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Forced Kin
Season 4, Episode 10
Episode name pun on: Force K
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Airdate: June 28, 2002
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Director: Robert Alvarez
Craig McCracken
Story: Chris Reccardi
Chris Mitchell
Writer(s): Chris Reccardi
Chris Mitchell
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"Forced Kin" is an episode from season four. In this episode, the Powerpuff Girls must team up with Mojo Jojo to stop an alien force from enslaving the Earth.

Synopsis

When an alien force proves too intelligent for their fighting strategies, the girls consult Mojo Jojo, to better understand the mindset of a villain.

Plot

PPG (July 5, 2002)

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

Townsville is being invaded by an alien, and the Powerpuff Girls go to inspect. When they see the alien mothership, they confront it using their Starburst Ray attack, only for the alien ship to copy the move, and defeat them once. Next, Blossom suggests Wing Attack Plan R, a move where the girls launch Blossom's bow (which is actually a missile), only for the ship to once again copy the move and defeat them again. Finally, Blossom decides to use Plan X-Q, much to the girls' shock seeing it hasn't been tested. However, with no other choice, they perform the maneuver, only to once again be predicted and defeated by their own technique. Having spiraled down to Earth. Blossom realizes that they may need help (much to the girls chagrin), and decides that in order to beat this evil, they have to think the way IT thinks--evil, even if it means recruiting the most evil of evil minds in Townsville: Mojo Jojo!

Mojo, however, is preoccupied at a grocery store, complaining about the quality of the bruised fruit, a single egg, and a loaf of french bread that is too firm. When he refuses to pay, the store owner gets angry, only to get bonked on the head twice by the french bread and laughed at by Mojo with each strike. When Mojo accepts the "compliment" of him being an "evil man-like creature", the girls show up to try and recruit him. However, Mojo is unconvinced at first until Buttercup and Bubbles explain that there's an evil alien force coming to Earth planning to destroy the world. Though Mojo questions where the bad is in that, Blossom reminds him, matter-of-factly, that if EARTH is destroyed then HE'S destroyed as well. Mojo is still somewhat indifferent to this, replying with a simple "Oh" and rejecting the offer from the girls, until the girls point out that the alien force could replace him as the most evil villain. Mojo then decides to help the girls, then and there.

Firstly, in order to think evil, according to Mojo, they first had to LOOK evil (i.e. wear copies of Mojo's braincap) and be mean (stomp on a bunny squeaky toy). Upon inspection of the alien force's actions in blowing a dam, causing a nearby power plant to melt down, Mojo finds pleasure in it, but is focused back on STOPPING the alien thanks to the girls. Upon further inspection, the girls are told to gather smelly cheese. As it turns out, the alien created a magnetic pole shift using two magnets, melted the polar icecaps, and release a "wooly big problem" in the shape of a reanimated mammoth.

The girls soon return with the cheese, and are told to plant the cheese on the mammoth, much to the confusion of the girls. As the girls carry out the orders, Mojo reveals that mice would be drawn in by the cheese, and since elephants are descended from mammoths, the mammoth would run away from the mice, smashing the magnet in Townsville, thereby restoring the Earth to its original position. The girls' celebrations are short-lived as Mojo tells them to be silent and listen for "the sound of evil." To be precise, Mojo notices that a wave transmission confuses a postal worker into switching labels on two packages, one containing a video game and another containing a missile control chip. Eventually, the two are delivered as instructed; a pair of kids get the chip, mistaking it for their video game, and inadvertently cause a missile launch. Having noticed this, Mojo tells Blossom to freeze the cap of an active volcano while Bubbles and Buttercup heat the surface of the alien ship. Just as the missile--which happens to be a heat seeking one--is released, it avoids the volcano the alien intended to be its target and heads for the surface of the ship, blowing it out of the sky and thwarting yet another Townsville disaster.

However, when the girls and Mojo leap out to celebrate, the ship's passenger, a massive robotic colossus channeling the spirit of Galactus disembarks, and razes an entire city block in one swift move, much to Mojo's displeasure since he always wanted to do that. Next, the Colossus generates a cyclone and targets an oil tanker. Despite Mojo's plans to counter this with the girls, the alien succeeds by removing the main shut off valve to the Townsville Refinery, allowing the tornado to ignite and become a whirlwind of fire, and fueling it with a payload of gasoline Buttercup thought was water for a water cannon. Mojo is distraught at this and the girls try once more to face the alien head on, only to be knocked unconscious by the alien's laser, instantly rendering the girls useless as they fall to the ground like a feather.

The alien then reaches City Hall, scaring off the Mayor and Miss Bellum before destroying it along with the Townsville Museum, which Mojo again wanted to do. Mojo becomes even angrier having seen the alien outsmart him and use its version of Mojo's own future weapons such as the Star Ray and Transmogrifying Omnilateral Seismic Destructotron. At last, in one final assault on the City of Townsville, it destroys Mojo's Observatory. In satisfaction, the alien declares himself ruler of Earth, saying "Earth Creatures, the destruction of your dwelling area is now complete. I am now your new leader. And you will all bow down to me."

THAT was the final straw for Mojo. After a brief feral episode, he shouts at the alien, accusing it of breaking his dreams, and begins pounding the alien senseless! And with a finishing blow from an all too familiar loaf of French bread, the Alien falls to the ground, in time for Mojo to pull back its leg, causing it to pound the ground in pain! Mojo demands that the alien submit; the alien finally shouts, "YOU ARE THE MOST EVIL!!" to which Mojo replies, "AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT!!"

With that, the Alien retreats, as the townspeople praise Mojo, especially the girls (it's unknown how they recovered so fast), telling him he did good and saved them, therefore making him their hero. Unfortunately, as one can guess, Mojo is NOT happy about this, complaining and shouting that he is NOT good, but rather Evil!

Characters

Major Roles

Minor Roles

Quotes

[Mojo has beaten the alien senseless and is grabbing his leg]
Mojo: Say it!
[no response]
Mojo: SAY IT!
[still no response]
Mojo: SAY IT!
Alien: YOU ARE THE MOST EVIL!
Mojo: And don't you forget it!

Trivia

  • Despite have being produced by Cartoon Network Studios instead of Hanna-Barbera, it shows the latter's logo at the end.
  • In this episode, you can see that the stripes on the girls' dresses are actually belts.
  • This is the second time Mojo is considered a hero for doing something nice for the girls, the first time was in "Just Another Manic Mojo".

Cultural References

  • Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory makes his last cameo appearance in this episode.
  • The villain is a parody of Galactus from Marvel comics.
  • The satellite that the girls land on while fighting the mothership has 'Mos Def' printed on it, a reference to the rapper of the same name.

Production Notes

  • Although this episode premiered in 2002, it was produced in 2001 according to the credits.
  • In terms of production order, this episode is the last episode to use the 2000 oval designs of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, which first appeared in the episode "Just Desserts".
  • This episode is also the last episode to have the old designs of the other characters.
  • This episode is the last one to use the 3D star explosion in any form. Starting in the movie, the star explosion would be axed and replaced with a series of flashes that make the girls appear in their normal poses.
  • This is also the last episode to use the 1998-2001 animated episode outro.
  • This is the last episode and in fact the last animated cartoon in television history to use the Hanna-Barbera CG Swirling Star Logo.

Errors

  • While the girls are fighting the alien ship, Buttercup's dress stripes are gone. When they crash into Earth, they are back.
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