.
In the plane, Bulk and Skull pass out, which conveniently makes this a lot easier for Kim to use her Rangers skills and try and solve the small problem of the plummeting plane.
Or just panic and call Alpha-5.
Alpha suggests she morph out, but Kim tells him she can’t abandon Bulk and Skull (a fair excuse). Alpha tells her he’ll coach her through landing it instead.
He and Zordon get a monster alert for the Snizzard, and Alpha-5 (despite all his robot knowledge he’s demonstrated over the series and years of dealing with Rita trying exactly the same plans) doesn’t quite get what’s going on.
Zordon’s face sums up my reaction to Alpha’s naivety.
Zordon calls the Rangers in, explains to them that one of their BFF’s is currently plummeting to a possible death with Bulk, Skull and her very attractive uncle, then beams them into battle against a giant snake/lizzard man that shoots cobras with a bow. Busy day, right?
Oh and the Snizzard is pretty tough too. Even the Blade Blasters don’t phase him.
They work out that the apple on his head (get it? A William Tell references because he’s an archer?) is the weak spot.
But they’re too late to do anything about it, as Snizzard ties them all up in cobras.
YOU GOT THIS GIRL.
Kim manages to land the plane with Alpha’s help, and HUS wakes up to reward us with a glimpse of his lovely face, sans shades.
Kim rushes away from the landing strip to call Alpha from the most scenic spot possible.
What a day, indeed!
Just noticed the Snizzard has cobras for hands. HE HAS COBRAS FOR HANDS. That’s so inconvenient. How does he live his life? Also, are they separate creatures from him? Do they have their own brains?
It’s an archer vs. archer show down!
Snizzard calls the putties for back up…
Long story short: Pink Rangers owns.
Back at the G&J, Kim gets chatted up by a mullet-haired guy impressed at her plane-landing skills.
Zach and Jason suitably act disgusted.
Zach makes a quick movement (presumably something that was going to be HILARIOUS) and in the process, knocks into hula-hoop girl carrying a tray full of freshly made spinach-smoothies!
Aaaaaaand guess where the airborne smoothies land?
Now, to close this one out, here’s a tribute collage to Hot Uncle Steve, played by Power Rangers legend, Douglas Sloan.
We begin the episode at the Gym and Juice Bar (where else!) and apparently a Dance is being planned. Or should I say a, “Dance! Dance! Dance!”
Within the first 2 minutes, we already see Bulk do all of his usual tricks. 1. Stuck on a moving object out of his control…
2. Running into a red flag like a bull…
3. Fall face first into one of Ernie’s cakes.
Brava, Bulk. Brava.
Even Skull mocks him! (Do you think Ernie made that in the ‘Cake-O-Matic’ machine Billy gave him a few eps back?)
Rita’s plan is pretty complex – try to keep up: While the Rangers are distracted by something, she plans to get Finster to create and send a monster in to destroy them. It’s bold, it’s fresh, it’s new. Let’s see if this BRAND NEW approach that definitely doesn’t get tried and fails each week will work.
Rita wants to use a monster called “Madam Woe”. Our first female monster! The Idiot Squad seem pretty scared of her, too.
Stop being such a kiss-ass, Finster.
Ernie to Bulk and Skull: “You two better follow the rules and pay for the cake. Or don’t come back.” What rules? The rules of service? What was the cake for? Also, doesn’t Bulk get covered in food like EVERY week at the G&J? Maybe Ernie has loan sharks after him and needs to start being more fiscally responsible.
Zach offers to teach Billy some moves to “impress the ladies” at the ‘Dance! Dance! Dance!’ later. Billy is hesitant. “I’m not really interested in engaging feminine attention through bodily gyrations.”
Why is everyone so concerned with Billy’s love life? Do any of them even have love lives of their own? (I bet Zach gets around secretly. We’ve seen the inside of his locker.) Billy says he’d rather go home and have a date with a “weather monitoring machine” instead.
As Billy’s leaving he bumps into a girl who drops a necklace, and sexy sax music starts playing STRAIGHT AWAY.
Her necklace falls off during their collision. Billy: “I apologise profusely.” Girl: “Oh think nothing of it. Neither of us were monitoring our designated entrance or exit.” SHE’S A BILLY. Billy: “Well stated.” Yes, for a typewriter. Not a human. Meanwhile, the other Rangers spy on them.
Billy puts it EROTICALLY back on her neck and she apparently is getting super hot and bothered just from being near him.
Rita’s interjection here is interesting. A girl tailor made for Billy and a female villain promised but not shown to us yet? Hmm… Could this mysterious nerdy girl be the monster in disguise?
The girl holding her necklace (we still don’t know her name at this point…): “And I never go anywhere without it. My mother gave it to me when I graduated from the accelerated baby genius program.” Huh, Billy graduated from there too! It’s almost like someone read his Facebook profile and then assumed a fake identity just to please him. This is Catfishing before the Internet was even really a thing.
The gang keep spying of them and then pretend to get beeped by Zordon to give Billy some private advice – asking her to the dance. He seems reluctant. Luckily, she’s a modern gal and asks him to the dance instead.
