Kiwi's Big Adventure
Writing Credits: Julia J. Roberts
First Aired: First aired in the US on April 2, 1989.
Title Reference: Pee-wee's Big Adventure, a 1985 movie.
Episode Number: 6
Production Order: 13
Production Number: CDRR 1105
The episode begins with the Rangers in a jungle chasing after a band of primitive kiwi birds, which are flightless birds. The kiwis stole the Rangerplane and brought it to their village by a ruined airplane. The Rangers arrive at the kiwis' camp in time to discover that the birds worship the Rangerplane as a god in hopes of unlocking the secret of flight. The Rangers attempt to infiltrate the ceremony, but are uncovered; they claim the Rangerplane and attempt to fly away. Before takeoff, Dale kicks at the landing gear to loosen it and injures his foot. The kiwis manage to pierce the Rangerplane's balloon by throwing spears; the punctured balloon launches the Rangers across the jungle.
The Rangers crash land. When Dale jumps out of the Rangerplane, he painfully realizes that his foot is injured. Gadget becomes very sympathetic and attentive, and says that Dale's toe might be broken. Dale begins to protest, but changes his mind in favor of Gadget's ministrations. From here, Dale continues to exaggerate his injuries, Gadget fusses over him, and Chip repeatedly nearly tricks Dale into blowing his act. As the Rangerplane cannot fly with its balloon gone, Gadget converts the Rangerplane into a boat and the Rangers (minus Dale) drag it to a river, where the Rangers (minus Dale) paddle.
While on the river, Chip becomes fed up with Dale's act and tries exposing him by dropping him in the river after confirming with Gadget that Dale can't swim if injured. Unfortunately, there is a crocodile in the water, and Chip jumps in to fix his mistake. They both evade the crocodile; Monty distracts the crocodile (and is nearly eaten). Gadget rigs a sail for the Rangerplane from its destroyed balloon, and the Rangers escape. After the chase, they are at a river shore by a waterfall.
The Rangers attempt to lower the Rangerplane plus Dale over the waterfall cliff by vine; the vines snap and both plummet to the ground. When the Rangers reach the bottom, they find Dale standing after the crash. He insists he's feeling better, but Gadget is worried that he's overdoing it and adds some extra splints to keep Dale from moving too much. Dale is apparently reunited with the idea of faking injury, however, when Gadget feeds him dinner at the night's camp.
Chip decides to spy on Dale while Dale is alone; he brings Monty along. Gadget happens upon the two in time to see Dale walking despite his bandages and injuries. Dale is spared Gadget's imminent wrath when Chip, Gadget, Monty, and Zipper are captured by the kiwis and strapped to the propellers of the ruined aircraft at the kiwi's village. The kiwis plan to make Zipper (who clearly possesses the secret of flight) fix the Rangerplane for them.
Dale, the only Ranger still free, spies on the kiwis' village. He tries to remove his awkward bandages so he can move more freely, but he becomes tangled in the bandages and ends up swinging upside-down over the camp from a nearby tree. Two leaves get stuck on his arms and act as a kite, holding Dale aloft. The kiwis decide that Dale is the flying god and set the rest of the Rangers free. The crocodile from the river arrives, presumably having tracked the Rangerplane. The crocodile attempts to eat Dale, but he kicks it in the snout, injuring his foot in the process. Chip and Gadget attach a parachute from the ruined plane to the crocodile's tail and let the wind carry it away.
Using the parachute material, Gadget builds kites with baskets so the kiwis can fly and rigs a temporary hot air balloon for the Rangerplane. The kiwis throw a party, which Dale has to miss due to his injury received while fighting the crocodile.
The Rescue Rangers
Monterey Jack: "They're worshipping it like some sort of god."
Gadget: "Golly. I built it to last, but I didn't think it would be immortal."
Head Kiwi: "My birdie brothers and sisters, we have a really special treat for you tonight. (Kiwis cheer) The time has come for the kiwis to return to the skies where all birds belong. And now, right here in this very camp, the kiwi who will wake the great flying god from its slumber. Let's hear it now for our own medicine bird, Pepto Gizmo!"
Pepto Gizmo: "Bingly wingly pingly pie, take the kiwis to the sky!" (the plane does nothing) Oh! Of course. This is an equatorial flying god. Different spell entirely. Siggly giggly gaggly gowds, take the kiwis to the clouds!" (the plane does nothing)
Gadget: "Oh, Dale, your toe. You really hurt yourself, didn't you? All for us, too."
Dale: "Aw, shucks, it's nothing. I just..."
Gadget: "Nonsense. You need to lie down."
Chip: "But Gadget, it's just his toe."
Gadget: "Well, his toe needs to lie down so the rest of him will just have to go along with it."
Pepto Gizmo: "They're dragging the flying god to the river. Goodness! Can a flying god swim?"
Head Kiwi: "More important, can a really great flying god survive a really big river demon?"
Kiwi birds are found only in New Zealand; New Zealand has subtropical climates, but no tropical jungles like the one in this episode.
In this episode, Gadget modifies the Rangerplane to serve as a Ranger-propelled sled, a rowboat, a sailboat, and a hot air balloon/airplane hybrid, in addition to its normal operation; this is an excellent example of Gadget's versatility even without proper tools.
This was the first episode to be dubbed in German, and Gadget had a voice actor different to the one in all the other episodes. It is for this reason that many German Rangerphiles refer to Kiwi's Big Adventure as their least favorite episode.
The crocodile in the river is said to be modeled after the one in the Disney animated feature Peter Pan.