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Members Only
Season 4, Episode 5
Episode name pun on: The phrase "Members Only".
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Airdate: June 15, 2002 (premiered on Kids' WB!)
May 22, 2004 and June 24, 2004 (Color-corrected version)
Credits
Director: Randy Myers
Craig McCracken
Story: Paul Rudish
Writer(s): Amy Keating Rodgers
Paul Rudish
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 "Members Only" is the fifth episode of the fourth season of The Powerpuff Girls.
PPG (Pre-Movie oval designs, Summer 2002)

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, as they appear in this episode.

Plot

The Powerpuff Girls go to Mount Neverest in order to audition to join the Association of World Super Men (AWSM), an exclusive all-male organization of international superheroes. But is there less to this association than it appears?

Synopsis

The Powerpuff Girls rush home to watch the live coverage of the Association of World Super Men Super Summit 2000. Heroes attending the summit are such legends as England's Big Ben, Jamaica's Ya-Mon, Africa's Mandingo, Australia's Down Unda Mate, Japan's E-Male, China's Mushu Gai Man, Mexico's Mucho Muchacho, and America's Major Glory, the founder/head of the AWSM. Being starstruck at seeing their favorite superheroes, Bubbles wishes one day to be good enough to join the AWSM. Professor Utonium, however, points out to his daughters that they've saved the world multiple times and have defeated a number of different villains, even humbling HIM.

The girls then ask to go to AWSM's Rotunda of Seclusion and audition to join their ranks, to which he agrees. They rush to the Association and introduce themselves. However, Major Glory isn't convinced, and says they have to go through a series of tests in order to join AWSM, to which the girls are only too happy to accept.

  1. Test of Strength: Buttercup's tested against Big Ben, the strongest of the AWSM. Big Ben starts by lifting a large car, to which Buttercup responds by lifting a school bus. Big Ben retaliates by lifting an elephant, but Buttercup one ups him by lifting a blue whale. Big Ben tries to win by lifting a castle, but Buttercup, not to be outdone, retaliates by lifting a skyscraper! Big Ben, now fully fed up, goes as far as to lift the entirety of Mount Neverest! The AWSM cheers, but then Buttercup beats Big Ben effortlessly by lifting both him and the mountain! Big Ben's then subsequently squashed by the Mountain, and upon reentry in the Rotunda, he's ridiculed by Down Unda Mate, Ya-Mon and Valhallen (in that order).
  2. Test of Speed: Bubbles is tested against E-Male, the fastest of the AWSM. They had to run around the globe in a foot race. At first, it seemed like E-Male was winning, but Bubbles ends up blowing past him with her super speed, even beating E-Male's own record of seven seconds around the globe. Like Big Ben, E-Male's ridiculed upon reentry in the Rotuna by Down Unda Mate, Ya-Mon, and Vallhallen (also in that same order).
  3. Test of Heroism in the Field: Specifically to destroy a swarm of meteorites before they smashed into the earth. Blossom was the last one to be tested, and Major Glory supervised the test personally. Blossom originally had trouble with stopping the meteorites, but upon seeing the largest one, she gets an idea. Using her ice breath, she freezes the meteorite, and smashes it in the perfect place to cause the shards to destroy the other meteors, and in a surprised stupor, Major Glory's struck by the remaining ice shard. Of course, just like Big Ben and E-Male, Major Glory's ridiculed upon reentry in the Rotunda, by Vallhallen, Ya-Mon and Down Unda Mate respectively.

The girls await the grades they got on thier tests, which were exemplary across the board, but then Valhallen speaks up in protest, and the other members agree with him. Major Glory's only too happy to deny the girls membership after this. Upon asking why, Major Glory tells them it's because they're girls which he tries to justify with a sexist speech. But after asking what the girls' family is like, the girls explain that they don't actually have a mom and that their dad, Professor Utonium, does the job both men and women traditionally do---with the exception of mowing the lawn and washing the car, which Bubbles does. The girls are saddened about being denied their dream of joining the AWSM. But after they leave, a space hotrod flies down through the Rotunda, and transforms into a large, muscular mechanized alien being known as Mascumax, who promptly challenges the AWSM to a battle.

At home, the girls are told by the Professor that their humiliation was televised live, as well as the beating that Mascumax was currently giving the AWSM. At first, the girls don't want to save them, but a pep talk from the Professor, basically on how just because the AWSM-members were mean to them doesn't give them the right to abuse them when they're helpless, has them flying back to the Rotunda to (somewhat reluctantly) save the sexist superheroes. Mascumax seemed to be victorious, but when the Powerpuff Girls arrived, they beat Mascumax and finished him off with the Furious Flaming Feline, sending Mascumax crying home to his mommy (LITERALLY!).

The AWSM members are extremely grateful to the sisters for saving their lives from Mascumax, and (rather sheepishly) ask if they can join their superhero club. At first, Blossom and Bubbles deny them, but Buttercup gets an idea and indicates it to her sisters by saying, "Now girls, just because they were mean and insenstive, that doesn't mean we shouldn't turn the other cheek."

