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Goldar's Vice-Versa is the twenty-ninth episode of the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This episode marked the only appearance of Scorpina since the arrival of Lord Zedd.

Synopsis

Angel Grove High School organizes a Vice-versa Dance, where the girls invite the guys but Adam is not confident that he will be asked to the dance until a mysterious new girl in town catches his eye, Sabrina. Is Sabrina all that she seems or is this a ploy that will see the end of the Power Rangers?!

Plot

At the Angel Grove City Juice Bar, all are preparing for the upcoming Vice Versa Dance (which is akin to a Sadie Hawkins' Day Dance, where the girls ask the boys to be their dates)—all except Adam, who does not want to go because no girl has asked him yet. However, Rocky and Billy—who have both recently accepted dates—convince Adam to come anyway, because they're convinced he'll have a good time.

Meanwhile, Lord Zedd and Goldar overhear Adam's conversation with the other Rangers, and Zedd mentions to have the perfect girl for Adam and after preventing him from talking with a girl named Sarah by attacking him with his Putties, a mysterious dark-haired teenage girl named Sabrina shows up to ask Adam to the dance. When Aisha tries to be friendly with this mystery girl, Sabrina is downright rude to her. Meanwhile, in another sub-plot, Bulk and Skull receive mysterious messages that lead them all over the city, because the messages all say, "We have something you're looking for." The twosome, who have been trying to find out who the Power Rangers really are, believe that whoever sent the messages has information about the Rangers' identities.

Adam asks Aisha to spend the next afternoon with him and Sabrina, but Aisha is still reluctant to trust this newcomer. And her instincts prove her right when Goldar attacks with Putties and "Sabrina" turns out to be Goldar's partner and Rita's former Warrior, Scorpina. The twosome capture Adam and Aisha, binding them to a tree, and plan to use them as bait to trap the other Rangers.

After learning from Ms. Appleby that there was no new girl named Sabrina at school, the remaining Rangers head for the Command Center, where Zordon reveals that Adam and Aisha need their help, as Goldar and Scorpina have captured them in the park. They morph and teleport to rescue their friends, but are impeded when they have to deal with not just the evil Warrior duo, but also a contingent of Zedd's Putty Patrollers. While Tommy battles Goldar and Scorpina, Billy, Rocky, and Kimberly make quick work of the Putties, and then Billy frees Adam and Aisha from their bonds with his Power Lance. The two remaining Rangers morph and join their friends, just as Zedd hurls one of his silver bombs to Earth, making Goldar and Scorpina—who transforms into a giant scorpion monster—grow to an enormous size. Zordon informs the team that the Thunder Megazord and White Tigerzord may not be enough on their own, so Alpha 5 has boosted the power output of the Thunder Ultrazord, should the Rangers need it.

The Rangers summon the Thunder Megazord and White Tigerzord, who score the first hits against the evil twosome, but they strike back and score the same number of hits against the Zords. On this note, the Rangers summon Tor the Shuttlezord and combine all their Zords to form the Thunder Ultrazord, who fires its lasers and incapacitates Goldar and Scorpina, and they immediately retreat back to Lord Zedd's Moon Palace.

In the end, the Vice Versa Dance goes as planned, and Adam is finally asked to the dance by his latest crush, Sarah. And Bulk and Skull? Well, they didn't find the identities of the Power Rangers as they'd hoped, but a duo of girls who resembled them incredibly told them they had what the boys were looking for -— true love!

