Gnarly Gnome uses his hypnotic accordion to kidnap a group of kids. The Rangers must mount a rescue without falling under his spell.
At the Angel Grove Youth Center, Kimberly teaches a dance class, and Billy does his best to keep up but trips and falls.
Gnarly Gnome and the Hypnotic Accordion
In the Moon Palace, Finster creates a new monster, Gnarly Gnome, that is teleported outside the Youth Center, where he uses a hypnotic accordion to put several girls into a trance and lead them to a cave.
One of Kimberly’s students, a deaf girl named Melissa, is immune to Gnarly Gnome’s accordion and leads Jason and the other Rangers to the cave. The Rangers fight Gnarly Gnome for a bit, then Rita throws her staff and makes him 50 (or whatever) feet tall.
Gnarly Gnome is destroyed by a single strike from the Megazord’s Power Sword; the Rangers rescue the girls from the cave, and they thank Melissa for saving them.
Well, that was pretty lame. The whole episode is built around Gnarly Gnome’s plan to use his accordion to hypnotize the Rangers, and when it finally comes…he just makes them briefly hallucinate, and a punch from the Megazord knocks the accordion away. That’s it.
On the plus side, the “lesson of the day” with Melissa, about being accepting of deaf people, wasn’t as heavy-handed as one would expect. It is a little contrived that she just happens to show up in an episode where she would be useful, though. After all, Zordon’s omniscient globe could have easily located the missing girls, but that’s exactly why Zordon wasn’t in this episode.
Kimberly is Horrible
One thing I learned from this episode is that Kimberly is a horrible friend. In the opening scene, Billy undergoes an intense experience on a runaway toilet cart, and all Kimberly can do is make fun of him. Billy is then left to crawl several feet on the floor, struggling, grunting – in pain until Trini helps him out.
I’ll certainly keep an eye on whether or not Kimberly and Billy’s friendship improves. Maybe after Billy’s dance demonstration at the end of this episode, it already has. I only hope Kimberly later apologized to Billy, off screen. Otherwise, she would be irredeemable.