(We begin today's episode in Angel Grove High inside Ms. Appleby's Math Class. She’s busy organizing a stack of papers in her hand as the students await anxiously for her to hand them out; especially the Power Rangers, who are conveniently seated together.)
Trini: Ooh you guys, this wait is killing me! I hope I passed that math exam.
Zack: She’s totally torturing us on purpose. And that test was no joke either.
Jason: Well, it IS mid terms guy, this pretty much decides our grades for the semester. The very direction of our high school careers… our entire lives for that matter…. rest in those stubby little fingers.
Kim: I never had to study so hard in my life. I was seeing equations in my sleep. You guys, I can’t do this… I don’t even wanna know what I got anymore. I should just go.
Tommy: (reassuringly) Don’t be so hard on yourself Kim, I’m sure you did great.
Kim: (smiles) Thanks, Tommy.
Billy: (Turns over to Robbie) Do you think you passed?
Robbie: (zoned out) Huh?
Billy: Ms. Appleby’s exam, do you think you scored well?
Robbie: I don’t know… do you think you did well?
Billy: Well I studied day and night for the exam; passing on several of our usual social gatherings in order to memorize the arithmetic by heart. So I could say pretty confidently that I did well.
(Robbie looks at Billy with a reassured smile.)
Robbie: Then so can I!
Billy: I beg your pardon?
Robbie: (dismissively) …nothing.
(Robbie averts the looks and goes back to doodling boobs in his note book. Just then, Ms. Appleby gets the classes attention.)
Ms. Appleby: Class, may I have your attention please? I have here your test results. I must say I am very happy with most of you.
(The rangers as well as the rest of the class turn to each other with a cautious sense of relief. Zack slaps Jason a high five. Robbie pats a still confused Billyon the back.)
Ms. Appleby: I made my test fool proof. Only those who studied hard and took my mid term serious would pass.
(Robbie smiles triumphantly)
Ms. Appleby: I even secretly made two versions of the exam to prevent any cheating.
(His heart drops)
Robbie: …you did WHAT!?!?!
Ms. Appleby: Roberto, is their something you’d like to say?
(Robbie’s smile vanishes, replaced with dejection as he sinks into his seat.)
Robbie: (monotone) No… No Ms. Appleby…
Ms. Appleby: Actually Robbie, there is something I’d like to say to you. Do you mind seeing me after class?
(He groans dreadfully)
Billy: …did you do something wrong?
Robbie: Shut up.
(He sinks into his folded arms, setting off Bulk and Skull who are seated in the back. Bulk reclined with a leg up on an empty chair.)
Bulk: Aww whats a matter? Dweeb wasn’t enough of a dweeb to keep up with the other… dweebs?
Skull: AHAHAHAHA!!! I like it when you said ‘dweeb!’ AHAHAHA!!!!
Zack: Please, as if you guys did any better…
Bulk: (snickers) Actually… I’m pretty sure Skull and I passed with flying colors. Isn’t that right…? Billy boy?
Ms. Appleby: ACTUALLY, I’d like to see the both of you after class as well.
Bulk: What!? W-w-why?
Skull: Relax Bulky. She’s probably got a prize for us cause we did so well.
Bulk: (annoyed) Quiet, numbskull.
(Meanwhile, on the moon. Rita watches everything unfold through her giant telescope.)
Rita: Ahh, it seems the poor brown ranger’s bad at math, huh?
(She turns away from her telescope to face the others.)
Rita: Hahaha!! Looks like the power twerps aren’t so perfect after all! I had exceptional grades in witchery!
Squatt: Congratulations my queen. I didn't need to go to school; I'm super smart anyway. S-M-R-T. Smart!
Baboo: Who needs school? I've gotten by just fine on my sex appeal. What about you, Finster?
(Finster sighs miserably)
Finster: …I wanted to be a lawyer.
Rita: (scoffs) Nonsense! You’re doing enough evil in the world here with me!
(She turns back around to her balcony and the view of the Earth.)
Rita: Though, apparently it doesn’t take a genius to beat one of YOUR monsters… (eyes open wide) …but wait, maybe it does!
(Meanwhile back in Ms Applebys class, math has ended and Robbie is standing in front of his teacher’s desk like a little boy who knows he’s in trouble; slouched and hands in his pocket. He’s joined by a nonchalant Bulk and Skull.)
Ms. Appleby: I am very disappointed in the three of you.
Bulk and Skull: (nonchalantly) …sorry Ms. Appleby.
Ms. Appleby: And especially you, Robbie.
Robbie: Ms. Appleby, if you just let me explain… I swear, it’s not what it se…
Appleby: (sternly) Enough!
Appleby: Young man, I expect so much better than this. How is it that you couldn’t get a single right answer?
(Robbie appears stunned by the discovery that he scored a “gentlemen’s” zero. However, he’s more surprised that that’s all Ms. Appleby was accusing him of.)
Robbie: Huh? Well… I guess I just didn’t study hard enough.
Ms. Appleby: That would be an understatement. With how much your friends are excelling, I would expect some of their work ethic would’ve rubbed off on you.
Ms. Appleby: This exam determines the course of your semester, which in turn determines your entire academic career. There is a make up exam tomorrow on the same material. I expect the three of you to take this exam seriously and pass. You should be thankful I’m being so generous; I could just have to have you guys held back a semester. How would you like to go to class next year with today's freshmen?
Robbie: God no… not…
Robbie: Ms. Appleby, I thank you for this second opportunity. You truly are a beacon of light to a bleak and underfunded educational system. I mean, your dedication transcends any class subject as you already teach them all it seems.
Ms. Appleby: Get to the point.
Robbie: I just can’t repeat this semester. My idiot friends won’t let me live it down. They’ll be out doing fun stuff like picking up trash and… saving statues, while I’ll be here with freshmen? I’ll do anything.
Ms. Appleby: All you have to do is bear down and study.
Robbie: Uhm. Anything else…? I’ll do anything else.
Ms. Appleby: Robbie. I’ll let you in on a secret… you are smarter than you give yourself credit for. You’re a bright kid; just extremely lazy. I’ve seen burn outs before…
(Cuts to Bulk and Skull not paying attention.)
Ms. Appleby: However, smart kids who choose to follow the pack instead of using their brain just hurt me. You could’ve passed this test. You could’ve passed any of my tests. However, you choose cut my class, and when you’re here, Mr. Clemente, you’re doodling in your notebook and fighting to stay awake.
Skull: AHAHAHA… ‘Doodle.’
Ms. Appleby: And you have wonderful, smart and supportive group of friends.
Robbie: They suck.
Ms. Appleby: (sternly) I suggest you use them for this make up test tomorrow Robbie. You don’t really have a choice here but to pass.
(She emphatically slams an open textbook shut before gathering her stuff.)
Ms. Appleby: Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a history class to teach.
Robbie: See you in history.
Bulk: See you in history.
Skull: See you in history.
Robbie: I suppose I’ve got to get serious now…
Bulk: (To Skull) Wanna bet money that he’s just gonna go home and… ‘doodle’ himself?
(Robbie sighs but doesn't respond. He throws his bag over his shoulder and storm out. Outside, his six ranger friends are waiting for him by the lockers; although he doesn’t appear to be in the mood to talk to them as he just walks on by them.)
Jason: So I assume she wasn’t handing out gifts for doing so well?
Robbie: (Coldly) No.
Zack: And I assume she chewed you out pretty badly huh?
Billy: And I assume this means you’ve learned your lesson about the importance of high marks and how they will affect your life in the long term and how studying and working hard now will help you achieve success in the future?
