A cultural food festival at the Youth Center goes awry when Rita sends down a pig monster to eat the world’s food supply.
There’s a cultural food festival at the Youth Center to raise money for a pre-school and daycare center. Tables have been set up around the gym with foods from all over the world.
Principal Caplan goes over to Kimberly and Trini. “Looks like the cultural food festival is going to be a great success,” he says, eying Kimberly’s cake. Jason wags his finger, disapprovingly, and Kimberly reminds Caplan that if he wants the cake, he’ll have to pay $20.
“Well, I wasn’t really very hungry, anyway,” he says, walking away.
Bulk, Skull, Sharkie, and…some other guy with sunglasses…sneer at the Youth Center happenings. They hate seeing do-gooders do good, so they will use pies to cause mischief – they start a food fight.
Meanwhile, Rita sends down a new monster: a pig in a Roman helmet, armed with a giant knife and fork – Pudgy Pig! He first appears in a parking lot devouring the contents of a trashcan. So far he’s not THAT evil. He then shows up at a picnic, scares off a family and eats their food. Okay, slightly more evil, but still, not that bad.
Zordon pages Jason, and he and the other four teens teleport to the Command Center. There, they get a good look at Pudgy Pig’s gluttonous atrocities on the viewing globe; according to Zordon’s calculations, Pudgy Pig will consume the entire supply of food on Earth in 48 hours!
The teens morph and teleport to the pig, who immediately eats all their Power Weapons. He then heads over to the Youth Center and eats all the everything from the festival…except, as Trini notices, the spicy food!
The Rangers meet up with Pudgy Pig at a food packing plant and throw a sandwich at him to eat. The sandwich is spiked with a hot radish, which proves to be too much for Pudgy Pig and he vomits everything he ate, including the Power Weapons. The Rangers form the Power Blaster and destroy Pudgy Pig.
With the battle over, the Rangers return to the Youth Center to deal with the festival crisis. Alpha saves the day by teleporting several trays of food to replace what was lost. Caplan arrives and pays $20 for a hoagie, but he bites into one with a spicy radish root!
This episode was slightly better than others, due to the fact that it felt more cohesive, and the Japanese footage was better integrated. But the fight scenes were unremarkable, and neither the Megazord nor the Putty Patrol appeared. We did have Bulk and Skull’s first encounter with a monster, when they run into Pudgy Pig in the Youth Center, so that’s something for the record books.
Pudgy Pig wasn’t threatening, appearance-wise, and I’d go as far as saying he looked adorable…except for the fact that his arms are coming out of his mouth. That’s just plain weird. I also think Zordon was overestimating Pudgy Pig’s capability of eating the world’s food supply in 48 hours, considering what we saw him accomplish in about 10 minutes: a dumpster, a picnic, and a food festival.