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Get Back Jojo
Season 4, Episode 3
Episode name pun on: The line "Get Back Jojo" from the Beatles song "Get Back"
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Airdate: May 4, 2001
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Director: Randy Myers
Craig McCracken
Story: Kevin Kaliher
Writer(s): Amy Keating Rodgers
Kevin Kaliher
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Summary

PPG (May 4, 2001, A)

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, as they appear in 2001, where this episode takes place in.

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Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, as they appear visiting what Townsville looked like back in 1959 (via a time machine) in this episode.

It's Career Day at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten, when adults in the community and parents alike discuss their careers and occupations. In addition to one of the girls' classmates bringing his father to discuss his occupation in the insurance industry, they have brought the Professor with them to discuss his involvements in the sciences. When it is Professor Utonium's turn to speak, he tells the class that though he was never interested in science, he eventually became a scientist. Professor Utonium then unveils his newest invention--the Time Portal--and demonstrates it by recovering a hat from the mid-16th century.

However, the scheming genius that is Mojo Jojo overhears this through the window on his way from the grocery store and disguises himself as a student to question the Professor about this invention. Mojo Jojo formulates a plan to kidnap the Professor in the past and convince him to reject science. He runs into the portal alone while the girls wait for his invention to be vacant so they can pursue him. While they wait, Professor Utonium explains the concept of different dimensions using a mouse in a maze; he explains that time travel is possible by exploiting movement in the so-called fifth dimension. Once the portal is vacant after Mojo reaches his target in time and space, this confirms the successful transport of living matter, prompting the girls to use it to travel to the past. However, the Professor warns them to be mindful that any significant actions in the past can alter the current reality, including the use of their superpowers.

Meanwhile, having arrived in Townsville in the late 1950s, Mojo scouts a school in search of the Professor as a child. Mojo sees for himself that the Professor was a huge brat who cared no more for science than he did for causing trouble and staging pranks. The class that Utonium is in had been building model volcanoes from milk bottles, modeling clay, and chemical mixtures in connection with watching a film about their dangers. Straying from his teacher's instructions, the young Utonium imagines his volcano as a monster, detonating it and filling the classroom with smoke with his excessive use of chemicals. While everyone is in a panic, Mojo swoops in to seize an opportunity to claim him.

Just as he leaves the school, the girls appear and interview various students to find out what happened to the Professor. Not only are civilians surprised at the girls' appearances, but it is revealed that Mojo has fled with Utonium to the local volcano (which has no observatory on it yet) where he tries to convince him to quit science; he hoped that by doing so, he would avert a life-changing event that otherwise inspired him to become the professor of the future and create the girls themselves. After the young Professor kicks, punches, and directs vituperative and sarcastic remarks towards him, Mojo decides to hit him over the head and throw him into the volcano itself in a new plan to get rid of the problem altogether. However, just as he throws the Professor into the volcano, the girls intervene by intercepting the falling, unconscious future scientist. Just as he wakes up, he catches a glimpse of the girls as if they were angels reaching to spare his life; "Girls!" he whispers as he faints again. The girls in classic fashion beat up Mojo and reluctantly carry him back to the present with them.

As the girls fly back to the present with Mojo in tow, they crash into the Professor. Subsequently, he goes on to explain that as he mentioned before, he was a brat who valued little of science until the day he was saved by three little girls. He also goes on to explain that his quest to find out who and what they are had fueled his aspirations to become a scientist and create the perfect little girls. Amidst of all this love, Ms. Keane interrupts the Professor and introduces another presenter, a professional cartoonist. In the end, Mojo gets credit for saving the day.

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Trivia

  • Despite have being produced by Cartoon Network Studios instead of Hanna-Barbera, it shows the latter's logo at the end.
  • This is one of the episodes where the girls traveled through time, the other being Speed Demon.
    • However, in this episode (Get Back Jojo) the girls travel to the past, while in Speed Demon they travel to the future.
  • It is revealed that Professor Utonium, Ms. Keane, and Ms. Bellum are all around the same age and were in the same class in the 1950s. However, the year or decade the main part of the show takes place in has never been confirmed, so their exact age now is unknown.
  • The past version of the Mayor is shown to have his job for a longer period of time.
  • George Jetson, from the Jetsons, makes an appearance as one of the parents in Career Day.
  • This episode is the last one to use the large-sized girls in their normal poses from the January 1999 version of the 1998-2001 animated episode outro after two years (three years in terms of production) of having used the cel of the large-sized girls in their normal poses since it was inked and painted by hand in 1998, the cel of the girls was getting worn out by that time.
  • Also, the animated episode outro in this episode is slightly longer than usual, due to the golden stars falling down for sixteen seconds.
  • The girls and Mojo Jojo traveled to 1959.
  • Although this episode aired after the AOL/Time Warner merger had completed, the Cartoon Network copyright info in the end credits had the AOL Time Warner byline, but the Hanna-Barbera logo still had the Time Warner byline, which means that there's evidence to suggest that this episode was completed before the completion of the merger, as the merger was not finalized and finished yet.
  • The Time Portal 2000 had 5 units of time levers: Year, Month, Day, Hour, and Minutes.
  • Mojo Jojo didn't consider the fact that if he did kill Professor Utonium in the past, then Mojo's existence would be negated along with the Powerpuff Girls', since Mojo was created in the same lab accident, causing a Grandfather Paradox
  • The Narrator mentions Mojo Jojo helping the Professor in creating the Powerpuff Girls at the end. This is likely a reference to Mr. Mojo's Rising.
  • The title of the episode is a reference to a certain phrase in the song called "Get Back" by The Beatles.
  • Some of the music heard in this episode is taken from "The Rowdyruff Boys".
  • This episode was released the exact same date when The Mummy Returns was released in theaters.

Goofs

  • While Mojo Jojo is disguised as Mary, Mojo Jojo's forehead turns pink for a few frames, the same color as his dress.
  • Mojo is seen walking past the windows holding grocery bags, suggesting he went to the grocery store, yet the school is surrounded by a forest and seems out of the way to get to the grocery store.
  • When this episode first aired on Cartoon Network, the episode incorrectly had a 2000 copyright date. Later reruns corrected this to 2001.

Production Notes

  • This episode is the only one to air in 2001 and also be made that same year.
  • This cartoon was produced after the 2002 episode "All Chalked Up" ended production. Also, this cartoon finished production on March 2, 2001.