Billy: I-I beg your pardon?
(Robbie turns around with a confrontational scowl and a clenched jaw.)
Robbie: You heard me, nerd!
(Trini quickly steps in to defuse any situation.)
Trini: Robbie, calm down. Billy isn’t trying to offend you.
Robbie: You don’t get it, huh? I’m not like you perfect little angels. I’m not as smart as you guys. And I don’t do good for the environment or any of that stuff. And yet I’m always around you guys so I’m compared to you guys constantly. Zordon thinks less of me than the rest of you. Ms. Appleby just gave me the “Why can’t you be like your sister?” treatment. And I even think my mom likes you guys more than me. So just forget it, I’ll just stop showing up to this class altogether. Why bother?
(The rangers look at each other taken back by his passionate and emotional rant.)
Kimberly: Robbie, I can’t believe you actually think that? I mean, we’re all far from perfect.
Robbie: Says the pretty and popular cheerleader/gymnast. You guys may think you’re not perfect. But you fail to see yourselves from someone else’s point of view. Your flaws are minor compared to everyone else that I know. I have friends who think they’re absolutely perfect, sitting in jail. You guys do so much good, teach SO many classes. You guys are spotless. I don’t belong near you guys.
(Robbie turns away and starts up the stairs, but a sympathetic Trini holds him back.)
Trini: Robbie stop. Don’t be foolish. You’re one of us and you need to stop putting yourself down. You’re no less or more important than the rest of us. Zordon picked you for a reason.
Robbie: Cause I'm the only “teenager with attitude?”
Trini: No. You are smart, funny, creative and I know when it comes down to it, dependable. None of us are perfect, we just work extremely hard to be were we’re at and we’ve fallen on our faces as many times as you have.
Trini: You just seem to be so concerned with failing, you don’t even try. Then you try to uphold the image that you don't care when deep down I know you do. Just let us help you.
Robbie: …thanks. I see what you’re trying to do. Still, I don’t see how I can possibly pass her make up exam tomorrow when I completely tanked it today.
Trini: We can study together after school.
(He raises an eyebrow.)
Robbie: You want to tutor me?
Trini: Well… you can say… I want you give you a chance to be… “More like your sister.”
(She laughs awkwardly and fiddles with her fingers while Robbie tries his hardest to not seem touched by the offer.)
Robbie: Uhm… sure. Whatever. If you want. But I'm not gonna try to be like you guys.
Trini: Then I’ll see you at my place after school.
Robbie: It’s a date.
Trini: No, it’s not. I’m gonna tutor you.
Robbie: It's just an expression.
(He gives a half smile to her and then to the rest of the group before waving and heading off into his next class. Meanwhile back at Rita’s castle. A wide eyed empress approaches Finster in his clay workshop.)
Rita: FINSTER! Make me a monster that will take advantage of brown ranger’s weakness.
(Finster appears confused by the command.)
Finster: Hmm. You’d like me to make a monster that exploits his academic weakness?
Rita: DID I STUTTER!?!
Finster: (frightened) N-n-no… it’ll be rather difficult, but I’m on it.
Rita: This monster will be invincible! He won’t be beaten because Robbie is too dumb to beat him. That plan is so perfect it’s stupid!
(Later in the day after school has ended, Trini's room has been cleaned and set up for some serious studying. The room is very clean and very organized and looks more like study room more than a teenage girls bedroom. Books alphabetized neatly on a shelf, violin rests nicely in the corner. Even her doll collection and Buddhist symbols seemed carefully placed. Then Trini walks in, in more casual clothing, with a cup of hot chocolate in each hand. Her hair in a bun and her reading glasses on; she plops herself on her giant bed and begins flipping through her text book. After a few seconds, there is a knock by her door)
Trini: Come in.
Robbie: (sheepishly) Hey… sorry I’m late.
Trini: I was beginning to think you weren’t showing up at all.
Robbie: I thought about it.
Robbie: I don’t know. I just felt odd. Like. I know you’re just doing this because you feel sorry for me. I don’t really like the idea of that. I don’t want any charity. I don’t want you to feel obligated to “rescue me.”
Trini: But you’re here, aren’t you?
Robbie: You offered?
Trini: Robbie, I am offering my help, not because I feel sorry for you; but because you’re my friend. And friends help one another when they’re down. Like I know you would for me.
Robbie: (laughs) I don’t think I could ever help you in math. I mean… no offense, but you are the most, stereotypical Asian I have ever met!
Trini: I-I’m sorry?
(She seems slightly taken aback by that comment as he continues to make it worse.)
Robbie: You preach “Gung-Ho” when two rangers argue, you go on about honor and fighting fairly, you’re a black belt at kung fu.
(He points across the room.)
Robbie: You have a violin for god's sake!! And maybe it was just me, but I could’ve sworn your fathers kicked me out of his convenience store before.
(Robbie then realizes that Trini appears really hurt by what he’s saying. He rushes over to her bed, sits by her and tries to save face.)
Robbie: BUT… you’re doing a very sweet thing. And I know us polar opposites don’t always get along so great. But it just makes me really appreciate your kindness even more. It makes me want to be your friend.
Robbie: Yeah. And of course, math isn’t my strong suit. But if you need help in anything else... like if you asked for a 20, but you think you’re dealers cheating you…
Trini: (cuts him off) I don’t think that’ll be necessary (laughs) But, thank you Robbie, that’s very kind. It’s nice to see a more serious side of you. You know, more than just cracking jokes and acting like you don't care.
Robbie: Yeah… don’t get used to it.
Trini: I like it. Robbie, I’d like nothing more than to stop our silly squabbles and be your friend. I’m sure the other guys feel the same.
(Robbie’s unsure how to react, so he just smiles awkwardly.)
Robbie: Cool… hey, let’s get some work done.
Trini: Of course.
(Back at Rita’s castle she’s looking through her telescope as rest of the rangers play basket ball at the park.)
Rita: Ahhh! The rangers are separated! Now’s the perfect time to send down the monster… before they know what hit em!
Finster: I-I’m not quite done yet, my empress. I was stuck looking for… math spells. You should send down the putties in the meanwhile.
Rita: (Barks) ARE YOU TELLING ME WHAT TO DO!?!?
Finster: (Cowers in fear) N-n-no… I would absolutely never do such a thing!!
Rita: I thought so.
Rita: Now send down the putties!
Finster (sigh) …
(Camera cuts to Angel Grove Park where Jason, Tommy, Zack and Billy are playing a good natured game of two on two basket ball as Kimberly sits by the benches, cheering on indiscriminately.)
Kimberly: Woooo!! Go guys!!!
(Zack has the basketball and is being guarded by Jason. He’s smiling confidently while doing some fancy dribbling.)
Zack: Hey Jase…
Jason: What’s that Zack?
Zack: Want me to let you in on a little secret?
Jason: (jokingly) That you can’t play ball? I’m pretty sure the whole park knows.
Zack: Ha… you’re funny. Nah… it’s that you might be our field leader…..
(Zack dribbles twice between his legs before shooting up and back for a fade away shot that Jason can’t block. It swishes perfectly; getting nothing but net. Zack looks back at Jason before flashing a wink at him.)
Zack: But I’M the king of the court. Haha.
Jason: Nice shot, “King Zack.”. Bet you can’t do it again
Zack: Bet you the role of leader I can!
(Suddenly, from the skies, putties appear and surround the court. One appears by the bench Kimberly was sitting at, scaring her off. She runs to the other rangers who get in fighting position.)
