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This article is about a/an episode in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Different Drums is the fifth episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.


Kimberly's deaf friend, Melissa, has a tough time fitting in at the noisy Youth Center. When the Gnarly Gnome monster strikes, using music to hypnotize the children of Angel Grove, her handicap allows her to remain unaffected. Can she aid the Power Rangers in putting an end to the Gnome's symphony of destruction?


Kimberly is teaching her dance class at the Youth Center. Billy trips on to Ernie's cart and ends up rolling into the middle of the class. Kimberly tells Billy this isn't the way to meet girls. Kimberly tries to encourage Melissa who is having problems with the dance steps, because she's deaf. Meanwhile, Zack challenges Bulk to dance competition. Bulk insists that he can do anything Zack can do. Zack shows off his stylish moves on the dance floor. Bulk barely pulls it off, but needs Skull's help moving afterwards. Zack shows off by doing a handstand on the Juice Bar. Bulk tries to do the same, but ends up falling into the food behind the counter.

Rita demands Finster to make her a monster that can control people with his music. The Gnarly Gnome uses his accordion to put some girls under his spell, but Melissa isn't effected, because she can't hear it. The Gnarly Gnome brings the girls to a cave in the woods. Melissa runs to get help to rescue her friends.

Melissa leads the Rangers to the cave, where the girls are being held. The Power Rangers engage in battle against the Gnarly Gnome with the Power Blaster. The Gnarly Gnome is overpowered and defeated. Rita makes the Gnarly Gnome grow with her wand. The Rangers form the Megazord to take him on. The Gnarly Gnome uses his music in an attempt put the Rangers under his spell. But he is unsuccessful, and the Megazord takes him down. The Megazord uses the Power Sword to destroy the Gnarly Gnome.

The Ranger teens and Melissa rescue the girls from the cave. Rita yells at her minions for failing again. The Rangers celebrate their victory by relaxing at the Juice Bar. Meanwhile, Melissa finally teaches Billy how to dance.



  • Zordon and Alpha 5 do not appear in this episode.
  • Gnarly Gnome is the first monster to appear in original footage. The suit would later be recycled as part of Grumble the Magic Elf in "Storybook Rangers, Part 1".
  • Gnarly Gnome is unusual among Rita's monsters as he was destroyed by the Power Blaster then revived by Rita's wand, as opposed to being enlarged without being destroyed. This trend follows in later Power Ranger series/seasons, where the monster is destroyed and then gets enlarged. This also happened with the season 2 monsters Saliguana, Stag Beetle, Magnet Brain, and Cannontop.
  • Another girl with the name Melissa was Jason and Tommy's karate student in "On Fins and Needles".


Zack: My main brain, whassup?
Billy: Well, I'm intrigued by the rhythmic modulation, yet daunted by the coordinating movements of the appendages.
Zack: Say what?
Trini: He can't dance.
Billy: Precisely.


Zyu vs MMPR

One of the shots of the Pink Ranger turned Gray compared to the shot from Zyuranger showing a properly pink Pteraranger.

  • The Megazord's Power Sword is called the "Mega Sword" when summoned.
  • The Rangers' Power Weapons (except Red Ranger's Power Sword) are given alternate names for this episode only, which incidentally are semi-alliterations.
    • Power Axe: Cosmic Cannon
    • Power Bow: Battle Bow
    • Power Daggers: Dino Daggers
    • Power Lance: Mighty Mace
  • Due to an error with some of the Zyuranger film used, the Pink Ranger's costume appears gray in several shots (the color grading is off in general compared to the restored Zyuranger DVD, but the Pink Ranger costume is the most noticable). Whether it was a mistake on Saban's part or Toei's is unknown.
  • The US-footage of the Putties show them lacking their belts.
  • Balls of light (which are actually children trapped inside of them in the Super Sentai counterpart) escape from Gnarly Gnome's ashes after he is destroyed by a slash from the Power Sword. This is due to stock footage mistake.
  • Gnarly Gnome's boots switch feet with no explanation during the scene when he's leading the captured girls into the cave. In a later scene they switch back after he's woken up. In the original Sentai footage they switched feat as part of a trick to make the Gnarly Gnome visible to the Zyurangers.

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