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A Friend in Need are the first, second, and third episodes of the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The first Zeo Serial short aired before a later airing of Part 3.

The three-part episode served as a backdoor pilot crossover between the Power Rangers and Dex Stewart/Masked Rider, two weeks before the premiere of Saban's Masked RiderIcon-crosswiki.png.

Synopsis

When Alpha is horrified by the attack on his home planet of Edenoi by the evil Count Dregon, the Power Rangers teleport to the planet for Alpha 5, When they arrive however, they find themselves embroiled in the attack and are forced to take cover with the planet's mysterious protector Dex Stewart AKA the Masked Rider. Meanwhile, on Earth, a very unwell Kimberly must battle Rita and Zedd's deadly Repellator alone who has a single objective; destroy her.

Plot

Part 1

While monitoring the galactic scanner, Alpha 5 sadly expresses that his home planet, Edenoi, is under heavy attack and he is worried about his "father", King Lexian. However, the scanner picks up no trace of him, making the little robot even more upset. At the Juice Bar, Aisha calls Kimberly, as Kim is in bed, with the flu, to see if she was feeling better, though Kim was still had a temperature. Aisha told Kimberly to stay in bed, and drink a lot of liquids, to help her feel better, then said she will check up on her later, before hanging up. After finishing her call, with Kimberly, Aisha told the guys, minus Billy, that their friend still has a fever but she'll pull through. When Billy arrives, he tells everyone that Alpha seemed upset and everyone decided to check in on their friend. When the Rangers arrived at the Command Center to check up on him, Alpha relays the information to his friends, who decide to go check out Edenoi, on Alpha's behalf.

Part 2

The Edenites and Masked Rider with the other Rangers temporary take refuge inside a cave. After reverting to his normal form, Dex tells them the story of Edenoi and how it came under the attack by Count Dregon. He and his friends originally didn't trust the other Rangers to help them until they reveal they were friends with Alpha 5, whom is from Edenoi. Aisha asks of Lexian's whereabouts since Alpha is worried about him. Dex reveals he is alive and is his grandfather, to the relief of the other Rangers.

Back on Earth, Kimberly contacts Zordon and Alpha 5 for any news of the others. Alpha reassures her they're fine and she needs to focus on getting better. At the Youth Center, Skull refuses to go along with another of Bulk's schemes when it comes to learning the identities of the Power Rangers. Bulk tells him they will pretend to be Rangers themselves, not search for them, and Skull agrees.

On the Moon and in his attempt to keep Count Dregon from catching up to him, Zedd orders Finster to make a monster to take advantage of Earth's lack of defense. Finster creates Repellator and he is sent to Earth to attack Angel Grove.

Back on Edenoi, Count Dregon's forces overruns the Rangers and Dex. Transforming back into the Masked Rider, he and the other Rangers fight off the Plague Patrol.

On Earth and in the Command Center, Alpha 5 is alarmed when he and Zordon sees Repellator on the Viewing Globe. He tries to contact the other Rangers, but is cut off in his attempt. Left with no other options, Zordon tells Alpha 5 they must take a risk and call a bed-ridden Kimberly into battle against Repellator. After morphing into the Pink Ranger, she begins her battle with Repellator.

Part 3

While trying to deal with the lack of communication with the other Rangers, a sick Kimberly is having a hard time with Repellator. Frustrated with her for continuously sneezing on him, Repellator is about to finish Kimberly off. That is until he starts sneezing and realizes he's caught her flu. Repellator is forced to retreat back to the Moon. Zordon and Alpha briefly converse with Kimberly and has her remain on standby just in case Repellator returns.

On Edenoi, the other Rangers are aiding Dex in his fight against the forces of Count Dregon (who's also revealed to be Zedd's rival). Zordon informs them of the situation back on Earth with Zedd and Rita's monster, Repellator. While Kimberly is able to hold him off, she is still sick and needs their assistance soon. The other Rangers must quickly finish off the battle to return home.

Back at Lord Zedd's Moon Palace, Repellator returns sick and asks for Zedd and Rita's aid. They are furious and displeased with the fact that a monster has fallen victim to a human flu virus and send him to Finster. Despite his warning for Repellator to remain in bed for 7-10 nights with lots of bed rest, Finster offers him a pill for him to temporarily feel better.

Bulk and Skull attempt to woo two potential dates by pretending to be Power Rangers themselves, which goes awry when Repellator shows up healthier. Zedd then takes advantage of the situation by making Repellator grow, using his growth grenade.

