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Trick or Treat is the fifty-fourth episode of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Synopsis

Kimberly and Skull compete on a game show in hopes of winning a new car, but there's more tricks to worry about than just the questions when Rita's Pumpkin Rapper puts the Power Rangers on the ropes.

Plot

Kimberly boasts to Trini and Tommy that she is going to be competing on Trick or Treat, the most popular game show in the country, and possibly win a new car. Unfortunately, her opponent just happens to be Skull, whom Bulk claims is going to be unbeatable. Up in the Moon Palace, Rita Repulsa has received word that her new Pumpkin Rapper monster has been planted and is ready to grow.

As Trick or Treating begins, the host explains the rules. Each contestant asks him a trick question, and stumping him earns a Pumpkin Point. The one with the most points at the end wins. While the other Rangers are cheering for Kimberly, Tommy (who couldn't go to the show due to having previously signed up for a karate tournament) stumbles onto a pumpkin patch full of rotten pumpkins in the park. Rita panics and has Putties sent down to deter Tommy from finding her monster, but he fights them off and informs Zordon of the attack before heading for the tournament.

Kimberly quickly takes an impressive lead on Pumpkin Points, while Bulk helps Skull cheat by giving him hints from the audience. Just when she is one point away from winning, however, the other Rangers gesture to Kimberly that Zordon is calling and she is forced to fake a fainting spell in order to be taken off the set, making Skull the winner by default. Once they arrive at the Command Center, Zordon fills them in on the situation.

After morphing, the Rangers arrive in the park and investigate the pumpkins. They suddenly latch onto their heads in an attempt to suffocate the Rangers, but Kimberly avoids getting caught and uses her Blade Blaster to free them. The pumpkins suddenly rise up and turn into pumpkin-headed Putties, and Pumpkin Rapper awakens to challenge the Rangers with both his electrified vines and his horrible rap-lyrics. Zordon is forced to summon Tommy into battle, costing him his spot in the tournament but saving the Rangers in time. With Tommy holding him down, the Rangers squash Pumpkin Rapper with the Power Blaster.

Kimberly and Tommy shrug over being forced to lose their respective contests, but console themselves in knowing that they're both winners. Bulk and Skull soon arrive to show off their new car, but their ride comes to an end when a representative of Network Standards and Practices declares Skull's win as forfeit due to his and Bulk's cheating and takes back the car.

Cast

Songs

Notes

  • This episode was intended to have a Zord fight but it was omitted for time. It was later used (albeit with all shots of the Dinozords cut out) in the Season 2 episode "Zedd's Monster Mash".
    • The omittion is especially strange since most of the episode is dedicated to the game show and not combat. The probable reason for this was to make the episode more Halloweeny.
  • Tommy appears from this episode up until "Missing Green", in which he is absent for two episodes until "White Light, Part 1".
  • This is the first episode to reveal Kimberly's surname (Hart) which is addressed when the host calls her out.
  • The first time two different Rangers were pulled away from something important to them in the same episode (Kimberly from Trick or Treat, Tommy from his karate match).
  • The footage of the martial artist at the competition is repeated from the Martial Arts Expo scene from "Green With Evil: Part One", but is played in its entirety as opposed to being cut off in its original airing.
  • Scorpina briefly appears, but has no dialogue.
  • Kimberly and Skull coming onto the Trick or Treat set from the audience is reminiscent of how contestants do so on The Price Is Right.
    • Also, Vanna Elvira is a spoof of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark who was a popular horror host who had her own show (Elvira's Movie Macabe) at the time.
      • It is probably not a coincidence that Elvira's show airs at Halloween.
  • Though not identified as such by name, likely due to different copyrights, Skull's "prisoner" costume is Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. He even has Valjean's prison number, 24601, written in marker on his chest.

Errors

Mirror Flipped Goldar

  • This is a Halloween episode that aired in May. It couldn't have even been an airing error considering the fact that the six month gap between episodes caused by the Zyu2 creation.
    • It is entirely possible however that this episode was supposed to air in Season 2 but Fox Kids didn't care about the numbering.
  • Every shot of Goldar in this episode is mirror flipped and he looks just...wrong.
  • When Bulk and Skull enter the Trick or Treat audience, they are dubbed so the audio sounds completely inconsistent.
    • Also, their mouths are very visible and the words don't sync up at all.
      • Even Monty Conte is dubbed when he opens the show.
  • The most popular game show in America both only airs in October (as evidenced by its name) and appears to have an audience of about twenty people.
  • Tommy decides to tell Kimberly that Trick or Treat is the most popular gameshow in America which she would already know.
  • Due to Kimberly's exact choice of words while playing Trick or Treat ("Can you tell me the identities of the Power Rangers?"), the host should have been able to prevent her from getting a point—the answer would simply have been "No" and she would have gotten buzzed out.
  • Billy tells the Trick or Treat host that Kimberly experienced a "slight cardiac infarction", which Trini translates as "she fainted". A cardiac infarction (more properly known as a myocardial infarction) is actually a heart attack.
  • Bulk and Skull willingly gave up the car to the network representative, despite having seen no proof of her identity.
  • Jason said the other pumpkins came off when Kimberly cut his off but she just cut them off with her sidearm.
    • Also, his pumpkin was cut off before the others so this line makes even less sense.
  • When he enters the pumpkin patch before Putties attack him, Tommy reacts to the pumpkins like they were rotting when they look normal.
    • Also, he questions where they came from when things naturally decay if left long enough.
      • Additionally, smoke was rising from the area which is supposed to be from the rotting pumpkins but pumpkins don't produce smoke. Although rotting vegetables produce Ethylene gas, said gas is in fact completely transparent.

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