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Meet the Beat-Alls
Season 3, Episode 13B
Episode name pun on: Meet the Beatles!, a Beatles album
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Airdate: February 9, 2001
Credits
Director: John McIntyre
Craig McCracken
Story: Craig McCracken
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Meet the Beat-Alls is the second half of the 13th episode of season 3 of The Powerpuff Girls.

Plot

Mojo Jojo, Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and HIM join forces to create the supervillain group called "The Beat-Alls". This episode has many references to The Beatles.

Synopsis

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

Townsville's top four super villains have had it with getting crushed by The Powerpuff Girls, so they head to their house with different weapons (Mojo Jojo with a giant robot; Princess with her technological powers; Fuzzy carrying a huge rock; and HIM using demonic superpowers). Their argument disturbs the girls, who fly out to warn them to keep it down. But Mojo, HIM and Princess all act at once, and zaps the Girls with their blaster rays, before the Girls could even react. The force of the combined blast pushes the Girls down to the ground, screaming in agony. Fuzzy watches their torment for a while unsure of what to do next. Then he picks up the rock and throws it on top of them. To their astonishment, the villains realize that they have finally beaten the Girls. They resolve to work together, reasoning that this is the key to their success and create a team called The Beat-Alls.

The Powerpuff Girls subsequently try to stop them from robbing a bank but are immediately no match for the Beat-Alls' group tactics. Mojo Jojo zaps them with his laser-gun; HIM spits a burning acid on them; Princess Morbucks electrocutes the Girls with her own laser-gun. As the Girls scream in agony, Fuzzy Lumpkins throws a heavy rock on top of them, defeating the Girls once again.

The team of villains defeats The Powerpuff Girls repeatedly until at last, the girls stop attempting to save the day, leaving The Beat-Alls free to continue their rampage. Back at The Powerpuff Girls' home, the Professor observes the girls despondency and offers some words of encouragement, suggesting that they break up the villainous supergroup. While robbing another bank, Mojo Jojo sees a ladder, which he climbs to find a magnifying glass through which he can read a tiny note reading "This Is A Stick Up." At first enraged, he then sees the writer—a white-clad chimp named Moko Jono—and falls in love. But The other Beat-Alls become angered when Mojo Jojo is constantly accompanied by Moko and begins wearing white clothes and participating in her odd "performance crimes."

Mojo and Moko's irritating antics soon lead to the breakup of the Beat-Alls. Without Mojo, the remaining Beat-Alls attempt to continue terrorizing Townsville; the Mayor calls the Girls. In a last desperate attempt to stop the Powerpuff Girls, the remaining three Beat-Alls attack them. HIM zaps the Girls with his acidic spits while Princess tortures them with her electric lasers. At first, the combined effects of the acidic spit and electric shocks knock the Girls down; but they soon recover and proceed to bring down the Beat-Alls who are no match for the Girls. The Beat-Alls are finally defeated once and for all.

Walking in another part of town, Mojo and Moko see signs reading "Beat-Alls Are Over."

The girls arrive to apprehend Mojo, and with the help of a zookeeper friend, they reveal the shocking truth about Moko: She is a performing chimp called Michelle (Mee-Shell), who had been recruited to help stop the Beat-Alls. The devastated Mojo is sent off to jail once again.

