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Calamity Kimberly is the thirty-first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, season 1.

Synopsis

Kimberly suffers through a very unlucky day, one made worse when Samurai Fan Man captures her.

Plot

One rainy morning, Kimberly wakes up in the morning and falls out of bed. As she prepares herself for the day, a small earthquake occurs and breaks her mirror, which makes her more upset. Outside, Squatt is reporting to Rita Repulsa on Kimberly's misery, and she decides to add onto it by having Finster's new Samurai Fan Man sent to Earth.

Kimberly arrives at school soaking wet, as her umbrella broke. Tommy greets her and explains that she has to show Mr. Caplan her pep rally plans in a few minutes. As if looking like a mess isn't bad enough, Kimberly opens her binder to find that her outline paper is covered in mud. Bulk and Skull come over to tease Kimberly, but Tommy tosses Bulk onto the slippery floor and into a fallen over mop bucket.

Tommy decides to walk Kimberly home after school to make her feel better. They are ambushed by Samurai Fan Man, who sucks Kimberly into his giant jar and injures Tommy before disappearing. Inside the jar, Kimberly is trapped in a strange dimension. Zordon summons the other Rangers to the Command Center, where Tommy is healing from his wounds The wise sage warns that the dimension inside the jar will vanish soon, and so will Kimberly if she is not rescued. Jason, Trini, Zack, and Billy Rangers morph to meet with Samurai Fan Man, who is also accompanied by Goldar. When the monster tries to suck the other Rangers into his jar, Alpha 5 returns them to the Command Center at the last second.

After taking a moment to regroup, the Rangers return to face Samurai Fan Man and Goldar at the Putty Bowl Restaurant, an outdoor restaurant with Putties as waiters. The two monsters are turned into giants and the Dinozords are summoned, but they can't form the Megazord without Kimberly. Tommy soon arrives itching for revenge on Samurai Fan Man (despite a splitting migraine) and summons the Dragonzord. Billy, Trini, and Zack join their Dinozords up with it to activate Dragonzord Battle Mode, while Jason's Tyrannosaurus Dinozord fights Goldar on its own. However, neither of them are able to inflict any damage.

The Dragonzord eventually manages to connect with its Power Staff and strike Samurai Fan Man's jar, freeing Kimberly. After she morphs, she calls in the Pterodactyl Dinozord, and the other Rangers disengage from their current situation to form the Megazord. Though Samurai Fan Man continues to put up a fierce fight, it is destroyed by the Ultrazord. Outmatched now that his partner is dead, Goldar teleports away.

At Billy's garage, Kimberly meets the other Rangers to watch the news of their battle and to find some comfort in her friends after such a rotten day. When Kimberly tries to turn up the volume with the remote control, the television blows up and she can't help but laugh with the rest of the Rangers.

Cast

Notes

  • This is one of the few times that a monster has faced the Dinozords (sans Pterodactyl Dinozord), Megazord, Dragonzord, Dragonzord Battle Mode, and Ultrazord all in one fight.
  • Although not shown completely on screen, Billy is seen working on the Rad Bug. You can tell because he's doing engine work on the trunk, and classic Volkswagen Beetles' engines are in the back rather than the front (like normal cars).
  • The flashback footage of Kimberly getting captured by the Samurai Fan Man was used in "Crystal of Nightmares". However, Tommy's parts in the footage are cut.
  • Tommy spends a great deal of the episode out of the fight because of his injury. This is the first time a Ranger is seriously hurt.
  • In real life, Amy Jo Johnson and Thuy Trang actually experienced an earthquake on a day that they were to begin filming.
  • Tommy broke the fourth wall by saying Bulk and Skull should get their own TV show.

Errors

  • The footage of Rita talking to Finster in the monster lab in the beginning of the episode is from "High Five". You can tell because the clay figure Finster is sculpting is of Bones. This scene is actually reused quite a bit throughout the first season.
  • Behind the Rangers at the Putty Bowl Cafe are their Battle Bikes, which have never been properly introduced on the American version. This is due to bad editing and using the original Japanese episode's footage. In Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, the bikes are used very often (although only by the unmorphed Zyurangers), with the Power Rangers never receiving any motorcycles until season three's "Follow that Cab!" (presumably due to the fact that the Rangers didn't need motorcycles due to their ability to teleport).
  • Footage of the un-morphed Zyurangers from the Japanese version of this episode can be seen momentarily (from a distance and in the viewing globe) right after Samurai Fan Man uses his dimensional fan on the Rangers.
  • A wheeled platform can be seen under Bulk during the slippery floor stunt.

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