Mommy Fearest
Season 1, Episode 1B
Episode name pun on: The phrase "Mommy Dearest"
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Airdate: November 18, 1998
Director: John McIntyre
Craig McCracken
Story: Chris Savino
See also
"Monkey See, Doggie Do"
"Insect Inside"

"Mommy Fearest" is the second half of the first episode of Season 1. It first aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on November 18, 1998.


Professor Utonium meets a beautiful single woman at the mall, but The Powerpuff Girls are unnerved, at the idea of her being their potential mother.


When the girls are asleep, the Professor sadly slouches off to bed. Lying down, he glances next to him in the bed for two, and it is made clear that he feels sad to be a single parent.

The next day at the supermarket, the Professor meets Ima Goodlady, a seemingly sweet and beautiful young woman who was shopping and just happens to cross their path. The girls set the to pair together and set a date with the lady for the professor since he's still too much in awe to say anything.

That night, after much primping, the Professor sets off on his date, leaving the mayor as the babysitter. When he returns home, he finds all of them asleep on the couch. Waking the Mayor up and thanking him, he sends him home and the girls find Ms. Ima Goodlady standing propped behind the Professor. He explains she is going to move in to "help out" and leaves the four alone with each other. Once they are alone without the professor, however, Ima shows her true colors and begins acting very mean, strict, and abusive towards the girls.

The next day, Ima makes them clean like normal little girls, declaring they will no longer be allowed to use their powers or fight crime. After she and the professor also put them to bed early, the Powerpuff Hotline rings and the girls sneak off past their curfew to answer the call. They almost silently arrive back much later to sneak back in bed, but are caught in the act by Ima. After waking the Professor, Ima pities him into grounding them for the first time ever. The Professor doesn't care about his girls anymore.

Later that night, the narrator laments the terrible situation and the consequences that will follow before noticing Ima sneaking out of the house. Seconds later, the girls receive a call that the Mayor's priceless jewels have been robbed by the mysterious Sedusa not long after Ima left the house; the connections are quickly made.

Carrying a bag, Ima Goodlady sneaks back into the Utonium household seemingly unnoticed. However, the girls confront her in the act and unmask her as Sedusa, enraging her. After a quick fight, the professor finds the living room in a mess with priceless jewels sprawled all over the carpet from the bag Sedusa had brought back with her. Despite being unmasked, she attempts to pity the professor again but is unsuccessful. The professor tells the girls to call the police, vowing that Sedusa won't be deceiving them anymore. The next morning, after the professor apologizes to the girls for not believing them, he opens the door to find a sweet and beautiful young woman from down the street who brought him a pie to congratulate him for catching Sedusa, which the girls are implied to shortly intercept.


Major Roles

Minor Roles


  • The episode title is a pun on the 1978 autobiography and the 1981 drama film Mommie Dearest.
  • This is the first episode where Bubbles cries.
  • This is Sedusa's first appearance.
  • The Professor is shown sleeping in a double bed alone. This may be just a one-time thing to emphasize how lonely he is or an indication that he was married at one point.
  • Buttercup slips something unknown into the Professor's pocket, one of the first adult jokes that were sneaked in on the show.
  • The name "Ima Goodelady" is a play on the phrase, "I'm a good lady."
  • The Professor is usually shown sleeping on the right side of the bed, but in this episode, he is shown to be sleeping on the left side.
  • The Girls watch the T.V. Puppet Pals for the first time, a show-within-a-show shared with Dexter's Laboratory.
  • This is the first episode of the season to not be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky; instead, it was directed by John McIntyre.
  • This is the only time one of the Girls (in this case, Bubbles) have been shown in their undergarments.
  • When Ima Goodelady reveals her true colors as Sedusa, the narrator at one point mentions "Uh oh, something is a miss!", hence foreshadowing Sedusa's next major appearance in the episode "Something's a Ms."
  • Brief clips of this episode have been displayed in other movies and shows.
    • This episode was briefly shown in the 2000 M. Night Shyamalan hit film Unbreakable.
    • In the Everwood episode, "Extra Ordinary", Amy was watching the scene where The Powerpuff Girls went shopping with Professor Utonium on TV.


  • At the beginning when the Professor tells the girls it's time for a bed, for a split second, you can see Buttercup's mouth vanish.
  • When the Powerpuff Girls approach Ima Goodlady for the first time all of their three voices are heard, but only Buttercup's mouth is moving.
  • When the Powerpuff Girls tell Ima Goodlady (Sedusa in disguise) for the first time that they're going to fight crime and Ima objects their plan, Bubbles' mouth does not move when she says "Duh!."
  • Sedusa's shoulders turn red like her suit while the part covered by her red gloves becomes white like her pale skin for a brief moment when she calls the girls liars when her identity is revealed to the Professor; the parts of her arms covered by her suit and left exposed had inverted by accident.
  • After Sedusa calls the Powerpuff Girls liars when her identity is revealed, her hair appears to be somewhat scorched. It lasts until Professor Utonium subdues her.
  • Rob Paulsen's name in the credits is misspelled "Rob Paulson."
  • Professor tells the girls he's back from the store despite telling them they're grounded earlier.
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