He accepts, and even suggests that they meet up beforehand at the lake at “precisely” 4:00pm to chat about his weather device.
On that “weather” mention, we cut to… some weather! EXTREME weather.
This is a hard cut from that normalcy of high school to ABSOLUTE HIGH FANTASY MADNESS. Crashing waves against a sea shore, a Japanese cyber Viking witch woman wearing a white cloak with knee length blue braided hair and a Kabuki mask and one HELL of a manicure, chanting the words to a spell with some kind of big ritual gear – a fire, a giant cog-thing, traditional flute music playing… I mean, just pure Three Witches of Macbeth realness.
Woe teleports to Rita. Is she like an old school friend from Evil Hogwarts? We know Rita went to some kind of magi school as she complains about it in “For Whom The Bell Trolls”. Imagine what the reunion would be like… I’m imagining all the great witches from fiction went there… Wicked Witch of the West, the White Witch from Narnia, Gladriel, the witches from Macbeth, all the evil Disney witches, the whole cast of Hocus Pocus…
Oh yeah, that one park on Earth that all the humans go to. So, it’s a classic divide and conquer plan.
At this point I was a little disappointed that my hunch that Billy’s crush wasn’t secretly a planted monster didn’t pan out. Imagine it he got to the point of nearly kissing her and then she just suddenly turned into Goldar or the Pineoctopus? Anyway, the “girl” is waiting by the lake. WHAT IS HER NAME. It’s not even in the episode synopsis!
Oh dear, Rita failed to leave out a few key details when she gave Woe the info, like who the Ranger was, what they’d look like, what gender they’d be… So Woe teleports in all like, “Who am I? Your worst nightmare!” to a poor, surprised, random human girl.
Woe does her thing – transporting the girl to another dimension via her “crown jewel” that confusingly isn’t in her crown. Luckily and predictably, the girl’s necklace is left behind for Billy to find.
Is the dimension in her forehead jewel? Is it like a pocket dimension? The editing kind of implies that. The dimension is all blue which kind of compounds my theory further.
The poor girl is more than a little confused and cries out for Billy… as if this was the date he planned. I kind of wished she thought it was, like maybe Billy dressed up in witch drag to surprise her.
Rita is a little pissed at her mistake. “I told you to get the Power Ranger, not the girl!”
Billy shows up at the lake with flowers because he’s a gentleman.
He quickly finds Marge’s necklace.
Billy’s suddenly backed into a corner against the lake by putties, and calls for help.
There’s a bit where two putties hold Jason against a tree while another one gut-punches him, which is the most brutal thing I’ve seen them do yet.
MARGE! HER NAME IS MARGE!. Marge? Really..?
Zordon teleports them over to the HQ and explains that Rita set a trap for Billy and got Marge instead.
“I call your attention to the viewing globe. She’s called Madame Woe and she brings woe or trouble to everyone she touches.” (Woe or Trouble? Has she not decided on her major yet?) “She controls wind, rain, heat and cold with the energy of her crown jewel.”
Billy volunteers as tribute.
And may the Force be with you.
They morph and teleport over to Woe. She starts using her crown jewel and everything goes all blurry.
They’re warped to the other dimension and Billy remembers that Marge is there. Hey Marge! How’s it going?
OMG Madame Woe swoops through the PR like a fucking bat or an old school Dracula.
Nails! Braids! She’s throwing everything at them. Like some kind of Japanese, cyber, Viking queen.
She also starts throwing the elements at them. Is she like a bender from the Last Airbender/Korra in that she can only manipulate elements around her rather than create them? Hard to tell.
Billy goes in solo and realises that she’s too strong on her home turf and they have to combine the coins and get her back to Earth for a home advantage.
They channel all their power into Billy who takes her on solo back on Earth. She;s still got all her ticks though. She teleports out of reach all the time, uses her frost breath on him, and then even manages to tangle him in her braids and send an electrical charge down them. Ouch.
He manages to get behind her, really easily pull the crystal off, and crush it… So, I’m guessing my pocket dimension theory isn’t true as that might have killed the other Rangers.
How can they hear him?
The Rangers escape and take her on – de-powered. They bring all their power weapons together and take her down easily. Her final line is pun-tastic:”Woe is me!” Rita doesn’t seem too fussed that her old witch colleague is dead.
PLAY IT COOL, MARGE.
Later at the ‘Dance! Dance! Dance!’ party, Zach Attack is busting sweet moves on the floor.
Oh. My. God.
Billy gives Marge her necklace back and she gushes about her hot encounter with a certain, blue superhero. She also mentioned that’s “partial to blue”, as if we hadn’t figured that out yet from both of their wardrobe choices…
Yeah. All of “that”.
Ernie SOMEHOW sees through Bulk and Skulls ingenious costume and forces them to pay up for ruining that cake earlier.
Apparently the stench from Bulk’s foot money is enough to make poor Ernie ruin yet another of his cakes.
Bit harsh, Jason?
The episode ends with Ernie recovering and getting his groove on. Whilst covered in cake. With no one else dancing anywhere near him. Oh dear.