|Episode name pun on: "neighborhood"|
|Airdate:||March 25, 2005|
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Neighbor Hood is the twenty-fifth episode of the sixth season of The Powerpuff Girls. It's the one hundred and thirty-eighth episode overall.
The children, including Bubbles, can't wait to watch their favorite TV show. It is called The Wondrous World of Whimsical Willy. Mr. Willy shows the children a mask of a happy face and a mask of a sad face. He then wonders where happiness comes from. The flower on his hat, Miss Happy Flower whispers to his ear. Mr. Willy is delighted by the idea. He then goes to the magical world of Daydream Lane by using his magic satchel. The characters who live there are Maid Mary, Kitty the Elephant, Duke Monday, Dynamite Dog and Crazy Horse. Maid Mary asks of Mr. Willy to Kitty the Elephant. Kitty says he doesn't know where Mr. Willy is and starts to look for him. Unknown to him, Mr. Willy has arrived and greets Maid Mary. Mr. Willy asks what she is making. She says that they are making a Happy Stew. Duke Monday is helping her find the ingredients. Maid Mary then asks Mr. Willy of what makes him happy. Before Mr. Willy could answer, Dynamite Dog runs to them bringing terrible news. He informs that a Dark Cloud of Sadness has covered Daydream Lane and it causes Crazy Horse to lose his happiness. All of them are shocked. Maid Mary says to Mr. Willy that if nothing is done fast, all of them may lose their happiness.
It makes the children shocked as well. Mr. Willy admits that he does not know where to turn to. He then tells the children that there is only one thing that can get rid the Sadness Cloud, and that is Happy Paper. Holding a 100 dollar note, he pleads with the children to send them as much "Happy Paper" as they can, or Daydream Lane will be doomed. The Dark Cloud of Sadness is then shown on Daydream Lane: A monstrous, red cloud with a pair of evil, glowing crimson eyes. Lightning flashed around the Cloud. This terrifies the children and they run away from their TVs, except Bubbles, who is less scared. She, innocently believing that the show is real, upset says that something has to be done. At Mayor's office, it is shown that even he is watching Whimsical Willy as well. Terrified and like Bubbles, he believes the show is real, he then runs to a vault in his office, gets some coins out of his piggy bank and when he enters the vault to put his piggy bank back, he realizes all the money of Townsville are gone, leaving a large hole in the wall. The Mayor yells in fright.
At home, Blossom and Buttercup are looking for Bubbles. They then receive a call from the Mayor that all the money of Townsville has been stolen. When they wonder where Bubbles is, they unintentionally see on the TV that Bubbles is giving all the money of Townsville that she has stolen to Mr. Willy. Her sisters are shocked and fly away to see Bubbles. Mr. Willy thanks Bubbles for her "wonderful gifts" and then shows her that the Sadness Cloud has gone away and all their friends get their happiness back (the characters are shown to be very happy and the Daydream Lane becomes beautiful once more).
When they happily celebrate, Blossom and Buttercup barge in, angrily. Blossom tells Mr. Willy to drop his act, even it is really even his real name. Bubbles asks Mr. Willy about what Blossom has said, and Mr. Willy tells her that he doesn't know and his name is indeed Willy. He suddenly becomes frightened and sweaty and smiles anxiously at Bubbles. Blossom and Buttercup are not tricked by his pathetic attempts at lying and reveal his plan to steal all the money of Townsville. Bubbles demands an explanation and tell them that Mr. Willy is just trying to save Daydream Lane and all of his friends from losing their happiness. Blossom tells Bubbles that none of that is real and Buttercup tells her that it is all fake. Pulling a rope, the canvas that serves as Daydream Lane surroundings are raised up, reveals nothing behind but a bare gray wall. The characters are actually real escaped criminals in costumes and Whimsical Willy is a crook! His plans revealed, he then shows his true color, completely different from his show, insanely and sinister tells them that all the money of Townsville are his! Bubbles is shocked by her favorite TV show icon's madness. Mr. Willy tells his criminal goons to attack the girls. Blossom and Buttercup start to fight them, but Bubbles stops them and angrily beats all the criminals, for her own happiness, dream and hope are shattered by the truth of the show. Before Mr. Willy could escape on the hot air balloon that he uses in his show, Bubbles throws a happy face mask from his satchel on the floor, dropping him from the balloon. Bubbles, angry at Mr. Willy, refuses to catch him and just lets him land, painfully. Mr. Willy is then arrested and his show is canceled permanently. In the jail, his fellow criminals that act as characters of his show, angrily glare at him, while Mr. Willy gives them a frightened grin.
The girls return all the money and Bubbles apologizes and regretfully tells Mayor that she should not believe on what she sees on TV. Shocked, Mayor tells Bubbles not to say such a thing. He states to her that television is her friend, then he states to the viewers( and the narrator) that television is never wrong and they should always listen to it and do whatever it says. And before the episode ends, Bubbles and the other Powerpuffs stunned, learn their lesson through a hypnosis-like effect.
And so, now and forevermore, the day is saved, thanks to (as the narrator quotes,) the "Wonderful, Funderful World of Television".
- The Mayor of Townsville
- Daydream Lane Friends
- Maid Mary
- Kitty the Elephant
- Duke Monday
- Dynamite Dog
- Crazy Horse
- The Wondrous World of Whimsical Willy show is a parody of, and tribute to, real-life Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Some aspects of the show are spoof of Mister Rogers, such as Duke Monday and Maid Mary parodies King Friday XIII and Lady Aberlin, Whimsical Willy changes into his "magic trousers" and "bright green shoes" just as Mister Rogers changes into his cardigan and shoes and his magic satchel that travels to Daydream Lane is similar to Mister Rogers' Trolley that travels to Neighborhood of Make-Believe and Daydream Lane parodies Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
- This episode also based on real-life events in a 1965 New Year incident where Soupy Sales, miffed at having to work on the holiday, ended his live broadcast by encouraging his young viewers to tiptoe into their still-sleeping parents' bedrooms and remove those "funny green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. Presidents" from their pants and pocketbooks. "Put them in an envelope and mail them to me," Soupy instructed the children. "And I'll send you a postcard from Puerto Rico!" He was then hit with a pie. He later admitted that he was joking and that the money would be donated to a charity, but Sales was negatively affected by the incident.
- This episode is to teach children not to believe everything they watch on TV, and not all children's shows are what they seem to be.
- At the end of the episode, the narrator states "Mission accomplished!" which may be a reference to George W. Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' speech made the year before. In light of the episode's theme, it would be a clear dig at the President at the time.
- This is the second episode to feature confidence trick, a con artist and a scheme to steal the town's money, with the first being "Film Flam", and the antagonist Willy is voiced by Tom Kenny who voiced the other con artist, Bernie Bernstein.
- For some reason, everybody counted coins as "happy paper", despite not being made of paper and Whimsical Willy never using the terms money or coins.
- The Girls and the Mayor break the fourth wall when they tell the viewers that they should always trust television.
- Near the end of the episode, when Blossom was saying "Bubbles, Mr. Willy is getting away!" Buttercup's mouth was moving.