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Town and Out
Season 3, Episode 2-A
Episode name pun on: Down and Out
Airdate: August 18, 2000
Director: John McIntyre and Craig McCracken
Story: Charlie Bean
Writer(s): Amy Keating Rodgers
See also
"The Mane Event"
"Child Fearing"

The Professor gets a new job, and the Utonium family moves to the Town of Citiesville. The Professor loves it, but the girls don't. They try their best to make it just like it was for them in Townsville but it's just not the same in fact it's downright awful.


The Utonium family moves to the town of Citiesville, which is home to the world's top research lab. The Professor was told that it's a great place to live. The girls don't know about the town being great. The family moves into a motel room, which, despite it being so messy, the Professor states looks great. The girls travel to school in a school bus, but all the other kids are nasty to them. The girls then notice a fire nearby, and ask the teacher if they could save it. The teacher gives a displeasing look and the girls simply continue studying, leaving the firefighting to the professionals. After school, the girls ask the professor what he thinks of the town. He ecstatically answers that it's great.

Sometime later, they try to patch things up with the mayor of the town. After which, the mayor receives a call from the chief of police that the bank is being robbed. The girls rush to the scene of the crime, and Buttercup put a dent into the criminals' car. After the criminals head for the bridge, the girls use their starburst ray to stop them and destroy the bridge. However, when the police arrive, they start to cry over the loss of the bridge.

Later that night, the girls have a serious discussion with the mayor, and he informs them that they cost the city three million dollars in property damage to the bridge to catch some men who only stole four hundred dollars. He states the bridge is an irreplaceable historical landmark that is the main route in and out of the town and that nobody actually lives in Citiesville they commute. Because of this, he signs a bill that bans all superpowers (including flying) in the town, and tells the girls to get out. Angry and fed up with Cityville, the girls walk to their new home and tell the Professor what they really think of the town. The Professor sheds tears of joy, telling the girls that he hates the town so much, telling them that his coworkers pick on him. Happily, the family moves back to Townsville as the episode ends.


  • For the first time since "Mime for a Change," this episode doesn't feature the girls' home.
  • In this episode, the Narrator is not heard at all for about 98% of this episode. The only time he is heard is at the last scene of this episode (mentioning the usual intro "...and hello City of Townsville"), as well as the January 1999 variant of the 1998-2001 animated episode outro.
  • This episode was meant as a deconstruction. Applying the girls brand of super heroics to a more realistic setting.
  • This episode has been noted for having a plot similar to the 1983 Peanuts TV special, "Is This Good-bye, Charlie Brown?".
  • Animator Paul Rudish makes a cameo appearance in the newspaper the last time Utonium views it.
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Episodes and VHS/DVD releases - The Powerpuff Girls Movie - Powerpuff Girls Z
Characters: The Powerpuff Girls  (Main: Blossom - Bubbles - Buttercup Other: Bunny - Bullet) - Professor Utonium - Mayor - Ms. Bellum - Ms. Keane
Mojo Jojo - Fuzzy Lumpkins - HIM - Princess Morbucks - The Rowdyruff Boys (Brick - Boomer - Butch) - The Amoeba Boys - Sedusa - Gangreen Gang - Minor characters
Video Games: Fifth Generation Games:  Chemical X-Traction (PS, N64) - Bad Mojo Jojo (GBC) - Paint the Townsville Green (GBC) - Battle HIM (GBC)
Sixth Generation Games:  Relish Rampage (PS2, GCN) - Mojo Jojo-A-Go-Go (GBA) - HIM and Seek (GBA)
Seventh Generation Games:  Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z (DS)
PC Games:  Mojo Jojo Clone Zone - Princess Snorebucks - Mojo Jojo's Pet Project
Misc. Superpowers - Townsville
Creator: Craig McCracken

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