Jason: Man, these clay brains again… what do we do?
Zack: I don’t know you’re the leader!
Jason: We fight!
(Rangers disperse and go off into different directions. Jason cuts through the middle like a hot knife through butter; lethal punches and kicks that take down the putties in front of him, while still possessing the quickness to avoid any attacks in his way. Two putties grab him by each arm while one stands in the middle, in position to attack him. Yet, with brute strength alone, he knocks the two at his side together while taking down the third with a flying kick.
Zack, more nimble on his feet, dances around the hordes rushing at him. His hands, quicker than their eyes. He shows as much by flipping onto a table, allowing two putties charging toward him to collide clumsily. Two more join him on opposite ends of the table in an attempted double team. He manages to dodge a punch from the right smoothly, who accidentally hits the putty on the left. The left responds with a punch of his own, but Zack dodges that one as it hits the putty on the right. Zack mockingly shouts “Missed me!” as he counters with a split kick which knocks them both off the table.)
Zack: I told you, this is MY court!
Kimberly: Oh be quiet Zack!
(Kim shoots at Zack as she tries to avoid her own group using only her experience as a gymnast to go on. She gracefully pulls of back flip after back flip to separate herself from the rest. Stops, ducks, and punches the first putty in the groin. Cartwheels herself by a trash can. Another one of Rita’s minions tries to get to her, but she hides behind it, while holding it in her hand. It shuffles left to no avail, then right…. Finally it gets so frustrated, it charges right at Kimberly who shoots back whilst still holding the bin and allows the putty to fall right into it.)
Kimberly: Mom was wrong. I do like to take out the trash!
(She emphatically slams the lid over the can on the word slam, and then poses.
Then the camera cuts to Billy, with no true fighting style of his own, he runs around clumsily trying to avoid getting hurt. He sees the basketball lying idly on the floor and decides to run over and use it. He picks it up and uses it to absorb the blow from one of the putty’s punches who runs off in pain. Then turns around and puts the ball to his hips to absorb another kick. He then throws it at the third, charges at him and while his hands are protecting his head the whole time, he does a spinning leg sweep to knock it down.
That leaves Tommy, who like Jason is extremely skilled at martial arts. Except his feet posses a lighting quickness that can kill a putty three times before he hits the ground. He eyes his next target, dodging anything else in his path, and like a shark smelling blood attacks with three quick high kicks. He sets both feet to the floor, lifts the next leg up and chops another right through the chest before planting him on the floor with the heel of his foot. All the while shouting “Syu-ahhhh!!!” a billion times. He looks up sharply at the last putty that’s seen what he’s done to his friends and decides to simply throw himself on the floor and pretend to be wounded.)
Tommy: Thought so.
(The putties disappear. A sigh of relief overcomes the team as they meet back at the basketball court.)
Kimberly: What was all that about?
Jason: I don’t know. But is everyone alright?
Zack: …I’m the king of this court.
(Back at Rita’s castle)
Rita: Those stupid putties can’t do anything right. Finster, put the monster through your little easy bake oven and send him down!
(He sighs to himself)
Finster: I should have gone to law school like mum wanted...
(Back at the park, a large quake overtakes the park. The rangers struggle to keep on their feet when a bolt of lighting hits a tree near by.)
Kimberly: (startled) What was that!?
Tommy: By that tree!
(Rangers scurry over to investigate and are puzzled by what they see.)
Tommy: Is that…
Kimberly: What I think it is?
Jason: Looks like…
Billy: A math equation?
(Billy was right. The lightning that struck the tree somehow left an imprint of the math equation. “25 = x/5 – 10”)
Zack: Man, either graffiti’s becoming more and more intelligent, or that wasn’t no ordinary lighting.
(The rangers aren’t given enough time to process what’s going on as another blast goes off right near them, sending them all to the ground.)
"Mwahahaha!! Gold star for you, black ranger!"
Jason: Who are you!! Show yourself!
(The rangers all fall to one knee and turn around to see a creature forming through a cloud of smoke; a humanoid in blue, wizard-like attire. Large, pointy nose covered in warts. Unkempt, white hair and long, sharp nails. He wields a large pointing stick with an electrical charge at the very end. Rangers eye him in disbelief as well as disgust.)
Kimberly: Looks like the teacher from Hell.
Monstermatician: Precisely, my dear! I am a “monster” of a professor! The leech who can teach! Yet, NOBODY gets out of my class alive… for I am the Monstermatician!! HAHAHA!!
Tommy: Let’s teach this guy a lesson; before he spews another corny joke.
Jason: Right, IT’S MORPHIN TIME!
Jason: Tyrannosaurus [/CENTER]
(Rangers stand opposite of him in their respective poses. However, the monster of the week doesn’t seem too impressed.)
Monstermatician: Neat trick. However you’re all dunces if you think you can defeat me with brute strength alone. You see…
(He points his stick toward the rangers, and from the end, 5 electrical ropes hits them in the chest. It does hurt them though.)
Monstermatician: 5 rangers, times 0 equals…?
(And just then, the Monstermatician pulls the wand away from him, causing an electrical charge that sends the rangers flying.)
(Smoke rises from their chests as they hit the floor. Kimberly is the first to rise to her feet as she leaps in the air whist pulling out her power bow. Fires a couple of arrows at the monster who easily bats them aside with his stick, then responds while she’s still in mid air with a laser beam that knocks her off balance and to the floor. Tommy runs to check up on her.)
Tommy: Kim! Are you alright?
Monstermatician: Silly pink ranger. It’ll take more than your little weapons to pass this exam!
Kimberly: (Breathing heavily) Tommy… man, I think I’m through crushing on teachers…
(Jason and Zack pull out their respective power weapons and charge toward the monster. He pulls out two giant erasers and claps them together, creating a cloud of smoke. Just as Jason swings his sword at the Monstermatician’s head, he vanishes into thin air.)
Jason: (coughs) Huh…? Where’d he go?
(He suddenly reappears above the red ranger’s head and takes him down; driving his teaching pointer down his back. Jason writhes in pain as Zack comes over to help his fallen friend. He swings his axe at the monster, but as with Jason, he disappears in a cloud of his eraser smoke.)
Zack: (coughs) Arg… man, stop hiding!
Monstermatician: If you want me to come out, I’ll give you a clue. What’s one black ranger divided by two?
Billy: Wait, I've got this one!!
Zack: (annoyed) Last thing I need while fighting one of Rita’s monsters is a pop quiz! Just show yourself!
Monstermatician: WRONG ANSWER!!!
(He reappears in front of Zack, pointer in hand. He slices it down Zack’s chest before the black ranger can react. Sparks fly from his chest as he hits the floor.
(Cut to the command center. Alpha 5 is looking on from the viewing globe in amazement. He’s never seen a monster so unique. So complex… so…..)
(Alpha can’t keep his eyes off the globe and off Rita’s new monster. He does manage to turn back to the computer to run some more analysis on it.)
Alpha: This monster’s just plain stupid. I mean, Monstermatician? Aye ya yai! What an awful pun! And yet it’s strange… it seems as if the Power Rangers can’t get a beat on this guy. For some reason, it seems impervious to all of their attacks.
Zordon: That is correct, Alpha. It’s so dumb, it’s genius.
Alpha: (in a panic) Ay ya yai, I was afraid this day might come!
Zordon: Run some more analysis and pin point a weakness. I’ll contact the rangers; there attacks won’t do any good.
(Cuts back to the park where the rangers are getting their asses handed to them. Monstermatician just finished sending Billy flying through the air.)
