Courage the Cowardly Dog

Season 4 Episode 7

The Mask

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

A strange mask-wearing woman comes to the farmhouse and says dogs are evil. With that, she hits Courage. Muriel thinks they are just playing and invites her to tea. While there, she says that long ago her best friend, Bunny, fell for a horrible dog. After trying to convince her to leave, the dog threatened her, and she had to leave. After that, she rapidly hurts Courage. At dinner, she says that she wears her mask to hide from reality. Muriel says she has to face reality, but she reveals that Muriel has been sneaking food, and Eustace can't fix every thing like he says he can. This causes a fight between Eustace and Muriel. Courage spies on the woman that night and sees her play with a toy mouse. She takes off her mask to reveal she's a cat. Convinced she's a wanted criminal, Courage locks the doors to the bedroom and attic doors, steals the mouse, and drives off to go to the police. He stops at a diner where the rat recognizes the cat's mouse and says her name's Kitty. He says Bunny is being held hostage by Mad Dog. Meanwhile, Eustace, Muriel, and Kitty notice their doors are locked and Eustace climbs out through the window. Courage arrives at Mad Dog's hideout and sees Bunny make a failed attempt to escape. Courage busts in to save her, and some guards attack him. Meanwhile, Muriel unlocks the door and finds Kitty has left. When we rejoin Courage, he has knocked out the guards and helped Bunny escape, but Mad Dog chases them. Meanwhile, Eustace and Muriel make up. Courage jumps in Mad Dog's car and steers it into a train. Bunny sees Kitty on the train and jumps on. They thank Courage and ride off. Courage returns in the morning, only to find Eustace wearing the Mask to escape the fact that he can't fix everything.moreless

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  • Now this was a good episode

    This is one of those rare points where a kids show can deal with adult themes, and execute them so well. Some of the themes include, domestic abuse, misandry, etc. For example, when Kitty says dogs are evil. Simply replace the word dogs with men. However, we see a good reason why she hates dogs, her best friend, Bunny started dating a dog who happens to abuse her. On top of that, we see how she now wears the mask so she doesn't have to face reality. While Muriel does say that reality needs to be faced, she easily points out the hypocrisy in that statement which leads to a good plot B. However, as we advance through plot A we see that Courage takes kitty's mouse toy and uses it as a clue to find out about Bunny and Mad dog. Then when we cut to mad dog we find out that he threatens to kill Kitty if Bunny ever thinks about going back to her. After we get a segment involving her trying to escape, she's put in a flower pot and Courage has to go save her. Meanwhile in plot B we see Eustace and Muriel locked inside of their room and trying to get out. At the same time, Kitty wakes up to find that her mouse is gone and once again says all dogs are evil while escaping to find it. Later on, Muriel finds a bobby pin to unlock the door and she and Eustace finally make up. This is something quite interesting since Eustace actually says something decent for once. Back in plot A, Courage fights off Mad dog's lackeys and soon helps Bunny escape. As they run, Courage tries to distract Mad dog, but obviously he's after Bunny. In the end Mad Dog is hit by a train in Cartoon fashion, and then Kitty is reunited with her best friend and says that not all dogs are bad. Therefore, the Mask is actually one of the best episodes of Courage, and if you're looking for any episodes that deal with adult themes, this is a good one.moreless
  • Courage the cowardly mask

    Kitty beats courage

  • Quite possibly one of my favorite episode of Courage, and for good reason.

    When I first saw this episode, I thought it was a masterpiece, and this opinion did not falter no matter how many times I saw it again.

    I like this episode because it deals with a very serious issue: Courage is immediately terrorized by a mysterious woman in a cloak and a mask, Kitty (who's an actual cat), who claims that "dogs are evil." But there's a reason for her hatred: Kitty's best friend, Bunny (who's an actual rabbit), is in an abusive relationship with a gang leader, who happens to be a dog. Kitty is so miserable without Bunny, she wears her mask so she doesn't have to "face reality," and even uses some flaws of Muriel and Eustace to pit them against each other.

