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Wheel of Misfortune is the twenty-seventh episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Season 1.

Synopsis

The Rangers are playing a part in the school play bit Rita turns Kimberly's grandmother's spinning wheel into her dangerous new monster, the Wheel of Misfortune!

Plot

The six teens along with Bulk and Skull are rehearsing for the school play, Rumpelstiltskin. Principal Caplan is supervising. Bulk goofs around and damages Kimberly's grandmother's spinning wheel. From the moon, Rita Repulsa devises a plan involving Kimberly's wheel.

At the Youth Center, Kim explains to Ernie what happened to the spinning wheel. Tommy shows up and says he might be able to fix it. The two go to look at it back at school, but Goldar has already taken it. Kim and Tommy ask around to see if anyone's seen the missing wheel.

At Rita's palace, the wheel is turning into the Wheel of Misfortune so Goldar sends some Putties to attack Tommy in the park, and eventually tie him up so he can't help his friends.

Zordon alerts the Rangers and tells them about Rita's plan and Tommy's ordeal. The main five morph to go face Goldar and Scorpina at the quarry. Rita is also in attendance. The Dinozords are called upon to handle giant Goldar and Scorpina, but the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord is wrapped in a net.

Tommy, tied to a tree, has slowly been weakening the rope around his hands against the bark. He pretends to be sick to draw the attention of the Putties guarding him. He breaks free and joins the other Rangers. Dragonzord and Megazord combine with Titanus to form the Ultrazord for the first time, and they destroy the Wheel of Misfortune.

Back at school, the team finds the spinning wheel back in the classroom, back to normal and in working condition.

On the day of the Rumpelstiltskin play, costumed Bulk and Skull are watching their show in the supply closet. Their program is interrupted by a news bulletin about the Power Rangers' recent win. Caplan comes in to tell them that Bulk and Skull are late for the performance. On stage, Kimberly awaits Bulk to come in on his cue. He's late and Kimberly snaps in annoyance. Bulk finally joins her, but he splits his pants in the back and runs off stage with Skull as a shield. The audience laughs and Kimberly bows.

Cast

Notes

  • The episode's title is a play on the game show Wheel of Fortune.
    • Another reference to Wheel is made in the episode Trick or Treat, with the character Vanna Elvira and the gameshow that the episode is named after.
  • During the part where Bulk and Skull watch TV near the end, a reporter can be heard saying “Reporting live from Angel Grove Park where the Power Rangers have just saved the day. Witness, Paul Rosenthal was a recurring actor in the series, going on to voice Jason during the Power Transfer fiasco. saw it all."
    • It is unclear whether this was an Easter Egg or a coincidence. 
  • ”First appearance of Mr Caplan since "Food Fight" 21 episodes earlier. Although Angel Grove High has appeared since, he has not.
  • This is the first time, so far in the series, that the Power Rangers fight an enemy that doesn't have a humanoid form.
    • It is also the only occasion in the entirety of Season 1 (not counting Cardiotron as that was not a monster, it was a heart), Season 2, and Season 3.
  • First appearance of the Ultrazord combo and the Mega Dragonzord by extension(despite the fact that the Mega Dragonzord, one of the components of the Ultrazord, has yet to be officially introduced).
  • When the Rangers are called by Zordon to teleport to the Command Center, they teleport backwards by their last name.

Errors

  • .Despite putting so much effort into creating the Wheel of Misfortune, Rita doesn't use it very much in the actual fight with the Rangers.
    • The reason for this is because, in Zyuranger, Bandora only summoned it so that she could knock out a girl and kidnap the baby. The only reason that it was summoned for the battle adapted here was because Lamy/Scorpina and Grifforzer/Goldar were getting pounded and this was thier back-up.
  • Jason's first lines at the beginning of the episode mean that the writers decided to ignore the opening narration and the miller telling the king about his dare.
    • Even if the narration was ignored because somoeone (presumably Mr Caplan) would narrate it in the actual performance, why didn't they include the four previous lines about the seemingly impossible dare.
      • The dialogue is not even refferncing death or something so it's not like it had to be removed due to censorship.
  • The shot of Scorpina charging after Goldar says is wrong since the shadows on her are extremely harsh in spite of it being broard daylight.
    • This is because it is a shot from “Eclipsing Megazord” but the ISA has been raised to make it brighter although they didn’t bother with color correction.
  • Tommy was restraining his own arms, just before being tied up on the bridge, during the Putty ambush scene. He had plenty of time to grab his bag and communicator.
  • Zordon's voice sounds differently when he contacts Tommy in the park.
  • After Goldar and Scorpina retreat, we get a shot of the Dino Megazord and it's Power Sword despite the Rangers just having used the Ultrazord.
    • In Zyuranger, there exists no real establishing shot of the Ultrazord which is why this is here but why not cut into the Megazord cockpit and show them celebrating instead?
  • The Pterodactyl Dinozord was summoned by the Pink Ranger, however it doesn't appear again until the Megazord is formed some 3 minutes later.
  • After the Wheel of Destruction is destroyed, a Baby Carriage is briefly seen falling from the sky (This is due to the footage being from Zyuranger where a baby was kidnapped and being held hostage).
  • The play seemingly lasted less than two minutes due to Bulk having his pants ripped.
  • The news report that details the Rangers saving the day, the reporter again mentions Rita, despite the fact that she never made herself known to the media nor have the rangers ever spoken to the media on the matter. The first time this occured was in "Big Sisters".
  • In the last scene, Kimberly asks "Oh, where is Rumplestiltskin?", however the whole point of the play is that the maiden does not know the title character's name until the very end. Also in the first scene during rehearsal, her line instead was Oh, whatever will I do?.

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