The Clutching Foot is the second half of the seventh episode of Season One. It first aired on January 21, 2000. It follows King Ramses' Curse.

Plot Outline

Fungal gangsters consume Eustace Bagge's body (starting with his foot) and take Muriel hostage, forcing Courage to carry out their footwork.


Eustace wakes up with an itchy foot fungus that has taken over his entire foot. Muriel tries some home remedies to heal his foot, but nothing works. When Eustace refuses to go to the doctor, he insists all he needs is a nap. When Eustace wakes from his nap, he is horrified to see that the fungus has spread across his entire body. Eustace is then swallowed by the fungus and all that's there is a giant purple talking foot, personified as five gangsters complete with accents, who then proceed to take Muriel hostage, much to Courage's dismay. The gangsters then force Courage to help them rob a bank, but Courage ends up blowing up the entire bank instead. Then they plan to derail a train but that plan backfires as well. They return to the farmhouse where the foot begins to plan to knock over Florida, and Courage retreats upstairs to search for answers on the computer. He brings the computer a sample, which it spits out in revulsion, and to Courage's disgust, the computer tells Courage the cure for the fungus is to lick it. Reluctantly, Courage goes downstairs and starts licking the foot everywhere, and it disappears off of Eustace, who is understandably dazed and confused. Things seem to return to normal, until Courage begins brushing his teeth that night, to discover that his tongue is now infected with the fungus (which also has a face) and the episode ends.


  • This is the first appearance of Big Toe.
  • The toes are based on gangsters in '30s movies.
  • This is the first episode where Muriel immediately knows about the monster and the danger it presents.
  • The engine on the train is a 4-8-0 or an American Madoston type steam locomotive. Locomotives were used most common during the 1800s on American railroads, and from the 1830s until 1928, were given the name "American" in 1872, because all of the work they did on every railroad in the United States. These types of engines have twelve wheels (four leading wheels, eight driving wheels, and no trailing wheels). Usually, a locomotive's tender would carry four wheels, which would make up for a total of eight wheels, except the engine, that only has four wheels on its tender, because it is hauling two coaches.

Cultural parodies

  • The episode's title is a parody to the 1936 film The Clutching Hand.


  • The episode shows that Eustace's left foot is possessed, but in the title card, his right foot is possessed.
Preceded by: Episode 7 (2/2) Followed by:
King Ramses' Curse The Clutching Foot The Hunchback of Nowhere