Down 'n' Dirty is an episode in Season 2.

Down 'n' Dirty
Season 2, Episode 5-B
Episode name pun on: The phrase "down and dirty" and being dirty.
Airdate: September 10, 1999
Director: John McIntyre and Craig McCracken
Story: Charlie Bean
Writer(s): John McIntyre and Amy Keating Rodgers
See also
"Beat Your Greens"
"Slave the Day"


The girls get dirty from fighting an oil monster, so the Professor runs a bath for them, which Buttercup detests, because she believes only big, fat sissies take baths. The next day, Buttercup gets stinky and dirty when the girls fight a booger monster and doesn't see the point of her sisters taking a bath since they'll just get dirty again the next day.

The Professor orders Buttercup to take a bath and she refuses, so she gets thrown out the house. The following day, Buttercup fights another monster and gets even dirtier and stinkier while her sisters head to school. When Buttercup comes to school late, her stench leads to Ms. Keane starting the fire alarm and everyone leaves her alone. All around Townsville, Buttercup offends everyone with her stench to the point of an angry mob chasing her away.

As Buttercup vows to never come clean, another monster rises from the water and sucks her in his nose, then blows her out upon smelling her. The monster then retreats, informing Buttercup that she stinks. At this point, Buttercup finally agrees to take a bath, to her sisters' satisfaction, but only to fight monsters again. Although Buttercup is now all squeaky clean, Blossom says that her attitude still stinks.

And so the day is bathed, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls.

Main Article: Down 'n' Dirty/Transcript


  • This is the first time the Girls have been naked onscreen. The second time was in Nano of the North.
  • This episode was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program along with "Beat Your Greens".[citation needed]
  • This is the first time Blossom appears when she is not wearing her bow and hairclip. Also Bubbles' hair's down and pigtail free. Her hair is seen down again briefly in Slave the Day.
  • This would be the 3rd time the girls become pariahs, although technically it was Buttercup in particular.
  • This episode was in a DVD with the episodes from Dream Scheme and Birthday Bash.


  • Animation error: In the scene where Bubbles does her impersonation of a giant water monster, she comes out from under the water with her pigtails. When it cuts to the next scene, her pigtails have vanished and she is wearing her hair plain.


Personal Hygiene is important no matter what.