    Courage immediately wants Kitty, the supposed monster, out of his house (most likely due to Kitty's uncanny resemblance to Katz), so he takes a toy mouse of Kitty's (which happens to be a gift from Bunny), and locks everyone else in their rooms while he goes off and investigates.

    That's where this episode really gets interesting. Courage learns about Bunny's location from a mutual friend of Kitty and Bunny (Charlie the Rat), which turns out to be a run-down building near some train tracks. He witnesses Mad Dog, the real monster and Bunny's abusive boyfriend, threaten to kill both her and Kitty, then sics his thugs on her when she tries to escape. Thankfully, Courage is able to gain Bunny's trust with the help of Kitty's mouse, and they escape Mad Dog and all his thugs (who are no match for Courage with a shovel and an oncoming train).

    The subplot with Muriel and Eusatce attempting to get out of their locked bedroom is a source of comic relief in between the drama Courage witnesses. They argue about Muriel sneaking sweets and Eustace's incompetence as a handyman, hear Kitty escape the house when she realizes her mouse is gone, eventually unlock the doors with a bobby pin, and make up.

    In the end, Mad Dog is defeated, Kitty and Bunny are reunited, Courage is in their good graces, Muriel is seen eating an apple, and Eustace is now the one who can't face reality and is wearing Kitty's mask. Everyone wins (more or less).

    In closing, "The Mask" is definitely one of the better episodes of Courage, because it's talking about a real-life monster. But even so, even stories about real-life monsters can have a happy ending, as evidenced here.moreless
  • perfect

    a stranger wearing a mask comes to the farm, and this stranger hates dogs, and has no problem showing it when she hits courage for no reason. courage sees the stranger take off her mask at night and sees it's a cat. he then goes into her room and steals something. now courage is on a quest to save "Bunny" a friend of the cat who was kidnapped by "Mad dog." Will Courage be able to save bunny?

    great episode, really scary in parts, great plot, what more could i ask for, this episode gets an A+ from me, perfectmoreless
  • A every cool episode. Couldn't ask for more. I love this one it was perfect.

    Well I saw this episode once and only once. It was perfect. I don't remember much, but this is why it's so cool. Because I love it and I don't remember for the most part. I liked how the cat loved to smack Courage. Who doesn't think that's funny? And Muriel thinks they're playing around. I also liked it was just one full episode. It had a lot of detail. I thought it would'nt of been as good like it was. It was shocking. Superb, great, and perfect. I feel that this episode was just perfect. ten out of ten. One year ago was the last time I saw it, and I hope to see it at least one more time!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • This is the last two-part episode of the series. First was "The Tower of Doctor Zalost".

    • Although the train in this episode is powered by a steam locomotive, it has a diesel train horn!

    • When Kitty gets to the barn, Muriel asks her if she would join them for dinner, but when they are eating, they are eating breakfast.

    • When Kitty wore the mask, her back of the head was covered (we couldn't see her ears). At the end, Eustace was wearing the mask, but we could see the back of his head (his hat and his bald head).

    • There is a door on the second floor that usually isn't there. It is shown when Courage is running from the attic (on the third floor) to the bedroom (on the second floor).

    • The doorknob on the attic door moves around 2 times. First, when Muriel is showing Kitty the bed she made in the attic the door is on the right side (left side if you're outside the door). Then, when Courage is spying on Kitty, the knob moves to the left side (right side if you're outside the door).

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Muriel: Courage! Where have you been dog? Kitty is gone, but she left something behind. Eustace has taken a fancy to it. (Courage looking surprised)
      Eustace: (tries to fix furnace while wearing mask) Ow! Muriel! You got a bobby pin?

    • Charlie: (Courage screams after thinking about Muriel and Eustace are eaten by monster) Hey, there'd be none of that around here. Ain't that Kitty's mouse? You are friend of Kitty and Bunny?
      (Courage babbles while taking his body apart)
      Charlie: Right, Bunny is in a bad way without Kitty. These two were the sweetest gals who ever lived. But Bunny's guy Mad Dog; he didn't like them being so, friendly like. He's one nasty piece of jealousy. He and his gang live down the road. You know where. After you get Bunny outta there, tell her Charlie says, ay.