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Notes

  • This episode debuted the new Season 2 intro which would last until Season 3's Ninja Quest Part III. It featured a shot of Billy, Aisha and Adam pulling up to presumably the Youth Center in a red Suzuki Sidekick. This shot and the scene it relates to never actually appear in the franchise, instead being a deleted scene from the later Season 2 episode The Great Bookala Escape.
  • Scorpina was never seen or mentioned again after this episode. Originally, that was not going to be the case, as Scorpina was supposed to appear in at least another episode. However, the staff could not keep Sabrina Lu for more than just one episode, so she never appeared again. Despite this, Scorpina was mentioned in the closing credits in subsequent (and previous) episodes, with Wendee Lee playing her.
    • In the comic Soul of the Dragon, it was revealed that she was banished to Lokar's Talos Dimension after being caught trying to copy Rita's notes to become more powerful. As such, she was able to survive Zordon's Energy Wave where she remained for thirty years until being sent to Earth in 2026 to use crystals to summon Lokar into this dimension as his allies were either destroyed or no longer evil by this point. She failed and was sucked back into the Talos Dimension where she would presumably suffer for all eternity. The canonicity of the comic to the main continuity however is unclear.
  • Scorpina's alias while she masquerades as a human, Sabrina, is taken directly from her actor's given name, Sabrina Lu.
  • Romy J. Sharf no longer plays Alpha 5. Starting with this episode, Sandi Sellner replaces her as the suit actress up until his departure in the Power Rangers Turbo episode "Passing the Torch Part II.
  • This is the final episode in which the Thunder Ultrazord makes an appearance.
  • Billy and Kimberly get new morph shots in this episode in which they wear tank tops of their respective colors in order to match Tommy's as well as Rocky, Adam, and Aisha's new morph shots which debut in this episode.
    • However, their original morph shots (sans those as Jason, Zack and Trini) will still be shown in the opening until next season's Ninja Quest Part III where they were replaced by the Season 3 morph variants.
  • Aisha is the first of the new Rangers to give the morphing call, since she and Adam morph separately from the others.
  • This was the final episode where Goldar took part in a Zord fight.
    • Goldar was only enlarged once more in the franchise, in the Season 3 episode Alien Rangers of Aquitar Part I but the Power Rangers had been regressed into kids by that point (for the second time following a later Season 2 episode) and they were forced to withdraw by Master Vile shortly after that.
  • New credits debut in this episode (the third and final version this season), removing Austin St. John, Thuy Trang, and Walter Jones and replacing them with Steve Cardenas, Karan Ashley, and Johnny Yong Bosch, as well as action scenes of the new Rangers. Cardenas and Bosch are credited as "Steven Cardenas" and "John Bosch" respectively until The Wedding Part I.
  • Laura returns after her first appearance in Opposites Attract, making her the only one of Billy's love interests to appear in more than a single episode. However, this was her only other appearance.
  • This was the last episode where Kazutoshi Yokoyama portrays Goldar in the Zyuranger footage and his final appearance in Sentai footage at all.
    • Even then, all of the shots of Goldar and Scorpina battling the Zords was archive footage from the previous season from here on out, Goldar is played via exclusively US footage with Goldar being played by Danny Wayne Stallcup.
      • By extension, this is the last appearance of Goldar's original "rising snout" face based on Grifforzer's face since all future footage of Goldar would US-shot and, by extension, show Goldar with his newer stationery face
  • It appears that Aisha does not have a date to the Sadie Hawkins dance as she never mentions asking anyone and is not seen with a date at the actual dance.
  • When Scorpina and Goldar finish fighting the Power Rangers, Scorpina says, "he who fights and runs away", and Goldar adds, "lives to fight another day". This is a paraphrasing of Oliver Goldsmith's most famous quote: "For he who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day".
    • That line would also be used by Rito in Ninja Quest Part IV.

Errors

  • Sabrina wanting to take a hike alone with Adam without Aisha is presented as her being standoffish, snobby and abrasive but most girls do not want tag-alongs like Aisha when on dates.
  • Everyone becomes suspicious of Sabrina because of her not attending Angel Grove High when for all they should know she is just on holiday in Angel Grove and came to the Youth Center because she heard it was a popular hangout for teenagers.
  • Everyone takes Ms. Appleby's word that Sabrina is not attending Angel Grove High when in fact her position as an ordinary teacher and not a member of the school board would not enable her to know every single name attending the school.
  • Adam being absent is treated as suspicious when he could have opted out of his sparring match with Rocky and Tommy for his date with Sabrina and could not tell them due to not having a cellphone.
  • Zordon said that the combined strength of Goldar and Scorpina required the Thunder Ultrazord but, in Return of an Old Friend, the Dragonzord, alone, was able to battle Goldar and Scorpina without any trouble or any help from the other Dinozords, despite the Dinozords being even weaker than the Thunderzords. In Crystal of Nightmares, the original Megazord was also able to easily defeat both of them by itself.
  • Kimberly tells the time by looking at her communicator which has no display that would allow her to do so.
  • Goldar's wings disappear while he is giant.
  • The Thunderbolt sphere was missing from the Tigerzord cockpit before reappearing to be used.
  • Its very hard to notice, but if you watch carefully when Zedd orders the Putties to attack Adam, Ed Neil’s mouth can be seen moving underneath the mouth piece.

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