Billy: I-I don’t understand. We’ve tried just about everything on this monster and we’ve barely made a dent on this guy.
Monstermatician: For the smart guy in this group, you sure are stupid. My puns aren’t hitting the spot clearly, so I’ll just spell it out for you. YOU CAN’T DESTROY ME WITH MUSCLES AND WEAPONS. BRAINS MUST BE USED INSTEAD!
Jason: Screw that! Blade blaster!!!
(Jason stubbornly pulls out his blade blaster and fires a few shots which bounce right off and hit Jason.)
Monstermatician: Pathetic. Is this what Angel Groves honor roll has to offer me? Then my fight with the one who draws wieners on textbooks should be a piece of cake.
(The rangers gather around Jason)
Tommy: Are you alright?
Jason: I’m fine.
Billy: What’s he talking about?
Jason: I don’t know… but I’m starting to feel like our weapons won’t do us any good in this battle.
(Just then, Jason’s communicator goes off.)
Jason: I read you.
Zordon: Rangers, you must come to the command center and regroup. Alpha has some information on this monster you must hear.
Monstermatician: Where are you headed? Running away so soon?
Tommy: We’re gonna go do our home work. We’ll be back. More prepared for the final exam!
Jason: Let’s go guys.
Zack: (to Tommy) That was terrible…
(The rangers’ teleport out of the park; leaving the Monstermatician alone. Meanwhile back at Trini’s house where despite her best efforts, Robbie is still struggling somewhat to embrace the subject. He is making slow progress however.)
Trini: …so once you get X which is a squared number, you have to find the square root. After that, we finally get to solve for F by…
Robbie: Holy crap, does this question ever end?!
Trini: I know, it’s a lot to take in, but once you get it down, you should be fine. We’re short on time though…
Robbie: I’m sorry; I just don’t really get this. And as much as I try, I just can’t get myself to care.
Trini: But you have to…
Robbie: (interrupts) I know I have to. I just can’t force myself into it. I seem to keep fading off the more you explain. I’m getting some of it sure, but this feels like such a daunting task.
Trini: You've got this Robbie, just take it one step at a time. Take this one for example.
(We cut outside on her front lawn where the Monstermatician is joined by a pack of putties. The mere sight of them scares away any passing by civilians.)
Monstermatician: Brown ranger, the bell has rung and it is time for your FINAL exam! Show yourself!
(Oblivious to whats going on outside, Robbie seems to have gotten an answer right; getting a positive response from Trini.)
Trini: Very good!
Robbie: Well… I guess I’m more than just a pretty face, huh?
Trini: Uhm… right!
(Robbie smiles gleefully before getting up from her bed. He decides to walk to her window and face the outside world with a newfound confidence.)
Robbie: Alright, I’m feeling pretty good!
Trini: So, if you just keep thinking that way, you think you’ll pass the test.
(Robbie’s eyes widen as he just caught sight of the scene developing outside her house.)
Robbie: No!! L-look outside, a monsters outside your house!
(Trini shoots up and joins him by the window.)
Trini: Oh no… what’s Rita up to now? Man, if he’s here to hurt my family I’ll…
Robbie: Don’t worry. Go tell them to lock the doors and stay inside. I’ll go out there and take care of them. You can join me afterwards.
Trini: Good idea…
(Trini shoots out of her bedroom to go tend to her family. Robbie takes one last look out the window before…)
Robbie: It’s morphin time!
(He shoots outside and lands a flying punch to the Monstermatician and takes him down briefly. He gets up with a twisted smile on his face.)
Monstermatician: Hahaha! Shouldn’t you be studying?!
Robbie: What makes you think one of Rita’s monsters is gonna get me to study? Who are you, my parent?
Monstermatician: (laughs evilly) Let’s just say, if you don’t daddy’s gonna give you a spanking!
(Robbie pulls out his blade blaster)
Robbie: Well the jokes on you ugly, cause I don’t even know my daddy!
(He leaps through the air and fires a couple of shots. The Monstermatician dodges those shots and blocks and attempted kick by the brown ranger when he came down. He returns the favor with a kick of his own that sends him stumbling backwards.)
Monstermatician: This should be a piece of cake. The only smart thing about you appears to be your mouth. I promise, I’ll make this quick. Putties, ATTACK!!
(The putties hoard around him, grabbing him by both arms. Robbie, who isn’t a martial artist, nor possesses great physical strength, relies on resilience, wit and years of watching action movies and professional wrestling. The putties try to flip him over by his arms; however he flips all the way around and lands on his feet. She shoves the putties forward and charges at them and delivers a double clothesline, taking them all down.
More approach him from the front and the back, but he pulls out his blade blaster and quickly takes down the ones in front of him. And dodges the attacks of the ones behind him and delivers a roundhouse kick to the face. A morphed Trini quickly joins him.)
Trini: You doing alright?
Robbie: (breathing heavily) Yeah… but I’ve really got to quit smoking.
Trini: More are coming toward us, you take the left horde, and I’ll take the right.
(The two separate and fight the rest of the putties while the Monstermatician simply looks on. Trini, the more experienced martial artist goes through her side with quick, sharp kicks and chops. Not really needed or believing in using her weapon unnecessarily, she is able to fly gracefully around the putties on her side to avoid getting hit, while soundly taking them down. Robbie is on his end, swinging more wildly, as if he were a part of a street fight; still effective, just much less graceful as the putties go down, one by one.)
Monstermatician: Enough! I’m bored with the practice questions; time for the real thing!
(With a wave of a wand, the putties are summoned away. The two rangers join together.)
Trini: Ew. What is this thing supposed to be?
Robbie: I don’t know. But I think he made a pass at me and said he wants to spank me.
Monstermatician: Silence!! You will show respect to you professor or I’ll have you two expelled!!
(On the word expelled, he points his weapon at them, sending an electrical charge so powerful that they each go flying in separate direction. Robbie goes back first into a tree, while Trini meets her houses outer wall.)
Robbie: (in pain) Awww….
Trini: (in pain) Awww…
Robbie: This guy and his stupid puns are getting on my nerve!
Trini: Relax, Robbie, this guys bound to have a weak spot. (Pulls out power dagger) And no time like the present to look for it!
(She forces herself up, still in pain. Yet, she manages to charge at him, weapon in hand. Robbie follows suit.)
Robbie: Yeah, (pulls out weapon) POWER POCKET KNIFE!!
(We cut to the command center, where the rest of the team has retreated to. They are all helmetless and still feeling the effects of the last battle.)
Jason: Man, what was up with that guy? I couldn’t make a scratch on him!
Tommy: Yeah, just trying to keep up with him made my powers weak.
Billy: This is not like any of Rita’s other monsters…
Zordon: You are correct Billy…. this is the Monstermatician.
Kimberly: The what?
Alpha: The Monstermatician. A monster based on all the evils of math.
Zack: That’s a great lesson to teach the kids.
Billy: So how do we beat him?
Alpha: Unfortunately, weapons do no damage to him. He is completely impervious to brute strength. His weakness is unknown, however he keeps hinting at needing to be outsmarted. I’m running analysis as we speak to try and find a base to that.
Zordon: It appears he also seems to be after Robbie for some reason; behold the viewing globe.
(The rangers turn around to the viewing globe to see his attack on Trini’s block. He is seen calling for “the brown ranger” and keeps making bad puns about a “final exam.”)
Kimberly: Why is he after him? Why him of all people?
Alpha: I am looking for a link but do not know just yet.
