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Icon-zeo.pngThis article is about a/an episode in Power Rangers Zeo, the second season in the Zordon Era.

Good as Gold is the fiftieth and final episode of Power Rangers Zeo.

Synopsis

Whilst the Evil Space Aliens and Machine Empire start an all-out war with each other, Jason is dying due to the alien effects of the Gold Zeo Ranger powers. Now, the Zeo Rangers and Trey of Triforia must brave their way to the desert whilst contending with King Mondo and his forces.

Plot

Adam and Tommy are sparring at the Youth Center and start to grow concerned when Jason appears to be running late for his karate class. They turn to Emily in hopes of getting some answers as to where he might be, but she too has not seen him either and is also expecting him to arrive. The two's concern grows, and unbeknownst to them, at least for now, their suspicions and worries are correct.

Jason, morphed but weakening because of the Gold Ranger powers' recent effect on him being more serious than previously thought, is on the run from Cogs in the woods. It appears that the power struggle has affected his communicator as well as he is unable to contact Zordon and Alpha or the Rangers, and as he runs, he continues to morph and de-morph and is too weak for the moment to fight back.

King Mondo and the Royal House of Gadgetry watch from the moon as Jason continues to stumble and run from the Cogs sent after him. It appears that Jason is indeed losing his powers, and Mondo wants to use this opportunity to try and seize them for the Machine Empire's own personal use. And they're not the only ones.

As he continues to evade the Cogs, Jason winds up running into both Rita and Lord Zedd, who are also aware of his predicament and want the Gold Ranger powers for themselves. They summon their Tengas to assist them in their mission to seize the powers, just as the Cogs catch up and surround Jason as well. Weak but refusing to give in to either party, Jason braces himself for battle. Rita mentions that Red is more of Jason's color than Gold.

At the Youth Center, Kat and Tanya show up and are alarmed to hear from Adam and Tommy that Jason still hasn't shown up, and all four of them begin to suspect that it may have something to do with the Gold Ranger powers. Tommy hopes this is not the case, but again, their suspicions are, unfortunately, correct.

Back in the woods, Jason continues to stand his ground and brace himself for battle, but he catches a break when Mondo and the House of Gadgetry show up at the scene, and since the two parties are more at odds with each other than they are with the Gold Ranger himself, they wind up taunting each other and become so distracted with each other that each side sets their respective foot soldiers on each other: Tengas vs Cogs. Jason uses this opportunity to escape to a safe haven as both the Cogs and Tengas brutally beat each other to a pulp.

Meanwhile, at the Detective Agency, Bulk and Skull are alone once again furnishing up the office and complaining that Det. Stone doesn't trust them enough to let them handle a real case, when all of a sudden they receive a note from a mysterious person by the alias of 'I.K.' who wants them to meet in Angel Grove Park and not be late. The two of them are left wondering whether or not they ought to go.

At the Youth Center, the Rangers' suspicions are finally confirmed when Jason rushes into the building, so weak from his predicament that he collapses to the floor. His friends, Ernie and customers all rush over to attend to him and Ernie almost calls an ambulance for help before Tommy assures him that Jason will be fine in the hands of his friends.

The battle between the Cogs and Tengas finally ceases and Zedd cunningly and deceptively tells Mondo that perhaps he's the better potential conqueror of the planet after all. He reveals his true motives once he, Rita, Goldar and Rito are out of reach of the House of Gadgetry. He has a plan that should take down the heads of the Machine Empire once and for all.

The other Rangers take Jason to the Power Chamber and a scan is run on him, and everyone is forced to face the ugly truth. The Gold Ranger powers, which were never created for a human host on Earth, are indeed fading from Jason and are taking his life energy with them. Tommy has Zordon contact The Treys on Triforia and the three beings of him teleport down to Earth as soon as they get the message. The Treys, still having had no success in reuniting as one being, must find a way to regain the powers before they are lost, along with Jason's life. Zordon tells them that the only known solution to the problem involves a unification beam that must go between Aquitar, Triforia and Earth before striking the Golden Power Staff, and as much of a risk as it is, they have no choice, for Jason's life depends on it.

Bulk and Skull decide to go to the park disguised as women and the mysterious person who contacted them discovers them almost immediately. He identifies himself to them as Inspector Kousteau, a government agent from France recruiting detectives for his latest assignment. Bulk and Skull, wanting to prove themselves to Det. Stone as great detectives, almost immediately accept the offer.

The four Zeo Rangers teleport with both Jason and the Treys to the desert, where with a map they must find the triangle marker where the process involving the beam must take place. Unfortunately for them, the Machine Empire had intercepted the emergency contact to the Treys before they arrived on Earth, and Mondo sends the Cogs and Quadrafighters down to sabotage the mission and steal Jason's powers. Jason, with what energy he has left, is able to summon the Golden Power Staff for the beam process. Kat, Adam, Tommy and Tanya morph and spring into action against the Cogs, taking them down one by one and protecting Jason and the Treys at all costs. However, they run into trouble on their way to the marker and Jason is barely able to protect himself or the Treys, having enough energy to barely swing the Golden Power Staff. But thankfully, Zordon has contacted Rocky at martial arts camp, who teleports down (already morphed) to the desert just in time to stop the Cogs from interfering any further.

