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A Bad Reflection on You is the 38th episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and originally aired on November 27, 1993.
Rita sends a special type of Putty designed to impersonate the Rangers in both of their forms to Angel Grove. Once there, the doppelgängers cough up trouble and our heroes are sent to detention. With the real Rangers in punishment, their doubles are free to wreak havoc.
Rita Repulsa hatches her newest plan: her latest monster, Twin Man, and a team of four Putties will go to Earth, masquerade as the Power Rangers and ruin their reputation. Once they arrive on Earth, Twin Man and his Putties disguise themselves as the Rangers, with Twin Man as Jason. They also have to wear dark sunglasses to hide their red eyes.
The fake Power Teens enter Angel Grove High School and start sabotaging the school's drinking fountain by pouring laundry detergent into it. Bulk and Skull walk by, with Skull hitting on the fake Kimberly, and the fake Billy grabs a friend of Billy by the shirt and tosses him on the floor. Soon, Mr. Caplan goes to have a drink, but gets squirted in the face with suds. An infuriated Caplan yells at the teens that they're going into detention. The impostors then leave, just as the real Power Teens exit the classroom. They see what's happening, and Jason turns the fountain off. But unfortunately, the five are forced to take the blame for what their doppelgangers did by sharing detention with Bulk and Skull after Mr. Caplan believes that the real Power Teens are the ones who messed up the fountain, even though they haven't done anything wrong.
Meanwhile, Twin Man and his Twin Rangers, now morphed, attack downtown Angel Grove.
Back at the school, the real Power Rangers discover first hand what Bulk and Skull do whenever they're in detention. Skull asks Kimberly about their date, but is rejected. Soon, when Bulk pulls out a TV from his schoolbag, there's a news report that the "Power Rangers" are attacking innocent people downtown. The five friends are shocked to see this and want to stop them, but they can't since they're in detention (even Mr. Caplan forces Kimberly back to the detention room). However, Zack has an idea. He asks Bulk and Skull if they would like to see a magic trick. The two bullies agree, and Zack asks them to cover both their eyes and ears, and start counting to ten.
Soon, the Rangers morph and teleport downtown, just as Scorpina and the Twin Rangers cause havoc. And so, it's Ranger against Ranger. Kimberly, Trini, Billy and Zack easily defeat their clones, who turn back into Putties, as Jason manages to defeat Twin Man and shed his disguise. Then, the Power Rangers destroy Twin Man with their Blade Blaster tower formation and the Power Blaster. Not too long, the citizens of Angel Grove show up and thank the Rangers for getting rid of the impostors.
Back at Angel Grove High, Bulk and Skull notice that the teens have disappeared, so they report it to Mr. Caplan. But the five Power Teens quickly teleport back into the classroom in time. Bulk and Skull are confused on how they did it, and Jason and Kimberly explain that it was all done with mirrors. The five teens then head home after Mr. Caplan tells them that they're free to go as the real teens are off the hook as they have learned their lesson, while Bulk and Skull are stuck with even more detention.
- Austin St. John as Jason Lee Scott (Mighty Morphin Red Ranger)/Evil Jason (Evil Red Ranger)
- Thuy Trang as Trini Kwan (Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger)/Evil Trini (Evil Yellow Ranger)
- Walter Jones as Zack Taylor (Mighty Morphin Black Ranger)/Evil Zack (Evil Black Ranger)
- Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Ann Hart (Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger)/Evil Kimberly (Evil Pink Ranger)
- David Yost as Billy Cranston (Mighty Morphin Blue Ranger)/Evil Billy (Evil Blue Ranger)
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Henry Cannon as Mr. Caplan
- ??? as Billy's Friend
- David Fielding as Zordon (face)
- Robert L. Manahan as Zordon (voice)
- Romy J. Sharf as Alpha 5
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Alpha 5 (voice) (as Richard Wood)
- Machiko Soga as Rita Repulsa
- Barbara Goodson as Rita Repulsa (voice)
- Takashi Sakamoto as Goldar (Zyuranger Footage)
- Danny Wayne Stallcup as Goldar (American Footage)
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar (voice) (as Ryan O'Flannigan)
- Takako Iiboshi as Finster
- Robert Axelrod as Finster (voice)
- Minoru Watanabe as Squatt
- Michael J. Sorich as Squatt (voice)
- Hideaki Kusaka as Baboo
- Dave Mallow as Baboo (voice) (as Colin Phillips)
- Ami Kawai as Scorpina
- Wendee Swan as Scorpina (voice)
- Bryan Cranston as Twin Man (voice)
- First episode to feature evil double of the Power Rangers which would become a common occurrence over the years of the show.
- Third time Tommy doesn't appear, as he had lost his Green Ranger powers a few episodes earlier.
- The items in Bulk's lunchbox are bottles of ketchup and mustard, a pie, three donuts, a ham sandwich, a three-foot sub sandwich, a pineapple, a large loaf of bread, a banana and a can of soda.
- When Zack attempts to show Bulk and Skull a magic trick before they morph, the viewer can almost see Walter Jones' missing finger.
- As Twin Man (as the evil Red Ranger) prepares to strike a citizen of Angel Grove with his Power Sword, what looks exactly like the original unmorphed version of the Power Sword flies down and strikes his hand, stopping him.
- Why didn't Kimberly speak up and warn Trini when the evil Pink Ranger tricked Trini into attacking Kimberly?
- Considering how big Angel Grove High School is, why was no-one else around to watch over or at least look in on the Rangers and Bulk and Skull?
- Zordon and Alpha seemingly give up on the Rangers extremely quickly, making no attempt to contact them, probably because they were in detention.
- When covering his ears, Bulk could apparently hear Skull's inability to count yet missed the Rangers' loud morphing call.
- All the food that Bulk had packed in his lunchbox can't fit because of its size.
- The teens apparently didn't know that the fake versions of them were responsible for the drinking fountain prank, and probably because they were in detention, Zordon never reported this incident to the real Power Rangers.
- This is therefore probably the first of extremely few of Rita’s plans to have a lasting impact on the Rangers; they are given detention because of Twin Man, and it is never revealed to Caplan that it wasn’t the real Rangers that were responsible, so they presumably leave this episode with a blot on their previously clean school records.
- Bulk and Skull's difficulty in counting backwards is very irrational because, during the teens' first attempt to escape from detention, the latter did count backwards.
- The evil Blue Ranger while unmorphed didn’t wear overalls like the real Billy.
Pop Culture References
- Evil Billy's "Pasta-la-Pizza" line is taken from Arnold Schwarzenegger's line in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and would be repeated by Alpha after he completed the foam sprayer device in "Grumble Bee", and by Alpha again in "The Wanna-Be Ranger".
- The cartoon Bulk and Skull watch on the mini TV before getting interrupted by the news bulletin of the evil Rangers attacking, is the anime Hakushon Daimaō also known as The Genie Family in the English dub.