(The image on the viewing globe switches to both Robbie and Trini getting beaten down; stubbornly attacking him with weapons and the monster brushing them off without breaking a sweat. All while laughing maniacally.)
Tommy: They aren’t doing so well. Zordon, we’ve got to go down there and help them.
Zordon: No, going down there would only further put you all in harms way and put a strain on your weakening powers Tommy. That is what Rita wants.
Zordon: I will contact them and have them retreat. Until we find out his weakness, that fight will only end in their doom.
(Cut back to Trini and Robbie’s fight with the Monstermatician. Smoke fuming from their suits; both very low on energy.)
Robbie: We can’t give up…
Trini: We can’t hurt him. I’ve got to contact the others…
Monstermatician: My beefs not with you, yellow ranger. It’s not with the rest of them either. I’m here to destroy the brown one.
Robbie: (barks) That’s racist!!
Monstermatician: I-I mean… your color!!! Not your skin color…. I mean… I-I don’t care what your sk-skin color is. I have brown friends!!!
(Trini’s communicator gets beeped.)
Trini: Yes Zordon?
Zordon: Trini, you and Robbie must retreat back to the command center for a briefing. It is urgent.
Trini: Right. Robbie, to the command center, now!
Robbie: Nah, I ain’t going nowhere!! You heard what this ignorant fool just said? Just let me call three of my boys and we’ll do some long division and divide this racist in half…
Monstermatician: Oh Jesus…
Robbie: Nah, nah, nah… Wanna talk about using your head…? I’ll use your head… to smash your mother fff…
Robbie: (sighs) …right.
(Begrudgingly, the two retreat to the command center. They join the others and quickly remove their helmets.)
Jason: You guys okay?
Trini: I’m fine.
Robbie: (Belligerently) I WANT him to come to my block and say something like that…
Alpha: Ay ya yai, Robbie calm down.
Trini: Zordon, that guy was tough. I don’t know if all of us combined could stop him.
Zack: I know what you mean. The idea for this guy must be as ridiculous as the pudgy pig… but man, he sure ain’t no pudgy pig
Kimberly: Alpha what have you found?
Alpha: I may be on to something but I’m not sure.
Billy: He seems to require being outsmarted. But whenever we asked a question and got it right, he shocked us.
Zordon: That is what I initially thought. However, I think “outsmarting” him goes beyond answering his questions.
Billy: Well, it seems like whatever it is… it’s going to involve Robbie in some way.
Jason: Speaking of which, Robbie, how’s your studying going?
Robbie: It’s alright.
Jason: Do you think you’ll be able to pass Ms. Appleby's exam tomorrow?
Robbie: I’m not sure, but I’ll try my best.
Jason: That’s great. Well listen, I believe in you man.
Jason: Yeah, you’re a smart guy. I have the utmost faith in you. We all do.
Robbie: (smiles) Wow, thank man. I really appreciate it.
(Jason pats Robbie on the back reassuringly.)
Jason: No problem man.
(Just then, analysis reports appear in front of Alpha. He shakes his head at what appears to be bleak news.)
Alpha: Aye ya yai… the reports have come back and it doesn’t look good.
Zordon: I does indeed appear to be worse than expected. Rangers, brace yourself.
Zordon: According to Alpha’s calculations, the only way for the Monstermatician to be defeated… is for Robbie to complete his homework.
Robbie: (Gasp) …!!!
Zack: (Gasp) …
Trini: (Gasp) …
Billy: (Gasp) …
Kim: (Gasp) …
Tommy: (Gasp) …
Jason: Oh man, we’re doomed!!
Alpha: Ay ya, ya, ya yai!!! Rita’s done it! Rita’s destroyed the Power Rangers!!
Billy: How is that even possible? How can a monster be linked to some bodies homework?
Zordon: It is very simple. He cannot be hurt by physical attacks, unless Robbie completes his math assignment. Rita wasn’t expecting us to find this monsters weakness so quickly. She was looking for an occurrence so rare, that there would be next to no chance of it happening.
Zack: Man… we’d have better luck getting struck by lighting.
Robbie: Guys… I’m standing right here.
(Robbie appears hurt by the extremely low expectations everyone seems to have placed on him. And yet, everyone continues talking.)
Tommy: There’s got to be another way… there just has to be.
Zordon: I didn’t want to tell you all so soon, but it seems we have no other choice. Alpha and I have created new zords, using the power of thunder to fight even the most impossible odds! Please, follow Alpha outside the command center…
(Alpha begins walking slowly toward the viewing globe and is headed out the command center with the other rangers following him. Robbie get’s aggravated and shouts…)
Robbie: None of that is necessary. I’ve got this.
Jason: You mean…
Robbie: Yes. I’m going to do my homework; for the good of the future… for the good of MY future.
(The rangers look back at him in astonishment.)
Billy: A-are you sure? Can you handle such a difficult task?
Robbie: I’m sure.
Billy: Zordon, let me come with him, I’ll help.
Robbie: (sarcastically) Yeah, that’s done me well before…
Robbie: Nothing. I can handle it alone. Besides, you all need to keep him at bay. Keep him away from me while I work.
Zordon: Robbie’s correct. If he must work, he must do it alone. The 6 of you will need to keep Monstermatician from stopping Robbie.
Robbie: (confidently) I think I can do this. I’m smarter than I give myself credit for…
(He turns his head to face Trini who is smiling encouragingly back at him.)
Robbie: I just need to work harder.
Zordon: Very well. Robbie, I have the utmost faith in you. Go now, and may the power protect you.
(He nods his head before teleporting back to Trini’s house. Suddenly, we cut back to Rita’s castle. She is seen at the edge of the balcony with her wand in hand.)
Rita: Magic wand, make my monster… GRROOOOOWWW!!!!
(She hurls her wand through space, headed right for Earth and Angel Grove. It lands perfectly in a deserted plain. And with a sudden quake, the Earth starts to tear open right where the wand landed. A large cloud of smoke fills the sky as Rita’s monster begins to grow to epic proportions.)
(The distress signal goes off at the command center, setting the Rangers off in a worry.)
Kimberly: Oh no… please tell me things haven’t gotten worse.
Zordon: I’m afraid they have, Kimberly. Rita’s monster has grown.
Zack: Oh man… if he was unstoppable before….
Jason: How are we gonna beat this thing? He’s invincible, right?
Zordon: The best you can do at this point is to stall him. Call the Megazord, and attempt to hold him off for as long as possible. As Robbie progresses with his homework, the Monstermatician should begin to weaken until he is no longer impervious to physical attacks. Then you must call the Ultrazord and finish him off. Tommy, I’m afraid your powers are too weak for this fight. For your own safety, I’m going to have to ask you to stay behind.
Tommy: No way!! Man, I don’t care if my powers waste, this guys bad news. I don’t know how long Robbie will take with his homework, but we need all the power we can get to hold him off.
Zordon: Are you sure of this?
Tommy: I’m positive.
Zordon: …very well then. However, if your powers get too weak, I will have to pull you from battle.
(Tommy stares at the ground for a second before taking a deep breath.)
Tommy: That’s fine.
Kimberly: (worried) Tommy, be careful. This guys gonna be tough.
Tommy: I will.
Jason: Alright guys let’s do it.
(The rangers’ line up behind Jason in their usual spots; each with their helmets by their side.)
Jason: BACK TO ACTION!
(Cuts to downtown Angel Grove, where the Monstermatician begins his assault; he points his stick at a nearby building, sending an electrical charge that sets the building up in flames.)
