|This article is about a/an episode in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.|
The Rangers lead a drive to clean up Angel Grove. But, Lord Zedd has plans of his own and decides to create the Octophantom to capture the Rangers in a magic jar and drain them of their powers. Now, the Rangers face a battle to keep their powers and save Tommy.
Several teens are in the Youth Center, getting ready for the cleanup drive in Angel Grove community and Trini, Zack, and Billy are among them. A television reporter is there as well and she, and her camera man Diggy, film the teens and talks to Zack about the cleanup drive. The television reporter tells the group that a rumor is going around that the Power Rangers will be there. Billy doesn't know what to say, Zack says they never met them, and Trini covers for them by telling the reporter they wouldn’t know since they don't know the Power Rangers. The interview ends and the reporter thanks everyone. As everyone leaves for the cleanup drive, Bulk and Skull stay behind and check out the television reporter's equipment. The reporter comes up to them and asks what they are doing. Bulk & Skull claim they want to help carry the equipment to the park for her. She tells them that only the camera can go and Ernie's going to watch over the equipment. She then thanks them for offering their help and leaves. Bulk comes up with an idea - to film the Power Rangers at the park and then remove their helmets thus revealing their identities.
Lord Zedd decides to take advantage of the Rangers' need to keep things clean, so he decides to create the most hideous monster he can think of, the Octophantom, which is the cross between an octopus and an elephant. He plans to have the monster lure each of them away, trap them in a jar, and then drain them of their powers. At Angel Grove Park, Tommy, Kimberly, and Jason are cleaning up with several other teens. The camera man has arrived, and starts interviewing Tommy. Putties and Octophantom arrive and everyone starts running. The three rangers begin to fight the putties unaware that the camera, left behind, is recording them. Tommy is the first to realize it's a trap. Kimberly finds Tommy is in trouble and warns Jason. They all morph to fight the putties and the monster, not realizing they have been recorded by the camera doing so. Several putties grab a hold of Tommy, and the monster opens his jar, and pulls him into it. Jason and Kimberly try to help, but are too late as the monster escapes with the trapped Green Ranger. Jason then contacts Zordon to inform him what happened and asks him to contact the others, and have them meet in the command center. After everyone has left the park, Bulk & Skull approach the camera. They realized the camera has been recording the Rangers in action so they take the tape. At the command center, the remaining Rangers are filled in. Billy tries to search for Tommy, using the data, but he is unable to locate him. Meanwhile, Tommy is being held captive in one of Lord Zedd's dimensions.
Back at the Command Center, the alarm goes off. The Octophantom is back and defacing park property in order to lure the Rangers out. The Rangers suit up and head off to battle the monster. As the Rangers battle the monster, Billy realizes it's a trap and tries to warn the others, but they are too set on saving Tommy. From the sidelines, Billy watches the fight, trying to figure out the monster's weakness. When he sees the monster complimenting himself on his looks while seeing his reflection, he realizes that the monster is very vain. The monster attempts to trap the other four rangers, but Jason manages to roll out of the way, as the monster traps Zack and the girls in his jar. Billy and Jason return to the Command Center after the monster leaves. Billy begins working on a device to distract the monster, while Jason goes back into action. Jason soon finds the monster and they battle, while the other four rangers are held captive above the fight, guarded by putties. Jason fights the Octophantom with all his might but is slowly loosing the battle. Just when Jason is about to be sucked into the jar, the Power Lance appears out of nowhere and hits the monster in his trunk, making the him lose his jar. Billy is back with the device, which is a shield with a mirror in it to distract the monster. Jason uses the shield to catch the monster off guard while Billy fights the putties and releases the other Rangers. Zack and the girls are fine, but Tommy is very weak, to the point were his suit darkens and nearly turns gray. Despite his protesting, Tommy is sent back to the Command Center by Billy. The Octophantom grows, and the Rangers call for their zords to form the Thunder Megazord, which they use to destroy the Octophantom.
