|Monkey See, Doggie Do|
|Episode name pun on: the phrase "Monkey see, monkey do."|
|Airdate:||November 18, 1998|
|Director:||Genndy Tartakovsky and Craig McCracken|
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Monkey See, Doggie Do is the series premiere episode of The Powerpuff Girls, the first episode of the first season and the entire series in general. It originally aired on November 18, 1998. Being the official debut of the series, this is also the first appearance of Mojo Jojo.
The Powerpuff Girls turn into dogs as they try to stop Mojo Jojo from transforming all people into dog slaves.
The next day, the girls investigated the crime scene, and they thought they couldn't find any clues until the stolen rubies (the Anubial Jewels) would qualify. The show fades to an observatory atop an inactive volcano, where the thief is revealed to be Mojo Jojo, a talking chimpanzee wearing a tunic, a metal turban-styled helmet that covers his mutated brain, and talks with a Japanese accent. He combines both the bust, the Anubis Dog Head, with the Jewels, for his plan to make the world bow down to him. Around the same time, the girls flew out of the Museum to look for a trail, until they found a dog (a Jack Russell Terrier) trapped in a car parked at Malph's. They freed the dog, who later asked for help. When asked who trapped him in there, the dog trails off into barking. The girls think this is weird, then they look to see the entire city populated by dogs (among the dogs that appeared in this scene was a Collie, Bullmastiff, St. Bernard and various terrier mixes). "Something funny's going on around here," as pointed out by Blossom. Then, Buttercup notices the signal in the sky, and head over to Townsville Hall, where the girls find that the Mayor and Ms. Sara Bellum have been turned into dogs. The Mayor tries to inform the girls who is behind all this before he trails off into a barking terrier. The girls fly out of the office over to their house.
It turns out Mojo is busy turning all of Townsville into dogs, and after doing so, he hypnotizes everyone of them into obeying his every command (while some of the people of Townsville where doing something to even know they turned into Dogs; among the people who didn't know they turned into a dog was a sleeping policeman, 2 men who turned into Dalmatians listening to music, and a group of thugs playing poker). Later, the girls arrive too late and find the Professor as a small black and white dog (possibly a terrier). He tries to tell them what happened, but all he could do is bark. The girls see he was asking for water, they get him some, and he barks again. Buttercup, irked, plays fetch with him. Around the same time, a group of hypnotized Dobermans stealing enough Jewels for Mojo to turn the entire world into dogs. Back home, the Professor fetches his pipe, and tells them who did it: "Bow-wow Wow-wow." Blossom thinks he said it was Mojo Jojo, to which the Professor confirms with a single "Bow". The girls then fly on over to the observatory. While they fly, Mojo has finally turned the entire world into dogs. When the girls arrive, they were too late; he turns them, too, into dogs, as the ape calls them "Powerpups." He commands them to stay, but Blossom then notices the bust is responsible for this mess, and the only way to break the spell is to break the bust. They attempt to throw the head off the dome, but Mojo catches it before it could break. He orders his Dobermans to fight the girls, and after defeating them, the girls gang up on Mojo. Mojo jumps on his controls to keep out of the girls reach. Buttercup then realizes he's on the stairs, and she runs around the machine to bite Mojo in the butt. Yelling in pain, Mojo lets go of the bust, which breaks on his helmet, thus resulting the spell to be broken, and the girls were humans again along with everyone being returned to human, but at a price—turning Mojo into a dog himself.
Back home, they ask the Professor if they could keep him. But he answers, "It’s a big responsibility keeping an evil villain in the house. You’ve got to feed him, water him, take him for walks, keep him from causing mayhem and chaos, and chewing the furniture."
- [The Girls break into the observatory]
- Blossom: Not so fast...
- Buttercup: ...Mojo...
- Bubbles: ...Jojo.
- [They're hit by the beam]
- Mojo: Too late, Powerpuffs. (The Girls are now dogs) Or should I say "Powerpups?"
- This episode was the second produced episode of the series, but it aired first because Cartoon Network often airs episodes out of production order, becoming the series premiere. Insect Inside was meant to be the series premiere but was held off to the second episode.
- As the very first episode, this marks the debut appearance of Mojo Jojo, and his second chronological appearance, as The Powerpuff Girls Movie was set before the episode.
- This marks the debut of the Powerpuff signal in the sky. This signal is possibly reference to Batman franchise. However, it is only pulsated with this episode. The signal appears again in "Superfriends."
- This episode has a sequel, "Monkey See, Doggy Two," which aired almost two years later, and uses most of the animation used in that episode.
- Mojo Jojo turns the Narrator into a dog when he yells at him for doing so, thus breaking the fourth wall.
- This is the first of the five episodes that Don Shank storyboarded.
- This is one of Craig McCracken's top ten favorite episodes.
- This is the second time Townsville is shape-shifted into something else, the first one being "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins".
- The climax of this episode is shown in "The City of Clipsville".
- This was first created as a Whoopass Girls short.
- The group of thugs playing poker is a reference to the famous painting Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.
- The ending of this episode is similar to the ending of the reboot episode The Bubbles-Sitters Club, except Mojo Jojo is a cat.
- When Bubbles is playing with the Mayor, she is heard giggling, but her mouth isn't moving.