Monstermatician: Mwahahaha!! You dunces don’t stand a chance! I’m putting Angel Grove on permanent time out!!
(With one back hand, he knocks down a building behind him; sending a pile of rubble crashing down the streets which are being evacuated by panicking Angel Grove residents. Cars crushed, flames everywhere, helpless people running for their lives. Just then, the rangers in full uniform are seen running through a nearby alley and stop short at the sight of the monster.)
Tommy: There he is!
Kimberly: He’s even uglier than before.
Jason: Remember guys, all we have to do is stall. So use our power conservatively; especially you Tommy.
Tommy: I know.
(The Monstermatician seems to have spotted the rangers, spits out a generic pun about school and smashes a nearby building toppling over more rubble in the rangers’ vicinity. They narrowly escape being crushed before getting back together.)
Jason: Alright guys, WE NEED DINOSAUR POWER, NOW!!
(With a huge blast and a and even bigger crater opening up than before, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex appears through the flames; roaring fearlessly as it rises from the earth. We then cut to a far a way, icy tundra, where the Mastodon proudly rises with a loud blowing of its trunk. Then we cut to a desert during a wild sandstorm, created by the Triceratops racing right through it, creating dust behind it and wherever it goes. Next, we cut to a the top of a hill where the ferocious Saber tooth jumps down to a vine filled rainforest, ripping through anything in sight, with a roar that could frighten ever the scariest predator. Finally, nearby with another loud boom, a volcano erupts and through all the smoke and ash, the pterodactyl rips through the sky, flying right through a tree branch on its way to Angel Grove. Jason see’s his dinozord within sight and flies through the air to get in the cockpit. He is followed by Zack, Billy, Trini and Kimberly. With a voice oozing with machismo, he barks instructions to the rest of the team.)
Jason: Alright, power up all systems!!
Zack: Zack here, let’s ace this test.
Billy: Billy here, all systems go.
Trini: Trini here, let’s do it!
Kimberly: I’ve got an apple for this teacher…
Jason: Alright guys, power up all crystals!!!
(He pulls out the power crystal in his hand and emphatically slams it down the dashboard to act as the zord’s control stick. The rangers are seen all together, following suit.)
Zack: Two, one, power up!!
Trini: Two, one, power up!!
Billy: Two, one, power up!!
Kimberly: Two, one, power up!!
Jason: (Yanks down control stick) Let’s show him some Megazord power!!!
(The five mighty zords are seen running together, getting ready to become one. First the Saber tooth tiger’s legs fold up to create a leg, the Triceratops tail tucks in to for the other. They combine with the Tyrannosaurus’s legs, forming the first half of the Megazord. Next, the Mastodon’s back splits in two down the middle and its head separates. The former spreads out and attaches to the back of the Tyrannosaurus, making the arms and the head attaches to the torso. The rangers now all appear in a larger cockpit Trini on the far left. Billy is to the left of Jason, who is in the middle next to Zack. Kimberly is on the far right.)
Jason: Remember rangers, we’re just gonna buy time!
(The Megazord, which is in tank mode rolls toward the beast, but stops a good distance away.)
Jason: Switching to battle mode now!
(The two Mastodon arms fold out two giant fists on command.)
Megazord: Megazord sequence has been initiated
(The two legs remain planted as the rest of the body lifts upward to a standing position. The final piece, the Pterodactyl, circles the Megazord and flies toward it, tucking in its wings and head. The Tyrannosaurus head folds into its chest, revealing the Megazord’s head before the Pterodactyl combines with the mighty zord, creating the chest piece. And with one final fighting stance, the zord speaks…)
Megazord: Megazord activated.
(Close by, Tommy appears at the top of a large skyscraper; dagger in hand.)
Tommy: I need Dragonzord power!!
(He plays the Dragonzord melody on the dagger, which doubles as a flute. And almost instantly, the water by the Angel Grove industrial district begins to rumble. With one large wave, after another, it culminates with a huge splash in which the mighty Dragonzord appears out of. Arms spread out as it lets out a deafening roar and walks towards the surface to meet with the Megazord.)
Trini: We need to be careful and not exert too much energy.
Jason: Screw that, ATTACK!!!
(We cut back to Trini’s house, where an unmorphed Robbie rushes back to her bed and scatters through a pile of unorganized papers to find the sheet he was working on.)
Robbie: C’mon… c’mon…
(After a few seconds, he finds it. And tries to find where he left off.)
Robbie: Alright, I was supposed to answer questions 1 thru 20 on page 246. Trini was showing me how do some of them… so how far did I actually get? Hmm. I signed my name… then started drawing boobs.
(He crumples the paper in anger with himself.)
Robbie: Pathetic! Alright, I’ve got to get serious. The world depends on me.
(He picks up a pen and paper, signs his name, the date… then pauses for a few seconds.)
Robbie: Maybe I should take a nap first. Yeah, I’ll definitely save the world better after a refreshing nap.
(He pushes all of his math work to the other end of Trini’s bed and starts to get comfortable before realizing how stupid that idea is.)
Robbie: …no…. No! I can’t. The others are risking their lives to buy time for me. I can’t let them down.
(He sits back up and puts all of the papers on his lap. He opens up the textbook to the appropriate page. However, in a few seconds, he wanders off again and closes the book.)
Robbie: I should get a snack though, maybe some coffee. I wonder if Starbucks is open.
(Cuts back to downtown Angel Grove; the Megazord charges the Monstermatician with a punch, but the giant teacher disappears before he can land it. The Zord looks around for it, seeming confused, but he reappears right behind it and is able to lift the giant zord over his head. Inside, the rangers are screaming bloody mercy as he spins them around, almost like a rag doll before doing an overhand throw right into a building. Sparks go off inside the cockpit as this rocks the zord and takes a heavy amount of the zords energy.)
Billy: The Zords taking damage, controls are locked.
Jason: Get systems back online and get the Zord back on its feet. We have to keep fighting.
(Cuts to the Dragonzord that steps in, swings its tail at the Monstermatician, he ducks then tries to retaliate with a right hook but his fist is caught by the Dragonzord’s left. He manages to push the Monstermatician back with a right of his own, though he doesn’t look terribly hurt by it. Cut to Tommy, who is still on top of the building.)
Tommy: How’s this for some math? What’s one monster divided by ten missiles?
(He plays another melody on his flute. This time, the Dragonzord lets out a roar before positioning its claws in front of him finger first. Suddenly, missiles appear and several small blasts go off around the Monstermatician. He manages however, to dance out of the way of the shots and rolls to the right. He quickly gets back on his feet and charges the Dragonzord with his pointer.)
Monstermatician: (while charging) your arithmetic is grade school level; you can't teach the teacher!!
Dragonzord tries to dodge a striking blow, but can't dodge a second shot to the chest. The Zord screams in agony.
Monstermatician: Now GO sit in the corner and think about what you've done!!!
(He lands a devastating side kick that knocks the Dragonzord off it's feet and crashing to the floor.)
Tommy: Man... c'mon buddy. Don't give up yet.
(Camera cuts to a shot of both zords down with smoke rising from both of them. The Dragonzord melody is heard out of desperation, but it doesn't work. The Megazord struggles to get to its feet.)
Billy: We're regaining some of our power. But we still aren't gonna last much longer at this rate.
Jason: Man, I just hope Robbie's almost finished.
(Cuts back to Trini's house where Robbie is seen on Trini's bed, texting and completely ignoring his homework.)
Robbie: Hahahaha!!! Shelly SO wants me...
