We open in shop class, with Ashley trying to fix an engine. Sadly, it doesn't work. I just want to say A+ for having Ashley in shop class, because seriously, it is nice to see them breaking the fashionista girly-girl stereotype. And hey, it's actually nice to see BOTH Carlos and Ashley struggle with something and have them not be perfect for once.
Meanwhile, Divatox is having technical difficulties with her periscope and she calls in some monster to fix it. And then the monster volunteers to build Divatox something. I actually adore Divatox with her "You may touch me" to the monster.
Ashley is driving home and she's having some car trouble. She breaks out the manual and tries to fix it herself! You go Ashley. However, she also called a towing company, and it turns out that Bulk and Skull are the tow guys. They promptly back into her car and ruin a headlight.
Elgar appears and Ashley asks if this day could get any worse. Ashley, NEVER ASK THAT. (Also, Skull locks himself in the truck. Ahaha.) We get an unmorphed fight with Ashley being great and kicking Pirahnatron ass while Elgar steals parts from her car. Bulk somehow manages to miss the whole thing.
Ashley allows Bulk and Skull to drive her back to the Youth Center. She is brave. TJ gives Ashley a wrench, and we find out that the reason Ashley is taking autoshop is because her dad is super good with cars but he doesn't think girls can do it. ASHLEY, YOU ARE SO GREAT. Carlos points out that he isn't doing well either and that gender has nothing to do with it.
I approve of this episode so hard just for that scene.
Later, at the autoshop Ashley is still having issues but at least the teacher is fairly encouraging, telling her to think it through. Bulk and Skull show up, and then the monster turns into a student named Manny to join them. He is super creepy and tries to steal Ashley's wrench. The teacher tells Ashley that she should come in after class to work in the garage. He's being super supportive and encouraging. I was worried that instead he'd be dismissive of her, but he totally wants her to succeed!
Ashley is super worried, and Carlos volunteers to go with her, because he looooooooooooves her. As they walk to the garage, they get ambushed by Pirahnatrons and we get another unmorphed fight scene!
"First my car parts and now... maybe more car parts!" Ahahaha.
Ashley and Carlos discover that Manny has a) stolen Ashley's wrench and b) is a monster and he's building something. They morph and chase after him in those little car things. they point out again that the monster is a maniac
. The rest of the Rangers join in on Lightning Cruiser and Storm Blaster to chase after the monster.
The monster keeps breaking their cars, and they decide that Ashley can fix Storm Blaster. I guess somehow the engine is the same on Storm Blaster as in a regular car? Sure. Whatever. I guess since the cars are magic and all. She managed to fix it, anyway. Because she is AWESOME. She fights the monster and blows him up. Ashley, you can join Kim in the I AM AWESOME AND BLOW UP MONSTERS club.
Of course, then Divatox is all "Launch the... ah, you know the drill" and seriously, how much do I love Divatox? The Zord fight is over pretty quickly, at least.
Ashley is explaining the differences between Storm Blaster and a regular car while she's driving Carlos and Justin somewhere. How much do I love that she is the car expert? SO MUCH. They come upon Bulk and Skull, and they discover that their truck has broken down. Bulk starts to protest and Ashley is all "I do NOT want to hear how a girl can't do it" and she fixes their engine. Sadly, Bulk and Skull are fired anyway. They laugh. Sigh.
ASHLEY IS GREAT. And I approve so hard of this episode.
Fish: 3, because they had great attitudes about women and cars