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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Season 2
"Storybook Rangers, Part I"
Original Air Date: 05/01/95

*Season 2
*Official Fox Kids Show Number PR-247
*48th episode aired
*107th total Power Rangers episode

Writers: Douglas Sloan & Cheryl Saban Director: John Weil
Starring Cast:
Amy Jo Johnson _AS_ Kimberly (Pink Ranger)
David Yost _AS_ Billy (Blue Ranger)
Johnny Yong Bosch _AS_ Adam (Black Ranger)
Karan Ashley _AS_ Aisha (Yellow Ranger)
Steve Cardenas _AS_ Rocky (Red Ranger)
Jason David Frank _AS_ Tommy (White Ranger)
Paul Schrier _AS_ Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
Jason Narvy _AS_ Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
Additional Cast:
Royce Herron _AS_ Ms. Appleby
Bob Manahan _AS_ Zordon (voice)
Sandi Sellner _AS_ Alpha 5
Richard Wood _AS_ Alpha 5 (voice)
Carla Perez _AS_ Rita Repulsa
Barbara Goodson _AS_ Rita Repulsa (voice)
Ed Neil _AS_ Lord Zedd
Robert Axelrod _AS_ Lord Zedd (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan _AS_ Goldar (voice)
Colin Phillips [Dave Mallow] _AS_ Baboo (voice)
Michael J. Sorich _AS_ Squatt (voice)
Robert Axelrod _AS_ Grumble The Magic Elf (voice)
? _AS_ Snow Monster (voice)

[Today On MMPR, Opening Credits]

It's a brand new day at Angel Grove High School, and there's a Book Fair in progress. The Ranger teens are among the crowds of kids interested in reading, despite the fact in the real world they'd probably be lucky to get maybe ten kids to show up. Aisha blabs on and on about finding just so many books she wants, it's hard to choose. Billy makes an incredible discovery in the Science area, "Quantum Physics Can Be Fun" of which he's been looking for a copy for months (likely for his Sliding experiments). Aisha can't believe they didn't have a book fair like this at her old school, Rocky agrees it's a good idea, Billy talks about how it not only provides a large selection of books donated by students, but the proceeds from the sale also benefit the school library. Some nameless extra lady tells Aisha she has to check out the career table, it actually has a book on how to break into the fashion business. Aisha thinks someone is finally speaking her language, and leaves with the girl to find the book that sure won't live up to the promises on its cover. Rocky, Adam & Billy laugh, shake their heads, and walk off in shame. Kimberly & Tommy are at another table (seems like more kids are donating books than buying), Kim talks about loving fairy tales. She always wanted to be a princess and get rescued by a prince on a white horse, Tommy asks about a White Tiger, and Kim thinks that would work. She suddenly gasps as she finds a large book titled "Grumble The Magic Elf", telling Tommy that her dad used to read her this book when she was a little girl. Flipping through the pages, she comments that it brings back so many memories, Tommy thinks she should have it and throws a few bucks at the nearby cashier. Kimberly giggles and calls Tommy sweet, thanking him and giving him a peck on the cheek.

Up on the Moon Palace, Rita watches the Earth from the Balcony, saying that this is very interesting. Baboo & Squatt stand next to her, waving their arms and hopping up and down uselessly. Squatt mentions that he hopes Rita will tell them what she's thinking, Baboo completes the statement by saying that they can't think anything themselves. Rita figures that since the Pink Ranger likes fairy tales, perhaps she'd like to become part of one. Goldar appears and shouts that she can't do it without Lord Zedd's permission, as he demands to know all matters concerning the Power Rangers. Rita tells the "24-karat freak" to listen, Zeddie-poo is taking a nap and if he wants to wake him up to be her guest, but he should know how cranky he gets when he doesn't get his rest. Goldar groans and storms off, Rita turns around and returns to yelling idle threats at the Earth. She says it's time for another chapter in the Rangers' history, but now she'll be turning the pages, cackling evilly.


The Angel Grove High book fair continues, Rocky shows Tommy a book he found on meditation, which is good for the martial arts. Tom asks if he can read it when he's done, snatching it out of Rocky's hand which leaves him no choice but to tell him sure. Ms. Appleby drops by, asking them if they're enjoying the book fair, Kim says absolutely (as she clutches her Grumble book). The teacher-woman says that's good, and reminds them that the more books sold the more the library benefits, walking off and shaking her finger in the air. You know, if she were one of my teachers in High School, she'd have noticed the gum in my mouth like Tommy is chewing, and would have made me get rid of it. Guess they're desperate for business. Anyway, Rocky asks Tommy & Kim if they want to go to the Youth Center, since Aisha & the guys are going to meet him there. Kim figures why the heck not, since it's the only flippin' place they ever hang out every fraggin' episode, and all three of the Ranger teens race off to join up with their teammates. Meanwhile at the Home Economics table, Bulk tells Skull to hurry up and get a book for his mother's birthday, this place is crawling with the two things he hates most: books & dweebs. Skull flings books around, eventually stumbling upon "How To Cook A Thanksgiving Feast", which Bulk calls perfect for Skull's mom as he's tasted her cooking. Skull grins until he catches the sarcasm. Bulk finds a book titled "Monster Making Made Easy" By H.P. Toth, showing it to Skull who asks who'd be dumb enough to buy a book like that. Bulk mentions they would, explaining to the dolt that with it they can make their own monster, set it loose on the city and when the Power Rangers show up they can unmask them! Skull calls him a genius, and when they head off to depart to cook up their evil scheme, Skull goes the opposite direction of his bumbling buddy.

While on the Moon Palace, Baboo & Squatt stand around giggling, they note that this is going to be fun, whatever it is. Rita Repulsa spots the three Rangers strolling through the park, finds this perfect and decides they're ready for story time. She lifts up her magic wand, points it over the balcony and fires off some orange blasts of energy. Kim walks with Rocky & Tommy, all the while admiring her book she just got, until the magic powers of Rita strike her reading material, sending it flying from her hands and landing in a garbage can nearby. Tommy asks why she threw it out, she says she didn't and they all go over to the can, finding the book open to the first page, and glowing with energy, something she says it wasn't doing this morning. The three teens feel strange, until suddenly they're sucked into the pages of the "Grumble The Magic Elf" book instantly, the cover slamming shut afterwards. Tommy, Kim & Rocky land on a yellow paved road, recovering to their feet and looking around. Kim recognizes the animated surroundings, realizing they're inside her book! Tommy attempts to contact Zordon through his Communicator, but nothing works, our three heroes learn they're totally cut off.

Up on the moon, Rita laughs maniacally about not being able to write it better, with those three out of commission the others will drop like flies. In the book, the three stranded heroes sit around, racking their brains for a solution. Rocky figures they should just Morph, Tommy doesn't think they'll do much good since they'll still be stuck there. An odd voice is heard asking who they are and what they're doing there, and suddenly a large blue creature in a red Santa-like outfit appears.

This episode is really painful to watch, and even worse to summarize in detail. Let's put the rest of the episode this way:
They meet the title character, a Mr. Tinklesneezer looklike in a Santa Suit. He had a spell cast on him to make him grumpy, and has to deliever a cart of toys to some children to have the spell removed. Zedd & Rita also zap in some Putties, who steal the toys, making sure the story never ends, and ensures the three Ranger Teens remain trapped there forever. If that wasn't bad enough, they run into an evil snowman, who buries them in an avalanche.

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