Zordon finally has a reluctant Alpha 5 fire the unification beam and the process begins. Jason and the Treys are successfully able to take their positions in the triangle marker, and to the Rangers' and Jason's delight, the unification process turns out to be a success, as Trey has transformed into a single being again and appears morphed with his powers fully restored, while Jason's health is restored to normal. He hands Trey the Golden Power Staff and the Gold Ranger rushes in to help the other Rangers against the army of Cogs.

Soon, a giant King Mondo and giant-sized Cogs arrive at the scene(presumably having been grown to giant size by Klank and Orbus). Mondo threatens to end the Power Rangers once and for all, telling them they will regret the day that they'd crossed his path. Trey tells the Rangers that there's no time to call their Zords. He suggests that it is best to fight fire with fire, and with his Triforian powers, he is able to make himself and the other Zeo Rangers grow to Megazord size and both sides prepare to face of in one last battle.

The Evil Space Aliens are seen watching the battle on the cliff-side. Jason watches from the desert ground behind a canyon and is cheering on his Ranger teammates. The Evil Space Aliens are having a good time watching this and having tropical drinks. Rita asks Zedd when his plans are coming to fruition. He mentions that at this rate, both the Rangers and Mondo just might destroy each other. If this happens, Zedd's plan will not even be needed. Tommy initially struggles against King Mondo while the other Rangers take down the remaining Cogs. Tommy is knocked off his feet, but before Mondo can claim victory, Tommy rises again and he and Trey hit Mondo with three blows that knock him down to size (as well as knock off his crown, at least for the moment, as it rolls off his head after he falls down). Both Rita and Zedd laugh as Mondo is taken down by the Rangers. Jason also cheers from the ground and Tommy gives him a thumbs up, saying that they won together.

Later on, at the Detective Agency, Bulk and Skull have told Det. Stone of their resignation and that they had accept Kousteau's offer for the mission in France. They thank Stone for the pleasure of working with him, and leave with little to no hesitation. Although he had told the duo to not bother coming back if they left, he comments to himself that "they'll be back" once they have left the room and are out of earshot. Whether the agency folds or stays open is unknown.

Meanwhile, up on the moon, Zedd's plan comes to fruition as both the sides of Rita and Zedd and the Machine Empire supposedly call a truce. At first, they refuse the truce from the Evil Space Aliens. Mondo confronts Rita and Zedd for having not assisted him against the giant-sized Rangers. Zedd, secretly in a form of mockery, says that he and his party are just not in the Machine Empire's league and gives a farewell present to Prince Sprocket. But just seconds after, with fast 'farewells,' they rush into their RV and storm off. And the reason for their rush is revealed when Sprocket opens the 'present' from Zedd and Rita and it turns out to be a bomb that blows all of the Royal House of Gadgetry to pieces and leaves them scattered all over the moon grounds. As Zedd then declares that "We're back," Mondo's decapitated head swears revenge on the lot of them, saying that they haven't heard the last of him and the Machine Empire.

Later that day by the shores, Jason sits alone, depressed about no longer being a Ranger and stepping down once again, before Tommy shows up and comforts him. He says that he knows how Jason feels, remembering how he felt when he lost his powers. After a heart-to-heart conversation between the two, Jason spots Emily walking along the shore and the two end up walking off together. Kat shows up, asking if Jason is okay and Tommy assures her that he'll be fine, and that there is more to life than saving the world before the two walk off together hand in hand.

