Courage the Cowardly Dog

Season 2 Episode 3

Family Business / 1,000 Years of Courage

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2000 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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!

    • Banana: The dog isn't our enemy!
      Eustace: Yes, it is! Yes, it is!

    • Basil: Why did you go and tie up Mama Mashed Potatoes?

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.