|Hot Air Buffoon|
|Episode name pun on: The phrase "hot air balloon."|
|Airdate:||December 1, 2000|
|Director:||John McIntyre and Craig McCracken|
|Story:||Mike Stern and Chris Savino|
|Writer(s):|| Amy Keating Rodgers|
"Ploys R' Us"
Hot Air Buffoon is episode 9 of Season 3.
After feeling like he has done a good day's work, he notices a maid who he thought was coming in early to start cleaning. The maid tells the Mayor that he isn't doing squat to help Townsville and that it's the Powerpuff Girls who are doing all the work. He becomes enraged and decides to call the Powerpuff Girls and have them beat her up. But then he realizes that she's right and trashes his office. Afterwards, he flies in a hot ballon with Ms. Bellum to look over Townsville and stops crime by knocking out criminals with an extended punching glove. At first, he appears to be doing well: He stops a criminal holding an old woman at knifepoint and a man stealing a car. Even Ms. Bellum is impressed at this. However, things start to go astray when the Mayor punches a man who accidentally littered. And then he starts attacking people who weren't committing any crimes (such as a man withdrawing money out of the ATM and even boxers), much to Ms. Bellum's horror. Blossom notices that the Mayor hasn't called them the entire day and become concerned. Buttercup assures them that nothing is wrong but when they fly to the Mayor's office, they see that it's in ruins (because of his outburst earlier). They fly into town and see everyone running away. One of the Townsville residents informs them that they're running away from him. When they try to confront the Mayor, he tries to punch them with his weapon but misses them. Instead he ended up pushing a button that launches missiles. So the girls do what they can and stop the missiles from exploding. Unfortunately, the one that Blossom stopped the Mayor punches with his extended punching glove which causes a big explosion. With the town in ruins, the girls reassure him that he helps to save Townsville by calling them. The episode ends with a good laugh and the narrator says: "Oh Mayor, what would Townsville do without you? Probably be a lot better off."
The Flintstones - Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble appear robbing a bank.
Dr. Strangelove - Blossom rides a missile into the ocean like Major Kong rides a missile into Russia.
- This is one of two episodes in which the narrator doesn't manage to finish his trademark opening line. The other is "Makes Zen to Me".
- When the unnamed criminal is about to steal a car, The Mayor says "Oh no you don't Mister Grand Theft Auto!" Referencing the popular series GTA.
- Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Fred's best friend, make a cameo as bank robbers in this episode.