Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

Muriel Blows Up is the first part of the sixth episode of Season 4 of Courage the Cowardly Dog.

The episode was produced in 2002 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on October 11 of that year.


The episode opens up with the Bagge family watching what appears to be a war film of some kind that's scaring Courage. Eustace exploits this by blowing through his newspaper after folding it to resemble a horn, blowing it in his ear. This scares him flying into a window. He then spots a strange rocket-like object flying towards the Bagge Farmhouse. The object explodes on the farmhouse's roof into dozens of small glowing fragments, which then sink into the soil. He attempts to warn his owners about this, butto no avail, and Muriel takes him to bed, annoyed at the movie.

The next morning, Courage and Muriel find a massive carrot growing in her garden. They pull it out and Muriel prepares to eat it raw. The carrot grows bigger when Courage sniffs it. Eustace barges in and leaves after seeing the carrot (having a hatred of them). Muriel then begins to devour the growing carrot until almost nothing but a large chunk is left. This causes her to begin growing to an enormous size. Eustace is attempting to find another war movie on the TV when a commercial featuring the newsman and The General appears. He explains that the "experimental missile" from last night was misguided and that it will produce a giant carrot if it lands in a vegetable garden. If someone consumes the carrot, they will grow to the size of a farmhouse and explode. Only he knows how to disarm it and there's a $10,000,000 reward to keep silent about it, much to Eustace's delight.

A still-growing Muriel enters the room (demolishing a wall to Eustace's anger) and Courage carries her upstairs, with the stairs breaking under Muriel's massive weight. He uses Computer's webcam to see that there's a sentient carrot inside Muriel repeatedly chanting "Grow, expand, explode". Eustace throws Courage inside Muriel and he attempts to remove the carrot as Muriel continues growing to the point of squeezing Eustace with her giant heavy hips against the wall until the whole house breaks. After several failed attempts, Courage eats the carrot, causing Muriel to belch him out and return to normal size. Courage then grows into a giant himself and rushes to Area 51 3/4 with Eustace in pursuit.

The General and his Lieutenant are torturing an army recruit by pulling at either ends of his body like a rack when Courage towers over them. The General strips down to swimming attire and Courage swallows him to disarm the carrot. He bans the carrot for insubordination and gives it a "carro-cactemy", ripping off its badge and helmet before cutting into the wires in its head with scissors. Courage vomits out both him and the carrot and shrinks down to normal size. Eustace catches up and begins eating the carrot, but the General attempts to stop him by asserting that the carrot itself was military property. Eustace told him he would if the General pays him $10,000,000, but the General claimed that it was worthless after he had disarmed it, or so he thought, as the Lieutenant became skeptical of what wire the General pulled from the carrot while trying to disarm it. Shortly after, Eustace grew to such an extent after devouring the entire carrot.

As a result, the General and Lieutenant were in fear for what was about to happen, prompting Courage to run away until Eustace met his death following a massive explosion. Shortly after, much to Courage's horror, dozens of giant carrots have grown in the garden by the Bagge farmhouse. Muriel herself (now a giant again), is devouring a carrot stew, which causes Courage to let out a horrified scream, ending the episode from there with the usual iris-out, much to his distraught and dissatisfaction.


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  • This episode reveals that the Computer has a webcam.
  • John R. Dilworth voices the army recruit that is seen being stretched by the General and the Lieutenant.
  • This is the second time Eustace explodes. The first being "Hothead"
  • Despite being called "Muriel Blows Up",its actually Eustace that blows up
  • Area 51 3/4 is a reference to the famous Area 51.
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Entrance of Area 51 3/4