Courage the Cowardly Dog

Family Business / 1,000 Years of Courage

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 11/14/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Family Business: Basil, a confused burglar, comes to the Bagge house. At one minute he tries to take them hostage, the next minute he invites himself to a dinner with Eustace, Muriel, and Courage. He renames all of them, he thinks they are his family. He calls Courage "Nigel," Muriel is "Mama Mash Potatos" and Eustace is "Uncle Twinkle Toes." After the strange supper, the burglar takes all three of them to Mount Rushmore. He wants to remove all of the heads off it! The police struggle to get the burglar (in Lincoln's nose) Courage just saves him, and the burglar then decides to take up a new profession... Eel Massaging!1,000 Years of Courage: During Bingo, Muriel, Eustace, and Courage are sent 1,000 years into the future, to a world where bananas are the inhabitants of the Earth. Courage and the bananas find out the mayor of the bananas is a monkey. Courage and the bananas then overthrow the king monkey and put him on display on a stage and make him perform. The Bagge's get sent back home and Muriel wins the prize of the bingo game, bananas.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Marty Grabstein


  • Thea White


  • Lionel G. Wilson

    Eustace Bagge (1999-2002)

  • John R. Dilworth

  • Jody Gray

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • 1000 years of Courage: Courage discovers a world of banana people. Family Business: A confused robber thinks that Courage, Muriel, and Eustace are his family.

    By sheep233, Jan 24, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Muriel: Maybe the world's ended! Eustace: Worse than that, ain't nothing on!

    • Mobster Banana: I wanted that anchor, kid. (picks up Courage and shakes him until anchor falls out)

    • Muriel: (About Basil) Eustace was right, he is nuts!

    • Basil: Are you serious, Mama Mashed Potatoes? (About saying Basil should give up being a burglar) Basil: You too, Nigel? Uncle Twinkle Toes, you're out, too? Eustace: (Getting attacked by a mutant squirrel and is screaming "ahh")

    • Muriel: Is something wrong, Courage? (Courage holds newspaper, gives it to Eustace) Eustace: There sure is something wrong, 8 million dollars for a salami!

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    Notes (5)

    • The squirrel, which attacks Eustace in "Family Business," is very similar to the Weremole. The same music accompanies it, too.

    • Cartoon Network has "1,000 Years of Courage" listed on their website as "A Thousand Years of Courage."

    • Last episode to first air in 2000.

    • In "1,000 Years of Courage" during bingo, Eustace calls out NC-17 and TV-Y7, which are both ratings. TV-Y7 is also Courage's TV rating.

    • The scene near the end of "Family Business," where Basil gets chased through Lincoln's head, can be taken as a homage/parody to Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, which had a similar climatic scene at Mount Rushmore. In fact, the policeman's line, "No one can survive Lincoln's nose" may be a reference to "The Man in Lincoln's Nose," which was the working title for North by Northwest.

    Trivia (2)

    • After Muriel says "No, that's not it, look at the date", right as she says the year, the music from "King Ramses' Curse" plays.

    • In "Family Business," Basil called Courage "Nigel." But when they first went to Mt. Rushmore, he said "Courage" to him.

    Allusions (3)

    • Wizard of Oz There is a scene in 1000 Years of Courage, when Muriel comes out of a hole and says, "I think we're not in Kansas anymore." This is a line from the Wizard of Oz.

    • Mary Poppins The burglar, while dancing with Eustace and Courage, says (in an English accent) "Step in time." This was said by Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Since the movie took place in England, "step in time" was once again said in an English accent.

    • Episode: Parody "1,000 Years of Courage" is a parody of Planet of the Apes.

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