Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

The Great Fusilli is part two of the thirteenth and final episode of Season One, following "Little Muriel".

The episode was produced in 1999 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on July 14, 2000. [2]


A talking alligator by the name of the Great Fusilli drives to the farmhouse in a truck with a stage setup where he approaches Eustace, Muriel, and Courage with a deal to make them stars, promising Muriel fame and Eustace money. He has them rehearse lines and a clown family scene with an invisible audience applauding. Courage joins the act after impressing Fusilli with a tap dance and discovers a room full of people and animals turned into puppets. Courage found out that he, Eustace, and Muriel were next and said, “Eustace… Muriel… Doggy? No!,”. Afterwards, he was being stunned when a pie is thrown onto his head by Eustace.

As Eustace and Muriel continue their act, magical strings fall from the masks above the stage, turning them both into puppets. Courage escapes the strings (as well as other traps), hiding backstage in a jar of make-up powder and Fusilli is unable to find him.

While Fusilli is above the stage, playing with the Eustace and Muriel puppets, Courage walks up to him, covered in powder. Fusilli thinks Courage is a phantom and, horrified, runs away, dropping the puppets. Courage takes the puppets home. As Fusilli is on the stage, the spotlight turns on. He performs and embraces the stage, as the magic turns him into a puppet.

Back at home, Courage controls Eustace and Muriel as puppets from the stairs and re-enacts Eustace trying to scare Courage with the Ooga-Booga mask. Courage leaps down back into Muriel's lap and screams before the iris out, closing the episode and Season 1 with "The things I do for love...".


  • This episode features the only appearance of the Great Fusilli.
  • This is the last episode written by Irvin S. Bauer.
  • This is the only episode where Courage was unable to save either Eustace or Muriel. However, he could save them later on since he still has access to the computer to find a magical way to restore them to their human form.
  • "The Great Fusilli" was originally going to be the series finale, but the show continued with another season. If that didn't happen, this is how the series would've ended, according to various theories.
  • This episode has three different OOGA BOOGA BOOGA masks:
    • The first one is the normal variant, which is used in the opening scene.
    • The second one is used in A Simple Family scene; though the mouth is a bit narrow than the previous one and the eyes are a bit lowered.
    • The third is used in the ending; with the mask being smaller and the mouth being narrower than the former two.
      • Coincidentally, Eustace shouts "OOGA BOOGA BOOGA" three times in a same vocal.