Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×11 “No Clowning Around”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Episode: No Clowning Around (1×11)
Director: Adrian Carr
Teleplay: Mark Hoffmeier
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: September 17, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: One of the five episodes available on VHS. Also the episode I’ve seen the most.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×10 “Happy Birthday, Zack”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Episode: Happy Birthday, Zack (1×10)
Director: Jeff Reiner
Teleplay: Stewart St. John
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: September 12, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: One of the five episodes available on VHS.

The Cake-O-Matic

The Cake-O-Matic

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Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×04 “Cory’s Alternative Friends”

Episode: Cory’s Alternative Friends (1×04)
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Patricia Forrester
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: Danielle Fishel, Marla Sokoloff, Megan Parlen, Katie Jane Johnston, Matthew Bartilson, Marty York, Chris Owen, Sam Horrigan
Original Air Date: October 15, 1993

Teaser

Marla Sokoloff (her character’s name is “Paige” but that’s in no way as memorable as “Marla Sokoloff”) and… using process of elimination on the guest star list, I think it’s supposed to be “Hillary,” but they never say her name onscreen.  So, “Hillary” it is.  The girls are concluding a class presentation promoting biodegradable products.  Said presentation involves dropping a fish into a beaker containing “lake water” and pulling it out seconds later…with nothing left but bones.  Scary!  Mr. Feeny compliments the girls’ hard work, and calls up Cory and Shawn to present.

An excellent example of 90s environmentalism.

An excellent example of 90s environmentalism.

The boys high-five each other as they walk up to the front.  Shawn pulls down the classroom’s rollup map, and Cory announces that their topic will be the effects of air pollution on everyday life.  Mr. Feeny comments that he likes their topic.  The boys unfold pointers, and Shawn uses his to indicate “Denver”… which appears to be located in the Gulf of Mexico.  Cory points to “Philadelphia,” which is apparently located in Iowa.  The boys rattle off random geography-type facts related to each location, news magazine-style.  Then, they turn the discussion towards Mile High Stadium (home of the Colorado Rockies, who had the highest run percentage) and Veteran’s Stadium (home of the Philadelphia Phillies).  They conclude their presentation by saying that if Philadelphia would clean up its smog, the Phillies’ run percentage would become as high as the Rockies are able to achieve due to their cleaner air.  This seems like a topic the stat geeks should explore.  And then write meaningless blog and forum posts about their “findings.”   Ahem.  (Disclaimer: I don’t really hate stat geeks and think they’re quite useful and their findings are often quite interesting.  Seriously.)

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It is a good thing those two never made it to the map round on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.

Cory asks Mr. Feeny if he enjoyed their presentation.  Mr. Feeny didn’t and takes partial blame.  He announces that the class would redo the assignment, and he would choose the partners.  I don’t understand why Marla and Hillary would have to redo their project, because they did a great job.  He pairs Shawn with Minkus.  Both of them literally facepalm at this news.

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×04 “Terrible Things”

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Episode: Terrible Things (1×04)
Director: Gary Halvorson
Teleplay: Jon Sherman
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Penn Jillette, Tom McGowan, Sara Van Horn, Milo Ventimiglia, Marvin C. Jones II, James D. Fields
Original Air Date: October 18, 1996

Cold Open

Sabrina, wearing a black-on-black short sleeved turtleneck/miniskirt jumper ensemble, encounters Libby in the school hall–wearing the exact same über-90s outfit.  Sabrina flees to the bathroom as fast as her clompy black heeled boots allow, and uses magic to change her outfit to a lace-front blue top and patterned brown bellbottoms.  She confidently walks to her locker, and Jenny greets her… wearing the same blue/brown ensemble.  Jenny, naturally, approves of Sabrina’s outfit.

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Claudia: I look at the first outfit, and I see Marcia Brady.  I look at the second outfit, and I see David Cassidy.

Geoffrey: I don’t really like either outfit.  The first one is marginally better, but that second one, yowza.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×06 “Food Fight”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Note to readers:

This is the first time we will be skipping an episode.  “Different Drum,” while an interesting episode, just didn’t have enough in it that justified a full blog post.

Episode: Food Fight (1×06)
Director: Robert Hughes
Teleplay: Cheryl Saban
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: September 9, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: One of the five episodes available on VHS.

An establishing shot!

An establishing shot!

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Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×03 “Father Knows Less”

Episode: Father Knows Less (1×03)
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: April Kelly
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: Willie Garson, Thomas Brown IV
Original Air Date: October 8, 1993

Teaser

They should have made bundt sandwiches instead.

They should have made bundt sandwiches instead.

In the Matthews kitchen, Alan is packing his sack lunch, as Cory mimics his actions exactly.  Cory exposits to Morgan that he Alan are going to see the Blue Angels do formations.

Lenny's picture is in the dictionary, right next to the "nebbish" entry.

Lenny’s picture is in the dictionary, right next to the “nebbish” entry.

Meanwhile, in the living room, Eric is on the giant cordless phone, trying to convince Heather that a turtleneck will conceal…something.  Amy overhears this conversation as she walks into the room, so Eric must confess that he gave Heather a hickey.  He’s saved from a lecture by the doorbell.  The nebbish visitor introduces himself as Leonard Spinelli, Alan’s assistant manager at the grocery store.  Amy rolls her eyes at the introduction and says, “You’ve had dinner here maybe twenty times!”  Poor Lenny says that he’s always unsure if he’s made an impression.  She leads him into the kitchen, where he apologizes for interrupting the family on a Sunday… then he pauses and introduces himself to Cory, who of course already knew who he was.  Finally getting to the point, Lenny informs Alan that the store’s Perrier shelf fell down into the produce and Alka-seltzer aisles.  Alan apologizes to Cory for having to cancel their plans, and promises to make it up to him.  And thus commences, what is it now?  The 2nd son-and-his-dad episode in a row?  Plus the pilot had a small subplot tucked in there.  Oh well.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×04 “A Pressing Engagement”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Episode: A Pressing Engagement (1×04)
Director: Adrain Carr
Teleplay: Jeff Deckman and Ronnie Sperling
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: September 9, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: King Sphinx is the Monster-of-the-Week. First actual use of the Power Sword.

Hmm...for a Jason heavy episode, this is an odd title card placement.

Hmm…for a Jason heavy episode, this is an odd title card placement.

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