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Notes

  • This was the intended season finale but, in both air-date and chronologically, the season finale was the Christmas special "A Season to Remember" which took place in the future and reflects on an incident set earlier in the season.
    • However, due to contradictions within that episode's epilogue that contradict the ending of Turbo, that episode's canonicity is debatable.
  • This episode resolves most of the sub-plots begun in "A Zeo Beginning" and "Revelations of Gold", while also opening up new plot-lines that went unexplored, leading to a rather infamous sequence of plot holes.
  • This episode marked Jason's final appearance as the Gold Zeo Ranger.
  • Final appearance of the original Power Chamber. In Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, it got a complete redesign which carries into the subsequent series.
  • This episode marks the only time in the series where the entire Ranger team grows giant to fight the main villain.
  • First instance of giant foot soldiers, a concept that wouldn't be revisited until Power Rangers Samurai with the Moogers.
  • Final appearance of Det. Stone's "The Private Eyes Have It" detective agency. What happens to the agency and Bulk and Skull's job in Paris is never explained as these plot points were dropped after this episode. However, they went back to the agency (without Stone) in several episodes of Turbo due to the set for the location being re-used. The in-story explanation is that Stone arranged for them to get their old detective jobs back, this time without him due to getting a job at the Youth Center and the agency was closed down.
  • The detective that contacts Bulk and Skull bears similarity to Inspector Clouseau, the bumbling detective from The Pink Panther.
  • The reason for Bulk and Skull's way of exiting the season is because originally, Power Rangers Zeo was supposed to be the last in the franchise in which they appeared due to their actors preparing for their spin-off show. Their whole secret mission in France plot got dropped entirely when their spin-off show was rejetcted and they returned for the following two seasons.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Rito Revolto. His costume fell apart soon after filming and as a result, the character was dropped. It remains unknown to date why a brand new costume wasn't made.
  • Final appearance of Ernie as his departure in Turbo's "Shadow Rangers" is offscreen. He left the show due to Richard Genelle's poor health with the in-universe explanation
  • Although Emily would be absent after this episode, she would make her final appearance in Turbo's "Glyph Hanger."
  • Final appearance of Jason as a series regular and the Gold Zeo Ranger although he sticks around long enough to participate in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, he isn't seen again after that until Power Rangers Wild Force's "Forever Red" & Power Rangers Beast Morphers' "Grid Connection" as the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger once more.
  • Final appearance of Zeo Rangers II, III, and IV (excluding the cameo in "Legendary Battle"). Kat morphs into Zeo Ranger I briefly for one last time in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, and Zeo Ranger V would appear in Wild Force's "Forever Red" and Ninja Steel's Dimensions in Danger.
  • This episode marks the first and only time Jason has an encounter with Rita and Zedd's Tengas though, due to his weakened state, he was unable to fight them.
    • It would also be Jason's first face-to-face matchup with Rita since Mighty Morpher Season 1, as when Rita Repulsa returned and married Zedd to regain control, Jason was no longer a Ranger and they hadn't met directly until this episode, though Jason doesn't seem fazed that Rita looks younger.
  • Despite retaking the Moon at the conclusion of the episode, Lord Zedd, Rita, Goldar, Finster, and Rito do not make any appearances at all in the following season and are reduced to small guest roles in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and episodes of Power Rangers in Space. They either decided to retire or were asked to stand down by the United Alliance of Evil.
  • Rocky does not appear unmorphed in this episode (he's said to be at martial arts camp for most of the episode).
  • This is the final time Rocky fights morphed until Super Megaforce's "Legendary Battle" and Super Ninja Steel's "Dimensions in Danger."
  • This is the final unmorphed appearance of Trey of Triforia. He appears morphed in "Countdown to Destruction" and the "Legendary Battle".
  • This is the last time Billy is mentioned until Dino Thunder's "Legacy of Power."
  • This is the final time Rocky appears as a series regular as he departed the team due to his injuries and is replaced by Justin Stewart.
  • After the bomb explosion, Sprocket and Mondo loses their heads just like their Sentai counterparts, in Sprocket's case the way his head is dismantled is identical as his counterpart Buldont, only changing the situation of how he loses it.
    • On the other hand, the way in which Mondo is dismantled is different from his counterpart since he survived more parts from the back to the head compared to his counterpart.
    • Curiously, in both cases, unlike their counterparts, they continue being alive instead of dying or being dead as it happened with their counterparts Buldont and Bacchus Wrath.
  • The final scene shows that Tommy and Kat are still a couple as they are shown holding hands.
  • Rita said she'd always thought Jason looked better in red, referencing his time as the Red Mighty Morphin Ranger.
  • This is the last episode to not have a cold open until "Lionheart" of Power Rangers Wild Force.

References

Power nav icon.png List of Power Rangers Zeo episodes Icon-zeo.png

1 & 2: A Zeo Beginning • 3: The Shooting Star • 4: Target Rangers • 5: For Cryin' Out Loud • 6: Rangers in the Outfield • 7: Every Dog Has His Day • 8: The Puppet Blaster • 9: Invasion of the Ranger Snatchers • 10: Graduation Blues • 11: A Few Bad Seeds • 12: Instrument of Destruction • 13: Mean Screen • 14: Mr. Billy's Wild Ride • 15-17: There's No Business Like Snow Business • 18: Inner Spirit • 19: Challenges • 20: Found and Lost • 21: Brother, Can You Spare an Arrowhead? • 22: Trust in Me • 23: It Came From Angel Grove • 24: Bulk Fiction • 25: Song Sung Yellow • 26: Game of Honor • 27: The Power of Gold • 28: A Small Problem • 29: A Season to Remember • 30: Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise • 31: Rock-A-Bye Power Rangers • 32: Do I Know You? • 33: Revelations of Gold • 34: A Golden Homecoming • 35: Mondo's Last Stand • 36: Bomber in the Summer • 37: Scent of a Weasel • 38: The Lore of Auric • 39: The Ranger Who Came in from the Gold • 40: The Joke's on Blue • 41: Where in the World is Zeo Ranger 5? • 42 & 43: King for a Day • 44: A Brief Mystery of Time • 45: A Mystery to Me • 46: Another Song and Dance • 47 & 48: Rangers of Two Worlds • 49: Hawaii Zeo • 50: Good as Gold

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