T.J. was on a bus headed to Angel Grove from an unknown previous locale, when the bus was attacked by the evil Divatox. He and Cassie Chan, another bus passenger, helped out other passengers and victims. Because of their selflessness, they were hand-picked to become the new Turbo Red Ranger and Pink Ranger, respectively.
At the end of the Turbo season, Divatox had destroyed the Power Chamber and the Turbo Rangers had lost their powers. They went into space to find Zordon, which led to T.J. becoming the Blue Space Ranger.
T.J., along with the other Space Rangers, met the Ninja Turtles when they arrived to defeat Electrotramp, a monster the Rangers had been having a hard time defeating. Unbeknownst to the Rangers, the Turtles were under the spell of their nemesis Astronema, using them as a mole to get inside the Astro Megaship and sabotage it. However, when the Megaship experiences an electrical storm, the spell is broken, and together the two teams thwart Astronema's plan.