The Powerpuff Girls

Season 1 Episode 10

Telephonies / Tough Love

Aired Wednesday 2:30 PM Dec 23, 1998 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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).

    • This is the first time that the Narrator saying "So Once Again the Day is Saved" (thanks to the other characters instead of the Powerpuff Girls)

    • This is the first time we see the full front view of Ms. Bellum (apart of her face covered with bandage).

    • Villain(s): Mojo Jojo, Gangreen Gang, Fuzzy Lumpkins, & Him.

    • What do villains do on their down time? Mojo naps after reading the paper. Fuzzy Lumpkins strums his banjo in the bathtub. Him does aerobics wearing snazzy green warm-up duds.

    • In "Telephonies," the day is saved by Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Him.

    • Him's spell in "Tough Love" causes everyone to hate the Powerpuff Girls, including the narrator!

    • Fuzzy Lumpkins appears naked for the first time in this episode.

  • Allusions

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