The Powerpuff Girls

Season 1 Episode 10

Telephonies / Tough Love

Aired Wednesday 2:30 PM Dec 23, 1998 on Cartoon Network
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Telephonies / Tough Love
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

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Tom Kane

Tom Kane


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Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Fuzzy Lumpkins

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Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Ace/Big Billy

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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.

    • In "Telephonies," while Mojo, Fuzzy, and Him are fighting with the Gangreen Gang, and the mayor finds out and calls the Girls, it's daytime. But when we flash to the Girls, it's the middle of the night, and they're in bed.

    • In "Telephonies," when the three angry villains break into the mayor's office, Mojo is carrying a weapon of some sort - but he does not use it in the fight with the Gangreen Gang.

  • 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)

    • Blossom: (after Him licks the Professor's face) YOU GET YOUR CLAWS OFF THE PROFESSOR!

    • Him: Oh, Powerpuff Girls save us, Powerpuff Girls help us. We love you Powerpuff Girls! BAH!!! POWERPUFF GIRLS!!! POWERPUFF GIRLS!!! PPOOWWEERRPPUUFF GGIIRRLLSS!!!!!!

    • Mojo Jojo: This is an outrage! We are all citizens! Evil citizens, but citizens nonetheless.

    • Big Billy: Hello?
      Him: (Over phone) I demand to speak with the Mayor!
      Big Billy: Uh, he's not here right now. Can I take a massage?

    • (The girls are fighting Fuzzy)
      Blossom: This is for anything you broke!
      Buttercup: This is for anyone you hurt!
      Bubbles: And this is for taking a bath!

    • Maitre d': Café de Paris.
      Ace: Yeah, listen, do you have frogs' legs?
      Maitre d': But of course.
      Ace: What, do you hop to work, then?

    • Narrator: The city of Townsville! And what a beautiful city she is, full of -- (Telephone rings) Oh, excuse me. (Answers phone) Uh -- hello?
      Ace: (Over phone) Yeah, listen, jerk-face, you good-for-nothin' toad!
      Narrator: You can't talk to me like that!
      Ace: (Over phone) How 'bout this? I think you stink! I can smell you over the phone!
      Narrator: Why, I oughta -- who is this?
      (Ace hangs up)
      Narrator: Hello?! Hello?!

    • Narrator: The city of Townsville. The city of brotherly love! Or should I say sisterly love? Love for those devout doers of dangerous deeds and dutiful... uh, things. The Powerpuff Girls!

    • Buttercup: Wow! This has turned out to be one freaky day.
      Bubbles: Yeah. Something strange is going on.
      Narrator: Aw, for cryin' out loud, would you three shut up for once?! Always griping and moaning about something! Sheesh, you give me a headache!

  • NOTES (12)