|This article is about a/an episode in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.|
|The Ninja Encounter|
|Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Season 2), Episode 2x22, 2x23, 2x24|
|Air date November 2-4, 1994|
| Written by Shuki Levy|
|Directed by Shuki Levy|
Zedd's Monster Mash
A Monster of Global Proportions
Tommy, Kimberly, and Billy meet Rocky, Adam, and Aisha while rescuing a baby from falling off a cliff. Later that week, they watched the newcomers win a ninja tournament against a team of undefeated, yet cocky champions.
Lord Zedd was interested in recruiting the champions because of their evil qualities, but when he learned that the other side won the tournament, he decided to recruit them instead. He sent Goldar and a platoon of putties to kidnap the three kids and their teacher, Mr. Anderson. Tommy, Kimberly, and Billy tried to save them, but were unsuccessful.
Afterwards, the rangers (all six of them) had to balance rescuing the four civilians with fighting a monster that was attacking Angel Grove. They managed to defeat the monster and save the hostages at the very last second, but as Billy was wrestling with Zedd's evil snake, he was bitten on the neck. Tommy and Kimberly had to get Billy's helmet off to avoid him suffocating. However, unbeknownst to them, Rocky, Adam, and Aisha were watching on from the entrance to the cave, and inadvertently learned the identities of the Power Rangers.
Back at the Command Center, Rocky, Adam, and Aisha learned of the identities of the red, black, and yellow rangers as well, and took an oath to never reveal the Power Rangers' identities.
- Part I of this story is the first episode which employs no Sentai footage, as well as being the first in which none of the Rangers appear morphed.
- First appearance of Rocky, Adam and Aisha who would assist the Rangers behind the scenes before going on to replace Jason, Zack and Trini as the Red, Black and Yellow Rangers respectively.
- First episode to use archive footage of Jason, Zack and Trini from previous episodes to hide the fact that their actors had already left the show before proper departure scenes could be filmed. Among the footage used is some from "The Song of Guitardo", recognizable from the appearance of Kimberly's guitar.
- To match the archive footage (from when he was the Green Ranger), Tommy wears green clothes despite now being the White Ranger.
- In some scenes, stand-in actors are used in place of Austin St. John, Thuy Trang, and Walter Jones, always from the back.
- The Terror Blossom conjures up the Hatchasaurus from "Birds of a Feather". Footage of the giant-sized battle is also drawn from that episode.
- At some points you can see the Original Megazord from Season 1 in footage.
- For the second time, the Rangers neglect to destroy the Hatchasaurus's Cardiotron in their first engagement.
- The Hatchasaurus is the first monster to take a charged slash from the Thunder Saber and survive.
- Kimberly calls Billy and Tommy by name in front of Rocky, Adam and Aisha before Billy is unmasked.
- At some points during the battle between the Thunder Megazord and Hatchasaurus the Dino Megazord appears from Season 1 footage (unlike other episodes, there is a shot when the previous Megazord can be clearly seen).
- Cardiotron is never seen being destroyed despite it being stated that, like before, this was necessary before Hatchasaurus could be defeated (Hatchasaurus never returns after its second destruction).
- Lord Zedd: Everything has been arranged, Goldar. You will transport my three chosen ninjas to the Cave of Despair as soon as they have won today's competition. (laughs)
- Goldar: What shall I tell them?
- Lord Zedd: Tell them they have been hand-selected from thousands of candidates. Tell them they are being honored with the opportunity to serve the greatest evil leader in all the universe. Tell them anything! But most of all, tell them they have no choice!
- Kimberly: What about the baby?
- Zordon: Baby Jacob is fine, Kimberly. And in the hands of a pair of very...unusual babysitters.
- Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver (White Ranger)
- Austin St. John as Jason Lee-Scott (Red Ranger) (archive footage)
- Walter Jones as Zack Taylor (Black Ranger) (archive footage)
- David Yost as Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger)
- Thuy Trang as Trini Kwan (Yellow Ranger) (archive footage)
- Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Hart (Pink Ranger)
- Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos (uncredited)
- Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell (uncredited)
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park (uncredited)
- Paul Schrier as Bulk
- Jason Narvy as Skull
- Timothy Guest as Mr. Hank Anderson
- David Fielding as Zordon
- Robert L. Manahan as Zordon (voice)
- Romy J. Sharf as Alpha 5
- Richard Steven Horwitz as Alpha 5 (voice)
- Ed Neil as Lord Zedd
- Robert Axelrod as Lord Zedd (voice)
- Danny Wayne Stallcup as Goldar
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar (voice)
- ??? as Terror Blossom