    • Mad Dog: Come on, Bunny, don't I make you happy no more? Or maybe you're still thinking about Kitty! (Bunny sighs) I told you to forget her! I pulled you out of a two-bit joint and made you a class act, and you want to make me second-rate? If I even smell Kitty, I'll bury the two of ya. (Bunny cries) There there, Bunny, you know you're my girl. Let's go back to the way we was, you know, all happy like.

    • Kitty: My name's Kitty, and I've come from the wrong side of the tracks. My closest friend, Bunny.
      Muriel: Yes?
      Kitty: Fell in love with a gangster.
      Muriel: Oh my!
      Kitty: He treats her like she's a slave.
      Eustace: (eats some bacon) My kind of guy.
      Kitty: He's a low down, dirty dog. (Courage gets offended)
      Muriel: Goodness me.
      Kitty: When he found out that I was trying to get Bunny to run away (drinks tea) He threatened my life.
      Muriel: Oh my, poor dear. (Courage points to his head) Courage! Let our guest finish her story.
      Eustace: Yeah, shut up. Stupid dog.
      Kitty: I left behind everything I loved, and my best friend, Bunny. I'm lost without her, I cannot bear to see what might have happened to her.
      Muriel: Oh my.
      Eustace: Take that mask off and you might see better. (Kitty slams her hands on the table.)
      Kitty: (walking away from the table) Dogs are evil.
      Muriel: Eustace, let's not mention her mask again.
      Eustace: Don't tell me what not to say, I can mention her mask if I wanna.

    • Kitty: Let me out!
      Eustace: Quit your banging I'll get you out. (tries to pick lock with screwdriver and then screwdriver breaks) Cheap tools.

    • Muriel: Eustace, wake up!
      Eustace: What!
      Muriel: I need to go to the bathroom man, and I can't open the door.
      Eustace: Can't open the door, can't open the door, yeah, can't get no sleep neither. (Eustace unable to open door) What? (Eustace bang door with shoulder, then foot and hurts his foot.) Ow, ow, ow, ow.
      Muriel: Eustace, Kitty was right about you. You can't fix a thing.
      Eustace: Oh yeah, you want some chocolate?

    • Dog: Move your tail, Bunny.
      Courage: Bunny.

    • Courage: (reading the mouse) To Kitty, Love bunny.

    • Eustace: (to Courage) Shut up! Stupid interrupting dog.

    • Eustace: What's ya hiding from anyway? Can't eat the food. (Courage howls)
      Kitty: I simply don't want to face reality.
      Muriel: (to Kitty) But my dear, we must all face reality.
      Kitty: Really? Like when you sneak extra sweets when no-one is watching? (Muriel eating cake out of the refrigerator)
      Muriel: Oh!
      Eustace: Muriel!

    • Bunny: You are the bravest dog I've known. (gives Courage a kiss on the cheek) Thank you.

    • Bunny: (when she sees Courage outside) Oh, no, not another dog.

    • Muriel: Eustace, do you think I eat too much?
      Eustace: Nah! Stupid masked lady. I can fix anything. (grunts)
      Muriel: Well, goodnight Eustace.
      Eustace: Yeah, yeah. Goodnight.

    • Eustace: (While fixing the furnace, it blows up in his face and he tosses it out of his way) Muriel, I fixed it!

    • Kitty: Dogs are evil. (Hits Courage on the head several times)

    • Eustace: (Smiling) It's okay, Muriel. Nobody's perfect.
      Muriel: I wonder where Courage has run off to.
      Eustace: Who cares?

    • Bunny: Kitty! That dog saved my life! That dog saved my life!
      Kitty: I was wrong, Bunny. Not all dogs are bad.

  • NOTES (10)


    • Kitty's masked appearance is a direct (albeit oversized) homage to an Osamu Tezuka anime titled Bagi: Monster of Mighty Nature, in which a genetically modified panther given human properties (humanoid body, speech and intelligence) spends time wearing a loose coat and a mask of a woman's face as a disguise of sorts while searching for the boy who took care of her while she was a kitten.

    • Episode Title: The Mask
      The Mask is a 1994 movie starring Jim Carrey.