At the end, with the standard hearts ending from the series, we zoom out and see the AWSM dressed in Powerpuff-style dresses as part of the newly formed Society of Associated Puffketeers!

Quotes

  • [Bubbles is racing E-Male around the world in the test of speed]
  • Bubbles: Um, excuse me. Am I just supposed to keep up with you or is someone supposed to win?
  • E-Male: Oh, one of us should definitely win.
  • Bubbles: Okay.
  • [Bubbles speeds ahead]
  • Bubbles (shakes Blossom"s arm): Blossom, Blossom, Blossom, Blossom, Blossom, Blossom.
  • Buttercup (congratulates her): Yayy Baby


  • Blossom: Major Glory is the most American American of all time!
  • Bubbles: Mucho Muchacho es muy guapo!
  • Buttercup: And Mandingo's the bomb!
  • Narrator: Oh no! The Girls' dreams have been shattered. Their idols knocked them from their pedestals. What a bummer. But what's this? Some space-airing muscle rod is heading straight to the Rotunda of Seclusion.
  • Mascumax: Men of Earth! Witness the coming of…MASCUMAX! Breaker of men! Taker of worlds! Be there any true men amongst thee? Step forth and bring thy manhood against mine own, so that we might see who has the upper hand upon the measuring stick!


  • Major Glory: Finally, a true test of our manhood. Heroes, ho!
  • Professor: Girls! Thank goodness you’re home.
  • Blossom: It was terrible. They all laughed at us.
  • Professor: There, there. I know all about it. I saw the whole thing—live. Those jerks are plain awful. I’d be giving them a piece of my mind right now—if they weren’t already being savagely beaten by some thug from outer space!
  • Shaquille: (on the news on television) This is the scene around the globe. Members of the AWSM being hunted down like sick dogs.
  • [After seeing the AWSM being beaten up by Mascumax on television]
  • Buttercup: Serves 'em right
  • Professor: Now, Buttercup. I know they weren’t very heroic when they picked on you, but real superheroes don’t let what others say keep them from being really super.

Trivia

  • Professor Utonium breaks the fourth wall when he says don't know how many times I've heard "Once again the day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!", which is a reference to the show's frequent ending catchphrase.
  • The Professor telling how many times the girls saved the world makes reference to the following episodes:
  • "AWSM" is an abbreviation for the word "awesome."
  • The only members of the AWSM who had lines are Major Glory, Valhallen, Ya-Mon, E-Male, Big Ben, and Down Under Mate.
  • Mount Neverest is a pun on an actual mountain, Mount Everest.
  • Space Ghost and Birdman made cameo appearances alongside Tiki Torch, Comrade Red, Rasslor, and a superhero that resembles a taller version of Ratman.
  • Spore makes his second appearance (his first appearance is "Super Zeroes").
  • Some of the AWSM members are made up of characters from Dexter's Laboratory.
  • The reason the AWSM were sheepish when asking the sisters about joining them was probably because they felt guilty about the way they treated the girls when they tried joining the AWSM.
  • It is hinted that this episode takes place in the year 2000 and this show might be set after 2000, seeing as the Super Summit logo was labeled with the year 2000, even though the labeling of the year 2000 was already touched upon on a gold coin in "Moral Decay".
  • This episode confirms that The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory exist in the same universe.
  • This episode was the penultimate episode to be produced using traditional hand-colored cel animation.
  • When this episode first aired on June 15, 2002, it premiered on Kids' WB! instead of the normal Cartoon Network.
  • This episode has a similar plot to the Pinky and the Brain episode "T.H.E.Y." and the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic".
    • Also, the 2013 movie Monsters University has been noted by fans for having a plot which is similar to this episode.
      • Some parts of the Pokemon episode "The Ultimate Test" and the test part of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode "The Kirby Quiz" also look very similar to this episode.
  • This episode was the last to credit Bubble's voice actor as Tara Charendoff.
  • This is the second time the girls use their flaming cat attack, Furious Flaming Feline, the first time being in "Catastrophe".
  • In 2004, a color-corrected version of this episode was made using a computer by brightening up the colors in this episode. The color-corrected version of this episode aired only twice on May 22, 2004 and on June 24, 2004.
  • Some of the supermen's names are references or puns.
    • E-Male is a pun on email.
    • Big Ben is a reference to the Big Ben tower in London.
    • Valhallen is a reference to Valhalla, which is a sort of heaven in Norse mythology.
  • Buttercup's line to Major Glory (embarrassing the latter) "You got your underpants on the outside" is a reference to most superhero costumes exposing their underwear, particularly Superman and Batman.
  • This episode shared the same title from The Looney Tunes Show episode.
  • The moral of this episode is the same as that of Equal Fights, that men and women shall be treated equally.

Goofs

  • When this episode first aired on Kids' WB, the episode incorrectly had a 2000 copyright date at the end. Later reruns corrected this to 2001.

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