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King of Flan is the first part of the 39th episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog.

The episode was produced in 2001 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on August 9, 2002.


The episode starts with Muriel and Eustace Bagge watching TV, while Courage is sleeping on Muriel's lap. A commercial for a brand of flan named "Flan-tasy Flan" comes on, which hypnotizes Eustace and Muriel into getting addicted to flan.

Courage suddenly wakes up to a crash in the kitchen, and finds the couple ravaging the room for any flan they can find, even questioning if Courage is hiding some from them. The three then go into town searching for more flan, only for Courage to discover that everyone in Nowhere has been hypnotized into having a vicious craving for flan, to the point of widespread looting.

After raiding a supermarket for some flan, Eustace and Muriel steal a flan delivery truck and return home to gorge themselves on delicious flan. The morning afterwards, the entire house is a mess from their flan binge, with flan packages splattered everywhere along with the Bagges getting morbidly obese, however still craving for more. Courage reads a package of flan and learns of the location of the manufacturer of flan. He takes the truck that Eustace and Muriel stole, then accidentally backs it into the house and laughs about it before travelling to the studio.

Inside the studio, he comes across a live broadcast by the King of Flan which hypnotizes him and another man. The King of Flan then throws out some flan for them to eat, though Courage tries to resist, and throws a package at the king of Flan, leading him to roll up into a ball and chase after Courage.

After a lengthy chase to the roof of his station, the two climb up a TV tower with a picture of the king of Flan's face, where he throws some more flan for Courage to eat. However Courage vomits the flan back at him, making him slip and fall down, though he manages to hang on to a wire connecting to the giant TV... which proceeds to break off the tower and crash him down to the bottom of the studio.

The TV then hypnotizes the king of Flan into being obsessed with his own product, to which Courage gladly gives him some. Then using the king of Flan's cameras and equipment, Courage makes a commercial which frees everyone from the king of Flan's spell, Muriel and Eustace included. The episode then ends with both Courage and the king of Flan at the studio gorging themselves on some flan and getting ridiculously fat, with the former exclaiming "that's showbiz!" before laughing madly.


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  • This episode shares its music with "Muriel Meets Her Match".
  • The names of Courage, Muriel, Eustace, and the King of Flan are never said in the episode. In fact, the King of Flan's name is an assumed name.
  • This is the third time that the town of Nowhere is in trouble, the first was "The Tower of Dr. Zalost" and the second being "Curtain of Cruelty". Unlike the first two where Eustace was not affected by the troubles due to his grumpy personality, this is the only time where he is affected.
  • Courage speaks more than usual in this episode .
  • "Flan" is a French dessert which is also called "crème caramel", made with eggs, milk, and sugar. However, based on the title card of the episode, the style of the dessert is likely based on the Spanish variation.
    • The word "flan" is verbally (and audibly) mentioned 69 times. This includes its derivatives such as "Flan-tasy" and "Flanatics". Given the number of times the word has been said in the episode, it is unknown whether this was intentional, or a coincidence.

Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode premiered in the United States on August 9, 2002, it was actually produced in 2001 according to the credits.
    • This episode was finished in November of 2001. [1]