|Something's a Ms.|
|Episode name pun on: Something's amiss replaced by Ms. (Ms. Bellum).|
|Airdate:||June 30, 2000|
|Director:||Randy Myers and Craig McCracken|
|Writer(s):||Amy Keating Rodgers|
"Slumbering with the Enemy"
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Something's a Ms. is the 13th episode of Season 2. It aired on June 30, 2000.
Each day, Ms. Bellum takes the rest of the afternoon off and each night she calls the girls whenever a crime is committed, but the girls are unable to find any clues.
One day, Ms. Bellum fails to show up at the office when the Mayor receives a ransom note from his fax machine - Sedusa is holding Ms. Bellum for ransom and wants a million dollars in exchange for her.
The Powerpuff Girls take the ransom to Ms. Bellum's house where they find she somehow single-handedly subdued Sedusa herself, but of course, it's actually Sedusa in disguise and she easily takes the girls out with her new hair gel. At this point, Ms. Bellum, still in Sedusa's clothing, steps up to fight Sedusa. Ms. Bellum, shown she is no match for Sedusa even in hand-to-hand, takes the fight to the swimming pool, where she manages to knock her out. Sedusa tries to retaliate, but the water has broken her hair, so Ms. Bellum uses water to free the girls. Sedusa tries to fight Ms. Bellum and the girls without her hair, but Ms. Bellum defeats her by cutting off all of her hair.
The Mayor of Townsville is glad to have Ms. Bellum back and the girls reveal that the ransom was just the Mayor's dirty laundry - the whites. At this point, the Mayor heads off to the prison before visiting hours are over, to everyone else's confusion.
And so, the day is saved, thanks to Ms. Bellum and the Powerpuff Girls - the Cuties of Townsville.
- Recurring event: The narrator making a pun of "The City of Townsville" throughout the episode.
This episode is a parody/homage to the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult comedy film The Big Lebowski and borrows several themes, locations, plot points, and direct quotes from the movie. The whole episode had to be toned down a lot due to certain content that parents would consider inappropriate at the time, such as sexual intercourse.
This was the first time a Cartoon Network show had an episode that borrowed elements from The Big Lebowski. The other time was in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "The Big Lablooski," which wasn't a direct parody.
Bubbles' speech and accent slightly differs in this episode and appears to in the later episodes as follows. Her "Ls" sound sharper.
- This is the last episode Sedusa is shown with hair, except See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey. In addition, this is her final non-cameo appearance not counting the brief flashback in Aspirations.
- Princess Morbucks, the RowdyRuff Boys, and the Amoeba Boys are the only villains not mentioned as jewel robbery culprits.
- This is the last time Sedusa appeared in an 11-minute episode.
- This is the only time when Ms. Bellum saved the day.
- In this episode, two edges are removed from the star explosion, resulting in the introduction of the June 2000 version of the 1998-2001 3D star explosion.
- It's never explained what happened to Ms. Bellum while Sedusa was in disguise, seducing the mayor, and stealing jewels.
- Dr. Strangelove reference: Blossom tells the other two Powerpuff girls to execute "wing attack plan R", which is the flight plan for a preemptive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union in Dr. Strangelove.
- This is the fourth time the girls fight a villain (or at least attempt to) at night, following Mommy Fearest, Boogie Frights, and Abracadaver, and preceding Burglar Alarmed and Aspirations.
- The real Miss Bellum is not in the office until the end even before the ransom note was faxed, it's possible that Sedusa might have held her hostage the whole time.
- When Blossom says "Sorry, guys", her voice is slightly garbled.
- In one scene, Bellum's hair is below her off-screen head.
- While Blossom reads the letter, it reads "$100,000,000" instead of $1,000,000.
- When Sedusa says "You broke my hair!", her mouth moves as if she is saying something else.
- When Bubbles exclaims, "Fuzzy Lumpkins!", the closed captions said, "(speaking indistinctly)".