At the Command Center, Kimberly and Alpha watches an enlarged Repellator. She decides to go back in action to try and stall him until the other Rangers return.

On Edenoi, the other Rangers are able to hold off Dregon's forces and return home to meet up with Kimberly. Back in Dregon's Spiderbase, Dregon sees the Rangers teleporting away from Edenoi and orders his generals to track them. Double Face says they've looked onto the Rangers and Cyclopter says they're heading for Earth. This gives Dregon the idea to follow them back to Earth to make the planet his next target.

Much to Zedd's detest, the other Rangers return home and meet up with Kimberly. Calling on both the Thunderzords and the Tigerzord. After a long battle between them, the Rangers destroy Repellator with the Thunder Megazord saber.

On the Moon, Lord Zedd is furious with the loss and fears humiliation from Count Dregon if this gets out to him about Zedd's failures. Back on Earth, the Rangers fill Zordon and Alpha in regarding their adventure on Edenoi, and regret they didn't a chance to get to know the Edenites better, especially Dex. All are confident however that the Masked Rider powers are in safe hands. Meanwhile, as Bulk and Skull's potential dates storm off, the exhausted pair agree to not make any more plans that involve the Power Rangers. 

The episode ends with Count Dregon setting a course for Earth, and Lexian warning Dex of Dregon's intent and that he must take his fight there.

Cast

Errors

Part I

  • The footage of the Edenites from Kamen Rider Black RX usually shows them with antennae.
  • When Billy says "yeah, whoever they are, they're close", a fog machine can be seen in the background around the right corner of the screen.
  • The Rangers could not see the Spiderbase firing on them despite it being in Edenoi's atmosphere.
  • The Spiderbase continually jumped between Edenoi's Moon and being in the atmosphere at random.

Part II

  • Before Dregon told Double Face to fire again, a small artifact shot of Masked Rider on an airport runway at night can be seen.
  • When Alpha contacts Kimberly, human hands can be seen under his gloves.
  • Alpha was frustrated over being out-of-contact with the Rangers, despite it earlier being stated the communicators had been modified to work between Earth and Edenoi.

Notes

  • This was the first ever team-up of the franchise.
  • Beginning with part I, the traditional end credits played over Sentai footage are no longer used and replaced by a new style. The style has the credits shoved to the side in a black box whilst unrelated footage (usually outtakes) play in the center of the screen. This new style would remain until the opening episode of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy "Quasar Quest-part I" where the credits returned to being played over stock footage.
    • The ending credits to Parts I and II used footage from the Green Ranger Kata Video special while Part III's used a 30 second cut-down of Bulk and Skull's faux-Ranger revelation moment from earlier in the episode.
  • These were the only episodes of Power Rangers to use footage from a Kamen Rider series.
  • This was the only opening episode of a season in this entire franchise which had no impact on the greater plot elements of the season.
  • This was the last episode to show Sentai footage of Rita in Finster's workshop.
  • The Repellator monster was the Silver Horns suit from "The Power Transfer" painted green and with a long red tongue attached.
  • Footage of the Rangers' fight against Dex and the Edenites was shown on the VHS release of the "Masked Rider" episode Super Gold.
  • Even though this was a Season 3 episode, and Rito Revolto is listed in the end credits despite not appearing until the next episode, it had the style of the second season because of the opening, the morph, the Dinosaur and White Tiger powers, and the Zords, all of which are from Season 2. The style of Season 3 began in the next episode.
  • In this episode, the Thunderzord summoning sequence was replaced with original footage.
  • The White Tigerzord is explicitly referred to as a Thunderzord in this episode.
  • This episode marks the last time Lord Zedd conjures up a Growth Bomb and tosses it down to Earth to make his monsters grow. Starting in Ninja Quest and onward, he and Rita would cross their staves emitting an electrical storm to grow their monsters.
  • Part I debuts an updated voice effect on Robert L. Manahan's performance, making Zordon's voice slightly higher than previous seasons.
  • The final scene of Dex and Lexian was from the unused Masked Rider pilot in which several shots appeared in the opening sequence of the final series. Also, in the original pilot, Dregon was not going to be related to Dex and Lexian, or from Edenoi.
  • This is the only time that Dex performs the original Kamen Rider Black RX transformation pose to transform into Masked Rider, since his show changed to a different and simplistic pose.
  • Due to Saban losing the rights to Masked Rider, these three episodes are currently only available on streaming services.
  • Starting with this episode, Finster's American suit now sports the blue visor he wore in Zyuranger footage and would stay that way through the end of Zeo.

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