(He gets a text.)
Robbie: (reading) "What r u doing?" Hmm. (Texts) "Im doin homewrk... ZZZZZ" (Reads) "LOL!"
(His wrist communicator goes off and it startled him back to reality.)
Jason: Robbie, how far along are you?
Robbie: Uhm... I'm like almost... I'm almost done.
(He stares down at a blank piece of paper.)
Jason: (In urgency) Hurry up man; I don't think the Megazord can take much mor...
(A loud explosion is heard in the background; all the rangers are heard shouting.)
(He taps his communicator, a look of horror in his face.)
Robbie: Jason?? You're breaking up! Jason??
(The communicator disconnects...)
Robbie: Holy crap... I've got to finish my homework!!
(He picks up his phone one last time.)
Robbie: (Texts) "BRB..."
(Cuts back to downtown Angel Grove, where both Zords are taking tremendous damage. The Monstermatician remains unharmed and spewing school related puns.)
Monstermatian: When I'm trough with the both of you; I'm gonna give you two giant "Fs!!" I've barely broken a sweat! Bahahaha!!
Billy: If Robbie doesn't hurry, we're through... I mean, how's it gonna look that six honor roll students got defeated by a giant math teacher?
Zack: Man, I can't believe the one time we're counting on him, he's gonna let us down... I bet you he's texting right now.
Jason: Billy, I think I'm gonna send you down to Trini's place to help him out. We can't stall much longer.
Billy: Got it.
Trini: No wait!
Jason: What's wrong Trini?
Trini: Look, I know he's not the strongest, or the fastest, or even the smartest... but I know he can do this! I saw him making progress back there and it's important for him to do this on his own. I believe in him guys... you should all to. He's one of us.
Kimberly: I agree. This is HIS moment. We can stand to hold off for a little longer. Let's give him a chance.
(Jason takes a deep breath before finally nodding slowly.)
Jason: Alright. ...a little while longer. I'll give him 5 more minutes. After that, we won't have a choice.
Trini: Thank you Jason.
Monstermatician: One last question before class is dismissed... If Angel Grove is Y, what is Y when two Zords are taken away by one devilishly handsome professor?
Jason: I'm getting sick of this... I need the power sword!!
(Piercing through the sky and landing point first into the ground, the power sword appears. The Megazord pulls it from the earth and prepares for it's final attack.)
Monstermatician: (unimpressed) Haha! You're gonna attack me with that silly thing? Don't you know that the pen is mightier than the sword?
Zack: Hey teacher! State budget just came in, I'm afraid you're gonna have to be laid off!!!
Monstermatician: That's not funny!
Jason: Let's hit this guy so hard, he goes to special ed!
(All 5 rangers make a chopping hand gesture simultaneously.)
(The Zord lifts the power sword over it's head and makes a slow 360 degree rotation of the arm holding it to the adrenaline pumping tune of "Go, Go Power Rangers!")
Monstermatician: Do your worst!
(In one drastic and sudden motion, the Megazord swings the sword in an uppercut motion. And to the rangers’ surprise, the Monstermatician fell backwards.)
Billy: Wait a minute...
Kimberly: That hurt him?
(Quit cut to Rita's palace where she takes her eyes off her telescope with a look of shock on her face.)
Rita: ...uh oh...
(Back to the fight where the monster can't believe he was taken down, nor can the rangers.)
Jason: He wasn't destroyed... but he isn't invincible anymore it seems. That can only mean...
Trini: (in excitement) Robbie's almost done with his homework!!!
Tommy: Alright! Go Robbie! Now we switch to attack mode!
(He plays his dagger once more. The Dragonzord responds with a hard hitting tail whip that throws the Monstermatician back on the ground. He struggles to get to his feet, but he's determined to carry out Rita's evil deed to destroy Angel Grove.)
Monstermatician: This is impossible! You rangers can't beat me!!
(The Megazord lands a stiff right that sends the monster tumbling toward the Dragonzord who returns with another right back to the Megazord who lands another. Back and forth the monster goes until he's finally knocked away from them. However while trying to get away, he lands into a third fist and it takes him down.)
Robbie: Oh I believe we have.
(The Stegazord in Combat Mode was seen, right fist extended as the monster goes down.)
Trini: Robbie!! Thank goodness! You finished your homework?
Robbie: That's right, it was easy. I mean, I had to write "I don't know" on a couple of the questions... but it's amazing how a little hard work pays off!
Jason: You're the man, Robbie. I always believed in you.
Robbie: Shove it, jock.
Monstermatician: What a feel good story... now time to die!!!
Jason: I call on Titanus and the power of the Ultrazord!!!
From out of nowhere, a massive, robotic Brachiosaurus appears. It give an intimidating roar as it marches into battle.)
Robbie: Oh, it's on now.
Monstermatician: No fair!!
(Suddenly, the Dragonzord torso disconnects from the rest of its body, it's chest splits in half and goes in opposite directions to form shoulder pieces and the bottom jaw folds back. It's slowly lowers itself onto a still Megazord to form the Mega Dragonzord. It then leaps into the air and slowly descends onto the back of Titanus, creating the Ultrazord.)
Monstermatician: No! N-no please!!! I'll give all you guys extra credit, just please let me be!!!
Jason: I don't think so!
(The Ultrazord starts to slowly move toward it's target, all weapons pointed at him.)
Jason: Ultrazord, lock on and fire all weapons!!
(While now picking up speed, every single cannon and beam in the combined Zord's arsenal, as well as the Titanus's own guns began firing simultaneously in an attack that proved too much for the Monstermatician. Failing his arms in desperation was all he could before hitting the ground; exploding on impact.
Trini: Way to go, guys!!
(Cut to Tommy pumping his fist on a rooftop.)
Tommy: Job well done guys!
(The Ultrazord let's out a triumphant roar. The Stegazord gives an approving thumb up. But back at Rita's castle, one person is less than approving. In fact, she is downright furious.)
Rita: NOOOO!!!!! How can this be?! This was supposed to be the end of the Power twerps; but we were outsmarted by the dumbest guy in the group!
(She angrily turns around and aims all her frustration at Finster.)
Rita: Finster! You said, this monster was gonna be unstoppable!
Finster: Actually, I thought the idea for this monster was quite stupid.
Rita: (Barks) WHAT?!
Finster: (Cowers) I-I mean.... this is all Goldar's fault!
Goldar: We may have lost this time my empress, but I promise you they won't be so lucky next time.
Rita: SHUT UP!! You're all to blame for this!
Baboo: (Cowers) B-b-but... what did WE do?
Squatt: Maybe we would've won if we had gone to school.
(Rita goes back to her spot at the balcony; staring miserably at the planet Earth. She clutches her head in pain.)
Rita: Uhh... I have a headache.
(Back at the command center, all seven rangers stand unmorphed and victorious. They await a debriefing from Zordon.)
Zordon: Rangers, you faced a surprisingly difficult monster today, one that could not be defeated with brute strength alone. However, you showed not only your resiliency today, but an ability to adjust when all else fails.
Jason: Aww, it was just another day at the office.
Zordon: If only that were so, however Robbie, I must congratulate you for coming out of your shell today.
Robbie: Thank you Zordon. I appreciate the kind words, but no need to overstate it. I did my homework. Let's just enjoy another defeated monster and just let things go back to normal.
Zordon: I would not be overstating anything, Robbie. You see, Alpha and I were beginning to question your dedication to the Power Rangers, and your ability to perform when the time came.
Robbie: ...I see.
