Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

Curtain of Cruelty is an episode from Season 3.

The episode was produced in 2001 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on June 21, 2002.


The episode begins with Muriel, doing her laundry work, and Courage, playing with fabric softener. Muriel runs out of her homemade fabric softener, so she takes Courage for a ride downtown on Eustace's truck to get more. Meanwhile, outside their house, a strange curtain-like wave of energy made out of pink light sweeps across, causing a bird to get angry and throw a rock at the farmhouse.

When they get to the general store, Muriel goes to buy one of the ingredients for her homemade fabric softener. Meanwhile, Eustace is at a meat shop and the clerk is serving a little girl. However, the pink curtain hits the outskirts of Nowhere, causing its people, except Courage and Muriel, to wreak chaos and sow civil unrest, while Eustace remains the same, allowing him to blend in with the same crowd. Muriel and Courage get thrown out from the meat shop for the former thanking the owner, to which she is threatened by him in response to this as well. During this ruckus, Eustace becomes nominated as mayor. When a little girl gets hit by the door of Eustace's truck, Muriel apologizes and the police send Muriel to a rehabilitation center. There, she is in a cell watching a video that is supposed to make her cruel like all the others, but doesn't work on her. When the video instructs her to kill the hamster, she refuses.

Courage runs away out of Nowhere to find out where the pink curtain came while Eustace begins chasing him. Later, Courage finds the culprit: Floyd, who was cruel himself and wanted everyone to share his pain. Courage decides to put all of Muriel's homemade fabric softener ingredients into the machine producing the curtain, which re-wires it to produce a blue energy wave called Curtain of Compassion, reversing the effects of the hostility of Nowhere's citizens, with the exception of Eustace. Shortly after the undoing of his actions and his repentance, Floyd goes on to become elected as the newest mayor in Nowhere, whilst in the final scene, Eustace is arrested for harassing Courage with his usual desire to hunt him down with a net, and is forced to be sent to the rehabilitation center that Muriel was sent to in order to make him be nice with the hamster, but that same hamster insanely hits him on the head with a hammer for not showing any kindness.


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  • This is the second time that the entire town of Nowhere was terrorized; the first was "The Tower of Dr. Zalost" and the third will be in the "King of Flan".
  • Originally, the titular curtain of cruelty possessed a pink color for its initial purpose, but after Courage puts in the ingredients for Muriel's fabric softener inside the machine of that curtain, its color then turned blue.


  • Floyd is seen in two places at once.

Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode premiered in the United States on June 21, 2002, it was actually produced in 2001 according to the credits.
    • This episode was finished on August 17, 2001.[1]