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Recap / The Powerpuff Girls (S3E2): "Town and Out"/"Child Fearing"

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Town and Out: The girls and the Professor move to the town of Citiesville, but the girls quickly grow to dislike their new home, but don't have the heart to tell the Professor who downright loves it.

Child Fearing: When the Professor runs late for an event, Mojo Jojo ends up babysitting the girls.

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  • An Aesop: If you don't like something, it's important to tell someone or you'll make it worse.
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  • Apathetic Citizens: Taken to an extreme with everyone in Citiesville, who think nothing of abusing the Powerpuff Girls when they are forced to move to town.
  • Armour-Piercing Question: "At what point did it seem like a good idea to blow up the Citiesville bridge?"
  • Book Ends: The episode starts with the girls and Professor moving to Citiesville, and ends with them moving back to Townsville.
  • Blatant Lies: The girls and the Professor lie to each other about how they "enjoy" their new lives in Citiesville just so the other is not offended. But when the girls have had enough and come out with the truth, so does the Professor.
  • Crapsack World: Citiesville embodies all of the worst aspects of the city life, and is inhabited almost entirely by people who happen to be cruel and apathetic.
  • Destructive Savior: The girls, per usual, but unlike Townsville, the mayor of Citiesville is not willing to overlook this and promptly bans the girl from doing any super heroics.
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  • Hero Insurance: Averted; all the collateral damage the girls could get away with in Townsville, land them in trouble with the mayor here in Citiesville.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The girls destroying the bridge comes back to bite them when they are forced to walk home by the police. Their house is on the other side of the water, and with no more bridge they have to swim to the other side.
  • Idiot Ball: One would have to criticize the Professor for taking up a job that granted such highly inadequate commodities for the trouble that came with moving to Citiesville, a man who is clearly self-employed and managing a stable suburban home life in Townsville.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While the mayor and police of Citiesville were very cruel and incompetent, their anger about the destruction of the Citiesville bridge was justifiable.
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  • Karma Houdini: Absolutely no one in Citiesville who treated the girls cruelly received any comeuppance for it.
  • Kick the Dog: The entire episode is this for the Powerpuff Girls, and the big reason for this episode's infamous reputation.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The girls are relentlessly mocked and tormented by their new classmates.
  • Monumental Damage: The bridge the girls destroy to stop two crooks was, according to the Mayor, a historic land mark.
  • New Job Episode: Downplayed since the focus is on the girls rather than the professor, but the professor getting a new job in Citiesville is the reason he and the girls move there in the first place.
  • Nightmare Face: The police officer who sees the aftermath of the girls' attack on the bridge is clearly not happy about what he sees, so much so that the girls flat out flee when they see his face.
  • No Antagonist: There's no monster of the week or a recurring villain, just the girls adjusting to living in Citiesville.
  • Point-and-Laugh Show: The girls fall victim to this on the school bus on their first day of school.
  • Police Are Useless: Played with; even though we see the police chasing the robbers, it is clear to anyone that Citiesville has not fared well under their watch.
  • Rage Breaking Point: The girls get bullied by their classmates, forbidden from fighting crime by their teacher, and dealt with being outcasts. Them being yelled at by the mayor about their destruction of the Citiesville bridge was the straw that broke the camel’s back for them.
  • Reality Ensues: Up to Eleven, as the whole episode is about what would happen if heroes like the girls were put in a more realistic setting.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: The girls and the Professor all agree that the town is a horrible place and by the end of the episode they return to Townsville.
  • Status Quo Is God: The entire family returns to Townsville after they become fed up with Citysville.
  • Stern Teacher: The girls’ teacher at their new school.
  • Tempting Fate: After being ordered by the police to stop flying and walk home, Bubbles states that it probably could have been worse. She promptly gets some bird droppings on her head.
  • Time to Move: The professor moves himself and the girls from Townsville to Citiesville at the start of the episode, but after they all grow to hate their new home, they move back.
  • Wham Line: An important revelation from the mayor of Citiesville not only negates the girls' shining moment in the episode, but also leads into the catalyst that brings about their leaving Citiesville back to Townsville:
    "Do you realize that the crooks that you caught stole approximately $400? Do you realize that you did over THREE MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE TO THAT BRIDGE?!? IT'S NOT REPLACEABLE!!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The mayor of Citiesville chewed the girls out for destroying a bridge that costs millions of dollars just to stop some robbers that stole hundreds.

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