Zordon: I understand now you simply operate differently and your loyalty should never have been put to question. Today you stepped up and saved the world and I apologize for ever doubting you.
(Robbie looks as if he cannot believe what he's hearing; completely taken back.)
Robbie: Wow... is this real life?
Jason: I gotta hand it to you, you came through.
(He pats him on the back.)
Zack: Yeah man you really helped us out in the nick of time. Another minute or two, we would've been toast.
Robbie: Wow. I have no clue how to react to this, I'm so not used to this. B-but thank you.
(He turns to Trini.)
Robbie: And thank you.
Trini: (smiling) Remember, that's what friends are for.
(Robbie just nods. He takes a moment to soak everything in, then looks up at Zordon and speaks once more.)
Robbie: Now if you'll excuse me, I've got an exam tomorrow morning. I've got to rest up.
(Camera fades away and fades into the Juice Bar the next day. Generic hip hop music blasting as the teenage hotspot was packed as usual. The rangers sans Robbie are seen at there usual table. Ernie approaches them with shakes in hand.)
Ernie: Alright, I've got 7 banana shakes. Come and get em.
(The rangers all reach out and grab their own shake in cups conveniently matching their color. However the brown cup remains on Ernie's serving dish.)
Ernie: That's strange. Did I make too many?
Trini: No Ernie, I'll hold onto that one. It's for Robbie in celebration of a hopefully passing math score!
Ernie: Oh great. Tell him I said congratulations.
Trini: Will do.
(Ernie walks off as the Rangers begin gulping down their shakes.)
Tommy: Wow Trini, you sure seem excited for him.
Kimberly: Yeah, just the other day you two would exchange snappy comments even during fights.
Trini: I know. I guess it's just a woman's intuition. Robbie seemed like he just needed to know someone was there for him so I decided to open up. I think we might've turned the corner.
Billy: That's great. I think perhaps do has he.
(Kim, who is facing the front entrance, perks up.)
Kimberly: Well, he's on his way!
(Camera cuts to the front entrance where Robbie casually appears from with headphones on. He calmly walks over and takes the only empty seat between Zack and Trini. He starts fidgeting with his Walkman completely oblivious that everyone is looking at him.)
(He looks up and notices everyone.)
Trini: So, how'd it go?
Robbie: How'd what go?
Trini: You know!
Trini: Stop playing with us Robbie, you know the exam. Tell us how awesome you did.
(Suddenly, Robbie's face becomes completely expressionless.)
(Suddenly, he's processed what's going on and his expression switches that of absolute shock.)
Robbie: OH MY GOD, I TOTALLY SPACED!!!!!
(The rangers all sigh and suck their teeth in disappointment. Except Trini, whose face is completely frozen, yet becoming bright red.)
Trini: You're... kidding? Please tell me you're kidding.
(But Robbie completely ignores her as he's lost in his own misery.)
Robbie: Aw man... I can't believe it. My friends wanted to chill after school and... I guess I just forgot.
Ernie: Oh hey Robbie. I'm not sure if the others said anything, but congrats on your math exam.
(Ernie obliviously walks off as the brown ranger slumps his shoulders and leans his head on his hand dejectedly. He then sees turns and sees the banana shake Trini had bought for him and without second thought, switches gears and starts drinking it merrily. Trini on the other hand is livid and in a rage, smacks the shake out of his hands and onto the floor, startling the other rangers.)
Jason: Whoa, Trini relax.
Robbie: Whoa... what's your deal? It was only one exam; calm down, babe.
Trini: (Seething) BABE?! Don't you dare babe me!! I saw you down on your luck and decided to waste MY valuable time to help you. If I would have known you wouldn't change...
Robbie: Whoa, whoa, whoa... Trini, try to relax. Look, I get it, I missed an exam. It's bad, I know. I'll try and talk to Ms. Appleby tomorrow, but even if that doesn't do anything, it's not the end of the world. I mean, the woman has an exam every single week. One stinker won't kill me. What's important is I'm at least taking class more serious now. And it's thanks to you.
(Trini tries to compose herself, though still upset at him. She takes a few deep breaths before speaking.)
Trini: ...oh really? So this isn't gonna happen again?
Robbie: I'll try. Hopefully Rita will invent another monster that will kill you guys unless I pass the next exam.
Zack: Don't say that, I'm too young to die.
(Trini cracks a giggle and seems to be getting over it when Bulk and Skull appear from the front entrance completely overjoyed. Their signature music plays.)
Bulk: YES!! YES!!!! YYEAHHH!!!!!!!!
Skull: We did it!! We actually did it!!!
Kimberly: What are you two clowns up to?
Bulk: What are we up to? Only heading our way to Mensa, that's what!
Skull: Yeah... (scratches head) Hey Bulkie, what's a "Mensa?"
(Bulk looks annoyingly at Skull as the rangers try to put the pieces together.)
Tommy: Wait, does that mean....?
Bulk: Oh it's possible! Just a little hard studying and...
(Bulk and Skull proudly flash their papers at the same time.)
Billy: Two D's?
Trini: Well... congrats Bulk and Skull. That's very... Impressive?
(The two are proudly grinning ear to ear.)
Robbie: Congrats guys, those are the only double D's either of you guys will ever see, so embrace it!
(Bulks smile turns to that of anger.)
Bulk: Look who's talking, Mr. Too good to bother showing up. At least we didn't smoke our study notes like somebody we know.
Skull: Ahahahaha... "smoke his study notes..." hahahaha!!!
Bulk: Come one Skull, let's not waste our time with these clowns. Let's get some celebratory milkshakes!
(The two walk off to the front counter.)
Trini: Don't listen to them. We have higher expectations for you than barely passing.
Robbie: Thanks, though I don't really care what expectations are put on me by others. I'm not like any of you guys, I know this, saving the day today wont change that. But I have my own expectations, my own standard. Time I start meeting them.... THAT being said... Im heading to the library after this to pick up some books on Ancient China. I've got a report due next week and I thought my new Chinese buddy could help?
(The other rangers look at Robbie awkwardly unbeknownst to him.)
Trini: I'm Vietnamese.
Zack: Swing and a miss.
Trini: (laughs) But sure, I've got nothing to do today, I'll help you. What are friends for?
(Robbie let's out a relieved smile and the rangers all share a laugh at his faux-pas. The camera cuts the Bulk and Skull, shakes in hand, heading toward the exit.)
Bulk: Come on Skull, we're headed to the library!
Skull: Huh? Oh! You mean the libery? ...are we gonna study some more?
Bulk: No, we're not gonna study...
Skull: Then why are we going?
Bulk: We're going, because library girls... LOVE smart guys!
(Skull takes a moment to process what Bulk just said before Bulk pulls out his test score, gives him a suggestive smile and points at the big D. Skull finally follows and give him a sly smirk.)
Skull: Ahhh... smart guys like us you mean?
Bulk: Exactly! ...uhm, I mean... "affirmative!"
Bulk: Let's go!
(The two walk toward the exit, yet, don't look where they're walking and slip right over the puddle of banana shake that Trini had spilt. Bulk hits the floor first with an Earth shaking thud, followed by Skull who crashes on top of him. The rangers can't help but burst out laughing.)
Bulk: GET OFF ME YOU NUMBSKULL!!!
(He throws his sidekick off of him and gets up angrily before storming out.)
Bulk: You can't do anything right!
Skull: Bulkie, you can't talk to me that way. I'm not a numbskull, I'm going to Mensa remember? Whatever that is.
(Skull follows him out the door and the episode ends with the rangers laughing.)