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Foul Play in the Sky is the 14th episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Season 1.

Synopsis

Kimberly's plans to go flying with her Uncle Steve take an abrupt twist, when Squatt slips a sleeping potion into her Uncle's drink. Now Kimberly's in the pilot's seat as the only one who can steer the plane to safety. To make matters worse in her absence Rita Repulsa has sent Snizzard who soon overpowers the other Rangers, putting all hope of survival on the Pink Ranger's shoulders for the passengers in the plane, and her team.

Plot

Kimberly is at the airport with her uncle Steve, talking to Trini on the phone before he says that they're ready to go. Jason and Zack are training with the punching bag at the Youth Center when Zack takes notice of Angela. He goes to talk to her, but she shoots him down quickly.

Rita plans on sneaking a sleeping potion in Steve's drink so that the plane will crash with the Pink Ranger inside. Then she elects Snizzard to be her monster that will destroy the Rangers. Squatt puts the sleep potion in Steve's soda before anyone sees him. Meanwhile, Bulk and Skull are also at the airport, and they invite themselves on Kimberly's flight with her uncle. As they fly over Angel Grove, Kimberly remembers the mountains, and, thanks to flashbacks, recalls to herself her adventures in the mountains as the Pink Ranger.

In mid-flight, the potion takes effect and Steve falls asleep suddenly. Bulk and Skull panic and pass out, and Kimberly is left to handle the situation. She alerts Alpha and Zordon, and the former tells her to morph and escape, but she can't because of her unconscious passengers. At the same time, the alarm picks up Snizzard's arrival on Earth. The other Rangers morph and confront the monster, while Alpha helps Kimberly maneuver the plane safely.

The Rangers' Blade Blasters are useless against Snizzard, as the apple on its head reflects their energy attacks. Snizzard binds the Rangers with snakes that drain their energy as they struggle. Meanwhile, Kimberly is finally able to land the plane. She morphs and joins the others. The Pink Ranger shoots Snizzard's apple off his head with an arrow from her Power Bow, ultimately destroying the monster.

The medics wake Bulk and Skull up at the airport, where Steve is already conscious. A boy flirts with Kimberly at the Youth Center. Zack mocks the two with Jason and then accidentally knocks Angela's drinks onto Bulk.

Cast

Notes

  • This is Angela's first appearance of several. She shows up later as Zack's only on screen love interest (including season one's finale "An Oyster Stew").
  • The Snizzard is the very first monster of the week shown to be able to summon footsoldiers to aid him in battle (whereas previous monsters just had them already to help them). This would become common place beginning with Radster in Lost Galaxy.
  • Kimberly has a flashback to "Day of the Dumpster" (including a close-up of two confused Putties from the unaired pilot).
  • Snizzard would be back in following episodes: "Zedd's Monster Mash", "The Wedding", and "Countdown to Destruction".
  • When Kimberly shot the apple off Snizzard's head, it resembled a scene from "William Tell".
  • Snizzard would be repainted and turned into the Cobra Monster in the Lightspeed Rescue episode "The Cobra Strikes".
  • The flashback footage of the Rangers first morph includes a shot of the Putties scratching their heads, which only happened in the unaired pilot.
  • The original Japanese episode had a Snow White storyline where the Pink Ranger goes to sleep after biting into a poisonous apple. The American version was going to have a similar plot, but it was changed for unknown reasons, pobably to give her more to do in this episode or maybe to make her less of a damsel in distress

Errors

  • The battle footage between Snizzard and the four Rangers features Japan's own Moai statues from Easter Island. Angel Grove or any part of America would not have these statues.
  • When Trini mentions the apple on Snizzard’s head just after the Rangers’ Blade Blaster attacks are reflected back at them, you can see dark diamond patch on the larger white diamond of the Yellow Ranger’s suit, obviously where the spark squibs are attached to simulate battle damage/hits.
  • Some scenes from the original plot still made it into the aired episode, such as the scene where Zack is kneeling in the Command Center. Next to him is Kimberly's sleeping body, unseen to the viewer's eye. One of her socks is visible as Alpha walks up. The chair used for Tommy in "Calamity Kimberly" can also been seen between Jason and Trini when the latter tells Alpha to look after her and she even points straight at it,
    • Also, despite one of the male Rangers having been on the phone with Kimberly and then Trini, they never aknowledge her on the plane trip.
      • As well as this, probably due to being unable to get the actors in to record the lines due to thier abysmal pay or maybe because this episode was hastly reshot, we only hear Kimberly on the phone and not the others.
    • This plotline is also why the Rangers are never all seen together until near the very end of the episode with the Sentai footage. They either didn't have the actors or the budget to shoot scenes with them together.
  • Alpha tells Kimberly that he has told the airport what has happened and they will have an ambulance waiting for her plane when it lands, yet the only communication that the plane receives from the airport is a voice saying the plane isn’t allowed to land and asking what the emergency is.
    • This is probably the fault of the rewrites since the writers likely had to rush it to film these airplane scenes and didn’t have time to proof read.


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