At the Youth Center, everyone is enjoying the buffet set up for the success of the clean-up drive. Jason thanks Billy for his help and Billy returns it with a complement. Kimberly fills in the others on Tommy's condition, that his powers are still weak, but he will be okay. Bulk & Skull walk in triumphantly and announce they have a tape of the Power Rangers' identities from the park. The Rangers realize in time that the tape does indeed contain footage that would expose them. Bulk tries to put the tape in, but Jason blocks the VCR with his hand. Zack quickly takes the tape and the Rangers tell Bulk & Skull that they need a label for such an important tape. Zack gives the tape to Billy, who hands him a different one with a label that he gives to Bulk & Skull. Bulk places the tape in the VCR and it shows cartoons. Bulk is upset, but Skull silences him to watch the show. Billy tells his teammates that he will take the real tape home and run it through his tape eraser and the Rangers share a laugh of relief knowing that their identities are safe once more.
- Austin St. John as Jason Lee Scott (Mighty Morphin Red Ranger)
- Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver (Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)
- Thuy Trang as Trini Kwan (Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger)
- Walter Jones as Zack Taylor (Mighty Morphin Black Ranger)
- David Yost as Billy Cranston (Mighty Morphin Blue Ranger)
- Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Ann Hart (Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger)
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- David Fielding as Zordon (face)
- Robert L. Manahan as Zordon (voice)
- Romy J. Sharf as Alpha 5
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Alpha 5 (voice) (as Richard Wood)
- Ed Neil as Lord Zedd
- Robert Axelrod as Lord Zedd (voice)
- Danny Wayne Stallcup as Goldar
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar (voice) (as Ryan O'Flannigan)
- Eddie Frierson as Octophantom (voice)
- Elisabeth Fies as Octophantom (US stunts)
- There is a brief shot of Zedd's growth bomb exploding indicating that the Octophantom was struck by a Power Blaster attack prior to Zedd enlarging him.
- Zack's hair is now in short braids and would stay that way until the episode Opposites Attract, not counting recycled/deleted footage from previous episodes.
- This is also the only time we see Tommy's long hair in an untied fashion while he is still the Green Ranger. He would not have his hair in this style again until after he becomes the White Ranger.
- This episode's Zyu2 Zord Battle had Two US footage shots of the Thunder Megazord and monster punching each other and appearing in the same frame. The first was the Megazord punching the monster while the second had them swapped.
- The zord fight between the Thunder Megazord and Octophantom marked the first ever instance of a Megazord in American footage on Power Rangers.
- When the Red and Black Rangers are knocked to the ground in the battle with the Octophantom, the Black Ranger's costume appears to have small rips and a damaged seam in the rear end.
- In this episode, Tommy becomes the first person in the series, outside the forces of evil, to speak directly to Lord Zedd.
- The Pacific Heritage Monuments contain Moai statues patterned after those on Easter Island.
- Unused Zyu2 footage for this episode originally shows the Black, Pink and Yellow Rangers tied to crosses instead of posts (which may have been changed due to the religious imagery) and with Rita's putties. The footage also reveals that Green Ranger was absent from this battle.
- This is another episode in which Zack uses the quote "The hand is quicker than the eye".
- When Billy says "He's gotta have a weak spot" while watching Jason, Zack & the girls fight the monster, he's behind a bent-shaped tree branch. However, the next shot shows him going from a straightened tree to the bent one. This is likely a goof in editing, but it's now shown properly in the released footage.
- Despite his friends being in immediate danger, Billy takes the time to paint the shield with his Ranger design & logo. This error is somewhat ironic since the shield's purpose is to exploit vanity, which it seems Billy has as well.
- In all shots of the quarry during the battle, it is sunny, but in shots of the rangers being tied up to the poles, it's a light blue sky.
- In the Zyu2 footage, just as the camera goes off of Billy and onto Jason and the monster, two crew trucks can be seen.
- The Rangers refer to the Thunder Megazord as “Mega Thunderzord”.