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Life's A Masquerade is the twenty-fifth episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, season 1.

Synopsis

Ernie is throwing a costume party at the Angel Grove Youth Center; Alpha 5 becomes a surprise guest when he wants to hang out with his beloved friends. To keep the rangers and Alpha busy, Rita Repulsa creates a Frankenstein monster to crash the party. Billy is suspicious of the monster and follows it. He is led to a cave where he learns of Rita's plan to obtain Super Putty.

Plot

The gang is helping to decorate the Youth Center for the Halloween costume party. Bulk and Skull end up having to help, Zack goes after Angela again, and Tommy helps Kimberly paint. Bulk and Skull's antics once again end with Bulk getting hit with a bucket of paint.

Rita Repulsa goes ahead with her plan to mine Super Putty, but needs to distract the Rangers. Finster creates a Frankenstein Monster. It's sent to Angel Grove.

The five main Rangers convene at Billy's house, all wearing costumes. Tommy is still finishing his costume and plans on catching up with them. Bulk and Skull try on costumes in hope of finding ones that will win the big prize at the party, but just end up going in their usual punk outfits. Alpha shows up at the party because he wanted to party and hang out with the Rangers, and this costume bash would be the perfect opportunity (Alpha is soon surrounded by fawning girls, to Zack's consternation). Frankenstein Monster crashes as well, but no one seems to notice, not even Alpha and his new fan club.

Finster heads the mining of the Super Putty at some cave.

Frankenstein Monster gets violent after its foiled attempt to catch the Rangers. It chases Bulk and Skull outside of the Youth Center. Billy follows the monster to the cave. He morphs and battles the beast with little success. He regroups with the others at the costume party as Rita erupts from the surface of Angel Grove on top of a giant ball of Super Putty. At the Command Center, Zordon fills the five in on Rita's plans. Tommy is ambushed by Putties outside the Youth Center. The other five morph and go to confront Frankenstein Monster. It's very powerful and the Rangers are barely holding out when Rita makes Frankenstein Monster grow.

Megazord duels with the monster and Tommy is finally able to morph and join his friends. Neither Dragonzord or Megazord have any luck fighting the creature so Dragonzord Battle Mode is formed. With the The Power Staff, the Rangers finally kill Frankenstein Monster after he initially manhandles the Dragonzord Battle Mode.

Back at the Juice Bar, the Rangers celebrate their victory over Rita once again. Tommy runs off to change into his costume. Kim tells Alpha that he is a hit at the party, calling him by name in front of his new fawning fan club. Bulk and Skull show up to pick on the young robot, calling him a tin can. Tommy shows up in his Frankenstein Monster costume (which is a dead ringer for the monster the Rangers just fought) at the party. Ernie declares the winner of the costume contest to be... Alpha! Bulk tells Skull to grab a can opener, as he wants to learn what Alpha really is. Alpha states that his identity is one mystery that will have to remain unsolved, and he walks off with his newfound fan club.

Cast

Notes

  • Tommy's Halloween outfit is clearly just the American version of the Frankenstein Monster.
  • This episode was written by Cheryl Saban; she also wrote and produced Alpha's Magical Christmas, which occasionally uses flashback footage from this episode.
  • Instead of saying "It's morphin' time", Billy says "It's time for molecular transmutation".
  • This episode would be mentioned again by Tommy in "Island of Illusion, Part 2".
  • Billy morphs twice in this episode.
  • Bulk and Skull's Peter Pan and Captain Hook costumes may be a nod to the other Fox Kids show at the time, Peter Pan and the Pirates, the original story by JM Barrie, or the 1953 Disney film.
  • The "Bride of Frankenstein" girl that tries dancing with Frankenstein is unnamed in the episode - but the script reveals it's meant to be Sharkie, Bulk and Skull's hanger-on from "Teamwork" and "Food Fight"![1] The actress does appear to be Sharkie's Stella Angelova.

Errors

  • The hair for the US costume for Frankenstein Monster is longer in the back whereas the hair for the Japanese costume is short.
  • This episode aired after Gung Ho!, but that episode actually dealt with and completed the Super Putties storyline. Technically and chronologically, it should have aired after Life's A Masquerade. However, FOX most likely wanted a Halloween themed episode aired closer to the actual holiday.
  • Frankenstein Monster (or Dora Franke) is actually made of Super Putty (Dokiita Clay) in the Japanese episode, which is why he's much stronger than other monsters the Rangers had already fought at the time. Eventually, Dora Franke transformed into Zombie Franke, or better known as Mutitus in the American version.
  • Frankenstein Monster's weapons keep changing throughout the episode - a ball and chain, or two bolts from its neck. This is due to Dora Franke also changing weapons in the original footage.
  • Red Ranger mistakenly calls Dragonzord Battle Mode "Mega Dragonzord" - again.
  • When the Frankenstein monster has the Megazord up in the air, it could be said that the wall was a background because the white screen can be seen.
  • When the Rangers went to the Command Center, why didn't they tell Alpha to come with them? And later, why did Billy inquire about Alpha's whereabouts when he returned to the party a little later than the others?

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