Characters

List of the Beatles references

  • The Beatles themselves appear twice in their different animated forms. Both the Dennis Marks' (from the 1960s cartoon series) and George Dunning' designs (from Yellow Submarine) appear in this episode. Their second appearance is in the scene where Mojo and Moko Yono are screaming to annoy people. When Mojo Jojo screams the words: "Their pain is our pleasure", the last people shown, unable to bear the screams, are Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney.
  • The proposition by HIM to name the group "The Silver Beatles" is a reference to one of The Beatles original name, The Silver Beatles.
  • The Beat-Alls are in a wanted poster similar to the cover album from the 1964 film A Hard Days Night.
  • The Beat-Alls look at the girls defeated like the cover album of Please Please Me.
  • The Beat-Alls walk down a zebra crossing in a parody of the Abbey Road album cover.
  • The title card references the With the Beatles album cover.
  • Mojo Jojo's comment "Will the people in the cheap seats, please leave. And the rest of you, hand over your jewelry!" is a reference to a comment made by John Lennon during the band's Royal Variety Performance. 
  • The music playing when the Beat-Alls are on stage sounds similar to song "A Day in the Life". 
  • Jojo's first love, Moko Yono, is a reference to John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono. The shouting scene, showing how the Beat-Alls got separated, is a reference to the actual separation of the Beatles.
    • Incidentally, Yoko Ono was blamed by many fans for the break-up of The Beatles, while Moko Yono was indeed responsible for the Beat-Alls splitting up, since she was really working undercover with the Powerpuff Girls.
  • In the scene where the Chief of Police is speaking, his name is "Sgt. Pepper" which is a reference to the Beatles song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Coincidentally, the character also bears a striking resemblance to Old Fred from the Beatles film: Yellow Submarine
  • The reporter Stuart Best bears similarities to the character Eric Idle portrays in the 1978 film The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, a reporter narrating a similar documentary about The Rutles, also a Beatles parody.
  • The scene with the remaining three Beat-Alls causing havoc from a rooftop references The Beatles during their rooftop concert on January 30, 1969.
  • Michelle, Moko's real name, is inspired by the homonymous song.
  • When Mojo first sees Moko, "Strawberry Fields Forever" can be heard in the background.
  • In one scene, HIM states "I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition". This is from the Beatles song "Get Back", he also referenced that song by stating "Let's Get Back to where we once belonged".
  • The final chord during 'The End' title card is similar to the final chord in the song "A Day in the Life".
  • Multiple songs are referenced throughout the episode.

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Trivia

  • This is the first and only episode where HIM goes to jail, which is odd, since he has superpowers and can easily vanish like in previous episodes.
  • Unlike the episode "Telephonies" where HIM led the group of villains, Mojo Jojo was the leader of the Beat-Alls.
  • This episode is the last one to use the large-sized girls in their normal poses from the June 1999 version of the 1998-2001 animated episode outro.
  • This is the third time Mojo Jojo, HIM, and Fuzzy Lumpkins appear in the same episode and work together.
  • The act of Princess going on a crime spree with three felons as a team is later referenced in "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas".
  • The group may also be a parody/homage of Marvel's Sinister Six, a group of villains dedicated to getting revenge on Spider-Man after a series of defeats individually.
  • The Beat-Alls are one of two groups that have defeated the girls in direct combat, the other being the The Rowdyruff Boys.
  • This is one of Craig McCracken's ten favorite episodes.
    • McCracken is a fan of The Beatles, which led to the creation of this episode.
  • This is the third time Princess and Mojo Jojo interact, the first two being "Birthday Bash" and "Mo Job".
  • This episode (along with Moral Decay) was the first broadcast on Cartoon Network after their rebrand to the "City" era on June 14, 2004.[1]
  • This is the only episode where the Powerpuff Girls are subjected to maximum torture - being zapped by Mojo's laser gun and Him's acidic spit while being severely electrocuted by Princess Morbuck's technology - all at once for multiple times (six times on-screen, and several more times off-screen). All these times though, they come out completely unharmed.
  • This is considered the best episode of the original series, due to The Beatles references.

Production Notes

  • Although this episode premiered in 2001, it was produced in 2000 according to the credits.
  • Production on this episode finished on December 8, 2000, the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death.
  • This episode, along with "Powerprof." and "Moral Decay" aired on the 37th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • An unplanned rerun of this episode (excluding "Moral Decay") aired on November 30, 2001, possibly as a tribute to George Harrison, who died the day before, on the 29th.

References

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