The Powerpuff Girls

Season 5 Episode 16

Makes Zen to Me / Say Uncle

Aired Wednesday 2:30 PM Apr 23, 2004 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • Eugene signs the telegram "You're brother Eugene," making the all-too-common mistake of confusing "your" and "you're."

  • Quotes

    • Monk: Now return to your sisters.
      Buttercup: Thank you, master!
      Monk: Oh, she's a good kid.

    • Professor Utonium: So, where's that crazy brother of mine?

    • Doctor: Are you proud of yourself, young lady?
      Buttercup: I.. I...
      Doctor: Thanks to you, he can't eat right, he can't talk right, and he can't even think right.
      Buttercup: No! No! NNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
      Blossom: What got into her?

    • Chubby Guard: Oh, yeah! One more thing: this guy is nuts over taffy. He goes crazy for the salty-sweet tang. So, whatever you do, do not let him near any taffy! Got it? (Leaves)
      Scrawny Guard: (Opens lunchbox) Boy, did I pick the wrong day to start my all-taffy diet.

    • Professor Utonium: There's a scientific exposition at the Townsville Convention Center, and you're looking at the keynote speaker. I'm giving a presentation of the proliferation of subatomic particles on the ribonucleic plane, and its relationship to the proliferation of ribonucleic particles on the subatomic plane.
      (Powerpuff Girls just stare)
      Professor Utonium: Oh, it's really quite fascinating, isn't it?
      (Powerpuff Girls continue to stare)

    • Narrator: Meanwhile, back in... the city of Townsville... Professor Utonium is getting ready for a very big day.
      Bubbles: Whatcha doing, Professor?
      Professor Utonium: Well, Bubbles, I'm getting ready for a very big day.

    • Narrator: The city of... Longville, Minnesota! The turtle-racing capital of the world!

    • Buttercup: What should I do, Master?
      Monk: The water rushing down the mountainside washes away impurities and replenishes the land. You must be like water, grasshopper.
      Buttercup: What?
      Monk: Kick his butt!
      Mojo Jojo: Oh, no!

    • Mojo Jojo: (To Buttercup) Girls are stupid. (Runs, then comes back) I'm smarter than you. (Runs, then comes back) You cannot defeat me. Green is not your color. You look fat in that dress.

    • Monk: The path will not be easy.
      Buttercup: I'm ready.
      Monk: Only the most serious mind can -
      Buttercup: That's me!
      Monk: You must look inward.
      Buttercup: Get on with it!
      Monk: You must be patient, grasshopper.
      Buttercup: Oh, sorry.

    • Buttercup: You don't even know what my problem is. How can you -
      Monk: Grasshopper, be not violent or angry, for peace lies within.
      Buttercup: Yeah, yeah. I get that a lot.

    • Buttercup: I need to change, and I don't even know where to start.
      Monk: At the beginning, grasshopper.
      Buttercup: What the - who? I'm not a grasshopper!

    • Bubbles: You have been taking your fighting a little too far lately.
      Blossom: Yeah. You didn't have to beat the stuffing out of Fuzzy so badly.
      Bubbles: Poor Fuzzy!
      Buttercup: Hello?! He's a stinking bad guy, remember?

    • Blossom: What's yours, Buttercup?
      Buttercup: (Reading fortune cookie) "Be not violent or angry. Peace lies within." What a stupid fortune! It wasn't even funny.
      Blossom: I don't know, Buttercup. Sounds right to me.
      Bubbles: Me, too.
      Buttercup: What?!

  • Notes

    • The Narrator mentions Longville, Minnesota in "Say Uncle." In reality, there really is a Longville, Minnesota, located southeast of Leech Lake in the north central part. It's nicknamed the "turtle-racing capital of the world."

    • The Girls' fortune cookies say the following:

      Bubbles - "You bring sunshine to all who surround you."
      Blossom - "Your quality is that of a leader, others are sure to follow you."
      Buttercup - "Be not violent or angry. Peace lies within."

    • Buttercup learns not to overdo things in "Makes Zen to Me."

    • It's revealed that the Girls have an uncle named Eugene.

    • Villain(s): Fuzzy Lumpkins & Mojo Jojo.

  • Allusions

    • Professor Utonium: I'll be coming on the last train on to Clarksville.
      "Last Train to Clarksville" was a hit song by The Monkees in 1966 that, in reality, actually debuted before the show did.

    • Zen Master: Various
      The Zen Master calls Buttercup "Grasshopper"; this was the name that the hero's sensei named him in the classic adventure series Kung Fu, and the later sequel Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.