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Kimberly and Trini watch over a mischevious little girl named Maria as part of a "Big Sisters" project. Things get harry when Rita and company discover the Power Eggs, objects that could increase the former's powers to the point of utterly annihilating the Power Rangers, and kidnap Maria in order to obtain them. Introduces the Radbug.

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  • Ascended Extra: Variation; the "Radbug" in Zyuranger was a nameless vehicle that Prince Euro and his servants used to travel around. Here in Power Rangers it was invented by Billy and used multiple times throughout this season, but doesn’t appear anywhere beyond the initial 40 episides.
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  • Behemoth Battle: Dino Megazord vs. Chunky Chicken.
  • Big Eater: Zack orders an enormous banana split but Jason doesn't think he can finish it. Sadly we'll never know since he has to abandon it to go save Maria.
    • Also, Ernie mentions that Jason and Billy ordered the same thing separately. Whoa...
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Maria
  • Composite Character: Chunky Chicken a.k.a. Dora Cockatrice was two separate entities in Zyuranger.
  • Cool Car: We're introduced to the Rad Bug in this episode.
  • Cool Big Sis: What the Big Sisters project is all about, of course. Trini and Kim act as this to Maria, though it takes some time at first.
  • Demoted to Extra: Variation; the Power Eggs were one of the main plot points in Zyuranger being that they were the last dinosaur eggs and Bandora (Rita) wanted to smash them in order fully exterminate the dinosaurs. Here they are merely items that Rita wants for power and they are never brought up again after this.
    • Bulk and Skull, who don't show up until the end of the episode. And their only scene was footage originally shot for the first episode, meaning the actors didn’t actually film anything for this episode.
  • Establishing Character Moment: See below
  • Feathered Fiend: Chunky Chicken is one, although he's also Clucking Funny.
  • Friendless Background: Implied with Maria.
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  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: The Megazord saves Maria this way after Rita cuts the rope she's dangling from.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: It was this episode that first mentioned the Morphin Masters - ancient wizard-type beings with deep connections to the Morphin Grid itself - via the backstory of the Power Eggs. Although the show would never mention them again, the fandom (who have theorized that characters like Zordon and Ninjor could be potential Masters) and especially the Boom! Studios comic book series (who used a fallen Morphin Master as the main villain of their "Beyond the Grid" arc) have never forgotten. They return to the television screen in a BIG way in Power Rangers Dino Fury.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Done by Rita to Chunky Chicken.
  • Monster of the Week: Chunky Chicken.
  • Mouthy Kid: Even when dangling from a rope, Maria trash talks the Monster of the Week.
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  • The Prankster: Maria makes her entrance by shutting off the boy's locker room's hot water, sending the guys out in a tizzy.
  • Shear Menace: Chunky Chicken's weapon of choice.
  • Stunt Double: The Zyuranger footage uses Emiko as Maria's double.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: See above with Big Eater.
  • Villainous Glutton: Squatt salivates over the Power Eggs but Baboo keeps him on a leash.
  • Vocal Evolution: Here Goldar's voice begins to deepen to what most fans recognize him as. It will flip flop somewhat until "Rita's Seed of Evil."
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Zack is completely without his shirt in the first scene, much to his fangirls' and fanboys' delight.
    • The boys who ran from the locker room, thanks to a prank by Maria.

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