Season 5, Episode 12A
Episode name pun on: The Girls using bad words, also known as "Curse" words and Mojo Jojo's constantly repeated phrase which he usually says when he is defeated.
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Airdate: April 2, 2004
Director: Randy Myers
Story: Lauren Faust
Craig Lewis
Craig McCracken
Amy Keating Rogers
Writer(s): Tim Parsons
See also
"See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey"
"Bang For Your Buck"

Curses is the first half of the thirteenth episode in the fifth season of The Powerpuff Girls that aired on April 2nd, 2004. It is the one hundred and tenth episode overall.


After Bubbles overhears a word from the Professor, she and her sisters begin to use that word, thinking that it’s good. When a giant potty monster arrives using the same vocabulary as the Girls, they have to show the monster who’s boss.


After losing a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors (as always), Bubbles goes downstairs to the kitchen to see if dinner is ready, and overhears the Professor, who was watching a confusing cooking show, say a foul word in frustration. She pays no attention to Blossom or Buttercup asking her what's for dinner however and goes back to coloring. After purposely snapping a blue crayon in half, which was her favorite color, Bubbles says the word as Buttercup's block tower collapses, and then chooses the color pink for her unicorn. When asked about the word by her sisters, Bubbles thinks its a pretty word. The girls enjoy the word and try it out.

The next day at school, the girls received their quizzes and, to their surprise, the girls shout the word as the recess bell rings. Ms. Keane, shocked, put the girls in time out during recess, that is until the Hotline phone rang. The girls sneak out from Pokey Oaks Kindergarten without Ms. Keane noticing and zip to the Mayor's office and ask him what the crisis was. He tells them that he can't open his pickle jar for his PB&J sandwich. The girls, angry with him, exclaim to him using the word. The Mayor, shocked, asks Ms. Bellum to come into his office to wipe the girls' mouths with soap.

Disgusted over the taste, the girls head on out of the office back to school until they hear that the bank was being robbed. They give the robbers what for while using the word and bring them into the police. After school, they helped out an old lady cross the street and gave advice while saying the word. The old lady was shocked and angry at what one of the girls said. Bubbles later helped out another girl by getting her cat out of a tree. She, too, gave advice to the girl while saying the word. The girl, shocked, began to weep. The girls think that everyone is acting weird afterward.

Just then, they hear someone using their new word. The girls discover that it was a toilet-mouthed monster, whose cursing sounds very much like Yosemite Sam's. The girls ask it where it learned all other profanities, and it explains to them. The townspeople are shocked and cover their ears. Eventually, the girls and the monster want to fight each other because of the latter being rude.

The Professor, who is late for his manicure, overhears the girls say the word while punching the monster. Shocked and angry, he asks the girls to come down. The family goes into an explanation until Bubbles points out that she learned the word from him. Now with his anger replaced with embarrassment, the Professor informs the girls that the word is a very bad word, and apologizes to them for saying it. He whispers in their ears about what it means. The girls, shocked and embarrassed, remorse about what they have done the entire day, then remember the monster. As a way to teach it a lesson, they grab a truckload of soap and shove it into the monster's mouth. The girls inform it that "certain words are inappropriate," especially for them, as Bubbles pointed out, and put the monster in time out. As the monster is grumbling over it, Buttercup uses the word as she tells the monster to do less talking and more ****ing thinking.

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And the day is saved, though Buttercup gets her mouth washed out with soap.


  • This episode has a similar plot to episodes of other shows, such as:
    • SpongeBob SquarePants: "Sailor Mouth"
    • Animaniacs: Cutie and the Beast" (swearing was not the focus of the plot of the episode)
    • Rugrats: "The Word of the Day"
    • Dinosaurs: "Baby Talk"
    • Dexter's Laboratory: "Dexter's Rude Removal"
    • Tiny Toon Adventures: "To Bleep or Not to Bleep"
    • Arthur: "Bleep!"
    • Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!: "The Bad Word"
    • Franklin: "Franklin's Word"
    • Baby Looney Tunes: "Who Said That?"
    • Angela Anaconda: "The Curse of Baby Lulu"
    • Rolie Polie Olie: "Dinglie Danglie Doodle"
    • Caillou: "Caillou's Cross Word"
    • The Berenstain Bears: "The Big Blooper"
    • The Loud House: "Get the Message", "Potty Mouth", and "Job Insecurity"
    • Seven Little Monsters: "The Bad Word"
    • Speechless: "R-u-n-Runaway"
    • Modern Family: "Little Bo Bleep"
    • Henry Hugglemonster: "Huggle...Whaaa?!"
    • The Casagrandes: "¿?"
    • DC Super Hero Girls: "#WhoSaidThat?"
    • Family Guy: Stewie's First Word
    • Wimzie’s House: Please Don’t Say That!
    • The Jungle Book 2 (swearing was not the focus of the plot of the episode)
  • When Bubbles says she is going to color her unicorn pink after purposely breaking her cyan crayon, it is a picture of a clown instead.
  • When Ms. Keane sends the girls to the corner while releasing the other students for recess, she isn't wearing her brown pants.
  • When Blossom says "Hey, Bubbles," when Bubbles first flew in their room, her shoes and stockings are gone.
  • In the 2002-2005 animated episode outro, Blossom and Bubbles are using their 1998-2001 forms, similar to the special The Powerpuff Girls Rule!
  • The episode's moral heavily focuses on the fact that cursing is bad, but also that use of the wrong word that happens too much can cause horrible repercussions.
  • When the girls turn to the wall, the pupil of Buttercup's right eye disappears.
  • Ms.Bellum is mentioned, but is not physically seen in this episode.
  • The girls use a bad word in this episode and don't know what it means. In The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the girls (Buttercup and Blossom) use the words at each other in the correct way, showing they already knew the word. (Since The Powerpuff Girls Movie happened first, as the first event the girls encountered.)

Production Notes

  • Although this episode and "Bang For Your Buck" aired on April 2, 2004, they were made in 2003.
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