Plague of the Mantis

Written by Mark Hoffmeier
Directed by Terence H. Winkless
First aired February 17, 1994
Production code 148
Episode number Season 1
Episode 48
Previous episode Reign of the Jellyfish
Next episode Return of an Old Friend, Part I
Series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers


Trini is having some difficulties learning the Praying Mantis technique from kung fu expert, Master Lee. He assures her that her technique will improve with time and with some additional practice. Rita takes advantage of the situation by sending a “Praying Mantis Monster,” who immediately challenges Trini to single combat. She accepts the challenge, but when the Power Rangers come to her aid, the Mantis accuses Trini of having no honor for not fighting alone and instantly disappears. Back at the Command Center, Trini is upset at being dishonored, while Alpha tries to find more information on the monster. Trini is tricked into meeting the Mantis once again for another match. This time, the Mantis breaks the honor code by calling up the Putties. Things look grim for Trini. She uses her kung-fu expertise to pound on the Mantis. Just when the Rangers come to her rescue, Rita makes the Mantis grow. The Rangers call on the Megazord and blow away the Mantis.