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|This article is about a/an episode in Power Rangers Zeo, the second installment in the Zordon Era.|
Bomber in the Summer is the thirty-sixth episode of Power Rangers Zeo.
Rita and Zedd send a remote-controlled robotic monster named Louie Kaboom to take over as leader of the Machine Empire. But when Rito and Goldar lose the remote, Louie strikes out on his own and takes King Mondo's place for his own personal schemes. Meanwhile, Ernie opens a new beach club cafe, which is soon under attack from a group of biker punks. Jason befriends the main bully's misunderstood girlfriend, Emily, whose necklace gets turned into Louie's first monster, Tough Tusks.
Ernie plans to open a Hawaiian themed location on the lake when a group of teens riding motorcycles shows up. The gang leader warns him to stay away from the gang's territory and ride off laughing. Jason briefly sees a female riding on the gang leader's motorcycle as they ride away.
Elsewhere, Rito and Goldar are sent to Earth to launch Louie Kaboom in his rocket form to space as Zedd and Rita's first attempt to overthrow the Machine Empire. When Rito complains about it, Goldar silences him by reminding Rito what's at stake for Zedd and Rita if Machina traces Kaboom back to them and learn the truth of their secret return on the Moon. Rito launches Louie Kaboom into space using the remote and though successful, he subsequently lost the remote. This leads Goldar and Rito to spend half of the episode making Bulk and Skull search for the remote that controls Louie Kaboom, knowing that if they return empty handed, Zedd and Rita will be furious.
Meanwhile, the Rangers try to convince Ernie to open the location on the lake, but he refuses fearing retaliation from the motorcycle gang. While the other Rangers take out their pent up frustration, Jason talks the female member, Emily. She refuses to acknowledge him, but later agrees to do so.
Machina and Sprocket faces trouble with a blue robot shows up and introduces himself as Louie Kaboom. To make Machina fall in love with him, Kaboom takes Klank's advise and goes to Earth to create his first monster.
On the beach, Jason learns more about Emily's struggles when she moved to Angel Grove and how no one at the school talked to her except for the motorcycle gang. He is able to help her understand Ernie's plight and convince Emily to talk to her friends. Soon, Jason discovers a remote control and finds himself confronted by Louie Kaboom who demands for the remote. To ensure his treat is carried out, he uses his powers to take Emily's elephant necklace to create Tough Tusks. After convincing Emily to hide, Jason transforms into the gold Zeo Ranger to begin his battle with the two.
At the Juice Bar, Zordon communicates with the other Rangers of the situation and they morph to help Jason out. While trying to hold off the two, the cogs help Kaboom dismantle the remote before leaving.
At the Command Center, the Rangers discover though the remote is dismantled, Billy doesn't think that too damaged and repairs it. Soon they hear two trouble alarms: one being that Tough Tusks has returned and has started his attack on Angel Grove. The other having Cogs near the beach. The Zeo Rangers return to deal with Tough Tusk in a zord battle, while Jason is sent to deal with the Cogs.
In the Command Center, Billy has repaired the remote control long enough for him to activate it and distract Louie Kaboom into leaving Earth temporarily. Tough Tusk is destroyed by the Super Zeo Megazord.
In the Machine Empire, Louie is berated by Machina and Sprocket. He claimed the Rangers cheated.
Later on the Rangers are able to convince a reluctant Ernie to open the 2nd location. He doesn't want trouble, but then the leader of the Motorcycle gang appears and apologizes for his behavior. He credits Jason for helping Emily out and believes the location perfect to share with them. Emily gets a job at the beach location after the waitress Ernie hired quit. Emily and Jason briefly converse and he gives back her elephant necklace.
On the Moon: outside the motorhome base, Rita furiously yells at Rito and Goldar for screwing up by losing the remote. Zedd punished the duo by making them clean up and Rita makes them wear maid aprons. Rito and Goldar are aghast and flees.
- Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver (Zeo Ranger V Red)
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park (Zeo Ranger IV Green)
- Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos (Zeo Ranger III Blue)
- Nakia Burrise as Tanya Sloan (Zeo Ranger II Yellow)
- Catherine Sutherland as Katherine "Kat" Hillard (Zeo Ranger I Pink)
- Austin St. John as Jason Lee Scott (Gold Zeo Ranger)
- David Yost as Billy Cranston
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Richard Genelle as Ernie
- Lesley Tesh as Emily
- David Fielding as Zordon (face)
- Bob Manahan as Zordon (voice)
- Donene Kistler as Alpha 5
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Alpha 5 (voice) (as Richard Wood)
- Alex Borstein as Queen Machina (voice)
- Barbara Goodson as Prince Sprocket (voice) and Orbus (voice)
- Oliver Page as Klank (voice)
- Walter Lang as Louie Kaboom (voice)
- Michael J. Sorich as Tough Tusks (voice)
- First appearance of Emily, who will be Jason's first on-screen girlfriend and will remain on the show regularly until "Good as Gold".
- First appearance of Louie Kaboom.
- The original draft title for this episode was "Bombs Away".
- Ernie's Beach Club debuts in this episode and will remain a regular setting until the end of the season.
- Skull squirting Bulk in the face with sun-tan lotion is a callback to a joke in Mighty Morphin's "A Star is Born".
- Louie Kaboom was launched from Earth but approached the Machine Skybase from the opposite side, facing Earth.
- Even though Jason calls out Emily's name while morphed, she never questions it.
- Both Alpha and Billy refer to Jason as "the Gold Ranger", even though his identity is known by now.
- Upon growing, Tough Tusks was wielding a flag containing Japanese characters.
- Despite the battle taking place in the mountains, when Tough Tusks exploded he was surrounded by buildings.