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A Bad Reflection on You is the 38th episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and originally aired on November 27, 1993.

Synopsis

Rita sends a monster and four Putties to impersonate the Rangers in both of their forms to Angel Grove. Once there, the doppelgängers cough up trouble and our heroes are sent to detention. With the real Rangers in detention, their doubles are free to wreak havoc posing as the real Power Rangers!

Plot

Rita Repulsa hatches her newest plan: her latest monster, the Twin Man, and a team of four Putties will go to Earth, masquerade as the Power Rangers and ruin their reputation. Once they arrive on Earth, Twin Man and his Putties disguise themselves as the Rangers, with Twin Man as Jason. They also have to wear dark sunglasses to hide their glowing red eyes.

The fake Power Teens enter Angel Grove High School and start sabotaging the school's drinking fountain by pouring laundry detergent into it. Bulk and Skull walk by, with Skull hitting on the fake Kimberly, and the fake Billy grabs a friend of Billy by the shirt and tosses him on the floor. Soon, Mr. Caplan goes to have a drink but gets squirted in the face with suds. Caplan turns around and sees the fake teens laughing. The fake Trini says "Got ya!" and A Furious Mr. Caplan yells "DETENTION!". The impostors then leave, just as the real Power Teens exit the classroom. They see what's happening, and Jason turns the fountain off. But unfortunately, the five are forced to take the blame for what their doppelgangers did by sharing detention with Bulk and Skull after Mr. Caplan believes that the real Power Teens are the ones who messed up the fountain, even though they haven't done anything wrong.

Meanwhile, Twin Man and his Twin Rangers, now morphed, attack downtown Angel Grove.

Back at the school, Skull asks Kimberly about their date but is rejected. The real Power Rangers then discover first hand what Bulk and Skull do whenever they're in detention. Bulk is revealed to have a bottomless Lunch Box as he pulls a whole lot of food from it. Soon, when Bulk pulls out a TV from his schoolbag, there's a news report that the "Power Rangers" are attacking innocent people downtown. The five friends are shocked to see this and want to stop them, but they can't since they're in detention (even Mr. Caplan forces Kimberly back to the detention room). However, Zack has an idea. He asks Bulk and Skull if they would like to see a magic trick. The two agree, and Zack asks them to cover both their eyes and ears and start counting to ten.

Soon, the Rangers morph and teleport downtown, just as Scorpina and the Twin Rangers cause havoc. And so, it's Ranger against Ranger. The girls, Billy and Zack manage to use their Power Weapons to defeat their clones, who turn back into Putties, as Jason manages to kick Twin Man and shed his disguise. Then, the Power Rangers cripple Twin Man with their Blade Blaster tower formation and destroy him with the Power Blaster. Not too long, the citizens of Angel Grove show up and thank the Rangers for getting rid of the impostors.

Back at Angel Grove High, Bulk and Skull notice that the teens have disappeared, so they report it to Mr. Caplan. But the five Power Teens quickly teleport back into the classroom in time. Bulk and Skull are confused on how they did it, and Jason and Kimberly explain that it was all done with mirrors. The five teens then head home after Mr. Caplan tells them that they're free to go as the real teens are off the hook as they have learned their lesson, while Bulk and Skull are still puzzled.

Cast

Notes

  • First episode to feature evil doubles of the Power Rangers, which would become a common occurrence over the years of the show.
  • This is the only episode in all three Seasons to not have a B-plot seeing as the detention plot was deeply connected to the A-plot and can be considered part of the main plot. It is also the only episode until Zeo's "A Golden Homecoming" with this distinction.
  • Up to this point, this episode marked the longest time that the audience had gone without seeing the Power Rangers  (opening with Rita's plan and then the Evil Rangers). Not counting their evil doppelgangers, the Rangers don't appear until the four-minute and twenty-seven-second mark.
  • The food in Bulk's lunchbox are bottles of ketchup and mustard, a pie, three donuts, a ham sandwich, a three-foot sub sandwich, a pineapple, a large loaf of bread, a banana and a can of soda.
  • When Zack attempts to show Bulk and Skull a magic trick before they morph, the viewers can almost see Walter Jones' missing finger.
  • This is the fourth episode in the series the Rangers aren't contacted by Zordon when Rita sends down a monster on Earth, the first being "Different Drum", the second being "No Clowning Around", and the third being "Clean-Up Club."  On all three occasions, they were either alerted to the monster by someone else (ie Mellisa from Different Drum) or were personally attacked by the monster.
  • In the original Zyuranger episode, Lami was sent by Bandora to launch a smear campaign against the Zyuranger with the Fake Zyuranger being the justification for it. The reason that they didn't use this plot point was due to her being a fake Japanese reporter whose footage only involved interviewing Japanese people or being filmed by Japanese crewmen.
    • This is both why she was in the climactic fight scene and why Rita decided to send her for support at all.
  • First use of the Power Blaster since "The Spit Flower."

Pop Culture References

  • Evil Billy's "Pasta-la-Pizza" line is taken from Arnold Schwarzenegger's line in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and would be repeated by Alpha after he completed the foam sprayer device in "Grumble Bee", and by Alpha again in "The Wanna-Be Ranger". It is very unclear why they made it a pun since it is irrelevant to the situation (occurring when he throws a nerd down) and the original line is suitable for children.
  • The cartoon Bulk and Skull watch on the mini TV before getting interrupted by the news bulletin of the evil Rangers attacking, is the anime Hakushon Daimaō also known as "The Genie Family" in the English dub. Not coincidentally, said dub was made by Saban.

Errors

  • Mr. Caplan isn't fazed by the fact that the real Rangers are wearing completely different clothing than their doppelgangers when they walked in on him in the washing powder. This is despite them having no time to change and thus creates a plot hole.
  • Mr. Caplan decided to write "DETENTION" on the blackboard in the detention classroom instead of a notice on the door for some reason.
  • Bulk has Hermione's Bag of lunchboxes.
  • When Billy and his duplicate are fighting with their Power Lances, the viewers can see Zack trying to shoot them despite the editors trying to completely remove this element for some reason by completely removing shots that show this element more clearly.
    • Also, due to one of the cut shots showing Billy kicking his counterpart, the next shot suddenly showed the two out of their weapon lock and Blue now ducking.
  • The special report features footage of the evil Rangers that no one should have been able to record.
  • During the scene of the evil Rangers attacking Angel Grove, very Japanese faces can be seen at multiple points, especially in the final pose shot and when "Jason" pulls his Blade Blaster on the crowd.
  • Due to the shot of their faces being unusable since they were Japanese, in the scene where the Evil Rangers attack, the citizens of Angel Grove go from looking at nothing to looking up at the Rangers in a split second.
  • Due to the good Rangers and the evil Rangers having the exact same suit design, it is nearly impossible to follow what is going on in the fight scene. While the metallic thuds may help, the good Rangers make the same sounds when they are punched.
  • As Twin Man (as the evil Red Ranger) prepares to strike a citizen of Angel Grove with his Power Sword, what looks exactly like the original unmorphed version of the Power Sword flies down and strikes his hand, stopping him.

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