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Pudgy Pig debuted in this episode and would go on to be arguably the most recognized and memorable monster in the franchise.
The Youth Center is hosting the Cultural Food Festival to raise money for playground equipment but Rita Repulsa (who is very ill at the moment) sends the ravenous Pudgy Pig to eat everything in sight. Things only worse when the monster eats the Rangers' Power Weapons! Now the Power Rangers have to find a way to get their weapons back and destroy the Pudgy Pig before he consumes the world's food supply.
The Angel Grove Youth Center is hosting the Cultural Food Festival with all the profits going to fund construction of playground equipment at the local preschool and day care center. Everything seems to go well until Bulk and Skull turn it into a food fight.
Witnessing the chaos through her telescope, an ill Rita comes up with an idea. She orders Finster to create a ravenous pig monster. Finster complains that he did create one but it isn't his best work but Rita overrules him. The Pudgy Pig is sent down to Earth and immediately begins its mission to consume the entire food supply on the planet.
At the Youth Center, the Ranger teens try to stop the madness created by Bulk and Skull with little success. Only Mr. Caplan's shouting ends the madness. He orders Jason to clean up the mess before leaving presumably to dry out his wet toupee. As the people exit, the Rangers' communicators go off indicating Zordon needs them at the Command Center.
After teleporting to the Command Center, Zordon debriefs them on the Pudgy Pig's actions. The Rangers morph to the monster's location and attempt to battle it but the monster swallows their Power Weapons and sends them spinning in a vortex which lands them in Angel Grove Park.
While the Rangers were caught in the vortex, the pig made his way to the Youth Center terrifying the people there and eating everything he can get his hands on. However when he passes by a table labeled "HOT" he tosses the stuff aside. After vanishing, the Rangers arrive only to find the place more of a mess than before. Trini notices that the food at the "HOT" booth was untouched which leads the group to speculate that spicy foods are the monster's weakness.
They morph and teleport to the food packing plant where they lure the pig with food and then trick him into eating a spicy radish which makes the pig vomit almost everything it consumed including the Power Weapons. The pig is eventually destroyed by the Power Blaster, which makes Rita extremely angry at Finster.
The Rangers return to the still messy Youth Center where they receive a congratulatory call from Zordon. Alpha, who earlier volunteered to help with the food festival, teleports three trays of hero sandwiches to the Rangers. Mr. Caplan enters and apologizes to the teens for falsely accusing them of starting the food fight. He also happily reports that despite the insanity caused by both Bulk and Skull and Rita, they almost have enough money to pay for the playground equipment. Trini offers him a sandwich but charges him $20. Since he never had lunch, he relents and pays up. Ignoring Billy's warning, he takes a bite of a sandwich which had a spicy radish dangling from it. He reacts to it and demands water. Kimberly hands a pitcher of water. He drinks it but most of it ends up on his head and makes his toupee fall off. He admits that it was "a little hot... but not bad!" They all laugh.
- Austin St. John as Jason Lee Scott (Mighty Morphin Red Ranger)
- Thuy Trang as Trini Kwan (Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger)
- Walter Jones as Zack Taylor (Mighty Morphin Black Ranger)
- Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Ann Hart (Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger)
- David Yost as Billy Cranston (Mighty Morphin Blue Ranger)
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Richard Genelle as Ernie
- Henry Cannon as Mr. Caplan
- David Fielding as Zordon
- Romy J. Sharf as Alpha 5
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Alpha 5 (voice) (as Richard Wood)
- Machiko Soga as Rita Repulsa
- Barbara Goodson as Rita Repulsa (voice)
- Takashi Sakamoto as Goldar (suit)
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar (voice) (as Ryan O'Flannigan)
- Takako Iiboshi as Finster (suit)
- Robert Axelrod as Finster (voice)
- Minoru Watanabe as Squatt (suit)
- Michael J. Sorich as Squatt (voice)
- Hideaki Kusaka as Baboo (suit)
- Dave Mallow as Baboo (voice) and Pudgy Pig (voice) (as Colin Phillips)
- Stella Angelova as Sharkie
- Erik Betts as Black Punk
- The second and third clips of Pudgy Pig on the Viewing Globe is reused from the Zyuranger episode as the Japanese text are still present.
- These were presumably not removed due to the Viewing Globe's size making them harder to spot.
- While this episode was the sixth in production order, it was the second episode aired. As a result, this is technically the first appearance of the Power Weapons by airdate and thus creates a continuity error since Teamwork aired immediately after this episode.
- Mr. Caplan declares the food festival over, orders a clean-up, and everyone departs - but then the festival is still going on when Pudgy Pig shows up.
- This is the first episode in Power Rangers history not to feature any Zords.
- In the background of the food fair there is:
- Bulk and Skull chatting up the two hula girls just before the scene first cuts to Rita's palace.
- Jason reacting with extreme stoicism as the food fight begins.
- A tall man in a blue shirt and glasses standing in the middle of the fight then slowly creeping to safety before the fight scene ends.
- Bulk going "oops!" innocently to the camera (before continuing to rampage).
- Pudgy Pig would reappear as an illusion in Island of Illusion Part 1 and is recreated by Rita in A Pig Surprise.
- By air-date order, Pudgy Pig was the first monster seen in original footage (by production order though air-date wise he was the second after Gnarly Gnome in Different Drum.)
- The story of how the Rangers defeated Pudgy Pig will be retold by Kimberly and Billy (the only two Rangers in that episode who were in this one) in an interview on television during the Season 2 episode Lights, Camera, Action. Archive footage of the battle is shown as the two of them tell the story to the interviewer but Thuy Trang's, Walter Jones', and Austin St. John's ADR from the episode was replaced with new ADR from their substitute voice actors because by this time, the three actors had left on bad terms and Saban had refused to pay them royalties for the use of the footage and audio.
- This is the first appearance of Angel Grove Park (though it is not named) when the Pudgy Pig rampages through it and eats a picnic.
- The first half of the fight with the Pudgy Pig would be recycled in A Pig Surprise but with the monster swallowing the Rangers' weapons edited out.
- The Pudgy Pig costume in the American footage was different to the Zyuranger equivalent as the original (likely) sustained damages that were beyond repair.
- There is a novel based on this episode called "It's Morphin Time."
- This was the first episode where the Rangers morph twice within one episode.
- The female punk named Sharkie from Teamwork reappeared alongside Bulk and Skull in this episode. She was meant to be a recurring character according to the scripts (which was the only source that revealed her name) but for unknown reasons was cut out, making this episode her final appearance.
- In addition to her, a black punk also appeared with the duo trying to attack Trini and Billy before tripping over a table and landing face first into a bucket of sauce. He, like Sharkie, did not appear again in the series nor is his name ever given in any source).
- It is often erroneously reported that Walter Jones lost the middle finger on his left hand in an onset accident whilst filming this episode. In fact, Jones lost his finger due to an accident as a child.
- This is the first episode in the franchise not to feature foot soldiers of any kind.
- Goldar does not appear in this episode.
- According to David Yost (Billy) this was one of his four favorite episodes of the series (along with Peace, Love and Woe, Switching Places and Power Ranger Punks.)
- Out of the three episodes, it was also the only one to not focus on Billy.
- Ep. 8: Terror! Eaten In An Instant - Super Sentai counterpart in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. See comparison page.