Popular Angel Grove Children's Show host Captain Pete and his friendly robot known as Puppetman are targeted by the Machine Empire. They convert the bot into the Puppet Blaster monster, and use him to brainwash the kids into going on a riot, not to mention acting as human shields when the Zeo Rangers attempt to put a stop to the misdeeds. Meanwhile, Bulk & Skull are forced to watch Lt. Stone's nephew for the day, a brat who doesn't need a ray to make him make their life a living nightmare!
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Puppetman was a robotic kids show host reprogrammed by the Machine Empire, and was even rebuilt after the Rangers defeated him. His Ohranger counterpart Bara-Pinokiller was a Baranoia plant from the start.
- Brick Joke: During Pete and Puppetman's show, the Secret Word was "Power Rangers", with Puppetman throwing a barrel of water or confetti at anyone who said it, including a Cog. At the end of the episode, Stone's nephew tells him how the Power Rangers saved them from a monster attack. Bulk and Skull then ask him "By who?", to which he repeats "the Power Rangers", to which Puppetman throws a pie in his face.Puppetman: Well, he did say the secret word!
- Human Shield: To prevent the Rangers from attacking him, Puppetman has the children he hypnotized attack, giving him an opening to escape.