The Powerpuff Girls

Telephonies / Tough Love

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 12/23/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Telephonies: The Gangreen Gang has discovered crank calling, and it's all Prince Albert in a can, until Ace decides to up the ante. Using Grubber's improved impersonation skills, they get the Mayor out of his office and commandeer the Powerpuff Hotline. Tired of being interrupted at their leisure when the Girls arrive to save a perfectly fine day, Mojo, Him, and Fuzzy Lumpkins investigate. When they discover it's the Gangreen Gang, they head to the Mayor's office to beat some sense into the green ones. Tough Love: The villain so evil, so horribly vile that even the utterance of his name strikes fear in the hearts of men, decides to turn the tables on the Girls. With a twirl of his claw, he unleashes a gas on Townsville, turning its citizens' love for our little superheroes into hate. Eventually, Buttercup realizes what's up and the Girls have to "force" everyone in town to love them again.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Clay Morrow

  • Craig Kellman

  • Genndy Tartakovsky

  • Craig McCracken

  • Chris Savino

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Prank calls.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Feb 12, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Buttercup: Our loved ones would never wanna hurt us!

    • Bubbles: (Gets hit in the head with a paper ball) Hey! Miss Keane, Billy threw a paper ball at me. Miss Keane: Billy Lifowitz, throwing paper just won't do. You should try apples, they're much harder. (Throws an apple at the girls) Class, please join me. (Everyone starts throwing stuff at the girls) Blossom: I've heard of class struggles, but this is ridiculous.

    • Him: Oh Mr. Quackers, am I the only one who hates those miserable little brats? (Mr. Quackers squeaks) You hate them too? Oh I knew I could count on you. But how can I possibly defeat them with all that love surrounding them? (Mr. Quackers squeaks) What's that you say? (Mr. Quackers squeaks again) Yes. That's brilliant. Oh Mr. Quackers, you're so smart. What a positively evil scheme you've hatched, and I'll finally be rid of those girls FOREVER!!

    • Blossom: (after seeing Him is only doing aerobics) er, Him, we ere just wondering... Him: How I keep so fit? Well, now you know. Blossom: Er, did you do anything evil today?

    • Arturo: Hi, am I speaking to the man of the house? Professor Utonium: By golly, you are. Arturo: Well then, you just won ten million dollars. Professor Utonium: T... ten million dol... ten million dollars?! Wow! I never won anything in my life! Arturo: Please hold. Professor Utonium: Sure, I'll hold. (Arturo hangs up the phone)

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    Notes (12)

    • Him is seen naked in "Tough Love."

    • Him is the first villain to appear in both of these episodes.

    • Tom Kenny takes over from Carlos Alazraqui as the role of Little Arturo from this episode onwards.

    • In "Telephonies," The Mayor's eye is revealed when he's playing golf. He always has it closed.

    • Running Gags: 1) In "Telephonies," the Girls constantly being tricked by the Gangreen Gang and the gang laughing at the end of each call. 2) Big Billy prank calling a woman, but screwing up in the process. 3) In "Tough Love," every time the girls gets to a place, people (under Him's spell) keep being mean to them and hit them (with the exception of Mayor and Professor Utonium).

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    Trivia (7)

    • When the Gang Green Gang crank call Professor, they say he won 10 million dollars, and tell him to hold and they hang up. Yet Professor is still on hold for the entire episode not moving from that spot, smiling.

    • In "Tough Love," the cat Bubbles saved for the second time scratches her, but it never left a scratch on her face.

    • The PPG Hotline's face is smiling in the beginning of "Tough Love." How come when everyone hates the PPG, the Hotline has an angry face?

    • After Little Arturo says, "Hi, am I speaking to the man of the house?" his mouth keeps moving.

    • The Powerpuff hotline is destroyed at the end of "Telephonies," but in future episodes, it's perfectly intact.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Bubbles: What's gotten into that cat? This was part of a commercial jingle for Friskies, a cat food company.

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