Squatt sabotages Billy’s mind-reading invention, causing him to switch bodies with Kimberly. Goldar sends a super-powerful genie to fight the Rangers.
Squatt sneaks through Billy’s garage at night: “When Billy tests his new gizmo, his head will be scrambled like an omelette,” he says aloud for our benefit as he sabotages said gizmo. The plan is to have the Rangers so distracted by Billy’s dilemma, that Rita will have free reign to do whatever she wants. It’s not the best plan I’ve heard, but oh well.
The next morning, Billy introduces his sabotaged invention, a mindreading device, to Kimberly, who will help him test it (payback for her behavior in episode 5?). Billy throws down the switch of his device, it malfunctions, and he and Kimberly’s minds are swapped. “We’ve undergone spatial personality displacement,” says Billy. They both scream.
Later, Bulk and Skull sneak into Billy’s garage to mess with the machine and their minds are switched as well.
In Rita’s Moon Palace, Squatt rubs a magic lamp and an Anubis genie pops out. Goldar immediately gives the genie orders to go to Earth and attack the Power Rangers.
Billy/Kimberly and Kimberly/Billy
At Angel Grove High School, some girls make fun of Billy (pretending to be Kimberly) slathering make up all over his face. Why he needs his glasses while in Kimberly’s body is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, Kimberly tries to tutor a kid on a computer, but not knowing anything about technology, she ends up making it explode instead.
In Home Economics class, Billy gives a presentation on how to make cheese souffle, which also explodes. The entire class gets covered in goop, and the teacher’s feathered 80s hair is ruined.
Billy and Kimberly argue with each other in the hallway on how they’re handling each other’s lives. They fill Jason, Zach, and Trini on what’s going on, but it seems to take them a very long time to comprehend what’s happened.
Fights All Over the Place
Squatt and Baboo take the genie’s lamp to Earth but they drop it. Zordon orders the Rangers to get the lamp then warns them about the genie and how powerful he is. The Command Center alarm sounds – the Putty Patrol are on the move. The Rangers morph and head over to fight them.
The fight barely gets a chance to start before Zordon figures out that the Putties are a distraction. The Rangers leave the Putties and head for the genie, but as soon as they arrive, they get trapped in a web-like net. Zordon then has the Rangers teleported back to the Command Center to regroup. These last couple minutes had so much teleporting and quick cuts to and away from fighting that I got motion sickness.
Fighting Genies 101
Zordon briefs the Rangers on how to defeat the genie. Couldn’t he have told them this before? “The power to defeat him,” Zordon says, “resides in each of you.” Great, is he going to introduce another “Power” item? No, the Rangers simply have to believe in themselves: “Combine your powers, and the genie cannot defeat you.” Okay.
The Rangers are sent back to the battlefield, but then Rita appears as well – “In your face, Power Rangers!” she says. The genie is now a giant.
Jason summons the zords and they combine to form the MegaZord. However, we only see the genie charge at the MegaZord before we cut back to the Command Center, where Alpha goes on about how the Power Rangers are in danger.
It’s almost as if Alpha and Zordon have zero faith in their team. Zordon tells Alpha to calm down and trace the source of the genie’s power. Obviously it’s the lamp. Alpha destroys it, the genie disappears, and the Power Rangers have another victory.
In Billy’s garage, the invention gets repaired, and Billy and Kimberly’s minds (then Bulk and Skull’s) are returned to their bodies.
The mind switch part wasn’t that bad. All four of the actors involved did a decent job imitating each other, and some of the antics that ensued were mildly amusing. However, it was totally filler and had very little to do with the episode. At the very least you’d expect Kimberly and Billy to have difficulty fighting while in a different body, but nothing is ever mentioned. The mind switch has zero impact on the battle and it’s business as usual.
Bulk and Skull’s B-plot, with their body-switched gags, also served no purpose and was even more inconsequential than Kim and Billy’s switch.
The rest of the episode was very muddled and frustrating to watch. A mish-mash of footage with quick cuts happening in such rapid succession, that by the time something starts to happen, it’s already over.
The only good thing this episode did was having Rita leave the Moon Palace again and actively participate in the battle (if only for a moment). Having the big bad face the Rangers is such a rare feat, and adds a greater sense of urgency than usual. In fact, I calculated that this episode is 2% more tense than most episodes simply because of Rita’s appearance.