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No Clowning Around is the eleventh episode of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Synopsis

The Rangers are enjoying a day at the fair with Trini's cousin Sylvia, not knowing that the fair itself is a trap set up by Rita Repulsa. She has her latest monster Pineoctopus disguised as the clown Pineapple to lure in the Rangers by turning Sylvia into a cardboard cut out, with plans to do the same to the Power Rangers.

Plot

The Rangers attend a fair at Angel Grove Park along with Trini's cousin Sylvia. What they don't know is that the fair is controlled by Rita and all the "clowns" are actually Putty Patrollers.

One particular clown, named Pineapple, lures Sylvia away from Trini when she isn't looking. Trini catches up with Sylvia only to witness Pineapple turn Sylvia into a cardboard cutout. Trini is horrified and angry. She informs the rest of the Rangers who have all the people evacuated before taking on the Putties. Trini takes Sylvia to Billy's lab to try and return her to normal.

After all the Putties are dealt with, the Rangers confront Pineapple who reveals himself as Pineoctopus. The Rangers morph and prepare to fight, but Goldar, Squatt, Baboo, and more Putties show up. Meanwhile, at Billy's lab, Trini and Alpha discover that the one thing Sylvia is missing is water. Alpha pours a bucket of water onto Sylvia who is restored to normal just a few seconds later.

Back at the park, Pineoctopus attempt to turn the Rangers into cardboard the same way he did Sylvia only to find that the Rangers' suits protect them from the gold dust so he swings his vines and shoots energy balls which knock the Rangers down. Rita then makes the monster grow with her wand.

Trini then arrives now that Sylvia is safe. The Rangers summon the Dinozords to fight Pineoctopus. Billy ties the monster up with the Triceratops' horns while Zack has the Mastodon Dinozord shoot its ice breath to freeze the monster. The Megazord then destroys Pineoctopus with its cranial laser. Back on the moon, Rita has yet another headache and has to come up with another plan.

Later, the fair reopens under human supervision. Trini apologizes to Sylvia about what happened. Sylvia admits that she should not have wandered off then tells Trini that she is a good babysitter.

Cast

VHS Releases

Notes

  • Zordon does not appear in this episode.
  • This is the first time Alpha leaves the Command Center.
  • This episode marks the first of a few times Zack uses the line "The hand is quicker than the eye."
  • The shot of Bulk and Skull making off with stolen cotton candy in this episode is used to depict them in the season 1 opening credits.
  • This is the first time Putties demonstrate the ability to disguise themselves as human beings.
  • This episode was deemed as the "Pink Ranger's" episode for the original VHS line even though the episode is centered on Trini and not Kimberly.
  • An uncredited child actress named Alissa played the role of Sylvia, Trini's (apparently traditional) cousin; Sylvia almost always refers to Trini as "Cousin Trini". Silvia would make her second and final appearance in "Doomsday, Part II" as Saban Entertainment was unable to keep Alissa employed at the time for the shooting of more episodes.
  • Sylvia reappears on "A Message From The Power Rangers" segment about television show production.
  • The carnival scene was used again in "Rangers in Reverse".
  • In the DVD extra "Morphin Time! - A look back at the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", this episode is mentioned as being the first episode completed though it's incorrectly referred to as episode 13.
  • A PSA was made from this episode showing how trick photography works in television show production.
  • This is the first time a monster disguises itself as a human.
  • Lord Zedd doesn't even appear 'til season 3.

Errors

  • When the Megazord Tank Mode blasts the Pineoctopus, Goldar and King Sphinx can briefly be seen in the middle of the explosion.
  • When the Megazord uses its Cranial Laser, the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord can be seen destroying it instead.
  • After Pineoctopus is destroyed, the Rangers return to the carnival now under normal human supervision, but this does not make sense considering the carnival was a trap of Rita's the entire time. If anything, the carnival should have vanished.
  • When Jason tells everyone to evacuate, some civilians start to run but then stop before starting to runaway.

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